- At the Law and Disorder Conference last weekend, there were confrontations, both on Saturday and Sunday between organizers tabling for Deep Green Resistance, the organization headed by environmental authors Lierre Kieth and Derrick Jensen, and some genderqueer attendees, who took issue with Kieth’s avowed anti-trans, gender-essentialist politics. DGR co-founder Aric McBay left the organization in 2012, citing the organization’s anti-trans views.
- Trains carrying fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil shale have started running through the Northwest. There’s a Columbia River terminal operating in Clatskanie. One export terminal is slated for Vancouver, Wash. Increasing oil exports and consumption contributes to climate change. Last week scientists said that carbon concentration in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million, a dangerous threshold.
- Monsanto won a landmark ruling handed down by the Supreme Court yesterday, which reaffirms proprietary ownership of the genes they developed for their Roundup Ready soy bean.
- The Portland Police Bureau has demoted an officer who filed a workplace complaint against Cpt. Mark Kruger, a cop who really loves Nazis. Lt. Kristy Galvan will be demoted to sergeant. Texts between Galvan and the PPB’s Director of Services Mike Kuykendall, joking about Kruger being a Nazi, led to Kuykendall’s resignation earlier this year. Kruger was disciplined in 2010 for creating a shrine for Nazi soldiers on Rocky Butte.
- The Associated Press has learned that the Justice Department has seized two months-worth of phone records from most of its U.S. staff, obtaining records of calls from AP lines and reporters’ personal phones.
- Reporters for Bloomberg have been barred access from the company’s signature computer terminals after it was found that they could spy on the activities of Bloomberg business clients.