Jul 18, 2013 TBne commented on My Parents Told Me the Sad Truth About America.
Good piece, Charles. We've had similar conversations with our boys (caucasian teens) following the police shooting death of John T. Williams, the brutal beat down of a 15 year old girl in police custody (for flipping her shoe at a cop), and the police beating of a guy in front of Cinerama (result of mistaken identity). Sadly, I could go on and on. Aggressive men in authoritative positions can be f*cking dangerous and we want our kids to be extremely careful in their presence. The Dangerous Black Person narrative fueling the Zimmermans of the world makes today's America a doubly dangerous place for black people. We need a new narrative. And to that end the 'kill whitey' sentiment popping up in comment threads like these is super un-helpful. I mean, I get it. I feel the outrage too, as a parent, as any decent person should. But, seriously, we can't let the tiny minority of ultra-rich drive us further apart by pulling our rage strings. They'll use it against us to further justify a growing police state, which, in turn, will be used to defend their hold on EVERY LITTLE THING WE EVER HAD. They have DRONES now, for god's sake, and even Obama has become a lickspittle to the plutocracy. Whites, blacks, browns, women, gays, the elderly are all getting f*cked. Yes, some are getting it harder/more brutally than others. But if there is any hope in ending this systematic, institutionalized abuse of the 99%, it will be found in our moving forward together.
Jul 8, 2013 TBne commented on Last Days.
Way to not even mention the Supreme Courts 6/25! The court's ruling regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965 effectively dismantles voting protections against regional discrimination and allows states like North Carolina, Michigan, Texas (and many others) to create discriminatory voting guidelines in order to deliberately disenfranchise targeted groups (for example, in NC: blacks and college students). Now I love Wendy Davis and that was great news worth reporting but leaving out the VRA ruling is a serious oversight. Hopefully, The Stranger has a feature in the works about the topic.
May 29, 2013 TBne commented on Mugged at Gunpoint on Beacon Hill.
I have a canister of mace that I loop w/ a hair tie around my wrist for easy access when jogging or riding my bike, which I do all the time. There were some violence avoidance tips circulated via email some years ago. Here's a Snopes version (with corrections from some of the prior bad advise). http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/nine…
May 8, 2013 TBne commented on The Fight Against Small Apartments.
Population density is what makes cities city-like but the density in these things is only marginally better than your average small apartment building. It's greener and better for cities in the long run to have more high rises with smaller footprints than thousands of these little things (essentially townhouses on steroids subdivided into closet-like apartments). These type of developments are often crammed into spaces that previously had a larger yard/domicile ratio. Yards/open spaces with plants, trees, grasses act as natural catch and filtration basins for rain water. When you consider the massive increase in square footage of impermeable roof lines and concrete driveways where naturally absorbant material used to exist you can see there will eventually be water-related problems (see Greenwood) in neighborhoods where development is racing ahead of geological surveys and the city is too broke to even cover the cost of analysis. Typical of The Stranger, everything has to examined through a class-oriented lens where resistance to these neighborhood-destroying eyesores is viewed as bourgeois fear of poor people. I'm fine with having a 15 story Apodment with a small foot print in the heart of Ballard but do we have to have one gazillion of these things crammed into every available green space? Jeesh, where are the damn butterflies and bees supposed to live?
Apr 29, 2013 TBne commented on I, Anonymous.
Sounds like a very sweet and compassionate sentiment from a loving friend. Y'all are cynical freaks.
Apr 29, 2013 TBne commented on Dear NBA: Don't Take Seattle for Granted.
@21 & 22 BINGO! I'm disheartened by Seattleites' gullibility. Until we adopt a Green Bay Packer's-like model of a community-owned franchise, I can't really get behind any new major sports team.

Apr 22, 2013 TBne commented on I Hate the Beacon Hill Library, and You Should Too.
Gehry's monstrosity, the EMP, looks like a 747 crashed into a roller coaster. It's hideous.

According to the art critic Hal Foster, Gehry's Walt Disney concert hall in Los Angeles is a "media logo" and his style of architecture, in general, is a "winning formula" for "any corporate entity that desires to be perceived, through an instant icon, as a global player." In short, it's absurd to propose that because someone is critical of Gehry's slop he must be a corporate drone (working at Microsoft), when corporate entities are in large part the biggest Gehry cheerleaders.

Although I think Charles' slave ship critique is a reach, I'm completely in agreement that Seattle needs to step up it's game when it comes to quality of public art and architecture. Our seemingly ubiquitous preference for all things cute, quirky, and whimsical makes us look like the dim-witted, parochial cousins of more sophisticated cities. (Just look at the "art" on the Ballard Bridge). We have amazing artists here but we always pick the flashy/trashy crap for our public works. It's embarrassing. Can't speak to the Beacon Hill library--never been there since I love my Ballard branch.
Apr 12, 2013 TBne commented on Attacked By an Owl!.
@4/5 It doesn't sound like Andrew was worried about rabies transmission from an owl but worried that there was a slim chance he may have been struck/bitten by a bat. With 100% fatality rate for untreated rabies bites, I'd say 20K is worth it.
Apr 9, 2013 TBne commented on I, Anonymous.
#35 and 44 nailed it. Exactamundo.
Mar 29, 2013 TBne commented on Spring Breakers: It Says a Lot About You.
Harmony Korine is a talentless hack, a fuzzy-brained, lazy, hipster idiot who succeeds in capturing the worse elements of American youth culture (weak-minded sociopathy, sexism, violence, lack of impulse control) not because he's a genius in portraying realism because it's WHO HE IS. Guy is just a fucking asshole.