commented on Conservatives and Lefties Agree: Free Money for Everyone!
@12 I've always loved the idea of giving self-reliance to children sooner, rather than later. So how about this idea I'm making up as I type. (Which I realize would only work in a utopia. But hey, what's the internet for if not for rampant fantasy speculation?)
All children born are considered wards of the state. Regardless of income level, parents are considered guardians of the child and must register that status with the state. At birth, the child is guaranteed the Basic Income and their guardian must document how that money is spent for the child's benefit. Calculating housing and food costs is complicated I know, but there are ways to document each resident's share equitably.
If the parent isn't performing their duties, or abuse is discovered, the parent would lose guardianship privileges, much like they would currently.
In order obtain independent status, a child must apply for a self-reliance exam to prove that it would be able to care for itself. This exam would involve things like basic home-ec (bookkeeping, cooking, etc.), a basic understanding of our political system (three branches, how a law is made, etc.), plus maybe proof they've passed a basic sex and relationship course.
The child can apply to take this test at any point after age 10, maybe 13. This grants the person with full citizenship status, including the right to vote and make all decisions related to their person.
I'm sure many refinements can be listed, but I should get back to work.
commented on It's Election Day! This Is Important! Look Alive! (Plus, What to Do If You've Lost Your Ballot)
I didn't get my primary ballot and had to use the polling place at Union Station in the International District. It was so nice!
I was the only person there for the 15 mins it took me to verify who I was, get my ballot, vote, and have a quick chat with the 10 people there waiting to help me. Kinda made me miss voting in person and feeling that connection with the community.
Then again, I voted this past Sunday night enjoying a Cape Cod in my PJs, so there's ups and downs to both systems I guess.
commented on C'mon Seattle
I was saying this at the bar I was watching it at!
It's those wussie refs.
And I'm pretty sure I just heard the fans at the Clink. From my apartment on Capitol Hill. Good job, 12th Man.
commented on PAX, Day Four: A New Hope
We have different takes on the "Gender Diversity in Games: Where Are All The Believable Female Characters?" panel. I thought the panelists tended to ramble a lot and Neil (the only guy on the panel) tended to dominate the conversation, helped along by the moderator who only seemed to want to talk about what 'Last of Us' did.
I think there were a lot of problems with the panels I attended this year that boiled down to bad moderation. Part of the great thing about PAX is that it is supposed to be focused on the player and I was disappointed the Q&A section of most of these inclusion focused panels was cut short or non-existent. What could have been great discussions with the community about experiences and new ideas, was instead 4-5 people saying the same things over and over, "There are lots of problems with the representations of women and minorities in gaming. We hope developers start changing that."
The 'what can we do' part of the presentations always seemed lacking.