Monday, August 3, 2015

The Service Guidelines Task Force: what to do for fun!

RantWoman means this posting to interest people who want to use #opendata and existing public sector data dashboards for civic participation around transit issues.

RantWoman has meant to write a couple posts about activities and discussions at the
 King County Service Guidelines Task Force .  The Service Guidelines Task Force follows up the work of the Regional Transit Task Force of 2010  

RantWoman's good intentions so far have not turned into. So permit RantWoman a short introduction of what's on her mind and then feel free to comment here or just to head over to the official site.

The Regional Transit Task Force got representatives of many king county jurisdictions, agencies as well as nonprofits and private citizens into rooms for a number of meetings. They worked very hard and came to HUGE agreements about changing how King County Metro allocates services / schedules bus routings. Metro has used the RTTF Service Guidelines framework to make scheduling and service cut decisions over several shakeup cycles. The Service Guidelines have offered the intended guidance. This has please people in some locations. In other locations, not so much.

Now the Service Guidelines Task Force is considering whether the service guidelines might need to be adjusted and if so how. RantWoman is thinking that some existing dashboard reports and other #opendata options might provide lots of people windows into this process. RantWoman is the kind of nerd who finds working with data like this FUN; RantWoman is hoping to charmer, motivete, and inspire some other people to similar interests. Stay tuned.

There. An intro. Check out the website. RantWoman has more to say but not today! But check out the website to get started...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Coming to a Sunday bulletin near you: the Annual Night Out!

The short version: the weekly bulletin meets the news for Neighborhood Night Out, edited slightly to prevent overload of faith-community specific terminology.

The Big One is Coming. The New Yorker says so.  (People) who do not just want to sit around fretting about impending Monster earthquakes can start by picking up valuable safety and preparedness information on Tuesday August 4 at Neighborhood Night out events throughout our area. Check out The Seattle Neighborhood Night Out page or ask someone with a Smartphone to help you find an event near you.

AND (people) particularly worried about climate change leading to much more severe storms can support community-based bipartisan efforts to help communities prepare for severe weather by responding to this cool legislative alert and asking WA members of Congress to sign on and co-sponsor the PREPARE Act.



The longer version. Warning it is about a faith community so it involves mention of things like prayer, not only prayer, but definitely prayer:
RantWoman can tell you blind IT professionals face some of the same issues in many different organizations. RantWoman can tell you this from reading a couple blind programming discussion lists.

Once upon a time when RantWoman was still reading computer magazines in print, a guy took a new job as director of data security. Over several months he wrote of several things that are probably about average at many organizations

Whether RantWoman's faith community is average or strictly above average, RantWoman suspects experiences might be similar in other faith communities. RantWoman's faith community is muddling along forming an ad-hoc committee on disaster preparedness, particularly as relates to said faith community.

So far, an assortment of Personalities, including RantWoman, have volunteered. Emails have been sent about resources and approaches: Personalities have weighed in. Already there is risk of terminology overload, not to mention wild disagreement about scope and approaches. Getting people all together in a room will be a good idea but RantWoman is not guessing about timing.  RantWoman also is specifically hoping to recruit someone else who is sane, female, younger than 60, and maybe new to Seattle / or to RantWoman's faith community.

RantWoman could nudge the person who is supposed to chair this effort, but Chair-to-be has just moved and RantWoman has limited time right now anyway. So RantWoman, thinking both twitches and timeliness, decided not to ask anyone's permission and just put something in the bulletin. Yikes. RantWoman PROBABLY could have been gentler. Say prayers.

Probably by the time the committee gets organized and figures out how to approach the problem, half of what is on RantWoman's mind will already get done. In the meaintime, RantWoman plans to offer commentary from time to time, assuming that other faith communities might include people like RantWoman and the people who have already signed on as well as some of the same issues and challenges RantWoman expects to write of. Say prayers. And think #preparedness.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Key and Peele: what if teachers were treated like pro athletes

School supplies are starting to appear in stores.

Irrepressible Nephew is about to ennnnter H-H-High SCHOOL.

And Key and Peele think we should treat teachers something like pro athletes!

Really.

Enjoy!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pro Life or Pro Birth!

Sr. Joan Chittester on Pro--life vs pro-birth

In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the 'pro-life' movement:
"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."
This quote applies well to many Republican lawmakers and anti-choice extremists who continue to introduce/pass misogynist laws restricting a woman's reproductive rights. At the same time, the GOP works to shut down women's health clinics, with a special vengeance towards Planned Parenthood (#StandWithPP). You don't hear of these Right Wing anti-choice extremists adopting children from unplanned pregnancies. But you do hear of them cutting government programs like school lunches for children, cutting aid to families who are homeless and/or in need, and blocking free college education. No, the goals of these hypocrites seem to be more about controlling l women's bodies and women's futures. It's good to hear a Catholic nun define GOP double talk so well. An outspoken advocate for women, Sister Joan Chittister is an author of 50 books and a lecturer. Holding a Ph.D. from Penn State University, she is also a research associate in a division of Cambridge University. Other subjects of her writing includes women in the church and society, human rights, peace and justice, religious life and spirituality. She has appeared in the media on numerous shows including Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, Bill Moyers, BBC, NPR, and Oprah Winfrey. You can visit Joan Chittister's website at Joan Chittister.org.
The photo of Sister Joan Chittister from her new upcoming book: 'Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith by Tom Roberts, due out in September.' Excerpts of this story were taken from an earlier Daily Kos diary: 'Anti-Choice Extremists Shut Down Planned Parenthood Website'
 

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Thu Jul 30, 2015 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Anglican Kossacks and Pro Choice.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

If it's not too much to ask:

RantWoman is VERY grateful and sending blessings upon the soul of someone.

One item not specifically mentioned in this previous True Crime and Unholiness tirade about a stolen bag has been returned. RantWoman is very, Very, VERY grateful. And whoever returned it should also be grateful not to get all your problems entangled in RantWoman's.

Now, since RantWoman believes in asking for what she needs, if it's not too much to ask, would it please, pretty please also be possible to return:

--the doll
Three Unique Dolls made by Blind Neighbor
The doll is the middle of this trio. She has wonderful long brown braids. She may look like the homeliest thing on the planet. I assure you she is not, but her sisters, the other children of the same passionate craftswoman miss her. RantWoman misses her. RantWoman has NO expectations that whoever knows her whereabouts is providing her with the level of care and adventure to which she feels entitled. And as far as RantWoman is concerned she just belongs back with her sisters.

--the calendar.
Again, the embodiment of dorkiness in bad handwriting with fat pen, but it is exactly what RantWoman needs and RantWoman resents the hell out of having to get along without it.

--the whole dang bag.

RantWoman really does appreciate BIG steps so far and RantWoman would also be really, really grateful for a few more steps. Please.





Monday, July 27, 2015

Ballot with blueberries

The RantWomen done voted, filled out our ballots, exercised our franchise for the primary.

Various fast comments:

--YUM. 96 pages of PDF, on a smartphone. Despite misdaventures earlier in the week RantWoman did find the online voters pamphlet but not the one candidate at a time version which is  August 2015 Candidates list. RantWoman also did not invoke either KUOW interviews or a couple other info streams. RantWoman did a couple times ask RantMom to read from the endorsement lists she had on hand. And RantWoman is REALLY glad to manage to mark a paper ballot and be reasonably confident she has marked the candidates she intends, though voters who need accessible voting options should check out Accessible Voting Resources

--Look, it's a PRIMARY. RantWoman is really impressed about the number and diversity of candidates running in Seattle City Council races. But it's a primary so half the task is hoping the right combinations of people make it to the next round. Sigh.

--RantWoman is glad for the end of the Cold War but one of these days may find herself called to lecture a couple candidates in Russian about democracy. Stay tuned?

--Next we turn to Port Commissioner. RantWoman had already heard from someone new to town that perennial elected office aspirant GoodSpaceGuy, formerly GoodSpaceGuy Nelson is on the ballot again, this time for Port Commissioner. Ummm, if and when teleportation to other dimensions becomes a reality, perhaps it will seem logical that it be overseen by the Port of Seattle so perhaps we should all thank GoodSpaceGuy for being ahead of his time.

Since matters of menu are always of interest in the Rant Family and since half the menu came from a newly opened food purveyor in RantMom's 'hood, the pre-voting menu:

--green salad with very ripe plum tomatoes

--roasted random veggies of good intentions roasted before the good intentions turned to mush in the fridge RantMom runs a much tidier refri than RantWoman does. In fact one time years ago RantWoman and two age-group peers were all chagrined to realized that our refirgerators did not measure up to our mothers' standards. RantWoman is SO relieved, though,  to realize that RantMom's fridge also occasionally develops veggies of good intentions.

--mini meat loaves with tasty minced pepper

--fresh blueberry crisp with frozen yogurt.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Old School Data Visualization: cloropleth, slavery

RantWoman reprints this tweet here with hope of easily finding it again should she want to.

E. Ariño de la Rubia
155 year old cloropleth map of percentage of slaves by U.S. county in 1860