commented on "A Burger Has Never Made Me Cry Before"
While this is a very nice gesture, and I approve and like it, I suspect this will not be a national TV ad and will be limited to online viewing and potential broadcast in areas friendly to the message. It also seems a bit long for a typical TV ad...
Still - thumbs up from me, but I haven't eaten fast food from anywhere in many, many years and this won't send me back.
commented on Suburbs Are Not Cities
Interesting, disjointed argument to this point. For me, it is a simple matter of semantics: What is "urban"? This is not the same as "city" (I live in The City of Bainbridge Island). Statistics on the percent of "urban" areas compared to "non-urban" areas would be impossible to obtain, and highly subjective. Let's focus on the concept of high density living vs. low density living and have a meaningful discussion on the pros and cons of each, eh? (in honour of the day after Canada Day...)
commented on New Redskins Name Suggestions
I have yet to see a serious discussion about this, but there really needs to be a viable alternate or nothing will change. I've been thinking about other names for teams involving indigenous North Americans like Chiefs and Braves and Indians that for some reason are not causing the same outrage, so one that actually might work would be Washington Warriors.
If you look at the original mascot for the Philadelphia Warriors basketball team before it ended up in California, you will see a cringe-worthy stereotype that has morphed into a more generic figure. In comparison, the logo itself for the Washington team isn't so bad, and actually would work with the new name.
commented on A Very Important Slog Poll About Ethics and Arts Calendars
I would blend @1 and @7 to say the contact caused you to pause and go back and reconsider what you might have done anyway, and that your opinions can be affected by those you know best, so why not a small bump? Besides this is THE CALENDAR - not that big 'o deal.
commented on How Did Your
Cocaine Urine Get in My Drinking Water?
Further to @6,7 - yes, these chemicals appear to be bypassing the humans in Seattle and ending up in the Puget Sound marine life - great! Why don't we "aim" to get this stuff out during waste water treatment, too?