Category Archives: General

Port of Tacoma – moving boldly into the future, or sliding into oblivion?

  I read a really good book recently, on the evolution of container shipping:  The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, by Marc Levinson.   It’s a great book.  Anyone interested in understanding … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day to us all!

                In a day and age when organized labor seems largely irrelevant to many, this is an appropriate time to stop and reflect on the gains made by unions in the past 100 … Continue reading

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Bank of America Screws Its Small Customers

All your money are belong to us… You think Bank America really cares about its customers? In mid-August, B of A notified me that there’d been a breech of data with some retailer I do business with, and because of … Continue reading

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Port of Tacoma – NYK Deal – Money Mostly Well Spent

Like I said in the last post, I don’t usually read the Tacoma News Tribune. It’s a scandal rag, owned by the McClatchy organization. Last week, I couldn’t help looking at their story on the Port of Tacoma – a … Continue reading

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Tacoma News Tribune – A Newspaper Only In Name

I don’t generally read the Tacoma News Tribune. It’s a McClatchy “newspaper” – and I use that term loosely. McClatchy rags all seem to tout the McClatchy line – they’re anti-labor, right-wing, rags with a very specific, narrow agenda. I … Continue reading

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Passings – Farrah Fawcett and Whacko Jacko

I was saddened to hear of the death of Farrah Fawcett. She was a really classy and talented lady.
Conversely, on hearing Michael Jackson died at about the same time, I think I felt relief. My reaction was along the lines of, thank god, another psycho pedophile has been taken out of action.
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Save KPIG! – An Open Letter To Mapleton Communications

Sirs: I’m a regular KPIG listener. I live in Tacoma, WA, and listen to the internet stream. I’ve been a regular listener pretty much since KPIG went live online. In the 70’s, I lived in the Santa Cruz area and … Continue reading

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Chris Lapenski – 1970 – 2007 – In Memorium

He who burns brightest burns quickest. Chris Lapenski died in a motorcycle accident on the morning of Monday, August 13. He was 36 years old, a longshoreman, riding his Suzuki Hayabusa – the fastest production bike in the world, capable … Continue reading

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Safeco Insurance Sucks

What’s the difference between a bookie and an insurance company? The bookie won’t welsh on paying if you try to collect. We just got done with a long, troubling fight with Safeco Insurance. Early last April, my oldest kid’s car … Continue reading

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Manke Clean Burn Wood Pellets = Shorter Pellet Stove Firepot Life

I just replaced the firepot on my pellet stove last week. $300. I’ve heated my home with wood pellets for the last five years. I have a Quadrafire Santa Fe stove. In a typical year, we’ll use about two tons … Continue reading

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