Dispatch from Seattle…Ruining Society Every Day

 

The so-called “Public Health” “Authorities” and the so-called “Press” (scare quotes fully intended) seem to be in collusion with the state government to ruin society. If Society means people interacting with each other for mutual benefit, Society is being ruined, decimated by the reactions of government to the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. The lockdowns that started in March, and are continuing in various forms six months later, are having deleterious effects on every aspect of Society. Here are some stories from today’s KOMO Seattle website. [Please note that the actions of the Seattle City Council and mayor might have taken place anyway, but are amplified due to the abrupt halt in revenue from sales taxes curtailed by business shutdowns.]

Nearly 600 Layoffs as Boeing Supplier to Close Plant in Kent

Covid-19: Report Looks at Risks of In-person Learning

Washington adds 800 New Covid-19 Cases While New Report says Cases Are Plateauing

Some counties worry that people fleeing the heat could bring Covid-19

Mayor Durkan extends moratorium on evictions through end of year

All of the above articles directly relate to the effects of government shutdowns to try and halt the spread of the virus. Please note that none of the efforts to halt the virus have been effective.

Now, to the double-whammy affecting residents and businesses in Seattle, the City Government and local “activists” add their demands. Some of these issues stem from the death of a black man in Minneapolis that was immediately assumed to be the fault of the policeman who was arresting him, but now, with new information coming out, may have been the result of medical conditions he already had. No matter, Seattle activists and Antifa will be equal-opportunity destroyers.

Seattle businesses ask the City Council to stop the Payroll Tax: That would be the tax on high-earners that would affect companies like Amazon, Starbucks, and Bartell Drugs (a local chain which was started in Seattle in 1895).

Activists demand Mayor Durkan to use $100 million for minority community

Seattle Police arrest 4 at Cal Anderson Park for alleged criminal trespass: That park was part of the CHOP/CHAZ zone that saw so many incidents of shooting, vandalism, and property destruction.

All the above stories testify to the ruination of Society in our area. Please see my post on the War of All Against All, where the governments are pitting every citizen against every other citizen. The Seattle city government is a past master at this, with their ruination of landlords by requiring them to accept tenants who do not pay rent; their ruination of area bars and restaurants by forcing them to close; and their ruination of thriving businesses with a payroll tax on their most creative and productive employees. And the Seattle School District is doing their part, indicating that Seattle kids will not be returning to the classroom next month, but “distance learning,” which has already proved to be “very little learning.”

I feel sorry for the ordinary citizens of Seattle, who seem to be despised by the people they elect to public office. Maybe you get the government you elect. Good and hard.

[originally published at RushBabe49.com]

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  1. KentForrester Moderator
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    RushBabe, the city councils of Seattle and Portland, both right here in our beloved northwest, seem to be vying for the trophy engraved with these words:   Most Stupid City Council in America.

    I think Portland is in the lead by a nose right now. 

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  2. philo Member
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    At this moment I cannot remember who provided the link to this:

    Yes, This Is a Revolution by Abe Greenwald

    But I printed it for a more deliberate read through and just finished it. It is well worth the toner and paper for a file copy. Some teaser quotes:

    The cost of revolutionary violence in destroyed property and ruined livelihoods has been gargantuan, somewhere in the billions of dollars and climbing ever higher. …

    In revolution, symbolism trumps reality. …

    Opposing the revolution will necessarily be a slower, more considered process than that which brought it into being. Revolutions are sparked into existence and take off at full gallop. They are born reckless and their nature doesn’t change. This is part of what makes them detestable to the civil-minded. Thus, putting down a revolution isn’t a matter of mirroring its recklessness from the opposite direction; it’s a sober process of reasserting prudence and order. The counterrevolution will not be won in the streets. …

    The revolution’s most exploitable weakness is that it is wrong. …

    …“a republican remedy for the diseases most incident to republican government” that would make it “less apt” for an “improper or wicked project…to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it.” One wonders here about the fate of the Pacific Northwest.

    [EDIT: This is probably where I got it. Thanks @concretevol.]

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  3. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    The citizens of Seattle and Portland elected those stupid city councilors, so what does that say about them?

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  4. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    I am so depressed these days. Everywhere I look the news is bad. 

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  5. Randy Webster Member
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    philo (View Comment):
    [EDIT: This is probably where I got it. Thanks @concretevol.]

    He emailed it to me.

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  6. Randy Webster Member
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    I am so depressed these days. Everywhere I look the news is bad.

    John Derbyshire was right.  We’re doomed.

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  7. Percival Thatcher
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    There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.

    — Adam Smith

     

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  8. Mark Camp Member
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    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    I am so depressed these days. Everywhere I look the news is bad.

    Read Comment #7, buck yourself up, and get back in the fight!

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  9. Stad Coolidge
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    It’s worse nationwide:

    https://nypost.com/2020/06/30/more-than-half-of-us-restaurants-closed-due-to-covid-19-study/

    Ask yourself how many people depend on the restaurant business for their livelihood, or to help pay for college?  How many people got their first work experience cooking for or serving customers?  Hey Hollywood – how many of you stars struggled working in a restaurant to make ends meet before you got your big break?

    Even before COVID, the restaurant business was the one most vulnerable to economic downturns.  After seeing the response of government however, hardly anyone is going to open a new eatery not knowing if a politician is going to impose a lockdown at a moment’s notice . . .

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  10. EHerring Coolidge
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    Gem from my NR daily email, a VDH gem

    The Sixties generation is going out as it came in: gross, loud, and cowardly, destroying the very institutions for others that it so selfishly consumed for its own benefit. If we wish to know why America’s veneer of civilization was so thin, and this year so easily scraped away, revealing barbarism beneath, look to a generation’s architects in the university, the media, sports, corporations, and politics who long ago seeded their cultural IEDs and are now giddy they are at last going off, though terrified that the ensuing blasts are reverberating ever closer to home.

     

     

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  11. Mark Camp Member
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    EHerring (View Comment):

    Gem from my NR daily email, a VDH gem

    The Sixties generation is going out as it came in: gross, loud, and cowardly, destroying the very institutions for others that it so selfishly consumed for its own benefit. If we wish to know why America’s veneer of civilization was so thin, and this year so easily scraped away, revealing barbarism beneath, look to a generation’s architects in the university, the media, sports, corporations, and politics…

    and the Church, don’t forget; it’s the foundation

    …who long ago seeded their cultural IEDs and are now giddy they are at last going off, though terrified that the ensuing blasts are reverberating ever closer to home.

     

     

     

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  12. WillowSpring Member
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    Stad (View Comment):
    Even before COVID, the restaurant business was the one most vulnerable to economic downturns.

    we are doing what we can by getting carry-out from all of the local restaurants which are still open and leaving large tips.  There were a lot that had just opened when the crisis hit and I don’t think will make it.  

    It is all so close to a bad ‘B’ movie that I keep expecting to see a young Steve McQueen running through the empty parking lot screaming that the “Blob” is just behind him!

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  13. jonb60173 Member
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    Somewhere out there, or in here, are a whole lot of people not buying into this b.s.  There’s always a tipping point, and usually it takes a lot to get there.  I think we’re well on our way and at a certain point a whole lot of people are going to stand up and fight this.  It, ultimately, might be a cleansing or flushing of the stupid crap floating around our society.

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  14. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    I was reading Peter Hitches letter today, and he talked about how the UK is on track to lose more people from the shutdown than from Wuhan Flu.

    https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2020/08/peter-hitchens-my-suspicion-is-that-the-wrecking-of-the-economy-and-the-state-sponsored-panic-of-the.html?fbclid=IwAR1j6NtTR7WWmc7n0xMaUfrbcPtxPDcSK8OOFZbZDTWG2ZLopHzT18XsJF8

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  15. Weeping Inactive
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    jonb60173 (View Comment):

    Somewhere out there, or in here, are a whole lot of people not buying into this b.s. There’s always a tipping point, and usually it takes a lot to get there. I think we’re well on our way and at a certain point a whole lot of people are going to stand up and fight this. It, ultimately, might be a cleansing or flushing of the stupid crap floating around our society.

    If it is, that might make it all worthwhile – maybe.

     

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  16. Weeping Inactive
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    I was reading Peter Hitches letter today, and he talked about how the UK is on track to lose more people from the shutdown than from Wuhan Flu.

    https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2020/08/peter-hitchens-my-suspicion-is-that-the-wrecking-of-the-economy-and-the-state-sponsored-panic-of-the.html?fbclid=IwAR1j6NtTR7WWmc7n0xMaUfrbcPtxPDcSK8OOFZbZDTWG2ZLopHzT18XsJF8

    Excellent article. Much of what he says about the UK, holds true, I believe, for the US as well. 

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  17. Darin Johnson Member
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    Seattle is eating its seed-corn.  This place is so rich and so culturally functional (historically) that you could afford to strike a pose when voting.

    Until you couldn’t, anymore.  Oops.

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  18. EHerring Coolidge
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    Darin Johnson (View Comment):

    Seattle is eating its seed-corn. This place is so rich and so culturally functional (historically) that you could afford to strike a pose when voting.

    Until you couldn’t, anymore. Oops.

    My two daughters fly in to SeaTac tomorrow for a vacation sponsored by loving husbands cutting them loose and tending to kids at home. I gave them my book on what to see in Seattle. They will bypass the city now, and head into nature. They like visiting US parks. There are too many for them to see to ever return to Seattle. I don’t need my book back. If I cruise to Alaska again, I will sail out of Vancouver.

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