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What happens in Portland doesn’t stay in Portland

CityServe Portland founded out of the Luis Palua Association seeks to meet the needs of their city (Credit: Credit: CityServe Portland) There was a time when a city was simply known as a place on a map.  The limitations with communication and the antiquated nature of travel precluded individuals from knowing more. However, as time progressed, cities became more than a place on a map, but far away places to visit. As communication proliferated, tall tales and mythical wonders of cities began to spread like wildfire across the land. The BBQ of Memphis, the fish tacos of Southern California, the hot dogs from Chicago, and the pizza in New York. Now, we live and move in a world where cities are closer than ever. Technological advances allow us to travel from coast to coast in five hours and see pictures from each coast within seconds.

Distance may make the heart grow fonder, but newly shortened distances make relationships form more quickly. Cities have gone from being places on a map to groups of friends to go visit. These people, much like you, function in their particular niche in the city, working in order to provide for their household and seeking to contribute to the greater good of the city. Their work responsibilities may be different, their cities challenges may be more complex, but their part is just as necessary. Every once in a while, you hear a story about what is happening in another city, and it falls on you differently. It is less a conversation to listen to and more a story that motivates you.

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Black officer helps white supremacist

not an uncommon example of humanity in SC: Leroy Smith helps white supremacist to shelter and water as heat bears down during protests both for and against the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol in Charleston, July 18, 2015 (Credit: @RobGodfrey via Twitter) Last year, there were roughly 200 billion tweets posted on Twitter. Each day, there are approximately 500 million tweets, which averages out to 6,000 tweets per second. Ranging from complaints about airline delays to updates on your Netflix binge, Twitter provides a platform to communicate a variety of messages to an even more diverse audience. While some tweets generate a lively response, like Ellen taking a selfie at the Oscars, others spawn a response similar to talking to a tree. On Saturday, the former more than the latter characterized one particular tweet.

In the sweltering, 98-degree heat on Saturday afternoon, groups gathered to exercise their first amendment rights. White supremacist groups and African-American demonstrators voiced their beliefs and positions at the State House in Colombia, South Carolina. One group gathered to commend the recent removal of the Confederate flag, while another protested the recent removal as an act of cowardice.

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How to prepare for the end of the world

Gunners of 26 Squadron (Sqn) Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment based at RAF Honington wearing the GSR10 gas mask during an exercise, February 9, 2011 (Credit: UK Ministry of Defence/Cpl Dylan Bob Browne via Flickr) A recent article in The Week by Rod O'Connor titled "Preppers: Meet the paranoid Americans awaiting the apocalypse" examines the growing trend of seemingly average people that are going to great lengths in order to be ready for the fall of society. Many preppers, or survivalists as they're also called, operate under the belief that the world as we know it could end "any day now in the form of a global pandemic or the implosion of our highly leveraged financial system." As one prepper put it, "All of a sudden, you have hyperinflation, and you'll need a wagon of cash for a loaf of bread…Society could crumble in three days. That's all it would take. Then it's going to get primal."

Such statements may seem extreme and, no doubt, mental images of gun toting, fortress dwelling people in the middle of nowhere often accompany such views. The National Geographic Channel certainly perpetuated that image with their Doomsday Preppers show that enjoyed four relatively popular seasons before being cancelled last year. Such extremists undoubtedly made for good television but many modern preppers fail to match that stereotype.

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