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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Sunday Morning News

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  • MOUNT RAINIER Will not hesitate to kill you.

Found: The search for outdoors writer Karen Sykes has been suspended with the discovery of a female body on Saturday near a little-traveled trail running over steep terrain.

Our Very Own 1 Percent: Here in the Northwest, according to a Seattle Times analysis, the top five-paid CEOs are John Legere of T-Mobile ($29.2 million in pay in 2013), Darrel Cavens of zuilly ($27.3 million), Howard Schultz of Starbucks ($17.2 million), Mark Parker of Nike ($15.4 million), and Spencer Rascoff of Zillow ($10.6 million). What a surprise—they're all white dudes! The full list is here.

An Electoral Strategy for the Left: Is Kshama Sawant's success in Seattle a one-off, rather than a precedent-setting victory for the American left? A writer for up and coming socialist rag Jacobin says the answer is quite possibly yes, but that doesn't mean the left should abandon the ballot box entirely.

Worryingly: I suspect Sawant wouldn't hesitate to condemn those top-earning CEOs by name. But she couldn't bring herself to do the same for local union leaders, who also make far more than they need to, while union-employed community organizers toil for minimum wages.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Has killed 330 people so far and Doctors Without Borders says the outbreak is "out of control."

Another Shitty Secret Trade Agreement: ...that you've never heard of. It's called TISA, it covers 50 countries, and thanks to WikiLeaks, we can now read it. Lori Wallach from Public Citizen explains:

Well, the single most glaring and easy-to-understand piece of it, if you want to—if viewers want to take a look at it, is a provision that’s literally called "standstill." And what it means is you have to have your regulations stand still as to where they were. And practically, it means—let’s say you want to ban a certain kind of derivative that gets created, and it’s a disaster—it causes speculation and instability. You’re forbidden from having new financial regulations.

How Foreign Diplomats Talk In Private:

You know that the Polish-US alliance isn't worth anything...It is downright harmful, because it creates a false sense of security...Complete bullshit. We'll get in conflict with the Germans, Russians and we'll think that everything is super, because we gave the Americans a blow job. Losers. Complete losers.

Did You Know? The second most popular religion in the South is Islam.

Head of UN Personally Served With Court Papers: Ban-Ki Moon, who presides over an organization that negligently introduced a cholera epidemic to Haiti, where more than ten thousand people have since been killed by the disease, finally got served.

USA Versus Portugal in the World Cup: Kickoff is today at 3 p.m.—I'll be live-Slogging it from The Chieftain! Clint Dempsey will be wearing a mask to protect his broken nose.


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Gern Blanston 1
It doesn't seem like a very good idea for a 70 year old woman to go hiking in steep terrain by herself. Kind of like the two local men in their mid 80's who were killed flying a small plane in the Rockies a few weeks ago.
Posted by Gern Blanston on June 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM · Report this
Lori Wallach isn't a very clear writer.
Posted by Jizzlobber on June 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
Oh do tell us, Ansel, who are the local overpaid union officials and how much do they make vs their membership? Or are you just accepting an unfounded right wing smear without verifying???
Posted by Upchuck on June 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
#2: Oh, it's a transcript, never mind.
Posted by Jizzlobber on June 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Yes Ansel, please tell us which local union officials are overpaid.
Posted by Merchant Seaman on June 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
seatackled 6
I feel that Kshama Sawant would tell bicyclists to buy a helmet and wear it, but it's worrying that some local bicyclists think helmets are not that important.
Posted by seatackled on June 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM · Report this
sperifera 7
@3/5 - I'm sure that there are overpaid union heads, but when they start making $17-30M a year like the CEOs mentioned, maybe then I'll start caring.
Posted by sperifera on June 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM · Report this
seatackled 8
The link to the Dori Monson schtick also has an update that includes CM Sawant's response. I'll paste it here, since it's exceedingly difficult to get to.…

Sawant said she thought she'd answered the question for Dori but offered further explanation for Rantz.

"The city council pays me $117,000. I take home only $40,000, which is the average workers wage in Seattle, and the rest of my salary is put into a solidarity fund for social justice movements," said Sawant. "And why do I do that? Because I really, truly believe that the most effective way you can be a genuine advocate for the interests of the average worker is if you are not making so much money that your standard of living is completely out of bounds of what the workers you're trying to represent can achieve. That is why I personally believe that, that is important.

"As far as the labor leaders you are talking about, again for them also, I believe that whoever is trying to genuinely fight for the interest of workers, for people who are struggling to make a living, the best way and the most effective way you can do that is if you are also willing to live at the average worker's wage because it keeps you in touch with reality. It keeps you accountable and it keeps you with a sense of urgency because you don't have a cushy lifestyle. It keeps you with a sense of urgency to fight for other people like yourself.

"I will say this, if workers in unions wanted to carry out a movement that the leadership should be paid somewhat lower salaries, within the realms of what the membership makes, I would support that. But I would also say in addition to all of that, that there is a difference between a labor person who is actually fighting for workers and an executive who is just looking out for their own bottom line and looking out for the interest of billionaire shareholders."

So yeah, I guess Ansel's right: Sawant doesn't bring herself to condemn those local union leaders who also make far more than they need to, while union-employed community organizers toil for minimum wages. All that remains are who those local union leaders are, and how much executive pay does Mr. Tim Keck get?
Posted by seatackled on June 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this

What local nobodies who happened to work for the right place get paid in a week:

3,527 Direct Automatic Sale at $294.26 - $298.68 per share.


May 9, 2014 MORFIT G MASON
2,363,000 Indirect Purchase at $39.54 - $39.59 per share.


Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM · Report this
The word 'socialist', especially as used as a noun, is for many people in America a 'snarl word', that is to say not so much a signifier of a thing or concept than an incantation to be used to create hate and fear in the listener,. This is less so in Seattle than most other places in the U.S., and it actually might induce the opposite in some here.. perhaps just as mindlessly (most of my views weren't formed rationally), in which case it were a 'purr word'.
Posted by Gerald Fnord on June 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM · Report this

I take home only $40,000

Who the heck can live on that in Seattle?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Isn't David Rolf of SEIU 775 president pulling in over $160,000 from union workers' wages back in 2009 ? That's more than our city council members, right ?…
Posted by ChefJoe on June 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Report this
But what would he care, he gets to be co-chair of the income inequality advisory committee in his spare time.…
Posted by ChefJoe on June 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
seatackled 14

I have to live on less than that in Seattle.
Posted by seatackled on June 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this

Well I guess you could live on Linden Avenue

2 beds 1.0 ba 754 sq ft $905…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM · Report this
@15, in Shoreline ? Then Seatackled wouldn't be able to vote in Seattle elections.
Posted by ChefJoe on June 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM · Report this

Well, Sawant doesn't. Divorced from a tech exec I doubt she's clipping coupons.

And you don't "have to". You choose to, assuming your veracity. But nobody is (yet- the odious FDR illegally froze wages and made it a crime to change jobs without government permission but Obama and the rest of the lefty loonies haven't pulled that one currently) forcing you to stay where you are economically.
Posted by Seattleblues on June 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM · Report this
And another excellent take on TISA (and major thanks to Ansel for mentioning this most important news item):…

Posted by sgt_doom on June 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 19
@15 is nuts that is way up near Licton Springs and gets flooded - here in Fremont it's more like $500,000 for a townhouse
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM · Report this
seatackled 20
Sure. Just as you choose to live in a marriage equality state and to think about all the nasty things those disgusting gays do to each other with that stuff down there. Nothing is stopping you from moving to Moscow, where you might even get the chance to give that traitor Snowden the finger.
Posted by seatackled on June 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM · Report this
@17 Nixon instituted wage and price controls. What's your point?
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 22, 2014 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Damn, I wanted to hike Owyhigh but the snow reports put me off. I might have tried if I had snow shoes. The elevation gain wasn't all that much, either.
Posted by wxPDX on June 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM · Report this

It has nothing to do with age but physical conditioning and experience/intelligence.

Posted by caution&daring on June 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 24
@23: maybe. certainly an increased measure of caution is prudent as one's age advances. i don't go leaping down scree like a goat anymore, or hucking myself off park features when boarding.

it sounds like she slipped and fell down a slope. it's why her companion stopped; because the terrain exceeded his comfort level, so she should have too. the buddy system.

but it sounds like that was her m.o. - keep going.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 23, 2014 at 7:03 AM · Report this

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