We’ve been getting asked about our stance on eagles a lot lately. Steve from Ordinary Madness actually asked us to our faces why we hate an “innocent” bird. “INNOCENT.” MADNESS, INDEED.
Here’s the piece that started it all.
Read the whole thing here. We’d say let us never speak about this again, but we’d be lying liars with our pants thoroughly on fire, because we will never stop talking shit about the world’s most overrated animal.
A friend of the site emailed this hot numeric tip to us earlier today because this person knows how much we love numbers. He used this really handy tool from Yahoo and looked up some home listings. Here’s what he said:
1 person making $9.19 per hour makes $19,115 per year (before taxes/no vacation days) and could get a 30-year mortgage for a home priced under $66,468. In seattle, that will currently buy you this slip for a houseboat. http://www.estately.com/listings/info/9050-seward-park-ave-s—17
That would leave $968 to build a houseboat.
A person making $15 per hour would make $31,200 per year (before taxes/no vacation days) and qualify for a home priced at $104,874. This would afford them their choice of three Seattle condos, and this one 740 sq ft house overlooking Marginal Way. http://www.estately.com/listings/info/3843-17th-ave-w
Now, expanding on that, let’s consider how much it would cost the average consumer if their fast-food workers made $15/hr, according to Forbes
Because here’s the thing — to remain competitive, McD’s would have to keep their prices relatively the same. Supply and demand drive their prices — price increases on menus are usually due to rising crop prices and the expense of, say, meat — not how much the workers make.
The only people who would be hurt? Maybe the people who make billions each year off the backs of poor people.
Other arguments — like that to save money, big companies would have to lay people off — don’t take into account the fact that employees with more money to spend will also buy more. The money isn’t disappearing — it could be buying homes. And food. And everything else.
Today is Repeal Day!
However, Seattle was basically drunk the whole time (because duh) and KPLU has a real interesting story on it. If you’ve seen the Ken Burns doc about prohibition, you know a lot of it.
If you don’t drink — WHO ARE YOU — or don’t wanna get lit on a school night, we also recommend going to MOHAI and learning about Seattle’s history of outwitting the man.
Happy drinking, friends!
Awwwwwww yisssss. ESPN released their picks for Coach of the Year and guess who’s on top?
THIS MAJESTIC BASTARD.
We love you, Pete. Never leave us.
Ladies, you know how the most important thing in life is being sexy and skinny? But like, sometimes you just have a bad day or your favorite character gets killed off American Horror Story and you reach for some food to fill your sad hole? Well, there’s a bra for that!
Microsoft teamed up with the University of Rochester to develop a magic bra which can sense when you’re about to cry-eat some night cheese. The bra will send you a text message to remind you to take a few deep breaths. Don’t eat the negative, breathe the positive!
^^Don’t we all?
Of course there’s no such similar item for the fellas, because they don’t have feelings and it doesn’t matter how good they look as long as they’ve got money, amiright?
Sadly Microsoft won’t be commercializing this breakthrough invention, so you’re just gonna have to go it alone when it comes to counting every calorie and staying as desirable as possible. Good luck ladies.
Today, fast-food workers all over the country are striking for a living wage. We support them for a lot of reasons — you can hear us talking about those reasons here — and you should, too.
If you see some workers on strike, go buy them a snack. Or let them know that you support them. Consider writing to your lawmakers and letting THEM know that you support a $15 minimum wage because it’s humane and it’s good for the economy (AND ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE IS WRONG).
But whatever you do, don’t you cross that picket line.
More info on the strike here.
Continuing its vicious assault on local homes, Unattended Food Left on the Stove has claimed another apartment — AND INJURED A CAT.
From the Fire Department blog:
The lone occupant, a male in his 30’s, suffered minor smoke inhalation and 2nd degree burns…Two of the occupant’s cats needed medical attention and were taken to a Lake City veterinary hospital for treatment. One cat suffered burns and smoke inhalation and the other cat was evaluated.
HOW MANY MORE CATS NEED TO BE BURNED BEFORE THE MADNESS ENDS?
^^THINK OF THE KITTENS
Everyone. Get a goddamn fire extinguisher if you’re going to cook food in your house, and stop getting drunk and leaving it on the stove.
Of course, an easy way to handle this situation is to not cook and just eat pizza or cereal three meals a day. Doy.
So you should definitely go!
^^This is literally exactly how Joni Balter sounds. Also like the Chicken Lady from Kids in the Hall.
Speaking with KUOW’s Bill Radke this morning, Balter, a known stick-in-the-mud, expressed her concerns about the December 6 celebration of the enactment of I-502 on that date last year. It’s happening at Seattle Center for eight hours, and will have a fun fence around it to make sure it’s not a “public” event.
Balter called the party, for which the city issued a permit because Mayor McGinn ain’t got no fucks left to give, “a risk” and disclosed that, while she didn’t want “to be a wet blanket,” she was worried that such a pubic display of toking would rile the feds.
Which like, to be fair, it really might — weed is legal in this Washington, but not the other Washington — but also like, states rights or whatever, yeah?
^^You know you wanna.
Balter’s other big concern: Weed getting into the hands of the minors who might be attending the Pearl Jam concert at Key Arena that night. To which we say: Hahahahahahahahahaha.
No minors are going to see Pearl Jam tomorrow night. It’s just gonna be a bunch of stoned dads.
Go smoke with ‘em! It’s your legal right, goddamnit!
Steve from the Ordinary Madness podcast put up with our bullshittery last night and it was a goddamn party. And by party, I mean “hour of us talking about the rent and poverty and other things we care about.”
From the “no doy” newsdesk, here’s a breakdown of cab fare in major US cities.
Seattle rings in as the 10th most expensive city to get around by cab, with a 5 miles ride costing you $15. These stats don’t include idle-time costs, and with Seattle being the fourth most congested city in the country, you can bet your bottom dollar that those fares IRL are much higher.
You know, with other companies like Uber and Crown Black Car you can always get a better assessment of the trip cost, and sometimes they are real nice about giving you back some money if you end up in a traffic jam or end up taking the worst route ever. Taxis are getting better, but we’re always gonna be towncar people.