Why is Seattle so Good at Iconic Moments of Radicalism?

In 1885-1915, the state's formative period, "Washington attracted a prodigious share of radicals, socialists, and utopians," coming here because we were a state that welcomed radical change.

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Impeachment, Plan B

Granted, having Congress try (and likely fail) to impeach Trump is a high enough risk to make this option largely hypothetical, and...

West Seattle Bridge Cracks Explained

Since bridges are generally over-engineered, small cracks usually don’t add enough stress on their own to cause further cracking. But combined with the external forces that created the crack in the first place at some point they lead to progressively larger cracks. Then the stresses start accumulating on the part of the concrete that is still intact as the load shifts, and the process accelerates.

Town Hall Seattle Reopens After a Grand Renovation

Town Hall evolved organically from its early days, when maps didn't exist, to the beloved and grand institution of today. Who would've thunk it? Certainly not me!

The Fallacy (and Laziness) of Both-Sides-ism

The Republicans and the Democrats are not the same. Underlying too much of contemporary reporting is a “false equivalency,” which posits that by representing “both sides” balance and objectivity are attained.

Where Have All the Russia Hawks Gone?

Congressional Republicans could be relied for the past century to attack Kremlin perfidy and Communist propaganda. Now Joe McCarthy, Ronald Reagan and John McCain are rolling in their graves.

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Arbutus menziesii in the Rain

Honoring Archibald Menzies and the trees he named in scientific literature.