No Picture

Aberdeen: Sierra Pacific’s Polluted Prison

When Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) opened a new lumber mill across the road from Steve Wycoff’s metal shop in Aberdeen, Washington, Steve hoped the new jobs might help turn the local economy around.  But instead…


No Picture

The Economist: Greenwash Edition

Draw curtain, fade in stage lighting. In the foreground is a thriving community in Angola. The background is a petroleum field. Big oil is improving life in far-away Africa. I feel better already. This is…


No Picture

Spam in a book

When I attended college at the University of Oregon (yes, I’m a duck), I could never understand why the journalism school housed classes in both newsgathering and public relations. After all, one discipline uncovers implausible…


No Picture

Murder and the vast right-wing conspiracy

The tragic event that unfolded last weekend in Arizona was the entirely predictable outcome of the often violent rhetoric that is typical of the right-wing extremists who are trying to seize control of our government….



No Picture

Map of toxic air in Portland

Portland often finds itself on lists of the nation’s  – or the world’s – most livable cities. But such rankings rarely take into account the deadly toxics that are dumped into Portland’s air by cars or factories. The…