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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Seattle City Council Finally Crafts a ‘Boss-Tax’ That Can Survive

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One positive step was the emergence of Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, who happens to be the current budget chair and who knows how to consult with business for their views and to get other councilmembers on board.

Mayor Durkan Snaps And Out Pops a Decisive Mayor

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It is extremely unlikely that the council would heed her advice and investigate and punish Sawant, even though few on the council harbor any affection for the boundary-pushing socialist.

Godden: Remembering A City Hall Watchdog, Fauci Bobbleheads, and AWOL Pirates

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At Seattle City Hall, you could see Mr. Locke seated in a favored seat, usually in the front row of the council chamber, 10 seats from the right side. He habitually signed up to speak at committee meetings. In time, councilmembers could have written his speeches. He would tell us to "stop wasting so dang much money."

Trump: Standing Up For Our Freedom To Infect

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Trump: "Face masks are the Green New Deal. Face Masks are socialism. Real Americans don’t wear face masks. Real Americans infect. FTI! Freedom to Infect!”

Conventional Wisdom Says College Promotes Diversity of Thinking. New Studies Suggest It Doesn’t

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A study published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education investigated how recent graduates’ experiences in what the authors called “ideological bubbles” consisted of few meaningful, effective efforts that prepared them for the ideological divides they faced after graduation.

Existential Angst: If New York Culture Fades, will Seattle Arts Benefit?

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Seattle got a little of this regional spirit, but never drank deeply. Our cultural institutions are instead quite derivative, which is more comforting for audiences and donors. Take away the New York dominance, however, and you might have more vitality at the regional level.

Jenny Durkan’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good,Very Bad Week

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Durkan heard this clamor from the streets, the public, and perhaps her own advisors. A week earlier she banned tear gas for 30 days. Nevertheless, that was far from enough to take control of the issue, to stand her up as a leader.

Sin and the Nature of Structural Racism

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Can it be true that, “I am not a racist,” in the sense of using racial slurs or treating people as less than ourselves because of the color of the their skin? And yet that I am a racist because racism is demonic power that pervades American society (and not just American society).

Why is Seattle so Good at Iconic Moments of Radicalism?

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In 1885-1915, the state's formative period, "Washington attracted a prodigious share of radicals, socialists, and utopians," coming here because we were a state that welcomed radical change.

Reading: The Plague During Plague

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This spring I decided to take a zoomed book class offered by Alliance Française Seattle. The assigned...