commented on Garissa Exposes the Racism at the Heart of the Paris March
So students at a university far from the capital are killed, and the lack of world leaders descending on Nairobi means racism, because Paris.
Can someone please link me to Charles' articles about the racism evidenced by the fact that world leaders did not all fly to Oklahoma or Connecticut after the McVeigh bombing or Newtown massacre? Or his article on the similar phenomenon as evidenced by the Oslo attacks?
I'm trying my best but I just can't find them.
Similarly, racism must be the reason Western media and political leaders hadn't paid significant attention to Boko Haram, such as creating an international twitter campaign or giving speeches to military academies where the group was a central topic.
Oh, wait. That is exactly what happened.
Probably just the end of March Madness sucking up all our media air.
commented on UW Refuses to Comply with City's Minimum Wage Law for Student Employees
"employees that make 150k would not suddenly leave a job they liked if it paid 145k. Once you are up above a certain amount, then factors other than pay are more important than 5k of salary."
Not quite. As a faculty member, if my salary were cut in such a manner I would actually be looking for another job and getting the fuck out of the UW system pronto. That's not how things work in academia, and signals such severe mismanagement that I'd fear what else is coming down the pipeline.
commented on Lynn Shelton's New Project Is Set in Seattle. She Can't Shoot It Here.
@4 Yes, tax exemptions to encourage certain groups to do business in WA--or anywhere--are bribes. Not of the illegal variety, but bribes nonetheless. Which is not to say that these policies are necessarily bad, or that other states aren't engaging in them. Or that they do not have increased benefits that redound back on certain segments of the WA state economy.
My comment was not about the desirability of the program either way, but simply that I find it amusing and hypocritical--but not surprising--that the Stranger and Mudede especially are fine with these sorts of things for business interests they like, but abhor them when they might be for other business interests.
You know, like how they're all for development and density except when it might affect the Hill in ways they dislike.
Nov 12, 2014
commented on Another Casualty on Capitol Hill: The Redwood Is Closing
As everyone else said: doesn't the Stranger positively love density, and want rental prices lowered? Can't have the latter without the former, and more apartments. They were getting a steal on rent in a space that was being used horribly inefficiently.
It was and is a favorite bar in town, but let's be honest: it isn't old, it isn't a granddaddy of anything, and it's gone downhill a lot in the last few years.
But it was a great place for a (slooooooow) boozy vegan brunch while watching football, even if it's taplist was always depressing.
When the Monk closes, then you can write this piece.
Oct 8, 2014
commented on Seattle Landlords Are the Weirdest People
...the author is a guy who moved to Seattle from California a whopping four years ago, and has the temerity to complain about this shit?
You moved to Seattle for the same fucking reasons everyone else has. Turns out, it's a popular place (fastest growing major American city, blah blah). You are part of the problem, kiddo. So stop complaining and thinking rent "stabilization" (why does someone have to pay in lost rent money so you can get what you want/think you deserve) is the answer, when more density and growth are the only things that are gonna save us.
Not having a BMW doesn't make you part of the solution.
Aug 3, 2014
commented on First Draft
Tonsmeire is a great guy, and I look forward to reading the book... but saying info is hard to come by is a bit incorrect. One of the best book series has a volume by Jeff Sparrow dedicated to just this question (but focusing on the more traditional Belgian approaches). It's called Wild Brews: Culture and Craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition. Likely a very nice complement to this book!