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Oct 11, 2016 theophrastus commented on The Morning News: Authorities Sweep the Jungle, Seattle Times Editorial Board Publishes Something Heinous (Again).
"Nothing is more critical than dealing with the homeless situation, therefore it is proposed that all bike lanes be immediately converted into tent-sites to support the homeless population throughout the city"

See how everyone has their sacred cows? everyone is a NIMBY in some fashion. take the top ten long-sought municipal social projects and rank them by which eclipses which and you'll only change the members of the angry mob, and not the obscenities that they shout at city council meetings. the answer is some boring tedious hard fought balance; and in the case of the homeless crisis it ought to be addressed on the national level, because it's a national crisis where every city is desperate for a solution. what is really needed is a FDR-like national set of recovery programs. provide federally funded housing (FEMA if naught else) for folks in return for employment on the failing national infra-structure.
Sep 28, 2016 theophrastus commented on With New Lower Speed Limits, Seattle Will Become More of a City.
There is a nebulous limit to the steady increase in social regulation which once crossed turns the balance of even progressive folks into faux libertarians. We had a clear example of that when we were going to have recycling police pawing through our garbage and fining us if anything recyclable was discovered. The result was the political class sensed the social tension and backed off of it (O'Brien notwithstanding). There are good indications that ratcheting down the speed-limit so that the expensive Licata solar "SLOW DOWN" lights would become law will be the next. Choose your relentless reduction of small liberties carefully.
Sep 19, 2016 theophrastus commented on Spotted: Muslim Jesus Takes the Link Train.
pro-tip: wax lips make for great stigmata
Sep 18, 2016 theophrastus commented on In Seattle Visit, Libertarian Gary Johnson Outlines His Vision: "It's Gonna be Uber Everything".
uber fire department! now with surge pricing! uber schools, uber prisons, uber government: for all the social safety-net needs you can afford. your uber mayor is just an app-tap away.
Sep 13, 2016 theophrastus commented on Keith Olbermann On Donald Trump: A Demonic Messiah in Oompa Loompa's Clothing..
Damn, i miss this man's rants. if NBC wanted to recover from Matt Lauer, or CNN from Corey Lewandowski, all they'd have to do is fire them, give their salary to Olbermann with a hour slot to rant freely, (if they're chicken-shit a large legal disclaimer could scroll on the "lower third"). oh how the popcorn would flow. Dr Savage please consider mentioning this to Maddow the next time you're waiting in commercial.
Sep 1, 2016 theophrastus commented on The Morning News: Washington State Ferries Seeing More Forgotten Cars, Bill Nye Gets Science Show on Netflix.
failure to make sense of Trump's campaign and followers
the former is surely at the crossroads of greed and narcissism, for the latter, the "followers", this theory seems the most convincing. Essentially: a trump follower is someone who feels they're not as well off as their parents and find it a psychological relief to believe that that's not their fault, (but the fault of a "line cutter"). It's a delusion which at least fits the observables.
Aug 31, 2016 theophrastus commented on NPR Believes in Miracles.
Having faith requires believing in miracles (what do you think you're having faith in?) To reject miracles is to reject religion, (not that there's anything wrong with that)
miracle (n.) mid-12c., "a wondrous work of God," from Old French miracle (11c.) "miracle, story of a miracle, miracle play," from Latin miraculum "object of wonder" (in Church Latin, "event caused by God")
It's fundamentally why science and religion is immiscible despite a long history of honest and powerful efforts to the contrary. So i humbly disagree with some of the "not equal to"s posted.
Aug 29, 2016 theophrastus commented on The Morning News: Seattle Remembers "Uncle" Bob Santos, Greenwood Thief Caught on Camera, and a Trump Visit.
"^Have You Seen This Thief?" when did we jettison the journalistic ethic to stick "alleged" prior to a suspect being convicted? ("But you can actually see him stealing $#@!, you @#$!!" ...perhaps, but crazier misinterpretations of video evidence has happened. Yet i guess a more proper answer is that some sense of the "golden age of journalism" is not really applicable)
Aug 27, 2016 theophrastus commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: WTF Is a "Neoliberal"?.
If in doubt, more often than not, good-nuf for government work, rule o' thumb; a prefix on an old stem makes for a nastier concept: alt-right, neoliberal, neocon, paleolibertarianism, anarcho-capitalist, antidisestablishmentarianism, ... "fusionism"
Aug 18, 2016 theophrastus commented on There's a Horrifying Statue of Donald Trump in Capitol Hill.
Seems a bit complimentary around the hair and hands. Artist is probably a trump fan-boy.

Montgomery Burns: "And, uh, incidentally, thanks for not making fun of my genitalia."
Marge: "I thought I did."