It’s not often that large corporations do something that I appreciate, in fact, I’m not sure that I can remember a time before this one.
That said, if I’m going to criticize, I have to also give credit where it’s due, and this time, Apple deserves some aforementioned credit.
Last week, Apple decided not to build backdoors into the encryption for its iPhone products beginning with the iPhone 6, and following suit, Google did the same.
Of course, none of this is the result of altruism. Both Apple and Google would re-instate the Holocaust if they thought it would add
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Seattle. The world’s largest Monopoly board. Magnet for every greedy real estate developer in the good old US of A.
“Well, that’s the price of progress, Rex. It’s a free market.”
Yeah, the “capitalist” mantra. That is, until it’s time for the little guy to bail out the banks that make the loans for these properties. We only care about capitalism when it’s time for the tenant to get her cut. Rent control is evil only when it’s time to pay the people back.
In any event, bend over, First Hill, this one’s going to hurt a little. It’s time
Continue reading First Hill’s Panorama House Is Owned By Assholes
Prior to the mid-90’s, it was the gateway to Seattle for many of us. Now, after 75 years, Seattle’s Greyhound Bus Station has moved out of downtown, and back to SoDo.
Since only poor people ride the bus these days, scoring this prime real estate was, I’m sure, half as difficult for the developers as taking candy from a baby. (see the plans for this location below)
If the start of the next recession stays on schedule, the new development should be completed just in time for financing to run out. Don’t worry about the developers, though, as
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“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kirkland anymore … there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home …”
“Bicyclists should be licensed and required to carry insurance!”, squawked the friend of a friend.
It’s an argument I’ve had an unbelievable number of times, always with a suburban resident, always with a sports fan. Not that I have anything against sports fans, I’ve just come to realize over time that they tend to be loyal to things and ideas which may or may not be supportable with a logical argument.
“Actually, motorcyclists aren’t even required to carry insurance in
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Just before 5pm yesterday, I spotted a small protest march making its way up Pike Street.
As they got closer, I could see that they were protesting the state of law enforcement in the USA. They were a diverse mix of protestors, black, white, hipster, suburbanite, middle-eastern, and I was very heartened to see that … even in the absence of a media circus … a small group of people still took time out of their day to stand behind their positions.
I stopped, held out an outstretched thumb pointing upward, and nodded approvingly to each passing protestor. It
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Seattle Waterfront Arcade set to close in September
Add it to the list of changes you’ll soon see at Seattle’s waterfront: the family-owned arcade that’s long called Pier 57 home is leaving, and not by choice.
The arcade owner had been operating under a month to month lease at Miner’s Landing, and says he knew the closure would happen eventually, he just didn’t think it would happen so soon.
“We thought we had a little bit more time than we do now, but we were given 30 days notice and will be closing on September 22nd,” said Mike Cichy.
The guy who is responsible for serving dead animals to millions of people … abused a dog.
The guy whose company buys products from slaughterhouses, cooks the carcasses of animals which are kept in inhumane conditions, then serves them to you, which you then eat … was mean. To an animal.
And … if I’m reading the headlines correctly … you’re outraged.
Basically what you’re all saying, is that non-video-recorded abuse is not only okay, it’s something that you will gladly pay for so that you can personally enjoy it, and also so that the practice may continue. If it’s caught on
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On June 30th, unarmed light rail fare enforcement officers got into an argument with two men who allegedly did not have proof of fare payment.
The passengers, Oscar Perez Giron and Mario Parra Cetina, were removed from the train at the SoDo Station, and a King’s County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived soon thereafter.
A few minutes later, an altercation ensued, at which point Giron was shot by the deputy. Supposedly, Giron pulled a gun during the altercation, which he appears to do in the video, although it’s sort of hard to see.
What I don’t understand, is why if Giron
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So it looks like Jorge Carrasco (pronounced “whore-hey carrasco”) won’t be getting a raise after all.
After a public outcry, a weird brand.com image-cleaning campaign, a botched radio interview, and a bunch of lies, the CEO of Seattle City Light pretty much forced Mayor Ed Murray to deny his request for mo’ money.
It’s worth remembering, though, that the Seattle City Council voted almost unanimously (the socialist candidate was the lone “no” vote) to give the guy a raise. These are the people whose sole job it is to look out for your interests, and nearly every last one of them voted
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Whenever Seattle makes the national news, it’s never for something good, and this week was no exception.
Apparently, a woman who lives in a building about a block from my own, looked out the window this week, and when she did so, she spotted a radio controlled helicopter. As it turns out, this radio-controlled helicopter had cameras attached to it, as many do these days … even the $199 RC helicopters from Toys R Us.
Upon spotting this RC device, or “drone” as she called it, the woman naturally assumed that it had been launched with the sole intent
Continue reading Dear Women of Seattle, We’re Not All Looking At You. Regards, Rex
The phony liberals on the Seattle City Council are once again showing the voters what gullible, idiotic, pretentious fuckbags they are. “We are”, I should say, although nobody I vote for ever gets elected.
On Wednesday, the City Council, spurred by fraud-in-charge Mayor Ed Murray voted to raise the salary of Seattle City Light’s general manager, Jorge (pronounced “Whore, Hey!”) Carrasco, from $250,000/year to $364,000/year.
In other news, thousands of mentally ill people still call Seattle’s streets “home”. In yet another unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council voted to “give the stupid retards nothing”, while publicly pretending to care
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“Why is the SPD always involved in controversy?”
I was asked this question about a month ago by someone visiting the city. They were both concerned and intrigued by the amount of national notoriety our police force has received, especially given the fact that Seattle is not a particularly large city.
I explained to them that less than 20% of SPD officers live in the city. I explained that the overwhelming majority of them are suburbanites and ruralites, tasked to police an environment and a people with which they have little off-duty familiarity. When you throw in the fact that
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Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Rally in Westlake Park
If you think it’s expensive to live in Seattle now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
In perhaps the single largest repayment of bribes Seattle has ever seen, today, the City Council KY-ed the sphincter of every middle-and-lower-class Seattleite, bent them over, and spread their cheeks wider than the town’s ever-growing income gap.
Oh yes, my fellow middle-class urbanites, we’re about to get loved from the backside by every hipster hotel builder from here to Timbuktu, and it’s only going to be about half as fun as it sounds.
In a unanimous
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This morning, a KOMO/King 5 helicopter crashed next to the Space Needle, and two lives were lost. Both casualties were employees of KOMO News.
A third man, struck in his car by the helicopter, is in critical condition at Harborview.
Earlier this year, a Federal Court ruled that bloggers have the same First Amendment rights that journalists have. Believe it or not, the issue was actually up for debate.
Unfortunately, some states still only afford full protection, such as shield laws, to journalists working for mainstream news outlets.
This is frightening, and today’s front page of the Seattle PI remind us why.
Folks, I am not joking, that is the true and present homepage of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Remember that the next time you hear the phrase “reputable media outlet”. Remember that the next time politicians argue for special
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Three people – including two off-duty Seattle firefighters – are being investigated for an assault on a homeless man Saturday night.
Police say a woman and the two firefighters were walking through Pioneer Square when they came upon the victim, who was sleeping under the Fallen Firefighter Memorial near 1st Ave. S. and S. Main St.
Witnesses said the woman yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, then kicked him. One of her companions hit the victim with a stick and the third suspect joined in.
A man who says he witnessed the incident said he heard
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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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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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“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
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At least no officers or “civilians” were hurt.
You know, “civilian” being loosely defined as some hapless suburbanite who finds herself inexplicably caught on the wrong side of the Seattle city line.
Remember, over 80% of Seattle Police officers live somewhere other than Seattle.
And now you know why.
According to the SPD, the citizens of Seattle are not even human.
If you think about it, it really does explain a lot.
This has been a thing for about a week now, but it looks like it may be a bigger deal than I had at first assumed.
Bertha, the large machine digging the multi-billion dollar tunnel under Downtown Seattle, has hit an “obstacle”.
What kind of “obstacle”?
Well, nobody knows. At least not yet.
This is a pretty big deal, because Bertha cannot just back out of the hole. If the “obstacle” cannot be cleared, the machine just gets abandoned underground indefinitely, or it must be disassembled and brought out in pieces.
Now look, I’ve been a huge opponent
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I have a very long bucket list to complete should I ever be given 6 months or less to live.
Back when I was kid, another kid in New York City stole a subway ‘A’ train, and drove it from Washington Heights to Far Rockaway, making all scheduled stops.
That’s on my list.
Walking from one end of Downtown Seattle to the other, enforcing pedestrian right-of-way laws with a baseball bat is too.
As is dropping urine-balloons from my window on the fresh-out-of-college toddlers who are infesting my building.
Today, a new addition was made …
You see, early this
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Yeah, you already know, don’t you?
That’s right, Obama is back in town today. He’s here for the same reason he’s been here the last 3 times. To take bribes from ultra-wealthy people. It’s the only reason Obama ever comes to Seattle, I mean, Medina.
Of course, as is always the case with any presidential visit, deception and lies have also accompanied him.
“Nothing charges people up like a presidential visit, it creates tremendous excitement,” said Paul Berendt, who is a former chairman of the Washington State Democratic Party.
“This has really been a critical state for
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2013 Seattle Election Results
Oh Mike. Mike, Mike, Mike. I tried to warn you. Really I did. You didn’t listen, though. Nobody ever listens.
The votes have been counted, and by a solid 57-43 margin, Ed Murray won the 2013 Mayoral Election. I’ll have 4 ½ years to make my opinions of Ed known, but suffice to say, I’m fairly bummed out.
Ed Murray is a fairly typical politician, with the exception that he’s fashionably gay, and supports fashionably gay causes.
Given that gay folks in Seattle are an affluent demographic, with arguably more political power than any other
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Westlake Park – Grocery Strike Countdown
Well, it looks like the grocery strike is going to happen not going to happen because all involved read my piece and came to their senses.
I wish I could say that I will honor would have honored the strike, but it wouldn’t make any sense for me to do so.
The standard of living for the American working class is falling, and it will only get worse as time goes on. This is not the result of some clandestine plot by Corporate America, it’s the result of policies that the people, themselves,
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Yesterday, a woman drove her car to the ferry parking lot, turned off the ignition, and dialed 911. Once connected, she informed the operator that she was going to kill herself.
As emergency personnel were arriving, the woman stripped off her clothes, jumped into Elliott Bay, and clung, shivering, to the side of the pier.
Now, I’m no expert on these matters, but I can’t help but wonder why … if one intends to commit suicide … one would call 911 first. It would seem to be completely counter-productive. Stripping off ones clothes before making an 8′ jump into
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Easy Street Records in Lower Queen Anne
This afternoon, Easy Street Records in Lower Queen Anne opened one last time to auction off its remaining inventory. Armed with $50 or so, I went down to pay my final respects, and to perhaps pick up an item or two as well. I figured that I might pick up a poster for $15, a rare record for $20 … or something along those lines. I would soon find out, however, that I was comically out of my league.
Shortly after I arrived, a Bob Marley picture was sold for $200. A
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In case you haven’t heard, speculation has begun to run rampant here in Emerald City about the possibility of the Sonics returning to Seattle, by way of the Sacramento Kings.
Rumor has it that they would play in Key Arena for two seasons before moving into a new arena in SODO.
While this is technically still a rumor, started by a single tweet, it’s all that our local “news” (and I use that term lightly) has been reporting for the last 24 hours, so perhaps it’s more than just a rumor. Who knows.
What I don’t understand, however, is why
Continue reading Dear NBA, Fuck You. That is All. Regards, Rex.
Another day, another SPD scandal.
There have been several in the past few months, but for the most part, I’ve tried to just ignore them. Nothing can be done, really. There’s little probability of change. There’s little support for change.
John Diaz remains Chief of Police, and Mayor McGinn … a mayor I used to support … is stubbornly, weirdly, inexplicably, resistant to change. Even after the Department of Justice released its shocking report stating that the SPD violates the Constitution 20% of the time they use force.
In the latest video, we can see a restrained suspect
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