November 22nd, 2008

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TV be gone, be happy

According to this NYT article:

“We looked at 8 to 10 activities that happy people engage in, and for each one, the people who did the activities more — visiting others, going to church, all those things — were more happy,” Dr. Robinson said. “TV was the one activity that showed a negative relationship. Unhappy people did it more, and happy people did it less.”

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Fight Fred Phelps and Raise Money for Outside In!

Dear Community,
Westboro Baptist Church ( will be in Oregon on Monday, Nov. 24th to protest.  This group originally started through Rev. Fred Phelps and travels the country protesting the rights (and existence) of LGBT people, soldiers who have fought in wars, and many others.  They have been known to protest military funerals, as well as funerals of other innocent individuals based on their sexuality, race, religion, etc.  This group will be in Portland in various locations, as well as Silverton, OR to protest Stu Rasmussan, the nations first transgender mayor.
We are a group of grassroots activists, queers and allies that have decided to turn the WBC's message of hate into something positive for our community. Rather than engaging this group with hate, we would like to fight them by raising money for an organization that supports our community, Outside In.  You can see the services that Outside In provides to low-income adults and homeless youth, with lots of services for queer/trans youth, by visiting (  We are asking our local businesses and individuals to donate any amount of money from $.05 and up, for each minute that Westboro Baptist Church protests in our community(with a minimum donation of $10.)  The church is scheduled to protest from 7:30am to 12:30pm at various locations. The idea is that for every minute they spend in Oregon trying to tear our community down, they will actually be building us up.

How can you help?
Spread the word. Email you friends, your family, your neighbors, businesses.
Solicit donations. Make 3 calls to people you think might donate. Ask 3 businesses for support.
Donate to fight hate in Oregon!

Let's pull together and show this group that hate will not tear our community apart!

If you are interested in donating, please contact us at We will contact you after Monday the 24th to let you know how long the Westboro Baptist Church protested and how best to send in your contribution directly to Outside In. If you would you like to send in a flat donation amount directly to Outside In now, be sure to put "WBC" in the memo line or mention it with your donation.


Emo me

squirrel removal?

There is a squirrel that lives above my room. It climbs up the tree outside my house and in through a hole under the eaves of my room to make a nice comfy home in my attic. The land lord said they would send over an exterminator to get rid of it, but I am looking for a more humane solution. To cut off the branch it climbs up would be removing about 1/4 of the tree, so that might or might not be an option. We are going to fill the hole, but I am sure that it will come back in through some other way, clever bugger. Is there such a thing as a no kill exterminator? I cannot live through the incessant scratching, squeaking, moving around much longer and as much as I love staying over at my boyfriend's house, I really want to be able to sleep at mine.

And after the squirrel has been removed from the premises, does anyone have tried and true ways to make sure they don't come back - any scents that they hate, smells they loathe, sounds that drive them batty?



So I have a $36 dollar credit at River City Bicycles that I don't need does anyone want to buy it from me? I'm totally broke and really need the cash for important stuff like cat food and bus fare to and from work. If someone could help me out it would save my life!!
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To the Doctor Who fans out there...

I'm not sure if any other Best Buys have made the same mistake as the one in Vancouver... but I just picked up Doctor Who series 4 for $38 because of a typo. They have it advertised at $69 but the sticker on the dvd said $38.74, so they had to honor that price for me. I know a lot DPers are fans, so I thought I'd give a heads up... maybe other Best Buys made the same mistake!

And the long shot of the day award goes to...

The Criminology and Criminal justice program at PSU requires me to do 200 hours of criminal justice related interning per term over the next two terms. There's a big book of places to try in the CCJ office, but I figured "hey, why not ask DP?" Anyone know of any vaguely criminal justice related agencies seeking free labor to the tune of 400+ hours over the next six months? I am a CCJ major with a Psychology minor and planning to get my Master's in Psychology or Counseling. I am very responsible, hardworking and willing to volunteer more hours (up to 25 a week) if necessary.
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Running Fox


Hey Gang!

Does anyone out there in teh Eljay Land have an old PCMCIA Network Card with a dongle that you're not using and want to donate to a good cause? I think I goofed up the pins on the dongle that I have and now I can't get it to connect to the network. I prefer an older card that will work with Linux.

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