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Monthly Archives: September 2014

American Academy of Pediatrics condemns Tim Eyman for use of obscene, violent image

Excerpt: Tim Eyman’s deci­sion to use an obscene, repul­sive image to illus­trate a polit­i­cal attack email against King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine (which I wrote about a few days ago) has drawn out­rage and con­dem­na­tion from many quar­ters, in addi­tion to fur­ther cement­ing Eyman’s well-deserved rep­u­ta­tion as a pur­vey­or of destruc­tive ini­tia­tives and prac­ti­tion­er of tox­ic […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Media & Culture
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Frontier working round the clock to restore service to Redmond area after major outage

Excerpt: For the past few days, many homes and busi­ness­es in the greater Red­mond area have been with­out phone, Inter­net, and tele­vi­sion ser­vice after a con­struc­tion crew work­ing on a stormwa­ter treat­ment project sliced through fiber and cop­per lines belong­ing to Fron­tier Com­mu­ni­ca­tions when they dug in the wrong place. The dam­age caused was appraised by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Tim Eyman once again goes fishing for media coverage, using an obscene image as bait

Excerpt: Tim Eyman may not have an ini­tia­tive on the bal­lot this year, but he has no inten­tion of keep­ing a low pro­file this autumn, as he demon­strat­ed yes­ter­day when he went fish­ing for media cov­er­age using an obscene image for sto­ry bait. In an email to reporters sent yes­ter­day after­noon, Eyman engaged in quite a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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Redmond communications outage shows how vulnerable our critical infrastructure is

Excerpt: This morn­ing, at around at 9:30 AM Pacif­ic Day­light Time, a con­struc­tion crew work­ing on a stormwa­ter treat­ment project in NPI’s home­town of Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton acci­den­tal­ly caused a major telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions out­age for near­ly six thou­sand cus­tomers of Fron­tier Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (includ­ing yours tru­ly) when they dug in the wrong place and sev­ered vital fiber and cop­per […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Scotland says no to independence, yes to the United Kingdom in historic vote

Excerpt: After months of cam­paign­ing lead­ing up to an unprece­dent­ed, his­to­ry-mak­ing ref­er­en­dum on their coun­try’s future, the peo­ple of Scot­land have said no to inde­pen­dence and cho­sen to remain a part of the Unit­ed King­dom, accord­ing to unof­fi­cial counts released in thir­ty-one of thir­ty-two local juris­dic­tions. As of around 10:30 PM Pacif­ic Time on Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Elections, World Commmunity
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Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt for failing to fully fund Washington’s schools

Excerpt: This morn­ing, the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court unan­i­mous­ly found the State of Wash­ing­ton — and more specif­i­cal­ly, the State Leg­is­la­ture — in con­tempt for fail­ing to com­ply with its ear­li­er rul­ings in the McCleary case, which found that the state is not ful­fill­ing its para­mount duty under Arti­cle IX to make ample pro­vi­sion for the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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In memoriam, thirteen years later

Excerpt: Today is the thir­teenth anniver­sary of the Sep­tem­ber 11th attacks, which destroyed New York’s World Trade Cen­ter, dam­aged the Pen­ta­gon, and claimed the lives of thou­sands of inno­cent Amer­i­cans. In hon­or of those who died that day, we’re repub­lish­ing a poem that we post annu­al­ly here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate. Two thou­sand one, nine eleven […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Today is Internet Slowdown Day: We’re standing up for a free and open Internet

Excerpt: Today, thou­sands of web­sites around the world — rang­ing from those belong­ing to big firms like Net­flix to small non­prof­its like NPI — are over­lay­ing sym­bol­ic spin­ning wheels of death on top of their con­tent to raise aware­ness of the need for net neu­tral­i­ty, the prin­ci­ple that all traf­fic on the Inter­net should be treat­ed […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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