About Oregon Expat
Sometimes the best view is from the outside, and an American expatriate living in Portugal is, in many ways, outside of both nations. The views can be spectacular. I'm also a science nerd, Mac dweeb, and grammar geek, so the posts in this blog tend to be eclectic.
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- On being happy
- Winterfest! (for Mac users)
- We wants it!
- Celebrating the return of rights!
- Share your gifts
- The kilogram redefined
- Down the research rabbit hole
- We’re #1! (Resilience unfolds)
- Halloween = RESILIENCE
- Speaking as a finely tuned predator
- A little geeky problem-solving
- Chronicles of Alsea: Book SEVEN
- Sonic booms
Category Archives: politics
Tom Toles is a genius. No other US political cartoonist has ever mastered his ability to sum up a complex political situation or event with a single panel comic. Yesterday’s comic was particularly illustrative of his talent. It’s been interesting … Continue reading
I was one of those people waiting by my computer at 10:00 EST — the moment that the decision on the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was announced — and downloaded the file as soon as I could … Continue reading
Jeez, this has been an awful week for my home nation. The Boston Marathon bombing, the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, and now the Senate Republicans’ sneering, in-your-face proof that a 90% American public preference and a 54-vote Senate majority still … Continue reading
A late-night talk show host sends a “reporter” out into the street with a completely nonsensical question: What do you think about Obama pardoning the sequester and sending it to Portugal? For my non-US readers: The sequester is a kind … Continue reading
The news out of Washington, just north of my home state, has been a delight to watch this week. After finally overthrowing its own mini-DOMA in November, Washington’s government has been preparing for the day when the new law would … Continue reading
Last night I just couldn’t make it, crashing around 03:00 despite my best efforts. I watched the colors slowly fill in on the maps, sweeping westward across the nation, but things were still very much up in the air when … Continue reading
I’m heading into my traditional quadrennial stressfest, during which I will be obsessively checking blogs, news sites, exit polls, and “reporter on the street” articles as I wait for my nation (and a few really critical states) to decide which … Continue reading
When the Twitterverse exploded with this image two days ago, I thought it was a joke. Surely it was something from the satirical web site The Onion, because no way would a serious American business magazine have a cover like … Continue reading
While going through the avalanche of Sandy news today — the flooding, the power outages, the destroyed homes, the fires — I only came across three references to a fact that for me had stood out above all others: that … Continue reading