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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Morning News: Turkish Mining Disaster, Texas Fracking Earthquakes, the SPD, and Alec Baldwin

Posted by on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Mining disaster in Turkey: The explosion has left at least 232 people dead. The energy minister says, "Regarding the rescue operation, I can say that our hopes are diminishing." There are estimated to still be 100 to 150 workers still in the mine. One miner said workers were not adequately protected:

"There is no security in this mine. The unions are just puppets and our management only cares about money."

Fracking in Texas: How about some data on the enterprise? Seems like a good idea, especially after earthquakes.

Talks in Ukraine: Also seems like a good idea, but...

What's the problem with the Seattle Police Departments's failure to review shootings—like the one where officers shot a man in the rear end as he was running away?: The Community Police Commission, which is the civilian component of the federal reform settlement, takes interim Chief Harry Bailey to task for failing to review the four pending cop-involved shootings since he was appointed in January. (Yes, that's FOUR that need review just since the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, one of the candidates for SPD chief:: Says that the department needs "a sense of urgency." Hmmm, well, YES. Maybe we should hire this Kathy O'Toole person! After all, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino—who chose her as that city’s first female police commissioner—says, “She’s a good kid.” Thomas Menino is 11 years older than O'Toole. Who knows, maybe he'd say the same thing about a man 11 years younger than him? It's Boston. Still, ugh. Here's the Seattle Times article on the candidate from Mesa, Arizona, police chief Frank Milstead, and here's the one on candidate Robert Lehner, police chief in Elk Grove, California.

Get gay-married in Idaho!: Starting May 16! But hurry, before Idaho's Republican governor Butch Otter (real name) tries to stop you from entering into wedded etc.

Chelsea Manning may be allowed to get hormone therapy: The Pentagon is working on a prison transfer to make this possible, so that's great.

Nicole-Kidman-as-Grace-Kelly biopic premieres at Cannes: The film, which kicked off the famous French festival's 67th year, is being called "a breathtaking catastrophe"... Hey, SIFF starts tomorrow! And here is our tremendously thorough guide! (David Schmader says the opening-night film, a biopic on Jimi Hendrix, is actually really good.)

Alec Baldwin rides bike, yells, tweets: He was allegedly going the wrong way on a one-way street. He might leave New York! So there! Best quote goes to Eddie Cacho, a stylist at the aptly named Dramatics NYC:

“I just thought it was an old senior citizen.”


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Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM · Report this
You should change the headline to "Chelsea Manning may be allowed to get hormone therapy", as well as use the female pronoun. She has already legally changed her name, and requested people refer to her in the feminine.
Posted by OfftheCounterbalance on May 14, 2014 at 9:20 AM · Report this
We don't like Manning.
Posted by Thom and Bri Bri on May 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM · Report this
seatackled 4
Well, how is O'Toole at making beef stroganoff?
Posted by seatackled on May 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM · Report this
seatackled 5
Ahem. That should be Chelsea Manning and the pronouns should be feminine.
Posted by seatackled on May 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this
JonnoN 6
@2 is correct.
Posted by JonnoN on May 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Echoing 2, 5 and 6
Posted by Just The Same on May 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Yeah, I sort of expected slog to know how to use people's actual names.
Posted by the other one on May 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM · Report this
@2/5/6/7/8: Fixed! Mea culpa. Was on autopilot. Not acceptable.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on May 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
Any film with Derek Jacobi must have some redeeming qualities.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Even the second paragraph of the article linked talks about the name change and correctly uses her legal name and choice of pronouns. It seems arrogant and ignorant to seemingly insist on calling her Bradley and to do nothing about it for the better part of an hour when the majority of comments are pointing to it.
Posted by wmdb on May 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM · Report this
@9 thank you!
Posted by wmdb on May 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Bethany, thank you for the correction!
Posted by Just The Same on May 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM · Report this
@11: The first story I looked at in an undercaffeinated state this morning had the name wrong. The one I ended up linking to had it correct, thankfully. In between, my internet was barely working. As I said above, mea culpa, not acceptable.

@12: Thank YOU for understanding. Ugh, I'm really sorry.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on May 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 15
Geez (some of you) guys, it was pretty clearly a dumb mistake and quickly rectified and responsibility taken. Some people have very busy jobs and it can causes errors that do not get fixed one second later.

On the other hand, perhaps Clement (or should I say Seattleblues!) is basically Hitler now.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM · Report this
@15 It looks like people were generally understanding about it. So chill.

Also Bethany, the pronoun has an ambiguous antecedent. It reads as if you are referring to Chelsea as "it."
Posted by Just The Same on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM · Report this
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Posted by sgt_doom on May 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 18
This whole Chelsea Manning commentary reminds me of "Loretta":…
Posted by Urgutha Forka on May 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM · Report this
raindrop 19
Nice that 'traitor' is neither masculine or feminine.
Posted by raindrop on May 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Bethany, thanks again! Sorry for being pedantic, but as a trans woman, accurate language for transgender people is important to me. You are awesome!
Posted by Just The Same on May 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Right, because real trans people are just like comedy for laughs dudes making jokes about trans people
Posted by the other one on May 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM · Report this
seatackled 22
No big deal. Even some of the out trans folks I've talked with acknowledge that the way sometimes use gendered terms when they don't mean to. Innocent miscues are fine with most people unless one is a jerk about it, I guess.
Posted by seatackled on May 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
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biffp 24
The quote I like from the Alec Baldwin piece:

"The disregard for traffic rules and wiseguy attitude, as described by the police, suggested the worst stereotypes of city bicyclists."

Note to Seattle bicyclists: stop signs and speed limits apply to you. If you are riding with traffic, do not roll past stopped cars to the front of line waiting for the light to change.
Posted by biffp on May 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM · Report this

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