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Less than 12 hours after all the horrible smoke cleared out a few weeks ago, several houses in my neighborhood had their fireplaces going. The urge to jam their flues with obstructions was palpable.

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No, Inslee did not imply ending single family housing. If you read the linked tweet, it says: "focus high density housing along high capacity transit corridors. "

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The national news is gonna continue to understate Gluesenkamp Perez’s victory, however this is a total political earthquake! She and her voters saved us from Joe Kent, another abusive, sadistic, Tr666p psychopath. I said a desperate prayer to the FSM when I contributed to her campaign this summer.

Additionally, with the Democratic majorities in the state house and senate, we've nearly eradicated the Republinazi menace in Washington.

Now if only all the lying mass media political reporters could be electrocuted through their keyboards for all of their red wave lies, with an extra special fuck you to the New York Slimes and 538.

They’re gleeful accomplices in the ongoing Republinazi terrorist attack against decent Americans.

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What no mention of Dems maintaining the Senate?! Come on people let’s balance out the scare report with legit good news. If it bleeds it leads I guess.

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How do you track something, to know if its getting worse or better, what policies are working or not working, if you constantly change the definition of what you are tracking? How does that work Stranger? It doesn't. So much for following the social science.

The University of Virginia shooting as tragic as it is, isn't mass murder, per the definition used by the FBI and most social scientists focused on criminology. "Generally, mass murder was described as a number of murders (four or more) occurring during the same incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders."

Source: https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/serial-murder#two

Assuming some sort of ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce the number of mass shootings would work (doubtful given the characteristics and pathology of mass killers) you have just just used highly limited civic and legislative bandwidth to reduce 1% of the nations annual murders. I can think of almost any intervention that could be put through that finite bandwidth that would have greater impact.

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The Paul Allen estate has been uninterested in doing anything according to the wishes of Paul Allen. Unless it makes money, of course.

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c‘mon greenies!
consider turning on your electric heaters
(or getting a heat pump if you’ve got the $)
during these dry spells
so everyone can enjoy some fresh air around here for a (cough cough)
change.

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@5 there is ample data on how many gun deaths there are a year in the US and it trails behind much of the world. Yes you have won the battle of semantics with your definition of a mass shooting there but the havoc it wreaks on public safety and feeling secure is a squishy data point that should get more play. Families say they are pulling kids out of Ingraham because of the shooting, students are walking out today in protest. It’s a problem you can’t define your way out of.

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«Here’s your weekly street barricade report.»

Saturday, SDOT workers installed permanent bollards on West Greenlake Way to physically separate the bike lanes from the one-way traffic heading to Aurora.

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God forbid let's not use power of the government to save only a few thousand lives!

As we are told by our resident Shitforbrains gun nut ad infinitum: Americans are uniquely violent and exist in magical force filed where no solutions to gun violence that work everywhere else on earth can possibly work here.

Therefor the only solution to our gun violence problem is to not regulate those weapons to save a mere scant few thousand lives, but rather to distribute MORE guns to these uniquely violent Americans. And something... something... something... problem solved! The solution is always more guns!

Duh. It's "social science," smooth brains!

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If you want to see some right-wing crazy, head over to any of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's social media sites and read the comments about any burn ban.

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Well, a little wood smoke when it's clear as a bell outside is understandable. Besides, it helps us get in the mood for the season, roasted chestnuts, etc.

Left-wing fanatics are so tedious.

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@1 - yeah, I remember a couple of summers ago after a very bad smoke season an ex-coworker was going on and on about wanting to be able to have fires at his long planned camping trip and couldn’t fathom not doing so.

@3 - ok, but this very blog was also parroting a “red wave” and used its threat to beg for donations…

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@8, "Families ... pulling kids of Ingraham ..."

Statistically speaking the greatest risk of losing their child, is having them get in the car to ride to Ingraham (or anywhere else), yet parents don't think about that everyday, routine, risk, but they will viscerally react to reduce the statistically improbable risk.

I am not criticizing the Ingraham parents and students for how they feel. All of their visceral fear, anger, grief, etc. is normal. It's human.

We have the capacity as humans to decide based on data, and not be captive to the visceral emotions we all experience. We have those feelings but also the capacity to decide contrary to them based on actual evidence.

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@10, The numbers of people killed in mass murder each year are in the hundreds. Some years, less than a 100. That is out of 21,500 total murders which the FBI indicates are mostly in large cities. Maybe we ought to ban large cities?

Since the 1990's firearms in private hands have grown, depending on what data source you look at, by six times. Over the same period crime in general dropped to 30 year lows, with violent crime leading the list. If guns caused more violent crime than crime should have grown by a factor of six, not fallen.

School shootings also dropped. https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/02/26/schools-are-still-one-of-the-safest-places-for-children-researcher-says/

We had an assault weapons ban. The studies mandated by the legislation that created the ban, completed ten years after it went into the effect, could not document any improvement in violent crime as a result. https://www.factcheck.org/2013/02/did-the-1994-assault-weapons-ban-work/

Take guns out of assault and murder stats for the U.S. and from any advanced democracy you want to compare the U.S. to, and we still assault and murder each other two times to eight times the rate of other comparable countries. That suggests it a human problem, not a weapons problem. Focus on that, and you might save thousands of lives, not hundreds, with the same civic and legislative bandwidth.

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Lot's to agree with in The Stranger today:

"Thanks for cleaning sidewalks and bike paths! The City should be doing that for you!"

I call for equity and inclusion. If the taxpayers own it collectively, then the cost of maintaining it should be equitably born by the collective. Our individual share of maintaining it can be distributed to all of us via sales, property, and other taxes broadly paid by us all.

"Developers want to tear it down and build 100 units of 100% affordable housing in its place, but because it was built several decades ago, it’s at risk of being historic-landmarked, which could block any new housing from being added. Inslee is signaling that we may finally have the votes next year to end exclusionary zoning, which keeps housing supply artificially low."

This, and the design review process, are used to obstruct public policy to promote the public good of the housing we all need.

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@12
The smoke in the neighborhood around NSCC is decidedly not only wood smoke but people burning their garbage and trash. Probably because you get charged extra if you have excess to haul away (no discounts when it’s empty however). Hicks

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Amazon loses $4 BILLION a year in loss of employees (those who quit and those they fire), while raking in tens of billions (close to $100 BILLION in 2020 alone). We're supposed to believe Amazon needs to fire people? PLEASE.

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@1, yeah, because when the smoke cleared it was because the rain came, and it got cold. A lot of folks (myself included) burn wood for heat in the colder months.

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Raindrop dear, that comment was nit-witted, even for you.

From their website: "The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is a special purpose, regional government agency chartered by state law in 1967 under the Washington Clean Air Act". 1967 was the era of the Cuyahoga River catching fire, and Metro being formed because Lake Washington was basically an open sewer.

They are governed by an advisory council which is comprised of "representatives of large and small businesses, suburban cities, area sources, education, transportation, health, tribal nations, fire chiefs, environmental justice, local ports, the environmental community, and the Public-at-Large." Hardly a bunch of crazed left-wing loons. At least not to a reasonable person.

As for the outrage about the garbage cleanup: I have for many years engaged in a neighborhood cleanup on North Beacon Hill. The city provides us with bags, gloves and little pick-up sticks. We pick up all manner of trash from the right-of-way, and the city hauls it away. We COULD have several hundred city employees devoted to this kind of work, but the costs would be considerable.

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@5: Baume wrote "Mass Shooting", not "Mass Murder". "People like you" don't want to see the difference.

Ingraham kids are going to be disappointed by the impacts of their walkout.

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@20: I don't take issue with the agency, but quibbling over bans is proper citizen oversight.

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@19 I understand what happened. It was annoying timing. And people here are weak. Put on some layers.

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let it burn
let it burn
let it burn!

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got asthma? too bad!
got COPD? too bad!
ad nauseam.

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@23, I keep my thermostat at 64, and have a fire in the evening. That warms up the house until the next morning when the heat kicks on. FYI I have a “certified” wood stove insert. Very efficient when you know how to use it.

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@20, "We COULD have several hundred city employees devoted to this kind of work, but the costs would be considerable." It is no less if it is done by volunteers. The volunteers disproportionately bear the cost (their labor, which has a value), while the taxpayers who own the infrastructure bear the benefit. It is inequitable. By having the City hire the labor, the cost is born by all, not a few, for the benefit of all. That is equitable.

@21, So perhaps you, or The Stranger, would be prepared to share the definition they are using, and the social science research that uses that definition, so we can know whether the phenomena identified by the definition is increasing or decreasing.

Given that The Stranger, chose to include reference to the Ingraham shooting in that paragraph, it would appear that even a shooting of one, is a mass shooting. You include Ingraham, where only one was shot in your quote. So all shootings of a single individual are mass shootings?

If you want to look at school shootings, those are not on the rise. https://news.northeastern.edu/2018/02/26/schools-are-still-one-of-the-safest-places-for-children-researcher-says/

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https://youtu.be/FYBirG_9g14

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“So long, single-family zoning? […] Inslee is signaling that we may finally have the votes next year to end exclusionary zoning, which keeps housing supply artificially low.”

As @2 noted, Inslee neither said nor implied anything like this; the focus was on increasing density outside of areas zoned for single-family housing. Seattle has been doing this for many years.


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