If you love cranes, boy have I got good news for you: They’re not going anywhere. Downtown Seattle has 66 major development projects underway right now and the building boom shows no signs of slowing down. The only issue hampering developers is a lack of space; there are only so many parking garages and historical buildings to tear down before you butt up against Seattle single-family housing rules. The vast majority of the development is residential apartments so you can finally live out your dream of living in South Lake Union. I hope you’re happy.
Don’t shit where you eat my friend: Or more specifically, don’t poop in a ship toilet then empty it straight into the ocean. That shit is gross and it can make shellfish unsafe to eat and close down beaches because of nasty E. coli bacteria. But tugboat companies think that their shit don’t stank and are suing the EPA to stop Washington from implementing a rule that all vessels have to pump out their raw sewage at the dock.
Bernie Sanders joins 2020 hopefuls: I am big into these slickly produced campaign announcement videos so it was bittersweet to see one of the last majorly-suspected candidates throw their video out on twitter (that is, unless Joe Biden has one rendering in Premiere). You may or may not like Bernie, but many credit him with championing some of the most popular liberal policies of the day such as a Medicare for All and a $15 minimum wage.
I'm running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country. Say you're in: https://t.co/KOTx0WZqRf pic.twitter.com/T1TLH0rm26
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019
Cardi B is all for Daddy Bernie: If Bernie walks out at rallies to “Bodak Yellow” then I’m going to lose it.
Sixteen states are suing Trump over his emergency declaration: But he saw this coming. Remember, he’s a master tactician, the proud author of the Art of the Deal. Author might be too generous, but at least his face is on it. One of the suit's main angles of attack uses Trump’s own words to dismiss this “manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration.” Trump said in his announcement, “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.” Sounds a little fishy to me.
Want to know some cool new science stuff? Well I’m going to tell you anyway. A woman in England is the first to undergo a gene therapy to prevent blindness. So basically there’s a very common form of visual degeneration called AMD where you immune system attacks and kills the photoreceptors in your eye. That’s bad because you’re photoreceptors are what capture light. This gene therapy introduces new DNA into the cells at the back of the eye that help them survive. It can’t fully restore vision but it may be able to halt vision loss almost immediately. Pretty freaking cool and it’s all thanks to CRISPR. Google it. The time of gene therapy is nigh!
Uber sues New York City over its cap on vehicle cap: To address congestion, NYC capped how many vehicles ridehailing apps could register. Now Uber is afraid that cap will become permanent and leave them with a much smaller fleet than they want in America’s largest city. How necessary is Uber in NYC really? Just take the train.
Will it be wet snow or cold rain? Bit of both coming our way this afternoon as another winter storm makes its way east. It won’t be anything like last week’s snow but higher elevations will see a few inches.
Showers (some snow, especially in Whatcom County) will increase in coverage over the next few hours as the next weather system drop south from the Gulf of Alaska. Rain will continue through the evening. #wawx pic.twitter.com/4RLNkdkIr1
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) February 19, 2019
Karl Lagerfeld has passed away at age 85: I know nothing about fashion, but apparently he was one of the most influential designers of all time. I’ll take their word for it. He said sweatpants were a sign “you lost control of your life” so he must have been pretty smart because I’m wearing sweatpants at this very moment. Here’s some more of his quotes.
Yosemite might be a little harder to get to this time of year, but for this view of a snow-covered El Capitan, it’s worth the drive. https://t.co/L0vsl4AUT9 pic.twitter.com/YlrzoXfVH0
— ABC News (@ABC) February 19, 2019
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: A concert with Kacey Musgraves and Soccer Mommy, a reading with Seattle writer and city councilmember Jean Godden, and a chance to try this week's Li'l Woody's Burger Month creation, the "Deli Burger."