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Goonies House Then & Now

Goonies House in 2015

“People aren’t getting more selfish, that’s just something everyone thinks about the people who come after them.”

This is what I’m told fairly often.

And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the wisdom of the masses is pretty much infallible. Which is why it’s hard to figure out why one Astoria homeowner has suddenly become so hostile to outsiders.

The owners of the “Goonies House”, a formerly tourist-welcoming woman, has suddenly declared her property off-limits to out-of-town visitors. Over the last few years, tourists began leaving behind more and more beer bottles, cigarette butts, and other trash. Were this not

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Oracle’s New (but semi-hidden) Malware Opt-Out

Java Console

It’s not a good time to be a Java developer.  While the language itself is quite polished, and the speed and performance of the virtual machine has exceeded what I had at first thought probable, I increasingly have to come to terms with the fact that … in order to run the stuff I write, people have to risk infecting their computer with malware first.

Sure, the obsessively detailed can possibly avoid it (barring an errant tap of the ‘enter’ key), but the installers for most malware have been developed using psychological techniques designed to trick the user into “agreeing” to

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The SPD: Where Officer Safety Remains Job #1

cops-arresting-woman

When I saw the headline and the accompanying animated GIF yesterday, I knew.   I knew before I even checked, and I swear to you I would have bet anyone $10,000 that this incident had happened in Seattle before even taking the first peek at the article.

I knew it was Seattle, because we’re one of the few cities in the country that actively encourages the slaughter of two-wheelers through an almost complete lack of punishment for those that do.

Take a look:

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Cyclist-s-helmet-cam-captures-SUV-hitting-him-and-6409802.php

This occurred roughly one block from where a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver three

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Collision at 6th & Stewart

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Note that cars continue to run red lights even after the collision.

I will ask for your forgiveness in advance for this post.  I’m still very shaken up.  I’m still very angry.  I’m still very disturbed.

I just saw a person get seriously injured, and perhaps killed.

I was walking near 6th & Stewart street when I heard a CRUNCH.  I stopped in my tracks, hoping I hadn’t heard what I knew I had.  When I got to the intersection, all hope evaporated. There laid a man in the street, and under the front wheels of a nearby car

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The Beach, Some Dogs, and My Broken Ankle

Factually Accurate Sign

Factually Accurate Sign

When you get down to it, I’m a liberal guy.

I support abortion, gay rights, universal healthcare, true civil rights equality, rent control, increased rights for the poor and working-class, antitrust legislation, drug legalization, etc, etc. Sure, I think the third wave of feminism is a selfish crock of psychopathic ass, and identity politics are a smokescreen for rampant classism which is the source of most bigotry, but still, only the most pre-programmed of the programmed would even think to call me conservative.

This being the case, some people are truly surprised to see me taking on the

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Ruh Roh! Seattle Rex Was Right

Confederate Flag Distraction

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/27/us-usa-shooting-south-carolina-race-insi-idUSKBN0P70FA20150627

Oh dear, this is not good, no not good at all.

First we have people openly dissenting at 4th & Pine, and now black folks are failing to hail the Corporate Elite Party as saviors for nixing the confederate flag.

Shit.

Maybe they noticed Democrats trying to sell them out after all.

Pffft, and you elitists assumed they were all too busy doing whatever stereotypical things that black people do.  Such as not reading.

They have been, though.

That’s right, while you guys have been pandering to the gentrifiers, wringing your hands over how to make well-off whites feel

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Conformity Wins

conformity

Isn’t it great?

Isn’t it great to be one of the herd?  Moo’ing in unison, bathing in the affirmations and attaboys of millions of your peers?

Why it’s positively intoxicating!

OHMYGOD there’s even a hashtag.  There’s always a hashtag.  This time, it’s #lovewins

How beautiful.  Doesn’t that make you feel good?  Love winning?  Love overcoming all barriers placed before it, and emerging victorious!  GOD feel those neurotransmitters plugging in and giving you the warm and fuzzies.  That right there is why they don’t want you to do drugs.  If you get that feeling from anywhere else, you might be

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Rainbow Crosswalks and the Gay Stereotype Parade

Rainbow Crosswalks in Pike Pine

Homophobic woman

Yoo-hoo, guess who’s got the gayest crosswalks in all the land?

A different color for everyone who’s been hit in the crosswalk this week

Just your friendly hourly reminder that Seattle supports gay stuff.  Hey, did you know that Seattle supports gay stuff? We also support the gay community. And lesbians.  And transgenders and people with carbonite penises. Anyway, we think you should know that Seattle supports the gays, and the gay community, and the LGBTASHWKEJWKQOUSGHZ communty, of which gays are a part.  Speaking of gays, I think it should be noted that Seattle supports

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Nouns, Motherfucker! We Got Nouns! And Prepositions Too, Biyiyatch!

School to Prison Graffiti

Upper-Middle-Class Caucasians love their slogans.  Boy oh boy do they love their slogans.  Especially ones written on walls in random places.

Much like pissy notes on car windshields, a phenomenon as inextricably linked with Seattle as winter rain, scrawled slogans don’t require the person throwing the hissy fit to be physically present.  While directing their anger toward another person or group, it allows him/her to remain anonymous, thus completely avoiding any repercussions for their display of anger.

Good God, could any one thing be more perfect for Seattle?

Probably not.

And so, it comes as little surprise that our

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Emperor Cited for Indecent Exposure at 4th & Pine

Protest at 4th & Pine

This afternoon, during rush hour, a hundred or so people blocked the intersection of 4th & Pine Streets to protest something I couldn’t completely figure out.

I saw a few “black lives matter” (but not enough to keep us protestors from gentrifying them out of Seattle) signs, a couple “Radical Women of Color” signs … I kept picturing Jeff Spicoli saying “Radical! Women of color!”, and some other signs promoting ideas that the protestors don’t actually want … such as socialism. Trust me, the last thing any of these people want is for the playing field of classism to be leveled.  I

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