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Apr 11 BookEmDano commented on Veteran Seattle Cop Says the Jungle Needs Sanitation, Not a Fence Around It.
@1, think about it this way.

The cost of incarceration in Washington state is ~$50,000 per year per inmate. Criminalizing the homeless essentially means you're taking poor individuals, warehousing them for a while, then letting them back out with even less opportunities to find employment. The lack of sanitation services also means that you're going to have more sick individuals. If they don't have health insurance, that means they're going to head to emergency rooms (which by law can't refuse them if they aren't medically stable). Those costs aren't going to be paid either.

Washington State is wealthy. Seattle is opulently wealthy. We can afford to take a housing-first approach to homelessness and it's going to be cheaper long-term. It simply makes more economic sense than a $1 million fence that's just going to move the homeless from one area of Seattle to another area of Seattle, probably in your back yard.
Mar 18 BookEmDano commented on Evicted Encampment Residents Find Temporary Home, Search for Permanent Site.
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Umoja PEACE Center is stepping up to help the community where no one else has. I'm a white dude. I've worked with Omari multiple times. The people being given a space are mostly white. Neither Omari or Africatown are racist.

Also, that's not "junk" in the picture. That's their belongings and they're just moving in.

Would you rather the folks there sleep in your doorway and leave their "junk" on your lawn?
Mar 18 BookEmDano commented on Bernie or Hillary: The SECB Meets at 3 PM Today.
@237, the internet. The internet sent us.
Mar 17 BookEmDano commented on Bernie or Hillary: The SECB Meets at 3 PM Today.
In looking at who to support in the nomination process, there is only one thing that matters. It isn't likeability. It isn't how progressive one candidate or another is. It's not trustworthiness. The only thing that matters is enthusiasm. The candidate that can get the most people excited will win the election.

2014 was considered a Republican landslide victory and supposedly gave them a mandate to push conservative policies. That's not a proper interpretation. 2014 was the lowest voter turnout in a non-presidential election in 70 years. In every presidential election since 1972 (which Nixon won) 40+% of the population *did not vote*. Any candidate, any party, that can reach out and bring in those voters will cause a sea change in the American political landscape making the major corporate parties obsolete.

Bernie Sanders has the ability to garner the enthusiasm needed to donate, vote, and, most importantly, do the dull drudge work of phone calls and canvassing.

Even though coverage of him, especially in the beginning, has been scant by the corporate media, he regularly brings in crowds that dwarf any of the Republican rallies (including Trump's) and even Clinton rallies. That's a mark of garnering enthusiasm for a very very progressive candidate.
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Sep 2, 2015 BookEmDano commented on Anti-Semitic Remarks at a Black Lives Matter Event Appear to Go Unchallenged.
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I get that's what being alleged, but it isn't. More a misstatement. He didn't really imply that it was some Jewish conspiracy. It has more to do with how some folks in the BLM movement are showing solidarity with the struggles of the Palestinians.

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/more…
Sep 2, 2015 BookEmDano commented on Anti-Semitic Remarks at a Black Lives Matter Event Appear to Go Unchallenged.
It should be pointed out that not everyone in the IDF is Jewish. There are a large number of Bedouin, Druze, and Circassian folks as well, even a few Muslims.

Anywho, anti-zionism is not anti-semitism. There are deep problems with racism in Israel right now. With Ethiopian Jews, African migrants, not to mention what's going on in Palestine. These are well-documented problems, both internationally, by Palestinians, and by Israeli groups. Former IDF soldiers are coming out to talk about their participation in what are essentially war crimes. The justice minister (Ayelet Shaked) posted writings calling Palestinian children snakes and essentially calling for genocide.

http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/
http://www.yesh-din.org/

I'm Jewish and I've been around the BLM movement many times. I've also been open about being Jewish. I haven't experienced any anti-semitism. That's just my anecdote though.
Jun 10, 2015 BookEmDano commented on City Officials Reject Creating a Municipal Broadband Network to Compete with Comcast.
Defund Bertha, fund municipal gigabit. Problem solved.
Jun 10, 2015 BookEmDano commented on City Officials Reject Creating a Municipal Broadband Network to Compete with Comcast.
The interesting idea behind all of this is that we already have an internet exchange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Int…) right in Seattle that helps route connections across the planet. We could utilize that as a municipality to set up a tier 1 network that goes through Seattle (we also, supposedly, have one at UW). Considering the miles we have of dark fiber running through Seattle, it doesn't seem particularly difficult to set up our own tier 1 network (we also have companies based in Seattle that make that equipment), hook it up to our dark fiber, then build out connections.

Final note: We live in one of the world's tech hubs. Our residential internet service is just embarrassing and going to drive companies away.
May 11, 2015 BookEmDano commented on Guest Editorial: Mayor Ed Murray Should Boycott, Not "Pinkwash," Israel.
@23, Jewish Voices for Peace is set up by Jews. You can be both Jewish and want Israel held accountable for human rights abuses. Also, by having a population that is under military control without any input into Israeli government and cannot move throughout Israel without a passport IS apartheid.

As a Jew, Israel is currently not a country that speaks for me.
May 11, 2015 BookEmDano commented on Guest Editorial: Mayor Ed Murray Should Boycott, Not "Pinkwash," Israel.
Speaking as a Jew who's been around quite a few zionist organizations, Israeli politics and rhetoric has taken a terrifying turn. For starters, the ascension of the Jewish Home party, particularly the installation of Ayelet Shaked as Justice Minister, signals an openness to genocide which hasn't happened before. (http://jonathanturley.org/2014/07/17/the…)

You can also check out concerns coming from Israeli groups documenting human rights abuses.

B'Tselem is a good resource to get started with:
http://www.btselem.org/

Breaking the Silence has testimony of human rights abuses by the IDF spoken about by IDF soldiers:
http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/

It's not anti-semitic or gay-hating to hold Israel accountable for the current state of affairs. A non-violent solution is needed and that solution is BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction). I want Israel to exist in peace and security, but that can't happen without international pressure.

I tweeted Ed Murray and messaged his office to drop out of the event and, if you agree, you should too.

https://twitter.com/mayoredmurray

http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involve…
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