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May 29 gnossos commented on Supreme Court Poised to Fuck Urban America.
One effect of this that has gone unmentioned (or at least I haven't seen it) relates to felon disenfranchisement. Felons who have lost the right to vote would decrease the population of areas they live in. The war on people who use some drugs has resulted in hundreds of thousands of back males who have lost the right to vote...mostly congregated in urban areas and a huge number in the south. So under the proposed scheme not only would they no longer be able to vote, they wouldn't even count.
May 26 gnossos commented on Morning News: A 63-Hour Protest While Dangling from a Shell Vessel, and the Local Company That Wants to Mine Asteroids.
Which makes this weekend hardly any different than any other over the last many months and radically different from a year and half ago. Ugh. Once upon a time the Irish vote would have been a big deal and covered in numerous posts leading up to the vote and a post as soon as the result was announced. And those posts would have had lots and lots of comments. The Duggar fiasco would also be getting coverage.

For whatever reasons the Stranger has clearly decided that Slog is just not worth it any more. For many years they devoted tons of energy and attention to it and a thriving commentariat developed. Perhaps that model was not profitable? I have no idea. But the current version of Slog could be run by a 15 yr old with the attention span of a fruit fly living in a basement in Topeka .
May 11 gnossos commented on Santorum Will Make a Splashy Announcement on May 27.
@12: Santorum, being all greasy and whatnot, is able to slide in and around the others and allows for more folks to fit in the car.
May 7 gnossos commented on Now That Ben Carson Is Running for President, Let's All Laugh.
@53: no, it is not a fucking matter of opinion. Anyone who says that there is a "debate" over evolution -- let alone that it has been disproved -- is simply not credible. You seem to think that there is some role for opinion or belief in science. Sorry, that's not how it works.
May 7 gnossos commented on Transit Is a Social Justice Issue.
@5 Great suggestions, but I'd expand the zone from a 1/4 mile (3- 5 blocks) to a half mile (6 to 10 blocks), with decreasing height as you go out. So 6 or so floors for the 1/4 mile radius and then 3-4 floors for the next 1/4 mile. And zone commercial for at least a couple of blocks.
May 7 gnossos commented on How a Piano-Smashing Stunt Led to the First Open-Air, Long-Hair Music Festival.
For those who don't make the connection: the Paul Dorpat mentioned in the articles, is the same person who writes the Seattle Then and Now column for Pacific Magazine for. He has great stories about the Sky River Festival, the first University District Street Fair and numerous other things counter-cultural from Seattle in the 60s and 70s.
May 6 gnossos commented on Now That Ben Carson Is Running for President, Let's All Laugh.
@37: "And in fact running away from police is probable cause for a stop."

I'm not a lawyer (and clearly you aren't either): but the SCOTUS ruled in Illinois v. Wardlow, 528 U.S. 119 (2000), that running from the police does not establish either probable cause OR the lower threshold reasonable suspicion that could justify a "Terry Stop". This was reinforced in United States v. Navedo in 2012. There is something of a double standard as some courts have ruled that running from the police in a high crime area does raise reasonable suspicion.

But your assertion that running in and of itself generates probable cause is, like virtually everything you assert as true, patently false. Had Mr. Gray lived and this case been forwarded to a prosecutor, there seems to be little doubt that charges would have been dropped. This was not a clean arrest.
May 6 gnossos commented on What Two Programmers Have Revealed So Far About Seattle Police Officers Who Are Still in Uniform.
@TomID2009: To follow up on what wcpreston says @25: I happened to be at ABQ about 10 folks back from Phil when that incident went down. The video doesn't lie, Phil was completely calm, cool, collected, polite, and knowledgeable about his rights. The TSA staff and, later the Albuquerque police were basically the opposite. Certainly grossly un or misinformed about his (our) rights and the limits of their power.

Eric and Phil are to be commended for their work. And hopefully they can get funding to support it.
May 5 gnossos commented on Now That Ben Carson Is Running for President, Let's All Laugh.
@31 & 32. Fox is not a credible source. Come back when an actual news organization reports something. And again, it doesn't matter if the knife was illegal either: there was not probable cause for the stop. What part of this don't you get: an officer must have probable cause. The officers were not able to identify any reason for stopping Mr. Gray other than that he ran from them: that is not cause for a legal stop, search, or arrest.
May 5 gnossos commented on Tom Rasmussen Wants to Enshrine NIMBYism on His Way Out.
@11: What the hell re you trying to say here? "But I'd argue that is a reason to stop sprawl and urban ghettos, not rezoning to let sprawl spread further. With this rapid increase in population, we must do everything we can to save any space, because once that space is used people will start trying to take the green spaces."

If you're saying what I think you are (that keeping the vast majority zoned single family only prevents sprawl), then you're nuts. But if you mean something different, please clarify. Cause right now those sentences are just word salad.

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