Oct 10 Ross commented on Why Hillary Clinton's Leaked Wall Street Speeches Are Not Relevant, For Now.
>> This is basically what Wall Street wants to hear. This is thieves policing thieves.

Not necessarily. It does suggest they will have a voice, and might even be consulted quite a bit when it comes to the regulations. This is not necessarily a bad thing. An analogy would be when hackers are hired by the government. Basically, the Wall Street bankers might be in the room saying at times "this would kill the economy, you can't go that far" or maybe "that would be really easy to skirt" (e. g. "we'll just call it a swap when it is really just insurance").

The "too much is bad, too little is bad" is consistent with Hillary Clinton's philosophy, and is likely going to be her attitude towards military intervention as well. She was scarred by Rwanda, and feels it was her husband's biggest mistake (an opinion shared by him, and many others). She has swung the other way at times, resulting in the mistakes made in Libya (although it isn't completely clear what would have happened if Qaddafi had stayed in power and besides, if you want to blame someone for that mess, blame the French (as always)). The point being that she is a moderate, and will hear it from all sides and pick something towards the left end of the spectrum. The nice thing is she will definitely hear it from Sanders, but more importantly Warren, who knows a thing or two about finance.

As for her being a New Deal Democrat -- yes absolutely. She was that way all along (her husband, not so much).
Sep 29 Ross commented on The Morning News: Young Everett Mother Dumps Baby in Trash Compactor, Big Tech Wants ST3 to Happen.
@19 -- Exactly. Charles never bothered to see what was actually being built. This will significantly improve general purpose traffic, but more importantly will be a huge boost for transit as well as car pools. There are a lot of really crappy projects in the WSDOT budget, but this one is a big improvement and worth the money.
Sep 28 Ross commented on Twitter Reacts to Donald Trump's Debate Antics.
Both candidates acknowledged the need for restoring trust between police and communities, but neither presented specific means as to how, as a president, they would facilitate such restoration

That isn't true. Hillary Clinton said this, during the debate:

I've laid out a platform that I think would begin to remedy some of the problems we have in the criminal justice system.

A simple search found the platform proposal:


Looks pretty fucking specific to me.
Sep 28 Ross commented on Unsolicited Advice for Hillary Clinton.
I love the speech, Dan, but just imagine it in the debate. By the start of the third paragraph, Donald is interrupting, and talking shit. Once you name your opponent, by rule, you are allowed to interrupt. Not that he wouldn't interrupt anyway. All of this actually plays to his strength, of course. When it comes to long, detailed paragraphs, she does well. He is, at best capable of short, snippy, phrases. What was interesting is that he was thrown off his game even though this is his game.
Sep 28 Ross commented on Unsolicited Advice for Hillary Clinton.
I just want to challenge that we're not electing Bill again. Hillary has stated that Bill will become an active part of her White House and will probably be aimed at economics.

He will be an advisor. He may have a formal role, but it will be a minor one. He won't be in line for the presidency (unlike every cabinet secretary). From a formal perspective, he will have very little power (I doubt he will try and get anything that requires confirmation). From an informal perspective, he will have tremendous power, just like all spouse's of the president. The fact remains, though, that it is Hillary that will make the decisions and set the agenda.
Sep 28 Ross commented on A Tale of Two New Link Stations.
Of course the biggest difference between the two stations is not the architecture around them, but who they are meant to serve. In many ways, the architecture is very similar and consistent. Both buildings are huge, with grandiose structures (the covering around the parking garage is nice). But ultimately, one is urban, the other suburban. One is meant to serve all day, often spontaneous trips (like every successful subway in the world) while the other is a suburban terminus that won't be the terminus for long. It is designed to serve those who prefer big houses and big lots and sprawling suburbs, but occasionally (or in some cases daily) feel the need to go into the big city. Very few people live nearby and very few people ever will. Shuttle buses are few; the vast majority of riders will drive to the station. It is no different than most suburban stations everywhere, except that the plan is to keep adding low performing stations for another 16 miles. At best it is a sprawl inducing mess; at worst a huge waste of money (for people who can't afford it).

Oh, and Charles -- why is Angle Lake now part of your world, but Queen Anne isn't? I honestly don't get that. Did The Stranger rope you into having to visit every train station, or something? If so, ask them to give you the bus beat. For the next several years, decisions there are actually more interesting and more important than anything that involves rail. Madison BRT, for example, will be done before we add another station. Seattle has never built anything quite like it. Fast, frequent service in a very urban environment -- but with a bus. First Hill (after a couple of failed attempts) actually gets decent mass transit.
Sep 28 Ross commented on A Tale of Two New Link Stations.
What @7 said. The overpass and other infrastructure around the station would be fantastic and elegant if ... the station wasn't underground! If someone knew nothing about the project, saw the big multi-story station and overpass, wouldn't you assume that the train travels elevated (Chicago style) to there? This is form over function. The best place for the station would have been right in the triangle (underground). There already is a walking path connecting it to the hospital as well the campus. That only leaves the connection to the stadium, which is the least important of the three. There is a tiny clinic there, and nothing but a huge building that sits empty about 350 days a year. The few times that it is occupied, there are traffic cops everywhere, shuttling people across the street. In other words, you gain nothing by having the station close to the stadium, but lose plenty. The overhead connections (as opposed to underground) simply require every user to spend an extra few minutes getting to or from the station.

If you want an example of elegance, check out the city known for that. Here is a typical subway entrance in Paris. Nice huh. It doesn't take up an entire block or otherwise dominate the landscape. But it is very pretty, and easy to find (unlike entrances downtown). Ultimately, though, it is just a hole, which is all that an entrance to a subway needs to be.
Sep 28 Ross commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Like a Good Neighbor.
I'm guessing the letter writer isn't Irish. @2 (and many others) are right. A three bedroom house is just fine for a family with four kids. For a while, as a single dad I lived in a one bedroom apartment (two kids in the bedroom, I slept in the living room). It worked out fine.

Anyway, there isn't a couple in the world that wouldn't appreciate the offer of either a relaxed getaway (what the LW proposed) or just some babystiing. Take away the sex part, and this is a sweet, concerned neighbor trying to help out folks in need. Of course if you take away the sex part, you couldn't ask Dan. My guess is that Mr. Savage is the LW's favorite advice columnist, and they twisted the letter so that he could give him advice.

It wouldn't surprise me if this technique is used a lot in the future ("My wife and I fight over money all the time -- just the other day she bought an expensive dildo and that got me really pissed off ...).
Sep 26 Ross commented on Two Weeks After Turning Down a $50K Record Deal, Olympia Punk Band G.L.O.S.S. Split Because Fame Is Too Stressful.
@6 -- Yeah, sounds like it. I mean, I am very sorry that they broke up the band, I honestly don't know shit about them, but they sound nice. A previous story (linked in this report) hit me though:

On the one hand, G.L.O.S.S.'s point is understandable; it's rare for a young band to exert total creative control within such a corporate context. On the other hand ...

Yeah, but, if you are a label, you either trust the artists, or you don't. Give them total control, and let it all play out. You only offered them 50 grand, for heavens sake. Seriously -- "Oh my, 50 grand -- that is ten thousand a piece, why I can buy my grandma a used Kia.". They were having fun, some label walked up and wanted to rope them down for less than a year's rent and they walked away. Sorry they split up, but the label sounds like the real losers in this situation.
Sep 26 Ross commented on Seattle Times Editorial Board Endorses Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users.
This is actually pretty consistent for the Seattle Times editorial staff (I can't believe I'm defending those pinheads). They are, generally speaking, fiscally conservative but socially liberal. Think of them as your crazy neighbor libertarian. In favor of gay rights, drug rights, but don't you dare lay a hand on my inheritance. My grandfather worked his ass off for that money, so I deserve every penny,.