November 17th, 2019 - 5:45 pm § in Misc.

D0 Electric Vehicles Polute?

You betcha!  The redhats make snide remarks about the Teslas around here because the ohso rich in Seattle also fly airplanes and boats and the miners getting lithium out of the earth for batteries burn diesel.  So true!

But, that is too easy an out from the suicidal urge coming from the Trump environmental denialists.  Yes, I have read these arguments and even worse in regard to efforts in Germany to eliminate carbon while some of their electricity comes from Poland and other places Trump might call shitholes.

The fact is, cooking the Earth took a long time but, if we want to survive, cooling it will need to be quicker. One step in doing that is electricity. Even if the rotten plants that made coal and petrol need to be burned for some time, having the vehicles able to run on cleaner fuels is a valid step in that direction.

A good example is China’s problems. They are desperately trying to grow while also trying to clean their air. That does mean still using carbon though far less now per capita than we do. There is no doubt that Xi Jinping’s cadres are working very hard on adding clean electricity to their fuel supply … they will need it to run the fleet of electric vehicles they already have,

That kind of effort is harder here both because of our more diverse social/economic structure and because of the bizarre anti-science view of the GOP.

I wish I could afford a Tesla!

November 16th, 2019 - 11:28 pm § in The Ave Scene

MahGawd … she is a Congresswoman!

“A president should not be impeached over accusations of wrongdoing. I believe they (the accusations) must be proven.” Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, WA Representative Herrera Beutler is the first Representative to give birth while serving in Congress and a rare GOP me[...]

November 16th, 2019 - 12:34 am § in China, Foreign Affairs

Will China Fly Magic Dragons Over Cuba?

The huge question is what will China use this for? Aircraft carriers are not defensive. They are for the projection of power. My thought? STATION IT IN CUBA! As China emerges as a superpower, the errors of the Trump era seem to be preparing the way for China to replace the US as the world […][...]

November 12th, 2019 - 11:39 am § in Misc.

TRUMPISM 101: Socialism at Work, American Style


November 10th, 2019 - 1:35 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: What is a terrorist?

All atheists are terrorists, Saudi Arabia declares Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi[...]

November 9th, 2019 - 1:54 pm § in Misc.

Did Kim Jung Un throw Jong Song Thaek to the dogs?

“Quan Jue,”execution by dogs.  The Straits Times reports.* that  Jang Song-thaek, Unlcle to the current dear leader and the second in command after Kim Jung Un, was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides, They were joined by 120 hounds who had been “starved [...]

November 9th, 2019 - 2:36 am § in Misc., Schools & Colleges

The Seattle Public Schools … I Charge the Schools with Condescending Racism

HOW CAN THE SPS ADDRESS DISPARITIES WITHOUT SUPPORTING THE HIGHEST GOALS FOR ALL KIDS?  I see this decision by the Seattle schools as condescending to the rights of minority kids to compete at top levels.    Despite the wealth of Seattle .. our money and the collective talents of our citizens .. [...]

November 9th, 2019 - 1:30 am § in Misc.

When and Where Did Writing Begin?

11 Ancient African Writing Systems READMORE at the Atlanta Black Star The importance of oral culture and tradition in Africa and the recent dominance of European languages through colonialism, among other factors, has led to the misconception that the languages of Africa either have no written form [...]

November 6th, 2019 - 12:34 pm § in Politics

Kentucky GOP legislators threaten to overturn election!

ILLEGITIMATE. That’s a word you may hear describing Kentucky’s Republican governor, Matt Bevin, if the state’s GOP-controlled legislature follows through on a threat by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers to keep him in office by invoking a state constitutional provision [...]

November 6th, 2019 - 11:26 am § in Misc.

Up, Up and Away!

Elon Musk’s STARSHIP reusable space rocket looks surprisingly familiar!  I think the design is copied from Tom Corbett, Space Ranger! The new rocket is cheap too!  A LAUNCH IS SUPPOSED TO COST ONLY $2 MiLLIONS!  And that is dollars, not space credits! SpaceX CEO Elon Musk  describes STARSH[...]

November 5th, 2019 - 1:48 pm § in Donald Trump

Here’s a question for GOP senators

A federal jury has convicted a Maine woman upset by Sen. Susan Collins’ vote for the Kavanaugh nomination for mailing a threatening letter to Collins containing a white power the letter claimed was anthrax (which actually was harmless starch). Collins never saw the letter because postal screen[...]

November 3rd, 2019 - 1:20 am § in Misc.


A paper in Nature claims to have pinpointed a fertile river valley in northern Botswana as the ancestral home of all human beings around 200,000 years ago. We have known for some time that modern humans … people who looked like us and could use tools … originated some time ago in Afric[...]

November 2nd, 2019 - 9:16 pm § in Donald Trump

Witness tampering bombshell

“Cohen was trying to be loyal. The investigation was not supposed to have taken us where we are today. COHEN was told if he stayed on message, the President had his back, the President loves you.” This is quoted from Robert Mueller witness interrogation summaries obtained by BuzzFeed und[...]

November 1st, 2019 - 12:57 pm § in News Media

Fox News vs. North Korean state television:

Can you see a difference?[...]

November 1st, 2019 - 9:42 am § in America, Hypocrisy


Back last June, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that House Democrats “would turn us into a country we’ve never been.”  He used the S word to describe the Democrats’ wish of granting congressional seats to the people of Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico: They plan to make the [...]

October 31st, 2019 - 5:45 pm § in Donald Trump, Environment

The Keystone XL pipeline springs a leak

Nearly 400,000 gallons of oil gush onto the ground in North Dakota. The Keystone XL pipeline was the object of protests by Native Americans (see photos) and environmentalists who feared the potential for pollution of their water supply, treaty lands, and sacred sites by oil spills. Pipeline promoter[...]

October 29th, 2019 - 9:45 pm § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Mexico Introduces New Sport .. WALL SCALING

(TA News, Mexico City) OOM .. the Olympic Organization of Mexico, is announcing that it plans to introduce a new sport: WALL SCALING. Years after it was first promised and at a cost of more than $10 million per linear mile, President Donald Trump is confident that his newest stretch of a strengthen[...]

October 29th, 2019 - 7:34 pm § in Donald Trump

Are Republican complaints about the impeachment process valid?

No! A big fat NO. They’re just throwing arguments at the wall hoping one sticks. The impeachment inquiry is not a “witch hunt.” Trump himself has acknowledged conduct that, without further evidence, would be enough to impeach him. And the inquiry is squarely within the House of Rep[...]

October 29th, 2019 - 6:24 pm § in Politics

Will the “cival war” umpire lose his job?

“The head of Major League Baseball has said the organisation is investigating a tweet from an umpire that threatened civil war if US President Donald Trump was impeached,” BBC reported a few days ago. (Story: here) Other news outlets also picked up the story about Rob Drake, 50, who has [...]

May 21st, 2019 - 10:30 am § in Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, UW

Has the University of Washington Abandoned Tenure?

  Does the UW still have tenure?   When I became tenured, the code and state law described tenure in terms of a life long commitment to a position and a salary.  The commitment was defined in terms of an academic year of 9 or 12 months. For either period, the UW and the state were committed [&h[...]

November 15th, 2019 - 11:13 am § in America

Warren gains with black voters

Last week, a group of more than 100 black female activists endorsed Warren for president, I am very impressed by the way the Warren campaign is strategically addressing different factions of the Democratic base. Now Axios reports that  she is narrowing Joe Biden’s longtime lead with black [...]

November 14th, 2019 - 10:31 am § in Jews, News Media

Poll: Over half of Blue and White’s voters support Including Arab Parties in Coalition!

  Israel Hayom reports.   Some 52% of Blue and White would support the party sitting with the Joint Arab List in a coalition, a Monday poll by Army Radio found.  The data showed that 44% of Blue and White voters opposed such a move, a figure Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich (Nationa[...]

November 12th, 2019 - 10:15 pm § in Donald Trump


For Sale on eBay. $112 Pinback of famous sculpture by Tramina Gaerrety, erected in 2046 before great DC Earthquake.[...]

November 12th, 2019 - 9:42 am § in Misc.

THE-Ave Challenge: Who is that?

Who is this woman who holds a high post in the Trump administration?[...]

November 11th, 2019 - 10:50 am § in Misc.

Quotes from Me

    A political professional who worked here for Pramila Jayapal just posted his triumph on FB.  After all, he gloried, Sawant beat Amazon My response: Dan, yep you and I disagreed.  I opposed Pramila because she had and has little interest in the issues that directly affect this Congres[...]