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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Morning News: NYT Gets on the Legalization Bandwagon, Farewell to Paul Schell, an Especially Unconscionable Mountain-Climber, More

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The Grey Lady Wants Some Green Bud: The New York Times editorial board comes out in favor of the legalization of pot under the apt headline "Repeal Prohibition, Again." Nice! UPDATE: Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal will be toking, I mean taking questions on Facebook at 4:20 p.m. Eastern time today. (That's 1:20 our time, stoners.)

RIP, Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell: He served one term, from 1998-2002; he died yesterday, at 76.

UN Security Council Urges Truce in Gaza: Because there's too much fighting. John Kerry keeps trying. And in the latest of the conflict's many, many horrors, it appears that rockets misfired by Palestinian militants hit a Gaza hospital and park.

Dutch and Australian Police Can't Even Get to Ukraine Crash Site: Because there's too much fighting.

Rich People Get Richer: Something called a Zillow is acquiring something called a Trulia for a great deal of money rendered in the form of stocks; the Zillow has offered $70.53 a share for the Trulia, which is 25 percent more than the Trulia’s closing price of $56.35 on Friday. Has the average person in the United States even heard of these entities? What's wrong with this picture?

US Climber Condemned for Filming His Children in Mont Blanc Avalanche: The guy says he's an "adrenaline junkie"; he had his children, ages 9 and 11, climbing in a place called "the corridor of death." Isn't endangering yourself and the people who might have to try to rescue you (or recover your stupid, stupid body) enough without bringing children—your own children—into it?!

Car Hits Woman in San Diego Comic-Con Zombie March, Children Probably Traumatized for Life: Accounts of the incident vary, but there were apparently children inside the car, which got surrounded by people dressed up as zombies and ended up with the windshield smashed in. Sorry about your shattered psyches, children; hope you're getting some really good counseling, for the entire rest of your lives.

Trailer Released for Controversial Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover Episode: Also at the San Diego Comic-Con. Want to be the 1,280,160th person to watch it?


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Fnarf 2
If you're interested in real estate, you've heard of Zillow. One of my favorite pastimes is shopping for houses I'll never be able to afford in cities I'll never live in, so I love it. Redfin's better, though.
Posted by Fnarf on July 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM · Report this
I moved from Seattle to San Francisco in May. I used Zillow to look at photos of houses I couldn't see in person due to distance. If you aren't moving house, then you have no use for the company (other than window shopping like Fnarf).
Posted by originalcinner on July 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
I find it simply appalling that The NYT took half a century to stand up against prohibition. It should have been obvious from the start where a new prohibition would lead. Instead, they fed our delusions and acted like government lap dogs again. New York led the nation in the fight against the alcohol prohibition because it was wrong headed for a free country. Now it belatedly admits this was wrong as well. Excuse me for thinking that if white people had been imprisoned in comparable numbers to people of color, this would have happened long ago.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Yes, if you looked for houses or apt you've heard of them so stop being proud of your ignorance and try a search engine before reporting. Ugh the stranger needs to change is motto to "settles most uniformed paper"
Posted by j2patter on July 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM · Report this
Wow did you even bother to read the article you post about zillow
"Zillow and Trulia are the two biggest companies in the online real estate market"

Also zillow did not offer money per share, they offered shares in their own company per share.
Posted by j2patter on July 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
JonnoN 7
Zillow and Redfin are both local companies. Even if you're not into real estate, they're big tech employers.

Also, what @4 said.
Posted by JonnoN on July 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this

Eventually houses will cost $50,000

You will buy them on 5 year loans and leases like cars.

And get a new one every 7.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM · Report this
Jessica 9
I am so goddamn disappointed in Matt Groening right now.
Posted by Jessica on July 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM · Report this
stinkbug 10
I can't tell if the Zillow thing is a joke or not. A Seattle-based tech company that employees hundreds of people, has been around for eight or so years, and had gotten lots of press (well, at least before Redfin stole much of its thunder) - and you've never heard of it? Surely the Capitol Hill bubble isn't that opaque.

Also, what does "the average person in the United States" not having heard of these entities matter? There are large mergers and acquisitions all the time for companies that the "average person" has never heard of. Can you name some of the companies that transport via truck and train the freight that you eventually buy in a store? Can you name raw material suppliers? Comparatively, Zillow is pretty well known.
Posted by stinkbug on July 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Has the average person in the United States even heard of these entities? What's wrong with this picture?
Yes, because people should only make money on things that the average American has heard of. Your lack of understanding of what is going on here does not mean that something is "wrong".
Posted by seilo on July 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM · Report this
@5 "settles most uniformed paper"

Ignoring your obvious errors, how do you propose the Stranger should unseat the Times?
Posted by Your Post Is Self-Mocking on July 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM · Report this
"Has the average person in the United States even heard of these entities?"

You've never heard of Zillow? Seriously?
Posted by caution&daring on July 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
@8 we call those mobile homes - the land is about 4/5 of what you're paying for.

I liked Paul Schell, from the first time I met him at a NARAL fundraiser on Capitol Hill, when Real World Aeattle and I were staffing the reception desk. He just ran into a brick wall.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM · Report this
@9,meh, given how bad the Simpsons has been for the last 14 year or so, it's probably MacFarlane who should be feeling embarrassed.
Posted by GermanSausage on July 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Clement proves once again that she, like the other slog writers, are so out of touch with the majority of society (read: not seattle urbanites) that its almost embarrassing.

Maybe you never heard of zillow because it doesnt cater to apodement dwellers.
Posted by out of touch much? on July 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM · Report this
In these days of brutal economic and violently deadly aggression against Gaza and the Palestinians by Israel, let us recall Israeli aggression against a US Navy vessel many years ago, their attack on the USS Liberty.……

Posted by sgt_doom on July 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM · Report this
Unregistered User 18
Actually Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, etc. etc. are really interesting to use not just when looking for housing (to buy OR rent) but also to learn about neighborhoods/ownership/sales history/costs/parcels/etc.

I've always used parcel maps online to do that sort of thing in the past and still do often, but those websites make it a lot easier/provide more info & features.
Posted by Unregistered User on July 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM · Report this
And that American freedom of the press thingy:…
Posted by sgt_doom on July 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Simpsons and Family Guy, two shows WAY past their prime hoping that the other will save them from embarrassing irrelevance.

Judging by the clip...they failed.
Posted by junipero on July 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Dougsf 21
@2 - I do the same, and for friends in other cities thinking of buying. When they move to a town Redfin doesn't cover (Albuquerque), shit gets a little painful.

Also what @18 said, there's enough information on those sites to uncover a part of a neighborhood's history you used to have to go to city hall for.
Posted by Dougsf on July 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Sandiai 22
Just heard a teaser for my local news: Looks like we're going to get "gay marriage" in Virginia! WHAAAAT?!
Posted by Sandiai on July 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM · Report this
Zillow is the entity that sends me daily emails informing me of which foreclosed properties in Bremerton I might actually be able to afford to own someday. I presume Trulia does essentially the same thing, but maybe more in the Kent/Federal Way area.
Posted by COMTE on July 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM · Report this
@23 that's funny because Zillow just sent me an email telling me my single family home in a fashionable north side Seattle neighborhood is now worth double what I paid for it. Have fun in Bremerton.
Posted by Should have bought early on July 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Unregistered User 25
Wait'll yinz find out about
Posted by Unregistered User on July 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM · Report this

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