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Sure, you are underwater in your mortgage.
Sure, you are at-risk of being laid off.
Sure, you are one paycheck away from homelessness.
Sure, you are experiencing the early stages of hyperinflation that will soon sap all of your wealth.
Sure, your health insurance premiums have doubled again.
Sure, your government is hopelessly corrupt.
Sure, your country has the highest incarceration rate of any nation on earth.
Sure, the police are out of control.
Sure, gasoline is approaching $5 per gallon.
But at least … at least these folks are happy:
The Most Important People in the World
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Parking Meter in Pike/Pine
They have arrived.
John T. Williams
This afternoon, the City of Seattle agreed to pay the family of John T. Williams the sum of 1.5 million doll ars in order to avoid a lawsuit.
That’s right, the “City of Seattle” which means “the 608,000 residents of the City of Seattle”.
Did Ian Birk, the man who murdered Williams, pay $1.5 million to the family?
Did Ian Birk, the man who murdered Williams, pay $1 to the family?
Heck, Birk is not even facing criminal charges.
Instead, it is I who is getting punished. And you. Even though we’ve never in
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Downtown Seattle Trolleybus
Seattle’s trolley buses are near the end of their useful lives, and according to King County Metro, they will need to be replaced within 5 years.
Replaced with what, though?
Currently, this issue is being studied, and the public is invited to weigh in with comments:
Among the replacements being considered are Diesel buses (this may have been crossed off the list already), Diesel-electric hybrid buses, or … more of the same … new Trolleybuses.
Personally, I am vigorously supporting option #3.
I want to see our beautiful trolleybuses stay, and stay forever. Seattle
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Passing Out Tulips in Downtown Seattle
When it comes to politics, the police, etc, I know that I have a propensity toward negative articles.
Deep-down, I’m a deeply cynical person almost bereft of optimism, and because of this, I’m pretty sure that I will not live long by modern standards. The stress of my type of outlook just isn’t conducive to an extensive, happy life. I wish I were different. I would rather be the facepainter rooting for the Seahawks on the sidelines. I desperately want to have that level of dopamine in my prefrontal cortex. I think it
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Pike Place Market – Seafood Bisque
Starbucks World Headquarters
The building on the left with the clocktower.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct
Tunnel supporters just gained a new nemesis.
The Sierra Club.
“The Seattle group’s efforts to stop the tunnel reflect its view that a $3.1 billion highway project encourages driving, contributes to greenhouse-gas emissions and sucks up transportation dollars that could be better spent on less-polluting alternatives. …
Montz said the Sierra Club isn’t anti-road or anti-car. He said other cities, notably San Francisco, have taken down elevated highways, created pedestrian-friendly waterfronts and not built replacement roads.
If the tunnel isn’t built, he suggests, there wouldn’t be surface-street gridlock because people would drive less,
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Mayor Mike McGinn, or as I like to call him, M3, has proposed a new initiative to make Seattle nightlife safer.
The first part of his proposals involves cab stands. Mike would designate specific parking meters for cabs after hours, which would in turn make it easier to hail a ride home. These convertible cab stands are being proposed for Downtown, Belltown, Pioneer Square, Broadway, The U District, and Ballard.
The second part of his proposal is “pre-paid meter parking”, which is scheduled to get its start in the Pike/Pine neighborhood.
The premise of prepaid parking is
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Seattle International District Station
Downtown Seattle from Capitol Hill
Seattle Space Needle
As I have mentioned before, I am an Android Geek. When I leave my nerd cave in the morning, I typically have two Android devices in my possession … a phone and a tablet.
In addition to being a fan of the platform, I am also a statistics geek. No matter how hard they tried, my teachers in elementary school could not get me to read a fictional book. Instead, I would only read such compelling titles as the World Almanac and Book of Facts and the Guinness Book of World Records.
In the Android Marketplace is an app that
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A Seattle Sunset
KIRO 7 has uncovered the shocking details of yet another incident involving the “Mexican Piss” officer, the man that City Attorney Pete Holmes declined to prosecute:
Basically, the officer choked a suspect in Belltown, and then charged that suspect with “assault on an officer”. When the judge asked for the patrol car video tape to corroborate the officer’s charges, the tape was found to be either erased, or intentionally not turned on.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, vague charges such as “resisting arrest”, “assault on a police officer”, “obstruction”, and “disobeying the
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Easy Street Records on Capitol Hill
Broadway on Capitol Hill
Not long ago, the primary news source for Capitol Hill, the Capitol Hill Blog, ran a story about a man named “Joe”.
You see, Joe is a man who lives in Pike/Pine, and Joe is upset that a nearby nightclub (The Baltic Room) has been increasing their noise level over the months. To try and solve his problem, Joe has called the police on several occasions, and the SPD has been trying to mediate the dispute.
Frankly, I enjoyed the CHS Blog article. It was well-written and informative. Where things really got interesting, though, was in the comments section of
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‘The Seattle Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office have formed a unique partnership with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission to develop a curriculum to improve the way police officers are trained to interact with people.
For the past decade, police training has focused on tools and physical tactics for keeping officers and citizens safe. While these methods have improved the safety of both officers and citizens, they have done little to improve the public’s trust and confidence in their police.
My note: The word “citizens” in the above lines is intellectually insulting, and
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Seattle Rex Yamaha Vino 125 Scooter
Late Saturday morning, before heading up to Cal Anderson Park, I decided to snag a couple of slices of pizza.
Since it had been a long time since my last visit (I think the last time I ate here was sometime in the 90’s), I decided to re-acquaint myself with Hot Mama’s Pizza on Pine Street. I tried to have lunch here a couple of weeks ago, but when I walked through the door at 11am, the man behind the counter told me that they had just opened and that the pizza would take awhile.
Come on, fellas, rise
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