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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
At the age of 3, I tired of urban life and moved to the sticks forever, often sucked back into cities only to earn a livelihood, but those days are over. My entire livelihood depends on broadband Internet in a deeply rural area, recently troubled by break-ins -- tweakers from the city at the bottom of the hill. As all of my neighbors have an Internet link via newsgroup, we've been able to set up a community Neighborhood Watch. We can track a marauding raccoon and Mapquest the little masked bastard, let alone catch two-legged vermin when they come up here to pillage. The Internet is a form of universal suffrage, as I see it. It connects the other 7/8 of Oregon to Portland.
And what a teaching tool! Or it could be, although our current system of crowding hormonal adolescents into crowded rooms to learn socializing and share microbes, and driving them down there in buses from far up in the hills, and back ... hey, what a great system. But a better one is underused.
I believe with all my heart that if the federal government turned over every dollar in the coffers and Fort Knox to Oregon, stood way back, and asked us to watch the money for a while because they seem to be too stupid, the investment would grow faster than, uh ... the economy would be tumescent, instead of flaccid.
Although I am an old and analog dog, yesterday I skyped for the first time. In the middle of a move, with my pickup truck playing possum, without a phone by choice ... were it not for electronics up here, I might just get a great notion ... and who knows how many Oregonians have been saved from cabin fever by the color TV?
$7.2 billion will probably be enough, provided Oregon receives it all. Otherwise, most of it will go to graft, pork, and CEO bonuses.
Yes, We Can: Rural Oregonians can fly, if we have the proper bootstraps to pull on. But if you take away our broadband, don't you boys come up here canoeing with your city guitars and compound bows. We'll slide right back into inbred clans and rusting Camaros up on blocks. Only the Internet keeps us civilized.
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