commented on The Morning News: Gay Men Turned Away from Local Blood Banks, USA Soccer Team Earns Hard-Fought Victory
@1, thanks for the tip. Unlike this rag and King5, the SW article took the time to speak to a blood center representative. As they explain, yes the FDA removed the ban, but that means blood centers have to update their questionnaire system, then submit that to the FDA and await approval. It takes time. A protest is good to expose the backwards rule, but blaming local blood centers is counterproductive. They're on our side.
commented on Liveslogging the No-Trump Fox News Debate
Damn! Missed it. I was in a class tonight. At break, the instructor joked, "Isn't the debate on right now? Should we stream it?"
A classmate shot back, "We're here to get smarter, not dumber." There is hope for the future.
commented on Distracted Pedestrians Are Not the Same As Distracted Drivers
I typically bus to work and walk home. In the past seven years, work changes have increased the distance from two to three to just recently four miles, all on different routes. The first two routes involved a lot of cars. The current walk includes the section of the Burke-Gilman between the Fremont Bridge and the U-District. Of course the car dangers are more severe, but generally, drivers seem surprised and apologetic when I let them know it's my right-of-way (with a wave, a shout, or even a slap on their hood). This new walk involves far more bikes than cars and, wow! There are some asshole cyclists out there! Just tonight I watched a cyclist dicing through joggers/walkers way too fast, yelling "out of the way!" all-too ironically within view of the "bikers yield to peds" sign. I know most cyclists are conscientious, but the asshole minority? No apologies, all entitlement. Kudos to you bikers who ride with respect and call out your counterparts who don't.