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This begins as our "stuff" page inside our PC.  It's where we collect things for the next issue.  Then, we install it In this location, on the server, and it becomes a kind of Reader's Digest of what's been going on in Oregon, in America and around the world.  First you'll see a collection of strange headlines, then a series of alphabetical categories.  If there's nothing in a category, either what was there is now on the current cover, or we didn't run across anything of unusual interest in that area while shopping around the internet.  (LL)
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December x-link picks


TAX FIGHT TURNS UGLY
Your paycheck deduction for your Social Security Account is a tax?   It used to be called SSI, or Social Security Insurance.  When did it become a tax?  You say, "What's the difference?"  Well, if it's a tax, then it isn't your money.  It's a government handout, like welfare.  If it's a tax, you don't have a personal Social Security savings account.  The money from payroll "taxes"  goes into the General Federal Revenue account. The government can spend it on anything it likes -- give it to Uganda, if they like.  It it no longer "insurance"  at that point.  A private "insurance'  company could be sued for not fulfilling this kind of contract.  Hell, a bank could be sued for not letting you withdraw the money in your savings account.  But, how do you sue the government to get tax payments back?

If your Social Security "contribution" has become a tax, then you no longer have a personal Social Security "account." Now, your Social Security is an 'Entitlement."  We're sorry to say it, but, politics decides who gets entitlement money.The money you are paying into your Social Security "Account" is no longer yours. (LL)
 

Larry Leonard wrote:

US Capitol Christmas Tree Honors Obama, Not Jesus Or Christmas...


Larry Leonard wrote: Larry Leonard wrote: Drudge Report, today:

Gingrich: Send US marshals to arrest judges who defy Congressional subpoenas...  (LL: Newt on Target.  Judges must learn they aren't Emperors)

Ron Paul Warns Martial Law Being Established in USA...  (LL:Paul named show host on Al Gazera TV channel)
PAPER: GOP will take off gloves if Paul wins IA...
Frantic Bachmann 'everywhere' -- 13 stops in 1 day!


FACEBOOK set for suit over publicity; Case hinges on 'sponsored stories' appearing on many pages...   (LL: MSM defends freedom to donate news space and
time to liberals)


The Arab Spring:
EGYPT'S DAY OF SHAME...
SOLDIERS STRIP, STOMP WOMEN...
CHAOS IN TAHRIR SQUARE...
SHOCK PHOTOS...
Islamists claim sweep of second round vote...
Blast hits gas pipeline to Jordan, Israel...


Hillary 'deeply concerned'...  B.S. LL



New China and Russia similar to old ones?


China villagers threaten to march on government offices...
Communist party tested...



Putin 'would lose honest presidential election'...
Protest leader's hunger strike...


Forget the cave! Neanderthals were homely creatures who built their own houses from mammoth bones

Is this the rocky Welsh outcrop the exact spot where Stonehenge's Bluestones were hewn from 5,000 years ago?


Winter's wonders: Amazing pictures of snowflakes captured in all their stunning symmetry Timofey Cherepanov, 62, from Moscow, spends hours painstakingly capturing the images

November x-link picks:

Can life-sized plastic lawn mowers be far behind?
City Bans Fake Grass On Yards;
Violators Face Criminal Charges..


GALLUP: Gingrich up; 'Intensity' for Romney down...
POLL: Newt closing on Mitt in New Hampshire...
... Soars in Florida
Dick Morris: Is Newt electable? Hell, yes!
STUDY: Middle-class areas shrinking...
Hopes dim for balanced budget amendment...
'Hellish' financial crisis on its way...
Treasury dramatically ups GOV'T MOTORS bailout losses...

Supercommittee seeks God's help...

Chris Rock giddy for 2nd Obama term:
'He's going to do some gangsta sh*t'...


CHINA MOCKS US POLITICAL MODEL...
Obama asks for help getting blacks back to work...
Ron Paul warns of 'dictatorship'...

DAVID AXELROD'S PATTERN OF SEXUAL MISBEHAVIOR

Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country -- Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. -- but never in Chicago.

So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.


October 1, 2011:   

Feds: Oregon medical pot sold illegally in other states...
Battle brews over responsibility for defaulted West Coast Bank home loans in Oregon...
OR Gov Kitzhaber criticizes 'expensive' sentencing laws, wants to reduce time behind
bars for some crimes...

Tax $ At Work: Oregon Gets $5 Million Federal Bonus for Signing Up More Food Stamp 'Clients'...


Things you wish you'd never learned ...

Uris Curve: Socio-Culteral Ergonometric Instabilities Emerge ...
Thieves Steal Disabled Dog's Wheelchair...
Voodoo mom sentenced to 17 years in prison for burning daughter...
Women Steal 380 Grave Markers >From Veteran's Headstones...
Random mob attacks cause concern in Chicago...
Boy Trapped in Refrigerator Eats Own Foot 
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Eco/Env/Green

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Montana dams lawsuit...
HELENA - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear PPL Montana's appeal of a state court
 ruling that said the hydropower company owes Montana more than $41 million for using state-owned
rivers to produce power.


Global Warming
SNOW FALLING IN COLORADO ON SUMMER'S EVE...
Colorado Sea Level Research Institute under scrutiny after claims of “adjusting” data...

Economy

World

IMF to Britain: Cut taxes...

Greek rating now worst in the world...
Greek Streets 'Explosive' as PM Faces Confidence Vote...
Italy Will Fight Last Stand in Debt Crisis...

U.S.

USA in Even 'Worse Shape Financially Than Greece'...
Ill. so broke considers ads on license plates...
PAPER: The Decline and fall of the American empire...
CBSNEWS: Chronic unemployment worse than Great Depression...
Daily economic briefings disappear from Obama's White House schedule...
USA has record $61.6 TRILLION in unfunded obligations; $534,000 per household...
Bernanke Talks, Kills Stocks...
'Obama's phony accounting on auto bailout'...
'Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected'...

DOW GAINS A POINT!

CBO: Long-Term Debt Picture Worsens...
Would reach 101% of GDP by 2021...
STUDY: State, local gov'ts must raise taxes $1,400 a year for 30 years to fund pensions...
DEM FIX: MORE SPENDING!
 

Left Coast economy  


Editoral page:


Education

Teacher Forces State Rep's 8-Year-Old to Lobby Dad for More School Funding...
School district turns lawn care over to sheep...


Energy
Gasoline prices: THE NEW 'NORMAL'

"We may get down to that $3 to $3.25 neighborhood for some states that have lower taxes and cheaper
supply," said  Kloza. But the coasts, specifically the Northeast, will not see as much relief because of its
dependence on higher grade imported oil. The loss of Libya's light sweet crude output continues to crimp
 those supplies.


OPEC split over increasing oil production...
(OrBusMax) Obama Admin Blocks Alaska Drilling Effort...
FLASHBACK: China stakes claim to S. Texas oil, gas...


Health/Medicine/ObamaCare

REPORT: 30% of companies to drop health coverage because of Obamacare...
30% of companies to drop health coverage because of Obamacare...


Law/Legal/Justice

UN targets gun ownership rights...
Tex. Sheriff Issues Domestic Terrorism Warning...
Mexican drug war reaches new low as gangs hang rivals from city bridges...
Daley's Son Reaped Windfall After Deal with City Airport...


Media

ABC Couric hire may lead to 'General Hospital' cancel...


Oregon


From current OrBusMax:

BoJack Update: "Somebody at City Hall noticed that we had noticed, and they took the false claim down..."

BoJack: "Portland's big lie continues..." - In the next 25 years, Portland is expected to grow by more than 130,000 households, nearly doubling our population...


Spirit Airlines sets low-cost flights from PDX to Las Vegas: $9 each way...

Man who illegally base-jumped off Astoria Column upset with city:
“It’s just completely ridiculous.   The city is out of control and these people need to be fired
 immediately. Make sure you do not vote for any of these people ever again...”



Politics

On College Campuses, Obama's Not Cool Anymore...
Obama, DNC Mobilize Re-Election Army...
LOOKING FOR CHANGE: OBAMA REACHES OUT TO WALL STREET DONORS...
Taxpayers to foot 'most' of the bill for Michelle Obama's coming fundraisers...
Emerging GOP theme: Obama made it worse...
SHOCK POLL: ONLY 3 in 10 WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA...
 
66% say US headed in 'wrong direction'...  
 
DEM FIX: MORE SPENDING!

RedCounty: "Montana Human Rights... Equality For Everyone But the TEA Party..."

Foreign:
Dissent lands Chinese blogger in labor camp; Political joke aimed at Communist party chief...
Beijing opposed to any interference as clashes escalate...
Vietnam seeks US support in China dispute...
Obama warns of new US spats with Israel...

UPDATE: Chavez recovers after surgery in Cuba...


Tea Parties



Race


Religion

Saudi King Bans Men >From Selling Lingerie...



Science

Sun Unleashes 'Spectacular' & Powerful Eruption...
Water On Mercury?
Mercury isn’t a dead planet, NASA photos show...

Scientists: Growing meat in labs would cut emissions...
Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces...

Scientists find genes linked to migraines...



Sports



War

REPORT: Iran can produce nuke within 2 MONTHS...
REPORT: Syrian protesters paid $1,000 to riot along Israeli border...
Iran sends submarines to Red Sea...
NKorea may have 'miniaturized nuke warhead'...


Misc:
(LFL) Link from Limbaugh   http://dirtyspendingsecrets.com/

(OMED: Many early pieces in Oregon Magazine were written in a version of Netscape Composer that in modern browsers produces black diamonds with reversed question marks inside them.  These are almost always quotation marks, apostrophes or dashes.  When you see text that contains those black diamonds, it means I haven't gotten around to repairing the problem, yet.)