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Sometimes it seems like the residents of Seattle are completely detached from reality. While those of us in the real world are hard at work at our jobs, Seattleites are rallying in the streets, protesting Chase Bank’s “Alleged Fossil-Fuel Investments.” Please enlighten me. Why, pray tell, would anyone give a rat’s behind whether a bank has fossil-fuel investments? The said bank isn’t even headquartered in Seattle! Maybe what they’re really protesting is the bankruptcy of the Seattle institution, Washington Mutual, in the 2008 financial crisis. Chase bought WaMu out of bankruptcy and the locals have never quite forgiven them for it. But any institution with any kind of “fossil-fuel” ties gets protested around here.
And then, there’s the story of employees at Seattle’s second-largest employer, Amazon.com, who are irked by Amazon’s “growing ties to the oil industry.” Just like with the Google employees protesting their employer’s work for the US military, Amazon employees think it’s actually their business whether Amazon works with the oil industry. These inmates seem to think they run the asylum. I sure hope that Amazon management lets them know that they do not, and it’s really none of their business who Amazon customers are. They are just acting like the spoiled brats they are.
In the Dubious Distinction category, Seattle has made the list of the most drunken-driving cities. Maybe the drivers in Seattle get really tired of all the traffic congestion, due to the city government’s efforts to get them out of their cars and into government transportation, so they just get drunk.
And, finally, in the Entitled Inmates Thinking They Own the Asylum category, residents of one of the “tiny house villages” for the homeless in Seattle locked out workers from the city government, and employees of the contractor who runs the Village. These residents think they own the place, when they are really living there at the expense of the taxpayers of the city of Seattle. Oh, I actually think the City Council forgets they are spending the taxpayers’ money and not their own!