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August 13, 2006

Pacific Magazine Communitiness, Times Opinion Wackiness

We normally get the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, but due to the Joint Operating Agreement between the two newspapers, on Sunday everybody gets the Seattle Times. The Times is politically to the right of the P-I, but it has a couple of recurring instances of progressiveness.

The first is that Pacific Magazine, the weekly insert, loves to run these heartwarming articles about communities around the state. I really enjoy these, since I'm a big communitynik. This week's episode is called "Outsourcing Within" and is about people relocating their web businesses to the Methow Valley (which evidently rhymes with Jet Cow Alley), where the water is pure and the fiber is lit. For example did you know that HomeMovie.Com is headquartered out there? The Methow is in northern Washington, on the other side of the North Cascades Highway, which closes every winter.

Meanwhile, the Opinion section of the Times can't resist guest editorials written by crackpots who want to reshape Seattle in some futuristic way. Today we had a 100-year plan for open space in Seattle, which featured a drawing of a giant lagoon cut into Seattle south of the stadiums. This is part of our new "green infrastructure". WTF is that? Ah, it's the "connected transportation, water and energy systems that are non-polluting and regenerative". They also provide services like "carbon storage" (no, really). I can't quite understand enough of this article to make fun of it, but if there is some special school that teaches you how to produce phrases like "artful water-purifying bioswales", then please let me know so I can steer clear of it.

Posted by AdamBa at August 13, 2006 09:02 PM

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You're kidding, right? (so I'm not related to anybody this, er, woefully unknowledgeable). Carbon storage is a pretty simple concept, really: sequestering carbon (thus taking CO2 out of the air and reducing greenhouse warning) by growing plants. It would require kind of a lot of plants to do much, but on the theory that every bit helps, it's sort of nice (plus one gets other side bennies from adding plants to the landscape).

That said, I couldn't read past paragraph 2 of that piece either. Critical theoryspeak meets environmentalism: ack.

Posted by: Becky at August 15, 2006 06:51 PM

Whatever! It still sounds to me like putting a quarter in a locker and then stashing my femur in there.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at August 17, 2006 04:14 PM