Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

The Unintended Altruism of Ad-Blocking

bloomberg_ad_block_notice

I am a person who wears headphones for most of the day as I whack away at command-lines and code, and as a result of this, have suffered hearing damage over the years as I stumbled upon one auto-start video after another, most of which play at twice the decibel level of my music.

In a fit of self-defense, years ago, I resorted to using an ad-blocker, and I quite frankly never looked back.

I’m evil, though.

At least that’s what I’m told by numerous website-operators. Too many to count at this point.

They tell me that by using

Continue reading The Unintended Altruism of Ad-Blocking

Black Lives Matter. Affluent Lives Matter More.

Black Lives Matter

On my way home from work today, I stopped to observe a Black Lives Matter rally in Westlake Park.

I looked around at all of the people, at all of the signs, and I watched and waited for indication that someone, anyone, knew what was going on in this country.

That indication did not come. When all was said and done, I could do little more than mutter “poor fools”, hang my head and walk away.

So far this year, 136 black people (overwhelmingly male) have been killed by the police. In the same period of time, 279 white

Continue reading Black Lives Matter. Affluent Lives Matter More.

The Ruthless Victimization of LinkedIn

Stinked In

LinkedIn would like you to know something.

This isn’t easy for them to talk about, you see, but a few years ago, they were victimized. Oh, it was awful, it was, and LinkedIn is still suffering.

How were they victimized?

Well, you see, after they used every less-than-honest trick in the book to procure your private information, they turned around and stored that private information in an insecure manner, which in turn caused your data to be stolen, and then sold on the black market.

MY GOD CAN THIS COMPANY EVER GET A BREAK??!!! SOMEBODY THINK OF LINKEDIN! WON’T

Continue reading The Ruthless Victimization of LinkedIn

Everything’s Relative

Betty Page House

Black folks have slavery.

Poor whites have slavery as well as massive de-humanizing propaganda, bigotry campaigns, and a calculated effort by the elite to drive down their incomes and living standards.

For Jews, it was The Holocaust.

Asians have internment.

What about affluent white women, though? Now that they graduate from college more often, live longer, wield greater political power, and control a greater percentage of consumer spending than any other group, what claim to oppression do they hold today?

Well, I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but in Seattle, they’ve got “hearing opinions they don’t agree

Continue reading Everything’s Relative

Spotted: The Outrage Machine’s “Check Engine” Light

girl_in_shorts_outrage

The Outrage Machine, perhaps the best example of modern American craftsmanship there is, has really been churning along the past couple of years, and it’s been doing so, well past the red line.

Alas, it seems to be sputtering a bit, as the latest creation of said machine falls well short of what most people would generally consider plausible. Not that this matters in the least. Eh, read it for yourself.

 

Did you get all of that?

Woman denied boarding, but she wasn’t really denied boarding, and, well, I see what’s going on here. The Outrage Machine. Something’s

Continue reading Spotted: The Outrage Machine’s “Check Engine” Light

Mounting Proof That Ed Murray is Seattle’s Worst Mayor Ever

Ed Murray Hypocrite

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you want to know what the mainstream will be talking about tomorrow, listen to what I’m saying today.

What do I mean by this? I’ll tell you. The life cycle of a Seattle Rex position is roughly this:

Ignore it and pretend that it was never said Outrage, snark, and ridicule A quiet period, as the evidence of my correctness mounts, but where everyone waits for an “expert” or fashionable observer to confirm what I’ve always known. Acquiescence, where the mainstream finally adopts my opinion as its own,

Continue reading Mounting Proof That Ed Murray is Seattle’s Worst Mayor Ever

Reality Check

Seattle Chinatown

When one has lived a charmed life, it can be difficult to imagine what it must be like to be tormented by mental illness. Add to this the fact that many mentally ill people are simply dumped onto the streets when they have no money, and it can be downright impossible to relate to the people who have experienced this pain and suffering firsthand. After all, when we don’t “feel emotionally secure” in a private, locked toilet stall … a national crisis is declared, legislation is passed, and social media erupts with sympathy for us and shame for anyone

Continue reading Reality Check

Seattle Rent Control (sign) Finally a Reality!

Rent Control Sign in Value Village Window

Value Village in Pike-Pine is no more, and all we have to remember it by is this display in what used to be their window.

It says “Rent Control”, and it’s something I very much agree with. There is no incentive whatsoever to create thriving neighborhood businesses, to get involved in the community, to be anything other than a transient when you know that, should you succeed in making the neighborhood a better place to live, you’ll be immediately kicked out while your unit is sold to someone wealthier. “Thanks for everything you’ve done to make this such a

Continue reading Seattle Rent Control (sign) Finally a Reality!

The Honeycaust?

keiko_green2

An outspoken woman in Seattle? Complaining about a perceived imperfection in her extraordinarily-privleged 3%er life? Why, that doesn’t sound right. No, that doesn’t sound right at all. That only always happens!

There’s a point in most moral panics where, emboldened by the cowardice of the populace and complicity of the media, said panic crosses the threshold from vaguely-theoretically-possible, to outright parody. A point where all but the most mentally enslaved exclaim “Oh come on, this is just too much!”, either verbally or in their own minds. The point at which the moral panic, to borrow a phrase, jumps the

Continue reading The Honeycaust?

One Less Witch

Prince Mural on Capitol Hill

There’s a new mural at 10th & Pine:

Pretty nice.

On a personal note, I still have the receipt for the best $125 I ever spent.

 

 

And while I hate to use such a tragic opportunity to make a point, I nonetheless feel compelled to do exactly that.

See, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

Go to your book collection, your movie collection, your art collection, and your music collection. Now, throw away everything made by a “drug user”. Stand there and look at what remains. It won’t be much. Stand there nonetheless,

Continue reading One Less Witch