Bauhaus I
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Sep 27 Bauhaus I commented on Move, Bitch. Get Out the Way. My Final Philosophy.
What? No way. 2004? How is it possible that 12 years have gone by?

Well, I always wanted to tell you, but never got around to it - so I better say so now, how much I loved much of the work of the Mizell Bros. particularly their work with The Rance Allen Group. "Reason to Survive" is a big favorite - so uplifting and encouraging. First time I heard it, somewhere around LACC, it brought a tear to my eyes. That's how beautiful it was (is).

Very best wishes, L.
Sep 27 Bauhaus I commented on I, Anonymous.
All the way around, this is what happens when having a little class is no longer a valued attribute.
Sep 26 Bauhaus I commented on State AG Charges Trump Fanboy Tim Eyman Over "Shoddy Accounting," Improper Reporting.
I'd like to tell him what he can do with that thumb.
Sep 26 Bauhaus I commented on Remembering the Black Central District, Part One: Two Small Dogs and a Great Fire.
A sad, tragic tale to be sure. but I don't think you can be a mean, inconsiderate, imperious fuck and not expect something really bad happening to you eventually. However, you run the risk, Cholly, of calling up an unpleasant fate as well when you're take away from this tragedy is, "Wow, isn't this street nicer without that old bastard and those little yappy-assed dogs?" Even if seems that way.
Sep 8 Bauhaus I commented on The Morning News: Seattle Needs to Spend Even More on Light Rail, Everett Puts Pressure on Its Poorest Drunks.
The thing I remember most about public transportation in Vancouver is how frequently buses ran - especially downtown. Yes, buses were crowded certain times of the day, but you miss a bus in Vancouver? No problem. There's another one in 7 minutes. The thing I remember most about public transportation in Seattle is waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting. It would take all day to run a couple of errands and get back home.
Aug 24 Bauhaus I commented on The Coming Death of One of Seattle's Few Black-Loved Supermarkets.
Welcome to my world. Think of all the different supermarkets there used to be in Seattle: QFC, Larry's, Safeway, Treadwell, etc. And all of them slightly different serving a different market/neighborhood. In Los Angeles, there used to be Alpha Beta, Hughes, Vons, Ralphs, Market Basket, Safeway, etc. Again, each with its own personality. Many grocers have disappeared. The remaining ones are all Kroger-owned or Safeway-Albertsons-owned, and they are all pretty much alike. You probably can't find pig's feet or chitterlings anywhere outside of the South short of a special order. In point of fact, many neighborhoods have lost their friendly, local grocer.
Aug 9 Bauhaus I commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Worst Breakup Story Ever.
BTW, there is no greater guarantee of future poverty than having children alone (if you are just starting out and struggling to make it).
Aug 9 Bauhaus I commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Worst Breakup Story Ever.
El aborto, senorita! Daddy got cold feet. Sorry, girl, but P.S.? Starting a marriage off with a kid, even if you've been together a long time, is a terrible, terrible idea.
Aug 9 Bauhaus I commented on Thomas Piketty and the Zombie of Trickle Down Economics.
My takeaway from John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society was that the rich and the leaders who are in the rich folk's pockets always scream that as a society we cannot afford this and we cannot afford that. It would bankrupt the country. Of course, it's all bullshit. The arc of wealth almost always ends up bending towards greed. CEOs don't want just three mansions anymore. They want twenty-four. It's a macho thing to them. To suggest that they could get by with, say, sixteen infuriates them.

Within reason of course, there's all kinds of money for many worthy social programs. It's just that the rich don't want to help pay for them. Billionaires worry into the deep of the night that some woman has had ten children by eight different men, and they are financing it! Meanwhile, schools crumble, infrastructure rots, children go hungry, hopelessness prevails.

Since this is Elvis Week. let's take a look at him. Back in the 50s, the government took 90-cents of every dollar he made. Did he ever go without? Did he ever have to skip dinner? Well if he did, it was because he was flying back to Memphis on his own jet to buy Cadillacs for his entourage.

So I snicker now instead of getting mad when I hear a successful small businessman rail against a decent minimum wage. I'm not so sure $15/hr is all that decent. That's still a pretty challenging living wage. It's just that $7-and- whatever/hr was criminal, really, and being that for so long while at the same time there were more and more billionaires created. Something very wrong there.

And I know the arguments of rewarding hard work and creativity and free markets must prevail. Fine. But you must know that so many of those billionaires simply had the right name at the right place at the right time. Additionally, the middle-class (what's left of it) has to pay its fair share, too. We all do. It's the price of living in a civilized nation. Ultimately, my question is this: What kind of society, what kind of country do you want to live in?
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Aug 4 Bauhaus I commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.
I'm all for density, and I am certainly for more affordable rents. I had to leave Seattle, my home, when I became disabled because my income became fixed in a rising rent scenario - a most unhappy combination. I'm still not over it, and it has been several years now. I know now I should have purchased a house or condo at the start of the boom. (My Belltown apartment went condo and was offered to me for $94K in 1996. It's now valued at $210K. I didn't think I could afford the ~$800/mo. mortgage payments back then, so I rented other apartments for several more years - eventually paying way more than $800/mo.)

But you see that pretty little neighborhood with all the trees in the picture that accompanies this article? I sure would hate to see pretty little neighborhoods like that one in Seattle destroyed by chopping down those trees and supplanting them with big, ugly high-rises. I have seen that happen in other cities, and it's a drag. Seattle is so uniquely gorgeous that whatever is done about the housing crisis (and crisis is the right word), I hope the planners and developers are very careful to keep Seattle Seattle.
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