commented on Lesbian Waitress Who Claims She Was Victim of Bigoted Stiffing Has Some Credibility Problems
@26 agreed for the most part.
I'd argue that the real victims are the people who sent money to this woman as a show of support. She claims she donated it to the wounded warrior project. Even if she did donate $3000 dollars as she claims there's no way to prove that's all she received.
She's a huckster, a fraud, a charlatan, a snake oil salesperson. She's simply going for a new demographic; the young, liberal, internet savvy who wouldn't buy a professed panacea, but also wouldn't blink to help out someone they see in need. Her backstory and use of the internet made her "I'm a vet" story seem so different from the homeless person making the same claim on the streets and off ramps in our own city.
We got duped earlier this week with the Goldi-blocks & Beastie Boys bullshit. It's all the same. It's all part of the internet outrage machine.
commented on Where Should I Buy a New Mattress?
I second the Novaform from Costco. We bought one 3 years ago. It was on sale for $550 or so, and it's super comfortable.
Because it's memory foam, it's the same on both sides, so there's 4 ways to rotate it (simply spinning 180 degrees, and flipping). Moving around doesn't affect your sleeping partner. It's not too hot in the summed, and not too cold in the winter. It's the perfect balance of softness and firmness. The foam is bedbug resistant by virtue.
We were able to fit the box in our car and get it home from Costco sans delivery fee.
Amazon also has some inexpensive foam mattresses w/ free delivery.
commented on Speak Memory and "Visualizing U.S. Births and Deaths in Real-Time"
@3 the fertility rate is 63 per 1000 women if average childbearing age. The overall birth rate is 13.1 per 1000 people.
The current death rate is ~7.5 per 1000 people.
So, the 2:1 ratio is pretty reflective of what would be expected.
Declines in birth rates and increases in death rates always take multiple generations to show their cumulative effects.
commented on The Dead City of the Future
@11, thanks for that. I think Charles, though, wasn't saying I was being condescending toward him, but instead the people in the video. That it's presumptuous and condescending to project my idea of quality of life on those people and to assume that they are suffering.
It just seems bizarre to me that Charles chose the word utopia to describe such an awful place.
I'm reminded of Plato's Allegory of the Cave:
Just because someone seems happy or content with where they are because it is the only life they know, it does not mean that they aren't suffering. If these people lived under similar conditions in a rural area, and were forced to work the same hours, and their rule of law was under the triads; Charles would be decrying them as ignorant rural people who get what's coming to them as a result of the inherent rural stupidity. Instead, he calls this a utopia because instead of that suffering being spread out, it's all smashed together in one place.
There's no need to be so dense when it comes to density.
commented on The Dead City of the Future
You're full of it, on this one Charles.
This is libertarianism at its worst. These poor, underclass souls are slaves; their bondage the dark corridors of this "city," the layers of which drown out any light, and with it any glimmer of hope and even desire of hope for conditions to change.
Living under the threat of violence from the triads these poor souls work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week with no end in sight, and no sight at all beyond the walls of the city.
Living in squalor with open sewers, limited illegal electricity, rats and roaches, these people existed just moments away from an epidemic or sweeping fire that would have left their deaths as meaningless as their lives; excepting that a statistic of 50,000 people perishing in a fire with no records of who they were would serve as a stark statistic to how truly depraved humanity can be when it ignores the suffering of so many.
All this, so that the gourmands of British-rule Hong Kong can get a slightly cheaper meal at their favorite restaurant.
You are so wrong about this, and to entertain the idea that this is a utopia is an exercise in mental gymnastics that I previously couldn't imagine that even you could pull off.
commented on The Last Episode of Breaking Bad Is Tonight
@12, sorry buddy @5 will hate this. The entire season with Los Pollos Hermanos would tear raku up inside. Meth is fine, but using a fried chicken joint to launder money and ship their product, unforgivable.
commented on SeaTac Pub Owner Cuts Ad in Support of SeaTac $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Initiative
@16 "pull" would mean "stop airing." While cut may not be the most clear word choice, it makes sense, and isn't an abnormal term in this context.
The Bull Pen is awesome and has long been a favorite spot of mine. Their karaoke is legit. Plus, they open at 6 am, daily.
Higher min wage for workers in the area is good business sense for their business. It's more money people have to spend at his place, and better tips for his employees.
Min wage is 9.19 currently, plus tips his employees are probably making decent money. As long as our state doesn't exempt restaurants from paying state min wage (Many states pay employees 2.13 an hour plus tips) then I'm fine with local restaurants not having to pay $15 an hour.