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 12, 2012
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
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.
Oct 27, 2011
answered a bunch of weird questions about himself or herself.
Oct 27, 2011
commented on Kemper Freeman's Road Rage
The fact that Miller Freeman bought former Japanese-American farmland from intermediaries who purchased it from the farmers is just a technicality.
He used his considerable wealth and influence to create an atmosphere of hatred toward Japanese-Americans farming on the Eastside both before and after Pearl Harbor. After WW II ended, only 11 of the original 60 farming families returned to their land. They faced intense discrimination. Several prominent Japanese community members had their houses burned down.
"Fallow fields, stolen equipment and harsh winter months forced many Japanese farmers to sell their land. The once prosperous Japanese American farming community had essentially died."
See the article "Edge City: Contests and Conflict Surrounding the Development of the Eastside" for more information.
Miller Freeman was an expert at harnessing racial fears to make himself richer at the expense of hard-working,law-abiding American citizens and immigrants.
Boycott Bellevue Square and all other enterprises owned by the Freeman family; their empire is built on racism and blood.