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Since 2014, ThatOpinion has published original written content accompanied by statistics, history, and quotes to offer alternative and socially aware perspectives on current events, technology, business, politics, and culture.

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Seattle has a responsibility to its unhoused residents, and sweeps aren’t the way

Our economy and community have left 10,000 Seattlelites without the basic right of a home, a fact that should create empathy and solidarity. Addressing the issue by curtailing any attempt to gain a secure living situation only causes more harm, while wasting money and time by chasing homelessness from place to place. The city doesn’t […]

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Environmental justice globally will be fought for with local movements

Institutional coercion prevents the most pressing issue facing the world from being addressed. The public is disallowed from even understanding it. Propaganda from corporate interests distorts and obscures climate change while those with no power suffer. However, there is hope in local communities that have formed around fighting for environmental justice. Climate change will ultimately […]

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Only ST3 can bring freedom of mobility to Seattle

Freedom of mobility comes from our trust in not having to think about it, and presently in Seattle, no all-encompassing mode of transportation earns it. When well designed, there is a certain magic to the guarantee that within minutes of arriving to a well-lit area with understandable signage, you’ll be affordably taken wherever you need to go, with dedicated right of way reassuring no delays.

Let’s build a better city

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The ramifications of building suburban rapid transit in Seattle

A preliminary decision on the specific lines and stations included in ST3, Sound Transit’s 25 year plan for Link Light Rail expansion on the November ballot, has been announced. ST2, approved in 2008, is finishing up with the new East Link line from Seattle to Bellevue and Redmond in 2023, and extending the current Central […]

The region’s housing, environment, and transit issues are serious, and ST3’s light rail extensions alone aren’t enough to fix them

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Apple v. FBI: neither love you

Since iOS 8, iPhones have been fully encrypted, requiring a passcode that only the user has access to to make the device’s files legible. A work-owned iPhone 5C used by a perpetrator was recovered from December’s San Bernardino mass shooting, and while authorities have been given access to the iCloud online backups, the FBI claims […]

We can’t rely on corporations or governments for social justice

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Seattle’s New First Hill Street Car

Seattle’s new First Hill Street Car (FHSC) finally went into service last month after facing indefinite delays, and its introductory free period ended. The modern trolley takes riders from Jackson and 2nd in the International District (just a block off from the southern terminus of Seattle’s former Waterfront line) to Broadway and Pike in Capitol Hill, […]

Trolleys are back–but are they actually better than buses?

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Capitalism Must End

INTRODUCTION Capitalism, a system that relies on the exploitation and inequality of people and causes oligarchy, is not functioning, and if we don’t drastically change it, further climate destruction, automation, and financial meltdown/austerity cycles will lead to dystopic catastrophe. Many bourgeois thinkers will state that capitalism is the best of all the bad systems. This […]

Earth needs a system that promotes art and science, solves climate change, and offers voice and equality to all

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The Gun Debate Deserves More Nuance

Following every mass shooting, a polarized and contentious media frenzy debates gun control, with one side responding to tragedy with a celebration of rights, and the other finding the continued inaction of Congress disgusting. The Democrats are homogeneously in favor of any measure to reduce civilian gun prevalence they can pass, while the Republicans are […]

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T-Mobile isn’t your friend

T-Mobile announced a new program allowing its users on 3GB or greater cellular data plans to stream several video services  without counting on the user’s data cap. Accepting this benefit throttles all web video to 480p, including on non-partner sites like YouTube, even though non-partner videos will still count against your allotment. Net neutrality is the law that requires […]

Binge-On is a better deal for the company than the users

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Aziz Ansari’s Master of None is a culturally aware and profound masterpiece

Last Friday, Netflix debuted its latest original series, Master of None, starring and created by Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari. Following Ansari’s Dev, a late 20s commercial actor living in New York, the 10 episode, half hour show brings us a different social issue to focus on in each episode. Through a deeply personal lens of Ansari, it’s perhaps the most culturally aware show I’ve ever seen.

These deeply personal vignettes on a fictionalized Aziz show a message truer than reality