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Friday, October 4, 2013

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Posted by on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Older GOPers Wonder About This Here Shutdown: Including Dave Reichert. "At a meeting with House Republicans in the Capitol on Tuesday, Representative Dave Reichert of Washington pointedly questioned what the end game is for the party, according to someone who attended and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the session was supposed to be confidential. Mr. Reichert, typically mild-mannered, represents a highly competitive suburban Seattle district."

Another Old Republican Compares Gay Marriage to Incest: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

The Government Shutdown: Stops a long-planned UW research flight to the Arctic.

Woman Who Led High-Speed Chase and Was Killed in D.C.: Had suffered postpartum depression, her mother says. Her one-year-old was in the car, is uninjured.

Seattle Predicted to Get 120,000 More Residents in 20 Years: Downtown real estate booming.

Kenyan Security Forces Stealing in the Mall Killings?: Bloody wallet among items listed.

Atlanta Woman Says She's Siri: Apple neither confirms nor denies Susan Bennett's story.

Bees Are Screwed Again: This time by diesel exhaust.

"Have you no sense of danger at all?": The cross-generational fight between Miley and Sinead continues. Miley on SNL this weekend.

RIP, Mario Montez: Warhol drag star.

Eat Shit, It's Good for You: The idiomatic insult may have to be relegated to history.

Double Eyelid Surgery: And North Korea.

Trying to Bring Back Seattle's Only Indoor Skate Park: Inner Space.

Afghanistan Makes its First World Cup Ever: Cricket.

Seahawks Playing Colts Sunday: They're 4 and 0 and on fire. In other sports news, perhaps you would like to get a bet going about the baseball playoffs. Not a good night for the Pirates last night.

Open letter to Metro:
Dear Metro,
Might I suggest that you discontinue paying people to stop bus-goers from getting on crowded buses at rush hour? Humans are capable of determining for themselves whether anyone else can fit on a bus without the intervention of vest-clad authorities who anyway don't even bother to try to get folks to squeeze together in the bus and actually prevent the smooth functioning of Metro at the busiest time of day. Quit it with the nanny-stating, Metro. Seattleites don't need any more learned helplessness when it comes to coping with plain old real-life conflict. Thanks! Love, Jen


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Indighost 1
This Kenya thing reminds me. I'd actually like to see "Charles Mudede" write on one topic: Why is Africa so f**ked up? That, I'd like to hear his opinion on. And I don't expect him to say that it's because of the evil capitalist colonial europeans, because that excuse doesn't work anymore: you can just ask the opposite: Why was it evil capitalist colonial europeans in africa instead of evil capitalist colonial africans in europe?
Posted by Indighost on October 4, 2013 at 7:58 AM · Report this
Re: open letter to Metro, take the 40 some time, people just keep on cramming into there.

As an aside about bus crowding during rush hour, I've noticed that when people stand, they stand at the front end of the bus and -headphones engaged- stare dead-eyed out of the window so everyone piles up at the front. If you want to be somewhere you don't have to be attentive to your surroundings, work harder and be able to afford to private-helicopter to work every day.
Posted by Foonken2 on October 4, 2013 at 7:59 AM · Report this
Obviously you fuckheads DON'T know when the bus is too full. Let the nice vested people do their jobs, thanks.
Posted by treehugger on October 4, 2013 at 8:00 AM · Report this
venomlash 4
@1: Read "Guns, Germs, and Steel", noob.
Posted by venomlash on October 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM · Report this
Jenny from the Block 6
Perhaps you should read through your open letter one more time...
Posted by Jenny from the Block on October 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Riding the #8 makes me feel like I'm in India.
Posted by Chester Copperpot on October 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM · Report this

Building buildings and "expecting" people to show up, isn't the same as it actually happening.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM · Report this

8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

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Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM · Report this
mikethehammer 10

I probably don't want to know the answer to this, but why does "Charles Mudede" need the quotation marks?
Posted by mikethehammer on October 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this

!Charles Mudede!

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 12
It seems the woman in the high speed chase who was killed in D.C. yesterday was more likely suffering from post-partum psychosis rather than post-partum depression.

I worked in a psychiatric ward for some years and a few post-partum psychosis cases came through. Terribly devastating. Usually these women have zero history of mental illness issues. Their families were typically shocked and dumbfounded. At least the cases I'd encountered in the psych wards got better after a couple weeks. So sad about this woman.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 13
sheriff dave, you stupid fuck. you're supposed to know what the end game is before join in a stunt like this. hoist by your own petard.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
@1: Yes, because Africa is just one big monolithic entity where problems apply universally to 60 countries with thousands of tribes and languages and vastly different histories, geography, climate, natural resources, etc.

I'm sure in your simple mind there's a simple answer.
Posted by bigyaz on October 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM · Report this
Fnarf 15
Alas, you are wrong about Metro, Jen. People get on full buses and then can't move in, so they clog the door, delaying everyone and creating a safety hazard. That's what the the vest fellow is there fore. Your theory about "learned helplessness" and "nanny-stating" is not in accord with observed reality; humans cannot, in fact, tell when there's room. Metro knows a great deal more about this than you or anyone else.
Posted by Fnarf on October 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM · Report this
Hey at least people don't line up in a SINGLE FILE line like the college students in Bellingham do. It's frustratingly slow, and the passiveness makes change impossible.

We really should have bus loading docks where you pay before the bus arrives... A lot of other countries has instated this.
Posted by michael bell on October 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM · Report this
@6: Good lord, thank you.

@15: Totally disagree. If an authority is necessary, the bus driver already exists. But a crowd not given the chance to self-direct will not. I believe. Mainly because people on subways, buses, and trains in every other city I've ever been to everywhere is not being directed by a vesty but learning how to work together. If it isn't happening here, it's because of people staring off into the middle distance and taking no responsibility because they can.
Posted by Jen Graves on October 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
" not." It's a rough morning for me, apparently, folks. Going to get more coffee.
Posted by Jen Graves on October 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
MrBaker 19
About dunderhead Dave, Slade did what he could to insulate Dave Reichert from external forces (voters), but there is nothing Slade or any other Republican can do to insulate Dave from internal forces (Congressional Teabaggers).

They will keep handing Dave anvils and tell him they are all going down with giddy anticipation of everything except the inevitable crash.
Posted by MrBaker on October 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 20
Jen, thanks for fixing the word-sandwich. You no longer sound like Ms. Crazy who is about to start yelling about the microwaves affecting her brain.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
At a grocery store I shop at, during peak hours there's this manager who stands near the cashiers, keeping an eye on everything, and directing customers towards shorter and/or faster moving lines, based on what they've got in their carts, which customers are already in line, etc.

Now obviously customers are capable of getting in lines themselves. But if the store management feels that this system is more efficient, and justifies the extra labor costs for the guy to direct customer traffic, then more power to them. I'm not going to tell them how to do their jobs. No doubt they've spent much more of their time thinking about the pros and cons of their system than I have.
Posted by GermanSausage on October 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 22

One problem with that analogy is that Metro isn't necessarily going to be engaging in the same cost-benefit analysis as a private business is. Metro gets X amount of money from taxes, and they spend all of it however the agency sees fit, but there's no profit incentive or any particular oversight to make sure they're not wasting that money on bullshit.

Case in point: Back before ORCA, when Metro issued its own monthly passes, my workplace ordered maybe five monthly bus passes every month for the few people in the office who didn't drive in. Those five passes were *hand-delivered* by a Metro employee. Metro apparently had so much cash to burn they could afford to have someone going around the county, hand-delivering as few as *five* monthly passes, regardless of how many fiscal crises the agency encountered in the meantime.
Posted by keshmeshi on October 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Jen's open letters read suspiciously like Jean Godden's old column in the Times. Is "Jen Graves" really "Jean Godden" or vice versa?
Posted by mitten on October 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM · Report this
pg13 24
The answer isn't less Metro employees keeping rush hour buses from becoming unsafely over-crowded.

The answer is more buses when (and where) people need more buses.

If people howled in the misery they'd feel on Metro buses that were like trains in India, maybe that would be the impetus to make people demand that their elected leaders give more money to fund more and better public transit.

(And I'm trying to imagine the combined Stranger Utopia, where you get Charles' bus wi-fi but without any spare room to actually use it.)
Posted by pg13 on October 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Just Jeff 25
Hey Jen,

Too many people crowding the back door causes the rear door brake interlock to activate, preventing the bus from moving.

Too many people at the front creates an unsafe and illegal condition where people push in front of the yellow line and crowd the stairwell, risking accident and injury.

No, people will NOT self-direct. People will crowd into a bus like feral sardines EVEN IF THERE IS A HALF EMPTY SAME ROUTE BUS RIGHT BEHIND THE ONE THEY ARE JAMMING INTO.

The bus driver can't see what is going on in the rear of the bus when the bus is crowded and has their hands full operating a 30-ton death machine full of rabid, tired, cranky people who want to go home and can't play regulator either.

So on this one Jen - quit your bitching, because clearly you don't know what the fuck you're talking about. Try THANKING those vested helpers once in awhile instead of kvetching about them for trying to make the commute safer under the same shitty circumstances that have been handed to everyone else.
Posted by Just Jeff on October 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM · Report this
@12, yes, I wish media people would somehow learn that women who do crazy things in their postpartum months have psychosis rather than depression. Depression doesn't make you do crazy things; psychosis does. And now she's dead, because the cops felt that was necessary.
Posted by sarah70 on October 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM · Report this
venomlash 27
@9: My father would beg to differ. In professions such as engineering, where it is vital for coworkers to share information and ideas efficiently, there's no substitute for in-person interaction. Instead of having to set up a text or video connection, they can lean over or prairie-dog to get second opinions.

Posted by venomlash on October 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM · Report this
What @25 said. During evening rush in the tunnel, people pile onto the first 41 to pull up like it was the last chopper out of Saigon. Even if there are two empty 41s behind it.
Posted by Toe Tag on October 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM · Report this

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