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Hey, I was the organizer of this event. I just want to say THANK YOU to those who came and supported this event! We got a great reception from the city of Bend! You've shown you appreciate cyclists, appreciate our right to freedom of expression and protest, and can have fun at some silliness.

Ride on, Bend.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 07/09/2017 at 12:30 AM

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Re: “Transparency and listening fall off in appointee process

There is a reason why this process wasn't transparent. I think the people should demand a recap of what really happened.

Posted by LeafyLief on 01/26/2019 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Quite Possibly the Strangest List Bend Has Made It On

Negative press could be good for Bend. Maybe help the people here get over themselves just a little bit.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by LeafyLief on 01/11/2019 at 11:57 PM

Re: “United Airlines to Offer Direct Flights To Chicago

Is this sponsored content? If not, is it really appropriate for the Source to do an airport's marketing for them?

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Posted by LeafyLief on 12/29/2018 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Big Changes for Well-Traveled Trails

For all those upset about the influx of nature lovers, think of it this way:

1) The more people that have access to a beautiful environment, the harder they'll work to protect it.

2) This isn't your land. It never was. It is part of a public trust, and it is protected as such for equal use. Trail permits are showing that more people are enjoying the outdoors, and we are still interested in protecting the land because of that.

3) Before you get so mad about people moving to Central Oregon, remember that this is colonized land. As long as people are willing to to protect the land, we should be welcoming of them, and this permit system will help do just that.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 11/19/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Mayor Debate

Blow up the dam.

Posted by LeafyLief on 08/25/2018 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Should We Legalize All Drugs? Discuss

I find it a bit cynical to discuss legalization of drugs (and therefore ending the Drug War) in purely financial terms. They need to be discussed, but at most as an afterthought.

There is a massive incalculable human toll that the Drug War has taken. Kidnappings, gang violence, assassinations, murdering of journalists, crossfire, forced grows, paramilitary counter-violence, gun smuggling, and war have all come from the militarized policing of production of narcotics.

On the supply side, we have turf wars, more gang violence, and what is criminal and corrupt on a state level: mass incarceration. An analysis by Bryan Stevenson bluntly and pointedly puts out: Slavery never ended, it just evolved. It is no longer controversial history that Nixon and his cronies used the pretense of the drug war to criminalize black America. The results are 3 million behind bars, most are people of color.

And then there is the addiction, homelessness, and mental health crisis.

And then there is the military crackdown on poor farmers in South and Central America, forced from poverty and coercion to grow.

And then there is the problem of government sponsored drug smuggling.

And then there is the issue of so called border and airport security.

And then there is the dark web and cryptocurrency fraud.

All manor of embezzlement, money laundering, and financial crimes of the rich proliferate as bankers in $5000 suits move capital, knowingly, profiting off the suffering of the small producers and dealers trickling down from large suppliers.

Not to mention the geopolitical effects; political corruption abounds in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico as cartels bully politicians and the media, with a large death toll behind them.

This is bigger than your stupid drug habit. This is bigger than your stupid state taxes. This is about ending one of the largest failures of ostensible morality in human history.

This is about ending a penal approach to a medical crisis, and ending the slavery of millions.

This is about shifting away from forced production of narcotics and back to cash crops and susbistence farming.

This is about restoring the dignity of millions across the globe, caught in the crossfires of a pointlessly black market that causes profit marginst to be so high that they create multiple massive competing industrial level crime syndicates.

It's time to legalize all drugs, now.

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Posted by LeafyLief on 08/03/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor

In response to why there were only 10 people on the Naked Bike Ride this year?

Hi all, organizer of WNBR Bend here. I have to say no one was as disappointed as I was by the first glance that is. However, as a community organizer there are multiple metrics to consider. And I'm going to call this year's ride a success.

Last year we had 16 riders, 20 facebook likes, 17 rsvps. I organized the ride against discouragement and even anonymous threats; getting media coverage and community acceptance was an uphill battle.

This year, we had twice as many people who went fully nude as last year. This year, we had our first trans person riding, showing off her incredible body. This year, we had 50 RSVPs and an additional 30 likes on the facebook page. This year, we had gender balance. This year, we were offered sponsorship. This year, we had full community acceptance.

This year, we had 7 people JOIN the naked bike ride in the middle of it. They asked us to pull over, they derobed, and joined us on the ride! So we ended up with 17 riders, not 10.

This year was great.

So why the low turnout? Looking back on it, with so many RSVPs and such enthusiasm, I blame circumstance. Wednesday was July 4th and the Freedom Ride. People got trashed. The next day was the Bend Cruiser Ride, and people got trashed. Then it was First Friday, and people got trashed then too. Saturday nights after First Friday are infamously depopulated, holidays notwithstanding. After the ride, I went downtown and it was almost deserted. The lowest turnout downtown I've ever seen.

People were just too partied out to go to another bike ride, despite the fact that ours was alcohol free. As an organizer, it's my job to help plan events around when people were available. And it was admittedly terrible timing.

When trying to establish new traditions, there are growing pains. The feedback I've received this year has been quite positive, not one naysayer. Next year, we'll coordinate the ride taking into account availability, and considering other events.

Until then, be wild and free!

PS We DID play some Grateful Dead! Peggy-O to be exact. I tried to get a diverse music selection. I take song requests from facebook,
I'd love your suggestions next time Eddie!

Posted by LeafyLief on 07/22/2018 at 11:28 PM

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