Non Sequitur

Oct. 22, 2012 at 10:58pm

Fredonomics 101


OK, Fredo.

I'm REALLY tired of you doing nothing but criticizing taxes, government and other people on the Feed. So, I'm proposing to you a challenge.

The rules are simple. Give us your economic plan. Go into extreme details. Explain how it'll work, why it'll work and what the intended results will be. BUT! Here's the catch: it has to pencil out in the real world, not the topsy-turvy land of Fredopia. That means laws have to be obeyed, contracts upheld and things like unions have to be negotiated with. You can't willy-nilly do things like fire all unionized garbage truck drivers. You'd have to negotiate with them. You know, do things like real civil servants have to.

Ready to put your money where your mouth is?

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Apr. 3, 2012 at 9:02pm

Emergency prepardness


As is well known, we are on the Ring of Fire; the same geological hotspot that produced 9.0 quakes in Japan and Sumatra in recent years, as well as 9-point events in Alaska and Chile in the last 50 years. Furthermore, the fault off the WA coast generated an estimated 8.8 to 9.2 quake in 1700.

...and don't forget about that range of active & dormant volcanoes just east of here.

So, it's really only inevitable that a seriously catastrophic seismic/volcanic event is going to happen. And probably sooner than we all think.

What have you done to prepare? First aid kits and training? Water filtration kits? Long-term storable food? Emergency plans and communications already laid out and understood by family? If you're Fredo, do you have enough ammo?

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Jan. 24, 2012 at 10:49am


I'm bored as hell today.

Tell me, what should I go out and do?

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May. 25, 2010 at 6:02pm

Do you Enjoy Hypotheticals? The NS edition

Imagine this scenario, if you will.

It's May 25, 2019. Peak Oil rears it's ugly head (as it will), and gas prices shoot to the moon. Unleaded 87 now runs $14 per gallon at Arco (don't even ask about the price at Shell). The price is high simply because demand now greatly outstrips the dwindling supply. There really isn't enough to go around. The world wants to use 100mbpd, but now production has dropped to 70mbpd, and is dropping 4% per year.

Our good friend Fredo drives a Ford Expedition. The V-10 in there gets 8 mpg on a good day. Fredo is well-off enough that the cost is no big deal. He can easily afford to drive that beast of a vehicle as much as he wants. Fredo drives the vehicle he wants because he can afford to do so.

Due to the dwindling supply, is Fredo morally obligated to get a more efficent vehicle or can he burn as much gas as he can afford?

Or, prehaps I should rephrase the question: Is one morally obliged to use less of a scarce resource even if they have the means to afford as much of it as they want?

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May. 16, 2010 at 11:01am

Forget Arizona, the City needs to boycott BP

As the city of Tacoma debates over boycotting Arizona over their immigration law, as we speak, something between 5,000 to 100,000 barrels per day of crude oil are being leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. While I cannot claim to know what the cause of the accident was, nor if there was malicious intent, what I do know is that several Exxon Valdez's worth of crude oil is inching closer to the swamps and estuaries of the gulf coast. Hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, turtles and marine mammals are being killed by the oil. Thousands of commercial fishermen and their families are out of work and god only knows what this will do long-term to the fisheries in the gulf.

So, why is the City in a pissing match with Arizona over an immigration law that is probably going to be thrown out by the Supreme Court and they're silent about the worst man-made environmental disaster in US (and soon to be world) history.

The city of Tacoma needs to boycott BP. Every dollar you and the City spend with BP supports the company that is killing the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Tacoma, and the Citizens of Tacoma need to set an example for the rest of the nation: Boycott BP, their products and their brands (Castrol, Arco, AM/PM minimarts, etc).

I fail to see why we make such a big deal about an immigration law while THIS is going on.

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May. 6, 2010 at 2:34am

Woes in the Energy industry: what IS going on anyway?


This has been a bad year for the energy industry.

We had 29 miners killed in the explosion in VA in early April. 5 workers were killed locally in the explosion in the Anacortes Tesoro refinery. There's the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; which estimates say could actually rise to 60,000 barrels per day. (This spill is bound to exceed the damage caused by  Exxon Valdez in 1989 or the Ixtoc in 1979.) This week, the BP Cherry Point refinery in Bellingham (which is the biggest refinery in the NW) was cited for 13 process safety violations. Mind you, Tesoro Anacortes had 11 of those just last year. And now, we have a truck explosion and fire at a small refinery in San Antonio

What is going on here? Is this just a streak of coincidence? Is the industry asleep at the switch? Could there be foul play?

I understand that 5 events does not necessarily indicate a trend, but I certainly do think that this is an odd occurrence.

Also consider that the BP spill in the Gulf has caused both President Obama and Gov. Schwarzenegger to back off from their plans to expand offshore drilling.

All this seems odd to me. What do you think?

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May. 2, 2010 at 3:07pm

Greedy Schools Union squelches volunteers

your tax dollars not at work

This, my dear friends is absurd.

Last weekend, a group of volunteers descended on Fawcett Elementary, ready to do some work. They intended to quite literally clean the place up, repaint, cut back bushes, et cetera, et cetera. Thee were parents, community members and 100 volunteers from Comcast.

Read the News Tribune article. Also, read the article that made it onto Mish.

This is good.: members of the community and parents got together to make their school better. This is exactly what we need: people who care.

However, Mark Martinez (president of the Pierce County Building and Construction Trades Council) along with the School District put a stop to this, because the volunteer cleanup last weekend will "take away union jobs".

Ultimately, volunteers were allowed to spread some bark, plant a tree and spread some gravel.

With over 100 people there, a LOT of work could have been done. Considering schools come out of our taxes, this would have been a double-win for the taxpayer.

However, the greed of the union is once again putting your kids second to their pocketbooks. Shame on you, Mark Martinez. I hope you sleep well at night on your pile of my tax money.

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Feb. 16, 2010 at 2:17pm

Budget Crisis grips 48 states... WA too.

How broke is you?

The picture points out Illinois specifically. And that is a bad, bad mess they got themselves into.

But look up the Left Coast, and you'll see that Oregon is at nearly 30% and we're not all that far behind them. Actually, we're 14th on the list, tied with Florida. I've been proselytizing for a long time that Oregon is running 18 months behind California, and we're only 12 months behind Oregon. We're actually much deeper in the hole than Michigan!

Unless you're in North Dakota or Montana, things are not looking too good. With almost all states in the red, and some being bankrupt, things are going to get uglier and uglier in this year and the next couple of years. States will have to cut staff (that won't help unemployment) and states will have to keep borrowing more and more money just to stay afloat and meet pension obligations.

But states can't just print money out of thin air like the Federal government can. So what to do? Do we get by on less and tighten our belt like our great-grandparents did in the Depression? Or do we raise taxes to cover the shortfall? What can WA do? What can the other 49 do?

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Dec. 1, 2009 at 6:36am

Gangs and the War on Police

ignoring the problem will only make it worse

It's all over the news, the dude who shot the 4 cops is dead, and acted alone. The dude who killed the cop in Seattle acted alone. Connected? Not necessarily in an "accomplice" kinda way, but in the fact that nothing happens in a vacuum. The dead killer knew damn well about the cop killed on Halloween, and he wasn't the only one who hates the cops. Hell, even I, a law abiding citizen don't like cops. But I would never harm one. Most people wouldn't either.

But some people would and do carry it out. Gangs have long looked at cops as a prize trophy. You take out a cop, you're "the man". And when you see this kind of senseless violence, like the 5 cops killed in a month or part of Seattle nearly burned to the ground by a serial arsonist, or whatever crime, it emboldens more thugs to do the same. It's a feedback loop.

What REALLY concerns yours truly is 5 cops killed in a month. No one wants to talk about it, but there is a war against cops, against authority going on in the Puget Sound Region. Gangs own Seattle, Everett and Tacoma. No one wants to admit it, no one wants to acknowledge the shootings at Southcenter and Northgate being gang territory skirmishes.

Ignoring the problem because the region is "so totally safe" is only going to put us back to 1986. Remember when walking the streets of Seattle or Tacoma was a guaranteed way to get beaten, mugged, raped or killed if you wore the wrong color? I do. I remember the day in 1985 when one of my closest friends was nearly beaten to death outside of Pike Place at 4 am. All he did was take the dog for a walk. Maybe if he had a German Shepherd instead of a Beagle the dudes would not have jumped him. Who knows? But they did, and he lost an eye out of it. "Lucky" he didn't die. Those gangbangers were never caught and the SPD closed the case the next day.

Ignoring the problem is why a group of hooligans who were wanna-be crips beat Eric Taves to death and assaulted many others. The gangs are trying to take back Tacoma as their own. They're trying to take back Seattle. The economic depression we're in (and if you actually believe the "recession" is over, you're part of the ignorance problem) is only accelerating the inequality between the elite and everyone else and the friction between races. Don't forget the unemployment and homelessness is significantly higher among Blacks and Hispanics than whites. As things go downhill in the greater economy, the do as well in society.

Ignorance is what got us there, it's what is taking us back there.

What are going to do about it, Tacoma? You gonna sit on your laurels and regress 25 years or are we going to stop being ignorant and do something about this? What will it take? A homemade carbomb blowing up the Bellevue PD headquarters? More mall shootings? More color flying?

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Nov. 23, 2009 at 12:56pm

President Obama to confirm the existence of extraterrestrial life

Beam me up, Scotty

Is an announcement of extraterrestrial life from the Obama administration due any time now? There's been some evidence that his Nobel Prize was actually a prelude to this announcement. The French have admitted to secret UN meetings on UFOs.

Or are we jumping the gun here? WIth the rash of 2012 stuff in the media and popular culture, maybe we're being prepared for this horrible thing that won't happen, so that when the government confirms aliens (on say, 12-21-12) it won't be a big deal.

Read for yourself. Would the Spokane Examiner lie to you?

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