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Martin H. Duke
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Currently obsessed with editing Seattle Transit Blog. Engineer in real life.


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  • What movie can you recite verbatim?: Swingers
  • If you found out you were going to have a pit-bull baby, would you have an abortion?: Yes
  • What's your favorite Charles Mudede post?: The sexist one with the boobs
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Mar 3 Martin H. Duke commented on Crimea Looks Like the Sudetenland All Over Again.
While it's true that this is move is similar to the Sudentenland, and it's a not-very-nice thing that Hitler did, it's also not why Hitler is one of the most evil men in history. Moral comparisons to Hitler will be appropriate when Putin tries to conquer Europe in order to enslave or exterminate its inhabitants.

That said, Russia is a thuggish petro-state run by a broadly popular crypto-fascist that has subverted all of its public institutions. For all the faults of the Ukrainian system, it's not hard to figure out whose side to be on.

Asset freezing and travel restrictions on the Europhile Russian elite will concentrate minds wonderfully over there, without doing much to harm ordinary Russians.
Sep 9, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Who's the Bigger Asshole: The Speed Camera Or the "Patriotic" Tagger?.
@12 FTW.

These are the same people who have zero sympathy for lawbreaking when it comes to illegal immigrants (in the act of crossing the border), and are just fine with incarcerating a generation of African-American males with unjust drug laws. But when they're the ones threatened with (minor) consequences, it's all about the Bill of Rights.
Sep 6, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Slog Poll: If the Election Were Held Today, Who's Got Your Vote for Mayor?.

Actually fully half of that package was for bus speed and reliability improvements, but don't let facts get in the way of your rant.
Aug 14, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Against Cory Booker.
@7, @11

Quite aside from the physical location of finance industry offices, a large number of New Jersey jobs are ultimately dependent on finance, not to mention an even larger portion of the tax base. Given the progressive taxes, anything less than obscene bank bonuses is bad news for local government there.
Aug 14, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Against Cory Booker.

I wouldn't expect a senator from New Jersey, no matter how progressive on other issues, to be aggressive towards the finance industry any more than I'd expect Patty Murray to be an active regulator of Boeing, Microsoft, or Amazon.
Aug 14, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Against Cory Booker.
This just in: politician supports local industry.
Jul 24, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Why I'm Not Voting for Ed Murray.
I wouldn't necessarily comment on most of Goldy's post, but this hit home for me:

McGinn's not perfect either. We just thought he'd make the better mayor. It was nothing personal. We like Ed. He's my second choice. And considering that the consensus here in the office is that he is likely going to win in November, I sure hope Ed doesn't hold this post against me.
Jul 2, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Seattle Transit Blog Endorses McGinn as "Unassailable".

If you know where the developer checks are arriving, please let me know.

You've also mastered the right-wing tactic of pretending to be oppressed. Letting people do what they want with their property is not the same as opposing "when people have houses."
Jul 2, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on It's Way Too Early For This.
I think Steinbrueck is gone too far on rail and density to win me over, but if he actually succeeds in taking arterial lanes for buses on a large scale, he will have had a successful administration.
Jul 2, 2013 Martin H. Duke commented on Seattle Transit Blog Endorses McGinn as "Unassailable".

Travel times are getting longer because the city is booming, and there's more congestion.

All your words about livable density are great, but the climate doesn't care about your fountains; it cares how many people are living in the city instead of out in the sprawl. Mike McGinn's policies will maximize the number of people living in the city, which is good for the environment, and will boost the political power of Seattle in Olympia more than all the collaborative mayors in the world. I'm all for attractive buildings, as long as it doesn't deter development, but all this talk of aesthetics is a distraction.

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