Monday, February 19, 2018

The Peter Iredale: 1906 to 2018

MaxRedline has a post up on the Peter Iredale with a current picture of the wreck remains.

Here's a postcard showing what it looked like when it foundered in 1906 from the Oregon Historical Society.

And one I took in 1986:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Not Too Many Republican Conservatives in the Senate (or anywhere else)

Only 28 votes* against the budget bill that continues massive deficit spending. Sixteen were Republicans:

Burr (R-NC)
Cassidy (R-LA)
Corker (R-TN)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daines (R-MT)
Enzi (R-WY)
Flake (R-AZ)
Grassley (R-IA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Lankford (R-OK)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Sasse (R-NE)
Toomey (R-PA)

Read 'em and weep. I guess Rand Paul was the only conservative senator running in the last election. Too bad I backed Cruz who caved. I'm glad to see Ben Sasse said no.

I have to agree with Mark Levin that this spending bill is a disgrace and mocks the "concern" Republicans have been spouting for so long about stealing from future generations to make life easy for the current one.
*I guess I have to applaud Senators Wyden and Merkley. They voted no even though it was based on politics rather than wanting a balanced budget. Still, a no vote is worth something.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Will the Oregonian Spotlight the Thousands of Vulnerable Oregonians the Shutdown Will Hurt?

In October of 2013 the Oregonian was concerned about what a federal government shutdown would do to thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of "vulnerable Oregonians".

One wonders if the Oregonian is searching out some of the thousands of current vulnerable Oregonians this shutdown will hurt. We'll see if there is a front page story or two with heart tugging photo and personal stories that will be published within the next two weeks. The 2013 shutdown began October 1st and the Oregonian had the above story posted on the 11th.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


I'm thankful to the Lord for so much. Most recently this little guy.

Gratitude is the bedrock of a happy life. G. K. Chesterton wrote: "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. " (Short History of England, chapter 6)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Oregonian Sees 13% Circulation Slide

Taken from Statement of Ownership information. Most recent publication Friday, October 13, 2017, and Sunday, October 15, 2017, in the Oregonian.
Oregonian paid circulation dropped 12,700 from September, 2016 (93,232), to September, 2017 (80,463). That's a 13% drop in a year. 

It's unclear if the Statement of Ownership contains digital circulation* numbers as well as print. So, the Oregonian may not have suffered an actual 12,700 circulation drop since 2016. However, it is clear that since 2012 circulation has dropped off considerably--as much as 63%. So has the physical size of the product itself, its first-hand reporting content and physical delivery to subscribers (only four days a week).

This may be why Pamplin Media Group is expanding its free newspaper delivery with local newspapers (Portland SE, SW, Gresham, etc.) as well as the free Portland Tribune (free at lots of pick up points). The Oregonian's decline is leaving a big news circulation hole to be filled in the Portland area and beyond.

See previous posts for 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012 Oregonian circulation information.
*In 2012 the Oregonian's digital circulation was 17,300. That is the last clear figure available for digital circulation.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sunspot Today

Was fooling around today with my new solar filter. Originally bought for my telescope but I can also hang it on my superzoom camera. It's just a flexible filter material like on the solar eclipse glasses but mounted in a round cardboard holder. Cost $20.

I went online and found a photo from the Royal Observatory of Belgium today which had the same little sunspot that showed up in my photo (on the right). Not bad. I'm hoping some day to catch a solar flare.