Monday, October 26, 2009

Ashland Tidings Editor Charged with 23 Felonies

Ashland Tidings Editor Charged with 23 Felonies

This is the editor who published libelous hit pieces against me that were introduced at the sexual harassment hearing. This and the smashing of FTW's computers is what Oregon doesn't want to look into. -- MCR


businessman said...

I'm excited to see that the trailer for Mike's new movie "Collapse" is now available on the movie's Web site, and that more dates for the movie have now been booked in additional U.S. cities, and in two cities in Canada, too.

Click here for the movie's Web site.

Lenny said...

I lived in the Rogue Valley O&O for 20 years. Ashland must be the MOST desirable place to live in the West. The long time residents have average jobs and very low payments on mediocre homes approaching million$$$ in value but are Not For Sale. They have No Growth ordinances that keep out developments and fast food. They own the ski resort. The watershed has the best mountain bike trails I have ever ridden. My all time favorite ladies still live there. (However, I'm a little surprised that the news guy is guilty of an offense against a FEMALE, considering Ashland's sexual reputation). They eat from the busiest natural foods co-op in America. I could go on about why I'm jealous, but I want your fans to know you didn't goof in moving there. It should have been ideal. Eugene might have resulted in a better outcome, but it also might have gotten people killed because you would have built support there. You're a good man who spread the alarm to alert ears living under a government that is corrupt and changes course on the fly to meet each and every threat by whatever means. Damn, I swore not to post any more on blogs for my own health.

Portlander said...

Mike - You should be aware that the Willamette Week in Portland put you in their Rogue of the Week column with the following editorial that went into last week's issue.

Michael Ruppert
Peak trouble for an Oregon author.

Author Michael Ruppert used the skills he learned as an LAPD cop 30 years ago to flesh out peak oil and investigate the “truth” behind Sept. 11, 2001 (the CIA did it).

Until recently, Ruppert was merely a conspiracy theorist from Ashland best known for his 2004 book Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil. He spun his complicated tales in lectures around Oregon and on KBOO-FM, but his management style suffers from much simpler flaws that earn him Rogue of the Week honors.

The final order issued late last month by Commissioner Brad Avakian of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries after three years of twists and turns reads like one of Ruppert’s investigations—except Ruppert’s the perp.

The lowlight from the BOLI report: a description of how Ruppert interacted with 25-year-old female subordinate Lindsay Gerken.

“One evening in mid-May [2006] when [Gerken] and Ruppert were alone in the office, Ruppert began complaining that he had a story he needed to get out, that he needed to free himself, and that it would be great if he could just run around the office naked for a minute to get out his ‘writer’s block,’” the report says. “Shortly afterward, [Gerken] was typing at her desk and Ruppert came to her open door, standing in his underwear in a ‘wide-legged stance’ with a ‘big smile.’”

Ruppert, who was in his mid-50s at the time, also put a CD containing selected pornography in Gerken’s desk, according to BOLI, “and told her he was willing to have a ‘sexual relationship’ with [Gerken] ‘if that’s what she wanted.’”

That’s not what she wanted. BOLI awarded Gerken $2,713.42 in back wages and the largest damages claim in BOLI’s history: $125,000 for Ruppert’s sexual harassment.

Last week, Ruppert’s attorney, Wesley T. Miller, posted a lengthy rebuttal on Ruppert’s website (, saying the BOLI ruling “patently violates all notions of fair play and equal justice.” He promises an appeal.

Jenna Orkin said...


we know. that was in a previous post. a blog reader provided links so others could send comments to willamette.