May 3 rob! commented on Ted Cruz Had a Terrible Monday And He's About to Have a Worse Tuesday.
Then there was this weird battle for manual superiority between Cruz and Fiorina: https://twitter.com/sbstryker/status/727…
Apr 25 rob! commented on The Morning News: Racists Vandalize A Seattle Church, Another Racist Plans To Campaign In Washington.
@16: Yes. May have been a misapplied style ("photo caption" or something). There was also a gray box covering almost all the page content that I had to use AdBlock to kill.
Apr 4 rob! commented on Krugman On Development, Construction, Housing, and Cities.
The two biggest problems are 1) keeping city councils and planning commissions from trading away all the offsets prescribed in law, and 2) figuring out a way to stop "the great inversion"—people of color are heading for the suburbs as young white millennials pack themselves into urban cores. Suburban sprawl is a bad thing, especially as it destroys ecosystems and arable land, but for those that are already established, requiring them to build upward as well would be a good thing (after beefing up rail transit).

Here's an over-the-top idea for New York: excavate Central Park down to bedrock; line the sides with a horizontal skyscraper. A few potential problems come to mind…
Apr 1 rob! commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Man Allegedly Gets Shot (Down There) Outside Pioneer Square Club.
Lucky. He could have gone off half-cocked.
Mar 31 rob! commented on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Speaks in Seattle: "Lives Are at Stake In This Election".
I fully expect things to get even worse at the state level this election, no matter how the presidency and congress go. It's precisely the drama and passion in the presidential race that will keep the average person (and perhaps especially the average young voter) from paying much attention to state and local contests.
Mar 30 rob! commented on Jupiter Hit Hard By an Object.
Cool animation of Jupiter shepherding asteroids: https://twitter.com/HighTechPanda/status…
For the most part it actually keeps most of them at a distance (well, the interaction between its gravity and [mainly] the Sun's does), but every now and then one strays from the herds and blunders directly into Jupiter's path.
Mar 30 rob! commented on Science News: Old Orangutan Dies, Oklahoma’s Big One Bigger Than Seattle’s Because of Fracking.
I hope "science news" becomes a regular feature.

I s'pose I'll do my usual voice-in-the-wilderness thing and request again that at some appropriate point, new staff writers and/or regular contributors get introduced by the editor, or introduce themselves.

The youngsters don't set much store by ceremony (to use an appropriately hoary idiom) and we use Twitter to bleat at absolutely anyone without so much as a how-d'you-do, but intros are still a polite and civilized thing in meatspace, so why not extend that to dead-tree journalism and its webby shadow.

It simply facilitates conversation to know a little about someone's background—where they studied, where they worked, a few links to past work or achievements they're proud of, maybe something of their motivations and goals at present.
Mar 27 rob! commented on Dispatch from a Packed Caucus at Town Hall.
Hazardous-waste barrels in the background of the top two photos? Asbestos remediation in the building or contaminated soil?