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Aug 25 pdonahue commented on Advocates Propose Major Changes to Encampment Sweeps, New Protections for Homeless People.
so, does the recommendations by advocacy groups really redefine property law? somehow I don't think the earth is going to shift and we enter a wild, wild west of claim jumpers vs. homesteaders if we let people camp out on SDOT right of ways while we sort out this wage inequality problem that seems to require if the 1st and 3rd richest people ON THE PLANET live here we have to have 100 people sleeping al fresco next to my apartment. Still waiting for the libertarian solution to this problem.
Aug 25 pdonahue commented on Advocates Propose Major Changes to Encampment Sweeps, New Protections for Homeless People.
you know what's a tough sell for people in my neighborhood? watching about 100 people living as human garbage under the I-90 viaduct. The faces keep changing, but the numbers increase: all of the reasons for their situations are different, but the result remains the same. I'm genuinely interested what your objection is altering the legal approaches to managing homeless encampments.

Are you afraid that decriminalizing homelessness will lead to some kind of social decay or moral hazard? That approaching marginalized people as equal citizens of Seattle will make us a somehow culpable for their actions? Do you actually like the situation as it exists and want nothing to change?

I just went on the Mayor's find it fix it walk last night through this encampment area and got told by several department heads that public opinion is somehow divided on options, and therefore some kind of political gridlock prevents civil servants like themselves from doing anything other than crisis management; that if Seattle want's to commit resources to solving the problem they would have to give up something really important to them like more parks or civic improvements to accomplish it. I spoke briefly to 'hizzoner' Murray (who looks like he's been in a bar fight or something) who also said their is no municipal fix to a federal problem.

Are they really getting mixed messages from their constancy on this? Are people like you telling them there is a libertarian option you want implemented instead?
Aug 15 pdonahue commented on What Do You Know: Millennial Voters Flocking to Clinton.
translation: you kids, get off my lawn! and keep voting out of fear and loathing, not your conscience or aspiration. Work hard kids, someday you might get a job like mine, if you do what you're told.
Jul 26 pdonahue commented on The First Night of the DNC: Crying Bernie Fans and Michelle Obama is Queen.
Dear RS: somehow you will have to learn to live with the rest of us dirty, stinking, stupid fellow americans. Just like we have learned how to live with you with our holy, morally superior, elite, educated master race. See you on the other side.
Jun 29 pdonahue commented on You Can't Always Get the Populism You Want.
Eli Sanders is apparently following the Dan Savage 'father knows best' school of journalism. He keeps handing out neoliberal advice where none was solicited, how 'bout we spend a little more time reporting on real events and interviewing people who know what the fuck they are talking about rather than trying to shape public opinion?
Jun 27 pdonahue commented on What Happened When One Seattle Principal Tried to Fight the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Glad to hear Dr. Howard is having a crisis of conscience. That was not my experience with him as a Garfield Parent. He was pretty quick to blame the kids for problems that are completely out of their control, highlighting individual acts of youth stupidity instead of systematic racism as if the two were equal, throwing his athletic department under the bus several times for minor rule infractions, being a yes man and "I'm just following orders" apologist for bad policy handed down to him from district and state legislatures who have underfunded public education.

I hope this indicates a change in direction for him as an advocate and fighter for young people who have been handed a broken world from people of my generation. Millenarians deserve more than old people yelling at them to pull their pants up and pretend they have as good a chance as they did to get ahead.
Jun 19 pdonahue commented on I, Anonymous.
Oh I get it, Mayday makes every act of stupid antisocial activity an example of bad anarchists. Now I expect a flood of complaints to come in about LGBTQ litter bugs over pride weekend, open speculation over the gay lifestyle being the cause for public drunkenness, trash and use of harsh language.
Jun 13 pdonahue commented on View-Obsessed Seattleites Have Been Illegally Cutting Trees for Decades.
the king county auditor is essentially incentivising homeowners to cut trees for view. My own conflict with a Homeowner Association over removing newly planted trees on public land between them and the lake revealed just that dilemma; the value of their home has a numerical 'view rating' that sets a dollar amount on ability to survey their kingdom.

I think that placing the value of your property based on the proximity to a healthy ecosystem would be more in keeping with Seattle's homeowners adapting to the reality of climate change rather than pioneer standards of land value. Yes @2, this is a real story. A slow moving crisis that has real consequences. http://2300lakeparkdr.blogspot.com/
Jun 1 pdonahue commented on Joshua Clover Discusses Riots and Strikes at Left Bank Books.
actually I think his point was that the decline of organized labor has created a change in flashpoints of conflict, that from strikes to riots. You might remember that anarchists tried to call a general strike mayday 2012, leading to an attempted port shutdown, and it was a dismal failure. Now they make no pretense of calling an organized shutdown of transportation hubs, they just riot. It gets them in the news, the cops get a hardon for it and eagerly participate with the latest non-lethal tactics and toys, and normal citizens look on with a mixture of skepticism and mild interest.

I didn't get to ask Clover about the 'asshole factor' in riot action. How do you account for the 'recreational rioter'? the kid who has an ideological predistribution for public displays of mayhem and disorder? I think you are right to make a distinction between people trapped in a sacrifice zone like Ferguson or Baltimore (who did block freeways and major arterials by day, burnt shit down by night), and angsty teenagers with an anarchist fashion sense who have made a Seattle tradition out of cop baiting every mayday.

Disregarding the infantile political sophistication of this sub genre of anarchism, I think they are a symptom of political stagnation and over policing. Joshua Clover's premise is that riots are the new normal in conflict resolution. When the media is completely locked up by status quo fanatics, when our electoral system can only be described as kabuki theater as well, when financial and cultural elites are removing all pretense of a functional meritocracy, hope starts to fade and people turn to more extreme forms of action.
May 31 pdonahue commented on Joshua Clover Discusses Riots and Strikes at Left Bank Books.
@6 so, when people head out and block a freeway (or Rainier Ave. as they did once a month last summer) that's not a riot, that's actually a 'neo-anarchist kabuki riot' . But, when people set fire to the car dealership or loot the big box pharmacy (like in ferguson and baltimore), that's a riot? And, by that logic, anarchists could bring more authenticity to their actions by popping the window at Nikietown and taking some shoes?