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Sep 23 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Danny Westneat Says We Need to Hire More Police Because of Increased Gun Violence and Rape.
Property crime is not "way up".

Arson, for example, is down to a rate HALF what it was in 2008. Burglary and Larceny-Theft have tracked population growth almost exactly; the rates are the same as they were in 2008. Motor vehicle theft? Same story.

Your anecdotes are simply bullshit. There were 40 traffic dearths in Seattle in 2007. Only 25 in 2015. Over 300 serious injuries in 2006, and over 250 in 2007. That dropped to under 200 serious injuries by 2010 and continues to trend downward. The collision *rate*, per trip, is down 20% since 2008. The reason police reported collisions dropped from over 13,000 in 2008 to just over 10,000 now is because traffic is getting safer, in spite of greater volumes.

The reason traffic violations are art record lows is that *traffic is safer.* Not because -- you pulled this out of your ass -- because there's not enough cops to bust all the DUIs and texting drivers.

"It is not safe to ride a bike or cross the street"? False. Look it up. Pedestrian injuries and deaths are down along with all those other rates.

There is nothing in any of that data saying we need more cops. You're just angry. "Garrh! That guy's texting! I wish a cop would appear and ticket him!" That emotion is a powerful think for you, but it contradicts what's actually happening.

The cops have manipulated people's feelings this way for years and years. They played Danny Westneat, and they're playing you.
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Sep 23 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Science News: The White Cops Killing African Americans are the Recent Descendents of Africans, and the Science of Presidential Debates.
1. Cops are not only killing African Americans
2. The cops killing (mostly) minorities are not all white
3. The kind of racism behind these killings is far more complicated than some reductionist belief that Africans are far distant relatives from whites
4. The studies in Nature made no assertions about "white cops" or African American shooting victims

When you have this many fallacies bound up in a single assertion, "not even wrong" is the only thing you can say.
Sep 23 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Science News: The White Cops Killing African Americans are the Recent Descendants of Africans, and the Science of Presidential Debates.
"The White Cops Killing African Americans are the Recent Descendants of Africans".


Not even wrong.
Sep 23 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Kshama Sawant Provides an Excellent Assessment of the Political Situation in the US.
If Sawant is that stupid, and that corrupt, and isn't even trying to do her job in Seattle, what does that say about the other eight Democrats on the Council, and the Mayor, who are letting her set the agenda? She's only using 10% of her brain in Seattle and that's still enough to run the city?

She must be like Bradley Cooper in Limitless, right? Or Scarlett Johansson in Lucy? If the stuff you guys are saying about her is true, she's got superpowers dudes.

Either that, or you guys need a reality check.
Sep 23 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Sleep/Theft in Seattle.
You know, Sleepless in Seattle came out in 1993, very near the historical peak crime year for Seattle. That's the year Mia Zapata was murdered. There were 16,262 burglaries that year, compared to only 7,545 in 2015. And the population went from 525,974 in 1993 to 686,800 today. So Tom Hanks was seeing 30 burglaries per 1,000 people, while today only 10. Three times the frequency!

Everyone just accepts things like "This never happened to Tom Hanks" without a second thought. Of course crime way back in the olden days was way better than today. We're a BIG CITY now! Seattle has grown up!

We kind of used to be a "big city", like where the whites fled to the burbs and "inner city" meant blight + crime + minorities. That's a outdated view. Big city today means gentrification and extremely low tolerance for decay, dirt, and even small nuisances, let alone major crimes.
Sep 23 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Danny Westneat Says We Need to Hire More Police Because of Increased Gun Violence and Rape.
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In 2008 there were 59 major crimes per 100,000 people in Seattle. In 2015, there were 61 per 100,000, with the population rising 15% during that period. In 1988 there were 75,000 major crimes, meaning 147 per 100,000 people. The crime rate was 2-1/2 times what it is today.

We have far, far less crime than we did before. Far less. We don't need more cops. Seattle absolutely did NOT show an increase in crime over the past 10 years, and in the 25 years before that crime plunged from stratospheric heights. And even in the bad old days we had about as many cops as now. Our plummeting crime rate in the late 90s was not the result of hiring tons of cops. We didn't do that. More evidence that how many cops we have is disconnected with how much crime we have.

The last election showed that these loud, repetitive, sockpuppeting internet warriors on Nextdoor.com and other local blogs do not speak for the electorate. They think crime is up but there's nowhere near enough of them to swing an election. They don't determine policy.

Their chosen candidates were mostly crushed in the City elections. If people who delusionally think the crime rate is up were a significant block, Mike O'Brien would have been out, instead of sailing to an easy victory. Sawant would have been out, Herbold wouldn't have won, and Burgess wouldn't have had the fight for his life. Ed Murray would definite have pandered to them if they represented many votes, and he would know. Instead Murry gave them The Talk: crime is at a 45 year record low, you idiots. He knew they didn't want to hear that but there's so few of them, who cares?

Demilitarizing the police is a politically winning issue in Seattle. Shifting budget priorities to human services and away from cops shuffling troublesome people from one neighborhood to another, an in and out of jail for no reason, is a loser.

No surprise that the Seattle Times is, again, out of touch with the reality of Seattle, the will of the voters in Seattle, and the policies of the elected government. Only the cops, non-Seattlites that they are, think the Times knows what's up.
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Sep 22 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Hillary Clinton Sits Down With Zach Galifianackis On Between Two Ferns.
OH noes Reasons doesn't like it? Nobody gets comedy better than pot activists and market humpers.
Sep 22 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Kshama Sawant Provides an Excellent Assessment of the Political Situation in the US.
In which your correspondent proposes the Democrats get their own mop:

If Trump wins, it won't be because of any number of far left voters, particularly those who were not Democrats to begin with, not voting for the Democrat. It will be for one reason only: because the Democrats picked the worst possible choice among at least dozen serious possibilities for the Democratic nomination.

There has never before been a plausible nominee with a net negative favorability rating. Nobody in history -- except for the dumb as a sack of hammers Republicans of 2016 -- has ever made such a heinous error. Out of a deep bench of possibilities, ranging from stellar to bland, the Democrats bypassed every single one and found the one special, unique candidate who lacked the number one qualification for a nominee: "generally well liked".

Substitute any generic Democrat for HRC and they would be crushing Trump. Any generic Democrat wold be turning Oklahoma, Alaska, and Montana, if not blue, at least purple, when the alternative is a fucking buffoon. A BUFFOON FROM NEW YORK CITY FOR FUCK'S SAKE. Do you really think rock ribbed conservatives and rednecks want to vote for a fucking New York city slicker draft-dodging tax-dodging real estate weeny with a silver spoon in his mouth who is such a pussy he eats pizza with a fork? In Brooklyn? Holy shit. Against any other Democrat, Trump would be losing so bad even he would have to laugh. At himself. For the first time in his pathetic life.

If the Democrats fuck this one up, the blame rests entirely with them. The GOP handed them the easiest victory in modern history, and they turned it into a nail biter. Why? For what? Why did you do this? You guys! Why?

If you HAD to nominate a woman -- and good on you for that! -- you had a lot of women who are kind of liked. More liked than not. Something Hillary can only dream of. I say this as someone who does *actually like her* -- I just hate her policies. Just because I like her doesn't mean I'm a fucking DELUDED IDIOT who doesn't know that the rest of the country Does. Not. Like. Her. Does. Not.

A bunch of lefty Greens and Socialists did not fuck this up for you. Nothing they will do or don't do will fuck it up for you. The Democrats are doing that to themselves. You're still doing it. As we speak, they're fucking themselves over. Now they are demanding -- haughtily demanding! -- that the far, far left "vote strategically" to save their Democrat asses. Don't vote your conscience, vote for the lesser of two evils. Why didn't YOU fucking Democrats vote strategically? Pick somebody who had the best chance of winning, you dumb fucking fucks. Not the one (with 99.999 name recognition, no room to gain any ground! AT ALL!) disliked by more Americans than like her. If you'd put all the names in a hat the odds of picking the one with negative net favorability would have been less than, well, less than Trump's chance of becoming President in any well-run race.

Oh but the Greens and Sawant and the Socialists are a bunch of dummies? THEY need to "grow up"? Fuck you fuck you fuck you fuck you. Go sign up some unregistered voters. Go talk to some undecided independents. You fucking asshole Democrats. You made this mess, fuckers. YOU! Turn off the Internet, Democrats, you've got pavement to pound. Those doors ain't going to knock on themselves. This is your mess, nobody else's.
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Sep 22 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Kshama Sawant Provides an Excellent Assessment of the Political Situation in the US.
If Trump wins because many on the left voted for a doomed candidate, it will hurt Sawant and the very important socialist movement she helped bring to the mainstream.
concern troll ‎(plural concern trolls) noun. (Internet slang) Someone who posts to an internet forum or newsgroup, claiming to share its goals while deliberately working against those goals, typically, by claiming "concern" about group plans to engage in productive activity, urging members instead to attempt some activity that would damage the group's credibility, or alternatively to give up on group projects entirely.
Sep 21 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on I, Anonymous.
Americans have all these heartwarming tales that could never happen in a normal rich country where everybody is just given the health care they need. None of that Bill Gates writing a check for somebody's chemo or crowdfunding dad's transplant or the dying kid who sends out 100,000 post cards to cover the stupendous cost of his death.

Obviously conservatives don't want to live in a place where these stories can't happen. They don't think every single person should have health care unless they've somehow earned it, or let is be used as a vehicle for somebody else's tale of generosity.

What's really sick is that these conservatives don't even want to live in a country where these stories can't happen to veterans.