Imagine not needing to buy alcohol or even needing to drink alcohol in order to get drunk. Further imagine that your own body was a brewery capable of producing alcohol internally. In the words of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, “What would you do with all that power?” Auto-brewery syndrome (gut fermentation syndrome) is an unusual medical condition in which potentially intoxicating quantities of alcohol (ethanol) are produced through endogenous fermentation within the digestive system (aka “gut”) by a yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae or a diploid fungus, yeast, and filamentous cells called Candida albicans. While the condition sounds to some like a joke or an excuse for DUI, auto-brewery syndrome is a very real — albeit rare — medical phenomenon. Because the yeast thrives on sugar and carbohydrates, treatment for the disorder typically consists of use of antifungal drugs and a low-sugar and low-carbohydrate diet. However, if a person doesn’t know they have this condition, they may not take steps to address it. Auto-brewery Syndrome in the Media In early 2014, The Mad Science Blog published a blog post that efficiently summarized the science of auto-brewery syndrome. Later in 2014, ABC News’ “20/20” ran a story titled, “Drunk Without Alcohol: Strange Condition Ferments Food in Gut” on auto-brewery syndrome. Techinsider.io and BuzzFeed reported on the phenomenon in 2015, and Bustle also reported on it in early 2016. Most media reports on auto-brewery syndrome focus on the novelty and received humor of the medical condition, and the legal defenses it presents (or appears to present). However, for people who actually suffer from the condition, it’s anything but humorous. It’s alarming, frustrating, anxiety-causing, and dangerous. It can also lead to very expensive medical and legal problems. Is auto-brewery syndrome a [...]
Photo from Twitter. No rights to image claimed. Used under the "Fair Use" doctrine. Have you tried the new bright-orange Nike BIKETOWN bicycles in downtown Portland? My fiance and I rented two bikes on Thursday July 21, 2016, and here's what we thought about the BIKETOWN bike share program: BIKETOWN PDX Pros Both the bikes and racks are easy to find, with their bright-orange color. The bikes are easy for pedestrians and drivers to see, with their bright-orange color. The bikes are nimble and have excellent steering. The bikes come with seven speeds, front and rear brakes, an integrated locking system, and even a bell built-in to the left grip. The bikes are shaft-driven and do not use chains. This is a "pro" and a "con." The "pro" is that you won't get chain oil marks on your favorite pants. BIKETOWN PDX Cons You'll either love or hate the bright-orange corals. I think this will largely depend on whether you're a user of the service trying to find a bike, or someone who's neighborhood lost parking to the expansive and unsightly rack systems. The rental of these bikes is very expensive. After only renting a bike a dozen times, one could simply buy a basic cruiser and have it for years. We both received a warning and a $2 penalty charge for briefly locking the bikes up as we had a light dinner. The bikes apparently have odd rules about how much time you can use them, how much time they can be ridden, how much time they can remain idle, and where you can lock them up. The bikes are heavy. They are not terribly heavy for riding, but the rear of the bike [...]
Are you looking for Portland bars that allow minor children? You're not alone. Families in the Pacific Northwest love their beer and wine. According to Oregon Craft Beer, as of July 2015, there 58 breweries in Portland, 84 in the Portland metro area, 23 in Bend and 31 in Central Oregon, and 14 in Eugene. According to the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, there are more than 400 wineries in the Willamette Valley (the heart of Oregon Wine Country). Below are links to lists of Portland bars that allow minor children: 5th Quadrant: 3901 N. Williams Ave., Portland OR, 503-288-3996 Aladdin Theater: 3017 SE Milwaukie Blvd., Portland OR, 503-234-9694 ext. 2 Alameda Brewhouse: 4765 NE Fremont St., Portland OR, 503-460-9025 Ankeny Tap & Table: 2724 SE Ankeny St., Portland OR, 503-946-1898 Base Camp Brewing: 930 SE Oak St., Portland OR, 503-477-7479 Blitz: 2239 SE 11th Ave., Portland OR, 503-236-3592 Blitz: 110 NW 10th Ave., Portland OR, 503-222-2229 Blitz: 10935 SW 68th Parkway, Portland OR, 503-719-5157 Breakside Brewery: 820 NE Dekum St., Portland OR, 503-719-6475 BridgePort Brewpub: 1313 NW Marshall St., Portland OR, 503-241-3612 Burnside Brewing: 701 E Burnside St., Portland OR, 503-946-8151 Bushwhacker Cider: 901 NE Oneonta St., Portland OR, 971-229-1663 Cascade Brewing Barrel House: 939 SE Belmont St., Portland OR, 503-265-8603 Columbia River Brewing: 1728 NE 40th Ave., Portland OR, 503-943-6157 Concordia Ale House: 3276 NE Killingsworth St., Portland OR, 503-287-3929 County Cork Public House: 1329 NE Fremont St., Portland OR, 503-284-4805 Deschutes Brewery Public House: 210 NW 11th Ave., Portland OR, 503-296-4906 EastBurn: 1800 E Burnside St., Portland OR, 503-236-2876 Ecliptic Brewing: 825 N Cook St., Portland OR, 503-265-8002 Ex Novo Brewing: 2326 N Flint Ave., Portland OR, 503-894-8251 Fat Head's: 131 NW 13th [...]
There are frequently false positive drug tests in Oregon. The most common test kit used by Oregon State Police troopers, local sheriff's deputies, and city police officers is the NIK kit. The kits are relatively inexpensive and used in the field (during active investigations) to quickly test for controlled substances (aka "illegal drugs"). They are also used improperly by law enforcement to mislead suspects, judges, grand jurors, prosecutors, defense attorneys, defendants, and third-parties by providing a quasi-scientific aura to field drug testing. Take, for example, a cop in the field who wants to arrest someone for possession of cocaine. Let's say the person is found in possession of some pills and white powder in a baggie, but denies possession of cocaine. The cop runs a NIK test and then tells the suspect (the person is now a "suspect" in the eyes of the cop) that the test came back positive for cocaine. The cop will then arrest the suspect, and book them into jail. At the grand jury proceeding, the cop will tell the prosecutor and the grand jurors that the person was in possession of cocaine, based on the NIK test. This may make the difference between felony charges being filed, or not. The truth of the matter is that Tylenol PM could cause a NIK test to come back positive for cocaine-- even though there is no cocaine in Tylenol PM. For an illustrative video of how false positive drug tests can happen, check out the video below: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/marijuana-advocacy/ If you'd like to read even more about this project, check out the False Positives Equal False Justice executive summary.
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) are a new Google-backed form of webpage that are expected to be implemented into Google's search engine results in early 2016. Some marketers are theorizing that Google will give these pages a ranking boost because they will load fast and thus be preferred by mobile users. Preliminary tests have shown that AMP pages load four times faster and use eight times less data than traditional mobile-optimized pages. Search Engine Land has an article on the subject here, and more info can also be found at the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, and a primer on Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) can be found here, here, and here. More technical info is available here. Aside from the fact that Accelerated Mobile Pages are eventually expected to rank better than standard pages, it's important to consider that prospective clients don't have a lot of patience for bloated, slow-loading pages. Attorneys make want to consider the technical and psychological appear of a distilled-down page with good content, that loads quickly. In a nutshell, it doesn't appear that the pages can easily be written in an editor and simply put into a traditional attorney/lawyer website. It looks like the pages will require much more technical knowledge to code. However, it appears that this will be either the new format for mobile content or will provide a glimpse into where mobile content and design are headed. With more and more clients searching for legal advice and shopping for attorneys/lawyers on their mobile devices, hopefully there will be some editors created which will allow attorneys/lawyers to create these pages (or convert existing pages) in-house. UPDATE: Yoast now has a couple of good posts about AMP roll out here and here. Two plugins also appear to [...]
Disability Rights Oregon has completed a review of hours of video, interviewed 19 prisoners, and has issued a report detailing abuse of prisoners in Behavioral Health Unit at the Oregon State Penitentiary-- including routine use of tasers, pepper-spray, isolation, and denial of access to adequate mental health care. Disability Rights Oregon (formerly Oregon Advocacy Center) was established in 1977 (as the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Center) and is designated as Oregon’s Protection & Advocacy (P&A) system. Following a series of investigative reports in 1975 by reporter Geraldo Rivera, Congress mandated that each state and territory receiving funding under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975 (the "DD Act") establish a P&A system to protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Read more at OPB.
Two computer programmers from Seattle-- Eric Rachner and Phil Mocek (blog)-- have used Washington's Public Records Act and their analytic skills to uncover instances and patterns of officer misconduct at the Seattle Police Department, all while the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) systematically shielded dirty cops from reprimands. Read more at The Stranger and the Sky Valley Chronicle.
As of Friday April 9th, 2015, the Oregon DMV office location wait times for 37 offices around the state are now available on the Oregon DMV website. Under the caption "Wait Times at DMV Offices," click on the link labeled, "Office Wait Time System" for the "DMV Approximate Wait Times."
The New York Times published an article November 9th, 2014 that highlights police misuse of civil forfeiture laws. Originally intended to seize guns, cars, cash, and other fruits of criminal activity, civil forfeitures around the country are being used aggressively by law enforcement as nothing more than a shopping list for police departments to obtain items they want, and items that can be sold quickly for cash to fund the departments. This phenomenon has been well-known by criminal defense attorneys for years, but the video in the article is priceless. The seminar video is of a city attorney essentially boasting that his civil forfeiture techniques can get departments whatever they want. This article from the Lost Coast Outpost is interesting because it appears to be an example of someone actually fighting back. Most people would be satisfied with the return of 90% of their unlawfully-seized money, but these two men appear to be fighting the good fight to protect their civil liberties: they are demanding 100% of the return of their seized money, and suing the police for damages.
Nazi Sympathizer Mark Kruger As if the Portland Police Bureau doesn't have enough problems, Captain Mark Kruger's past just keeps coming back to tarnish the entire department and City of Portland. That Portland-- or any American city-- would hire, train, and keep employed a police captain with Nazi sympathies is simply shocking. Mark Kruger has a history of dressing up as a Nazi, erecting monuments to Nazi soldiers in Portland public spaces, collecting Nazi weapons & memorabilia, and-- in his official capacity with the Portland Police Bureau-- using excessive force during an anti-war protest in the city's downtown. Maxine Bernstein from The Oregonian has done a wonderful job covering this story, and the history of Portland's anti-Semitic cop. She reports that the city recently settled a tort claim filed by Kruger against the city after the Portland Police Performance Review Board disciplined Kruger for bringing “discredit and disgrace upon the Bureau and the City” by building a public tribute to five Nazi-era German soldiers at a city park while employed by the police bureau. The tort claim settlement dismissed the past discipline against Kruger and paid him $5,000. Mayor Charlie Hales has publicly apologized for signing the binding settlement agreement, but defends his actions. Please take a moment to let Mayor Charlie Hales know on his Facebook wall or Twitter feed that Portland has zero sympathy for Nazi sympathizers, and that the Mayor needs to do everything he can to discharge this fascist cop from the Portland police force. Maybe Argentina will welcome Kruger?