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Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, May 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Volunteer Park Even More Awesome Now: A gaggle of happy kids cut the ribbon on a new playground installed at the park. Woo!

Anti-Capitalist Town Thrives in Spain: Unemployment is at a record high of 27% in Spain, except in one town where it's not an issue. The mayor abolished the police and appropriates food from supermarkets. "We are beating the recession better than elsewhere, thanks to our co-operatives," he says.

The Global South Will Dominate Economic Growth: The World Bank says developing economies, particularly in East Asia and Latin America, will control half the world's capital by 2030, up from less than a third today.

China's Rich Buying Up Eastside Real-Estate: Speaking of which, more wealthy folks from East Asia are buying up mansions and the like around Bellevue.

The Poor Are Not Objects: These two stories go together—a powerful op-ed by a former humanitarian aid worker in Haiti, and a story about a Harvard research team's treatment of Palestinian refugees.

Cleaning Up the Duwamish River: A new report says the EPA should provide options to residents who can no longer fish for food in the heavily-polluted river. The report also warns against increasing gentrification in South Seattle.

Scary, Part I: Speaking of toxins, the FBI raided a Spokane apartment on Saturday in an investigation of allegedly threatening letters laced with ricin mailed to a federal judge and post office.

Scary, Part II: A Boise man was arrested on terrorism charges this week. The government says he provided a "instructional shopping trips" on how to make explosive devices and was in possession of a "hollow hand grenade."

"Am I weird to dance alone late at night?" Get down to this:


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Make that 2030 not 2013.
Posted by ratcityreprobate on May 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Lissa 2
I love that video. She has the coolest style.
Posted by Lissa on May 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM · Report this
chaseacross 3
I'd say the Global South is underperforming in that case.
Posted by chaseacross on May 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
@1: 谢谢
Posted by Guest Author on May 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
I don't know what's lamer, that shitty overly synthetic pop music or the video.
Posted by S T on May 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
I'm twerkin' out my front window!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Banna 7
The booty don't lie.
Posted by Banna on May 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM · Report this
Why aren't Chinese immigrants buying up apodments and living the (white) urbanist dream?
Posted by Sugartit on May 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Fnarf 9
There was some kind of "kick homophobia out of sports" thing going on at the Sounders last night -- the Gorilla FC section was throwing rainbow streamers, and holding up two-sticks of...Dan Savage? And other assorted gay icons. Very interesting.
Posted by Fnarf on May 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM · Report this
East Asia is Global North
Posted by ....dumbass on May 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this

very stylish
Posted by hipsterama on May 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Klamath County drug raids: 38 arrested in operation tied to Mexican cartels

Law enforcement officials said it was the largest one-day roundup of drug-dealing suspects in recent Oregon history.

The investigation, "Operation Trojan Horse," was begun after the bodies of two suspected drug traffickers from California were found shot and buried last October on a ranch outside Bonanza, a tiny community 25 miles east of Klamath Falls.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM · Report this
The link to the Palestinian refugee story isn't working.
Posted by Joe Glibmoron on May 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Yeah, I want to read the Palestinian story. The closest I could find is this:…
Posted by intifada on May 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
@13 and 14: Fixed, sorry.
Posted by Guest Author on May 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
The right-wing newspaper La Razón has reported that Mr Sánchez Gordillo’s government is in debt to the tune of €2.83m (£2.4m), and also quotes sources close to the town as saying there are months of back payments owed to workers in the co-operatives. Other villagers claim, according to La Razón, that “if you don’t go to protest” – as happened recently at another land-grab in the military terrain of Las Turquillas – “then you don’t get a job”. There have been repeated assertions that Mr Sánchez Gordillo does not share his power and has not held a full village council meeting for 13 months.

No thanks.

Trading in an oppressive set of industrial age titans for a "people's government" run a by a backwards facing centralized bureaucracy isn't my idea of progress.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
NotSean 17
@5 (Plblblblb!)

I liked it.
Posted by NotSean on May 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM · Report this
thanks for both the refugee stories.
Posted by Linda J on May 19, 2013 at 1:13 PM · Report this
TVDinner 19
Yeah, I used to think that I wanted to work in international aid, did so, and now think the best thing those of us in the global north can do is leave the rest of the world the hell alone. Thank you, Ansel, for both those links to remind us that poor people are not objects.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on May 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Perhaps rising sea levels (due to global warming) will make large parts of the Global South disappear. Keep driving those SUVs, my fellow Americans, your country is depending on you!
Posted by Ken Mehlman on May 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM · Report this
delirian 21
A hollow hand grenade? I hope they didn't arrest him for a paperweight. But it is the feds, so they probably did.
Posted by delirian on May 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 22
I have listened to that Janelle Monae single maybe 85 times in the last week. This summer is HERS.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on May 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM · Report this
I like your mixture of news sources, and the stories about the refugees and the socialist Spanish town were appreciated.
Posted by floater on May 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM · Report this
venomlash 24
"We’re not looking for drugs, but you can guarantee the odds are in our favor of finding them if they’re stuffed in a grenade." -TSA
Posted by venomlash on May 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 25
The Mariners lost.
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on May 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM · Report this
I know this is weird, but does Janelle Monae, in that video, remind anyone else of Kate Bush? Something about the expressions and jerky but poised movements. Think "Babooshka"...
Posted by Jude Fawley on May 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM · Report this
Singer is flat :(
Posted by Erok on May 20, 2013 at 3:08 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 28
China's rich are buying up property here in preparation for the inevitable crash of the Chinese housing bubble.

Smart move for them, considering they caused and profited from the bubble in the first place.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Dougsf 29
Wasn't the best track I've heard by here, but those Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? references were right-on in that Janelle Monae vid.
Posted by Dougsf on May 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM · Report this

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