Nov 18, 2013
commented on SEATTLE PUNKER RIOT: Circle Jerks @ Gorilla Gardens, Mid 1980s
Saw Violent Femmes at the Gorilla Room (I don't THINK it was gardens yet), and again at the Mountaineers club, both somewhere around the '84/'86 time. At the Gorilla Room my not-yet-wife talked up Gordon Gano's sister standing near the stage (I was in the crowd "slam-dancing") and she (my wife) met Brian Ritchie and persuaded them to dedicate Add It Up to our friend Ray Sloan who had killed himself the previous December and who was a huge fan. I cry now thinking about it. They did it, bless them.
Sep 3, 2013
commented on The Monday Morning News
Richard Schmidt is just a "survivalist" gearing up for an apocalyptic event, which is why he also had a list of politicians and judges.
Jun 24, 2013
commented on Higher Inflation, Not Higher Interest Rates, Is What Our Economy Really Needs
Inflation rose in the 1970s (gas shocks, anyone?), but interest rates did not rise until Paul Volcker INTENTIONALLY drove them sky high (like 20%) to try to break the wage-price spiral.
But the situation we're in now has nothing at all to do with that, nor does a proposal for the Fed to declare that it would tolerate UP TO 4% inflation without raising interest rates.
We would see a period of accelerated growth and investment as companies that are stiting on HUGE pools of cash would instead build/buy something, and people whose debts would be less of a burden would likewise buy, stimulating growth.
Jun 11, 2013
commented on Who's Afraid of the NSA?
Our communications have been monitored ever since we had electrical/electronic communications. Bella Abzug's committe disovered in 1971 that the federal government had been monitoring telegraph and telephone communications for 40 YEARS! I think Hoover instituted universal warrantless wiretapping and it has NEVER. STOPPED.
They just rename the project and move it under a different entity and keep on keeping on.