Dec 22, 2015
commented on Why Americans Should Stop Buying Apple's Products
Actually, more of an Iphone is "manufactured" in the USA than in China.
Many parts come from the USA, while China primarily does assembly, worth maybe 4 bucks per phone.
Many parts of the iphone also come from other asian countries- Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, as well as Holland and France.
The real problem is how our tax code is written.
There are plenty of countries that tax global income- we choose not to.
We could change our tax code to force Apple to pay taxes on overseas income.
Republicans in Congress, however, will not.
Dec 17, 2015
commented on Seattle Is the Detroit of the 21st Century
One of the major reasons Detroit failed was racism.
First, they attracted poor blacks from the south.
Then, they underpaid them to build empires, fortunes, and cars.
Then, they abandoned them to build new factories in the South, and employ poor dumb white people to make their cars and money.
Seattle, while certainly not without racism, has not seen the level of rapacity in that department that Detroit ALWAYS had, since our anti-chinese violence 100 years ago.
But also- we are much more diversified, as mentioned above.
Not just retail, internet, raw materials, airplanes, and culture- we also export all kinds of oddball things that you may not see- we send Northwest built ferryboats to Hong Kong, and Oil Spill response ships to Saudi Arabia.
We send all kinds of high tech machines like kidney dialysis machines, earthquake testing machines, waterjet cutting machines, and even video gaming machines all over the world.
Janicki, up in the Skagit, will soon be sending sewage reclamation machines all over the world, and already makes parts for many airbus airplanes.
Seattle is only a one industry town if you limit yourself to walking in one neighborhood.
May 21, 2015
commented on Guest Editorial: Can the Central District Become a Model for More Inclusive Development in Seattle?
The problem here is that the architect is the employee of the developer.
The White Man with the MONEY speaks, the architect obeys, or quits.
So this is great, and its great to teach architecture students this- but unless architects put their money where their mouth is (and that is assuming they HAVE money) and develop their own projects, none of this makes any difference.
I have been working with architects and developers since 1978 or so.
And every time, money and profit determines what is built, and how its built.
May 14, 2015
commented on Psychocandy at 30: Insolent Masterpiece or Boring Dirge?
I bought it new when it came out, and I think you are both wrong.
To me, at the time, it wasnt revolutionary at all- it fit right into the current trend in english bands, not radically different from contemporary albums by The Cure, The Fall, Psychedelic Furs, The Cult, New Order, Sisters of Mercy, and another dozen or so big guitar bands from the UK.
Its pretty good, and I think it holds up- but its not some kind of sprung from nowhere earthshakingly new moment in pop music- it was totally of its time.
Big Hair and Black Leather were everywhere then.
Feb 18, 2015
commented on What an '80s TV Show Tells Us About Self-Checkout Machines
I used a self checkout machine twice this week. I loved it. Both times it was faster, easier, and more fun than waiting in line behind people who cant remember where their wallet is.
And, amazingly enough, the Home Depot STILL pays an employee to stand there by the self checkout machine. They work less than the checkers, but get paid the same amount. They only have to do anything when ditzes like Charles cant run the damn thing- most of the time, they just stand there and smile at you.