It's voting time again. I'm going to update this article as I work through the vote pamphlet.
Initiative Measure 900 – NO
Initiative Measure 901 – YES
Initiative Measure 912 – NO
Initiative Measure 330 – HELL NO
Initiative Measure 336 – NO
Senate Joint Resolution 8207 – YES
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I was reading the economist and ran across a mention of Magnatune, a record label that sells exclusively on-line. Although you can buy a CD from them they also sell all their music in a variety of formats without any DRM. This includes, btw, WAV and FLAC formats which are completely lossless. They also make all of their music available as MP3s for free so you can try before you buy, no strings attached, no memberships, no log-ins, nothing. Before finding Magnatune I had spent exactly $1.07 on music this year and that was for a song I downloaded from iTunes. The reason I don't buy much music is that I don't find much music to like. Maybe it's just me but radio is a waste land filed with the same music I've heard for years. What is great about Magnatune is that it allows me to try out lots of music and decide what I like. Although a lot of their music is 'out there' (they intentionally specialize in genres that they feel mainstream labels do a bad job with) I was generally impressed with both the quality of the talent as well as the production quality of the music. Magnatune seems to perform the job that I think a good label should do – quality control.
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It's time to vote and here are my picks. Remember, the election is 9/20/2005, go out and vote!
King County Sheriff – Sue Rahr
Court of Appeals Judge – Susan Randolph Agid
Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No 1 – Lawrence Molloy
Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No 3 – Lloyd Hara
Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 4 – Jack Jolley
City of Seattle Mayor – Greg Nickels
Seattle City Council Position No. 2 – Richard Conlin
Seattle City Council Position No. 4 – Jan Drago
Seattle City Council Position No. 8 – Robert Rosencrantz
Seattle School District No. 1 – Director – District No. 5 – Mary E. Bass
Seattle School District No. 1 – Director – District No. 7 – Linda Thompson-Black
Seattle Popular Monorail Authority – Board Member – Position No. 8 – Beth Goldberg
Seattle Popular Monorail Authority – Board Member – Position No. 9 – Jim Nobles
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The purpose of this page is to provide pointers to books the reader might want to futher investigate. In other words, I'm not trying to provide full book reviews, just provide enough information to choose books you might want to go to www.amazon.com and check out the reviews for and read excerpts from. For what it's worth I have found the best book prices on www.bestwebbuys.com. An Excel spreadsheet of these reviews is available here.
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King County has four questions up for vote dealing with reducing the size of the ruling council and doing 'something' about transportation, I'm basically voting no on all of them. Seattle also has an initiative up for vote, on killing the ability to build the monorail, and I'm voting no on that as well even though I dislike the monorail. In each case the details are pretty slippery and there is a non-trivial amount of trickery involved.
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Seattle Propositions, Washington State
My Voter's Guide to the November 2004 Elections in Washington/King County/Seattle is now on-line in multiple parts:
In the guide I go through the various candidates and issues and explain what my vote is and why. My goal is to provide something I can talk to my friends about, provide myself with a record I can use when seeing the same candidates in future elections and just possibly influence a vote or two. Below I go through the process I use to decide who to vote for.
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The following is a long list of my opinions and choices for positions like U.S. Congressional representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor and a whole slew of other state level positions.
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Patty Murray committed the unpardonable sin of voting for the Patriot Act. She was tested and she failed. George R. Nethercutt seems to think he is George Bush Jr. which makes not voting for him easy. Mark B. Wilson, the Green candidate, seems to think that throwing money at problems will solve them. So I am left with J. Mills, the Libertarian candidate. His campaign is a bit sloppy and some of his ideas are a bit extreme for my taste but on balance he is the candidate I would most like to send to the U.S. Senate.
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Washington State – J. Mills
Washington State just loves its initiatives and referendums. The upcoming election has five of them state wide. I'm voting no on all of them but R-55 and I-297.
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I-872, I-884, I-892, R-55 and I-297
I can't say I particularly like any of the choices on the Washington ballot but the least objectionable to me is John F. Kerry. I fundamentally disagree with him on many things but I believe that his presidency would make it possible to undo some of the damage George Bush has done to freedoms in our country and to our foreign policy. So I'll be voting for John F. Kerry.
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– John F. Kerry