Sunday, September 28, 2014

Another "Don't Miss" at Salem Cinema

Salem Cinema : Salem, Oregon
This is always provocative and memorable, often haunting and beautiful.  A true "world" festival, right here in Salem.  Three days only!  I've enjoyed this every year since it started here in Salem, and it just cements Salem Cinema's status as the best cultural venue in Salem, by a nautical mile.

Salem Cinema : Salem, Oregon

17th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival

SALEM CINEMA has once again been chosen as one of the only Oregon venues to participate in the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, one of our most anticipated events each year!

September 28th & 29th at 12:30pm & 7:45pm
September 30th at 7:45pm

at our box office during regular business hours
or online at!

All Seats $9 • no passes, Cinebucks or gift certs accepted for special events

MANHATTAN SHORT is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond!

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

Tax Avgas Like The Poison It Is

Tax Fairness Oregon points out an important reason Salem's Corporate Welfare Playground (aka airport) costs us ordinary folks (who only see private planes on TV) so much money:

Aviation Funding

Unlike highways and roads, airports in Oregon have been relying on public funding rather than user funding for a hunk of the cost of maintenance and improvements. This public funding at the expense of education and human services isn't necessary, because Oregon's aviation fuel taxes are among the lowest in the country. While Oregon road users pay 30 cents a gallon in fuel taxes, Oregon taxes jet fuel at only 1 cent a gallon, and avgas at only 9 cents a gallon. Talk about everyone else supporting the 1%—clearly a fix is in order! 

This doesn't even address the fact that people flying small planes using "avgas" poison you and your kids by spreading a potent, persistent neurotoxin throughout Salem: lead. 

That's right, avgas is still leaded gas. That's the stuff that caused untold billions of dollars of damage and ruined lives by damaging the brainstorm of people who wound up in prison as a result. 

So not only are Salem's businesses and richest folks getting a hugely public-subsidized playground for their toys, they're willing to share one thing with the rest of us whether we want it or not: a crippling toxin that especially damages the human brain in development stages (infants and toddlers)

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."