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Further insanity from the People’s Republic of Seattle:

First, we have the Seattle Public Schools considering a “Social Justice Math”curriculum requirement. Yes, that’s a Mandate that K-12 teachers in the Seattle Public Schools teach Math with a Social Justice slant. (I urge my readers to click on that article — it will make you want to scream). All the way through from elementary to high school. This would be laughable, if it weren’t so dangerous.

The poor children of Seattle have been indoctrinated with Progressive ideology for 40 years now, and you can see it in the horrible test scores and shrinking graduation rates. Seattle students have been indoctrinated with White Privilege garbage for years, and now they want to teach Progressive math. It’s a wonder any Seattle student can get a job at all, with their useless “knowledge” curricula. This is going to make it even worse. And the Radical Environmentalism taught in what pass for Seattle schools, is having another effect.

That would be the new Heating Oil Tax due to take effect next summer. Those in Seattle with old heating-oil tanks (probably many in older, sometimes historic, homes, which abound in the city), will be forced to dig them up, dispose of them, and buy a new furnace that uses another source of energy. That is many thousands of dollars worth of work needed, even before factoring in the high cost of a new furnace. And I can just see it now, the five companies in the area who specialize in this kind of work will be booked solid for years, thus denying many families the ability to get the work done, even if they can afford it!

“Tax increases on fuel, such as Seattle’s tax, penalizes families and households who can ill afford the latest and greatest efficient home heating systems,” Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy” told the news organization. The city says the poor will be subsidized for this work, meaning those who are not quite poor will be paying for their neighbors to get new furnaces, while also shelling out the big bucks for their own new furnace and oil-tank disposal.

And Mayor Jenny Durkan will just go on, in her nice little enclave, totally unaware of how the citizens of her city are being buried in costs that just pile up higher and higher with each Environmental Wacko mandate.

I find this thoroughly disgusting, and just two more reasons to stay the hell out of Seattle.

Cross-posted at RushBabe49.com.

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There are 38 comments.

  1. Spin Coolidge

    Is there a tax on winter chili?

    • #1
    • October 22, 2019, at 6:36 PM PST
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  2. Percival Thatcher

    2 + 2 = what the Party says it must?

    Multiplication tables do not care about how you feel about 3 x 3.

    Say goodbye to the University of Washington’s College of Engineering.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 7:31 PM PST
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  3. Doctor Robert Member

    RushBabe49: And Mayor Jenny Durkan will just go on, in her nice little enclave, totally unaware of how the citizens of her city are being buried in costs that just pile up higher and higher with each Environmental Wacko mandate.

    Here you are wrong.

    Mayor Jenny Durkan is fully aware of the perverse foolishness of her mandates. That’s why she imposes them. Control is important to leftists.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 7:55 PM PST
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  4. The Reticulator Member

    RushBabe49:

    The city says the poor will be subsidized for this work, meaning those who are not quite poor will be paying for their neighbors to get new furnaces, while also shelling out the big bucks for their own new furnace and oil-tank disposal.

    And Mayor Jenny Durkan will just go on, in her nice little enclave, totally unaware of how the citizens of her city are being buried in costs that just pile up higher and higher with each Environmental Wacko mandate.

    I can be in favor of energy taxes for energy conservation reasons, but this is a reason to withhold my enthusiasm, especially when they are handled this way. And it’s very hard to come up with a plan that doesn’t do it this way.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 8:04 PM PST
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  5. The Reticulator Member

    RushBabe49: Yes, that’s a Mandate that K-12 teachers in the Seattle Public Schools teach Math with a Social Justice slant.

    In days of yore conservatives would occasionally come up with proposals for a mandatory curriculum that includes the workings (and virtues) of the free enterprise system, or perhaps something associated with traditional civics and patriotism. Leftists (we called them liberals back then) would shut them down quickly, saying that was indoctrination, not education. And I’d kind of agree, although I always suspected that it wasn’t the indoctrination aspect that they really opposed, but indoctrination in values they didn’t like. They are getting a lot more blatant about it nowadays. 

     

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    • October 22, 2019, at 8:10 PM PST
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  6. Percival Thatcher

    CBS had a segment on the heating oil tax. Some window-licker who was 13¢ short of two bits but was characterized as an “ecology expert” was enthusing about using electric heat rather than “fossil fuels” in the future.

    Hey Einstein! Where do you think you are getting all that electricity from?

    Some people deserve to freeze.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 8:14 PM PST
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  7. The Reticulator Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    CBS had a segment on the heating oil tax. Some window-licker who was 13¢ short of two bits but was characterized as an “ecology expert” was enthusing about using electric heat rather than “fossil fuels” in the future.

    Hey Einstein! Where do you think you are getting all that electricity from?

    Some people deserve to freeze.

    Maybe he was promoting nuclear power, but they edited that part out. Or maybe he was just dim.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 8:20 PM PST
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  8. Al French, Count of Clackamas Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    CBS had a segment on the heating oil tax. Some window-licker who was 13¢ short of two bits but was characterized as an “ecology expert” was enthusing about using electric heat rather than “fossil fuels” in the future.

    Hey Einstein! Where do you think you are getting all that electricity from?

    Some people deserve to freeze.

    Washington gets 2/3 of its electricity from hydropower. Of course hydropower isn’t growing (it would shrink if the environmentalists had their way), so replacement power for decommissioned oil furnaces will come from some other source.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 8:47 PM PST
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  9. Percival Thatcher

    Al French, sad sack (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    CBS had a segment on the heating oil tax. Some window-licker who was 13¢ short of two bits but was characterized as an “ecology expert” was enthusing about using electric heat rather than “fossil fuels” in the future.

    Hey Einstein! Where do you think you are getting all that electricity from?

    Some people deserve to freeze.

    Washington gets 2/3 of its electricity from hydropower. Of course hydropower isn’t growing (it would shrink if the environmentalists had their way), so replacement power for decommissioned oil furnaces will come from some other source.

    Plus there’s the transmission cost for sending the electricity from where it is generated to where it is used. And it will increase demand for electricity, so more capacity will have to be provided.

    Maybe it’s some of that Social Justice Math. Yeah, that’s gotta be it.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 8:55 PM PST
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  10. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49 Post author

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, our power is primarily hydroelectric, from dams on the Columbia and Skagit Rivers. We probably have the least-expensive, most “renewable” power source there is. Those rivers flow, 24/7, essentially forever. Grand Coulee Dam is the biggie, but we here in NW Washington get power from Skagit River dams, like Diablo. Below is Lake Diablo, behind Diablo Dam.

    The blue-green color is glacial runoff, and the lake is that color all the time.

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    • October 22, 2019, at 8:56 PM PST
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  11. David Carroll Thatcher

    Is there something in the Pacific Ocean that causes insanity? California, Oregon, Washington. Whew.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 3:52 AM PST
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  12. EODmom Coolidge

    The Brits started this scheme about 10 years ago – imagine having to replace windows and HVAC in 150-200 year old cottages or houses. It’s punitive.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 6:28 AM PST
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  13. EODmom Coolidge

    I forgot about Cuomo in NY requiring that National Grid install gas hook ups to new residences notwithstanding that Grid has advised new customers that it doesn’t have sufficient supply to send gas to them. Because Cuomo won’t allow fracking in Upstate nor new transmission pipes. So low supply to all……. Does that sound safe to anyone anywhere?

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    • October 23, 2019, at 6:52 AM PST
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  14. Spin Coolidge

    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Is there something in the Pacific Ocean that causes insanity? California, Oregon, Washington. Whew.

    I’ve gotten a lot of pacific ocean on me, and I’m not insane. No…it is something else.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 7:00 AM PST
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  15. Doug Watt Member

    If there was a Nobel Prize for city governments that are destroying their cities then Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Baltimore would be in a dead heat for a medal. The Swedes would have to build a larger stage for the award ceremony.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 9:36 AM PST
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  16. Kozak Member

    How important is it to be Right? What is Right? Says Who?” one of the framework’s proposed questions reads.

    I don’t want to fly in any planes or drive across any bridges designed in the future by these kids.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 10:22 AM PST
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  17. Kozak Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    2 + 2 = what the Party says it must?

    Multiplication tables do not care about how you feel about 3 x 3.

    Say goodbye to the University of Washington’s College of Engineering.

    1984 was not supposed to be a documentary.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 10:27 AM PST
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  18. David Carroll Thatcher

    Spin (View Comment):

    David Carroll (View Comment):

    Is there something in the Pacific Ocean that causes insanity? California, Oregon, Washington. Whew.

    I’ve gotten a lot of pacific ocean on me, and I’m not insane. No…it is something else.

    Maybe you are an unusual person with an immunity to the disease.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 10:51 AM PST
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  19. Full Size Tabby Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    2 + 2 = what the Party says it must?

    Multiplication tables do not care about how you feel about 3 x 3.

    Say goodbye to the University of Washington’s College of Engineering.

    Reading some of the materials about “social justice math” I get the impression that part of the objective of the framework is to teach that math itself is “wrong” precisely because there is a correct answer and a lot of incorrect answers, as those are pre se features of oppression by white people against “people of color.” The very feature that makes math itself immune to manipulation by social justice warriors is why math should not be taught. 

    You and I know that without good math, buildings and bridges will fall down, airplanes will crash, finances will collapse, etc., but there really are people who do not see that. I once at a community business lunch sat next to a person who just could not understand why a group of engineers she had recently worked with was so insistent on precision and accuracy.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 2:35 PM PST
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  20. Full Size Tabby Member

    EODmom (View Comment):

    I forgot about Cuomo in NY requiring that National Grid install gas hook ups to new residences notwithstanding that Grid has advised new customers that it doesn’t have sufficient supply to send gas to them. Because Cuomo won’t allow fracking in Upstate nor new transmission pipes. So low supply to all……. Does that sound safe to anyone anywhere?

    Maybe Seattle could send its old boilers to New York. I heard that because of uncertainty in the supply of natural gas, people were again installing boilers, or trying to keep existing boilers operating. 

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    • October 23, 2019, at 2:37 PM PST
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  21. Skyler Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    You and I know that without good math, buildings and bridges will fall down, airplanes will crash, finances will collapse, etc., but there really are people who do not see that.

    More importantly, without good math, people can be taxed more.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 4:11 PM PST
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  22. Zach H. Coolidge

    What I’m worried about (new poster here) is not so much that the kids subjected to Progessive Mathematics will have trouble finding a job, but that it will someday be hard to find a job if you don’t know Progressive Mathematics. The impulse that drives this sort of thing on the Left is palpably totalizing. The zealots want every aspect of life to be inflected with their politico-religious worldview. It’s creepy. It’s also very human.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 6:21 PM PST
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  23. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Percival (View Comment):

    CBS had a segment on the heating oil tax. Some window-licker who was 13¢ short of two bits but was characterized as an “ecology expert” was enthusing about using electric heat rather than “fossil fuels” in the future.

    Hey Einstein! Where do you think you are getting all that electricity from?

    Some people deserve to freeze.

    In Washington State, they get it from evil hydro dams that chain the river gods, and from nuclear power devilry, that must be exorcised with thousands of bird blenders.

    Just ask a typical Seattle voter, like Donald Duck.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1319819/posts

    https://humanevents.com/2007/12/04/the-stunning-reality-of-voter-fraud/

    And pin the blame squarely on President Bush the Younger, who naturally failed to protect the Constitution and to ensure that our laws were faithfully executed. He was all about spying on Americans in the name of “homeland security” but not his fellow political elites disenfranchising the little people.

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    • October 23, 2019, at 8:20 PM PST
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  24. James Lileks Contributor

    The city says the poor will be subsidized for this work, meaning those who are not quite poor will be paying for their neighbors to get new furnaces, while also shelling out the big bucks for their own new furnace and oil-tank disposal.

    Not quite; the article says people will be eligible for grants or rebates paid for by the tax. So it’s free! </s> But expensive – converting from radiant heat to baseboard electric heaters is quite involved. And also a step backwards, for some; radiant heat has a different, oh, atmospheric aesthetic than electric heat, in my opinion, which is completely unclouded by my family’s long-standing involvement in the fuel-oil trade. Electric heaters make everything bristle with static. 

    I’m sure they’ll require people to bring up the tanks even if they switched to natural gas long ago. Decommissioned tanks are assumed to contain fuel that leaks out eventually, and the only way to be sure there’s not two cups of ancient fuel oil leaking into the bosom of Gaia is to hire a backhoe to bring up Satan’s Coffin. 

     

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    • October 23, 2019, at 8:56 PM PST
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  25. The Reticulator Member

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    You and I know that without good math, buildings and bridges will fall down, airplanes will crash, finances will collapse, etc., but there really are people who do not see that.

    More importantly, without good math, people can be taxed more.

    How are they going to regulate racial quotas without good math?

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    • October 23, 2019, at 9:50 PM PST
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  26. Skyler Coolidge

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    You and I know that without good math, buildings and bridges will fall down, airplanes will crash, finances will collapse, etc., but there really are people who do not see that.

    More importantly, without good math, people can be taxed more.

    How are they going to regulate racial quotas without good math?

     

    They’ll do it with bad math. Which is way worse.

     

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    • October 24, 2019, at 4:02 AM PST
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  27. Slow on the uptake Thatcher

    In another coastal state, as the public schools deteriorated parents began taking their kids out and either home schooled or put them in a private school. Not for religious reasons, nor for political reasons per se’, but because they wanted their children to be educated.

    Anything like that happening up there?

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    • October 24, 2019, at 6:18 AM PST
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  28. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49 Post author

    I forgot. My first husband still lives in our old house in Ballard (purchased for $33,000 in 1977, worth $500K now), with the old oil tank still in the ground. We jumped through a lot of hoops to get permission to switch to electric heat (forced-air, not baseboard). I expect he’s going to have to finally dig it up. Knowing him, he’d do it himself.

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    • October 24, 2019, at 6:21 AM PST
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  29. Stad Thatcher

    RushBabe49: First, we have the Seattle Public Schools considering a “Social Justice Math”curriculum requirement. Yes, that’s a Mandate that K-12 teachers in the Seattle Public Schools teach Math with a Social Justice slant. (I urge my readers to click on that article — it will make you want to scream). All the way through from elementary to high school. This would be laughable, if it weren’t so dangerous.

    You beat me to it, @rushbabe49. I nearly gagged when I read this, and was already writing up a post. Math, science, and engineering are curricula which are truly race-sex-religion neutral. “Two Plus Two” doesn’t care about the identity of the person making the calculation, as long as it’s the right answer. Looking into the future, are we now going to calculate what percentage of blacks, Hispanics, and women worked on the design calculations for an engineering project? Sheesh . . .

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    • October 24, 2019, at 8:11 AM PST
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  30. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    RushBabe49:

    And Mayor Jenny Durkan will just go on, in her nice little enclave, totally unaware of how the citizens of her city are being buried in costs that just pile up higher and higher with each Environmental Wacko mandate.

    I find this thoroughly disgusting, and just two more reasons to stay the hell out of Seattle.

    @rushbabe49 — Ah, but you forgot the second nuttiest item on our ballot: Referendum Measure No.88. What this will do is bring back affirmative action, something our voters rejected years ago when there was still a modicum of sanity in the air. Unbelievably, it’s endorsed by the Seattle Times, a newspaper that used to have common sense.

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    • October 24, 2019, at 1:07 PM PST
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