10:19 AM yesterday
commented on Anthony Weiner Caught Doing What Weiner Does
I don't find his sext with the kid present to be a cringe moment. He's stuck alone with a baby and his marriage has obviously been on the rocks since his wife just announced a separation. What's he gonna do? Run to the bathroom to send a dick pic with the kid out of the room? I'm sure when he's home alone with the baby he shits with it in sight as well. The baby's attached to his hip for now. So, I'm whatever on that. Wiener does appear to lack a lot of judgement though, of course. But whatever, it's not like he's breaking the law. Leave the guy alone.
commented on A Feel Bad Story in Disguise: Two Florida Hospitals Won't Bill Orlando Pulse Shooting Victims
Good post Dan, that should be repeated often.
It's not just health care in this country that's disgraceful. Charitable giving is a bad story disguised as a good story too.
Things would be equitable if ALL charitable donations were pooled together and parceled out to the organizations/people in a manner befitting their need. Breast cancer funding vs. prostate cancer funding is a great example (read this: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/27283197/ns/he…
It's like what @7 said, people want the "good feels" that their very own personal donation is going straight into the hands of a hungry child or whatever. They don't want to think that their donation is going to buy a little bit of fuel to put in an airplane and get mixed along with everyone else's donated fuel to get the rescuers to their destination. Everyone wants to feel special. It sucks.
commented on Seattle's Homeowners Will Not Save the Poor
Agreed with others, this is a really fascinating piece (and I don't live in Seattle, though housing issues mostly correspond nationwide).
@2, on your second point, even if you sell your property for a loss you can still come ahead of renters if your overall house sale, minus what you bought it for and what you put into it, still exceeds what you would have paid over the years in rent.
Though there's also cost in terms of time spent... home owners often (though not always) spend a great deal of their time fixing/improving their property. Renters don't and thus have that time as extra.
@4, Totally agree! Although even people who have no intention of selling their property STILL tend to carry a sort of NIMBY attitude, peer pressure maybe? That, or they have HOAs that in essence force everyone in it to fixate on property values.
commented on Poll: Which Fast Food Beauty Product Would You Prefer Over KFC's Fried-Chicken Sunscreen?
The release of flavored/scented beauty products by food manufacturers isn't entirely surprising, in hindsight.
The flavors and smells you get from fast food don't come from the food itself, they come from chemical additives. By the time a fast food burger hits your plate, the thing's been processed, frozen, and manipulated so much all its natural flavor is gone. They need those chemicals to give the flavor and scent back (for reference, read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser).
Makes sense they'd see where else they can sell those chemicals.
commented on Today in Stupid: Police Say Ryan Lochte Made Up Robbery Story To Cover Up a Gas Station Altercation
Analogies are always suspect. Mine isn't perfect. But neither is yours. Denying a soldier a plot in Arlington would be denying them something promised to them in the foreseeable future, but which had not been "earned" yet (by dying). A better (though weird) analogy would be digging up a dead soldier buried at Arlington because you found out they committed a terrorist act after serving in the military but before (obviously) being buried.
It's all a case of retroactively removing a bestowed honor on grounds that are only arguably attached to the event that elicited the honor.
Also, sending home an athlete for (arguably) violating the spirit of the games is different than stripping an athlete/athletes of medals.