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1. Sigh. Danny Westneat at the Seattle Times raises the tired specter of "tax fatigue," suggesting that maybe Seattle voters are tired of paying taxes to pay for things—specifically, in this case, three proposed upcoming levies for parks, Metro transit service, and universal pre-kindergarten. Seattle, according to Westneat, "bombards its people with special levies or funding requests" like no other city.
Never mind that few other cities exist in a taxing universe that does not include an income tax (only seven states, including Washington, don't tax individual incomes), where the state legislature has limited annual property tax increases to 1 percent, where local jurisdictions like Seattle are barred from passing a progressive motor-vehicle excise tax to pay for transit, and in which gas taxes must, under the state constitution, pay exclusively for roads.
Those structural burdens, in Westneat's mind, simply don't exist, and any new taxes to make up for the funding shortfalls they create will inevitably lead to "tax fatigue" by voters tired of "scaremongering" and "electoneering by threat: Vote yes or I'll shoot this puppy." 

2. Damn, sister. I'm just gonna quote this one at length. Take it away, Seattlish:

Let's all shed a sad, sad tear for the poor dudes of the tech world who can't get a date because the poor dudes who run the tech world fail to hire women. 

 

You guys know what really sucks about the fact that Amazon’s workforce is 75% male? Hint: It’s not that it’s indicative of the fact that we discourage little girls from getting into careers in STEM. It’s also not that it’s symptomatic of a larger culture of dude-ness in tech. It’s not even that that means that women are still generally employed in field that pay less and are largely left out in the cold during times of “tech booms.”

It’s that it makes it so hard for all those men to date :((((((( according to this sad dude who finally has a reason to be sad about tech’s blindness to women. 

Let's all shed a sad, sad tear for the poor dudes of the tech world who can't get a date because the poor dudes who run the tech world fail to hire women. 

3. Oh, lord. The New Yorker reports that NYT executive editor Jill Abramson was reportedly fired for being too "pushy" (yup) and, specifically, complaining when she discovered that her male underlings made more than her.

"Publicly, [NYT CEO Mark] Thompson and Abramson denied that there was any tension between them, as Sulzberger today declared that there was no church-state—that is, business-editorial—conflict at the Times," the New Yorker's Ken Auletta writes, skeptically. "A politician who made such implausible claims might merit a front-page story in the Times. The two men and Abramson clearly did not get along."

She has been, naturally, replaced by a dude.

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