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 Oregon Magazine TM          January  2009

   News, articles, essays & comment

Thank God for Global Warming ...  

The cool photo on the right is from KE7FVB, and is either a frozen Oregon T-Rex or one of his ex-wives. On the left, sent in by WA7ZNZ, is a late December shot of the small barn on Washington County's "Pumpkin Ridge," which houses the 145.45 megaherz (millions of cycles per second) HAM (Amateur Radio) repeater.  This electric machine receives radio signals from places as distant as the Coast Range, then rebroadcasts them at much higher power, thus magnifying the reach of small low-power portable amateur radio emergency stations.. The "45" repeater was built and is maintained by a group of HAMs which calls itself the ORFN repeater association.  "ORFN" is an acronym which stands for "Oregon Radio Flatulence Network." 

Oregonians display courage in the Civil War ...
Storming the Ramparts   by Randy Fletcher, a continuation of the excellent Oregon in the Civil War series by this Corvallis-area writer. Previous pieces just below.

A Forlorn Hope     An Oregon Civil War hero is remembered 100 years after his death 
How the Civil War Brought Wyatt Earp’s Brother to Portland   (Before the O.K. Corral)
The Professors in Pickett’s Charge (War is an education in itself.)
Papa Pinot Leaves Lasting Legacy for Oregon Wines  by Fred Delkin

Hotel Renovation Project Dresses Up PDX Waterfront  by  Fred Delkin

The gods of liberalism by J. Matt Barber

Two-Faced’ Portrait of China’s Paramount
Leader Deng Xiaopeng
  (A fascinating piece about recent China history.)

E-RFD: War Footing in Israel  (Imagine this was your problem)

E-RFD: Promoters Overstated the Environmental Benefit of Wind Farms  (external link sent in by
E-RFD: Concerning the Presidential election (Sent in by Camber Bybee, KB7RGX, who presently resides somewhere in Central Oregon's high desert.)

E-RFD: Frontline Funnies
   (Iraqi photo-op)

                <<< Sports Feature >>>
PSU Cage Program Blossoms Brightly 
by Fred Delkin  (Oregon college roundball making national noise)

Some favorites from 2008:

One Tough Mother Crafts 
Global Sportswear Success

Can it be the water hereabouts that nurtures
worldwide success in sportswear creation and
marketing? One might think so when you
consider the impact Oregon-grown products have
had on our planet's athletic and recreational

E.T. Went Home?   (An essay suggesting that Zeus wore an EVA suit.)

All-electric Tesla Roadster

This new 220-mile range (per "tank") car from California, using components made in places from Taiwan to England, will go from 0-60 in less than five seconds. Operating entirely on batteries, and based on night time charging when power company rates are lower, it costs about a penney a mile to drive. Initial production may be as low as 200 units. The price? $98,000 and no cents. (external link)

Oregon Business Thriving on Government  Contract by OrMag Editor, Fred Delkin, this one is about a company run by a HAM radio operator who makes interesting things.

Previous items:

'Salishan' Proves It's More Than A Resort
(A book review by Oregon Magazine's Editor and Copublisher, Fred Delkin)

Salishan, an Oregon historical novel, available at


Articles:   Getting to the bottom of "Bottom Fishing"      The Subject was Crabs   |    Surfing for Perch  (From the archives: Winter or summer, fun for beach boys)   Books:   "History by the Glass"Enters Second Round   (Portland's classic saloons, Edition II, written by Paul Pintarich and published by Joe Bianco.)  |   Crooked River Country  (book review)      Oregon Fever  Joe Bianco's anthology includes feature work by some Oregon Magazine writers, including Larry Leonard.    
   Fun With Science
Dark Energy Plays With Galaxies

Evolution of the Human Brain: 4 Fallicies  (Scientific American magazine)

Global Warming links: 

Early December
CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory 'Arrogant'...
Powerful winter storm cuts power, disrupts travel...
Races from Midwest to Northeast...
WATCH: NYC May Get 8 Inches...
CHICAGO: Do Not Drive, Public Told...
BOSTON: State Workers Kept Home...

Skiers' lament: Aspen's snow keeps coming, but 'too cold to enjoy it'...

Late December
Illinois State Police say icy road conditions worst they've ever seen...
Statewide emergency declared in Washington state...

Drudge link:
2008, the year man-made global warming was disproved

ORBUSMAX  global warming  links:
Record snow paralyzing Spokane
Las Vegas, Spokane set snowfall records...
Scientists scoff at AP global-warming story...


 Pigskin Pete
(This month's sports item is a piece on PSU basketball, up in the feature section.)
  Home on the Range

(No column this month. Fred's culinary idea was so sticky that he couldn't type the story.)
 Decanting with Delkin
(See the Papa Pinot piece in the feature section, up above.)



 Column archives: Pigskin Pete   |   Seared Lightly   Decanting  |   Hans Zeiger     Mike O'Brien
  Feature E-RFD

To Kill an American   (An Aussie hits the nail on the head.)
"Now, just why in the HELL do I have to press '1' for English?" 
"The only thing necessary for the triumph
of evil is for good men to do nothing"

                     -- Edmund Burke

Congress Gives Itself Raise...     (external link)

Only 17% of 8th Graders Can Read at Grade Level in Chicago Schools Overseen by Obama Education Secretary-Designee...  (Most children left behind.)
OLYMPIAN EDITORIAL: Do not force teachers to fund politics...(Washington state)
Iran envoy offers nuclear technology to all Muslim states    (December item held over)
China blocks access to NY TIMES Web site...

It's to ponder ... 
Are you a Democrat, a Republican or a Southerner?
OrMag Co-publisher Reacts To "Gay" Press Release    (Just to make things clear)
Extreme Rights Archives  (Gay ways) 

  Out of the past ...
Roosevelt or Reagan? USA Needs to Choose
Social Security:
The Dirty Little Secret  | Where is the Social Security Trust Fund, and Why Didn't Hockberg and DeFazio Reveal its Location to the People of Coos Bay?   (Who pays when you cash a government bond?)
The Hispanic Education Myth

Ken's "Congress"   (So you contribute to PBS?  Did you know you are buying lies?)

Our Times: 
Grizzly Man: The Death of an Idiot    (Bears dine alfresco)

Dr. Horton’s History Channel History of Slavery    (A lauded black professor from a famous East Coast American university proves that he either doesn't know or doesn't  like certain kinds of truth )
How To Pick the Next President of the U.S.  Blue Oregon: The Secular Theocracy    Complete 2005/2006 article archives  |    |   December 2008  cover 

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Deer   |    No Hatcheries, No Salmon  |  Field Day: HAMS Head for the Hills   |  To Race
or Not to Race II    |  Big Money in Rotten Veggies  |   A VAT of Nonsense  |  Dereliction
of Duty  | Love Nest   |  Mr. Perez’ Fatal Mistake  |  Snuff Film 
| Fred's China Triple
Shanghai Visit Astounds Oregon Mag Editor  (China trip part one)Oregon
Mag Editor's Shanghai Experiences Continued...
(China trip part two)Ormag
Editor Experiences
Globalization First Hand
   ( China trip part three)    

  The Classics
Ray Bradbury  |: Ken Kesey  |: Oregon's Racist History   |  The Alaska Airlines Eskimo  | 
 La Boheme  | The Town Dump Truck  |  Motown Mouse  |  Jerusalem | The Duck Hunter
Walt Morey
 A Public Comedy of Errors  |   The Case of the Pickled Herring  |  MacNeil
Goldspit and the K.K.K. Power Grab Caper 
Friday Night Legends & Small Town
Heroes  |  Oregon School Funding Mess  |  Ken's "Congress"   |   Black Holes   |   Science
and Creation Myth  |  The Genesis of the Universe  | A Woman of Her Times 
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   |   Remembering the “NAT”

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