Jun 21, 2016
commented on Let's Talk About that Seattle Times Editorial Claiming Sound Transit Should "Slow Down" on New Light Rail
@15: I no longer believe in BRT after riding RapidRide for a while and using it to connect with the Link. It's a ride, but it sure isn't rapid. RapidRide A takes about as long to go from Federal Way to Tukwila as it takes Link to go from Tukwila to UW. And that's assuming RapidRide is on schedule, which it rarely is. This with a semi-dedicated lane on a route that really isn't very congested, which is really ideal conditions.
May 27, 2016
commented on How Do You Solve the Problem of Gendered Bathrooms? This Capitol Hill Brewery May Have an Answer.
@5: I think it has to do with the history of previous moral panics. In the past the fear wasn't that people would peep at each other, it was that people would get up to no good (sex, drugs, sex with drugs) in the privacy of an enclosed stall. Making them partly open removed enough privacy to allay that fear. It's also easier to clean stalls that don't reach the floor.
In my middle school they'd gone a step further and removed all the stall doors.
Feb 12, 2016
commented on Three Things Seattle Is Doing About Homelessness
@20: Appearing to be "physically able" to work, and being able to hold down a job, are not the same thing.
- Jobs are hard to find if you have no recent employment history or references.
- Jobs are even harder to find if you have no fixed address, and no reliable place to shower and do laundry.
- Some people are physically able but, without treatment, not mentally fit to hold down a job. Even something as basic and treatable as depression can keep someone unemployed, if they don't have access to psychiatric care. I know people like this, although since they're from middle-class families they're living with parents instead of on the street.
- Some people just see no reasonable way forward from their situation. If you know having a job won't pay enough to put a roof over your head or measurably improve your situation, getting one isn't a logical choice.
I think actual laziness is vanishingly rare. Humans aren't wired for idleness; we get bored. If someone is inactive it usually means there's something, either internal or external, blocking them from moving forward.
@30: Yup. Deinstitutionalization became an excuse to do nothing, then blame the consequences on the ACLU.
Aug 12, 2015
commented on The Bad Politics of the Black Lives Matter Protesters Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders
@13: I don't think the majority of it was racism. I think if a couple of white anarchist kids (for example) had seized the mic and kicked Bernie off the stage, people would have boo'd that, too. I think you're veering dangerously close to arguing there should be different standards for black and white behavior, which smacks of conservative attempts to depict black people as naturally more violent.
@79: I'm uncomfortable with tarring her with the "Palin supporter" brush. I had a lot of stupid opinions in high school, too; I'm lucky Facebook didn't exist yet.
I'll say it again: As hard as it may be to realize this in cozy liberal Seattle, liberals are constantly under siege in the U.S. Everything about our electoral system favors conservatives right now. Make no mistake; this is an election about not letting things roll backwards 20 years. If we start tearing down our own forces we're going to get steamrolled and we'll have President Rubio or President Bush. How much good will that do the BLM cause?
Aug 12, 2015
commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally
@200: Do they really think President Rubio or President Bush will be better for them than Sanders or Clinton?
It's easy to forget in cozy, liberal Seattle that liberals are basically living under siege in this country. All the electoral math, and everything about how the system functions, favors conservatives. If we start infighting and allow chinks in our armor, the conservatives will steamroll us and we'll be worse off than we have been in decades.