commented on Jill Stein Is a Right-Wing Tool
I agree with #26
Instead of whining about Jill Stein and wishing we had four more years of neo-liberal Republicrat H. Clinton, do something practical to resist Trump. Join with 350 Seattle or the NW Immigrant Rights group or the Neighborhood Action Coalition or Indivisible to prevent the unfolding fascist coup. Shut up up already about Stein and the Democrats and how Hilary should have won. Nobody cares.
Sep 24, 2015
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
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
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
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.
Aug 5, 2013
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?