Cheesehead NW
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Make soil. Grow food. Compost food scraps. Repeat.

Nov 16, 2015 Cheesehead NW commented on City Council Votes Against Municipal Broadband and More Paid Parental Leave (and For Some Good Stuff, Too).
Do you ever attend City Council meetings, or are you just echoing the right-wing Seattle Times rap on Sawant? I was at the City Council meeting and she did pretty well today - much of what she introduced got passed. Without her, we wouldn't be anywhere near a $15 minimum wage. I'm looking forward to the council passing more of her agenda next year.

Oct 23, 2015 Cheesehead NW commented on The Bertha Landes Approach to Seattle Police Reform: Fire the Bastards.
Time for anther female mayor? Perhaps Mayor Sawant would follow Bertha Landes' example and fire the current bastards?
Sep 24, 2015 Cheesehead NW commented on I, Anonymous.
Today Fuck the Ducks killed four people and seriously injured 20 on the Aurora Bridge, when a wheel fell off one of their vehicles, causing it to collide with a bus full of students. I called every member of the City Council to express my view that Fuck the Ducks should be banned from City streets forever. The WW II-era amphibious vehicles are top-heavy, unwieldy and dangerous and have no business operating in a city. I urge you to join me in helping to get Fuck the Duck off our streets.
Sep 6, 2015 Cheesehead NW commented on Washington State Supreme Court Strikes Down Charter Schools Law.
Great ruling! The 2012 charter initiative was totally an ALEC statute, financially supported by Bill Gates and the rest of our local billionaires. The Supreme Court should force legislators to abide by the McCleary decision. It should jail the Legislature for contempt of court for failure to do their legal duty. Then, it should take over writing the state budget to include a state income tax and sufficient revenue to support the common schools.
Feb 10, 2015 Cheesehead NW commented on Group Health, Poster Child?.
When I was a WA state employee, I had State Uniform Insurance, which allowed me to choose my own doctor. It was the best insurance coverage I've had.

I had to switch to GHC seven years ago. They do some things well - my total knee replacement surgery last summer was a great success. My doctor, (when I get to see her; she's always booked up) is wonderful. However, Behavioral Health (what used to be called mental health) is terrible. Cold, disorganized, uncaring, bureaucratic. When your shrink is out of the office, it's impossible to get a prescription filled. The business office is majorly messed-up and dealing with them is a nightmare as well.

Health insurance in America is organized crime.

Mar 27, 2014 Cheesehead NW commented on Uber Releases Driver Information For the First Time, Rideshare Vote Delayed.
UberX has hired people to stand in front of Ballard Market and gather signatures on a ballot measure to "save ride-sharing." The young man who approached me today for my signature told me this measure would challenge the City Council's cap on the number of cars that could operate at one time. I told him I was concerned about the amount of out-of-state money pouring into UberX, Lyft and other companies. With a straight face, he said, "You should be concerned that the Seattle taxi industry is controlled by the Mafia."

Taxi service is Seattle leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm not convinced "ride-sharing" is the answer. All transportation companies should be subject to the same rules with regard to taxes, liability insurance and safety inspection. Lyft, UberX and the others have a entitlement mentality which alarms me. They're secretive and refuse to divulge basic information about their operations. They are being funded by huge venture capitalists. Nobody should be making a shitload of money on transportation services. I'm also bothered by the fact that, unlike traditional taxis companies, these services use price gouging during prime time.
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Aug 5, 2013 Cheesehead NW commented on Jeff Bezos to Buy the Washington Post.
The prospect of this billionaire - hell, anybody - controlling so many outlets for expression of ideas is pretty frightening. Will Bezos do to print journalism what he's done to independent bookstores and publishing?
Dec 14, 2012 Cheesehead NW commented on Roughly 3,500 People Crowd Convention Center to Shout About Coal.
If the Army Corps finds no significant environmental threat and permits the coal trains to roll, we will sit down on the tracks and stop the trains. You can count on it!
Dec 12, 2012 Cheesehead NW commented on Coal Train Hearing.
The Sierra Club is organizing those opposing the coal trains. There will be a rally at Freeway Park at 2 p.m., before the hearing, which begins at 4 p.m.
Jun 2, 2012 Cheesehead NW commented on Fuck the Vote.
The initiative process was written into western states' constitutions to avoid the kind of machine political control by Irish-American Catholics in places like Chicago, New York and Boston. The initiative and referendum system is based on deep suspicion of government as well as Catholics & Democrats.

While the people have had some notable victories in Washington - the nation's best abortion law, death with dignity and medical marijuana - the system is now used by the super-rich to convince stupid people to vote against their interests. It's astonishing how often voters fail to look beyond the too-good-to-be-true lies - LOWER TAXES! CHEAPER BOOZE!

Since the Supremes granted natural personhood to corporations and money equals speech, we are pretty much fucked. We could get rid of initiative & referendum via a constitutional convention, but that would put every aspect of WA's constitution on the table.

It's no coincidence that legalized gay marriage has survived only in the states without initiative & referendum. WA is turning into a shithole that hates the poor and allows anybody with a pulse to carry a gun. Perhaps Tim Eyman's next ballot measure will follow Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal" -and make it legal to kill and eat the unemployed.

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