Protests Race Seattle

Report on police action against Seattle CHOP

Early this morning Seattle police entered the CHOP zone pushing people out of the area with batons and using pepper spray which has been banned by the city council. (Apparently that doesn’t mean anything to SPD who do pretty much whatever they want while thumbing their nose at the courts and the council’s oversight, much […]

Politics War

Stopping war with China

The following youtube video by the U.S. military documents the training exercises of the US and Philippines militaries in preparation for war with China, regarding contested islands claimed by both China and Philippines.  The film has rousing martial music, with beating drums. It shows military equipment and soldiers landing on islands — reminiscent of […]

Adam Smith War

How much does the U.S. spend on the military? A least 24% of the federal budget.

Rep. Adam Smith said in a town hall meeting with Indivisible Saturday (June 19) that 15% of federal spending goes to the military. I looked at the CBO’s data on federal spending at The Federal Budget in 2019: An Infographic.  For 2019 it says that $676 billion was spent on “Defense” and that total federal […]

crime Drugs

Wouldn’t it be cheaper for society to make heroin legal and safe?

It costs about $38,000 a year to incarcerate a person for one year in Washington State (FY2019 Cost per Incarcerated Individual per Day — All Facility Costs). According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, The substantial prison population in the United States is strongly connected to drug-related offenses. While the exact rates of inmates […]

Bush Politics Progressives

Yes, Nader and his supporters DID cause Gore to lose to Bush

Some progressive writers have claimed that it’s a myth that Ralph Nader caused Al Gore to lose the 2000 presidential election to Bush. They say there were other reasons for the loss: the Supreme Court, bad ballots in Florida, Gore’s losing in his home state, etc.  They fail to realize two things. First, events can […]

War Washington State Politics

Primary candidates barely mention war and military spending

The Washington State Voters’ Pamphlet for the presidential primary election barely mentions the costs of wars and military spending. Tulsi Gabbard’s statement says the most about the topic. “Let us enter into a new century free from the fear of nuclear war, a world where there is real peace….” In the next paragraph she says, […]

Economic Inequality Economic Justice Homelessness

Homeless man in wheelchair, a few blocks from the headquarters of Amazon

I often see him in downtown Seattle in the morning when I arrive. There were two other homeless guys nearby: one sleeping on a metal bench (like the one you see on the right above), the other sleeping in a doorway. Amazon.com’s headquarters are a few blocks away. The two richest men in the world […]