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“We Live in Troubled Times”

BY HANK REICHMAN Today, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the great punk band Green Day released an official music video of their song, “We Live in Troubled Times,” from their current album, Revolution Radio.  “Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever,” lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said in a statement that…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks to Our Time

BY HANK REICHMAN On this, perhaps the most meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial holiday ever, it is appropriate to turn to King’s words for inspiration.  Frequently cited, of course, is his last “I have seen the mountaintop” speech, delivered in Memphis just before his assassination.  Less frequently quoted is his remarkable speech at the…

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Oregon: Proposals on State Funding and Consolidation

BY MARTIN KICH In “Threatening Tuition Hike, Oregon Universities Demand Funding Increase,” an article for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rob Manning reports: The presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities are telling legislative leaders they need a big funding increase to keep tuition down. That’s the main message in a letter the university presidents intend to send to…

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Ransomware: The New “Protection” Racket

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In an article for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Gary Robbins reports: “Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen said it paid $28,000 in bitcoins to the hackers, who had used malicious software to commandeer a variety of systems, including key computers and emails. “’It was the assessment of our outside cybersecurity experts that…