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Aug 4 Porcupine commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.
There's no question that we should reform neighborhood councils so that they are more representative of the overall population. However instead of pushing for that the Mayor wants to get rid of them and replace them with a "Community Involvement Commission" with details TBD. Call me cynical but the commission will be but a small group of handpicked activists to do the Mayor and the council bidding. How is that for representation? I guess those white, selfish, homeowners (48% of the city) do not deserve representation.
Aug 4 Porcupine commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.
In the interest of journalism you should stop repeating that old canard about single homes taking 65% of Seattle land. It's actually 35.4% of gross acreage or 48.2% of net acreage. It's right there in the Seattle Comprehensive Land Use Plan: http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/cs/groups/pan…
Nov 16, 2015 Porcupine commented on Why Putting the French Flag on the Space Needle Is Racist.
Yes, it’s easier for people to feel empathy with those that they see as members of one’s community. Why do we have non-stop coverage of the Duck crash on Aurora but not when one sinks in Arkansas killing 11 people. Is that racism too? There’s also the fact that bomb attacks in Kenya, Lebanon or Syria are discounted as “stuff that happens in those countries” while the attacks in Paris are shocking because they are unexpected.
Nov 2, 2015 Porcupine commented on Seattle Theater Critic Invites the Women of Craigslist to Purchase His "Plus Ones" at Reduced Rate.
This looks like a prank on the guy to me. I want to think nobody would be stupid enough to post this for real.
Oct 12, 2015 Porcupine commented on Jonathan Franzen Isn't a Regular Rich Person, He's a Cool Rich Person.
Another money quote from the interview:

“I don’t like to hire people to do work that I can do,” he says. So that means he does his own dusting in the New York apartment he shares with his girlfriend? Franzen looks slightly shifty. “We do have a cleaner, although even that I feel some justification because we pay her way more than is standard and she’s a nice Filipino woman who we treat very well and we’re giving her work.”
Feb 27, 2015 Porcupine commented on Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One.
I haven't seen a post here but Paul is not at the Stranger anymore: https://twitter.com/paulconstant/status/…
Feb 4, 2015 Porcupine commented on When a Jury with No Black People on It Puts a Black Man Away for the Rest of His Life.
One "easy" way to have more diverse juries would be to increase the jury compensation to match the average daily wage. It's currently $10 a day and has been at that level since the 50s. Anyone whose employer does not pay for jury duty will ask to be excluded from jury selection due to hardship and that effectively removes minorities since more often than not working class people are hourly employees.

Late last year I was in the jury for a criminal trial (also presided by Judge Doyle by the way) and we ended up with 12+1 upper-middle class professionals, which happened to be all white except for an Asian lady. The defendant was an African immigrant.
Jan 28, 2015 Porcupine commented on Was This Racist Post Written by the Cop Who Arrested an Elderly Man for "Walking in Seattle While Black"?.
Wow indeed. The problem is not that there are racist SPD officers (you'll always have some) but that they have no expectation or fear of being properly disciplined when they act on that racism.
Nov 14, 2014 Porcupine commented on Who Makes Seattle’s Best Sandwich Now?.
Just cross the street and have a great sandwich at Dots. Wait, shit...
Nov 3, 2014 Porcupine commented on Now Is the Time for Three All-Time Seattle Greats.
@8 Sure, so let's just stop writing restaurant reviews and just keep a ranking of how long places have been open and their occupancy rate. The fact is that mentioning Machiavelli and Italian food in the same sentence is just embarrassing.