in the past few hours blip commented on #ShoutYourAbortion and Civilization Have Won a Webby Award.
ok so it's the same process as every other vote based award only it's normal people picking the winner instead of internet people.
in the past few hours blip commented on Plans for New Low-Barrier Homeless Shelter Delayed to Address Concerns from Little Saigon Community.
@2, Idiots who don't understand how this whole living on the streets vs. living in a shelter thing works? Self-absorbed cretins who want to live in a city but think the problems that go hand-in-hand with city living are everyone else's problem but theirs? Mental defectives who somehow managed to survive into adulthood without grasping the concept of object permanence? I don't know, why don't you tell us, you seem like you fit into one or more of these categories.

The drunks and junkies are already there. The shelter helps them so they don't have to be there anymore, which is way more effective than pretending they aren't there at all.
in the past few hours blip commented on #ShoutYourAbortion and Civilization Have Won a Webby Award.
Anytime an award winner is selected by voting, it is standard practice for the nominees to campaign for votes. It's not like there is a scientific formula for selecting the best website/song/actress/whatever. When people are nominated for a thing, they ask people to vote for them. This is how these things are done.
9:26 AM blip commented on #ShoutYourAbortion and Civilization Have Won a Webby Award.
Good for SYA. Predictably, the comments prove why they deserve it.

If the anti-abortion brigade gave a single shit about saving lives they would be the biggest advocates in the world for free birth control, comprehensive sex ed, universal health care, and government assistance, because those are all the things make elective abortions unnecessary. Most of them are also against those things, often furiously so, because they are exclusively concerned about women being in control of their bodies and their sexuality.
9:06 AM blip commented on The Morning News: Seattle Home Prices Continue Climbing, WA Republican Senator Wants Seattle to Become Its Own County.
@3, A 2008-style market 'correction,' or - if we're lucky - a regional financial collapse that devastates Seattle but spares the rest of the country. We can only hope! And by we I mean everyone who doesn't live in Seattle.
3:18 PM yesterday blip commented on Senator Patty Murray Is Trying to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy Nationwide.
@13, Supplements are explicitly excluded from regulation - Sen. Hatch sponsored and passed a bill in the early 90s that requires an abundance of evidence of negative effects before the government can investigate a dietary supplement (http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/09/…), which means a number of people have to get sick or die before a supplement's safety profile is considered. Please note this is NOT a good or even value-neutral thing, it's an outrage, and it and should only be cited as an example of why deregulation is a hazard to public safety and never to justify failing to regulate something else. Also, *A LOT* of people object to the lack of oversight for supplements, but it would require congressional action to change the law and it is nowhere near anyone's priority (also, $$$$$$$$$$$).

Supplements aside, we should not allow parents to force their children to undergo an extreme 'therapy' that has no scientific support. It's one thing if adults make these choices for themselves, but another altogether when it's forced upon children, and that is what people are talking about when they talk about the dangers of conversion therapy. It probably won't go anywhere because in the US, xtian goofballs > gay people.
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2:41 PM yesterday blip commented on Senator Patty Murray Is Trying to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy Nationwide.
@11, I know sarcasm often flies right over peoples' heads, especially on the internet, but "child abuse" is about as simple as words get.
11:48 AM yesterday blip commented on The Morning News: Yet Another Example of Football’s Toxic Culture, Why Did Mayor Murray Call Police to His Home Last Summer?.
@20, We don’t "know" that at all, but we can accept it as the best possible representation of the truth - certainly more so than qualitative speculation based on a handful of news reports - but the 538 analysis should not be treated as gospel either.

Any analysis that is based on convenience data like public records - as opposed to a study where data is exhaustively collected on a random sample - will be biased, because the data is only a proxy for the true underlying information. In this case, arrest rates are a stand-in for actual criminal activity, but there are obvious reasons why this data may be terminally, systematically flawed. If the police respond to an incident but do not make an arrest because the culprit is a football player they like, or if people are pressured with money or threats of violence to not report a crime in the first place, these incidents will be invisible in a study of arrest records. Given the vast sums of money at stake, and how passionately people feel about sports, it seems entirely possible that the commission rate is higher than the arrest rate, but it would be very difficult to prove it, though we have a number of high-profile incidents that suggest this is happening to some degree.

Anyway I'm not disagreeing with you, just placing an asterisk above the data that you cite. I think the problem is cultural, period, and what we see within football is only a microcosm of it.
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11:29 AM yesterday blip commented on The Morning News: Yet Another Example of Football’s Toxic Culture, Why Did Mayor Murray Call Police to His Home Last Summer?.
@16, not arguing with that, or that the stats themselves are not systematically flawed or biased for that matter, only what they say. So please amend my comment above that the stats are for professional level only, not all football players.
11:19 AM yesterday blip commented on The Morning News: Yet Another Example of Football’s Toxic Culture, Why Did Mayor Murray Call Police to His Home Last Summer?.
@13, According to those statistics we have a cultural problem with rape and domestic violence, and football players appear to be significantly less terrible than the general public. I wasn't responding to those statistics though; the statistics were submitted in response to me. I was responding to the suggestion that football players appear to rape women, murder people, and beat their wives at an exceptionally high rate because football is competitive, despite the appearance that other competitive sports do not have the same problem. We have not seen those statistics yet, but we now know that football players are about 50% less likely to be arrested for beating their wives than all men aged 25-29, and at an even lower rate than their income class, and this is more or less true for a number of violent crimes.

The arrest rate is the best we have to go by, but given what we know about the Steubenville rape, where people conspired to cover up a rape committed by popular athletes that many in the community knew about, or how people at Penn State knew for years that Sandusky was using their football program to prey on vulnerable young boys, I think @14 has a good point, but that is only speculative.
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