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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM

“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car": according to Rep. Ed Orcutt, who has done zero analysis on the subject.

Woman Shot Near Pike Place: A stray bullet hit a lady in the arm, right the fuck on the street.

We Told You So: Alaska Way tunnel project is totally gross, dumping thousands of gallons of overflow sewage into Elliott Bay. The city is pursuing penalties.

Called Out: Massachusetts Secretary of State points out that just because you are on the Supreme Court doesn't mean you get to judge reality without supporting evidence.

Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipeline: A report released by the Obama administration at 4 p.m. Friday seems pretty optimistic about the XL Pipeline. Spills of the dirtiest known oil on planet Earth are expected to be "rare and small," that the greenhouse emissions will not be that big, and that the project won't vastly expand the tar sands project.

Another App Hacked: Hopefully your grocery list is the topmost secret on your Evernote, because someone wants to read it. Thirty-four million Evernote users have to change their passwords after the app was hacked Saturday.

Sprayed in the Face While Waiting for the School Bus: Thirteen-year-old girl sprayed in the fucking face with an unknown substance while waiting to go to school is one of two attempted abductions by a total abduction amateur in Bellingham on Friday. This follows a string of unsuccessful abductions near the Western Washington campus earlier in February.

Too Much Parking on the Hill? The only way to find parking on the Hill is if you're driving a Car2Go or if you live in a condo. And it turns out that parking for condo development is in part to blame for the absolutely ludicrous rent crisis.


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Perhaps Representative Ed Orcutt (R – Kalama) could kill 2 birds with one stone, so to speak, and reduce pollution and improve public discourse if he would just cease his respiration.

We've all got to do our part.
Posted by MikeBoyScout on March 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 2
Do bicyclists really fart that much?

Most bullets are emitted by young men under 26. I wonder if we could restrict the sale of bullets to persons in that age range?

Let's rename the Alaskan Way Tunnel to the Washington's Anus.

The SCOTUS is emitting lots of racist hate speech lately.

One creative way to encourage people to vote to expand public transit and other less-emitting forms of travel is to restrict parking citywide, and then encourage the lot owners to jack up the cost of parking in the few remaining lots. People will emit complaints of course, but they will do so while purchasing an ORCA card.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on March 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM · Report this
seatackled 3
The tunnel builders are polluting the Sound? Surely that can't be right!
Posted by seatackled on March 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Video excerpt from Ghost Cities in China:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM · Report this
I'm outraged that the spill sources are already fixed, robbing me of an opportunity for juicy outrage at the tunnel builders letting thousands of gallons of our sewage escape.

Further stealing away my fury, reading comments to past stories on Slog taught me our ordinary local system pumps 2 billion gallons of raw overflow out of our sewage system into local waters every single year. 2 billion gallons. That's our normal, believe it or not.

That's why to force us to finally address our massive sewage flows, the feds at DOJ are putting local government under a consent decree. Just like DOJ did to our city's cops despite McGinn's best stall tactics.…
Posted by gloomy gus on March 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Man, those Bushs really left us with a bunch of intellectual light weights, bigots, and angry old white guys on SCOTUS. They fucked this country good, the bastards.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on March 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 7
@ 2, even when I lived in Seattle (and I've been gone for years) parking was ridiculously limited and expensive. People love cars, and the most progressive cities have the worst parking and traffic.
Posted by Matt from Denver on March 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Sign the Petition to the White House to Build A Hydrogen Economy:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 9

Maybe, but lets see what happens when there's only two lots and they both charge 50 bucks an hour
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on March 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM · Report this
venomlash 10
@8: Top five reasons why the hydrogen economy will not pan out:
Posted by venomlash on March 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM · Report this
Banna 11
Technically, Orcutt is correct. YOU are giving off more CO2 pedaling a bike than you are driving a car. The car, on the other hand, more than makes up the difference over your respiratory increase.
Posted by Banna on March 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this

Businesses will fail, people will move out of the neighborhood en masse, and Capitol Hill will go into decline again?

Or not, I suppose, but your scenario doesn't necessarily end the way you want it to.
Posted by robotslave on March 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM · Report this
venomlash, please consider signing this petition to stop @8 from creating any more petitions.…
Posted by gloomy gus on March 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 14
Capitol Hill and the City of Seattle think that parking space reduction will reduce pressure on rising rents?


Oh wait. You were serious? Let me laugh harder!


Whew. That was a good one.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on March 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
I don't suppose it would do any good to educate Rep Orcutt's on the difference between carbon dioxide given off by respiration and carbon monoxide given off by internal combustion engines?
Posted by SuperSteve on March 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Rep Orcutt has clearly shown he's an expert on hot air...
Posted by MemeGene on March 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 17
Don't forget that it was cowardly Democratic surrender monkeys who put the bike tax in the budget for the Republicans. I would guess as cover from being accused of raising taxes by their Republican constituents.

So Judy Clibborn, always the subservient, self-flagellating Democrat, does the Republican heavy lifting for them, giving them their tax increase, rather than debunk their false belief that bicyclists don't pay their share. Or at least make them own up to raising taxes.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
venomlash 18
With regard to cycling respiration emissions: AHAHAHAHAHAHA
Posted by venomlash on March 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 19
sophist or idiot?

i think orcutt has a list of GOP think-tank bullet points with ready objections to any environmentalist advocacy.

so, the answer is both.

Posted by Max Solomon on March 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Sign the Petition to the White House to Build A Hydrogen Economy:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
fletc3her 21
The Republicans use their basic misunderstanding of science again and again to justify bad policies. Most anything is useful in the right circumstance, but pollution if it's in the wrong place.

Water is a green house gas, the matrix of life, and a leading cause of drownings. Manure is a great fertilizer, but sewage overflows can be bad for our waterways.

The human body produces about 2 pounds of CO2 per day while a car produces about a pound of CO2 per mile. The car's emissions very quickly dwarf those of a person. And, the car's driver is busy emitting CO2 as well.
Posted by fletc3her on March 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Nothing about Obama's Sequestration?

You know, the one he swore during the campaign would never happen?
Posted by your president is a limp noodle on March 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 23
@13: Did you do that? Creating cyberot on the White House web site is a no-no.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM · Report this
@11 Banna,
Orcutt is no more technically correct than a monkey is a poet if something poetic comes out of its typing.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Posted by MikeBoyScout on March 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Fnarf 25
@13, signed and promoted on Facebook.

Orcutt, who is so worried about free riders on the state budget, ought to take a look at himself. Cowlitz County, where they grow 'em big and stupid like Ed, takes $1.47 out of the state treasury for every dollar it puts in. King County, where almost all of the bike lanes are located, gets back only $0.61 for every dollar paid in.

The free rider here is Ed Orcutt and his hillbilly relatives in Kalama. Cute town, I'll admit, but it couldn't exist without massive state subsidies.
Posted by Fnarf on March 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
@23, I don't take anything you write seriously, don't worry.
Posted by gloomy gus on March 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM · Report this
@11 - What Orcutt doesn't understand is that CO2 released during animal respiration comes from atmospheric carbon taken up by plants irrespective of how much one eats. Some also come from fertilizers but it's an argument for minimizing the use of fossil fuels in making and transporting fertilizers. Some CO2 emissions come from processing and transporting food with fossil fuels but that's an argument for eating little to no processed food and for eating local products. I suspect that one could also argue that greater muscle mass due to exercise stores more carbon out of the atmospheric reservoir.
Posted by anon1256 on March 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM · Report this
“You would be giving off more CO2 if you are riding a bike than driving in a car"

Well, yeah, and Ed "I can't find my skankhole" Orcutt would save an incredible amount of water if he just pissed and crapped where ever he was standing. (Oh, he already does that, does he?)

What an effing moroooooooooon!

And the latest on global newsies and their non-reportage:…

The government of Malaysia hired a US PR firm to pay conservative journalists to write articles critical of a opposition leader running on a pro-democracy platform for The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The National Review, The San Francisco Examiner, Red State, and The Washington Times. The writers who took the money then wrote for their usual places, but didn't disclose that they were getting money from a third party to criticize Anwar Ibrahim.

The payments to conservative American opinion writers — whose work appeared in outlets from the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner to the Washington Times to National Review and RedState — emerged in a filing this week to the Department of Justice. The filing under the Foreign Agent Registration Act outlines a campaign spanning May 2008 to April 2011 and led by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, who received $389,724.70 under the contract and paid smaller sums to a series of conservative writers.
Posted by sgt_doom on March 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM · Report this
raindrop 29
@15: Internal combustion engines emit both carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
Posted by raindrop on March 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Fnarf 30
@29, and it's the carbon that is the issue. Orcutt is simply wrong on the facts. Cars emit more than ten times the most heavily respirating cyclist.
Posted by Fnarf on March 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 31
@ 9, people will still drive and still pay.
Posted by Matt from Denver on March 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM · Report this

Now it's time for today's Facebook Funniee

Sequester is like when that chick from Firefly gets into the Jupiter II and builds a mountain out of potatoes.…

That's it from today's afternoon drive...hope you'll all enjoying the weekend, and stay tuned from more Seattle funnies from us all !!! Ha'Yuckayuk!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM · Report this
Sandiai 33
I don't get it.
Posted by Sandiai on March 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM · Report this
raindrop 34
@33: I general, or something specific?
Posted by raindrop on March 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Fnarf 35
@34, I assume Sandiai @33 is referring to the latest entry in John Bailo's parade of self-promoting non sequiturs @32. It's OK, Saniai, nobody gets it. Not even Bailo.

The funny thing about that Evernote thing is that I assumed the "password's been hacked, click here to reset" email I got was itself phishing, especially since it didn't come from Evernote but from a mail server with no rDNS configured at "", and the password-reset links were to that domain as well. Sounds like Evernote is right on top of flerm.
Posted by Fnarf on March 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM · Report this
Sandiai 36
I even understood the references; still, nothing.
Posted by Sandiai on March 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 37
Question for conservatives: Why do you elect idiots? Sure, liberals have a few, but not many. And the ones that do pop up don't last. Conservatives love to elect the most blithering of fools, and keep doing so, year after year, across the nation.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on March 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM · Report this
raindrop 38
@37: Why do you ask such inherently partisan monolithic unsophisticated questions? With not a morsel of self-reflection that may invite an enlightening discussion? Your loss, not ours.
Posted by raindrop on March 3, 2013 at 9:57 PM · Report this
I parked on Capitol Hill around 7:00 on a Friday night and had no trouble finding a spot. The same thing was true in the middle of the day downtown. This is anecdotal, of course, but it seems likely that the high rates they charge for parking are starting to work. People avoid parking on the street on a regular basis because they don't want to pay the high prices. Likewise they don't park for very long. The end result is that people who visit the area for a long time or on a regular basis find other ways to get there. Meanwhile, folks that visit for a short time can find a spot. Sounds ideal to me.

Oh, and if you don't think that a parking requirement (or any requirement) for new buildings doesn't cause the price of rent to go up you don't understand basic economics. You see, you have a supply, then you have a demand ...
Posted by Ross on March 4, 2013 at 7:42 AM · Report this
If that lady's arm was armed, this woundn't have happened.
Posted by butterw on March 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 41
See, I didn't even have to say anything, and the Deep Trash Tunnel polluted Seattle even more.

Time to kill it.

Posted by Will in Seattle on March 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 42
@39 You don't understand the new economics.

Supply and demand has flown out the window.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on March 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
venomlash 43
@38: Clutch those pearls, boy!
Posted by venomlash on March 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM · Report this

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