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Other databases (Lexis, Westlaw, maybe, who knows) may start doing this too for students, scientists, and other researchers, but in the meantime:

ProQuest launches free access to its databases for researchers affected by travel ban

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LawSites’ January 18, 2017, blog post, “Fake Lawyer Blogs Repost My Post About Their Fake Lawyer Blogs,” by Robert Ambrogi is hilarious and worthy of a [TED Talk funny man] James Veitch award – and also certainly deserving of a Chuck Shephard News of the Weird entry. It also sounds like a Borowitz Report! Wowsers – a humor trifecta.

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A country’s financial health, among other measures, depends a lot on views of how corrupt its political and financial leaders and systems are rated. (E.g. would you invest in a country where corruption is high, where you can’t record officially and protect in the country’s courts your financial and real estate investments, where corporate and government employees are “on the take,” etc?)

Here are some Corruption Ranking sources of information:

Transparency International (or select an individual country) and read their “What is (and Costs of) corruption” pages. And the Wikipedia page.

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Portland’s Street Roots newspaper has some terrific reporting on a wide variety of topics. This article is from a November 2016 issue; you can find other articles at their website.

This is not, however, to discourage those of you lucky enough to be able to buy a print Street Roots from their vendors!

Dishonorable: The trouble with Oregon’s judicial elections, by Emily Green, 3 Nov 2016 Street Roots:

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Radio doesn’t get any better than BBC’s World Service program Outlook. Listen to the “The Reluctant Death Row Executioner” episode as Frank Thompson, formerly in charge of the Oregon State Penitentiary, speaks to BBC’s Matthew Banister, about what executions do to the people who have to plan, drill, and carry out those executions.

And listen to other BBC Outlook programs, which are nothing short of inspirational, as are the BBC’s Fifth Floor program episodes.

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Still wondering about the jury verdict in the Bundy et al Malheur Militia case? This Oregonian article explains a lot. (You’ll  need to do some more homework to explain it all – or most of it, including, among other things, learning about sentencing guidelines and the (former) Oregon U.S. Attorney decision to appeal an Oregon federal district court judge’s sentencing decision.)

Never underestimate, or second guess, a jury until you stand in their shoes – or sit in their chairs:

“Who was John Killman? A tip and detective work unmask mystery man at Oregon refuge,” by Maxine Bernstein, [print] Oregonian, Sunday, November 6, 2016.

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“Universal Health Care Advocate T.R. Reid on Health Care around the World and in Oregon,” at KBOO (also recorded).

‘…. Reid’s work on the book “The Healing of America” was the basis for a popular PBS film “Sick Around the World,” followed by “US Health Care: the Good News.”

Reid chairs the Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care that is planning an initiative to achieve universal coverage for all residents. He has challenged Oregon to a contest in which whoever is first in achieving universal care will benefit the other….‘ [KBOO link to today’s (10/21/16 interview with T.R. Reid and link to source broadcast.]

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Maybe we need a political party named “Better Candidates.” Most of us would vote for “Better Candidates” in our local elections, too. Sigh. In the meantime, these popped up during my morning tour of our interweb estate:

Nicholas Kristof in the NYT: If Hillary Clinton Groped Men

Katha Pollitt in The Nation: On November 8, Pussy Grabs Back

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This time it’s a county law librarian, Jennifer Dalglish, Director of the Clackamas County Law Library.

The President’s Public Leadership Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the bench and bar by individuals who are not members of the Oregon State Bar. This year’s recipient is Jennifer Dalglish.” (Oregon State Bar Annual Awards, December 8, 2016. I saved today’s view of this site at the Internet Archive.)

Previous Oregon public law librarian honoree: Cathryn Bowie, Oregon State Law Librarian.