Good morning, Portland! Got plans for this weekend yet?
Here are the headlines.
Sanders Leads: According to the latest national poll from NPR, Bernie Sanders has the most support nationally among Democrats. Sanders polls at 31 percent—but Mike Bloomberg is in second, with 19 percent. Bloomberg will join his first Democratic debate tomorrow, so that should be fun?
Scout's Dishonor: The Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The organization is facing mounting legal fees for its handling of sexual abuse allegations, so it took a page from the Catholic Church's book and filed as a way to financially protect itself.
Leaked: The Oregonian got a look at a calendar that mocks Portland's homeless population, which was hanging in a Portland Fire & Rescue Bureau station until recently. The calendar shows photos of homeless camps around town, accompanied by very witty commentary like "Rules? What rules? This secondary campground is nestled against a mature greenspace (i.e. bioswale) with tons of room for all your friends and their junk!’’
Read the Article: Or, at the very least, read the thread about how everything you think you know about human trafficking is probably wrong.
I wrote about how anti-trafficking awareness campaigns are resurrecting debunked myths about "stranger danger" https://t.co/je9EUzUvvM— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) February 17, 2020
Billions: Amazon founder and world's richest person Jeff Bezos announced yesterday that he would donate $10 billion of his own money to fight climate change. The move comes after many of Bezos' own employees at Amazon—under the name Amazon Employees for Climate Justice—have been critical of the company's unsustainable practices. Details are scarce on where exactly Bezos' money will go, and Amazon Employees for Climate Justice expressed skepticism in a statement: "Will Jeff Bezos show us true leadership, or will he continue to be complicit in the acceleration of the climate crisis, while supposedly trying to help?”
Pretty Great: Walmart employees at 1,100 United States stores are expecting layoffs to happen soon, thanks to a new corporate program that Walmart is touting as "the key to winning the future of retail.” “People are worried they’re going to lose their jobs, their homes, their cars,” a Walmart employee told the Washington Post. “It’s very tense.”
The name of the program that will cause the layoffs? Great Workplace.
Deja Vu: A much-battled-over bill that would regulate the state's greenhouse gas emissions is once again being held up in the Oregon Legislature, because Republican lawmakers are once again dragging their feet and threatening to walk out on their jobs. Read more about the (lack of) progress on cap-and-trade in this report from OPB.
Truth and Consequences: Arguments have wrapped up in the case against Harvey Weinstein, and the jury will begin deliberating today. Weinstein faces one rape and one sexual assault charge, and could see prison time if the jury convicts him.
ICYMI: Valentine's Day may be long gone, but the Mercury's hilarious and terrifying tales of online dating are timeless.