COMTE
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Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA, USA, Earth, Sol, Sagittarius Arm, Milky Way Galaxy
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COMTE is the online handle of Christopher Comte, a native of the great State of… more »

COMTE is not putting up with any of your bullshit.
6:55 PM yesterday COMTE commented on Sydney Brownstone is the Society of Professional Journalists Western WA's Journalist of the Year.
Shorter @7: "Waaaaa! She can't be a journalist, because she didn't write about me, or anyone who looks, acts, or thinks like me!"

Congratulations, Ms. Brownstone, well done.
4:29 PM yesterday COMTE commented on The Morning News: Trump Meets the Pope He Criticized, 3 Men Arrested in Connection to Manchester Bombing.
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Sure, and while we're at it, I think there's a lot of reform in order for a 1st Century worldview as well.
4:23 PM yesterday COMTE commented on The Stranger's Own Sean Nelson Will Be Running KEXP Tonight.
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That's what email is for: dj@kexp.org
3:55 PM yesterday COMTE commented on The Morning News: Trump Meets the Pope He Criticized, 3 Men Arrested in Connection to Manchester Bombing.
(@33 meant for @30)

@32:

It's not that there's no criticism from the Left, but unlike so many on the Right, it's criticism of individuals and small groups, rather than a blanket condemnation of the entire 1.6 Billion people who happen to practice the same religion - just like Christians keep saying we shouldn't hold ALL of them responsible for the violent acts committed in their name by a comparatively tiny handful of extremists on their side.
3:43 PM yesterday COMTE commented on The Morning News: Trump Meets the Pope He Criticized, 3 Men Arrested in Connection to Manchester Bombing.
And as a result of our interference in Guatamala it became a virtual killing field for much of the next four decades - maybe not the best example of the point you're attempting to make?

The only reason Saudi Arabia didn't share a fate similar to much of the rest of the Middle East was because the British simply didn't recognize there was any value under all those millions of square miles of arid desert until they'd already pulled up stakes. Oil wasn't even discovered there until 1933, and not in commercially exploitable quantities until 1938, and by then Britain was far too distracted by the looming threat of German Fascism to go back in and try to take it by force. Besides, U.S. based petroleum companies had already beaten them to the punch, as it were, cutting sweetheart deals with the ruling House of Saud, and turning a veritable handful of former nomadic herders into some of the wealthiest people on the planet in a matter of just a few years' time.

As for Iran, if we'd allowed the democratically-elected Mossaddegh government to remain in-place, despite their nationalization of domestic oil production (and in spite of the U.S. and Britain's belief that THEIR oil belonged to US) there probably would have been enough subsequent democratic reforms enacted over time to blunt any conservative backlash, and for certain there would not have been any grounds for a leftist/Islamic revolution such as the one that ousted Shah in 1979, and thus it would not have spawned the Shi'a-led fundamentalist Islamic counter-insurgency we're fighting against today.
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2:16 PM yesterday COMTE commented on The Morning News: Trump Meets the Pope He Criticized, 3 Men Arrested in Connection to Manchester Bombing.
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Islamic "culture" as it has manifested for the past 200 years or so has been driven almost entirely by Western colonial encroachment. The West needed oil, the Persian Gulf had lots of it, so we went in and either took it outright or else installed proxy regimes willing to sell it to us on-the-cheap, which in turn enriched a very few at the expense of the many. Iran our #1 adversary in the region precisely because the West elected to side with the Sunni controlled ruling house of Pahlavi, and against the Shi'a majority population.

As for Islamic culture "uniquely shap(ing) the way the people of that region have responded to Western encroachment", well that could be said about pretty much any geographic area where Western Colonialism took a foothold; the peoples of Africa, Australia, the Indian subcontinent, and both North and South America all certainly responded in their own "unique" ways, and almost universally with disastrous and long-reaching results. It's just that the Middle East, being really the last major global region where the yoke of Colonialism was finally thrown off, is still acting in response to the stranglehold the West - or by extension Western proxies - has locked them into for roughly the past century.
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10:39 AM yesterday COMTE commented on The Morning News: Trump Meets the Pope He Criticized, 3 Men Arrested in Connection to Manchester Bombing.
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So, you would agree that deep seated cultural differences between the West and Islam are part of what drives wayward old men to do things like send young men and women to kill people in countries where they have no business being in the first place?
9:06 AM yesterday COMTE commented on Community Groups, Local Developers Band Together to Rebuild Heart of the Central District.
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Which is precisely why municipalities implement zoning ordinances and land-use policies; otherwise developers would completely fuck over everyone in the vicinity of their projects - because CAPITALISM.
May 23 COMTE commented on Terror Attack at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester.
@31:

Ah, so you happened upon a news item identifying the attacker, which went out on the wires a whole 30 minutes before I posted my comment, and elected to respond 15 minutes after that.

Clearly, you are the swiftest one in the race today; a veritable hare amidst a herd of tortoises.. I tip my hat to you, sirrah.
May 23 COMTE commented on Light Rail, I Love You But Your Signage Fucking Blows.
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Less than a decade? The Paris Metro first began operation in 1900 and they're still not finished building it out.