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October 26th, 2014 - 10:35 pm § in Uncategorized

Seattle City Light vs. Puget Sound Energy

If you live in the Seattle area, as I do, you probably know a windstorm blew through here last night and knocked out power to thousands of homes. One of them may have been yours. And you also probably know we have two power companies, one city-owned, the other investor-owned. (The Pacific Northwest [...]

October 26th, 2014 - 5:57 pm § in Misc.

Book Review: House Of Debt

Reading this book will help you understand how the housing crash happened and make intelligent judgments about our government’s policy responses to the Great Recession. Finance is dry stuff and most people hate reading about it, but this book has a lot going for it. Most importantly, it’[...]

October 26th, 2014 - 12:11 pm § in Religion, The Ave Scene

Is Religion an Issue in Elections Here?

I do not know Mark Miloscia at all, but why shouldn’t a strong religious stand be an issue for any candidiate?  Religions do take moral and political stands … as do certain companies (AKA Hobby Lobby or Koch).  Does anyone seriously doubt that Mitt Romney ‘s religion was an appro[...]

October 26th, 2014 - 11:32 am § in America, The Ave Scene

Privacy and free speech at the UW.

This post is based on a letter I recently wrote as editor of THE-Ave.US  to a UW Prof who was upset that a post on TA had referred to a conversation the Prof had posted on the AAUP listserv.  My letter, written as gmail,  raises two important points.  First, unlike most other large universities[...]

October 26th, 2014 - 11:13 am § in The Ave Scene

Is Russel Wilson Black?

A report Thursday claims some African-American players on the Seahawks team are questioning the “blackness” of quarterback Russell Wilson.  Regardless of how true it is, Wilson had to addressed the issue. Don’t get me wrong,  I love the fact that we are even asking the question o[...]

October 26th, 2014 - 10:53 am § in America, Politics, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

How UW Faculty Ought to Vote in This Election

As we approach the last day to mail ballots, I am struck by the lack of participation of the University of Washington faculty in the 2014 election. That lack is probably reflected in the fact that few of our issues have come to be discussed by the candidates. I assume most faculty fully support the [...]

October 26th, 2014 - 4:55 am § in Science

Humans Have Been Foolin’ Around Fir a Long Time

Miscegenation is normal, say UCLA scientists The most complete sequence to date of the Neanderthal genome, using DNA extracted from a woman’s toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, reveals a long history of interbreeding among at least four different types of early humans living in…[...]