MONDAY 01-21-2013 - the fight for school "resource officers", Glenn Archambault, local lamber, still faces massive zoning/land use issues with Jackson County, the history of the Vortex, and your calls.

Jan 20, 2013 -- 4:45pm

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Rather odd that the purported "land of the free" sets up designated free speech zones. Was reading that President Obama (same as George W. Bush did when visiting the valley years ago) set up "Freedom Plaza", the ONLY place where one could protest.  It's a safe bet that "Freedom Plaza" is FAR from earshot of El Presidente.

Meanwhile CBS news reports "Taxpayers pick up the tab for the inaugural swearing-in, security and the parade. But it's private donors who pay for all those swank inaugural balls and celebrations."

There's a certain percentage of the sheep which love these taxpayer-funded circuses, but they strike me as obscene. Slaves clapping for their masters, while the government's corporate owners (political donors) throw a party for their bought-and-paid-for politician. 

Some say words to the effect that the presidency "deserves" this kind of pomp.  I disagree, and see all presidents as employees of ALL the people. We'd ultimately be a lot healthier as a people to start looking at all politicians, from the President on down, as such.

I've watched a lot of videos on gun safety/control/rights/what we should do, and I have to tell you, this man nails it in 4 minutes.


6:35 Kyle Olson, Education Action Group. Among his 23 gun control executive orders, President Obama authorized the spending of $150 million to hire "up to 1,000" armed resource officers and school counselors. Just one problem: there are 98,817 government schools in America.

7:10 Glenn Archambault, local lamber dealing with incredible land use and zoning problems which Jackson County is either unable, or unwilling, to fix.

8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers (visit his website) with "Visiting Past and Present" and today's history trip is a REAL fun on:

The Oregon Vortex

By Dennis Powers

An unusual place rests five miles up Sardine Creek from Highway 234 (which turns two miles later into Second Avenue when in Gold Hill). Calling it the “Forbidden Ground,” Native Americans avoided the area, as apparently did their horses, wild birds, and other wildlife. Despite this, the Grey Eagle Mining Company in the 1890’s built a gold assay office on the site and near their mine. The structure was plumbed level when constructed.

During a heavy rainy season in 1910, a mudslide carried the slanted-wood building down the hill where it stopped against a maple tree. No longer plumb or level, the house is still there but rests at a weird angle. Now named the “House of Mystery,” balls inside roll uphill, people stand weirdly, and brooms angle on end. Outside the twisted house, people appear dramatically taller when they shift positions.   

John Lister was a geologist, mining engineer, and physicist. Visiting the area in 1913, the Scottish scientist was intrigued by what he saw. Named the “vortex”-- defined as a fluid or gas circulating around a core with its inside pressure being lower than out--Lister later bought the property. He developed it in the early 1920’s, conducted thousands of experiments, and in 1930 opened it to the public.

Lister claimed the property was at the intersection of strange forces he called terralines, or energy that causes a repelling (anti-gravitational) electromagnetic field. The story goes that Lister became so frightened by his discoveries that before he died, he burned his notes. After his death, Maria Cooper's family in 1961 left a Gold Hill service station and motel to buy the property. Then in high school, Maria twenty years later quit her job as a social worker to run the vortex when her father became ill. She continues on today.

The controversy also continues. Balls seeming to run uphill and a pendulum hanging at an angle can be explained by the crazy, skewed building. It’s argued that this effect is caused by the distorted perspective of not seeing the horizon but against the background of converging lines. When visual references are skewed sufficiently, people can actually feel dizzy--which they do. Outside, however, is another story. Photographs of people changing places (one taller than the other) evidence their changing heights, based solely on the new position. Trees grow in weird shapes; people shrink or grow as they walk, one way or the other.

Is this an optical illusion, caused by terralines, or due to a deep metallic core? The controversy continues today.   

See: “The Oregon Vortex” at Vortex; Bernard, Jeff, Associated Press, “Woman Seeks Good Family to Take Over Mysterious Vortex”, Salt Lake Tribune, March 14, 2004, at Oregon Vortex.


(Great crowd, thanks for the turnout and showing your support for the 2ndA



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