Archive for July, 2008

The Demise of “The Newstand”

The business section of today’s Bellingham Herald has a story of the imminent closure of a newsstand business that offers around 3400 titles of magazines and out-of-town newspapers, as well as a selection of books, maps, and other items.  While a lot of people might not get excited about the closure of a single business […]

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Critical Mass: More Harm than Good

Let me just start out by saying that I am all for any effort that will help the cause for more bicycle routes, more bicycle usage, and safer conditions for riding bicycles in the cities of Cascadia.  I have been a lifelong bicycle rider, well before it was the “in” thing to be doing.  I […]

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Light Rail for Seattle Now, Not Later

Today, the board of Sound Transit is meeting to decide whether to put a plan to increase the sales tax to finance light rail and other transit options for the next decade or two.  There are strong opinions both ways, to go ahead and put an aggressive proposal on the ballot or to do nothing […]

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The Horror of Janet Jackson’s Nipple

Today’s news included a story that the US Court of Appeals overturned an FCC ruling that had fined CBS television stations over half a million dollars for broadcasting indecency.  What horrible indecency could we be talking about?  Well, that would be the indecency where CBS broadcast (accidentally or not) a picture of a woman’s nipple.  […]

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Le Tour de France

It’s my blog, so sometimes I get to mention things that interest me. Readers of this blog have likely detected that I enjoy watching Hockey over any major sport.  And I will reveal here that I enjoy a good Soccer game much more than either American Football or Basketball.  The latter two sports really rather […]

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WSF Ferries on eBay

Hey!  Wanna buy a boat? I have discussed Washington State Ferries’ “Steel Electric” class boats on this blog before.  These are the 80-year-old ferries that WSF had to retire quickly when it was found that they would have to shovel too much of our money into them to fix the hulls that were rotting out […]

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Holidays in the US

I am really wondering about the purpose of holidays in the US today. Of course, most of them were set aside to celebrate patriotic events, or to commemorate notable historical figures, or to honor groups of people, or to commemorate widely celebrated religious holidays. As the fourth day in July rolls around, we will have […]

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