by Carl, 12/17/2013, 7:59 AM

- Congrats to the happy couple, but man alive do I not like public proposals.

- I’m not sure if Frank Chiachiere’s FrequentRide model over at Seattle Transit Blog would work to help save Metro, but I’m glad it’s pushing something beyond the status quo as the maximal position of transit advocates.

- A willingness to critique both sides isn’t evidence of any particular wisdom–the critique could simply be wrong. (Journalists, in particular, make this mistake with alarming regularity.) False equivalence isn’t nuance. And moderation in writing style isn’t depth. But there is something to be said for real nuance.

- Mike McGinn is still feisty on his exit.

- I’m as big a fan of Sriracha as anyone, but no. (h/t)

10 Responses to “Open Thread 12/17”

1. ArtFart spews:

Re: “Frequentride”…it’s already a sorta-kinda done deal on some routes. The 48, f’rinstance, or the 372 which runs between Woodinville and the U. District, connecting the UW main and Bothell campuses, among other things. For the University’s benefit, buses now run about 7 minutes apart during morning peak and at 15-30 minute intervals the rest of the day. Unless there are a lot of older people enrolled at the UW, it would appear that said frequency is attracting a lot of additional riders who might otherwise find another means of getting around. Of course, Metro’s contingency plan so far would go in the opposite direction, cutting runs on the 372 in half and discontinuing the 68 altogether. The opponents of public transit, of course, know this. Their “starve-the-beast” campaign is based on the idea that if it’s less convenient to take the bus (as in when there isn’t one handy whenever you want to go) people who have cars will go back to driving, farebox revenues will decline even further, and so on. It’s the stuff Kemper Freeman and Rodney Tom have wet dreams about.

2. Roger Rabbit spews:

Oh, this is great, now the world will never run out of oil. (But this won’t keep it from running out of atmosphere.)

3. Roger Rabbit spews:

Journalism has always been more about crime blotters and disaster reporting than anything smacking of intellectual effort.

4. Ekim spews:

No wonder Rush LimpDick hates Pope Francis

Pope Francis Delights Us Again – Takes Selfie With Teens & Inspires With Words

“You are bearers of hope. You, in fact, live in the present, but are looking at the future. You are the protagonists of the future, artisans of the future,” the pope told the pilgrims.

“Make the future with beauty, with goodness and truth,” he said. “Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.”

5. ArtFart spews:

@2 Actually not…this is just a momentary stopping point for the carbon that’s circulating in the present biosphere. That ain’t the problem–it’s the bazillions of tons of carbon from long-dead dinosaurs that have been sequestered deep in the ground for eons* which the fossil-fuel folks seem determined to set free.

*Unless you’re a Darbyite who’s convinced that God made everything in six days a few millenia ago and then kicked back with a beer.

6. Puddybud - Back to the Original! spews:

Hey “K” looks like the Senate Vote got worse!

7. Puddybud - Back to the Original! spews:

Wow over at Vanity Fair, the die hard libtards are all upset GW Bush is being viewed favorably, not through the libtard DUMMOCRETIN viewfinder the media wants to use!

8. Ekim spews:

Just saw on the news this morning.
A Washington State delegation has gone to visit Airbus.
A deal may be in the works if Boeing drops the ball.

9. Ekim spews:

Whether or not Boeing keeps 777x production here our state should push hard to get at least one Airbus production plant here. We as a state owe Boeing no more loyalty than they have shown us.

10. Ekim spews:

You referring to the president that started 2 unfunded wars, killed hundreds of thousands of civilian people and filled our Vet hospitals with thousands of wounded warriors?

And you call yourself a Christian? Hah!
Lover of death and destruction.