Largest restaurant job losses since the Great Recession

(First posted at Sound Politics) Mark Perry, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, has been looking at Seattle’s employment numbers and noticed that following the April increase in the minimum wage to $11, we experienced the largest one month drop in restaurant jobs since the Great Recession. As […]

Thalidomide, the Precautionary Principle and Global Warming


Dr. Frances Kelsey, a physician and pharmacologist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who was credited with largely averting the tragedy wrought by thalidomide in other parts of the world, passed away on Friday at the age of 101. As the Washington Post reported, she held up its approval and helped gather evidence of the […]

Why these videos are “disturbing”

Hillary Clinton deserves credit for her reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos.  “I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing.” So much so that she supports a national investigation. Other people who’ve watched them tell me they’ve felt physically ill. It’s no wonder the Washington Post labeled the first one as containing graphic […]

Adapting to “Seattle on the Mediterranean”

With Seattle’s hot streak of weather in June, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to use it to make the case for “doing something” about climate change. Timothy Egan did just that in the July 3 New York Times, in which he pleads: “Before giving in to a future in which […]

Why can’t America have a debate about mental health?

In the wake of this week’s tragedy in Charleston, SC we’re hearing the usual calls for tightening America’s gun control laws. I’m not at all opposed to such a discussion, but like the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and others, I don’t hold out much hope of one given the failure to do anything after the […]