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Jul 31, 2014 gawd commented on The Morning News: Boeing Deals Another Blow to Washington State, The GOP Hates the Man God Picked to Be the Pope, GOP Sues Obama for Being the President.
Fact Check needed by Slog & Twitter-- The US has been exporting oil since 1995, when the then-newly annointed Republican leadership of the House & Senate repealed a ban on the export of crude oil from Alaska.

"During the administration of President Bill Clinton, the export ban was lifted for crude oil produced in Alaska. For a few years, producers sold Alaskan oil in Asian markets. Alaskan production has steadily declined, however, making exports less viable."

Mar 5, 2014 gawd commented on It's Waterfront Week™.
The pool barge.... a gathering place for creepiness and chemically treated liquid that once was water. Yuck. Give me a beach with regular beach water.
Feb 25, 2014 gawd commented on The Viaduct Is Sinking.
four tenths sounds like a whole lot more than two fifths. Better call the fire department.
Feb 13, 2014 gawd commented on "Doc" Hastings Was a Shitty, Shitty Congressman.
@3 exactly. Whoever replaces him will even nuttier.

@5 this person: Janéa Holmquist Newbry
Feb 12, 2014 gawd commented on Why Won't the State Tell Us How Far Behind the Tunnel Is?.
There are two questions that need asking here, and Dom is asking only one of them. 1. What is the situation? WSDOT needs to answer that, and Dom should keep on being adick until they do. 2. What can be done to alter the situation? Dom's not asking that one, but should.

This is the time to begin examing the merits of the decision to enter a design-build contract. It's looking more and more like a good decision in retrospect. The D-B approach is intended, in part, to handle situations like this. To wit, the onus is on the contractor and the equipment supplier to deliver the tools to do the job, and execute the job. If they don't, they are not meeting the terms of the deal. The onus is on the owner to define the job specifically enough for the contractor to do it.

Next, these contracts always include claims & dispute resolution processes, with specific procedures for documenting disputes for reconciliation at the end of the job. Among the purposes of this approach is to make sure work continues even if there are disagreements about fault between the owner and contractor.

Finally, insurance will play a major role here. It's also important to know what insurance provisions might apply; a D-B contractor, in fact any contractor, doesn't get awarded the job unless they are well covered with insurance.

So the schedule is totally shot, yes. But the questions of cost overruns and who pays will largely be informed by how the dispute resolution goes, how fault is allocated, and to what extent coverage kicks in. Dom-- time to start asking these questions.
Jan 31, 2014 gawd commented on The International Response to the Knox Verdict.
I thought Knox had been aquitted. Isn't this double jeopardy, being tried for the same crime twice? I don't think that is even allowed in the US, is it?
Jan 29, 2014 gawd commented on Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.
What Snowden did.... are we better or worse for it? Better for sure. Full stop.

That said, Snowden is a punk who didn't have the balls to go public on his own soil & trust his society to enable his story to be told. Instead, he ran away and hid behind the cloak of dictator/KGB thug/homophobe Victor Putin and takes petulant pot shots from behind the erstwhile iron curtain. Neener, neener. catch me if you can. Irony anyone?

Snowden has acted in ways that suggest he is more about Snowden than the cause he purports to believe in. Am I glad the information he has is public? Yes. Does there need to be a big public debate about changes to how NSA does business? Absolutely. Does he deserve any respect -- or a peace rpize -- for how he has acted? No effn way. Be a stand up guy, Ed. Own it that society's got rules. Use what you know to change the rules. Dont run & hide in a manner that sends the message that it's OK to selectively comply with laws in a democratic society. You've undermined your own point, dumbass.
Jan 10, 2014 gawd commented on The Stupid Season: Olympia Kicks Off Its Most Pointless Legislative Session Ever.
Goldy - I usually agree with you, especially when you swear. This time I don't. To get this state going back in the right direction, the state Senate needs to change. For the Senate to change, the 2014 election needs a tidal-scale movement. To get a tidal movement, there needs to be a clear and defining exposure of the MCC's deliberate failure to address education and jobs.

The Gov shouldn't spend one more minute on a pointless transportation package that's never going to happen. He should spend the next 60 days shining a bright spotlight on the McCleary decision and the unemployment rate, so that when the MCC predicatably fails to do anything worthwhile he's ready to hit the go button on the "give me a new Senate" campaign. What happens in the next 60 days, then, is incredibly consequential.
Dec 18, 2013 gawd commented on Turns Out, Mitt Romney Was Human.
Romney = Gore. Nice guy, Wrong job.
Nov 27, 2013 gawd commented on The Word "Hipster" Has Officially Lost All Meaning.
Well, sort of more diverse. As a percentage matter, persons of diverse ethnic origins are a larger proportion of the total population in Bellevue than Seattle, because of the large influx of asian, indian and east aftrican folks in east Bellevue.

But in terms of raw numbers, there are VASTLY more people of color in Seattle (+150,000 vs. 40,000). And diverse communities have yet to penetrate the power structure in Bellevue (don't talk to me about business lackey Conrad Lee).


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