Friday, April 25, 2014

Oregon's Art Robinson wants your urine

Love the 1950s vibe of this cartoon in Robinson's brochure

We received a weird brochure in the mail today from "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine." Which is Oregon politician and GOP religious nut Art Robinson's personal and private little lab on his ranch in Cave Junction, Oregon. From the brochure:

From Cave Junction ranch and lab, Art Robinson provides provocative voice for Oregon GOP | Inside, the lab looks like a bit of OHSU plunked down on a pasture -- except for the hunting trophies on the wall and an old pipe organ in the center of the room, with the sheet music to "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee" placed above the keyboard. (Oregon
This sounds like something from a novel by Vonnegut or some such, but it is real. Robinson's lab is under the "nonprofit" category, as the return address on the brochure reveals, and is a public entity.

The brochure asks us to send a urine sample to their lab. If we do, we'll be in on Robinson's cutting edge scientific discoveries, that will not only help the medical field, but education:
 We need samples of your urine in order to calibrate analytical procedures that can revolutionize the evaluation of personal chemistry -- and thereby improve our health, our happiness and property, and even the academic performance of our children in school.  (from Oregon institute of Science and Medicine mailer/brochure, April 2014.)
Nowhere in this four page glossy, full color brochure does it tell us what, exactly, Robinson's "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine" will do for us once he has his hands on our pee.

If we return the pre-paid reply included in the brochure, we will receive a "…brief questionnaire  asking your age, sex, and some simple health questions." "…six months later" we will be asked for another urine sample. Assured we are not obligated to continue with giving pee samples we are encouraged to continue, since "… a series of samples at six-month intervals makes possible longitudinal experiments that are of increased value." (Robinson)

Robinson is a notorious character in Oregon; here's what his advice on what to do with nuclear waste:
"All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean – or even over America after hormesis is better understood and verified with respect to more diseases." (Robinson 1997: Oregon Loon Watch/Daily Kos)
In 2011, Robinson accused OSU of harassing three of his six children, stating that Oregon State University was trying to expel his three children as "political payback." He's said that public education is "child abuse" and should be abolished. (He's also created his own home school curriculum.) And so on.

"Nonprofit" -- what a mad scam!

And now, Robinson has spent quite a bit of money mailing out full color four page brochures, soliciting citizen's urine, which will be collected, tested and kept in his own private lab on his Oregon ranch.

The brochure wasn't addressed to us specifically (and obviously political affiliation wasn't considered since we are not Republicans, nor Christians) but mailed under a generic "postal customer" designation.

A lot of money spent, in hopes of receiving good citizen's urine.

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