The Old Sage serves a roll that costs nine dollars. On the menu, it's called "Butter Flake Bread," and it is, in fact, buttery without being at all greasy, and it is full of light, flaky layers. It comes with a pat of particularly delicious cultured butter with tiny bits of chive and sea salt on top, and one side of the Butter Flake Bread, where the butter congregates, is extra crisped and extra tasty. The Butter Flake Bread appears to have miniscule flecks of herbs in it. Still, it is a roll—a single roll, made of bread—and it costs $9.
"It's pretty good, for a roll," the person I shared the roll with said...
This GeekWire interview with Mayor McGinn indicates that blazing-fast internet may not be arriving in Seattle as promised:
Financing problems are forcing Gigabit Squared to delay plans to implement a high-speed Internet network in 12 Seattle neighborhoods using the city’s dormant “dark fiber” network.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn — a longtime champion of the project who will leave office at the end of the year — acknowledged the setback in an interview with GeekWire this afternoon. He said Gigabit Squared, the company behind the project, is having problems securing financing to install the network, and he raised questions about the project’s future.
“We’re now a year into it and the question is, will it work or not?” McGinn said inside his office at City Hall. He acknowledged that he’s ”very concerned it’s not going to work.”
GeekWire contacted Gigabit Squared for comment, but a company representative said executives were unavailable for comment this afternoon.
It's an interesting piece and you should read the whole thing. In the article, McGinn says that if public financing won't work, "it’s time for Seattle to consider using tax dollars for a city-run network." That decision, of course, will be up to incoming Mayor Murray, who received thousands upon thousands of dollars from Comcast in the run-up to the election.
The new sci-fi movie from the Wachowskis stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis and is due out next summer. This is the first original (non-adapted) idea that the Wachowskis have brought to film since the Matrix trilogy:
And here's the trailer for the new Godzilla movie, which I have to at least respect for its ability to build a good sense of tension:
The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge continues! We are raising money to support YouthCare's Orion Center...
TOTAL $$$ RAISED SO FAR FOR THE ORION CENTER [NOW ACTUALLY UPDATED]::
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans have donated: $29,303.14
• Pearl Jam fans: $22,078.27
• Slog fans: $7,671.00
And Seattlish fans are still donating: $850.00 so far!
TOTAL $$$ RAISED: $59,902.41
[Eds. note: Dan Savage used yesterday's numbers when he originally posted this. Now they've been updated, and THEY ARE AMAZING. Let's keep giving! We're getting closer and closer to our $100,000 goal, which will keep YouthCare's Orion Center fully funded for the next year!!! If you would like to protest against Dan Savage's sloppy Slogging, just donate on behalf of Seattlish below. Or on behalf of Slog! We protest too!]
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General Motors has named Mary Barra its next chief executive, making her the first woman to head up a major automaker. Ever. Barra, 51, GM's current head of product development, will take the reins in January, culminating a 33-year career at the world's second largest automaker.
It shouldn't be, but this is kind of a big deal. After decades of gender "equality," only 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Perhaps after a few more decades of equality, headlines like the one on this post will be reduced to being merely offensive instead of ironic?
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Patricia Millett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Millett is the first presidential nominee to be confirmed under new Senate rules pushed through last month by Democrats that make it harder for Republicans to filibuster presidential appointments. The vote was 56-38.
He is taking selfies with European allies...
President Obama and David Cameron take a selfie with "an unidentified official." Here's a wire photo: http://t.co/Bw096o4Y4O
— Jeff Simon (@jjsimonWP) December 10, 2013
Cats Outta the Bag!?!! Pussy Riot, the feminist punk band jailed in Russia for demonstrating in a cathedral, could be freed in an amnesty deal, Reuters reports.
The Hole Story Mike Lindblom at the Seattle Times has more detail on the tribulations of Bertha, the Highway 99 tunneling machine, which is stuck under downtown due to a mysterious obstruction. It may be steel. Officials could send in divers—yes, divers, like Jacques Cousteau—who they keep on hand to work in the highly pressurized gap between the cutter blades and the blockage. The tunnel is now two months behind schedule—due to a labor dispute, difficult conditions, mechanical failure, and now this... thing in the way. Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), the company contracted to build the tunnel, refuses to speak.
City Attorney's Office Wastes More Than $200,000: The City of Seattle has paid out a $235,000 settlement to a man who was wrongly denied police records. An off-duty officer pulled a gun on the man in 2009 and the city, with its head planted so far up its ass that it could lick its own intestines, fought to keep the records sealed. To be clear: Withholding police records from a victim—a problem the SPD has had with dash-cam footage and other records—is nearly always untenable and defending the practice is immoral. Seattle should have settled this long ago for about $20,000 and saved taxpayers a shitload of cash. While the incident occurred under former city attorney Tom Carr, the decision to defend the city's obstruction apparently continued under the current city attorney, Pete Holmes.
Stabbed in the Nuts, Allegedly: A Central District barber became upset after a customer asked him to quit joking around, according to a Seattle police report, and reacted in the most natural way possible: stabbing his customer in the testicles with his shears, ripping the man's pants. The barber then allegedly followed the man out of the barber shop and punched him in the face.
Weed Rather You Did: Denver City Council votes to allow smoking pot on front porches.
Rent Actually Too Damn High: The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University finds that more half of Americans pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
How Right-Wing Propaganda Affects the Stupid: Man who viciously beat a Sikh cab driver, mistaking him to be a Muslim taking all our jobs (not that his excuse matters a nanofuck), has been convicted and will be sentenced to federal prison for his hate crime. He's asking for leniency.
Because the Gun Lobby Is Evil: This chart shows how they ramped up spending to lobby for less gun control immediately after a nutcase with guns—cheap, easy to obtain, and poorly regulated—murdered 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year:
$ spent on gun policy lobbying has skyrocketed in the year since #SandyHook: http://t.co/BCf8o7XuTo @SunFoundation pic.twitter.com/d2intLwxQ5
— ProPublica (@ProPublica) December 9, 2013
His name is Reginald C. Farrow. His work explores "the interface between nanotechnology and biophysics and biomedical engineering."
Farrow was President and Conference Chair of the 2012 International Symposium on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beams and Nanofabrication. He has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, given 14 invited talks and received 11 patent awards, four while at NJIT. Yet, more patents are pending.
The thing you realize after getting a few pages into Tristan Donovan's Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World is that the book is basically a history of America's dominance in the 20th century. It's all here: The wretched excess of soda fountain culture in the Gilded Age (the Arctic Soda Water Apparatus, a device created in 1876, "stood thirty-three feet high, weighed thirty tons, and measured twelve feet in diameter. It could dispense twenty-eight types of water and store seventy-six different flavoring syrups and was capped off with hanging ferns, a chandelier, and a device for spraying perfume into the air") which gave way to the Henry Ford-style industrialization of the soda-making process, followed by the attempts to win new territory in post-World War II Europe and eventual global colonization.
Donovan keeps things snappy and informative the whole way through. Nearly every page brings an interesting piece of trivia about how soda changed the world. Pepsi introduced the first thirty-second advertisement with a radio jingle that many stations at first refused to carry. (Most radio ads were five minutes or longer at the time.) Eventually, the thirty-second ad became so popular that stations were dying to play the song, and tens of thousands of people were happily buying the jingle on record:
Even though soda consumption has declined for nearly the past decade, our love affair with soda seems rock-solid. This 1936 speech delivered by a Coca-Cola executive to his employees on the fiftieth anniversary of the company seems to be truer than ever:
There may be war. We can stand that. There may be revolutions. We will survive. Taxes may bear down to the breaking point. We can take it. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may charge over the Earth and back again—and Coca-Cola will remain.
You can't argue with that kind of confidence.
He shook hands with the brother of Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, at Nelson Mandela's funeral. This is apology diplomacy at its best. We can also thank Obama and Castro for opening the gates to a flood of tea-batty tweets.
Obama Shakes Hands With Cuba's Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's Funeral http://t.co/8B6IFgisW9 pic.twitter.com/aA9d8d37Nv
— Mashable (@mashable) December 10, 2013
In the Atlantic, Lexi Pandell takes a look at the Olympic Peninsula's Patrick Drum:
As far as Drum was concerned, he had been protecting the community’s children when he murdered Paul Ray’s son and Leslie Blanton’s husband. He may have killed two sex offenders in June of that year, but he had set out to kill sixty more.
It may or may not surprise you to learn that Drum has a number of supporters in Clallam County, and around the country.
Even USA Today, the go-to news source for people flying coach and staying in modest hotels—in other words, not what you'd normally consider a daring and radical news source that would go out on a limb—is getting interested in how local police departments engage in cell phone surveillance. See today's story "Cellphone Data Spying: It's Not Just the NSA."
Also: Last month, after this story about the Seattle Police Department's new wireless mesh network (purchased with grant money from the Department of Homeland Security) came out, the SPD announced it would disable the network until there had been "an opportunity for vigorous public debate."
Presumably, that debate would include information about what the network can and cannot do (can it, for example, log the locations of cell phones in real time and log that information indefinitely without asking a judge for a warrant?) and how it should and should not be used by local or federal law enforcement.
Today, an SPD spokesperson said the department had turned off the final nodes in the network on Friday—156 could be disabled remotely, which happened weeks ago (though 19 had to be double-checked in person), but 8 had to be deactivated manually by a technician. Those are now off.
Today, I also received a copy of a letter sent from SPD Chief Jim Pugel to city councilperson Bruce Harrell about the mesh network. The full text is below the jump, but the relevant points are: (a) the department says the technology needs "more vetting with the ACLU and other stakeholders before a public hearing" and (b) Chief Pugel's assertion that the network does not have the capability to track or record a person's movements, but that SPD's draft policies about its use "will cover any non-video technology" anyway.
The department, Pugel says, should be ready for a briefing with the council member earlier next year.
The downside: It's not really uncensored or unredacted. "Don’t take the page’s name completely literally," says the debut post, "sometimes we may post documents with names or other info redacted in order to protect crime victims." Here's the SPD Tumblr manifesto:
We think Tumblr is the perfect space to tell visual stories [ed's note: like Labradors sniffing piss] that we can’t always do justice to through Tweets and blog posts. Basically, this page will act as a bit of an online museum and archive.
When we say we’re stepping up patrols in a precinct or a neighborhood, we’ll show you what that looks like, too, through pictures and video.
We can write all we want about how our investigators solved a crime after finding fingerprints at a scene. But meticulous forensic work remains much more impressive when you actually see it.
SPD says it will also use the Tumblog to answer questions from fellow Tumblr-ers, showcase the department's history, and share "photos of things from our strange office."
What's next, Pinterest? Vines from body cameras? Go forth and conquer the social medias, SPD! You shall be rewarded with hearts and minds.
King County Elections completed its hand recount of SeaTac Proposition 1 today, and reported exactly zero changes from the machine tallied results. Prop 1, which establishes a $15 an hour minimum wage for thousands of airport and hospitality workers, has been approved 3,040 to 2,963, a 1.28 percent margin.
Recounts are historically anticlimactic in King County due to our meticulous ballot review procedures. It may take a little longer to count ballots around here than in the rest of the country, but we almost always get it right the first time.
Originally posted at 11:27 am and moved up.
Bertha, the world's widest tunnel-boring machine at 58 feet in diameter, is lodged beneath downtown Seattle after encountering a mysterious obstruction, says KaDeena Yerkan at the Washington State Department of Transportation. The fact that Bertha is "stuck" was first brought to my attention on Twitter by KING 5's Linda Brill. So I followed up with the state to ask long she's been stuck, how long it will take to get her dislodged, and whether the object in her path is in fact Mayor Mike McGinn. "I'm trying to gather information now," says Yerkan. "We know that Bertha has hit some kind of obstruction—don't know if it's manmade or natural. I should have more info very soon." Stay tuned. In the meantime, a deep thought: A tunneling machine that can't tunnel through an obstruction may not be the greatest tunneling machine.
UPDATE at 12:20 PM: Bertha herself has commented to say she's fine—she's just kinda, um, not fine?
Seeing some reports that I’m stuck. I’m working fine, but have encountered an obstruction. I’ll keep you posted.
— Bertha (@BerthaDigsSR99) December 9, 2013
The tunneling machine encountered an obstruction in the ground that slowed its progress on Friday evening. Experts from Seattle Tunnel Partners and WSDOT are still gathering information to determine the nature of the obstruction. The machine is operating well, but crews have stopped mining as a precautionary measure. They will determine a path forward after more is known about the obstruction.
The machine is about 60 feet deep and is halfway between South Jackson and South Main. It recently passed the 1,000' mark. We don't yet know when the machine will be moving again—we will provide additional information as we learn more about the obstruction.
I'm siding with the San Francisco Displacement and Neighborhood Impact Agency in this debate. I don't think Google should be allowed to use city bus stops for free, and I think that corporations should take responsibility for their roles in creating gentrification. But getting a local union organizer to play the role of an outraged Google employee is a shitty move. The Unite Here Local 2850 organizer we see in the below video, Max Bell Alper, released this statement when he was questioned about his involvement:
This is political theater to demonstrate what is happening to the city. It's about more than just the bus. These are enormous corporations that are investing in this community. These companies, like Google, should be proud of where they're from and invest in their communities,
Here's the video of Alper pretending to be a Google employee:
This is a bad protest technique. Sure, it got a few hours of attention on social media, but all that outrage just blew back in the protesters' faces when it was discovered that Alper was putting everyone on. I'm not saying that satire doesn't play a role in protests. It absolutely does. But misleading people this way is not the way to make friends. You have to be better than the forces you're fighting against—you can't lie the way they do. When you get caught in a lie, you're going to be marginalized and ignored, and everyone who fights alongside you is going to be labeled a liar and a cheat, too.
To celebrate the launch of issue 6 of literary journal Birkensnake, Seattle writers Maged Zaher, Charles Mudede, Ezra Mark, Matt Briggs, and Robert Mittenthal will read from the work of pseudonymous stranger Kinton Ford.
Reading hosted by Diana George at Vermillion gallery and bar, December 10, 7 pm.
Birkensnake 6 was edited in seven versions by seven pairs of strangers. Twenty letter-press editions of the Diana George/Hedy Zimra version will be given away at this reading.
Our government has sold all its shares of General Motors:
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Tuesday that the government sold its remaining shares in the Detroit automaker.
The government received 912 million GM shares, or a 60.8 percent stake, in exchange for a $49.5 billion bailout during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. It recovered $39 billion of the money, meaning taxpayers came up more than $10 billion short.
But Lew says the rescue was necessary to save 1 million jobs and stop the American auto industry from collapsing.
I think that's a good deal, but I expect a whole lot of whining about the loss from conservatives who are unable to remember how bad things were at the time of the recession.
Against snark, he pits smarm, that horrible scolding attitude that inevitably prefers to distract attention away from substance in the name of tone. Smarmers hate rudeness more than they hate the fact that some people are freezing and dying while others are complaining about having the wrong brand of cereal. Smarmers can't be bothered to think past their single-celled program that meanness is the woooooorst. OMG, not MEANNESS. SO MEAN. Meanwhile, acts of actual cruelty, vast ignorance, and widespread hypocrisy and shallowness persist, and discussions among those with differences of opinions are dismissed as inhumane, regardless of the value and quality of the thinking behind those opinions.
Smarm is the wet dream of PR.
When you hear a voice say "Everyone's a critic," listen for the echo: "Everyone's a publicist."
Scocca also exposes David Denby's supremely smarmy (and white-guy paranoid) response to Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
Yeah, it's long, but here, see what you think.
Facebook is developing a 'sympathise' button as an alternative to the 'like' button.
If a user tags their status with a negative emotion, then his or her friends will be able to 'sympathise' with the post rather than press the 'like' button.
Of course, Facebook will never have a "dislike" button because Facebook is an advertising platform, and everything on Facebook has to be happy and like-able all the time. That's the problem with Facebook.
Bigoted hatemonger and conservative political operative Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, head of the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese, deserves some credit where it's due: Sartain and the other three anti-gay bigot bishops in Washington have endorsed Initiative 594, which would require criminal background checks on most gun sales in Washington State, thereby closing the gun-show loophole. Good for him, bigoted piece of shit that he is.
I'm a 23-year-old female college student whose life consists of going to class and going to the gym. I got hurt in my last relationship, so I've been staying away from dating for a while. I'm attractive and I notice guys checking me out—making the gym a second home does have benefits!—but I'm afraid I come off as unapproachable.
I've noticed this fine guy at the gym. From the way he looks at me, I can tell he's interested, but I have no idea why he hasn't approached me. We make a lot of eye contact while we work out, and some days he'll walk by my treadmill and awkwardly smile, but we've talked only once. Is he shy? Should I try to talk to him again? How can I come off as more approachable? I'm finding myself obsessing over him (like I said, he is fine), but the more I do, the more pathetic I feel.
Pathetic Shy Girl With A Crush
My response after the jump...
Find out, right over here. Also, brrrrrrrrr, Seattle! If it ain't gonna snow, we might as well go back to gloom and rain, right?
Ted Cruz and Newt Gingrich both dared to say nice things about Nelson Mandela on social media this weekend. Then they learned how out-of-touch their conservative followers really are. Gingrich's realization happened on television:
CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley read some of the Facebook responses criticizing Gingrich's statement.
"Such an amazing rewrite of history since 1962 and 1990. Newt, I thought you, of all people, a historian, would be true to who this guy really was," one said. And another wrote: "This clenched-fist, murdering guerilla warrior does not deserve respect from informed Americans."
Gingrich said he was "very surprised" by reactions. And in response to the uproar, he wrote his Friday newsletter asking his followers what they would have done about Mandela's views and apartheid in South Africa.
And now Crooks & Liars notes that Gingrich is in the iffy position of defending Ronald Reagan's South Africa stance:
On Monday, the former House Speaker told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he had "analyzed" why conservatives were angry about his praise of Mandela and determined that some of those people had "confused" Mandela with other members of his party — the African National Congress (ANC) — who committed violence while he was in jail for 27 years.
But Gingrich also came to the conclusion that some people had become angry at liberals who recalled Reagan's record on apartheid after Mandela's death.
"Some elements of the left, particularly on one news channel, went overboard in trying to use this as an excuse to attack Ronald Reagan," Gingrich opined. "And I think people who are Reagan loyalists, who know that Reagan had condemned apartheid, Reagan had called for Mandela to be released, Reagan actually appointed the first black ambassador to South Africa whose job was to pressure the Afrikaans government."
Today's prize in the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge is a pair of memberships to Seattle Art Museum. Thanks, SAM, for helping us help homeless youth by supporting YouthCare and the Orion Center!
Would you like to be able to go look at art as much as you want, until your eyeballs fall right out? You'll get unlimited free admissions, exclusive access to special exhibitions, discounts in the SAM SHOPs (good for holiday gifts for the smart people with good taste that you know!), and more, while also casting a vote for who the best band/blog in the history of time is. Do it!!!
Donate to the Orion Center right now—any amount counts!—then forward us your receipt with a note about what you love about museums. Donate/forward by 4:30 pm to enter! The most ardent museum-lover wins!
And Seattlish fans can go here to give and make a note that it's on behalf of Seattlish/anti-Dan-Savage!
The fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN the title of the Best Fans of the Best Band or Best Blog in the Universe Forever!
Want a shiny commenter tag on Slog that says SLOG FAN, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FAN, or PEARL JAM FAN? Just give at least $25 to the Orion Center, then forward us your receipt and your commenter handle!
Alex Pareene explains that the traditional political understanding of presidential politics doesn't apply to Elizabeth Warren. It's not about a clash of personalities, and it's not a recasting of 2008's Clinton vs. Obama fight. It's about the party:
The point of arguing for more “economic populism” isn’t necessarily to take down Hillary Clinton in 2016, though I’d certainly rather have a President Warren than another President Clinton. (Though — and I say this as a Warren admirer — she’s kind of a blank slate on non-finance issues, right?) Clinton isn’t quite inevitable, but aiming immediately for the presidency is in many respects reaching for a symbolic victory before achieving anything substantial. The point of “economic populism” is to fix the Democratic Party at every level.
The trick, of course, is to fix the Democratic Party without descending into a leftward version of the Republican Party's current teabaggy hell for the next decade. I think it's absolutely possible to promote economic populism in such a way that doesn't turn off independents and moderates. It's not easy, but it's possible.