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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Rental Market Bubbling in Seattle: Developers have built more apartments this year than in the last 20, and are on target to surpass that record for the next two years.

Prison Break!: In a methodically planned attack, a French prisoner blew the doors off of his prison, took four hostages, and later lit his getaway car on fire, in a dramatic series of events no doubt orchestrated to serve his latest writings on a life of crime, and probably a movie option, too.

Elections to Replace Chavez Are Under Way: The favorite in the race is described by his opponent as an incompetent, corrupt liar, but he's also Chavez's heir.

Beavers vs. Salmon: Beaver dams are keeping salmon young from swimming out to sea.

Senate Hearings on For-Profit Colleges: Senator Harkin says that as long as 25 percent of federal funding goes to the 10 percent of students in for-profit colleges, the mostly online, mostly failing schools will be under scrutiny.

Bringing Bros to the Table: New campaign from Choice USA identifies bro-choice supporters of reproductive justice, including Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling.

Senate Compromise Should Keep Us from the Brink of Starvation: A new deal would give undocumented farm workers "blue card" status so they can keep working on farms and eventual naturalization.

There's More to the Story of the Philippine Scouts Than Surrender: A handful of geriatric WWII soldiers gather in Tacoma to trade war stories in a conference honoring the 70,000 US-backed Phillipine Scouts who fought the Japanese and who were subsequently abandoned.

Why Hate on Thatcher? Street parties and soccer pitch celebrations strike American commentators as rather undignified. But then, Americans don't really know Thatcher that well. From the Guardian:

Her reputation basks in being part of the warm afterglow of Reagan's presidency – where Democrats and Republicans alike see the 1980s as a sort of high-water mark of muscular Americanism at home and abroad. Certainly Thatcher's domestic policies are either little known or positively portrayed as being part of an effort that "saved" Britain from the threat of socialism – an ideology that is anathema to both of America's political parties.


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Zotz 1
Ms. Thatcher gave shelter to Pinochet. I celebrate her passing, the world is a much better place.

Posted by Zotz on April 14, 2013 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Ziggity 2
Not really newsworthy: Justin Bieber signed the guest book at the Anne Frank House saying Anne probably "would've been a Belieber."
Posted by Ziggity on April 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Posted by Ziggity on April 14, 2013 at 8:52 AM · Report this
"Beavers vs. Salmon: Beaver dams are keeping salmon young from swimming out to sea"

They never grow old?
Posted by PaulBarwick on April 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
So for millions and millions of years, beavers and salmon had no problems surviving. Then we come along and decide beavers are harming salmon. Isn't it more like WE have destroyed and restricted so much habitat that they both are threatened? Sheeesh!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM · Report this
I'm thrilled that Brits, Irish, Scots, Chileans, South Africans etc are publicly celebrating the death of Thatcher. Makes me realize that we were denied this catharsis when Reagan died by media hagiography, rightwing scolding and war-on-terror propaganda.
Posted by SoSea Resident on April 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM · Report this
The Seattle Times article is great news indeed. Lots of apartments are being built in Seattle. Way more than are being built in other parts of King County. This reverses a trend of only a few years ago. If there is a bubble with a hard landing, then it means that some investors get hurt. Tough. That's the nature of investing. Of course, some builders might get hurt, and I have sympathy for those folks. Unfortunately, that is the nature of work these days. Ask a software engineer what it was like working (or not working) ten years ago. The good news is that if the bubble collapses, rent gets a lot cheaper. Ideally, there would be a soft landing, but if not, then I still think it is a lot better than what we have right now -- really high housing prices for folks who can barely afford it.
Posted by Ross on April 14, 2013 at 9:37 AM · Report this
raindrop 8
Thrilled to celebrate death of someone, okay, that's your prerogative I suppose. But what does that really say about you?
Posted by raindrop on April 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM · Report this
venomlash 9
@4: Ha!
Posted by venomlash on April 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
@8 It says some people are thrilled she's dead because she was nasty bitch. She called Mandela a terrorist!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM · Report this
@8: It says that dumb asses like you come out of the woodwork to do some tone trolling.
Posted by mubhappy on April 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM · Report this
seatackled 12

Did you mourn Hugo Chavez?
Posted by seatackled on April 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM · Report this
seatackled 13
If I'm not mistaken, Thatcher was the reason we got involved with Iraq in the first place. Hussein decided to invade Kuwait just at the moment Bush was in London, and Thatcher convinced Bush and other European leaders to go along with the argument that what was merely a regional dispute was an assault on Democracy. If they had conducted their talks over the phone, Thatcher wouldn't have gotten her way.
Posted by seatackled on April 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 14
Look..traffic backed up trying to go and rent a Seattle apartment:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on April 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
the 1980s was American muscularism? Weren't we in a recession in the 1980s with an exploding debt?
Posted by Drew2u on April 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
@12 - I know, right? I'm sure everyone(politicians, media, conservatives, the public, slog commenters etc) will be respectful and only speak of the "good things he did" when Castro(or Mugabe) finally kicks the bucket.
Posted by SoSea Resident on April 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM · Report this
#10 - Mandela was a terrorist, at least for a while. He was the head of the armed wing of the ANC, and advocated violent resistance to the South African government. You may have agreed with his goals, but he was no MLK-style pacifist. He was a terrorist.
Posted by catsnbanjos on April 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 18
@17 I know, right? The white minority apartheid government was so kind to the majority black population. How ungrateful to fight back with violence! Mandela should have thrown roses!!!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 19
@2 & 3,

That is both appalling and hilarious. I thought you were kidding, but it's real. What a clueless, self-absorbed twit. Thanks for adding it.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on April 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
#18 - Hey, asshole, I'm just defining a word for you, and giving you a little history lesson to boot. I never said the white government was "kind" to blacks, and I never said violent resistance wasn't justified. Don't put fucking words in my mouth. Thanks.
Posted by catsnbanjos on April 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM · Report this
OK fine: May the few idiots who remember Thatcher as Great For Everyone™ find some peace in this tragedy.

(while the rest of us remember the real and lasting harm that witch did to the hundreds of thousands of people the rest of us loved and cared for)
Posted by six shooter on April 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 22
@20 By your "definition" George Washington was a terrorist. I'm sure all those Reaganazis would have loved Thatcher calling him that.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM · Report this
sperifera 23
@6 - We will get ours when Cheney kicks it. And fwiw, @18 you are a tool.
Posted by sperifera on April 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Report this
sperifera 24
@18 - Sorry that was meant for @20, he's the tool, not you. Not enough coffee yet...
Posted by sperifera on April 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Rotten666 25
Yeah, to the British and the 50% of colonists that supported the British cause, George Washington was a terrorist. They might not have used that specific word, but the shoe fits.

I don't see why you're getting your knickers all twisted.
Posted by Rotten666 on April 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 26
I'm done. I'll just say this. Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest human beings that has ever lived.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this
The three new apartment buildings at 15th and Market start at $1200 for a studio, and range up to "might as well get a mortgage" for two bedroom. I don't see how they're going to flatten rental prices in the rest of Ballard. When the bubble bursts, the corporate landlords won't be able to afford to lower the rent; it'll make better sense for them to leave the apartment empty and take a tax write off.
Posted by LMcGuff on April 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Big Sven 28
Look, if you can't tell the difference between "She was bad for Britain" and "I'm glad the bitch is dead" then you are a nekulturny cretin.
Posted by Big Sven on April 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Fnarf 29
News intern, did you really misspell your own name?
Posted by Fnarf on April 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 30
Margaret Thatcher is dead. The media in the United States seems obsessed with this fact. Then again, the same media decided to report on Kate Middleton getting her high heel shoe stuck in a grate.

I do not understand the weird obsession the US has with the UK. They colonized a very thin strip of land thousands of miles to the East of this place. Russia, France and Spain colonized swathes of land far more vast than the British did. And yet we didn't eulogize the passings of Yeltsin, Azana or Mitterrand the way we are mourning Thatcher.

i don't get why everyone wants me to care about the UK. I really don't, not anymore than I care about any other country. I have as much concern for the condition of Moldova or Bhutan as I do for Britain.

This is the United States, not the United Kingdom. Let the people on the other side of the Atlantic struggle with their feelings about Margaret Thatcher. i for one couldn't care less about her. She was a fellow human being, and for that reason, I wish her family and those who loved her the best. beyond that, I have no sentiment toward her at all.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on April 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM · Report this
seatackled 31

See @10 and @13, for starters.
Posted by seatackled on April 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM · Report this
raindrop 32
@11 Nuance troll!
Posted by raindrop on April 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 33

Had i not been for our national obsession with the UK to begin with, we would never have heeded Thatcher's advice. Or Blair's.

Listen, the more we fascinate ourselves with the goings-on in Britain, the more we obsess over what hat the queen is wearing today or some stupid comment made in their Parliament, the more drawn into these foreign adventures you describe. It's better to break the chain of obsession, and walk away from Britain altogether.

It's been almost 250 years since the Revolution. It's time to cut the umbilical cord and grow the fuck up. Let's walk away from the UK, and stop trying to copy them. If you look at how their Empire imploded, you wouldn't want to be them anyway. We're not British. We're Americans.

And do you know what the opposite of love is? It's not hate-hate implies that you at least have some regard for the target of your emotions, enough concern for that target to even have en emotion for them. It's apathy. The best way to give the middle finger to somebody or something is to stop giving a rat's ass about it.

I'm so very bored with the UK.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on April 15, 2013 at 3:57 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 34
Tacoma Traveler, I think your words speak more to the pitiful standards of journalism here in the US than to the influence the UK has on the US.

Posted by Dr_Awesome on April 15, 2013 at 6:02 AM · Report this
Geni 35
Oh, Holy Iron Drawers, She Who Saveth Great Britain From the Scourge of Socialism. Funny how few people realize she supported Pol Pot.

Two million Cambodians died in Year Zero. Supporting Pol Pot would put pretty much anyone beyond the pale to me.
Posted by Geni on April 15, 2013 at 4:53 PM · Report this

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