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2020.08.14 23:09 Snoo_44245 A FUN "ROUTINE" DAY IN A MOHAWK (today's the day For flying stories)

Somewhere in Oregon, circa 1977
Many times the pilots schedule a flight just to get their required flight hours and there are times that there are no mission requirements (pictures or imagery of a certain target/facility). This was one of those days.
My pilot is Steve _ (there are two Steve’s so no attribution). We will be flying from Salem to Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, land there and return. Once we are off the ground CPT Steve informs me he has a lunch date in K Falls and so, do I mind waiting with the aircraft. No problems here I just like to fly!
We depart Salem, VFR (Visual Flying Rules, you kind of are looking out for yourself). We head South towards K Falls about 5,000 feet until we get just South of Eugene where the the Willamette valley ends and it becomes more mountainous.
Suddenly we lose altitude rapidly and we are flying down a valley, a narrow one. I realize that CPT Steve is familiar with our route and keep only one hand on my secondary ejection seat handle. We go around a wide corner and looking to my right, I see a Volkswagen camper van and a couple people pointing at me. Another wide swing around the narrow valley and there are power lines crossing the gorge directly in front of us. CPT Steve pulls up and we clear it handily. We then gain altitude and have an uneventful flight to Kingsley Field. We land; he has his date while I screw around on the flight line.
We are flying a B model Mohawk with a big SLAR (Side Looking Airborne Rader) boom mounted below and to the right of me. We leave Kingsley, but don't gain much altitude. There is farmland and a lake North of Kingsley and that’s where we are heading. We are flying over the lake so low, I am thinking if we had two SLAR booms, we could be skiing. As we hit the levy on the North end of the lake we fly right between two tractors. Wow!
We then pop up to a respectable altitude and CPT Steve asks if I have ever been "in" Crater Lake. No. He says there is a notch in the Southwest wall of the crater and that’s where we head. FAA rules say you must remain 1,500 feet above state parks and I think we are going to violate that rule. I am correct, we slide through the notch and down into the crater, flying around the lake below the level of the rim. I take the opportunity to turn on the belly camera and swing it to the 15 degree (below the wing) position. I ask Steve to pop up just a bit and get some great shots of Crater Lake Lodge from the lake side. Those 4.5 inch negatives are in my attic, somewhere.
Starting on the South side of the lake, just off the water, we aim at the North crater wall at 180 knots. The lake is ten miles across so we have plenty of room to pull up and clear the rim. As we get closer and closer to the rapidly approaching wall of rocks, I hear CPT Steve say "I hope we can make it". He is just kidding, but we do trade a lot of airspeed for altitude as we zoom over the crater rim.
Now we head back toward Salem and find that weather has closed in and we can no longer fly VFR. We must now fly IFR (Instrument Flying Rules, you are directed by in this case by Seattle Center) CPT Steve contacts Seattle Center and they assign us to 15,000 feet. As we climb to get over the clouds CPT Steve asks me if I have my oxygen mask (required over 10,000 feet). Nope. "Well, I didn't bring mine either" he responds. So, we clip the oxygen hoses to our harnesses; turn the oxygen to 100% and periodically flip open the protective cap and sip oxygen.
Shortly we are in the Eugene area and CPT Steve spots a hole in the clouds below us and informs Seattle Center that we are resuming VFR flight. We then nose over from 15,000 feet and make a high speed dive through this hole and resume level flight at about 1,500 feet (BTW this is usually a bad move as someone may be coming up through that very same hole). As we fly North, CPT Steve flies about a mile East of I-5. There are many 150-200 foot hillocks scattered along the East of the highway and we are slight further east of them.
CPT Steve suddenly dives down to about 20 ft and from the highway it looks like we have dived down behind a hill and not come up! We do not pull up and we fly nap of the earth for the next 20 miles. I am pointing out power poles and wires as we head north. About 20 miles from Salem we pop up to about 2,000 feet and make a normal approach and landing.
We walk into Flight Ops and someone asks how the flight went. CPT Steve replies "Routine". I stay silent, with a smile on my face.
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2020.07.06 07:07 cheesyshrimpchef PC for running Nintendo emulators and Steam, first build ($800)

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
I will mostly be running emulators for 3ds, Wii/Gamecube, and WiiU. I want to run these games at at least 3x native graphics. Specific games include Paper Mario the Thousand Year Door, Super Mario Sunshine, Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, Paper Mario Sticker Star, NSMB2, NSMBU, and Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. I also want to play Portal, Portal 2, and Cities Skylines on Steam. I might get into streaming and recording at some point but I will probably upgrade my pc before I commit to that.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Extra info or particulars:
I would like WiFi connectivity.
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2020.06.13 18:32 YellowRasperry Some DD on $FUV

What is Arcimoto?
Leadership and Management:
What are their existing products?
What are their Pipeline Products?
FUV EVERGREEN EDITION
DELIVERATOR
RAPID RESPONDER
Electric Vehicles:
2020 Quarter 1 Filings:
Potential Risks and Negatives:
Events Concerning Q2-Q4 and the Future:
Potential Positive Catalysts in the Near Future:
Important Dates:
Target Prices:
Conclusion: Please note this section contains opinions, and should not influence your decisions.
I really don’t know about this one. I’m a little on the edge with the vehicles themselves, because while they do appear to be useful and have some interest from the government, it feels like paying the price of a cheap car for a fancy rickshaw. While the market conditions for a cheap EV look good, I don't think I'd want something I'd have to wear a motorcycle helmet in. Additionally they don’t appear to be very safe or sturdy (imagine getting t-boned and your door is made of plastic), but I had similar thoughts about the Solo and it took off anyway. I do think the thought process behind the usages of a small electric vehicle is sound, and in the future it could potentially see some pretty good use in delivery. However, this would require a long term hold and I’m not sure how I’d feel about that considering their finances. Arcimoto has a lot of cash right now because of the filing, but in their annual risk report they stated they would only last until Q2 with their cash and it looks almost as if they nearly went bankrupt. They’re also quite small and heavily affected by COVID-19. Another thing I’ve noticed is that they’ve already failed to deliver a product as the FUV was hinted to drop last year. In general, too much can go wrong for this company making it quite risky but I wouldn’t be surprised if they suddenly announced a partnership or product release and their shares shot up. Looking at current circumstances a government contract isn’t even that far out of the real of possibility. I don’t think I’d go for it myself as the risk is a little too high for a 0-100% expected gain, but if they manage it well there could be nice gains off this.
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2020.06.13 06:04 DriftingPizza Sim racing/VR Gaming build $500-750

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
I will be playing sim racing games such as asseto corsa, forza, live for speed, etc. I do moat of my gaming on console, but would like the option to play other AAA titles for the mods if possible in the budget. Also would love to be VR capable for the Quest.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
$500-750
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
ASAP
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Just the tower pc
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Eugene Oregon USA. I don’t know what I microcenter is
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Basic dell mouse and keyboard. Only need it to get into sim at this point
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Should I? If so yes
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
No
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
No
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes if it Is needed
Extra info or particulars:
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2018.03.02 01:07 synapticrelease [Official] - Rule and FAQ Update!

New year new rules and FAQ section!
At least that was the plan! Finally, after much teasing, we are finally ready to roll out with a new and improved ruleset and FAQ guide. Actually, for the most part, the rules are mostly the same and the FAQ has been updated with additional updated information. This will be a thread where you can ask questions and suggest some feedback for us.
However, they are much more clarified and hopefully easier to understand. That was the main intention with this iteration of the new rule and FAQ set.
This was a group effort by everyone (including your feedback) and we hope that this will be the best iteration of the rules to date. There may be minor changes typos, grammar, formatting, and maybe some clarification if this thread points something out. The old rules are still in our rule section for now but it gives you something to compare to in this thread.
Though, we do expect a few tomatoes to be thrown our way
Official Portland Rules and FAQ

What are the rules for posting and commenting in /Portland?

0) The Golden Rule - All submissions should be relevant to Portland or the greater Portland area. Topics of interest about Oregon or national stories with a local connection may be allowed at moderator discretion. Off-topic submissions will be removed.
1) Trolling and Harassment - Be excellent to each other. Don't troll, threaten or otherwise be a nuisance. Endeavor to follow reddiquette in all things - make sure to read this and the Reddit content policy before posting anything.
1.1) Name-calling - Extreme or blatant use of racist, misogynist/misandrist, or homophobic language is strictly not allowed. Usage of slurs is also prohibited.
1.2) Doxing - Posting any personally identifying information about a Reddit user or resident of Portland for the purposes of shaming, witch hunting, or seeking legal action is strictly not allowed. This includes social media of all types (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.). Information regarding notable figures such as politicians and celebrities will be judged for appropriateness on a case by case basis. For example, we would likely remove the personal address of a city commissioner but not a link to a verified Twitter profile.
1.3) Creepshots - Pictures or video of unsuspecting parties may be removed.
1.4) Harassment - Harassment or stalking an /Portland user is strictly not allowed. This can include following users onto subreddits other than /Portland and /AskPortland.
1.5) Violence - Do not post content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people; likewise, do not post content that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals. Please refer to Reddit's site-wide policy on the topic. Joking or sarcastic comments about violence may be removed and treated as an actual call for violence.
1.6) Troll accounts - Users who consistently push the limits or otherwise attempt to violate the spirit of /Portland’s rules may have their comments removed and/or be subject to other moderation actions.
2) Spam and Crowdfunding - This includes posting the same type of content repeatedly, content deliberately designed to troll or be offensive (see Rule #1), any kind of SEO nonsense, advertising, items for sale or other commercial content. Exceptions are any public and charity events, some paid events (see below), and other things that are of benefit to the Portland community as a whole. Any abuse of these exceptions may lead to deletion and a possible ban.
2.1) You may not make a post on Portland promoting any paid service or paid product. To advertise on Portland you must go through Reddit's in-house advertising platform at http://www.reddit.com/advertising.
2.2) Can I post about events that cost money to attend? Yes, when it benefits the community discussion. This would include larger concerts, festivals, and shows. Posts will be removed or redirected if it is obvious self-promotion, with money being made from the event by OP. The post should focus on discussion, not sales, and will likely be confined to a megathread. It should also be limited to the greater Portland area, though on rare occasions large events from further away could be approved - the further away, the bigger the event has to be.
2.3) Events that are open to the public, and do not contain corporate sponsorship are welcome to post promotional material here.
2.4) Can I make a post about a charity event? Yes! All charity events are welcome to post promotional material here.
2.5) Crowdfunding links for the purposes of profiting monetarily in a for-profit business or personal way are not allowed.
2.6) Posts asking for participation in surveys, academic studies, or related subreddits will be judged on a case by case basis.
2.7) If you are associated with an event you are posting about then you are required to disclose that information inside the post.
2.8) Links to a user’s blog, website, or publication may be approved, but that user is expected to participate in the /Portland community beyond simply providing a link.
For all of the above, please see Reddit's FAQ regarding what constitutes spam and guidelines for self promotion.
3) Crime posts and police case numbers - If you are posting about a missing person, stolen item or other crime or law enforcement-related event, a police case number must be included along with the contact number for the office or agency handling the case. Please do not ask for users to reply via private message or personal email, or to call/message private numbers directly. In most cases, a link to a news story will work in place of a case number. Without this information, your post may be flagged and removed by the mods.
4) Novelty and Impersonation Accounts - Accounts with usernames that represent or attempt to represent any city or state agency, any local public utility, or accounts purporting to belong to members of the press will not be allowed without being verified by the moderator team. AMAs are usually allowed but require pre-verification. If a representative of those agencies or utilities wants to create an account for the purposes of interacting with the community on an official basis, they can send a message to the moderation team for directions on how to create a verified account.
4.1) Novelty accounts may be removed.
4.2) Accounts impersonating moderators will be removed.
4.3) Bots and accounts exhibiting bot-like behavior will be removed.
5) Gore/Disturbing imagery - Images of human remains, gore, or other disturbing imagery may be removed at moderator's discretion.
6) Duplicates - Duplicate posts on the same topic may be removed if the original is less than 48 hours old or is a common repost. If you have additional information or another news source, please submit it as a comment under the original post.
7) Editorialized Headlines - Headlines should be kept original whenever possible, with your opinions reserved for the comment section. An exception which might not fall under this rule would be, for example, a general housing study not Portland-specific but with the headline changed to "An interesting look at where real estate could be heading to in Portland". Otherwise, keep headlines intact.
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9) AskPortland - Questions related to moving or visiting Portland may be sent to our sister sub, /AskPortland. All the same rules in /Portland will apply to /AskPortland and it will be moderated more heavily to ensure it remains a helpful place.
Approval/Removal of all posts and comments is up to moderator discretion

I'm visiting your city, what is there to do?

FIRST: read the Visitor's Guide at /AskPortland. It is updated frequently and discussion/questions are encouraged.
The greater Portland area has lots of things to see and do, from museums to a wonderful zoo to numerous parks, restaurants, coffeehouses and microbreweries. Here are a few of our local highlights:
  • The Oregon Zoo - Located in Washington Park just off Highway 26 west of downtown, the Oregon Zoo was founded in 1888, making it the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. Home to 2,200 animals from more than 260 species, the zoo is probably most famous for its herd of five Asian elephants in their new Elephant Lands exhibit. Hours vary by season, usually around 9-10am until 4-6pm. Admission during peak season (Mar.-Sept.) is $14.95 adults / $9.95 kids (ages 3-11), during off-peak season (Oct.-Feb) is $9.95 adults / $4.95 kids, and toddlers are always free. It’s recommended that you take the MAX light rail Red Line or Blue Lines to get there, as you won't have to pay for parking (which can run up to $6), and you'll get $1.50 off your admission. The MAX stop for the Zoo is Washington Park Station -- at 260 feet below the surface it’s the deepest transit station in North America! Plan on your stay being more than just a quick jaunt, as the zoo is quite extensive. In addition to seeing the many animals, you can also ride the Washington Park and Zoo Railway, a ⅝ scale narrow-gauge railway with classic trains that roll around the zoo and out to the Rose Test Gardens. The cost to ride the train is $4.00. During the summer you can stake out a spot on the lawn for the [Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series](www.zooconcerts.com), and more during the holiday season more than a million LEDs light up the zoo each holiday season for ZooLights. For more information go to www.oregonzoo.org
  • The International Rose Test Garden - Part of Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden is a beautifully manicured set of gardens featuring over 7,000 individual rose specimens from over 550 different varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather. Founded in 1917, it is the oldest continuously operating rose test garden in the United States. An amphitheater often features classical music performances or speeches. Its 4.5 acres of terraced hillside offer stunning views of Mt. Hood and downtown Portland, and its quiet nature is excellent for picnics. For more information, go here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/findeindex.cfm?&action=ViewPark&propertyid=1113
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - OMSI is a large museum similar to San Francisco's Exploratorium. Its exhibits cover everything from geology to physics to chemistry to biology to human anatomy. It often hosts touring exhibits -- past examples include Body Worlds, an exhibit of da Vinci's notebooks with examples of his inventions, Grossology, and a National Geographic photography exhibit. OMSI also boasts the USS Blueback, a decommissioned Barbel-class submarine that was used in the filming of The Hunt for Red October and an episode of TNT’s The Librarians. You can tour the submarine, learn about how it was made and what Barbel-class submarines were used for during the Cold War. OMSI also has a recently remodeled planetarium that offers night-sky presentations and laser light shows, and an IMAX theater (called OMNIMAX) which runs both current-release movies and educational programs on a 5-story-high screen using dual Christie 4K projectors and Dolby Atmos audio. Admission to the museum is $14.50 for adults, $9.75 for kids. The submarine tour, planetarium, and OMNIMAX cost extra, in the $6-8 range depending on the toushow. Hours are daily 9:30-7 during the summer and Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-5:30 during the winter. For more info, go to www.omsi.edu
  • Oregon Historical Society - The history of Portland and the Oregon Territory is fascinating in a lot of respects, and the OHS does its best to cover it all. From the original native inhabitants to the adventures of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Oregon Trail to the founding and development of Portland, OHS has numerous displays and artifacts, as well as a massive catalog of historical documents. If you wish to learn about the history of the area, there is no better resource. Admission to the museum is free for Multnomah County residents, otherwise it’s $11 for adults, $9 for students/seniors, and $5 for kids (6-18yrs). There is no charge for admission to the research library. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday Noon-5pm. For more info, go to www.ohs.org
  • Portland Art Museum - Right across the street from the Oregon Historical Society, the Portland Art Museum hosts numerous rotating exhibits and touring exhibits of art from all genres. Its recent acquisition of the massive Masonic Temple next door means they now have extensive room in which to display art from all over the world, everything from classical Greek sculpture to modern impressionism to an exhibit on cars. Admission is $19.99 for adults, $16.99 for students/seniors, and children 17 and under are free. The Museum is closed on Monday, and open the rest of the week from 10am to either 5pm or 8pm depending on the day, so check the website before visiting: www.portlandartmuseum.org
  • The Old Portland Underground - Portland's history includes a shady portion of its past, and the Underground seeks to show that. Also known as The Shanghai Tunnels, the Underground is a series of interconnected basements, tunnels, and low passageways from early in Portland's life. Considered by many to be haunted, it's a must for those who like the dark, scary atmosphere of basements and crawl spaces. Tours are conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings, the first Thursday evening of the month, and possibly by request. Check out www.shanghaitunnels.info for tour scheduling and ticket prices.
  • Waterfront and Esplanade - As the Willamette River flows from south to north towards the Columbia River, it cuts the city in two, providing plenty of opportunity for parks by the water. In the 1970s, the west bank’s Harbor Drive was demolished (the first example of freeway removal in the US!) and replaced by Tom McCall Waterfront Park, made up of 36+ acres of cherry trees, grassy lawns, concrete walkways, sculptures, a public fountain, and numerous memorials. This park often hosts major events such as the Rose Festival rides and food court, the Waterfront Blues Festival, the Bite of Oregon, the Oregon Brewer's Festival, and moorage for the naval ships that come to Portland during the Rose Festival Fleet Week. Salmon Street Springs is a popular local hangout during the warmer months, and the multi-phase fountain is designed for children to play in. Across the river, a 1998 city parks project created the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, a 1.5 mile walking and bike path that mirrors Waterfront Park. Combining the two with sidewalks across the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges creates a wonderful walking/jogging/biking path that's slightly over 3 miles. Check out http://eventful.com/portland_ovenues/governor-tom-mccall-waterfront-park-/V0-001-000457577-8 to find out what events may be taking place there.
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square - Often referred to as "Portland's living room," the Square is a city block of brick work that hosts numerous city events, public speakers, our city Christmas Tree, and a place to stop and enjoy your lunch. Surrounded by shopping and large buildings, it's an open-air square with a continuous fountain and surrounded by large white columns. Our NBC affiliate has a satelite studio that looks onto the square, so you may see yourself on the news at some point. During July and August, every Friday night they show movies on a projection screen in an event known as Flicks on the Bricks. This coincides with a summer concert series called Noon Toons, which showcases local bands and is aired live by the NBC affiliate. www.thesquarepdx.org will have more info on events currently happening.
  • Blazers Basketball/Winterhawks Hockey/Timbers SocceThorns Soccer - Portland now boasts four professional sports teams: The Western Division NBA Trail Blazers, the Western Hockey League Winterhawks, Major League Soccer Timbers FC, winners of the 2015 MLS Cup, and the current National Women's Soccer League champion Thorns FC. The Trail Blazers and Winterhawks both play at the Rose Quarter, while the Timbers and Thorns play at Providence Park. Tickets for Blazers/Winterhawks events are available at www.rosequarter.com as well as a game schedule. We have a large soccer following in this city, and you can easily have a great time and make new friends at a Timbers game or watching it at one of our many sports bars (for example, 442, Thirsty Lion, and Marathon). You can find a list of Timbers Pub Partners here.
  • There are many more, www.travelportland.com/things-to-see-and-do will have many more ideas.
Other possible FAQ topics:

Where are the best views of the city?

Where can I go for a hike?

Where can I volunteer

Multnomah Falls/Gorge/Eagle Creek fire

I've got kids with me, what kind of child-oriented stuff is there?

  • Both the earlier mentioned Oregon Zoo and OMSI are both extremely kid friendly, and appropriate for just about any age. Toddlers may be a bit over-stimulated by OMSI, and the Zoo is quite large, so prepare accordingly. Our sports teams are also an option if your child is old enough to handle the noise levels.
  • Portland Children's Museum - An interactive educational museum and play center which shares a parking lot with the Oregon Zoo. Activities include a pretend veterinarian, a stage filled with props and costumes, places to draw and work clay, a rubber gravel pit for digging, a water area filled with pipes and water tables for splashing and making channels, and an enormous over-sized Lite-Brite wall. Admission is $9 per person. Hours can vary, see www.portlandcm.org for details.
  • Oaks Amusement Park - Step back into the heyday of roller rinks and small-town theme parks. Oaks Amusement Park has been a mainstay of Portland since 1905, opening with the Lewis and Clark Exposition. It features a roller coaster, go-karts, fairway rides, an arcade, outdoor picnic areas, and it's center attraction, an original 100 foot x 200 foot wooden roller skating rink. Outdoor activities are usually closed during the winter months, but skating is year round. Prices vary depending on what you wish to do with your day there, so look up www.oakspark.com for pricing, hours, and availability.

I'm moving to Portland, where should I live?

Portland, while not being very large geographically, is still pretty diverse in its cultures, tastes, and housing. Everything from major mansions to low-income housing is out there, and in a relatively small area. The best way to think about Portland is to realize it's made up of neighborhoods, most of which come from Portland's history and were originally their own small towns.
This is a good map of Portland's named neighborhoods.
The best idea is to find a location that is close to where you need to be on a regular basis (school, work, studio, family) but that also works well with your lifestyle. A good reference for deciding on what neighborhood will fit your lifestyle is The Portland Neighborhood Pages. Each of Portland's 95 neighborhoods is available with a general description, links to events/info of local import, and a google map of the area. Another more general resource is The Portland Neighborhood Guide, which is broader in it's focus and covers some of the cities and towns to the west.
As for looking for housing, www.padmapper.com is excellent for Portland, as is portland.craigslist.org and www.couchsurfing.org for more temporary accommodations. Keep in mind our rental market is extremely competitive. In 2013 our rental vacancy rate was only 3.1%, the second-lowest in the nation. You will want to budget for turning in a lot of applications, and may need to plan on attending open houses even for a small rental.
For people with children, schools are important, and another consideration when moving here. www.greatschools.org/oregon/portland rates all of the local schools on academics, test results, and community reviews.

I need some Internet service. What are my options?

Currently there are basically two main options for high speed internet in the city proper, Comcast and Centurylink. Some areas have Frontier FiOS available, primarily outside the city. Another option available is 4G wireless through Clear. If you're looking for other options or want to see personal recommendations, this search should bring up quite a few lively threads on the state of internet providers in the metro area. In the future there is the possibility of Google Fiber for the city, but the options remain limited for now.

I'm looking for somewhere to eat, what sounds good?

You're in luck. Portland has an extensive and diverse food culture, much of it based around our extensive collection of food carts. Currently 475 carts operate within the city limits, with more being added all the time. They can be as eclectic as they are varied, offering everything from standard lunch fair of burgers and hotdogs, to more unique food like Ethiopian cuisine, Korean BBQ, Viking Soul Food, and gourmet waffles. www.foodcartsportland.com has a full list of the Portland carts, as well as reviews on each one and a map of locations. Many of them are centered in what are known as "cart pods," which are sections of parking lots that have been converted into open-air food markets. For local redditor recommendations, read through this thread. You'll see some names pop up more than once, those would be the ones to try out first. A good way to find something near you is to use Cartattack, which gives you cart locations via GPS.
Beyond that, there are numerous eateries, restaurants, diners, and 24-hour places that serve Portlanders great food. http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/24/Portland-restaurants.html is probably your best resource for finding something more substantial in terms of sit-down eating.
Finally, there is one thing that Portland is well known for: Beer. Portland has numerous microbreweries and brewpubs, and consistently vies for the top spot in breweries per capita in the world. From IPAs to Stouts to Ambers and everything in between, Portland can and will offer you some of the best beer in the world. www.portlandbrewpubs.com has a full list of brewpubs, most of which offer tasting options or tours of the brewing facilities. Take a load off, kick back with a nice pint of something local, and enjoy the Portland experience!!

How do I get to Portland?

  • By car - If you are coming to Portland from outside the state, there are three major freeways that can get you here. From the south, I-5 will get you to Portland via Grants Pass, Medford, Eugene, and Salem from the California border in about 5-6 hours. It should be noted that during the winter months the areas around Grants Pass can have severe weather, and the pass may be closed or require traction devices. From the east, I-84 heads to Portland via Ontario, Pendleton, The Dalles, and Hood River. The drive from the Idaho border will take you around 7-8 hours. Again, weather can impact this drive, and closures/traction device requirements may occur. From the north, I-5 and I-205 cross the Columbia River from Washington, putting you directly into Portland. It takes about three hours to make the 175-mile drive from Seattle, but this time can be significantly impacted by traffic.
  • By car, the scenic way - Oregon is a naturally beautiful state, so if you have the time to take a longer drive, there are several recommendations. Highway 101 up the coast from California to Astoria and then Hwy 30 in to Portland is one such drive. It hits several small coastal communities along the way, with numerous points of interest. That drive will add 3-4 hours to your trip, but is worth the sights. Going through the east side and experiencing the high desert is another consideration. For this route take Hwy 97 from I-5 at Mt Shasta, and follow it up through Klamath Falls, then Bend, to the town of Madras. From there, take Hwy 26 and cross over Mt. Hood and into Portland. Both of these routes can be significantly impacted by weather, so look for closures or traction device requirements. This is especially true of Hwy 26 over Mt. Hood, as this reaches a peak height of over 4000 feet above sea level.
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  • By bus - Two major bus services serve travelers in the Portland area. Greyhound has its bus terminal on the same property as Union station, and makes runs on the north/south route of I-5, east via I-84 and Hwy 26, and west via Hwy 26. Ticket prices and schedules are available on their website.
  • By rail - Amtrak serves Portland via the north/south routes through Union Station, which is located right in the heart of downtown Portland. Ticket prices and schedules will vary depending on your starting location, so go to www.amtrak.com to find out what is available and how much it will cost.
  • By plane - The major airport in Portland is called Portland International Airport, known as PDX (a term often used as a nickname for Portland in general), and offers most major airline services, as well as international flights. It is located in Northeast Portland, and is located between I-5 and I-205. Our light rail service has a line that terminates just next to baggage claim, and is a useful way to get to and from the airport without the hassle of parking a car. www.trimet.org can be used to plan your trip there.

How do I get around town?

  • By foot - Portland is a city of sidewalks, for the most part. Much of the downtown core and surrounding areas feature wide sidewalks with large cross-walks and timed lights. So if you are staying downtown, you don't need to get a bus or cab, walking is the easy way to go. It also allows you to sample the food carts, find the odd and interesting shops, and generally enjoy the greenery and friendly people. Keep in mind that downtown Portland has much smaller blocks than most cities, so a walk of several blocks isn’t necessarily that far.
  • By bike - Portland is currently considered to be one of the best bike cities in the US. 314 miles of bike lanes and a culture accepting of two-wheeled transport means that getting out for a ride is much easier here. Many of the smaller coffee shops and restaurants quite happily advertise bike parking, and the city is currently working on a 2-year backlog of installing public bike racks. Your best bet would be to go to www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/36638 and pick up a map or two of places you'd like to ride. Add Biketown info
  • By bus/light rail - TriMet is Portland's regional mass transit provider, and has bus, light rail, and streetcar service. www.trimet.org has a trip planner (just need to know your address and the address or name of the location you want to get to) which will tell you how long of a wait you may have, how far you may need to walk, or how many buses you may need to take.
  • By taxi - Numerous taxi services operate in Portland, however it's not like in the bigger cities where there are fleets of them floating around waiting to pick you up. Your best bet would be to call and order a car to pick you up. Recommendations are to go with the larger, well-known companies like Radio Cab or Broadway.
  • By rental car - The usual fare of major car rental companies are available in Portland. Enterprise, Hertz, National and Budget Car Rentals all have several locations in Portland. However, as with any company that owns a chain of stores, your experience may vary depending on the location you go to. It's recommended that you search reviews for each location before picking one. Another option is Car2Go, a company that offers car sharing services for those who need a car occasionally but don't use one often. They have both gas and electric versions of the Smartcar FourTwo, and have approximately 250 cars in Portland. Go to their website for details concerning pricing and agreements.
  • By personal car - Much of the downtown core and portions of the surrounding area are built on a one-way grid system. So it helps to have a GPS or at least a good map to get around. One thing to remember, is that streets that run parallel to the river are all numbered, and the numbers get bigger as you move away from the river. So if you get lost, just find a numbered street, and head downhill. Admittedly, Portland can have issues with traffic during rush hour, so it's advised to travel the back roads a bit and find ways to avoid the three Interstate freeways and major highways during the 6-9am and 4-6pm times. Add info about Burnside/Willamette dividing into NSEW quadrants?

What resources are available for bicyclists?

Two great web resources are /CyclePDX and Bike Portland.

I've got stuff that I need to get rid of, but it shouldn't go in the trash. What should I do?

There's help for that. Metro has a great website that offers insight on how to get rid of anything from packing peanuts to propane canisters to power tools, this site will give you the info to trash, turn in, reuse, or recycle those things that you just can't have floating around anymore.
If you want to get rid of computers that are still in decent repair, look into www.freegeek.org as they provide refurbished computers to schools and those in need. They are also set up as a way for people to learn about computers through free classes and volunteers who work on everything from cleaning dirty machines to building computers.
Another option is SCRAP PDX, which is a non-profit recycling center for office or classroom materials. Designed as a way to inspire creativity while reducing garbage and encouraging reuse and recycling, SCRAP PDX offers a way for people to drop off unwanted or unused arts and crafts, office, party, or school supplies, which are then resold to those who made need them for their own projects. Further details are at their website.

My pet is sick and needs a vet NOW. Where should I go?

Portland has several area vet hospitals, several of which are 24-hour intake facilities. Locations and providers can vary, so check to see which one is closest and best for your pet. Below is a list of the larger and reputable locations in Portland:

How does one cope with downtown living?

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This is expounding on this thread. Living in downtown has it's own unique challenges and rewards. Here are some ways I dealt with things in my 8 years downtown.
Drunks & Crazies Keeping You Up
  • Expect it. That does not mean it is right, but the fact of the matter is downtown Portland at night is full of douche-y suburbanites that will do stuff downtown that they would call 911 on you for doing in their neighborhood, drug addicts/alcoholics and the mentally ill. Let their douchiness flow through you and out the other side lest you be swept into the maelstrom of asshattery.
  • Portland Police non-emergency number: 503-823-3333 - If someone is lingering and being loud, call.
  • For drunks that are passed out, etc. Call CHIERS - the local drunk tank - (503) 294-1681
  • If you are in their service area, call Clean and Safe at 503-224-7383. If you call police with a non-emergency that is probably a non-arrestable offense within that map between 9-5, they are simply going to ask Clean and Safe to handle it anyways. Don't expect C&S to do too much. They carry a gun and are retired cops, but have no authority to arrest. They are there to move people along, write reports and call the cops if it gets too bad.
  • If the person is in a park downtown, the Park Rangers now have jurisdiction unless it is a 911 emergency - 503-823-1637
  • If the drunk is hanging outside a particular bar, store, grocery store or restaurant and being loud - call that establishment and have their security go outside and shut them up. Many times this is actually what the police do when you call them for a disturbance.
  • Use a combination of the pink noise at http://simplynoise.com/ and a fan. I found that combination block out all but the most egregious drunktards.
Trouble On The Streets
  • I lived and worked downtown plus walked everywhere I went for the time I lived there. I only had one full-blown altercation in all that time and could have avoided that if I'd chosen too. Don't expect any trouble but be aware of your surroundings. You are more likely to encounter annoyances rather than an actual problem on the streets of downtown.
  • Also call clean and safe if there is a part of downtown that needs to be cleaned, various human excretions, dirty needles and the like.
  • IF you run into trouble downtown, it will most likely happen after 10 PM or so between SW Broadway and the river and SW Washington and the train station.
  • Use the numbers above for non-911 problems.
Annoyances
  • Panhandlers. There are days I would get hit up for change 20 times or more. If the person is aggressive, please call police. Ignoring them just means that many more people will have to deal with it. How you interact with panhandlers is up to you, your personality and tolerance level. When I moved here I gave out change, then I started saying "sorry" when they asked, then I put in earbuds and pretended not to hear them even if I had no music on, the I dropped the pretense and just ignored them unless they were offensive... I'm sure on bad days I told a couple to get fucked but there was really no need for that. PLEASE do NOT give panhandlers money. I'm could write a novel about this, homelessness in Portland, services and ways of really helping these people. The change is perpetuating all sorts of problems. I will address this in the comments if needed.
  • Chuggers AKA "Charity Muggers". These are the people that stand on the corner and ask you if you want to help the whales or orphaned children. I've dealt with them in the same way I've dealt with panhandlers. Once the rainy season ends, expect them to descend on every street corner downtown.
The Up-Side
  • Too much to list here really
  • You are living in a really fucking cool city
  • Just going for a short walk can be quite an experience. You never know what you will see
  • There is a lot to see and do on foot. Get out and enjoy the parks, museums, people watching, bars and more.
  • Remember all the great stuff and try to focus on that when some wino decides to pick a fight with a newspaper vending machine at 3 in the morning.

Why are there fighter jets flying over the city?

The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing (the “Redhawks”) operates F-15C/D Eagle fighter jets out of the Portland Air National Guard Base at Portland International Airport. They are on 24-hour alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and can frequently be seen in the skies throughout the region.
You can find more information in this detailed explanation at PortlandMofo: Military Jets Over Portland Today Explanation

What was that loud noise/bang/explosion?

No idea. I’m sure there will be any number of posts about it soon.

What are the flickering orange things sometimes seen floating in the sky?

Those are the star ships of the alien sex goddesses that live in a pleasure dome that orbits just outside the Kuiper Belt. Sometimes they descend to earth to collect a few worthy humans to bring back with them to shower with fruity champagne cocktails and watermelon balls.
But no, really those are just paper lanterns that are part of some festivals sometimes, or maybe goofs launch them to cause confusion and mayhem.
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2015.01.10 20:42 errday Who’s In, Who’s Out? Answer: Oregon and Ohio State, respectively. A love letter to the contenders from Oregon from a pretender in Oregon.

First things first…
Guys, this has been a really shitty year for me. I just found out that someone really close to me is dying. I found that out on Christmas Eve. And that sucks. I am only two years removed from college at UO and I am about to start Grad school in the summer and I don’t know if he will be around when I get my master’s degree and my teaching license. That’s not the sort of thing you want to think about all the time, and I currently live in a small town where everyone knows everyone and everywhere I go people keep bringing it up. I know that part isn’t funny and it doesn’t have much to do with football but that’s where my mind is right now. The one thing the two of us have in common more than anything is our love for Oregon football and I know it would mean so much to both of us as lifelong fans (especially for him since he was around for the 1983 Toilet Bowl) for him to see the Ducks finally win a Championship game before he goes. It has been a shitty year but this year’s college football season has made it that much better. It’s been great because I have been forcing myself to write for pleasure which I haven’t done in years, it’s been great because we have the best Oregon team I have ever seen in the biggest College Football game in history, and I have a devoted fan base of college football fans that are willing to take the time out of their lives and read the bullshit that I come up with, and it feels amazing. And despite all the crap that my family and I have been through it helps out a lot. I wanted to begin by saying that. Not as this character I created errday, this arrogant asshole who thinks he knows everything about football and isn’t willing to admit when he’s wrong, but as myself a confused kid who loves football and sometimes needs an escape from the harsh reality he’s living in. By the way, my name is Aaron. Some of you know me.
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Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Jesus, Aaron! It’s a football blog not a fucking therapy session! Hey guy’s it’s errday and I am here to talk about the thing that has been on every Duck fan’s mind since about 5:30 pm pacific time on New Year’s Day. That is of course how many rent checks I had to tear up because I put 2014 as the date. I know you guys, and you guys have definitely been thinking of all those poor checks that are now null and void. Just fucking with you, I’m talking about the National Championship! Oregon Ducks! Ohio State Buckeyes! Dallas Texas! It’s On! Oregon had a tough test with…they had a real struggle…goddammit I can’t even finish that sentence. Oregon massacred Florida State and gave Jameis Winston his first loss in his final game as a Nole. Although if you asked Jameis he’d tell you that the Noles really beat themselves and that the game was really up for grabs. He has a point though, take away 39 Oregon points and it’s a tie! But Oregon survived the first round of the playoff in Pasadena and Ohio State shocked the nation by beating Nick Saban and Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and now the stage is set for the biggest game in College Football History. The College Football Playoff Championship. On to the picks.

Welcome To The Big Show
Oregon’s Receivers
We saw some unfortunate things happen in the Rose Bowl on the opening kickoff when we lost WR Devon Allen. Not only is it bad for the football team but the track team potentially loses a returning National Champion. And we got a bit more bad news last night when we found out Darren Carrington, the WR who came out of nowhere to have two big games against Arizona and Florida State, failed a drug test due to THC and is ineligible for the big game. I gotta say I’m pissed at Carrington for being so selfish. When I found out last night I was so shocked I spilled bongwater all over the burner where I was cooking meth! But then I realized something. We have 8 receivers with 300 yards receiving this year. Dwane Stanford, Charles Nelson, Kenan Lowe, Byron Marshall, Evan Bayliss, and Johnny Mundt are all healthy and all ready to go. We even have our punt returner Johnathan Lloyd who isn’t tall but is really speedy, and no one on this team knows this stage more than Johnathan Lloyd who spent his last two seasons of basketball making runs in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State knows the next man up philosophy very well, but Oregon has been doing it all season. These guys will be ready and Ohio State won’t know what hit them.
THE THREE HEADED BEAST
Thomas Tyner was healthy for the first time in several games and it was glorious. That big physical Florida State front seven that we had been hearing about since the Rose Bowl matchup was announced allowed Tyner in the endzone twice as well as Rolls Royce Freeman making two house calls of his own. Marshall did his thing as the slot receiver and sometimes as the running back and was very effective in both positions. The tempo was turned up to 11 and by the second quarter Florida State was running out of gas. Having all three of our running backs healthy was huge in the Rose Bowl and it’s going to be even bigger in the national championship. Freeman will bruise up the defensive line, Tyner will cruise right past them, and Marshall will be catching balls from the slot and burning the defense with the option game. Oh yeah, our quarterback can run too.
Don’t Let the Door Hit Your Ass
Cardale Jones
Don’t get me wrong, the fact that Ohio State has reached the National Title game with their third string quarterback is nothing short of genius coaching from one of the best to ever hold a clipboard. Urban Meyer has my eternal respect for keeping his team on track after losing not one but two Heisman candidate quaterbacks. That being said, Cardale Jones is fucking toast. The guy can run and he can run over you like Jeremiah Masoli used to do for us back in the day. So we need to prevent him from taking off. Also he’s got an effective runner in Ezekiel Elliot who will receive the bulk of the carries, so we need to stop him too. Now, that means Cardale Jones will have to beat us through the air. Jones claims he can throw 80 yards just fine, I’m not sure if he understands how long that is, after all he ain’t come to play school. But if you watch the way he throws he likes to float the ball up in the air. Now can you think of anyone who likes it when the opposing quarterback floats the ball up the air? Perhaps CB Erick Dargan, who leads our team in interceptions and tackles? Even without Ifo Ekpre Olumu, our defense was able to get the takeaways necessary to clobber Florida State and I see no difference with Cardale Jones. If you force him to throw you are forcing him to make a mistake. And our secondary would love to benefit.
The Drought
There are many of you who have not followed the Ducks before the Chip Kelly era. And I get it, we’re an emerging power and we are pretty new to elite status. So welcome to the bandwagon and I hope you are here to stay. If you have been here for as long as I have or even longer you will know what exactly is at stake on Monday night. So let me go through what it all means:
*1980s Oregon was shit. We couldn’t win a game if our life depended on it the only time Autzen Stadium was sold out was when the Grateful Dead were playing one of their annual Eugene concerts and Ken Kesey was rolling backstage.
*1983 The years of basement dwelling came to a head when Oregon played Oregon State in the last scoreless tie in college football history. A game that had 11 fumbles, 5 interceptions, 4 missed field goals, and 0 points. It was the absolute low point in Oregon football history. Not just the University of Oregon, I mean the state of Oregon.
*1990s head coach Rich Brooks started putting together a talented staff that included future head coach Mike Bellottti, former Duck great lineman and still the o-line coach Steve Greatwood, the best running backs coach as well as the sharpest dressed man in college football Gary Campbell, and future defensive coordinators Don Pellum and Nick Alliotti.
*1994 Oregon has its best season in years capped off by a trip to the Rose Bowl. A game they would end up losing to Penn State. The season is highlighted by the game against Washington, the game that ended in the most iconic play in Oregon history. The Pick.
*1995 Rich Brooks decides to retire on top and Mike Bellotti takes over as head coach. He would go on to be the winningest coach in Oregon history and is currently enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame
*1999 Oregon and Oregon State have made it to the forefront of College football. A win over the Beavers would have put the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. A loss would have given the Beavers the Rose Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl based on whether or not Washington State could win the Apple Cup later that day (they did). It was the first time that both teams came in ranked in the top 10. The Beavers dashed the Ducks’ dreams that day and would go on to deliver a spanking to the vastly overrated Notre Dame Fighting Irish (what a shock Notre Dame was overrated) in the Fiesta Bowl, while Oregon went on to beat Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Joey Harrington scored on a touchdown pass, catch, and run in that bowl game.
*2001 The Ducks led by Heisman Trophy candidate Joey Harrington got revenge on the Beavers and was one win away from a perfect season. That lone loss came to future public enemy #1 Stanford. The Ducks were Pac 10 Champions and were awaiting a date in their first National Championship game. A game which would have finally validated all the success that Rich Brooks and Mike Bellotti brought to the program. They were to face an undefeated Miami if they were to be selected. The Bullshit College System picks Nebraska over Oregon even though Nebraska failed to win their conference and was crushed by Colorado before being crushed again by Miami. (Burn in hell BCS). The Ducks who lived and died by close games that season put in a dominant performance against that same Colorado team in the Fiesta Bowl. Even though Oregon was clearly the better team, they didn’t get their chance to prove it in one of the most controversial BCS games ever.
*2004 The only losing season in the Mike Bellotti era. The Ducks went 5-6 including losses to Cal, Oregon State, and then ranked #2 Oklahoma (a team that would go on to get pasted in the national title game against USC). They could not find a starter amongst quarterbacks AJ Feely and Kellen Clemons and there was zero consistency. They fired offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and decided to move to a spread offense.
*2005 Oregon came off their bowless season with a ten win season capped off by a huge win over Oregon State notable for the fog that rolled through Autzen Stadium. But more importantly it was the debut of Nike’s new look for Oregon’s uniforms, the uniforms would grow and evolve to become the defining look of the new era of college football.
*2007 Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton jumped ship to LSU and the Oregon spread offense was without a play caller. Mike Bellotti had been learning about the spread through an unknown coordinator out of New Hampshire named Chip Kelly. He hired Kelly to run the Oregon offense and the improvement was immediate. A previously inconsistent quarterback, Dennis Dixon became a Heisman frontrunner through running the spread and Oregon would beat Michigan, USC, and Arizona State. The Ducks were seen as unstoppable and it looked like this would finally be the year they would play for a national championship. Dennis Dixon tore his ACL against Arizona and they would drop the next 3 games.
*2009 Chip Kelly took over as Head Coach. After enduring an embarrassing loss against Boise State which was punctuated by LeGarratte Blount punching a Bronco player and being suspended for most of the season, The Ducks would go on to win the Pac 10 and eventually lose to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Highlights of the season include the worst USC loss in the Pete Carrol era, a double overtime instant classic against Arizona, and a Civil War where both teams were competing for a spot in the Rose Bowl.
*2010. The perfect season. Oregon rolled through its entire schedule including wins over USC led by Matt Barkley and Stanford led by Andrew Luck. RB LaMichael James led the nation in rushing and finished third in the Heisman trophy ballots, the highest a Duck finished at the time. They finally played for a National Title against Auburn but due to a missed tackle Auburn put themselves in position to win on a last second field goal.
*2012 Oregon begins the year by ending its 95 year Rose Bowl drought against Wisconsin in an instant classic. They start the 2012 campaign looking for a replacement for the departed quarterback Darron Thomas. Brian Bennett is the favorite to receive it but an unknown talent emerges as starter. A young redshirt freshman named Marcus Mariota. The Ducks were a single field goal away from a national championship game. They would go on to beat Kansas State soundly in the Fiesta Bowl.
*2015 Oregon loses to Arizona. Gets revenge in the Pac 12 Championship game. Mariota wins Oregon’s first Heisman trophy. The Ducks beat Florida State in the first round of the first ever college football playoff…but the script isn’t over.
This is history 121 years in the making. The Ducks have been beaten, bruised, laughed at, cast aside, and abused by the system. And now the Ducks are the system. Everyone wants to be Oregon. Everyone wants the uniforms. Everyone wants the offense. Everyone wants the speed. And you know what, outside of Columbus Ohio, Corvallis Oregon, and Seattle Washington, Everyone wants the Ducks to win. We aren’t making history, we have already made history. We are just putting an exclamation point on history.
121 years, and it’s finally our turn.
Go Ducks.
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This is going to be the most boring twitter account in the offseason
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2014.05.14 13:42 septicman May 17th, 1968: "Executed Event SUBMISS at 271915Z for USS Scorpion. All submarine units surface or remain surfaced until this message cancelled." The mystery of SSN-589, a US Nuclear Submarine that sank with all hands in the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1968, at the height of the Cold War, a nuclear submarine with a crew of 99 goes missing in the Atlantic Ocean. Shrouded in secrecy, the truth of what really happened remains a mystery to this day.
 

INTRODUCTION

 
    The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion got the top secret message shortly before midnight: Change course and head for the Canary islands, where a mysterious collection of Soviet ships had caught the Navy's eye. Thirty-three minutes later, the Scorpion surfaced at the U.S. submarine base in Rota, Spain, to transfer two crewmen ashore via a Navy tug. The men had emergency leave orders, one for a family matter, the other for medical reasons.
 
    It was May 17, 1968, and it was the last time anyone saw the Scorpion. The submarine sank five days later. More than five months later, the Scorpion's wreckage was found on the ocean floor, two miles deep in the Atlantic. All 99 men aboard had died.
 
    Spokesman Cmdr. Frank Thorp on Tuesday repeated the Navy's position the Scorpion sank because of a malfunction while returning to its home port of Norfolk, Va.:
 
 "While the precise cause of the loss remains undetermined, there is no information to support the theory that the submarine's loss resulted from hostile action or any involvement by a Soviet ship or submarine." 
 
    But in fact, the Scorpion at the time it sank was at the center of a web of espionage, high-tech surveillance and a possible Cold War military clash that resulted in an alleged agreement by both the United States and the former Soviet Union to cover up the full accounting of what happened.
 

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    A review of hundreds of documents and interviews with dozens of current and former military personnel presents a scenario dramatically different from the official Navy version:
 
  • The Scorpion was not on a routine crossing of the Atlantic, but had been diverted to a top-secret mission to spy on a group of Soviet ships, including a nuclear submarine.
 
  • Although the Navy's official explanation was of a mechanical malfunction, that countermanded an earlier conclusion by a panel of senior Navy officials that the Scorpion was sunk by a torpedo. The panel concluded it was one at the Scorpion's own torpedoes, gone awry. Experts still disagree about whether it could have been a Soviet torpedo.
 
  • The Scorpion believed it was operating in secret, but John Walker, the Navy's most notorious spy, had given the Soviets the codes they needed to track the U.S. submarine in the hours before it sank. The Soviets had the ability to monitor an electronic transmissions to the Scorpion, including the encrypted orders sending it on its spy mission
 
  • Several Russian admirals say senior Navy officials in both the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to never disclose details of the Scorpion incident and the loss of a Soviet missile sub in the Pacific two months earlier in 1968. To do so, they say, could have seriously damaged U.S. - Soviet relations.
 

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    Senior Vice Adm. Philip Beshany, an admiral in the Pentagon at the time of the Scorpion sinking said in a recent interview that U.S. intelligence agencies feared the submarine was headed into possible danger, based on intercepted Soviet naval communications in the Atlantic.
 
 "There was some communications analysis that the Scorpion had been detected by the group she had been shadowing and conceivably they had trailed her. There were some speculations that not only did they track her but attacked her." 
 
    Beshany at the time of the sinking was a rear admiral in charge of the Navy's submarine warfare programs and had access to the most critical intelligence data. However, Beshany said to his recollection the intelligence of Soviet hostility was never confirmed.
 
     There is evidence that indirectly supports Beshany's assertion that the U.S. intelligence community learned of a possible confrontation between the Scorpion and the Soviet warships it had been sent to spy on.
 

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    The Navy mounted a secret search for the submarine within 24 hours of its sinking, several retired admirals told the Post-Intelligencer. The search was so highly classified that the rest of the Navy, and even a Navy Court of Inquiry that investigated the sinking later in 1968, were never told about it. Friends and relatives of the Scorpion crew were told nothing; they still assumed the sub was on its way home.
 
    The deepest secret, however, was on the Soviet side.
 
    No one in the U.S. Navy - including the top admirals who sent the Scorpion on its spy mission - knew at the time how deeply the Soviets had penetrated U.S. Navy submarine codes, thanks to Navy Warrant Officer Walker, the man behind the worst espionage scandal in Navy history, one that may have resulted in the sinking of the Scorpion.
 
 

THE MISSION

 
    Commissioned in 1959, the Scorpion was designed primarily for anti-submarine warfare against the Soviet nuclear sub fleet. It also carried special teams of Russian-speaking linguists to eavesdrop on transmissions by the Soviet Navy and other military units.
 
    Its final mission began on May 17, 1968.
 
    Led by Cmdr. Francis Slattery, the Scorpion had just completed a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea with the U.S. 6th Fleet and was on its way home to Norfolk, Va., when an encrypted order clattered out of a teletypewriter in the sub's small radio room.
 
    Vice Adm. Arnold Schade, commander of the Atlantic Submarine Force in Norfolk, had a new mission for the Scorpion.
 
    The sub was ordered to head at high speed toward the Canary Islands, 1,500 miles away off the east coast of Africa, to spy on a group of Soviet ships lurking in the eastern Atlantic southwest of the island chain.
 
    The Soviet ships there included an Echo II-class nuclear submarine designed to attack aircraft carriers but also armed with anti-submarine torpedoes.
 
    For the next five days, the Scorpion sprinted toward its target. What happened when it arrived there remains a Cold War secret.
 

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    The Navy has never given an official explanation of its keen interest in the Soviet ship activity, and the Court of Inquiry that investigated the loss of the Scorpion in the summer and fall of 1968 said nothing about the sub's spy mission against the Soviet ships.
 
    The court described the Soviet presence as an undefined "hydro-acoustic" research operation involving two research vessels and a submarine rescue ship among others, implying the Soviets were merely conducting studies of sound effects in the ocean rather than a military mission.
 
    But Beshany, the director of submarine warfare at the time, said in a recent interview that Pentagon officials had been concerned the Soviets were developing a way to support warships and submarines at sea without requiring access to foreign seaports for supplies.
 
 "This was absolutely something totally different from normal Soviet procedures. Until that time, the Soviet Navy had rarely conducted prolonged operations at sea far from home ports." 
 
    Beshany's Pentagon assistant time of the sinking, Capt. W.N. "Buck" Dietzen, backed that up in a recent interview:
 
 "We recognized the high desirability of getting....over there and taking a look at the Soviets. I was salivating in the Pentagon corridors to find out what they doing." 
 
    The Navy has yet to declassify details of the Scorpion surveillance mission.
 
    The Navy said in 1968 that Schade sent a message to the Scorpion on May 20 assigning the sub a course and speed for its homeward trip once the surveillance mission ended.
 

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    Just after 3am on May 22 — the day the Scorpion sank — Cmdr. Slattery finished transmitting a message to Schade that the Scorpion would arrive in Norfolk on May 27 at 1 p.m., Navy officials said in 1968. Later in 1968 after revealing only that the sub had been on a "mission of higher classification" before it sank, Navy officials Slattery had reported his mission ended and was heading home.
 
    The texts of both messages are classified top secret. But was the Scorpion's mission actually over?
 
    One Navy officer at a key location in 1968 has contradicted the account the Navy gave that year that the submarine was nowhere near the Soviets at time it was lost.
 
    Lt. John Rogers, a Navy communications officer working at the Atlantic Submarine Force headquarters sage center in Norfolk in 1968, was the duty officer the night Slattery's message arrived.
 
    Rogers said in a 1986 interview author Pete Earley that Slattery had actually announced he was about begin the surveillance of the Soviets, rather than reporting the mission's completion. Rogers died in 1995, but his widow, Bernice Rogers, confirmed in a recent interview that her husband had told her the Scorpion had disappeared while actually carrying out the surveillance mission against the Soviets:
 
 "My husband was at the submarine force message center as communications officer the night that message came in. He would have known what was going on. We had talked about it since then." 
 
 

FACTS BURIED ON BOTH SIDES

 
    What is known is that fifteen hours after sending its final message, the Scorpion exploded at 6:44pm and sank in more than 2 miles of water about 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
 
    What brought the Scorpion down?
 
    For nearly three decades, the Navy said it could not identify the "certain cause" of the loss of the Scorpion and refused to release the conclusions of the Court of Inquiry, citing security concerns and Cold War tensions. The seven-man court of high-ranking naval officers held hearings during the summer and late fall of 1968, and in January 1969 completed its report, which was kept classified for 24 years.
 
    In late 1993, the Navy declassified most of the court's conclusions. Headed by retired Vice Adm. Bernard Austin, the Scorpion court concluded that the best evidence pointed to an errant Scorpion torpedo that circled around and exploded against the hull of the sub. The court's conclusion stemmed in part from records showing the Scorpion had a similar experience in 1967 with an unarmed training torpedo that suddenly started up and had to be jettisoned.
 
    The court in its investigation reviewed photographs of the wreckage, the sound recordings of the sinking, and the detailed paper trail of records, including documents and reports mailed from the sub during the early part of its Mediterranean operation.
 
    In its final 1,354-page report, the Court of Inquiry rejected two alternative theories for the loss of the Scorpion: the contention by Schade and his staff that an unspecified mechanical problem had set off a chain of events leading to massive flooding inside the submarine, and a scenario that an explosion inside the submarine touched off the sinking.
 
    The court also concluded that it was:
 
 "...improbable that the USS Scorpion sank as the result of enemy action." 
 

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    In 1970, a different Navy panel completed another classified report that disavowed the Court of Inquiry's conclusion. Instead of the accidental torpedo strike, the new group suggested a mechanical failure caused an irreparable leak that flooded the submarine.
 
    That report said the bulk of the evidence suggested an internal explosion in the sub's massive electricaI battery caused the sub to flood and sink.
 
    However, two senior Navy officials involved in the initial Scorpion probe in the summer of 1968 told the Post-Intelligencer that the Court of Inquiry conclusion of an accidental torpedo strike remains the most realistic scenario because of the key acoustic recordings of the sinking.
 
    Underwater recordings retrieved from three locations in the Atlantic - the Canary Islands and two sites near Newfoundland - captured a single sharp noise followed by 91 seconds of silence, then a rapid series of sounds corresponding to the overall collapse of the submarine's various compartments and tanks.
 
    John Craven, then a senior civilian Navy scientist and expert on underwater technology who led the team that found the Scorpion wreckage, said the acoustic evidence all but proves a torpedo explosion - rather than a hull collapse from flooding - sank the Scorpion and killed the 99 men inside:
 
 "Once the hull implodes the other compartments are going to follow right along in collapsing. There's no way you can have the hull implode and then have 91 seconds of silence while the rest of the hull decides to try and hang itself together." 
 
    Retired Adm. Bernard Clarey, who in 1968 was the Navy's senior submariner, also dismissed the battery explosion theory. Such a mishap could not have generated the blast and acoustic energy captured on the hydrophone recordings, he told the Post-Intelligencer. Both Craven and Clarey said in interviews the evidence supports the theory that one of the Scorpion's own torpedoes exploded inside the sub.
 

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    While several retired submariners over the years have speculated the Scorpion was ambushed and sunk by a Soviet submarine, no conclusive proof of a deliberate attack has appeared. The Navy concluded in the 1968 investigation there was:
 
 "...no evidence of any Soviet preparations for hostilities or a crisis situation as would be expected in the event of a premeditated attack on Scorpion." 
 
    The Court of Inquiry report was silent on whether an inadvertent clash may have resulted in the sinking.
 
    Thorp, the Navy spokesman, said the Court had found the Scorpion was 200 miles away from the Soviet ships at the time it sank.
 
    The loss of the Scorpion 30 years ago remains a mystery to family members and friends of the crew. But it may not have been a mystery to a handful of senior U.S. and Soviet Navy leaders in the late 1960s.
 
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer learned that the United States and Soviet Union secretly agreed decades ago to bury the facts about the Scorpion loss and a separate Soviet submarine tragedy that also occurred in 1968.
 

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    Two months before the Scorpion sank, a Soviet missile sub known as the K-129 sank thousands of miles away, in the Pacific Ocean, also under mysterious conditions. There have been assertions by Russian submarine veterans over the years that the K-129 sank after colliding with a U.S. attack sub that been trailing it. But U.S. military officials insist the Golf-class submarine went down with its 98-man crew after an internal explosion, based on analysis of the sounds of the sinking captured on Navy hydrophones.
 
    Retired Capt. Peter Huchthausen was the U.S. Naval attache in Moscow in the late 1980s, two decades after both incidents.
 
    Breaking his silence for the first time, Huchthausen told the Post-Intelligencer he had several terse but pointed conversations with Soviet admirals about the two sinkings.
 
    One was in June 1987 with Admiral Pitr Navoytsev, first deputy chief for operations of the Soviet Navy. When he asked Navoytsev about the Scorpion, Huchthausen recalls this response:
 
 "Captain, you are very young and inexperienced, but you will learn that there are some things both sides have agreed not to address, and one is that event and our K-129 loss, for similar reasons." 
 
    In another discussion in October 1989, Huchthausen said Vice Adm. B.M. Kamarov told him that a secret agreement had been reached between the United States and Soviet Union in which both sides agreed not to press the other government on the loss of their submarines in 1968. The motivation, Huchthausen said, was:
 
 "To preserve the thaw in superpower relations. A full accounting of either submarine loss might create new tensions. Kamarov said the submariners involved and those few in the know on both sides were sworn, with the threat of maximum punishment, never to divulge the operational background of either incident." 
 
    And in 1995, after Huchthausen had retired and was working on a book on Soviet submarines, he interviewed retired Rear Adm. Viktor Dygalo, the former commander of the submarine division to which the K-129 was assigned.
 
    Dygalo told him the true story of the K-129 will never be known because of an unofficial agreement by senior submariners on both sides to freeze any further investigation of involvement of either side in the losses of the Scorpion or the K-129. And he told Huchthausen this:
 
 "Forget about ever resolving these sad issues for the surviving families." 
 
 

DOOMED BEFORE IT SET OUT?

 
    Shortly before the submarine USS Scorpion sank on May 22, 1968, killing its 99-man·crew, U.S. intelligence officials learned that a group of Soviet warships operating in the Atlantic possibly knew that the sub was on its way to spy on them.
 
    But the U,S. Navy did not know that the Soviets had the capability to learn in advance details of the Scorpion's top secret mission. How? The Soviets had broken the U.S. Navy communications codes.
 
    That Soviet Cold War victory remained a secret that U.S. intelligence experts would not learn for another 17 years. It has not been revealed publicly until now.
 
    The Scorpion mission was compromised through a KGB intelligence operation that included Navy turncoat John Walker and the seizure of the American spy ship USS Pueblo.
 
    U.S. intelligence officials told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer the seizure of the Pueblo was a direct consequence of Walker's espionage. The connection between the Navy spy and the doomed spy ship has been a closely held secret within the Navy and intelligence community in the 13 years since Walker's arrest.
 
    Navy spokesman Cmdr. Frank Thorp declined comment on the possible connection between Walker and the Scorpion loss Tuesday, citing the classified nature of the reports.
 
    However, the Navy 12 years ago conceded the severity of Walker's espionage. The KGB-Walker operation was so successful, said Rear Adm. William Studeman, then the director of naval intelligence, in a 1986 affidavit, that:
 
 "...it had the potential, had conflict erupted between the two superpowers, to have powerful war-winning implications for the Soviet side." 
 

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    The KGB-Walker espionage network began in March 1967, when Navy Warrant Officer Walker contacted the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C., and offered to spy for the Soviets. A career submarine communications expert, Walker had just transferred to Atlantic Submarine Force headquarters in Norfolk, Va. There, he worked as one of four supervisors in the high-security communications center where messages to and from submarines on patrol were processed. That was also the communications center for the Scorpion.
 
    Walker offered to sell the KGB top secret "keylist" cards and maintenance manuals for cryptographic systems used by the Navy, according to his confession, made after his arrest in 1985.
 
    The Navy at the time used a series of encrypting machines to change messages into a garbled set of letters that would be impenetrable to its adversaries. When received in another machine, the message would emerge as clear English.
 
    The insurance system was a different keylist - an additional code - entered into the machine each day. It was the system used by the Scorpion on its final mission.
 
    Walker's delivery of the keylists provided the Soviets half the materials they would need to break the Navy codes. What was still needed was the encrypting machines.
 

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    On Jan. 23, 1968, 10 months after Walker first contacted the Soviets, North Korean military units captured the Pueblo in the Sea of Japan. Seized along-with the ship and its 82-man crew were at least 19 cryptographic communications machines used to encode and decode Navy messages.
 
    The communications gear on the Pueblo provided the Soviets the other half of the material they needed to break the codes. U.S. intelligence officials agree it allowed the Soviets to unlock the top secret messages sent over each communications device.
 
    Four months later, the Scorpion sank during its spy mission in the Atlantic. The three encryption machines installed on the Scorpion were among the systems broken by the Soviets through the Pueblo seizure, according to declassified Navy records and intelligence officials.
 
    In particular, the Soviets had obtained a model of the KW-7 "Orestes" two-way teletypewriter, at that time the most modern encrypted communications machine for the Navy and other military services. More than 80 percent of the Atlantic Fleet ships and all of its submarines - including the Scorpion - relied on the KW-7 for secure messages in 1968, according to declassified Navy reports.
 
    Seizing the machines from the Pueblo intact was relatively easy. A 1970 congressional hearing concluded the ship had failed to destroy much of its communications equipment before the crew was overcome by North Koreans who swarmed the vessel.
 
    Don Bailey, then a 26-year-old communications specialist on the Pueblo, confirmed in a recent interview that the equipment was seized by the North Koreans.
 
    Bailey was operating a KW-7 teletypewriter in the last frantic hour before he and his shipmates were captured, sending messages to a shore station in Japan pleading for air support or other military help. Bailey said he and his shipmates failed to destroy the cryptographic equipment because the ship had not been given emergency-destruct explosives. The machinery was installed in hardened steel cases designed to prevent them from being damaged.
 
 "I was busy trying to destroy everything I could, but you can't beat it up with a sledgehammer; the way it was built, this can't be done. The machine was pretty much intact when they got us." 
 

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    Despite the loss of the equipment from the Pueblo, there was little concern then about the safety of coded communications, intelligence officials said. That was because the keylist system was assumed to be intact.
 
    Only years later when Walker was captured did intelligence officials learn that the keylist system had been compromised by the typewriter - and the Walker spy ring - at that time the most modern encrypted communications machine for the Navy and other military services. More than 80 percent of the Atlantic Fleet ships and all of its submarines - including the Scorpion relied on the KW-7 for secure messages in 1968, according to declassified Navy reports.
 
    Walker admitted to investigators after his 1985 arrest that he provided keylists for the KW-7 and two other communications coding machines used by the Scorpion during his first deliveries of classified material to the Soviets, according to officials familiar with his account.
 
    And Walker later admitted the Soviets told him they had engineered the Pueblo incident as the result of his espionage, an intelligence official said:
 
 "The Russians had given him reason to believe he was responsible for the Pueblo incident, because the Russians were looking for the piece of the puzzle Walker had not provided, which was the precise cryptographic equipment that used the keylists and operating manuals he had already begun delivering to them." 
 

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    The KGB concluded the Walker spy ring was the most successful espionage operation in Soviet history, according to Vitaly Yurchenko, a senior KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1985.
 
    Walker always maintained he started spying in 1968, but intelligence experts said they believe he misstated the date he began spying to avoid implicating himself in any Soviet operations that caused the loss of American lives. Experts who grilled Walker and compared supporting evidence of his treason concluded that Walker had actually begun spying for the Soviets immediately after he reported to Norfolk in March 1967.
 
    Until his arrest 18 years later, in 1985, Walker and his accomplices earned several million dollars from the Soviets, U.S. officials have said. It was money that may have sealed the fate of both the Pueblo and the Scorpion.
 
    In 1986, Walker pleaded guilty to espionage and is serving a life sentence in federal prison in Colorado.
 
 

FAMILIES' PAIN COMPOUNDED BY SECRECY

 
    Even now they vividly remember that stormy day their lives were forever torn apart.
 
    High winds and sheets of rain lashed the Hampton Roads area that Monday morning on May 27, 1968. Several dozen wives and families of the USS Scorpion crew gathered at Pier 22 at the Norfolk, Va., Naval Station, awaited the sight of the submarine returning from a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean.
 
    Barbara Foli Lake was one of the Scorpion wives who braved the weather on that Memorial Day to watch for the submarine bearing her husband, Vernon Foli, a 3rd class electrician. She recalls the whitecaps on the harbor, and the rain that soaked her clothing and left her shivering under a dark slate sky.
 
    Lake, who remarried several years after the Scorpion sinking and now lives in Eugene, Oregon, recalls:
 
 "It was a very cold, very dreary morning. The wind was sucking the umbrellas away." 
 
    Lake, then a 23-year-old Navy wife, said she was eager to see the Scorpion return because her daughter, Holli, was approaching her first birthday and had not seen her father for three months.
 
    Theresa Bishop, wife of Torpedoman Chief Walter Bishop, the Scorpion's senior enlisted man, recalls:
 
 "It was a terrible, stormy day. Years after the event, I still had vivid images of the day, such as the large tree that had fallen at the corner near my home. It had been blown over by the storm and to this day I can still picture it." 
 
    The week before, several families had received letters from Scorpion crewmen saying they were scheduled to return on May 24 or 25. But on May 24, Navy officials, using a recorded telephone message, informed the families the submarine would not arrive until May 27.
 

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    What the families did not know as they gathered at the pier was that the Navy had launched a secret search for the sub the day before, on May 23, a search involving a dozen ships and submarines aided by land-based patrol planes. The families were not warned that something might be wrong.
 
    About three dozen family members were on the pier as the scheduled arrival time of 1 p.m. approached.
 
    Looming in the foreground was the massive silhouette of the USS Orion, the 530-foot ship that provided maintenance and logistical support to the subs. The only flash of color came from a bright red flotation boom alongside the Orion where the Scorpion would tie up, and a small number of balloons and hand-painted signs from the families to welcome their sailors home.
 
    But the signs would wilt in the rain and the space alongside the ship would remain empty. The Scorpion would never make port
 
    None of the families waiting on the pier knew their loved ones had died five days earlier on May 22, when the Scorpion exploded and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic, killing all 99 crew members aboard.
 
    But as the families waited, senior Navy leaders already suspected the Scorpion had been lost with all on board. More than a decade later, three admirals on duty in 1968 confirmed they had mounted a secret search for the submarine.
 
    One admiral said they didn't want to unduly alarm the families without hard facts. Another official 20 years after the sinking privately acknowledged the failure to tell the families was a mistake.
 
    Navy spokesman Cmdr. Frank Thorp said a search of the archives revealed:
 
 "...no information of a search mounted prior to the declaration of SUBMISS [missing submarine alert] on the evening of May 27, 1968." 
 

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    The arrival hour of 1 p.m. came and went with no sign of the submarine. Bill Elrod, a sonarman 1st class on the Scorpion who had flown home on emergency leave the week before and was waiting at pierside with the family members, recalls:
 
 "It was cold for that time of year. I saw a bunch of the wives standing around in the rain, everybody anxious about when it was coming in." 
 
    Julie Smith Ballew (who also remarried several years later) could not be at the submarine piers to greet her 22-year-old husband, Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Robert Smith. She sat with her sister, Dee Am Wright, in a lounge at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital 10 miles away, cradling her infant daughter, Sarah, born two days earlier. They expected Robert to come straight from the base to pick them up.
 
    Ballew recalls in an interview from her home in Wayland, Iowa:
 
 "If they had been on schedule (arriving May 24 as originally planned), Robert could have been here to see his daughter being born. I was disappointed in that, but excited that he would be there to pick us up." 
 
    None of the family members suspected anything was wrong. The Scorpion was simply late, they believed.
 
    But on the Orion, its commanding officer, Capt. James Bellah, was concerned. Serving as acting squadron commander that day, Bellah had expected to receive a routine message from the Scorpion as it surfaced off the Virginia coastline. But nothing had come in.
 

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    Bellah called Atlantic Submarine Force headquarters at the fleet compound a mile away to see if anyone had heard from the Scorpion.
 
 "We got no indication there was a problem with that submarine at all." 
 
    He sent an aide down to the pier to invite family members to come out of the rain, and a handful did.
 
    The rest went home to wait. Lake said she stood in the storm for several hours until, "soaked and disappointed," she decided to go home.
 
    Elrod returned to the Orion, keeping himself busy at the squadron office.
 
    Ballew and her sister gave up waiting at the hospital at 3 p.m. and drove home, passing by the submarine piers on the way. She called Jann Christiansen, the wife of Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Mark Christiansen, who told her the word was the submarine would now arrive at 8 p.m. Smith settled in to feed her newborn.
 
    By 5 p.m., Elrod left the Orion to return to his apartment where he told his wife there was no word from the Scorpion. At that point, he said, most people felt the severe weather had hampered radio communications, and the submarine would either radio in or show up anytime.
 
 "There was not a clue anything was wrong. The thing that played in everybody's minds was that the storm was making them late." 
 
    But concern over the submarine was now crackling up and down the Navy chain of command. At 3:15 p.m., the official message had gone out from the Atlantic Submarine Force declaring a "missing submarine" alert that would make banner headlines the following morning. Up and down the East Coast, Navy ships and aircraft squadrons were scrambling to launch a second, highly publicized search.
 

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    The families heard of the search when a Norfolk TV station broke with a bulletin shortly after 6 p.m. Ballew recalls:
 
 "I will never forget that news broadcast. I had just sat down to feed Sarah and turned on the news. The first words out of the commentator's mouth were, 'Submarine Scorpion missing'. I was in shock. I couldn't believe it! The Navy had been telling us all day that it would be in any time." 
 
    Theresa Bishop was washing dishes at home when her 9-year-old son, John, came in from the living room and said:
 
 "There's something on TV about the Scorpion missing." 
 
    Bishop recalls:
 
 "I went totally numb. Nobody said anything. We just sat around waiting for the telephone to ring with some Navy official offering an explanation." 
 
    Ninety minutes later a Navy official called to confirm what the TV reports had disclosed, she said. Friends and neighbors began arriving at the Bishop home for the first of many·long nights of watching and waiting.
 
    Bishop said her last memory of that Memorial Day evening was the distant sound of sirens and alarms emitted from dozens of Norfolk warships as they began moving out on the open search for the Scorpion.
 
    Even then, some family members described their mood as concerned and anxious but still hopeful, a mood fostered by the ambiguous information they were getting from the Atlantic Submarine Force. Ballew remembers being told:
 
 "They were continuing the hope that they (the Scorpion crew) were delayed by the bad weather. I went to bed that night praying the morning would bring news that they were back safely." 
 

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    The news of the search spread rapidly throughout the nation. In Bellmore, N.Y., Adrian Christiansen, Mark's mother, answered the phone. It was her daughter-in-law Jann Christiansen, informing her that the Scorpion was long overdue.
 
    Vernon and Sybil Stone, parents of Machinist's Mate 2nd Class David Stone, were eating dinner in their Ames, Iowa, home, when his brother called from New Jersey with the news of the Scorpion alert. They called an emergency Navy number where someone confirmed the sub was missing.
 
    Elrod said he knew in his gut the Scorpion had sunk from the ·moment news of the Scorpion search broke:
 
 "The Navy never announced anything like that if the boat was merely out of touch. I knew the boat was gone." 
 
    For the next nine days, Bishop recalled, she and the Scorpion families remained "stuck in limbo." Hopes faded as search teams scoured the Atlantic without detecting a clue.
 

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    Finally, on June 5, the Navy formally declared the Scorpion and its crew lost at sea and presumed dead.
 
    By then, most of the families had braced for the bad news, several relatives said. Dorothy Little, whose younger brother, Richard Summers, was a 3rd class yeoman on the Scorpion; she recalled in an interview from her Statesville, N.C., home:
 
 "We were just numb by then. It was not a complete shock when they announced it." 
 
    A memorial service the next day for the crew in Norfolk attracted hundreds of family members and fellow submariners, who heard the Navy's senior chaplain, Rear Adm. James Kelly, try to console them:
 
 "For the ninety and nine whom we mourn today, there has been no deliverance from the deep. The separation of deployment has lengthened into the separation of death." 
 
    On Oct. 31, five months after the sinking, the Navy announced the wreckage of the sub had been found.
 
    Except for several small pieces of metal debris recovered, the Scorpion was left where it rested, its crew entombed inside the steel hull that had been their home at sea.
 

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    Most family members interviewed say they are generally satisfied with the way Navy officials kept them informed as a Court of Inquiry held its hearings and concluded that the Scorpion sank because of an unknown mechanical malfunction.
 
    But today, more than 30 years after the tragedy, many family members - even those who agreed with the secrets inherent in the submarine force and its Cold War operations - say the time is ripe to get the full story of what happened to the Scorpion.
 
    Others prefer to let the matter rest.
 
    Barbara Foli Lake said she never believed the official Navy account that the sinking was because of an unknown mechanical malfunction.
 
    John Bishop, 9 years old in 1968, later joined the Navy and has served a career in the submarine force like his father, Chief Waiter Bishop. He says:
 
 "I've given nearly 20 years of my life to the submarine service, blood and bone marrow," I want to know what happened to my father. I want closure." 
 
 
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2014.05.14 00:56 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: We are U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Alexis Ohanian: lovers of and fighters for the Open Internet. AUA on Net Neutrality!

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Why isn't the government doing more to promote competition between Internet Service Providers? Like making it a requirement that consumers have options. I would think that if there were more competition, like in the UK and Europe, there would be faster speeds and lower prices. Lack of ISP competition is the core market failure that makes enforceable net neutrality rules necessary.
So, is changing that lack of competition a key to preventing net neutrality from becoming a perennial issue? Yes, the answer is yes. The only way to address threats to net neutrality now is with enforceable rules, but in the long run, what would be best for the Internet and best for consumers is more competition. That's why the currently proposed mergers are so concerning, and why developments like Google Fiber and other build-overs are very important. There is a correlation between the lack of competition and the need for the government to intervene in markets to protect competition.
What should I say when I call the FCC? and how do I explain net neutrality to my non tech-savvy friends,parents,relatives? Make your voice heard. The calls, emails, and comments ARE making a difference. An important thing the reddit community can do RIGHT NOW, is urge their Congress person not to sign onto any letters that are intended to undermine net neutrality and the need to reclassify broadband as a common carrier. Specifically, you can urge your representatives in Congress not to sign a letter like the one that is currently being led by Representative Gene Green.
Thank you for fighting the internet fight of our generation. As far as explaining net neutrality - it's the freedom for products, services and ideas to compete online. It's making certain that consumers can't be charged twice for the Internet service they pay for, and that you have the same opportunity to reach all Internet content. Along with limiting liability so that you can't be sued for what's posted on your site or blog, these are the principles that have allowed the net to flourish.
off, Mr. Wyden, as an Oregonian I am glad to be able to vote for someone who cares to know about the issues like you do. I am a supporter of net neutrality. I think, as it seems most people do, that the most direct route to it is to strengthen FCC regulation of ISPs through invoking Title II of the Communications Act. However, I am concerned that this will not eliminate "internet fast lanes" that privilege paying content over everything else. In fact, some interpretations of Title II language that I've seen suggest that it will facilitate those practices, as long as they aren't openly discriminatory. Will Title II Common carrier status be enough to maintain the open internet? If not, what else would be needed? It's unlikely that we can implement the rules necessary to preserve an open Internet without reclassification. More aggressive enforcement of anti-trust laws will also be necessary to promote competition in broadband.
How does Net Neutrality fit in with the general scope of where you see the internet going in the next 10 years, and how internet usage relates to our future as a democracy? You've been active in opposing bulk data collection recently, and obviously there's a lot of discussion on Reddit about the policies of the NSA and the government generally, as well as the policies of foreign governments who transparently interfere with the internet traffic in their countries. What's your vision for the role of government vis-a-vis the internet? Ideally, the government should be involved in the Internet as little as possible. With net neutrality, the government is being drawn in by the effect that the monopoly ISPs are having on innovation and competition on the net. I have called the Internet the shipping lane of the 21st century, in this case, the government is fulfilling its traditional role of keeping those lanes open and toll free. The Internet can be a powerful tool to enhance democracy - we've seen those effects in the Arab Spring. It has also revolutionized the way citizens communicate with their representatives. At the same time we must be vigilant about the ways Internet surveillance can undermine democracy.
Hi Sen. Wyden! U of O Student here. Coming from a small Eastern OR town, it's been my experience that small businesses have much better interest in providing decent service, particularly broadband service. What kind of roadblocks are preventing smaller companies from getting into the fibecable market and how do we (on a government level) make that process easier? Hello from a fellow Duck. Access to capital is one of the core problems for small companies building out rural fiber. The FCC has been slow to reform the universal service fund (and Congress hasn't helped) to focus on broadband deployment. This is an area we need to pay more attention to going forward.
Can you comment on the efforts by cable companies and incumbent telcos to prevent the development of municipal broadband initiatives. For instance in 1997-1998 Eugene's public utility ( EWEB ) held hearings on a plan to provide ISP services in conjunction with the city of Eugene. The plan was quietly dropped after AT&T and ComCast indicated that they would sue the city to prevent such a thing. How does your bill encourage and protect efforts in that direction that might be made in the future? I have yet to see a reasonable case made for states to restrict municipal broadband. These efforts are generally supported by the incumbent monopoly provider and harm the local consumers by denying them a market choice. To the extent that the FCC is allowed to limit these restrictions I think it would be positive step to take for consumer protection.
For the Senator: what do you think the chances of net neutrality surviving are? I have heard a ton about it on reddit, but not that much any where else? Is this a big topic right now in Washington? PIPA/SOPA wasn't a big topic until millions of Americans stood up and made themselves heard. Net neutrality has a good chance if all the redditors and other netroots reach out to their congresspeople and the FCC about implementing enforceable rules on net neutrality. Given the overlapping ownership of ISPs and media companies, you can't expect a lot about the issue in mainstream media.
It's pretty clear that reclassifying broadband under Title II is the right way to fix this. What can we do to ensure the FCC reclassifies? Can we force this type of classification through legislative action? Would such legislation pass? I’m glad you asked this question because your action is vitally needed. Right now. My friends at Free Press have highlighted the most immediate thing you can do, which is to urge your representatives NOT to sign Big Cable’s letter opposing reclassification. See here] ([Link to www.freepress.net)
Have you ever worked with Rand or Ron Paul on this issue? I know sometimes libertarian views can get in the way of actually having policy. I would be curious if you have had interactions with them regarding Net Neutrality. I worked with Ron Paul on a number of issues when he was here. Rand and I are partners on the Intelligence Oversight and Intelligence Reform Act (S.1551) which would make important reforms like ending bulk collection of Americans' phone records and banning backdoor searches of their emails, among other things . Rand was also a strong supporter on fighting PIPA/SOPA.
Unfortunately, the massive corporate spending against net neutrality has made it a bad word in some circles so it has become more challenging to assemble a bipartisan coalition to defend the net. Any member of congress who has been pro-Internet freedom in the past should hear from his or her supporters and constituents about being active here.
Sen. Wyden, First of all thank you for your hard work. I am a constituent of yours and will continue to support you because of the efforts you have made on the behalf of many Americans, and on this issue many humans. What do you think of the right to broadband and it's ability to enhance rights to freedom of speech, to development, and of assembly? I realize that entrenched broadband companies-and the political climate-make this a difficult issue but; would you support the claim that a right to broadband is something that ought to be considered vital to the USA, not only for it's ability to enhance other rights but also as an economic multiplier? The Internet is the ultimate marketplace of ideas, a public commons that provides access to education, health care, entertainment, goods and services. We should work toward a goal of universal access by encouraging competition and addressing market failures.
Question for Sen. Wyden: How would you address challenges to or enshrine commitments of net neutrality in US trade agreements? Do you intend to incorporate this element in your push for the smart-track approach? It starts with getting strong rules at home. In many cases American Internet services are not only slowed but blocked outright overseas. It is difficult to win the fight against those restrictions without enforceable rules on our own networks.
Hello Senator Wyden! Thank you for giving us the chance to ask you questions. Since you are my senator and there is no need to write to you about net neutrality what can I do to urge the government to protect net neutrality? The cable companies are coming out swinging and they will not make the fight for net neutrality an easy one.
Make your voice heard. Call your other members of Congress and either thank them for supporting net neutrality or ask them not to sign onto any letters intended to undermine net neutrality like the one being circulated right now in the House. Urge your friends to call theirs too.
Also, it’s very important to submit your comments to the FCC after their proposed rules are released tomorrow. They will set-up a separate comment submission process. I'll tweet the link once it’s posted.
And let your representatives and the Justice Department know that creating monopolies to run internet and cable services is a bad deal for consumers, and a continuing threat to net neutrality. The Comcast-Time Warner merger, for example, would put far too many of our nation’s homes under the power of a single big cable company. If you think your service is bad now, just wait until that company doubles in size.
Hey guys, Thanks for backing up Open Internet. My question is this if Mr. Wheeler proposes in favor of Verizon and Comcast. How long do you think it will take to see the damage done. I.e. netflix being capped, BitTorrent not working, trying to build a web/tech startup just being a joke? You, me, Congress, and Chairman Wheeler need to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen. Call your congressperson and tell them not to sign any letters like this one opposing net neutrality and submit your comments on the FCC’s proposed rules when they are announced tomorrow. Over 100 venture capitalists wrote a letter stating that just the discussion of ending an open Internet is hurting investment in start-ups. Getting enforceable rules from the FCC is the fastest way to protect net neutrality.
I started working online in 1997 and now own a small eCommerce business. The Internet has historically been a great equalizer, a place where a guy like me, struggling in poverty could learn valuable skills and climb the social ladder. Even after the bubble burst, the opportunity was still there, but times are changing. More and more we see the big players flexing their muscles at the detriment of the little guys. Google has essentially made search traffic a pay to play space, Amazon's Marketplace "Fairness" Act seeks to push smaller retailers out of business or onto Amazon's shopping platform and now Comcast is trying to set up toll booths on the last mile of cable to extort money out of content providers. Without maintaining net neutrality, the last vestiges of an equal opportunity Internet will fade into memory, so my question is this; who does the FCC answer to and how can we apply a whole lot of pressure? Great post from Free Press on how you can apply pressure: Link to www.freepress.net
I'm extremely late to the AMA, But i got to shake Wyden's hand. Still one of my highlights of high school. Thanks for saving the internet! That’s great. Which high school? I visited several this past year as part of my “Listening to the Future” tour.
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2013.11.21 01:25 M_gregg UCLA-ASU Preview (X-Port /r/pac12)

I have wayyyyyy to much time on my hands. If it seems biased, please let me know. Also if any info is wrong, let me know.
The Sun Devils will travel to Pasadena for what could be their first of two appearances at the Rose Bowl this season to battle the UCLA Bruins for the Pac-12 South title. Both teams have had incredible offensive performances to date and have managed to pull out wins even in grim circumstances. Even with these stellar offenses, both teams offensive fire-power seem to have taken a break recently and the defenses have been holding each team together. Lets take a closer look at what could be the Pac-12 game of the year.
With redshirt senior 2012 Pac-12 defensive player of the year Will Sutton at defensive tackle leading in the trenches alone with sophomore Jaxon Hood at nose tackle, and redshirt senior Gannon Conway at defensive end, these three have the tools to wreck through any offensive line. Yet even with these three, the Sun Devils boast extreme depth at the defensive line with JUCO transfer Marcus Hardison, redshirt sophomore Mo Latu weighing in at an incredible 380 pounds, and redshirt sophomore Sean O’Grady being the youngest of the group.
The front seven for the devils continue with an deep linebacker corps, also packed with skill, speed and experience. Carl Bradford can be downright vicious on the field. He may easily be Arizona State’s biggest, and strongest linebacker, power cleaning 400 pounds at the start of summer camp this year. Simple put, he can and will get into the backfield on Saturday. Bradford is not the only playmaker though. With Chris Young’s team high 71 tackles and a stable of experienced linebackers, the Sun Devil front seven is fearsome.
Yet the defense is not the only side of the ball loaded with game time experience. The Arizona State offense is also loaded with experience at near every position enabling them to spread the ball around very effectively. Having playmakers at near every position can do that, Taylor Kelly, Marion Grice, DJ Foster, Deantre Lewis, Jaelen Strong, Chris Coyle, even Richard Smith has emerged as a playmaker after correcting his early season ball issues. With second year starter Taylor Kelly at the helm, this offense can become searing hot and nearly unstoppable. But the opposite is also true, this offense can really struggle at times with only three touchdowns against Oregon State and another three against Utah. If Taylor Kelly gets uncomfortable he has been known to make mistakes and has a knack for making bad throws under pressure. Most of his 10 interceptions on the year are when he is under pressure from the defense. Yet still he has thrown 24 touchdowns and ran in another seven to date.
If Anthony Barr, Myles Jack, Eric Kendricks, and Jordan Zumwalt can blitz often and effectively as they have all season, they are going to cause enormous problems for the Sun Devil offense. The Bruins are collecting 2 sacks a game as well 5.9 tackles for a loss a game. The Sun Devil offensive line has shown to be inconsistent at best, looking back at the Utah game where Kelly was sacked six times forcing 10 punts from the horrendous special teams who have yet to get their act together. Arizona State special teams are averaging an abysmal net average of 31.9 yards a punt and giving up 39.5. If the Sun Devil offensive line does not come prepared for this, the Bruins are going to have a field day in the backfield, forcing the defense to step up against one of the strongest offenses the Devils will face this year.
The UCLA offense has been nothing short of incredible this year, even while struggling with many injuries forcing them to cope with a young offensive line with the most experience coming from junior offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. The running back corps has also seen its fair share of the injury bug forcing freshman linebacker Myles Jack to step in at times and fill the role. Yet even with an offensive line giving up an average of 2.3 sacks a game for near five yards a sack they have found a way to keep their offense rolling. A good part of this success at offense is due to the Heisman worthy play by second year quarterback Brett Hundley, who has a knack for extending plays and escaping the pocket even in times where a sack looks inevitable. Hundley’s incredible awareness and speed has helped him make quick decisions whether it is to run for a first down or scramble and throw one over the opposing secondary.
Regardless of the inconsistent offensive line play, both offenses are scoring and scoring often. With UCLA scoring 37 points a game compared to the 42.3 points the Sun Devils are averaging. Even so, what we have been seeing recently is the incredible step up performances by both defenses. Arizona State is only giving up an average of 338.4 yards a game while gaining an average of 475.3, on the flip side UCLA is holding their opponents to 395.1 yards and gaining an average of 457.8 yards a game. Both teams are also extremely effective in the red-zone with Arizona State scoring on 91% times in the red-zone and UCLA scoring on 90%. The Bruins do hold an edge with red-zone touchdowns scoring 73% of the time compared to the Sun Devils 64%.
Looking at just the numbers both teams look very evenly matched, with maybe a slight edge towards the Sun Devils based on experience alone. Even so, the Devils may be better than what the numbers say. According to Jeff Sagarin, Arizona State has the 6th toughest schedule in the nation compared to UCLA who holds the 16th most difficult.
If Anthony Barr can perform miracles for the Bruins and post the game of his life, the Arizona State offense is going to have to find a way to deal with the pressure and limit Taylor Kelly turnovers under pressure. The same is also true for the Sun Devil defense and Brett Hundley, if the Bruins cannot game plan for the monstrous Sun Devil front seven, Hundley may find it more and more difficult to escape from a front seven used to making plays in the back field.
Three Keys to Victory:
  1. Both teams have had struggles with giving up big plays to high powered offenses. Interestingly enough both defenses are giving up an average of 5.1 yards per play. Whichever team can limit big plays will secure a huge advantage to this game as each team has plenty of firepower and ability to make scoring look easy.
  2. Because of the inconsistent line play on each offense and the savage defensive fronts it is going to be vital to protect the quarterback on Saturday. It is unquestioned that the Bruins possess larger offensive line issues, but they may have an edge here as Brett Hundley may be a legitimate Heisman contender and possibly the most slippery quarterback in the nation. To win this key Taylor Kelly and the offensive line must step up, by limiting bad throws and hasty decisions and better protecting the quarterback.
  3. Like any coach, analyst or “expert” will tell you, one of the most important things to winning is limiting turnovers. The Bruins have only given up 14 turnovers this season, eight of which were picks thrown by Brett Hundley. In comparison the Sun Devils have turned the ball over 15 times, with Taylor Kelly throwing 10 interceptions. While on the defensive side of the ball, the Sun Devil secondary are beginning to look like ball hawks grabbing 17 interceptions on the year and four against Oregon State last weekend, while the bruins are much more balanced and are nearly forcing as many fumbles as interceptions.
This may be the closest matchup of Pac-12 play this year, and has huge Pac-12 South champion implications. The Sun Devils struggled on national television against Notre Dame and Stanford on the road and will have to prove to the nation that it can win a big road game. While Brett Hundley may have to have his Heisman moment against the Sun Devil front seven to secure a win. The Pac-12 South champion title is on the line for both teams. If the Sun Devils win they will clinch the south and are looking at a likely trip to Eugene on December 7th, while if the Bruins win they are one step closer and must come out on top November 30th at the Coliseum to clinch the South.
Interesting notes:
If any information above is wrong, please let me know!
Jeff Sagarin rankings: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/sagarin/
UCLA Depth Chart: http://ucla.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp ASU Depth Chart: http://arizonastate.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp
All stats were taken from each universities athletic page:
UCLA stats: http://www.uclabruins.com//ViewContent.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30500&CONTENT_ID=821248
ASU stats: http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewContent.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=30300&CONTENT_ID=806822
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2013.11.21 01:14 M_gregg UCLA-ASU Game Preview

I have wayyyyyy to much time on my hands. If it seems biased, please let me know. Also if any info is wrong, let me know.
The Sun Devils will travel to Pasadena for what could be their first of two appearances at the Rose Bowl this season to battle the UCLA Bruins for the Pac-12 South title. Both teams have had incredible offensive performances to date and have managed to pull out wins even in grim circumstances. Even with these stellar offenses, both teams offensive fire-power seem to have taken a break recently and the defenses have been holding each team together. Lets take a closer look at what could be the Pac-12 game of the year.
With redshirt senior 2012 Pac-12 defensive player of the year Will Sutton at defensive tackle leading in the trenches alone with sophomore Jaxon Hood at nose tackle, and redshirt senior Gannon Conway at defensive end, these three have the tools to wreck through any offensive line. Yet even with these three, the Sun Devils boast extreme depth at the defensive line with JUCO transfer Marcus Hardison, redshirt sophomore Mo Latu weighing in at an incredible 380 pounds, and redshirt sophomore Sean O’Grady being the youngest of the group.
The front seven for the devils continue with an deep linebacker corps, also packed with skill, speed and experience. Carl Bradford can be downright vicious on the field. He may easily be Arizona State’s biggest, and strongest linebacker, power cleaning 400 pounds at the start of summer camp this year. Simple put, he can and will get into the backfield on Saturday. Bradford is not the only playmaker though. With Chris Young’s team high 71 tackles and a stable of experienced linebackers, the Sun Devil front seven is fearsome.
Yet the defense is not the only side of the ball loaded with game time experience. The Arizona State offense is also loaded with experience at near every position enabling them to spread the ball around very effectively. Having playmakers at near every position can do that, Taylor Kelly, Marion Grice, DJ Foster, Deantre Lewis, Jaelen Strong, Chris Coyle, even Richard Smith has emerged as a playmaker after correcting his early season ball issues. With second year starter Taylor Kelly at the helm, this offense can become searing hot and nearly unstoppable. But the opposite is also true, this offense can really struggle at times with only three touchdowns against Oregon State and another three against Utah. If Taylor Kelly gets uncomfortable he has been known to make mistakes and has a knack for making bad throws under pressure. Most of his 10 interceptions on the year are when he is under pressure from the defense. Yet still he has thrown 24 touchdowns and ran in another seven to date.
If Anthony Barr, Myles Jack, Eric Kendricks, and Jordan Zumwalt can blitz often and effectively as they have all season, they are going to cause enormous problems for the Sun Devil offense. The Bruins are collecting 2 sacks a game as well 5.9 tackles for a loss a game. The Sun Devil offensive line has shown to be inconsistent at best, looking back at the Utah game where Kelly was sacked six times forcing 10 punts from the horrendous special teams who have yet to get their act together. Arizona State special teams are averaging an abysmal net average of 31.9 yards a punt and giving up 39.5. If the Sun Devil offensive line does not come prepared for this, the Bruins are going to have a field day in the backfield, forcing the defense to step up against one of the strongest offenses the Devils will face this year.
The UCLA offense has been nothing short of incredible this year, even while struggling with many injuries forcing them to cope with a young offensive line with the most experience coming from junior offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo. The running back corps has also seen its fair share of the injury bug forcing freshman linebacker Myles Jack to step in at times and fill the role. Yet even with an offensive line giving up an average of 2.3 sacks a game for near five yards a sack they have found a way to keep their offense rolling. A good part of this success at offense is due to the Heisman worthy play by second year quarterback Brett Hundley, who has a knack for extending plays and escaping the pocket even in times where a sack looks inevitable. Hundley’s incredible awareness and speed has helped him make quick decisions whether it is to run for a first down or scramble and throw one over the opposing secondary.
Regardless of the inconsistent offensive line play, both offenses are scoring and scoring often. With UCLA scoring 37 points a game compared to the 42.3 points the Sun Devils are averaging. Even so, what we have been seeing recently is the incredible step up performances by both defenses. Arizona State is only giving up an average of 338.4 yards a game while gaining an average of 475.3, on the flip side UCLA is holding their opponents to 395.1 yards and gaining an average of 457.8 yards a game. Both teams are also extremely effective in the red-zone with Arizona State scoring on 91% times in the red-zone and UCLA scoring on 90%. The Bruins do hold an edge with red-zone touchdowns scoring 73% of the time compared to the Sun Devils 64%.
Looking at just the numbers both teams look very evenly matched, with maybe a slight edge towards the Sun Devils based on experience alone. Even so, the Devils may be better than what the numbers say. According to Jeff Sagarin, Arizona State has the 6th toughest schedule in the nation compared to UCLA who holds the 16th most difficult.
If Anthony Barr can perform miracles for the Bruins and post the game of his life, the Arizona State offense is going to have to find a way to deal with the pressure and limit Taylor Kelly turnovers under pressure. The same is also true for the Sun Devil defense and Brett Hundley, if the Bruins cannot game plan for the monstrous Sun Devil front seven, Hundley may find it more and more difficult to escape from a front seven used to making plays in the back field.
Three Keys to Victory:
  1. Both teams have had struggles with giving up big plays to high powered offenses. Interestingly enough both defenses are giving up an average of 5.1 yards per play. Whichever team can limit big plays will secure a huge advantage to this game as each team has plenty of firepower and ability to make scoring look easy.
  2. Because of the inconsistent line play on each offense and the savage defensive fronts it is going to be vital to protect the quarterback on Saturday. It is unquestioned that the Bruins possess larger offensive line issues, but they may have an edge here as Brett Hundley may be a legitimate Heisman contender and possibly the most slippery quarterback in the nation. To win this key Taylor Kelly and the offensive line must step up, by limiting bad throws and hasty decisions and better protecting the quarterback.
  3. Like any coach, analyst or “expert” will tell you, one of the most important things to winning is limiting turnovers. The Bruins have only given up 14 turnovers this season, eight of which were picks thrown by Brett Hundley. In comparison the Sun Devils have turned the ball over 15 times, with Taylor Kelly throwing 10 interceptions. While on the defensive side of the ball, the Sun Devil secondary are beginning to look like ball hawks grabbing 17 interceptions on the year and four against Oregon State last weekend, while the bruins are much more balanced and are nearly forcing as many fumbles as interceptions.
This may be the closest matchup of Pac-12 play this year, and has huge Pac-12 South champion implications. The Sun Devils struggled on national television against Notre Dame and Stanford on the road and will have to prove to the nation that it can win a big road game. While Brett Hundley may have to have his Heisman moment against the Sun Devil front seven to secure a win. The Pac-12 South champion title is on the line for both teams. If the Sun Devils win they will clinch the south and are looking at a likely trip to Eugene on December 7th, while if the Bruins win they are one step closer and must come out on top November 30th at the Coliseum to clinch the South.
Interesting notes:
If any information above is wrong, please let me know!
Jeff Sagarin rankings: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ncaaf/sagarin/
UCLA Depth Chart: http://ucla.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp ASU Depth Chart: http://arizonastate.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp
All stats were taken from each universities athletic page:
UCLA stats: http://www.uclabruins.com//ViewContent.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30500&CONTENT_ID=821248
ASU stats: http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewContent.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=30300&CONTENT_ID=806822
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2013.02.12 10:08 iknowimessedup Trying to reduce a Speeding ticket

Ill start this off by saying YES i was speeding, YES I was in the wrong and YES I'm an idiot, I'm not fighting that point. I live in Oregon, the ticket was in Lane county (Eugene) So me and a buddy were driving up north about 2 hrs, got there at 8 and on our way back i offered to drive since he was tired, I got pulled over doing 80 in a 65, the ticket is $260 and in a county 2 hrs away from home, The officer pulled me over and said I was going 80, he also said I passed him going about 71 and then followed me, he said I was slowing down at the markers where they are usually pulled over setting up speed traps, (I never go up in this area, so how would I know) I was driving my friend's car, VERy different from mine (I'm a 5 speed cherokee, he is a auto nissian) I respect officers, I've wanted to be in the force since i was a kid, however you have to be 21 in OR, again this isnt about me saying i wasn't speeding
what I'm trying to find out is how hard it is to get it off my record, I obviously don't WANT to pay the $260 but I will as long as the insurance doesn't find out. I've heard of traffic school and such, most google searches are very vague however. I have nothing else on my record, driving or otherwise, never even been pulled over before, I'm in the Oregon National Guard and i wouldn't consider myself a detriment to society, My buddy says to call the court house and ask about traffic school so i may not have to even show up for my court date if that school is complete?
any insight on this would be great
EDIT I also noticed he didn't check the box "driver was not regular owner" although we told him that and he checked radar for evidence when he said he paced us? im a little confused now
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2012.09.27 22:12 EugeneThrowaway Arrested for first-time DUII in Eugene... any experiences?

(Posted under a throw-away for obvious reasons)
After a night out with some fellow grad students last Thursday night at a bar downtown, I drove home at around 11:30 and made it all the way back to my apartment complex (I had been drinking water for several hours prior to my departure, and I felt fine to drive)--only to see police lights behind me literally yards from the driveway of my parking lot. I'm pretty sure my turn signal was on.
As I was going the speed limit and couldn't figure out why they possibly would be pulling me over, I turned into my complex--and they followed me. I was asked by the officer why my taillights were out--and to my horror, I looked down and saw that, indeed, I hadn't turned the headlight setting up to full from the "daytime running lights" mode. (The DRLs provided more-than-sufficient light to get home, but apparently taillights aren't activated in said mode.)
The officer started asking me more questions, such as whether or not I had been drinking, and where I had been. I told the truth and said that I had a few hours earlier. But, having only been in town for about a month and a half, I couldn't remember the name of the bar--certainly not a good sign for me. He asked me to step out of the car for a field sobriety test, which I didn't know that you can legally refuse. I, of course, failed--I can't even do the balance exercises he wanted me to do when I'm stone-cold sober--and I was put in cuffs and hauled to the police station--and the police towed my car out of my private parking lot.
I did in fact fail the breathalyzer test at the police station, blowing a .13, but I was released with a bunch of paperwork (they didn't take my picture or fingerprint me) and given an arraignment date for court.
I've contacted a lawyer who is going to be representing me for the DMV "implied consent" hearing, and based on the evidence he gets during the discovery process, he said he'd help me make a decision regarding whether or not it would be wise to go to trial. He did tell me that it's very tricky to win a DUII case in Oregon, and that the diversion program is probably the best route to take since there's no guarantee that I'd win--he said that it would be all over if the breathalyzer test results are admitted as evidence.
I've never been arrested before and I've gotten exactly one speeding ticket after I lost control of my car back in college and totaled it ("Failure to reduce speed to avoid collision"--what bullshit), so I'm totally eligible for diversion, though it sounds monstrous and annoyingly pricey.
Has anyone else in this subReddit ever been arrested by Eugene cops for DUII? Any thoughts, tips, advice, suggestions, etc.?
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