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Dec 8, 2015 stating the obvious commented on "Seattle Is America's Income Inequality Problem on Steroids".
@13 Excellent point. And let's not forget slippery slope inequality. What about slopes that are slipperier or slopier than others. All this talk about leveling the playing field and no one NO ONE!!!!! is talking about leveling the slippery slopes. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!
Dec 8, 2015 stating the obvious commented on "Seattle Is America's Income Inequality Problem on Steroids".
@6 and @11 Can we stop turning political debates into culture wars? It's reductionist, at best.

Recognize your absurd stereotypes and cliches for what they are, and just take a moment to at least acknowledge the structural forces underlying income inequality. That's all this article is asking of you, and that ain't much.
Nov 27, 2015 stating the obvious commented on Why the Library is Showing the Apple Cup at the Downtown Branch Today.
@12 Yes. I should have made that explicit.

Of course, I forgot my favorite part of the experience was joking with the kid as we left about how we wouldn't be learning to read there today because 'the adults were too busy playing a game.' It was an embarrassment.

The bummer of it is that, in his neighborhood and among his family and friends, sports are highly prioritized and reading and other forms of cerebral learning are highly stigmatized. Nearly every cultural influence he has tells him that he's good for only one thing—his ability with a ball. Nice to have our public library, in spite of all the books on sports they apparently featured that day, reinforce that view for him. Haven't been back since.
Nov 27, 2015 stating the obvious commented on Why the Library is Showing the Apple Cup at the Downtown Branch Today.
@10 Yeah. It's really tough to find a spot in Seattle that's playing a football game on a game day, eh? As everybody knows, the only place for that is the public library.

Apropos of nothing, we didn't go to the adult spaces because I didn't want us to disturb adults who may have been trying to read, if they were able to.

The library doesn't have to be a silent space. I would argue that it *shouldn't* be a silent space. But it really should be as absent of abrupt, sporadic screaming as possible. One wouldn't think this would be a controversial notion.
Nov 27, 2015 stating the obvious commented on Why the Library is Showing the Apple Cup at the Downtown Branch Today.
Oh, and I probably should have mentioned that 4 year-old was a 1st generation immigrant whose parents can't read and who was afraid of reading (but whose parents did have a tv). Nonetheless, let's continue criticizing people who want to read, even collaboratively, in libraries as elitist hipsters who can't see beyond their own privilege.
Nov 27, 2015 stating the obvious commented on Why the Library is Showing the Apple Cup at the Downtown Branch Today.
The last time I was at the downtown library, I was trying to teach a 4 year-old to read. They were playing a Seahawks game, and it got so loud we just couldn't concentrate and had to leave. I should have told that poor, illiterate 4 year-old to check his privilege at the door. It was game day after all, and we all have to make a few sacrifices.
Aug 13, 2015 stating the obvious commented on My Philosophy.
One of my favorite Daily Show skits ever was "Rapper or Republican" in which they quoted either a rapper or a republican and their fellow correspondents had to guess which it was. Obsession with money, objectification of women, gun-loving... That was some seriously tough competition.
Aug 4, 2015 stating the obvious commented on Elizabeth Warren: "The Government Doesn't Perform Abortions. Period.".
"The Government Doesn't Perform Abortions. Period."

She says that like it's a good thing. Government should totally pay for safe, legal abortions for anyone who wants or needs one. It's a health issue and should be addressed.
Jun 23, 2015 stating the obvious commented on Yacht Marina Sues City to Block Cycle Track Construction.
I walked by that gas-guzzling monstrosity twice a week when it was moored here, and every time, I wished for an iceberg.

Fix the trail and fix the bridge to MOHAI. And while we're at it, let's build pedestrian bridges over the Mercer-Broad St. nightmare intersections.