Sep 3, 2015
commented on There Was a Small Earthquake Near Mt. Saint Helens This Afternoon
@3 at the risk of sounding like a pompous jerk, it's actually greater than 12 times bigger. While any two quakes exactly 1.0 apart are a factor of 10 times bigger, that exponential growth is compounded when you get to numbers that are say 1.2 apart on the scale.
The logarithm to solve for the exponential growth actually makes it 15.848 times the size.
Nov 27, 2014
commented on Cops Shoot 12-Year-Old Boy Who Was Holding a Toy Gun—At a Playground
Since when do cops assume no risk in taking the job of being a police officer?
It's as if to say that because their job is dangerous they are inherently given a free pass to be assholes and murderers. It reminds me of elementary South Park episodes where Jimbo only has to shout "It's comin right for us" in order to excuse his poaching while hunting Scuzzlebutt (e.g. Sasquatch with TV's Patrick Duffy for a leg).
Being a cop isn't a safe job. You aren't allowed to remove all risk of potential danger simply because you're scared and want a paycheck. If that were the case, we would still be dropping atom bombs instead of going to war with troops. You sign up for the job you need to assumed the risks that come with it: corporeal, legal, or otherwise. You yet paid to assume that risk, just list a convenience store clerk or fireman. You've simply volunteered to exchange your labor to help the community rid itself of undesirable behavior. Anyone who says that doesn't work hasn't been to literally any other modern Western countries.
7-11 clerks aren't allowed to just shoot perceived threats willy-nilly.
What's actually happening is modern day Jim Crow laws, forcing black Americans into the prison industrial complex and removing them from the voting population.
Nov 16, 2014
commented on The Morning News: Washington Tightens Logging Rules to Prevent Catastrophic Mudslides
I'm also late to the party and appreciate reading all the comments here. I'd wondered about 5280 as well, and it's nice to fnarf and Kim dropping in to say hi and weigh in.
I mainly just lurk, but I read almost all of the comments and miss the sort of engagement that used to be found here.
I'll pick up a Newcastle tonight, as I can't stag Jäger, and offer a belated toast to 5280.
Nov 11, 2014
commented on The Morning News: City Opens Emergency Shelter in Response to Cold Weather
@5 Get over it. Body cameras are no more cumbersome than a pack of gum. Cops need to be held accountable for their actions. Cameras can help to tell both sides of the story, they can inform the public of how a situation was handled from beginning to end. No more "he-said-she-said" bullshit.
I get nervous around cops, because most of them are assholes from my experience, and I've heard so many times from police apologists like you: "if you haven't done anything wrong you've got nothing to worry about." While it's a bullshit argument to begin with, let's just say I accept it. Fair enough. I've got nothing to worry about. Now the same can be said for cops I regards to cameras: "if you aren't being a complete asshole and in breach of public trust and safety by abusing your badge, you've got nothing to worry about."
Oct 25, 2014
commented on Vote "NO" on Initiative 591, Because It Aims to Keep the Gun Show Loophole Wide Open
@7 spot on! Criminals will break laws anyway, that's what makes them criminals. So, rather than criminalize their actions, we should get rid of all laws, because what's the point of having any law if criminals are going to break them?
Without laws, there's no way for someone to become a criminal, and thus, we void their societal indiscretions by burying our heads in the sand. Oooh, then we won't need cops, or prisons, and we could save so much money. Those damn pesky taxes are always messing me up, instead of buying 10 guns a month, I've had to cut back to 8. Who can maintain an arsenal with only 8 guns a month?! God damn taxes are fuckin' up my shit I tell you.
No to law and order, both the civil concept and the never ending TV series! I want more guns, because criminals have guns! And in order for me to afford more guns than criminals, we should get rid of all laws so I don't have to pay taxes! But, since I won't know who is a criminal and who isn't because the concept of criminality should be voided, I'll need even MORE guns!
Guns guns guns guns guns!!!!!!