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Husky or Maltese Whatever

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I sped by this sign on Powell boulevard, and couldn’t quite believe what I’d seen. A few days later I saw it again and strained to read the words correctly. “Husky or Maltese Whatever” ?????? What in the heck? A pet shop? A bizarre direct translation from Vietnamese or something? The next time I drove by I picked out the word “restaurant”. I’m further baffled by this. I can’t think of one reason in the whole world why someone would give this name to any shop, let alone a restaurant. Well I googled it, and found there are a whole lot of people who are similarly intrigued. AND I found out WHY it is called this!!

First, here are two links to others who couldn’t believe their eyes :

http://sublethal.net/p/748

http://www.yelp.com/biz/husky-or-maltese-whatever-portland

Now, for the story!

The restaurant got its name as the result of a miscommunication between the owner and her accountant and the instinct of the Vietnamese former inmate who painted the sign.

The reason it never seems to be open is because the owner, Limin Tian, who goes by the nickname Abby, only opens the eatery in the winter months. In the spring and summer, she makes more money selling crepes out of a trailer in the shadow of the Fox Tower downtown.

“Just like there’s different kinds of dogs, there’s different kinds of food,” she said, making her first crepe of the day recently at Snow White House on Southwest Ninth Avenue and Yamhill Street. “If you have good food, people all love it. Same with dogs.”

Tian signed a 15-year lease for a restaurant in the Powell Center strip mall at Southeast 36th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, not too far from where she lives, early last year. Trying to think of a name so her accountant could register it and file for a county health license, she mentioned how much she loved her dogs, Sparkler and Fluffy, and how nice it would be to include them in the name.

“Which one?” her accountant asked.

“The husky, Maltese, whatever,” she said.

He filed the papers.

So she planned to change the name on the sign. The artist she hired, Tom Nho of Portland Signs Studio, argued against that. Something about Nho Ñ his willingness to paint the sign by hand, his six years in a Vietnamese prison, something caught Tian’s attention.

“He gave me confidence,” she said. “I’m never going to change it.”

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DEA bribes rail/airline employees for tipoffs that lead to warrantless cash seizures

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A USA Today investigation has discovered a network of paid informants working for Amtrak and nearly every US airline who illegally delve into passengers' travel records to find people who might be traveling with a lot of cash: these tip-offs are used by the DEA to effect civil forfeiture -- seizing money without laying any charges against its owner, under the rubric that the cash may be proceeds from drug sales. One Amtrak secretary was secretly paid $854,460 to raid her employer's databases for the DEA. (more…)

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This Should Solve All Of Your Problems

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Donald Trump is a terrible candidate and is losing very badly. Showing at least some recognition of his cratering poll numbers, he has tried another campaign shake-up. It involves promoting a Breitbart executive and the theory behind it is that Trump’s campaign so far has been too sober and disciplined. What could possibly go wrong?

If you are a liberal and are not Thomas Frank, you will recognize this as excellent news, because the bigger Trump loses the better. We are already starting to get into territory where Trump could threaten the Republican House majority:

First, a very broad but important point from Blizzard’s tweets: It is VERY hard for a House candidate — whether incumbent or challenger — to run significantly ahead or behind the top of the ticket in a presidential year. The presidential race is so all-encompassing for voters — and House members/candidates typically so little known — that how the top of the ticket goes heavily dictates the results of House races. That’s true even in cases where the House incumbent specifically tries to run away from the top of the ticket; voters tend not to differentiate all that much — if they are voting against the Republican at the top of the ticket, they usually do the same down-ballot. It’s why political waves occur — and why we call them waves.

Now to the specific numbers behind Blizzard’s math. His calculation is that the best an endangered incumbent can hope for is to run five points ahead of Trump. So, how many Republican seats might that include?

The Cook Political Report lists 45 Republican seats and 11 Democratic ones as potentially competitive in November. Let’s focus in on those 45 Republican seats.

Of the 45, 40 remain largely intact from the 2011 national redistricting process. (Florida engaged in a mid-decade redraw.) For those 40 seats, we can overlay the Cook Report’s Partisan Voting Index (PVI) in an attempt to compare apples to apples. (The PVI ranks every district against every other district based on presidential performance.) Of the 40 GOP-held districts, 36 have a PVI of R+5 or lower, meaning that they are five points (or less) more Republican at the presidential level than all of the other districts in the country.

If Republicans lost all 36 of those seats with a PVI of R +5 or lower — and Democrats held all 11 of their contested seats — Democrats have the House majority. By six seats. Twenty-seven of those 40 seats have a PVI of R+3 or lower. Win those 27 and Democrats need to pick up only three seats among the slightly more Republican-friendly districts to win the majority.

One reason that the Democrats retain an outside chance of taking the House is that there’s a tipping point where gerrymandering works against the party that did it. Gerrymandering, by dispersing your supporters and concentrating the supporters of your opponents, gives you a substantial advantage in a normal election, but leaves you more vulnerable in the case of a wave. Trump being a historically bad candidate could be exactly that kind of tsunami. Trump’s decision to Be More Trump can’t hurt.

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"I was giving some lectures in Germany about the death penalty. It was fascinating because one of the..."

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“I was giving some lectures in Germany about the death penalty. It was fascinating because one of the scholars stood up after the presentation and said, “Well you know it’s deeply troubling to hear what you’re talking about.” He said, “We don’t have the death penalty in Germany. And of course, we can never have the death penalty in Germany.” And the room got very quiet, and this woman said, “There’s no way, with our history, we could ever engage in the systematic killing of human beings. It would be unconscionable for us to, in an intentional and deliberate way, set about executing people.” And I thought about that. What would it feel like to be living in a world where the nation state of Germany was executing people, especially if they were disproportionately Jewish? I couldn’t bear it. It would be unconscionable.
And yet, in this country, in the states of the Old South, we execute people – where you’re 11 times more likely to get the death penalty if the victim is white than if the victim is black, 22 times more likely to get it if the defendant is black and the victim is white – in the very states where there are buried in the ground the bodies of people who were lynched. And yet, there is this disconnect.”

- Bryan Stevenson (We Need to Talk About Injustice)
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sirshannon
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Land of the free...
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I can't believe that there is even a debate about how we execute (intentionally or not) people in this country. The state shouldn't be killing people, period.
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norb
14 days ago
But how can we be tough on crime if we aren't sanctioning murder at the state level!?!? /s (obvs)

We Can Feed More People on an Omnivore Diet than a Vegan One, Study Shows

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Vegans love to extol the benefits of their diet, and from environmental impact to animal welfare, there are many. But when it comes to helping feed our expanding global population using the land we’ve got here in the US, a vegan diet isn’t the best option, according to a new study from US researchers.

In fact, continuing to eat some meat would allow American farmlands to feed more people overall, than if everyone switched over to veganism.

Figuring out how to feed an exploding global population without converting ever more swaths of land to agriculture is an ongoing challenge. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates we need to increase food production globally by 60 percent over the next 35 years to meet demand. How America uses its farmland affects not only how secure food is in the US, but it could also impact the availability of food worldwide.

In this context, researchers compared 10 different diets, based on how efficiently they use America’s farmland. The “baseline” diet was modeled off what the average American eats, according to the Department of Agriculture. They compared this to other diets, in which various percentages were either “healthy omnivorous”—calories came from all sources, including meat, plants, eggs and dairy—or vegetarian, which included milk and eggs, but no meat. Three strictly vegetarian diets were also included in the study (egg and dairy, just dairy, and vegan).

The results, published Friday in the journal Elementa, showed that while reducing meat consumption can increase the number of people fed by America’s farms, there’s a limit to that advantage. A completely vegan food system would actually feed fewer people than vegetarian or some omnivore diets.

The less meat we eat, the more people US farms can feed. But an omnivorous diet that is vegetarian 40 percent of the time could actually feed more people than a completely vegan one. Source: Elementa

According to this study, the number of people who could be fed by US farmland increased as meat consumption was reduced, but only up to a certain limit. While American farmlands could feed 402 million people eating the average diet, it could feed more than double—807 million—on a dairy-only vegetarian diet. However, when it came to vegan diets, our available farmland could feed 735 million people.

What’s key here is that not all farmland is suitable for every purpose. Some grazing areas used to raise livestock like cows simply wouldn’t be viable for growing crops, which means that it would be wasted in a vegan-only world. Likewise, our current average diet devotes about 80 percent of our croplands—acreage could be used to grow food for people—to producing feed crops for livestock instead.

Researchers found the most efficient use of our land was supporting a dairy-inclusive vegetarian diet, because it maximized how much land was used to produce food, and could feed the highest number of people.

“Our approach challenges the 20th century emphasis on increasing yield and production,” lead author Christian Peters, an associate professor at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, said in a press release. “Improving crop yields remains vitally important, but it is not the only way to increase the number of people fed per acre. Our aim is to identify potential agricultural-sustainability strategies by addressing both food consumption and production.”

But convincing the entire US population to switch to a vegetarian diet, even one that includes cheese and ice cream, is an unrealistic goal—only 2 percent of Americans are vegan or vegetarian, and that number has stayed stable for decades. Luckily, that’s not the only takeaway from this research: it also showed that simply reducing how much meat we eat could have a major impact. The study found that eating a mostly omnivore diet and just being vegetarian 20 percent of the time increased the number of people who could be fed by 36 percent.

There won’t be a magic bullet solution to food insecurity, but practical steps—like switching to Meatless Mondays—will help us get closer to a solution.

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jepler
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And if you let the rich eat the poor, we can support more people too!
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kleer001
9 days ago
And babies too yummy babies
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Judge Orders Neo-Nazi’s Face Tattoos Be Covered In Interest Of A Fair Trial

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A Nevada man with a swastika and the phrases “Baby Nazi” and “most wanted” tattooed across his neck and forehead, respectively, won’t have to face a jury of his peers with those symbols visible after a judge ordered they be covered in an effort to give him a fair trial, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Monday.

During jury selection last month for Bayzle Morgan’s trial on armed robbery charges, prospective jurors said the defendant’s tattoos, which also include white supremacist symbols in place of his shaved eyebrows, made them feel “nervous” and “shaky.” They also said Morgan’s teardrop tattoo could convey “previous criminal acts," according to the report.

After delaying the trial to consider methods to ensure jurors not be influenced by Morgan’s appearance, District Judge Richard Scotti ordered that Morgan’s tattoos from the neck up be covered by makeup. A makeup artist look about two hours on Friday to fully cover Morgan’s facial tattoos as prosecutors, along with court and prison officials, looked on.

Morgan, 24, was accused of stealing a motorcycle at gunpoint in 2013. In a separate case, he faces the death penalty for allegedly killing a 75-year-old woman days before that robbery. He was accused of breaking into the victim’s home and pistol-whipping her hard enough that his gun broke before shooting her in the head, the paper reported.

You can see a full slideshow of the defendant’s tattoos over at the Review-Journal.

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diannemharris
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I'm not sure how I feel about this. Other people are not offered the option to cover themselves, to protect against bigotry. I guess I would like a partition wall separating the defence from the jury and all defendants to be referred to as Pat doe, or something similar.
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Good.
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Wow...I grew up hearing about lots of judges, but this is...I'm imagining the lengths that will have to be gone to in order to make all trials "fair." I speak with a certain dialect that might prejudice jurors, say, so all my words have to go through a translator? Of course, it also opens up whole new cans of worms for the lawyers to play with. It's definitely not an easy question. OTOH...why is the jury going to think this person's face is hidden? How can THAT not be prejudicial?
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