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Oct 27, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on Seattle Times Furious With FBI Over Allegations That the Agency Impersonated the Newspaper.
The quick blurb about the CIA-Vaccine story omits the fact that that story is so heinous because the aftermath of the CIA impersonating medical personnel is that people in other countries now mistrust many good medical/charitable organizations. And making it even worse, medical personnel have been murdered on suspicion of being US CIA operatives.

And the CIA merely says "Whoops, our bad, we promise not to do it again." Just one in a long, long string of failures and fuck-ups by our CIA.
Sep 22, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on I Am Leaving The Stranger, Everybody!.
Lump me in with all the rest: I am sorry to see you go, Dom.

If one wishes to follow your work in the future, where would one look?

Also, as others have noted, the depth and quality of The Starnger's reporting has, well, thinned out the last couple of years. The story of the FBI/Cop year-long stakeout/sting of the harmless poker party guys was sorta the end of Big Long Stranger Stories.

Where is our beloved (or hated) Starnger headed?
Mar 22, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on The Saturday Morning News.
@9 Um, traffic signals are digital now. There MAY be a few old electromechanical units out there at very old signals but those are definitely a tiny percent of the total number of signal controllers out there.

Any signal put in new or upgraded due to light rail is both digital and interconnected to the network. Any old, stand-alone signal never upgraded, say on a minor arterial not near light rail and in an old part of town could be an old Econolite or Traconex electro-mechanical controller.

A new digital controller & cabinet is upwards of $30K these days so some old but functional relic won't be replaced by the city as long as it continues functioning.
Mar 21, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on The Dude Walking on I-5.
@22 you've already admitted many times you're too chicken to ride your bike properly, Bialo, noting instead you ride on the sidewalk like a fuckwit, endangering pedestrians.

Mar 21, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on Seattle Needs to Start Behaving Like a Big City.
Hey, let's add a whole new dimension to this and also gripe about the groups of walkers that insist on walking four-abreast (or more!) on the goddamn Burke Gilman. And every other bike trail everywhere.

I know, I know, it's a mixed-use trail, not just for bicycles only. But fuck you for hogging the whole width with your moving ambulatory koffee klatsch. Fuckers.
Mar 20, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on Sammy Davis, Jr. Mint LIVES!.

Call Cienna, she'll eat it.

Was it that hard to figure out, people?
Mar 20, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on NRA Power, Spineless Dems, and the Death of Vivek Murthy's Nomination.
@5 (CPN) what, specifically, was I delusional about?

I only reported that the NRA holds monthly meetings/banquets and the content appeals to their core membership. Winning door prizes is fun. The swag is good.

I can show you my in-laws' house. There's probably at least one NRA-branded knickknack or tool in every room. Flashlights, holsters, mp3 players, you name it. That shit didn't fall from the sky, either.

Note also, CPN, I used neutral terms. Pro-gun. Pro-gun safety. You started with the 'gun nuts' stuff, and calling me delusional.

So you are the one coming off as unhinged and nuts. Care to continue?
Mar 20, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on NRA Power, Spineless Dems, and the Death of Vivek Murthy's Nomination.
#2 makes some valid points, y'all should read if you keep unregistered comments hidden.

To add to that: My red-state in-laws go to their Podunk town's NRA banquet every month. That's where the NRA's political power comes from, and we need to think about that. Every dang month they get the pro-gun folks together and offer them tangible, entertaining things: cheap food, raffles, door prizes, and social fun. You go, and most of your friends are there. And (it sure seems like) nearly everyone wins a door prize of some sort. And they're pretty cool-- the big one is often a gun, or a giant gas barbecue. Stuff that appeals to the rural NRA members.

And this happens EVERY MONTH as far as I can tell. NRA members are welcome to correct me if I'm wrong on the frequency.

Now here's my point: How often do pro- gun safety folks meet to socialize, get energized, and map out strategy?

Do they have the budget to give out door prizes and hold raffles?

Do they reach out monthly and get members, and friends of members, and others to attend?

How often does the northwest Democratic Party membership meet? How many people attend? How many even care?

See my point? The NRA is a populist juggernaut and there's nothing that even comes close to it on the pro- gun safety side. Nothing.

Fix that and you have a chance at steering the debate.
Mar 19, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on GOP Base Forced to Choose Between an Anti-Gay/Anti-Choice Nutjob and a Straight Dude With Anger Issues.
My red-state mother-in-law seriously believes Obama just signed some legally-binding U.N. resolution making gun ownership illegal IN EVERY COUNTRY.

What the fawking fawk with the made-up news that the red-staters pass around via email chains? Seriously, who writes that crap, why do they do it, and why is there no progressive equivalent? Not that I want there to be one, but just that, all things being equal, where are the progressive kooks why are their kook opinions tamped down?
Mar 19, 2014 Dr_Awesome commented on Lunchtime Quickie: Scared of Heights?.
Same here as Fnarf. Ten years ago I'd of watched it, and even wondered if my even-younger self might have done that. Now, oh Fawk no!
Why does passing through middle age amplify one's fear of heights?