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Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

California Earthquake: A 6.0 tremor injures 70 people, sparks fires, damages buildings, and leave thousands without power in Napa.

It Ain't What It Used to Be: Ross Reynolds talks to Amin Ghaziani, the author of "There Goes the Gayborhood?" about the changing demographics of Capitol Hill.

Vigil for Dead Elephant at Woodland Park Zoo: "Everything about the zoo environment is unnatural and unhealthy for elephants," Alyne Fortgang, a member of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo, told KOMO. "Captivity-induced ailments caused her to die young." The elephant, Watoto, was 45. Brendan wrote about the dispute between activists and the zoo, which denies any wrongdoing, over the elephants last month.

Green Lake Man: Finds $10,000 worth of heroin nestled in a neighborhood shrubbery, according to police.

And this happened on Saturday:

Robert McCulloch is the St. Louis prosecutor who has not filed any charges against Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Mike Brown.

The Afghan Election: Is irredeemably fraudulent, the New York Times reports. "The extent of the fraud has ensured that even if the process comes to a peaceful conclusion, the result will look less like an election correction than a brokered result." Sounds like Haiti.

Bardarbunga the Volcano: Is now, following thousands of little earthquakes, erupting in Iceland.

Iraq: Car bombs killed 18 people in Kurdistan, the first major bombing there since last September. Meanwhile, 15,000 Shia Turkmen are under siege, like the Yazidis were, by Islamic State.

Ties That Bind: Forged and fraudulent documents are rife within the foreclosure industry, but the Justice Department has taken little action to hold banks accountable for them. Why? Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the department's criminal division, were partners for years at a high-powered law firm that represented Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo in foreclosure-related matters, Reuters finds. It's not clear whether either of them have recused themselves when the issue has come before the Justice Department.

Eric Garner: Thousands marched in NYC to demand justice for the man who died in a police chokehold on Staten Island. "Hands up, don't shoot," they chanted, and, "I can't breathe."

Pamela Anderson Rejects the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Because of animal testing. This is an unpopular position to take, but a respectable one.

Whale Vaginas: Are "dizzying" mazes, not mere tubes, large enough to walk through.

This song/video is soooo under appreciated:


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rob! 1
George Takei's snappy answers to silly questions about gays:…

And Goldy reports that Frank Blethen drunk-shot Watoto the elephant, reassures us that his sources were double-checked:…
Posted by rob! on August 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
Whale FRONT HOLES. Goddammit, when will you learn?
Posted by Max Solomon on August 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 3
I was on Capitol Hill last week and my 'dar didn't even go off once. Will the last hummuhseckshal to leave the Hill please turn out the lights?
Posted by Original Andrew on August 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM · Report this
seatackled 4
Clearly those were intentionally silly.
Posted by seatackled on August 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM · Report this
disintegrator 5
The technical term is 'San Diegos.'
Posted by disintegrator on August 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 6
Wow. I thought typical comments at the Seattle Times site were bad, but that KOMO elephant story is REALLY bringing in the geniuses.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on August 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
@1: Oh hey, Takei wants to remind us gay guys could get pregnant if God wills it!

The video was good, not thrilled with the song, it's fine, but hard to say underappreciated.

My vote for unappreciated song/video:…
(It helps if you know both the plot of the anime and the words to the song)
Posted by Hanoumatoi on August 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Report this

Reports say Niners game still on.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM · Report this
The Afghan Election: Is irredeemably fraudulent, the New York Times reports.

Hmmm.....looking in the Afghanistani directory one finds an office for Accenture in that country and whenever there is election fraud, you will find Accenture usually involved.
Posted by sgt_doom on August 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Pamela probably thinks we "cause ALS in bunnies" in order to test treatments. The problem is that nerve cells are incredibly difficult to generate without a whole scaffold of other cells to maintain the nerves. Is the effort better spent on developing non-living models for a disease we don't understand the real cause of or trying to save microscopic worms from testing ?
Posted by ChefJoe on August 24, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this
@6 SLOG commenters are a think tank compared to the lobotomized howler monkeys that are KOMO commenters.
Posted by One viewpoint. Posted everywhere. Despite irrelevance on August 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM · Report this
delirian 12
@10: Fuck me. I have to agree with @ChefJoe? So be it. The statement:
"Pamela Anderson Rejects the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Because of animal testing. This is an unpopular position to take, but a respectable one."
is without merit. Unpopular ≠ stupid. And stupid ≠ respectable. Pamela Anderson is an idiot. If she wants to make an ethical argument, go ahead. But "because animals!" is not an argument. And there is no value in respecting idiots holding onto unscientific biases while pretending that they are being persecuted for being 'unpopular'.
Posted by delirian on August 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 13
Do whale vaginas smell like people?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on August 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 14
RIP Richard Attenborough.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on August 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Single, young gay men and lesbians simply cannot afford to live in Capitol Hill anymore, even packed on top of each other in a rented house.

$15 in 7 years just doesn't address the reality of the cost of housing in Seattle. The rent is too damn high!

As a single person we may qualify for affordable housing, but the number of units available are few and rarely available. Also, the cost of living usually requires roommates, which also usually puts you just over the limits for affordable housing's income restrictions.

And, artists simply have no real options for affordable housing and studios in Capitol Hill.

Most of us don't even make half of the average salary in Seattle (approx.$63k per US Census); I don't know anyone my age who makes the higher than average incomes of the homeowners in Capitol Hill. One third to one half of the average is common for us.

Businesses want the customers who can pay more; so, there are fewer and fewer affordable restaurants and entertainment options for lower and mid-income gays. Even the clubs and bars are going upscale to serve tech and government employees who make much higher salaries than the average young queer.

Capitol Hill is for senior professionals and homeowners over 35 years old (really over 45 years old) who want a quiet, little neighborhood near work in downtown Seattle.

Like The Castro, Capitol Hill has become more and more a bedroom community, another "inner city white suburb," for well-paid, older professionals and financially secure retirees.

If you're looking for the young, gay community, you'll find us either on the local college campuses or in the more affordable neighborhoods north, south and sometimes west of Seattle.

Capitol Hill has made it very clear that young, working class gays and lesbians are NOT welcome there anymore.
Posted by Young Queers Not Welcome on August 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 16
I'm old enough to remember when Broadway was restaurants and furniture stores, and decidedly not gay. Almost all the gay stuff was down in Pioneer Square.

Times change, neighborhoods change. I'm sure the "young queers" will manage to brighten the corner wherever they are.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on August 24, 2014 at 7:53 PM · Report this
"young gay men and lesbians simply cannot afford to live in Capitol Hill anymore, even packed on top of each other"

Oh myyyy.
Posted by Try Vaseline on August 24, 2014 at 8:08 PM · Report this
"Capitol Hill has made it very clear that young, working class gays and lesbians are NOT welcome there anymore."

You're welcome if you've got the money, honey. Otherwise, move to Tukwila or Seatac and take the train in. I hear the toe-tapping at Seatac Airport bathrooms is faaaabulous.
Posted by Terminal 1 men's room is calling on August 24, 2014 at 8:11 PM · Report this
disintegrator 19
@14: No way! Sad. 90, though. Not too shabby.
Posted by disintegrator on August 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM · Report this
disintegrator 20
Also, are gay couples just not coalescing around a single neighborhood as much anymore because now they're accepted in, say, Green Lake? Just asking. Didn't listen to the clip, either, so maybe that was their conclusion..
Posted by disintegrator on August 24, 2014 at 8:35 PM · Report this

Go ahead, Gramps, make fun of us as you run young people, queers and artists out of the city and turn Seattle into a sterile business park, bedroom community and retirement village.

Soon, the city will be as boring, dead and predictable as the suburbs you built.

The young and the artists go where life is welcome and free. And, that certainly isn't an aging city, state or nation that is content to sit comfortably reclining in the twilight of its nostalgic yesterdays.

We may not be able to afford the aging cities of America, but we can afford to join our peers in the new, rising cities around the world that welcome us.

...and we are. Our generation is more likely to have a passport than yours did at our age.

So, go ahead. Make light of our struggle in the world your generation has created.

You don't want our kind in your city.


Life attracts life; so, we'll make the world come alive no matter where we end up. That's the power of the young and young at heart.

Go ahead make Seattle a gated city.
Graveyards are no place for the living anyway.
Posted by Where We Go, Life & Culture Go on August 24, 2014 at 9:44 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 22
Being against medical animal testing is not even close to a respectable position, unless you consider the complete halt of all medical advancement and production of many life saving medications to be a respectable position.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on August 25, 2014 at 5:24 AM · Report this
that video was pretty cool
Posted by The CHZA on August 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM · Report this

Uh, do you know who/what PETA is?

They are strongly opposed (religiously so) to any and all animal testing, regardless of whatever effect that may have. Period.
Posted by No Consent, No Testing on August 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM · Report this
@16 well said, Mrs. Vel-Du Ray.
Posted by M. Wells on August 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM · Report this

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