Rational in Portland

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Everything you can’t say in Portland. I hear a lot of people wondering about what happened to Portland, Oregon. Why are so many downtown businesses still abandoned and boarded up? Why are people openly doing and selling drugs? Why are there so many homicides? Why is our homeless crisis so completely out of control? Why are our catalytic converters up for grabs? Can we criticize riots without denying that there are legitimate reasons to peacefully protest? Why do we have the highest income tax in the country but virtually nothing to show for it? Why were our public schools closed for 18 months during Covid? Portland made international news in 2020, and I found myself talking to everyone I could about what was going on in this city. To the extent I received any analysis from the press, I had to put an inordinate amount of time into researching particular topics just to verify or challenge the point of view. I found that my neighbors and colleagues were quietly asking a lot of the same questions, but they felt scared to openly talk about these issues for fear of being berated for using the wrong terminology (e.g., “homeless” v. “houseless”); for fear of being accused of lying about what they saw with their own eyes by the loudest voices in the room wedded to the counter-narrative that “Portland’s fine!”; and because questioning issues like rioting, whether we should’ve defunded the police by $15 million, or whether cloth masks on children make sense, means they risk being called a “racist”, “Covid denier”, or a “Trump supporter”. I started recording my conversations with other people who were invested in Portland, had information about Portland or its policies, or had a perspective on Oregon or Portland that was unique. I also talked to people outside of Portland who are living lives much differently than we are because I think it’s important to know that not everyone in the US lives or thinks like we do. And not everyone who lives and thinks differently from the Portland dominant narrative is a bad person, a racist, a bigot, or a science-denier. I’m a Democrat and a Biden voter, but I’m curious about people who think differently. My conversations and topics are open, honest, and rigorous, and I’m committed to resisting tribalism through civility and intellectual curiosity.

Episode Date
Sharon Meieran for Multnomah County Chair
Sep 23, 2022
The Lents neighborhood and homelessness with Char Pennie and David Potts
Sep 22, 2022
Vadim Mozyrsky
Sep 21, 2022
The nonprofit industrial complex and Portland charter reform
Sep 10, 2022
The Portland Party
Aug 28, 2022
Bev: What is it like to be a trans woman of color?
Aug 23, 2022
Fleeing Portland, with Bruce Garrett
Aug 18, 2022
The Lents neighborhood and homelessness with Juanita Swartwood and Todd Littlefield
Aug 10, 2022
TJ Browning: The Laurelhurst neighborhood and homelessness















Jul 20, 2022
Mark: What's it like to be a gay conservative in Portland?
Jun 17, 2022
The homeless industrial complex, with Kevin Dahlgren and Andrea Suarez
Jun 12, 2022
Where is all the "treatment" money from Oregon's drug decriminalization measure? Mike Marshall from Oregon Recovers is our guest
May 27, 2022
Kim McGair: please thank her for having an open public school during Covid

Kim McGair is a lawyer in Portland and a co-founder of ED 300, the group that fought to open Portland Public Schools during Covid after 18 months of closures.















May 24, 2022
Teri Anderson, whose homeless son died of a drug overdose on the streets of Portland
May 19, 2022
Check Your Bias

My Appearance on the Check Your Bias podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/check-your-bias/id1500221730

May 17, 2022
Where is the "Homeless Tax" money going? Terri Preeg-Riggsby is a physically disabled mother running to unseat Duncan Hwang for Metro Council District 6
May 10, 2022
Our PDX Primary Endorsements
May 04, 2022
Rene Gonzalez, running to unseat Jo Ann Hardesty on Portland City Council
May 04, 2022
Steven Cox, running to unseat Dan Ryan for Portland City Council
Apr 27, 2022
Your questions and Portland election updates
Apr 20, 2022
Sharia Mayfield, candidate for Multnomah County Chair
Apr 10, 2022
Lionel Irving: the inspiring story of a Black Portland native who committed homicide, but turned his life around and is now serving on the City of Portland's gun violence Community Oversight Group
Mar 31, 2022
Rosie, a two-time Trump voter in Portland
Mar 30, 2022
Part 2: Eric Post, Oregon TikTok Famous Entrepreneur
Mar 06, 2022
Part 1: Eric Post, Oregon TikTok Famous Entrepreneur
Mar 06, 2022
Nancy Rommelmann comes on the show!!!!









https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=286429 -General mask mandate OAR

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=286288 - School mask mandate OAR

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Mar 01, 2022
Oregon has a GOP gubernatorial candidate who was a swinger

Larry Elder, the black face of white supremacy: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-08-20/recall-candidate-larry-elder-is-a-threat-to-black-californians

Lindsey Graham and J. Michelle Childs: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/594446-white-house-brushing-off-graham-handicapping-of-high-court-choice

Judge Childs's representation of employers: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/labor-issues-complicate-judge-michelle-childs-supreme-court/story?id=82809387

Kyrsten Sinema bad for bisexuals? https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/arizona-s-kyrsten-sinema-bad-bisexual-americans-ncna1282401

Ilya Shapiro's "Lesser Black Woman" tweet https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/opinion/supreme-court-georgetown-twitter.html

San Francisco school board: https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/S-F-school-board-recall-Alison-Collins-16922351.php

Teachers union controlling the CDC: https://nypost.com/2021/05/01/teachers-union-collaborated-with-cdc-on-school-reopening-emails/

OR vaxed teachers before seniors: https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/01/governor-defends-decision-to-vaccinate-teachers-before-oregons-elderly-saying-kids-are-deeply-impacted-by-the-pandemic.html

After prioritized for vax, teachers didn't return: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/oregon-governor-ordering-teachers-to-return-to-classroom

Unenrollment at PDX Public Schools: https://www.opb.org/article/2022/02/16/portland-public-schools-enrollment-decline-staffing-cuts/

Plan to move homeless to PDX neighborhoods to get businesses back to downtown: https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2021/05/19/portlands-mayor-asks-downtown-law-firms-for-help-with-a-plan-to-relocate-people-sleeping-in-front-of-their-offices/

Foot traffic decline in PDX: https://www.newsweek.com/portland-saw-80-percent-decline-foot-traffic-amid-protests-riots-violence-covid-1601331

Feb 19, 2022
Oregon's mask mandate

Links to things we discuss in this episode:

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) filed to make their ability to permanently mask Oregon school children at their whim, with no metrics and the OHA now has the permanent power to lift and replace the mandate as they see fit forever. https://www.opb.org/article/2022/02/02/oregon-health-authority-extends-masking-rule-in-schools/


OHA made the general mask mandate rule permanent today for all citizens at 12:29 pm. https://twitter.com/GenevieveReaume/status/1490802558905978881?s=20&t=Dt8EVptN8zjlfCmrVoZQ6g

After making the mask mandate permanent, quietly and without a press release, the OHA then announced that it would lift the mandate by March 31. But we should be careful because OHA now has the authority to mask all Oregonians at its whim, with no metrics, forever. https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2022/02/oregon-will-lift-mask-mandate-by-march-31-officials-say.html

Homeless being moved into Portland neighborhoods: https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2021/05/19/portlands-mayor-asks-downtown-law-firms-for-help-with-a-plan-to-relocate-people-sleeping-in-front-of-their-offices/

Dan Ryan's "safe rest" ordinance: https://www.portland.gov/council/documents/ordinance/passed/190478

Oregon city employees are not back at work: https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2021/12/22/city-of-portland-delays-return-to-workplace/

Dr. Monica Gandhi says one way masking works on Dr. Peter Attia's drive podcast: https://peterattiamd.com/covid-part2/

CNN's Dr. Leana Wen, Cloth masks never worked for Covid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCyVR9SRJxY

No good data that masking works, Dr. Vinay Prasad: https://www.city-journal.org/public-healths-truth-problem

Feb 08, 2022
Cancel culture in the literary and publishing world

Guest Allie Crenshaw discusses cancel culture in the literary and publishing world and her new book Frogs Don't Need Floaties, out now. https://www.amazon.com/Frogs-Dont-Need-Floaties-Standing/dp/B09QF44TPR

Links to articles and data:

More than 600 health professionals have signed the Open Call to Restore Normalcy for US Children, which includes removing mask mandates in schools: https://www.urgencyofnormal.com/our-statement


Oregon considers and will likely pass a permanent, general mask mandate: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2022-01-20/oregon-residents-decry-proposed-permanent-mask-mandate

Oregon makes masking permanent in schools: https://www.opb.org/article/2022/02/02/oregon-health-authority-extends-masking-rule-in-schools/

Dr. Monica Gandhi calls for an end to all mask mandates on Dr. Peter Attia's podcast: https://peterattiamd.com/covid-part2/

Risk of Covid to unvaccinated kids lower than risk to vaccinated adults: https://www.newsweek.com/vaccine-children-covid-england-deaths-1627885

When an eviction moratorium backfires: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/nyregion/rent-landlord-eviction-moratorium.html

Comparison of US death rates for kids, including death from Covid: https://twitter.com/PeterAttiaMD/status/1486024120743743489

Brown University study re negative effects of masking and other measures on children: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.10.21261846v1.full.pdf

Cloth masks never worked, Dr. Leana Wen, CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCyVR9SRJxY

Dr. Michael Osterholm, U Minn. and Biden's Covid transition team, Aug. 2021: Cloth masks are useless: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/do-masks-provide-much-protection-we-think-bglhwy/

Feb 07, 2022
Living on the Edge: How a lesbian Portlander has survived riots, poverty, physical disability, addiction, mental illness, and why she wants out of Portland forever.

Rebranded as the Rational in Portland podcast.

We speak to Susan Griffin (Twitter handle @SusanGriffin530), a lesbian Portlander and lifelong Democrat who lives downtown. She describes herself as a "forgotten resident". She is physically and mentally disabled, and she spoke to me from her wheelchair about what it was like to live through 200 days of rioting in Portland, Oregon, from her government-subsidized housing. Learn what separates Susan from those living on the street around her in encampments and how she copes with her mental illnesses, addiction, and living in a city that she feels has utterly abandoned her.

Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Commissioner's lawsuit: https://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2021/12/13/jo-ann-hardesty-files-5m-lawsuit-against-portland-police-union-and-its-former-president-for-leak-of-false-hit-and-run-allegation/

Mayor Wheeler let Portland burn because it had "nothing to lose": https://www.opb.org/article/2020/08/24/portlands-protests-three-months-in-no-end-in-sight/

Gov. Brown and Mayor Wheeler were at odds over how to handle the riots: https://www.opb.org/news/article/pandemic-protests-oregon-governor-kate-brown-portland-mayor-ted-wheeler/

Jan 19, 2022
20-year-old Portlander comes out as conservative for the first time ever

It's hard to speak out in Portland. That's why we have this podcast. Today you will hear from Sarah, a 20-year-old who voted for Trump and is a conservative from Portland. Before today, the only people who knew Sarah's political affiliation were her family. She opens up to us about what it's like to be a conservative in Portland.

Links from today's episode:


Article about Howard Zinn, who wrote the textbooks used by Sarah in Portland Public Schools: https://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/december/wineburg-historiography-zinn-122012.html

For those of you who were looking for the article about the $11.5 million Portland gave away to a woke company run by an ex-convict: https://nypost.com/2021/12/14/portland-awards-11-5m-energy-contract-to-woke-firm-run-by-ex-convict/

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Dec 30, 2021
Red pilled
Dec 17, 2021
Why isn't anyone stopping the violence in Portland?

High profile professional and native Portlander Jennifer tells us what it was like to work with the Gang Violence Reduction Unit.

Dec 06, 2021
Nurse practitioner Nurse Betty on mental health, addiction, COVID and more

We are joined by special guest Nurse Betty on this episode. Nurse Betty is a nurse practitioner who practices and lives in the city of Portland. We talk about mental health, addiction, COVID, homelessness, whether the city of Portland will ever bounce back, and more.

Sep 22, 2021