No, activists are not setting wildfires around PDX, tho my buddy is pretty sure 3 idiotic teenagers set a fire on Elk Island near his house 2 nights ago. We did have someone set fire to a gas line of a hotel; it didn't take but could have been cataclysmic
I've read up a bit on the perpetrator, who is under arrest. He's had trouble with the law since at least 2012 (b & e; harassment); he's 36; his FB profile + photos do not fit any variation of the activist profile we've been seeing. Which could mean any number of things!
He could be a random hooligan, using the mayhem in the city as cover. Could be someone who locks onto any part of the movement in order to find a place to land/gain a sense of identity; I feel strongly this was the case with Michael Reinoehl (and will be writing more about that)
What I think will grow in tandem with the current movements (both nonviolent and violent) are individuals glomming on for the glow, people convincing themselves (or not) that this is the place to make a stand, to make a move. It's deeply troubling and can be contained by no one
Another reason to call things by their proper names. I've written before about the trouble we invite when the term "peaceful protest" becomes elastic, when people whip on ideological glasses and see property destruction as freedom of expression, change by any means necessary
I will be the kajillionth person to observe as much but, when small violences are excused and heralded, it's axiomatic step-up ones will be. Anyone who thinks blowing up a hotel, or burning people, cannot be reinterpreted as in the interest of justice has not read history

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17 Sep
I wondered last week whether Portland’s notorious rainy season might move in early and dampen activists’ enthusiasm for setting fire to police stations. Instead, Oregon got wildfires, which have burned more than a million acres and left at least ten people dead.
The smoke was so bad over Portland that residents were advised to stay indoors and all city parks were closed.

Can we credit the noxious conditions for bringing the nightly protests all but to a halt?
Maybe, though I think a hesitancy crept in earlier, after the August 29th shooting death of Aaron Danielson, by self-styled antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl, himself later killed by police seeking to arrest him.
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14 Sep
I had dinner last week with a friend who said she’d noticed something consistent with the protesters, no matter what part of the country they were in.
“They do things like stand in front of someone’s car and, when the car tries to move, claim they’re about to be run over,” she said. “They basically put themselves in danger and then make you responsible for keeping them safe.”
She referred to this phenomenon as safetyism, an idea introduced in Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s The Coddling of the American Mind, which described the concept as a “cult of safety… [that] deprived young people of the experiences that their antifragile minds need,…
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2 Aug
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I did my Facebook monthly check-in and saw this: "I was a summer intern working for your father on the NYSE on 1986. I was just talking to my children about something he told me that I kept with me forever when I looked him up online and saw that he passed earlier this year..."/2
"He treated me with respect at a time I barely deserved it... I learned a lot from him. I just wanted you to know that I appreciated him. Prayers from here." My goodness! What did he tell you?/3
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31 Jul
Have had a lot of people ask me, "What will happen in Portland, now that the feds are clearing out?" I've also had several people tell me. My gut reaction, that things would cool down bc demonstrators need an "enemy" to demonstrate ag, seems to have held true at the courthouse
What's interesting: still no local police presence, though some part of the city is working in the bg, e.g., Lownsdale Square, staging ground/tear gas relief + comfort station, appears to have been cleared out. (This was it last Saturday.)…
Better shot of what park looked like, and speaking of Riot Ribs: they're gone, after taking in $330,000 in donations in 20 days. Here's their letter as to why they closed shop RIOT RIBS 🔥 PRESS RELEASE  For Immediate Release						   To us, serving food was never about the money. We have everyaccess to the monetary donations because of the sense of urg. And about that...
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12 Jul
I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a chef friend from Portland, Oregon. For those not keeping up with the current cannibalism of Portland’s food community, it is engaged in an intramural suicide mission, “You can’t cancel me if I cancel you first.”
The names of the purportedly guilty are posted daily in the public square, aka, the once-adorable/now-abominable website Eater.

Sometimes, however, people can hear in advance the knives being sharpened.
My friend did, and contacted the key knife sharpener, demanding to know what evidence the sharpener had. The sharpener mentioned racism, misogyny, an allusion to fat-shaming, and then, with each claim stamped out, resorted to saying the conversation made her feel “unsafe.”
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Just after I turned 11, I took a cooking class in the home of a woman in my Brooklyn neighborhood. Once a week, she taught four other girls and me to cook.
The recipe I remember making most is fettucine alfredo, and I remember it because I made the dough from scratch, cut it into strips, and left it at my dad’s new place, with the note, “Daddy, I made the noodle dough and it is in the freezer, sleep well.”
Reading this, I do not think my father thought, “Well, my mom’s Italian so the kid’s safe there, but I don’t know if the ingredients are authentic so I better dump it in the trash.”
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