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Archive for January, 2006

Website Update

January 11th, 2006 by Michael G.

Ian and I have been doing some more work on the website to make it look good since we transitioned to WordPress.   We’ve polished it up some more.  Here’s what’s new/fixed since the last updates:

  • Ian did major work on the templates and static pages.
  • Ian added the links to the sidebar, and fixed up the lefthand links.
  • Ian fixed post authors and times in the multi-post / main views.
  • I fixed the single-post view to include the author and post time.
  • I fixed the wayward bullets that were hanging outside of the sidebar
  • Most importantly:  Link to the current issue PDF is now now fixed.

Please comment on this post if you notice visual defects or usability issues with the new blog software.  (Note: We know the donate and merchandise links are not enabled.)

ESPN Article on Oregon/Knight Relationship

January 10th, 2006 by Ian “investigative reporter” Mike Fish has a hyperbolic front page story on the Oregon athletic department’s relationship with Nike founder Phil Knight. ESPN, home of Playmakers, the World Series of Poker and ESPN Hollywood, promotes the story on its front page in the following manner:

ESPN OU/Knight Front Page

Can someone please explain this photo and caption to me?
As for the story itself, you already know what to expect. Fish devotes only one paragraph to Knight’s sizable non-athletic contributions and portrays him as a selfish, childish puppet-master. Maybe Fish can get a job at the Eugene Weekly when ESPN abandons real sports entirely.

ODE Watch: Shilling for Clothes Edition

January 9th, 2006 by Ian

In case you haven’t heard of American Apparel, today’s Emerald was intended for you. “News” Reporter Eva Sylwester breaks down just why American Apparel – which recently moved into the famed retail space previously occupied by Buster’s – is the bestest company EVER in a fawning front-page piece. The news editors back the de facto advertisement by devoting more inches to it than any other article, including stories about a drug dealer, a graduate student caught possessing child pornography, and the serious leakage problems a number of campus buildings have been experiencing. Newly-promoted News Editor Steve Neuman neglects to mention in a Newsmeeting blog post why the story was given so much space, but maybe this would be a good time to try out the ODE’s barren Ask the Editors feature.

New Blog Software

January 6th, 2006 by Ian

We’ve finally moved over to WordPress 2.0. There are still some problems and inconsistencies (particularly with the old static pages and the font colors,) but if you encounter anything particularly strange please leave a comment or contact us directly at

Disparate Fundamentalists Not So Different at Heart

January 5th, 2006 by Ian

With Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon incapacitated and near death, the usual fundamentalists have come out of their rat holes to throw parting shots at the supremely-controversial leader.

  • Unsurprisingly, some Palestinian groups consider Sharon’s condition to be a heavenly gift and an occassion to celebrate.
  • Pat Robertson, professional televangelist and troll, claims that Sharon’s stroke is an act of divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawl from the Gaza Strip. I’m sure we’re all very interested in your unique perspective, Pat.
  • Meanwhile, Iranian president and holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejoiced, hoping that Sharon would indeed be dead soon. It seems that is Mahmoud hoping that Netanyahu comes back to power so he’ll have more Palestinian issues to distract the Iranian people with.
  • Interestingly, amongst the most explicit of celebrations can be found on the forums, whose members refer to the PM as “DiKtator ShaKron” and violate Godwin’s Law more often than the US federal government violates the Bill of Rights.

It is interesting that even before the Gaza pullout right-wing Israelis had begun referring to Sharon in a similar way as many leftists, using words such as “murderer,” “dictator,” “criminal,” and “evil” to describe a man who by every account was doing what he believed was best for his country and what a majority of Israelis supported.

My opinion? Sharon has, throughout his life, been a true patriot of his country. This has led him to make serious mistakes (see: essentially enacting Big Pines instead of Little Pines,) achieve glorious victories (see: Six-Day War, Yom Kippur War,) allow terrible events to occur under his command (see: Qibya, Shabra and Shatila,) and take extraordinary risks in the name of peace (see: Gaza pullout). It’s no surprise that he’s so controversial – few men are so bold as to have such an extensive world-changing resume.

If he dies I will be saddened. Not because I agreed with all his actions (I oftentimes didn’t,) but because he is one of the few people who had enormous sway amongst Israelis of all stripes in working towards peace. Pulling out from Gaza may have been a poor move, but it was a move that only Sharon could have executed. The enormous steps necessary to bring peace to the region seem impossible to undertake now that a man of such strides is incapacitated. There has never been an equivalent to him amongst the Palestinians, and only Ben Gurion was comparably respected amongst mainstream Israelis.

If the Gaza pullout is somehow successful in bringing some stability then perhaps that will be his legacy. It was his toughest task and, if it ultimately succeeds, it will be viewed as his greatest achievement.


January 1st, 2006 by Timothy


World didn’t end this last year either.