Slog PM: No gas-powered cars by 2035, bike lanes as a weapon against the homeless, Trump was basically trying to make Mar-a-Lago the capital of the US


The homeless crisis and its sweeps could pump fresh blood into a major urban cause. we see this potential in the fervor of SDOT “Build protected bike lanes in the Delridge neighborhood” where people had recently placed “illegal concrete blocks” to prevent RV residents from parking there. Now we know how to get Seattle’s underdeveloped bike infrastructure moving.

Here’s the plan: Urbanists must form an alliance with the homeless on wheels. Look at the gaps in the bike system. Send the RVs to these transfers. Then the neighbors freak out. The city finally sweeps. The illegal eco-blocks appear, and when they are removed, we not only get a bike path from SDOT, but one that is protected. The scheme will work if the townsfolk can give the homeless some in-game skin.

However, SDOT has received some deserved love from urbanists lately:

Governor Jay Inslee says Washington is going the way of California. The state wants to “ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035”. That decision wasn’t difficult to make because automakers are following California (not the other way around). When the bear state makes a decision on emissions, its market is large enough to affect all other emissions standards in the US. Inslee just smells the coffee. Oregon will do the same.

King County confirmed a second case of “an infant infected with monkeypox.” The thought is that the infant who is “stable and being treated” contracted the virus from a family member or someone close to their family. All of this sheds light on the fact that schools are about to open. Get ready for the explosion of a virus that could not be contained due to capitalism’s expansion logic.

Today in the old fight between those who possess the means of reproducing socially necessary human needs, and such who does not: “Investigators with the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Starbucks … saying the company violated labor laws when it withheld raises and benefits from unionized baristas.”

If you’re wonderingif it’s on your mind, if you’ve lost sleep over it, then I’ll offer your night’s sleep nothing less than a light at the end of the tunnel: Bumbershoot isn’t happened next week.

Along with that terrible heat that has dominated the second part of summer, in the gutter of my house was a busy wasp nest. Some of these wasps even made it into my bedroom. I’ve been given the stuff to kill them all, but I can’t pull the trigger (or squeeze) because I admire how much they work. They begin as soon as morning comes, and they don’t stop until the sun has disappeared from the sky. All that effort ended up with some chemicals? How mean. I will write about it tomorrow. But now we are in another hot day. Let’s hope it’s the last of its kind.

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I am impressed. The White House Twitter account, in the words of the HuffPost editor Phil Lewis“pulls in ‘is that you?'”:

My two cents on the whole odd deal with Trump steal top secret documents and stash them in Mar-a-Lago. There is no new or shocking news about it today. The USA is with the 400 billion dollars (1.6% of GDP) in student loans that the government released in a largely privatized economy. But what we can see in this documentary drama is a resemblance to the final days of Arab nationalist Muammar Gaddafi. Remember that when he lost control of the Libyan capital on August 20, 2011, he went to Sirte, his hometown, and declared that it was now the Libyan capital. The logic of this madness is reflected in Trump’s capture and relocation of top-secret documents to what he sees as the new capital of the United States, Mar-a-Lago.

Happy Birthday, Wayne Shorter, a jazz intellectual of the first order. you are what now 89

Let’s end Slog PM with one of Wayne Shorter’s great compositions“Footprints”:


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