Jun 8, 2014
commented on Steve Scher Abruptly Parts Ways With KUOW After Nearly Three Decades
The local programming interviews on KUOW have always made me cringe. I am frequently embarrassed for the interviewees because of the mindless questions asked. They seem like they're done by high schoolers. Seattle is a major city, with a lot of very bright and talented people. Why we don't have someone with the talent of Terry Gross or Ray Suarez has always puzzled me.
Jun 5, 2014
commented on Seattle Police Chief Candidate Kathleen O'Toole Just Said the Smartest Thing I've Heard About Policing in a Long Time
A dear friend of mine, an old Quaker wrote a lot about policing - particularly how policing was looking more like soldiering, and soldiering was looking more like policing. He proposed that there be a public service police corp - like America Corp or VISTA. This would rotate people from the community through the Department and there would always be a significant contingent of "non-life-time professionals" in the ranks. He felt it was important to knock apart the we/they element of policing and get them more intimately connected to the community. I like it. He saw it like the draft.
Apr 20, 2014
commented on Are You There, God? It's Me, Barbara
Wow! I had a totally different take on Bremmer's "My Accidental Jihad"! I found it quite well written and extremely insightful. She read at Elliot Bay books about a month ago and blew me away. I bought two copies. Chapter 14 "Bartering" is the most powerful critique on liberal notions of diversity I have ever encountered. It should be required reading.
Apr 19, 2014
commented on Governor Inslee Is Weighing The Acceptable Cancer Rate Against Business Concerns
deliran, You've drunk the koolaid and bought the whole package. (I worked 30 years in hazardous waste and cleanup, all of that with risk analysis. So I know the mind set.) Risk analysis frequently fails to ask the important underlying question. So we accept a one in a million rate of death for the red dye in hot dogs. (That's a real figure by the way - the Delaney rule.) But no one asks why we should tolerate that any deaths for a redder hot dog. Or if there's a lower risk alternative. The sickest I saw this in my career was when industry came in and asked EPA to revisit arsenic exposure. The principle risk of arsenic is its contribution to causing skin cancer. Industry came in to note science had gotten better at detecting skin cancer and curing it. Therefore they argued they should get to increase the exposure limit for arsenic to get back to the "speed limit" of 1 in a million. So they wanted to give more people skin cancer and put more people into treatment so they could dump more arsenic into our environment. And you and yours are okay with that because 0 risk is unachievable and everything has a price. This is the kind of thinking that puts models above morals and people.