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May 28 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
@14-- and when ST 3 comes down and Seattle gets 1/2 a loaf (light rail to West Seattle junction, a streetcar to Ballard, and no West Side Transit tunnel-- what is Plan B?


Yeah, why wait for 2016 to settle for half a loaf when we can enthusiastically get on the John Roderick half-a-loaf bandwagon right now?
May 28 cressona commented on John Roderick Thinks You Should Be Able to Take a Train From Ballard to Capitol Hill. Here's How He'd Do It..
Sounds like another Mike McGinn “back of the napkin” rail plan. In other words, sounds like a joke. And please, can we stop talking about streetcars as THE ANSWER to our mass transit needs? Streetcars are nothing more than a complementary compromise. Yeah, they sound good as penciled-in proposals, but then actually try being a regular rider.

For anyone who’s serious about this city’s desperate need for more mass transit, there’s only one game in town. And that’s Sound Transit 3. And at this time we should be applying all our political energy to getting the legislature to authorize the $15 billion that Sound Transit is requesting, and then to pressure ST to put a no-nonsense, grade-separated-through-downtown westside Seattle light rail corridor on the ballot in 2016. ST2 passed in the political climate of 2008, and 2016 is that much more conducive.

Oh, and not surprised to see this dilettante dude has gotten McGinn’s endorsement. And to think I used to be a McGinn supporter.
May 28 cressona commented on You Know That One Thing You're Not Allowed to Talk About? That's the Subject of Akio Takamori's Ceramics.
James Harris show sounds like a must-see. To me, Akio Takamori is a superstar. Such a distinctive style, but always fresh, never quite stuck getting repetitive or self-derivative. I'm usually a bit shocked or disturbed or amused by his works. Sometimes they're somewhere between creepy and cute.

Confession though. As someone who only knows so many artists strictly from seeing their work in museums and galleries, I always assumed Akio Takamori was a woman. Never occurred to me otherwise.
May 22 cressona commented on Even More Restaurants That Are Opening in Seattle This Year.
From the Seattle Met story about FlintCreek Cattle Co. coming to Greenwood: "Not to mention a neighborhood full of great spots (Naked City, Coyle's Bakeshop, the Yard, and Teacher's Lounge) but needing a cornerstone restaurant...." I take exception to the characterization that Greenwood lacks a cornerstone restaurant. Olive & Grape and Razzi's immediately come to mind. The only "cornerstone-y" hole that FlintCreek will be filling is to occupy that brick building on the corner of 85th and Greenwood.

This exception noted, I consider this a positive development, even if the menu is too meat-centric for my own tastes.
May 21 cressona commented on The Morning News: Is It Safe to Call This Man a Rocker? Plus, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Bill Is on the Move..
Alden @5, you have the perfect comeback to tkc's do-it-yo'selves answer to climate change @4.

I know that, with my own personal lifestyle decisions, I do whatever I can to keep my carbon footprint low. But I realize that all I'm really doing, at a minuscule level, is to make fossil fuels cheaper for some other schmuck who doesn't give a damn about "the world" or "the future." So it's a wash. The only true solutions have nothing to do with individual consumer choices; they're political. Even so, I'm going to continue with the individual consumer choices that my conscience can live with.

FYI for those interested. The Carbon Tax Center, which promotes a revenue-neutral carbon tax, has an intriguing new post on its blog, Arctic Oil vs. Carbon Tax? It’s Not Even…
May 20 cressona commented on São Paulo Prepares for Water Riots with US SWAT Training.
No water? To paraphrase Marie Antoinette, "Let them drink wine."
May 20 cressona commented on SIFF Notes 2015: All the Films You Must, Should, and Might Want to See Today, Wed. May 20.
Saw the first screening of "The Malagasy Way" Monday. Enjoyed it. Sold out.

The people depicted in this film are answering the question, what do you do when the globalized economy sees no value in you as a people and the globalized economy has uprooted you from your old way of life? I liked that the movie tried to make me appreciate these people rather than feel sorry for them. I kept saying to myself, "I wish I could be as handy as these folks."
May 19 cressona commented on Yes, We Protest Shell Oil with Products Made from Oil. Duh. Now Join Us..
Longball @105, I had to go back and reread your original message. Yes, I did misinterpret it. We do actually agree. Forgive my confusion.
May 19 cressona commented on Yes, We Protest Shell Oil with Products Made from Oil. Duh. Now Join Us..
Sorry, longball @101, but you just painted a black-and-white picture the only alternative to our current trajectory of unlimited consumption is going back to nature. And here in saying you don't want to have to pass a "purity test" you just offered your own purity test.

But hey, keep on standing up for those good and righteous causes.
May 19 cressona commented on Yes, We Protest Shell Oil with Products Made from Oil. Duh. Now Join Us..
DC_Rob @96, beautifully and sanely and succinctly stated.

Same for Mud Baby @97, only even more succinctly.

The simple fact that the oil companies are turning to extreme sources like the Alberta tar sands and the Arctic is an indication that, hey, maybe there aren't unlimited supplies of this stuff called oil after all. Hard to imagine, I know.
 

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