commented on Last Night at the DNC: Live-Slogging Hillary Clinton's Speech
So I do wonder what the live Slog was like, but damned if I'm going to wade through twitter comments to find out. Why you guys even bother with anything election related anymore is befuddling, clearly any institutional commitment to good political coverage is long gone.
commented on Mayor on the Police Union and Reform: "It's a Struggle."
@6: I am no fan of SPOG, but that same argument could be used against any public sector unions. The problem is not with unions in general, it is that SPOG (like many other police guilds) is run by the most in-your-face, aggro folks in the department. The kind of folks who get into gunfights in biker bars.
commented on What We Find in Gay Bars and Queer Clubs
Wonderful piece. Thank you Dan. (a straight guy, whose mind was blown the first time I set foot in a gay club [hello I-Beam, Haight St]...and who found a sanctuary and a respite from hetero culture)
commented on 79 Percent Increase in Link's Boardings
Agreed w/everyone about opening the 45th St station earlier. Their schedule is nuts and just adds to the perception that the ST planning folks either don't understand or don't like rail. They need to fast track (pun intended) the U-dist and Roosevelt stations. Not 5 yrs...next yr or soon after. Work 24/7 if needbe. Get this system up and running.
commented on After Criticism, Mayor Backpedals on Timeline for Clearing the Jungle
@10: then you don't know shit about either the folks living in the Jungle or UGM. Believe it or not, as bad as the Jungle may be: it more closely replicates "housing" than what the shelters offer.
Have a partner? Want to have sex once in a while? The Jungle.
Have a pet? The Jungle.
Have more possessions than you want to/can cart around? The Jungle.
Want to be guaranteed a place to stay each night? The Jungle.
Like to drink, smoke tobacco, consume cannabis (all legal)? The Jungle.
Use illicit drugs? The Jungle.
Don't want to hear about sky fairies? The Jungle.
Until the options we offer are actually better than living there, it is an entirely rational decision for folks to remain there.
commented on Report: At Safe Consumption Sites the World Over, Not One Person Has Died of an Overdose
@11: Your cost/benefit argument is for the birds. The threshold of success for syringe programs or drug consumption rooms is ridiculously low. I ran a syringe program for many, many yrs. I could exchange 1.5 million syringes/yr for 229K. At that time the lifetime cost of care for HIV was 195K (now much, much higher). So if our program prevented 2 infections per yr, we saved you money. If we prevented infection in 10% of our area's injection drug users per yr the net savings was over 29 million. The benefits for DCRs is, if anything, much greater. Even if Seattle spent several million dollars on DCRs, the savings in health care costs would pay for them easily.