in the past few hours
commented on The War This Time
Wonderful piece. What a way to make climate change hit home in a human way. Denial is one of those human flaws that strike at the core of what makes us who we are. Both individual denial in our own life choices, and collective denial as societies.
I read this just after watching the KCTS (local PBS station) documentary on the coal terminals. There are so many reasons shipping coal to Asia is a monumentally boneheaded decision (of which climate change is just one), and yet the Obama administration and Congress seem content to move this disaster inexorably along the approval process.
commented on Maybe the Mayoral Candidates Should Just Get Out of the Way and Let Their Consultants Duke It Out by Themselves?
Sandeep Kaushki: Mayor McGinn's combative style was on full display at 34th endorsement - this is why we need a new mayor:
I know a person's gotta earn a living, but it's a shame to see Sandeep Kaushik become such a tool.
Whenever you hear a political campaign try to make a campaign be about personalities, you know they're just trying to distract the voters from the real issues.
The establishment McGinn foes who have rallied to Ed Murray as their great insider hope couldn't care less about McGinn's alleged combativeness. (And BTW, as someone who has interacted with Mike McGinn on a number of occasions, I have to say, describing him as combative is kinda like describing Barack Obama as hotheaded.) No, what they care about is that the mayor has presented a challenge to their power and is trying to take Seattle in a direction they don't like.
So I'd qualify motown philly @12 just a bit: Sandeep is pushing the "combative" line because Ed Murray has no policy disagreements with McGinn. Murray's problem is that, where he and McGinn do have policy disagreements (like on rail transit), McGinn's policies are more popular.
commented on What Do You Think of the Blue Jasmine Trailer?
Dougsf @2: the possibility, no matter how remote, of Woody Allen directing Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K, and the Diceman all in one seen— How can I afford not to see this?
This is exactly my take, and the trailer, however unremarkable, did nothing to dissuade me.
OK, so Woody Allen only makes movies about rich people problems. OK, so Woody Allen has given up trying to be funny. But Match Point was a masterpiece in my book. Vicki Cristina Barcelona was a striking piece of escapism. And I'll take my folks' word on how wonderful Midnight in Paris was.
commented on NHL Playoffs Update: Now There Are Four
I cannot bear to watch what is happening in Game 2 to my Penguins. And so tonight my tube has been stuck on Miami-Indiana in the NBA playoffs. And I swear every time I switch to NBC Sports Network to check in on the carnage, at that very moment Boston scores another goal.
commented on So Long, David Byrd
At least Byrd lived just long enough to see his work appreciated. Can't say the same for Van Gogh.
Byrd's story reminds me so much of the artists in this wonderful show that's wrapping up soon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Great and Mighty Things:
Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection. As much as I loved this exhibit, I'm not entirely comfortable with the label "outsider art."
commented on Hockey Players With Pets
Megan @13: Shea Weber has a HUGE great dog named Dug:
This just reminded me, "Hi, my name is Doug. Squirrel!!!"
I hope somebody got that obscure reference.
commented on Faith Is Truth?
1. Did Charles Mudede just hijack Brendan Kiley's posting credentials?
2. That TRUTH fish swallowing the DARWIN fish. There's something unintentionally, ironically Darwinian about that.
3. Between those two bumper statements, I can only imagine that this person is against any kind of health care reform, which is a shame because these issues are all so unrelated.
commented on Tim Burgess Quits the Mayor's Race
After some considerable agonizing, I've settled in to being a McGinn supporter this time around. Same experience last time around really, having to decide between Nickels and McGinn.
Burgess was the one challenger I could have seen myself really getting behind if McGinn didn't make it out of the primary (and Burgess did). For all his conservative history, Burgess has established himself as pro-transit, pro-density, and well, pro-Seattle.
He sure doesn't scare me the way Murray and Steinbrueck, the two anti-Seattle candidates, do.
commented on The Second Round of the NHL Playoffs Starts Today!
I'm really disappointed the Ducks (and Long Beach, CA native Emerson Etem) couldn't hang on against Detroit. If only they'd won, the Western Conference 2nd round would be Chicago and the three CA teams. California hockey!
My dream now is a Pittsburgh-LA final or a Pittsburgh-SJ final. Go, Penguins!
commented on Hedge Fund Manager Hansen Hedges His Bets, Cuts Backup Deal to Move NBA Kings to Seattle
Here's what I don't quite understand. The Maloofs are in precarious financial straits. They're losing money hand over fist with the status quo. They don't have much credibility to insist, "If we can't sell to the Hansen group, we're not selling." What am I missing?
Also, I don't get why they're so determined not to sell to a local ownership group. What have they got against Sacramento?
What I find fascinating about this latest move by Hansen is that it appears to put the NBA in the same position as it was when Clay Bennett's group purchased the Sonics. At the time, they were just buying the team; they weren't moving it, even though the writing was on the wall. There's a real hypocrisy factor here for the NBA to reject this sale.