Mar 11, 2014 floater commented on Tom Douglas Talks About How a $15 Minimum Wage Would Affect His Restaurants.
This is so pathetic. Screw this. It's like I'm reading the Seattle Times. I'm so boycotting The Stranger.

It's sad, it's what it is. The Stranger has sold itself out so much.

@25 Operative my ass. I WISH the state Democratic Party acted on integrity and supported progressive causes as opposed to being sold out. (You know, like The Stranger.) They can only get away with this because the Republican Party is utterly disgusting in comparison. That's why Sawant won.

Screw this.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on Line Out Is Moving in With Slog!.
Goldy's gone? NOOOOOOOOO! Why? That ruined my day. Forget this Slog/Line Out stuff.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on New Poll Shows Highest Support for Gay Marriage Ever, Pope Comes Out for Civil Unions.
Well said, Dan. Never let those bastards forget how viciously nasty they were. Francis's statement is like the commander of the opposing army signaling defeat. "Let's negotiate!" Sure.

And let's none of us lose sight that there are still people in the world who are as coldly inhumane as those Christian conservatives in the '80's. Just look at Russia. Just look at Uganda. Just look at your local town where folks who deviate from the standard gender roles are beat up and discriminated against. Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it (or however it goes). It's important for our future that we don't forget the ugliness of the early AIDS era.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on The Democracy of American Walking.
@12, @13 Again (and I'll look past your vicious tone and twisted stereotype), we only have the choices society gives us. Not everybody can live walking distance from two supermarkets. (And not everybody has the income or the time to consume healthy meals. Food stamps help.)
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on The Democracy of American Walking.
@10 I don't think that cars should be necessarily restricted to the wealthy. And yes, it usually takes longer to ride public transportation than to drive. However, I propose that very few people will utilize that extra time they gained through driving by exercising. Few people have the motivation required to consistently exercise for its own sake. They may buy the elliptical, but that elliptical will only be used a lot in the beginning. (I personally hate exercising.) You exercise much, much more consistently when you don't have another option because it's part of your routine - for example, walking to and from the bus and taking the stairs rather than the escalator or the elevator.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on The Democracy of American Walking.
@8 We're really getting off the subject of the post here, but poor people are as entitled to their dreams of family as others and, again, poor neighborhoods, as I understand it, tend to have a glut of cheap junk food and very few options, if any, of healthy foods. And it is in our interest to invest in the welfare of the poor (as much as you'd hate helping the poor) because, if we don't, we as a society will pay an even greater social cost - crime, jail, healthcare, etc., not to mention the unrealized benefits of lost potential.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on The Democracy of American Walking.
@6,7 I'm curious about this < 30-minute healthy meal for four that costs less than supermarket junk food (it's not all eating out or McDonalds), but not having the option to buy healthy food, or having a job that wrecks your physical health, or not having access to quality healthcare have nothing to do with being lazy. Your accusation that poor people are lazy and stupid says more about you than it does about poor people. The hardest workers that I've seen have been poor people, not because they love it, although they have the same sense of pride in their work performance as you. Rather, they're the hardest workers I've seen because the nature of their jobs demands it. And they do it with the stress of mainting a life and a household continually at the edge of financial ruin.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on Morning News: Too Many Calories, Not Enough Taxes.
I sense a set-up with those "concerned" protesters against the $15 minimum wage. The guy wouldn't even tell the reporter where he supposedly works.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on The US Must Open Its Doors to African Gays.
You want America to open its doors to black Africans? We're trying our hardest to push it closed for brown Latin Americans. We're a nation of old immigrants who hate new immigrants.
Mar 5, 2014 floater commented on The Democracy of American Walking.
@2 You may be right, but it may have to do with a few different factors. For instance, it's been stated that there aren't that many places in poor neighborhoods that sell quality healthy food, so poor people get stuck eating crappy junk food, which is also much cheaper. It takes time to cook a healthy meal, rather than rip open a package of super-processed cheese, meat, and sugars, and poor people may be strapped for time or dog tired if they're working multiple part time jobs to make ends meet. Poor people may have decreased access to quality healthcare, particularly in Red States where local politicians have tried to suppress Obamacare out of spite. And on and on.

I think what the post is saying is that you have to walk more when you can't just get out of your house, take the few steps to the car, sit your butt down for however long it takes you to drive to the parking lot where you're going (assuming it's not drive-through), and then get out and walk the few steps to your destination. Public transportation isn't as convenient. The stops are much further away from your starting and ending points, so you walk more. And walking is the best exercise. I've both driven and relied on public transportation (and only a certain number of urban regions have usable, dependable public transportation, BTW) and, when I had a car, I actually worried that I wouldn't get as much exercise as before. So I actually went out of my way, in that god-forsaken place that was neither walkable nor had even half-way decent public transportation (it was a Republican region), to get some good walking time in.