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Archive for April, 2011

News that effects you

There are so many stories floating around out there it’s sometimes difficult to choose which ones to read. For the week of April 18 the three most important stories to me were ones that concerned Portland’s safety, commute disruptions for hundreds of people, and a story that rocked the idea buying American must be better.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/portland_impact/print.html?entry=/2011/04/portland_commissioner_randy_le_6.html

The first story, “Portland Commissioner Randy Leonard pressed for clause that may scuttle city rejoining terrorism task force,” is one relates to the threat of terror in Portland Oregon. I was one of those people who had the attitude that terror was never something that would happen here because it happens other places. As many may recall, in late November of 2010 there was an attempted terrorist bombing in the heart of our dear city and the holiday tree lighting ceremony (for those of you who need a refresher

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fbi_thwarts_terrorist_bombing.html). Ever sense then, Portland has worked to reincorporate the Portland Police Force into the anti-terrorism unit here in Portland. Currently, the task force is run completely by the FBI. Commissioner Randy Leonard rejected Mayor Sam Adam’s draft of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Leonard said that it needed a clause that the Portland Police would only assist the FBI once a terrorist attack plan was properly identified and assessed by the FBI. As it stands right now, there is no clear plan as to who does what when it comes to keeping our city safe from being a target again. This leaves our city vulnerable and therefore extremely important to the Portland area.

Another story that is particularly important to Portlanders is the article from KATU news “heading to the Rose Garden this weekend ( http://northeastportland.katu.com/news/transportation/heading-rose-garden-weekend-you-might-want-plan-ahead/439927 )? You might want to plan ahead.” On any given day hundreds, if not thousands, of people commute using the Tri-Met train system. This weekend, one of the major stops on MAX is going to be shut down for construction. The Rose Garden arena stop is along the tracks that eventually lead to PSU and the heart of Portland. If people are unprepared for this type of disruption it can cause many people to be late to work and other important events along with all he consequences associated for being late one too many times. This article gives many alternative options to help Portland plan ahead and stay on time which is essential to keeping Portland harmonious.

The last article that was particularly important this week involves our neighboring states and the attitude that Portlanders have that buying organic and local is always best. After all, buying American is best for the economy; American laborers are treated fairly unlike in other countries; buying American is best all around. This is a syllogism that assumes all these statements are true and are connected. The news came out this week that a labor company based in California who provides laborers for Washington and Hawaii has been in the business of human trafficking. Workers from Thailand paid thousands of dollars to be brought to America with the promise of good jobs and ended up being held in sub-human conditions with very little food, were forced to do manual labor, and were isolated from the outside world. Many of the products produced on these farms from enslaved Thai people are things that I can find in any cupboard of my home. Many Portlanders can say the same and need to be aware of what is going on with our neighbors because it effects us and our principles as well as what our city promotes.

http://www.katu.com/news/local/120306639.html

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQl4hCEVFw8

 

Fade in from black, a beautiful sunrise bursts through the darkness. Clouds are silhouetted and reflected in crystal clear and calm water. Cut to a picturesque view of a lighthouse shining safety into the depths of the ocean. A young man begins to speak to us about freedom. Someone exercises on the steps of a stadium promoting an image of physical wellness. A child releases white petals into the wind and images of busy city life flash before the screen. The concept of spirit is introduced into the commercial simultaneously. Images of serene water and calm people are cut between images of people in distress and images of natural disasters. Next we see a person climbing a fence and another reaching the end of a tunnel. The sun is shown breaking through the clouds and mirrors are shown being used to amplify and enhance the light. Various other images of light are shown bursting through locations like barns, Egyptian tombs, and libraries. At the end of the commercial the audience is formally invited to become scientologists.

 

The filming style of this commercial is extremely high production value. The pallet of the commercial is very blue. Most of the images have a blue filter to them. The commercial is very cold up until they begin to build up to joining scientology and then it begins to include warm colors light white and orange. The music suggests a feminine gender to the commercial. Scare tactics are definitely employed in this commercial. A good example of the scare tactics used is how they brought up mortality and suggested that through scientology you become immortal.

 

It may be the tactics, or the color pallet, or the opening shot, or even the ending graphic but the Tim Pawlenty campaign video reminds me of this commercial.

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Photo Project

Hidden Talent At PSU

Luke Johnston is an upper class man at Portland State University. He may seem like an ordinary PSU student with piercings and a “you’ll never catch me wearing my high school Letterman jacket” attitude but there is more to him then meets the eye. Johnston is a talented artist and musician. Graphic design holds a great deal of interest for him and he hopes to one day design the cover art for his favorite record labels. In High School, Johnston won numerous awards in art shows and continues to display his work whenever the chance arises. He once sold a piece for $300 to a stranger passing by Johnston’s car as he was loading it in. Whenever Johnston runs low on inspiration, he takes a trip to his favorite Tacobell to people watch and refuel his inspiration tank. Johnston is not the student you will find hanging out after classes socializing and attending school events but you may one day see his art on an advertisement or as cover art on your next iTunes download. With a degree in Communications and Graphic Design he may actually reach that goal.

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I <3 Media

Under the sea was where my dreams were when I was growing up. The Little Mermaid was just the absolute in entertainment. There were mer-people, songs, and even funny crabs. Who could deny their love for it as a child. Ariel was always my favorite princess growing up. Originally it was for artificial reasons like we both had really long red hair and liked to swim. However, as I grew older she remained in my heart because of her desire to travel to other cultures (the surface in her case) and learn about them even though everyone else around her feared it. I took this life lesson to heart at an early age and began traveling with my grandparents any chance I could get.

My grandparents immigrated to the United States from Germany during the Cold War and always taught me not to fear someone who is different but to be curious about them and get to know them. Looking back now I don’t believe that this lesson came from enlightenment but from having seen and been on the wrong end of judgment throughout they’re lives. My great grandfather had been killed ,by his superiors in the Nazi army ,because he stuck up for the Jews. They aren’t willing to talk about anything else that happened to our family during the war but I doubt that it was anything particularly pleasant although I can’t assume the worst either. Then, during the cold war they immigrated to a country that still harbored a lot of angst and anger toward Germany. This is most likely where the lesson came from. Naturally, at the time I was far too young to know any of that and really learned it from my favorite Disney movie (followed closely by Pocahontas for the same reason).

I feel rather fortunate for the lesson from Disney and my Grandparents. I can not claim to be free of prejudice by any means but I feel I am much more tolerant and eager to learn of other societies then most of the people I graduated high school with. I have recently been taking courses to try and better understand the cultures in the Middle East. And I am beginning to wonder how much conflict could be resolved (within the Middle East and globally) if more kids would really listen and see what Ariel and Pocahontas were trying to teach us? Fear of the unknown can drive us to terrible things. Of course this type of attitude towards everything in life living it to the full would be disastrous. Stereotypes usually exist for a reason but shouldn’t be taken as doctrine

Here is my picture that I feel illustrates the main idea I am trying to convey (as well as a few pivital moments from the Disney films):

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