Sherman County Judge Candidate’s Forum, April 19
Notice. City of Moro Special Meeting, April 16
Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update
Greg Walden presses Facebook CEO on personal data protection online
The 2018 Ranking Of Free-Market Think Tanks Measured By Social Media Impact
US 97 Bridge Improvements Underway
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Sherman County Judge Candidate’s Forum, April 19
A Town Hall Candidate’s Debate for the upcoming Sherman County election will take place on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00PM at the Wasco School Events Center (old grade school) in Wasco. There are 4 candidates vying for the position of Sherman County Judge: Joe Dabulskis, Larry Hoctor, Fred Justesen and Mike Smith.
The debate will give the candidates a forum in which to answer questions from the audience and address current issues. The moderator, Rodger Nichols, is the News Director for Gorge Country Media. Prior to that, Rodger worked as a reporter for The Dalles Chronicle. He is very familiar with Sherman County and will add a great touch to the debate.
2. Notice. City of Moro Special Meeting, April 16
“NOTICE OF SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
CITY OF MORO
Notice is given that the Moro City Council will hold a Special Public Meeting on Monday April 16 at 07:00 p.m. at City Hall, 104 1st Street, Moro, Oregon 97039.
1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
2. 6TH STREET RESOLUTION WITH PROPERTY OWNER
3. BROADBAND RFP- FUNDS MATCH REQUEST
3. Sherman County School Tennis Schedule Update
Sherman HS Tennis
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Sherman vs Riverside/Stanfield at Stanfield has been CANCELLED.
Audrey Rooney, Registrar
Sherman High School
PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319
4. Cultivating Creativity
Yesterday, we talked about the perceptions some folks have about the quality of creativity. Having a sense of personal creativity is as valuable as any quality, and it is not limited to those we think of as having an “artistic” flair. All of us are creative, in one manner or another. In order to realize our innate creativity, consider these six conditions that allow creativity to flourish.
First – Aloneness. Not withdrawal or painful solitude, but the sense of being apart from the rest of the world around us.
Second – Inactivity. Not loafing or goofing off, but a break in the busy routine and plenty of space to do…
… daydreaming or woolgathering (#3). In daydreams, we make mental excursions into fantasy and these excursions breed creative activity.
Fourth – Mental replay of past creative efforts and resolution of past traumatic conflicts. Like a painter cleaning brushes or a sculptor sweeping away marble dust and chips, you are clearing a space for creativity to thrive.
Fifth – Gullibility. That’s right, gullibility. This is the willingness to suspend belief and accept what comes from inside without insisting on rationality or logic. In other words, let it go and let it flow – just get out of your own way for a few moments.
Sixth – Alertness and discipline. Although they are necessary for productivity in any endeavor, these qualities have a special meaning in creativity. The saying that creativity is “10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” means that creativity is accomplished by perseverance and focused work.
While most of our conditions require loosening of control and openness to the inner self, the last and most important is our willingness to put what we discover into action. Without this commitment to action, our creativity may never bubble over. Our creativity sits there as potential, unrealized. ~The Pacific Institute
5. Greg Walden presses Facebook CEO on personal data protection online
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing his efforts to improve personal privacy in the digital age, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today led a hearing to examine Facebook’s policies for protecting the personal information of its users. Walden, who serves as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for answers about the social media giant’s use of consumer data.
“The American people are concerned about how Facebook protects and profits from its users’ data. In short, does Facebook keep its end of the agreement with its users?,” said Walden. “People are willing to share quite a bit about their lives online based on the belief that they can easily navigate and control privacy settings and trust that their personal information is in good hands. If a company fails to keep its promises about how personal data are being used, that breach of trust must have consequences.”
During the hearing, Walden questioned Mr. Zuckerberg about how clearly the company describes its operations to its users, and whether or not the public has a full understanding of how Facebook uses their personal information.
“You have recently said that you and Facebook have not done a good job of explaining what Facebook does,” said Walden. “Back in 2012 and 2013 when a lot of this scraping of user and friend data was happening, did it ever cross your mind that you should be communicating more clearly with users about how Facebook is monetizing their data? I understand that Facebook does not sell user data per se, but it is also just as true that Facebook’s user data is probably the most valuable thing about Facebook. In fact, it may be the only truly valuable thing about Facebook. Why wasn’t explaining what Facebook does with users’ data a higher priority for you as a co-founder and now as CEO?”
Zuckerberg said that while there is a certain amount of control users have over how their information is shared on Facebook, there is not a broad understanding of how consumer data are shared with advertisers.
“I do think that we can do a better job of explaining how advertising works,” said Zuckerberg. “There is a common misperception, as you say, that keeps on being reported, that for some reason we sell data. I can’t be clearer on this topic: we don’t sell data. That’s not how advertising works, and I do think that we could probably be doing a clearer job of explaining that given the misperceptions that are out there.”
Walden concluded by raising the question of whether Congressional action is needed to help improve the protection of consumers’ data on platforms like Facebook.
“Given the situation, can you manage the issues that are before you? Or does Congress need to intercede?”, asked Walden.
The hearing Walden led today marked Mr. Zuckerberg’s first appearance as Facebook CEO before a Congressional committee in the House of Representatives.
6. The 2018 Ranking Of Free-Market Think Tanks Measured By Social Media Impact
As in other years, I again analyzed the presence of think tank and other organizations that promote a free economy on such popular social-media platforms as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The Heritage Foundation continues to be ranked first among free-market groups with Facebook and Twitter followers, and also in Web traffic. Heritage ranks ahead of Brookings in all social-media platforms with the exception of LinkedIn, which is used more for networking than for education or dissemination. The American Enterprise Institute leads in YouTube subscribers, while the Foundation for Economic Education had the video with most minutes viewed during the last year.
When we go beyond think tanks and include the efforts of intellectual entrepreneurs and other organizations, PragerU is the undisputed leader.
Among foreign groups several South American think tanks ranked extraordinarily well. The Instituto Mises, in Brazil, appeared in first or second position in five of the categories listed below, and Fundación Libertad y Progreso (Argentina) appears four times. A newer think tank which I expect will grow in all categories is Fundación para el Progreso, in Chile, which is scoring very well on YouTube and growing in other platforms.
Below are the free-market think tanks scoring first or second in the United States and from around the world (data compiled during the first week of March 2018):
7. US 97 Bridge Improvements Underway
The Dalles – The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Stellar J. Construction Company to replace and retrofit eight bridges on US 97.
The project will replace the existing US 97 Spanish Hollow Creek Bridge, located a half-mile south of Biggs Junction, and the Trout Creek Bridge, 17 miles north of Madras, to new seismically resilient bridges. Additional work will be done to seismically retrofit six other bridges over Spanish Hollow Creek near Biggs junction. Crews will also extend the southbound acceleration lane of US 97 from the US 30/US 97 intersection at the Biggs Jct. Interchange to match into the US 97 climbing lane a half mile south of the interchange.
The $15 million dollar project is essential to assist with traffic mobility in the case of a major seismic event. Crews have begun preliminary work to prepare for the bridge replacements. Motorists can expect to see temporary signals at both Spanish Hollow & Trout Creek bridges which will reduce traffic down to one lane. Oregon State Police will be enforcing the work zone for the duration of the project. The project is scheduled to be complete by fall 2019.
8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do