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  • BUCHENWALD: The Pain Continues

    Buchenwald 31 graphic iconThis tragic LEDE relates efforts by my brother and sister to destroy my father’s heritage as the commanding officer of the first American medical company to enter Buchenwald.  Robert Schwartz’s pictures rot in a safe in Boston. My wife and I  fight in the courts to get these preserved and released into the public domain before all the survivors die and can no longer see the pictures from April 1945.

June 25th, 2017 - 1:23 am § in Misc.

Dogs on the Bus

CommentaryFrom The Blog Quixotic: Dog on Bus Complaint Follow-up

My friend complained to Sound Transit about this The answer follows. (names changed)

Letter


Mr. Bobkin,

I apologize for the delay in responding to your e-mail and for the inconvenience you have experienced on Sound Transit services.

As a person with disabilities who has a fully trained and certified service animal, I completely understand your frustrations. I experience that same thing almost daily in in different venues. You are correct there is a significant amount of fraud in this area with people claim their dogs are service animals when they are not. Unfortunately that is due to the way that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Transit Administrations regulations implementing the ADA are written. Under those Federal guidelines, we are required to allow access to our services for people with service animals. We are permitted to ask a person if the animal is a service animal. If the answer is yes, the only other thing we are allowed to ask is what tasks the animal has been trained to perform for the handler. We are not permitted to ask for, nor is the handler required to produce, proof of training or certification. This has become widely known and many people take advantage of it.

We are not permitted to require any type of documents or place additional restrictions on the use of service animals such as the [special service animal bus pass] you mention.That being said, the handler of a service animal is required to have the animal under their control at all times. The animal may not be aggressive towards other people or animals, bark, sniff at, or lick people. If the handler does not exert this control over the animal we are permitted to ask them to remove the animal from our vehicles.

If you experience this again, I encourage you to mention it to the operator. They have many other things to monitor while driving and may not be aware that the animal is causing problems. As mentioned before, the routes in question are operated for Sound Transit by Community Transit. You may direct comments to them at: [contact address]

Also, please feel free to contact us again if you continue to have difficulties with this issue.

–Jefferson Dolby
[Customer Service Type Person]


 

The dogs on the bus go Woof! Woof! Woof!

 


June 23rd, 2017 - 9:49 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: 6/24

US releases photos showing ‘unsafe’ intercept by Russian jet over Baltic Arab states want obedience from Qatar, alternative is parting ways – UAE minister Amid chaos of Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines, police allegedly hold people for ransom RAND PAUL: Insurance should be available for[...]


June 23rd, 2017 - 10:09 am § in Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Hypocrisy, Jefferson, Politics

Is Freedom of the Press the Real Reason for the Trump-Led Alliance of Arab States Expulsion of Qatar?

Reporters Without Borders condemn the crackdown on Al Jazeera. “We are really worried about the implication and consequences of such requirements if it will ever be implemented,” said Alexandra El Khazen, head of Middle East and North Africa desk at Reporters Without Borders. Saudi Arab[...]


June 23rd, 2017 - 1:54 am § in Misc.

AFTER BREXIT: Soros predicts mounting debt and falling living standards for Britons.

George Soros warns Brexit is ‘lose-lose’ scenario for Brits and Europeans “The fact is that Brexit is a lose-lose proposition, harmful both to Britain and the European Union. It cannot be undone, but people can change their minds. Apparently, this is happening.  Economic reality is be[...]


June 23rd, 2017 - 1:27 am § in Misc.

President Porn

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June 23rd, 2017 - 12:03 am § in Misc.

DRUDGE: 60% of Americans Rate Trump as Great!

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June 22nd, 2017 - 9:36 am § in Misc.

Why the GOP proposal for healthcare is nonsense .. and why no one will do anything about it.

The real issue in REPEAL AND REPLACE is that the meme is pure nonsense.  All the fixes either party could build will fail until they address the real issue … the superinflation of healthcare costs in the US. For example, some GOP types want a national insurance exchange.  The most obvious re[...]


June 22nd, 2017 - 8:26 am § in Jefferson

Failure of Democracy in The US

Secrecy Surrounding Senate Health Bill Raises Alarms in Both Parties Senate leaders are writing legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without a single hearing on the bill and without an open drafting session. NYTIMES.COM[...]



June 21st, 2017 - 9:14 am § in Donald Trump

AFTER TRUMP: Ford Moves Jobs to China

Ford Motor Co. is moving production of its Focus model to China after production at its Michigan plant ends in 2019. Trump thanked Ford on Twitter for its decision to scrap the Mexican plant. The move, which Ford estimates will save it $500 million in production costs for the car, comes after  Tru[...]


June 20th, 2017 - 10:42 am § in Donald Trump, Politics, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

Major Threat To UW and Hutch By Trump

The Trump administration wants to make massive cuts in research while claiming to spend MORE money on science.   The TRUMP Government, led by The Secretary of HHS and the Director of the OMB, have previously proposed draconian cuts to the NIH budget.  Now we know the vehicle for the cuts .. an att[...]


June 20th, 2017 - 9:45 am § in The Ave Scene

Seattle Real Estate

8737 1st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 – 2 beds/1 bath (NWMLS) For Sale: 2 bed, 1 bath, 1210 sq. ft. house located at 8737 1st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 on sale now for $448,000. MLS# 1106355. Huge potential for builders and investors! Located only a few minut… REDFIN.COM[...]


June 20th, 2017 - 1:22 am § in Misc.

Who Writes Laws in Seattle?

June 5, 2017 What would you think if you discovered automobile executives had written a bill on auto safety and handed it to your senator to sponsor? And what if you learned those same executives had penned pro-industry letters to the editor for your senator to send to the local newspaper under his[...]


June 16th, 2017 - 1:20 am § in Hypocrisy

Was The London Fire Terrorism by The Rich?

Charles Mudede  15 hrs · The Stranger · The London housing tower was erected in the early 1970s. Did fine for more than 40 years. Then yesterday, it suddenly burned to a crisp. Was it a terrorist bomb that made the fire so fierce? Numerous people thought so, and began tweeting racist attacks at [...]


June 16th, 2017 - 12:34 am § in Hypocrisy, The Ave Scene

Auctioning off Honors at Public School Graduation

Parents are paying big bucks for prime seats at public-school graduations  (abstracted from the Seattle Times) Seattle schools and PTAs are auctioning  off prime seats for graduation ceremonies.  The best seats in the house are close to the stage,  The  unobstructed views are perfect for yellin[...]


June 15th, 2017 - 1:28 am § in Environment

Castro on Globalization

“After the last worldwide bloodbath in the forties, we were promised a world of peace, we were promised that the gap between rich and poor would be closed, and that the more developed would help the less developed. All that was a huge lie. A world order was imposed on us that cannot be justifi[...]


May 18th, 2017 - 9:38 am § in The Ave Scene

Why Seattle’s Voucher System Is NOT A Cure for Election Corruption

Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program: A Candidate’s View   James Passey was running for a city council seat this year, but he recently withdrew, citing the Voucher Program as one of the reasons. Here is his view: “In 2015, Seattle voters passed an initiative to create a public-finance[...]


June 25th, 2017 - 1:46 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Before Eden, There Was Knowledge

Prehistoric stone tools bear 500,000-year-old animal residue The Torah seems to have left out what came before Eve.  Now, among elephant remains  at a Lower Paleolithic site near Revadim, Israel, Prof. Ran Barkai has found “handaxes” and “scrapers,” … prehistoric sto[...]


June 24th, 2017 - 11:00 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: 6/25

How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market “If you can get insurance after you get sick, you will,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told NBC’s Today Show. “And without the individual mandate, that sort of adverse selection, the death spiral, the elevated premiu[...]


June 24th, 2017 - 5:31 pm § in Misc.

Kushner Lights Fires Under Israeli:Palestinian Conflict

Abbas was supposedly furious with the president’s son-in-law after Kushner relayed Netanyahu’s demands with no movement on new settlements in illegal areas of the West Bank but the immediate halt of payments to terrorists and their families.  Abbas angrily accused Kushner and Trump̵[...]


June 24th, 2017 - 8:47 am § in Misc.

Have a Bud

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June 24th, 2017 - 8:38 am § in Misc.

PHOTOGRAPHY

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June 23rd, 2017 - 8:55 pm § in Misc.

Chart: Washington’s giver and taker counties

Unless you live in Columbia, King, Kittitas, San Juan, or Skagit County, you’re getting more from the state than you’re paying in state taxes. If you live in Seattle, over a third of your state taxes go elsewhere. Here’s the breakdown (click on image to enlarge):[...]