Carrier of cars. Route of buses. Giver of life. Thrower of fish. Locale of glory holes for the procurement of anonymous gay sex which Rex has never availed himself of at least that is his official position.
While New York has Broadway, 5th Avenue, and Wall Street … and Los Angeles has Sunset, Hollywood Boulevard, and Wilshire Blvd. … there is only one Seattle street which is known worldwide.
I just finished taking a walk on the aforementioned street in the rain, or as I call it, californian repellant, almost getting hit while taking the picture above.
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Why is American internet so slow?
According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49 Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay.
Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned on Jeopardy.
So how did America fall behind?
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Badass. Just … badass.
“Promise me something”, I remind my daughter nearly every week, “when you become Mayor of this town 20 years from now, you’ll install an escalator on Pike Street, and name it after me … the Rex is a Lazy Ass Memorial Escalator … or something to that effect.”
She always agrees, but between you and me, I think she’s just humoring me.
Fortunately, the point may be moot.
Matthew Roewe, of Via Architecture, said the demolition of the viaduct will take out about 1,200 waterfront parking spaces. But the Convention Center has 1,200 parking
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Over the course of a typical month, I get anywhere from 10-100 photo license requests. As I have published over 100,000 photos online, this probably comes as little surprise.
While I’ve historically been extraordinarily generous with pictures, usually refusing to take money even when it’s offered, I’ve back off of my generosity in recent years, and there are a couple of reasons for this.
First of all, as Generation Me has come of age, and has taken over the requesting demographic, so has the entitlement. Several months ago, I was berated for not providing a free photo quickly enough,
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I still remember the first day of my first photojournalist gig. It was almost my last. I showed up with a gigantic flash mounted atop a cheap Pentax K-1000 camera, and once the other photographers began snickering at me, I wanted more than anything to just subtly sneak out, never to show my face or my crappy gear ever again. It was in my top 10 most embarrassing moments. It was then that I realized that photography was not an acceptable hobby for poor white trash. Ditto for journalism of any kind.
As bad as it was, however, this day
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It looks like Spike Lee has gotten himself into a bit of hot water. Last week he had some not-too-kind words for the ex-suburbanites who have taken over his childhood neighborhood.
You can read about it here: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/spike-lee-amazing-rant-against-gentrification.html
Not surprisingly, upper-middle-class white people did not take kindly to his remarks. Take, for example, this comment from the aforementioned link:
“But explain to me how people of any color buying property instead of renting isn’t better for the neighborhood? Do you *want* the area to stay poor, the schools to not have the tax base needed to educate properly, and
Continue reading Defending Spike: The Cultural Genocide of Gentrification
Being an American consumer is a lot like being anally violated on a daily basis.
Being an American consumer is EXACTLY like being anally violated on a daily basis.
If the past two years have taught me anything, it’s that America’s glory days are so far behind us that not even the Hubble Telescope could see the last of them.
There used to be a saying, “You Get What You Pay For”, but no longer is that saying even remotely true. Instead, no matter what you pay, what you almost always get, is shit.
Folks, without the
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Remember, folks, they are also overwhelmingly Democrats. Democrats who care about gays, women, blacks, immigrants, and the plight of the working poor. Democrats who are tirelessly supported by affluent college professors, affluent college students, and the affluent media which caters to them … including such “alternative” outlets as The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, and every other Seattle-based blog and website on the Internet.
Yes, they care. No, really, I’m serious, they care about all of those diverse groups of people more than their own demographic because they are completely selfless people. That’s right, benevolent angels sent down from heaven
Continue reading In Related News, The Seattle Times Finds Grass to be “Green”
Like most people, I’m often conflicted over how to spend President’s Day Weekend each year.
Part of me feels like I should spend the day doing what our government intended … learning about and celebrating the life of our first president, George Washington, but that can be difficult at times.
For instance, did you know that when George Washington was twelve years old, he inherited ten slaves, and by the time of his death, 316 slaves lived at Mount Vernon, including 123 owned by Washington, 40 leased from a neighbor, and an additional 153 “dower slaves” … servants for
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Imagine if you were a working class honky, living in a trailer park, working in a garage by day, driving a pickup truck with a “Bush/Cheney” bumper sticker, putting on plays at night.
Think you could put on a play like this without being picketed for being “racist”?
Not a chance, my redneck friend, not a motherfucking chance.
That up there, is chosen-white privilege. You can’t do that shit without a degree from an expensive college, preferably multiple degrees, at least one being Art History so that other white people know that you’ve got money to blow, and gainful
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A fossilized mammoth tusk discovered in a Seattle construction site was retrieved Friday evening from a 30-foot-deep pit to the sound of cheers and clicking from people taking pictures.
Scientists and construction crews used a crane to retrieve and hoist the tusk, which was placed on a pallet, encased in plaster and covered in blankets, to a waiting flat-bed truck. The tusk headed to its new home a few miles away at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington ‘s Seattle campus, where it will be preserved, studied and eventually put on
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Once, during a basketball game, I got out in front on a fast break, went up for an uncontested dunk, threw it down unnecessarily hard because I wanted to be a gangsta, shattered the backboard, and brought the rim down on the back of my head, requiring many stitches and a monthlong bandage around my cranium.
Once, like a dumbass, I went surfing in a hurricane, got slammed into a rock jetty, and presented to the emergency room with over 100 lacerations.
Once, while trying to make a rush delivery as a bicycle messenger, I blew through a red light
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Seahawks Parade – Fans in Westlake Park
When it’s an unprecedented event, and only a few blocks from your home … you kind of have to go.
After waiting roughly an hour, however, I forwent waving to the players as they passed by on 4th Avenue. Instead, I contented myself to celebrate my unbridled joy with what has been reported to be between 200,000-500,000 people.
I suppose it was entertaining on some level, although I’m still not sure I’ll ever fully agree with these kinds of priorities.
As it turns out, all absences from Seattle Public Schools will be
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When the Seattle Public School District is the lone voice of reason.
Dear Seattle Public Schools families:
Seattle Public Schools will not close or dismiss school early because of the Seahawks parade on Wednesday. Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team, academics must come first and it’s important not to lose a day in the classroom.
We are proud of our Seattle Seahawks and we know this is a historical event for our community. But we also know that for many of
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When I lived in Olympia, one of my neighbors got a Seahawks sweatshirt from the Olympia Free Store. After wearing it only a few times, however, he promptly threw it away.
“If you don’t want it, why don’t you donate it back to the free store?”, I asked him.
“Because I wouldn’t want someone else to go through what I went through”, he replied.
I was perplexed by this response.
He went on to explain that he had only bought the shirt because it was nice and warm, but whenever he wore it, he found himself on the receiving
Continue reading The Seahawks Won! The 12th Man Didn’t.
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“I am very concerned and disappointed by this verdict,” said Cantwell. “I am confident there will be an appeal to closely re-examine today’s decision. It is very troubling that Amanda and her family have had to endure this process for so many years. I will continue to closely monitor this case as it moves forward through the Italian legal system.”
Yesterday, Amanda Knox, wealthy white girl from West Seattle was convicted of murder.
You remember, Amanda Knox?
The girl whom, after being accused of murdering another affluent white-ish girl, threw a black man under the bus. The girl whose parents hired
Continue reading Maria Cantwell Says “Rich, White, and Female Still Trumps Negro”