The best date-night combination imaginable - a light-hearted romantic story, world-class circus performers, a 4-course gourmet meal from Le Pigeon, and live musical accompaniment by The Stolen Sweets. Why the Mercury didn't tell you more is a mystery to me.
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Damos is a really nice guy in his actual life. I don't know him particularly well, but I have always been impressed by his courage and his intelligence. I've stood by him in nonviolent protests, shoulder to shoulder, while rioting cops charged a line of peaceful people with their nightsticks swinging; and he didn't raise a hand. I've seen him prostrate himself on the street and allow himself to be rather severely beaten and arrested, again showing only nonviolent resistance. It's true that he makes some pretty inadvisable statements online - I think this is a kind of release for him, and a way of challenging conventional mores that works for him on a philosophical level as well. I like him. It pains me to think of him sleeping in jail tonight, and potentially serving Federal time for making some stupid website about that racist murdering scumbag Joe Arpaio.
The raid itself was completely brutal and unnecessary. The FBI forcibly entered a house full of unarmed artsy college students and musicians, set off flash-bang grenades in their living room, held them all at gunpoint and roughed them up. One of the residents of the house was asleep in bed, and instead of opening her door they used some kind of big saw to cut a hole in her wall. Their house is destroyed, all of their computers and phones were confiscated, and some of them are severely traumatized; even though none of them were suspected of involvement in this silly "cyber-crime", and the Police ultimately left without arresting anyone.
Here's how this should have gone: The Police get a search warrant. They knock on the door, like "Police - Search Warrant!" The kids let them in, or don't, or whatever. The cops go in, they search the place, the confiscate the computers and maybe make some arrests or question the people who live there. Can anyone explain to me why this wasn't done? I agree with many voices who call this an act of harassment and intimidation. If there were ever a more perfect example of why the local government shouldn't be cooperating with the FBI in their Joint Terrorism Task Force, I haven't heard about it.
My heart goes out to everyone at the Doll House, and to Damos in the Big House. Those of you who who can't see the tragedy of this should think about why that is.
- Noah Mickens
I love it that you published this. I'm sure people will talk shit, but you've provided a crucial service and taken a courageous stand. Bravo. - Noah
I would just like to note that I have accidentally come upon this thread, and that I am in no way affiliated with the mysterious and wrongfully-scorned "Abusive". - Noah Mickens, not for The Oregonian
So, you're the people who take this kind of shit seriously, huh?
Do you look different than the rest of us? Like, is there some way I can identify you on sight so I can just avoid you and spend my get-to-know-you energy on someone with a sense of humor?
All those little mealy mouthed kids should worship at the feet of the great Dust-Devil Dustin Hubel. Third place my ass.
5000. - N.
Flowform is a pretty amazing new space, located inside the Watershed Warehouse, which is one of the very few reclaimed industrial art spaces successfully running in Portland. A martial arts and dance studio by day, they have a surprisingly good sound/stage set-up, an All Ages admission policy, and a room that' simply lovely. I'm putting a lot of my shows there during the coming year, and I encourage audience and producers alike to check the place out.
5000. - N.
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