Governor Ted Kulongoski unveils his budget on Monday, December 1, and already, rumors suggest it will include across-the-board trim for state departments, reflecting the economic downturn.
But with unemployment and use of social services at record highs in Oregon, charitable organizations say it’s no time for cutbacks in the types of assistance that keep vulnerable families afloat, and could help the economy as well.
Crystal Leighty has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service:
A private company has is offering airline passengers a chance to bypass security.
The clear card, as it’s called by Flyclear Corporation, will offer retina and finger print scans to passengers who are willing to volunteer private information and pass a TSA screening.
KBOO’S Kendall Archer speaks with Jason Glibeck from Flyclear Corporation about the new registered traveler card and some of the risks involved.
The International Journal of Intellectual Property Management just published a report that new Radio Frequency ID chip technology may conflict with the basic right to privacy.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg has more.
Thousands of people will gather this weekend at the gates of Fort Benning, in Georgia for a yearly protest against the School of the Americas, now known as WHINSEC.
The military school is a well known combat training center for Latin American soldiers.
Over its 59 years, the center has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers in counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics.
Today, KBOO reporter Owen Bastable spoke by phone with Hendrick Voss, an organizer of this year's protest.
The final part of the Ubu Xmas Special for 2008 gives us this rather depressing radio theater peice about some poor guy spending Chrismas alone, and unable to reach his friends or family. We've also tacked on the credits and stuff for the rest of the show.
It's the final Christmas at the Tush Whitehouse. Dubya's mother, Babs, gets to work rallying relatives to appropriate all the furnishings before the new first family moves in, while Prick Cheney works Dubya overtime in signing over everything to their corporate allies. It's the final chapter in the Ubu Hour's hilarous but tragic look at the Tush Administration. Everyone has been asking us, what is the Ubu Hour going to do, now that we don't have these clowns to make fun of anymore.
Santa Claus Is Coming, Part 2 of the Ubu Hour's 2008 Xmas Special. What can we say? Rudolf is drunk and puking, Santa is a mean old grump who whips his reindeer too hard, Homeland Security stops him for flying over American air space, and Jesus even makes an appearance in this irreverent, profanity-laced Christmas story that ends with Santa hanging out with a bunch of ho ho hos. WARNING: This radio theater peice contains sex, violence, vomiting and other material that may be objectional to some listeners.