commented on I, Anonymous
I don't get why people are possessive of their likeness - it's not "you" - it's the light that bounced off you at a given moment. Seems fucking weird to get wound up about that.
commented on Invitation Declined
Nice work Dan! I remember telling my preschool kidlet when it asked that most of the time women and men marry, but sometimes men marry men and women marry women, either way is fine if the people love each other and are kind to each other. Kid was like, okay thanks, and instantly moved on. No drama, no weirdness, no but how can that be, etc. Not even so much as a shrugging alright cool that's how it is. Struck me how utterly and totally socially constructed the concepts are, completely held by adults and not at all by kids. Also how easy it would have been to subtly cue the kid to make concrete any given set of norms and then be able to point to that and call it "natural." I should have convinced the kid that normal people marry dolphins and everything else is the variant ... :)
commented on The Most Highly Paid CEO in America Lives in Washington, a State with No Income Tax
@7 because this specific man is probably a shitty cowboy.
We need to tax incomes proportionally. The super wealthy need to pay a proportion similar to the average programmer, dentist, teacher, waiter, and admin assistant. If you think this is unfair you're ignorant to the most basic economic understanding of what money is in terms of opportunity cost, dude.
commented on Twitter Trend Tells Hillary to Drop Out
I caucused for Bernie and turned plenty of votes his way.
Here's the problem with hardcore Sanders supporters: All along they've spouted half-truths as fact to each other in their echo chambers (I've been there) and everyone nods in agreement no matter how outlandish the distortions.
And so since they all agree they must be right.
Then Bernieorbusters trot the same malarkey out on Facebook etc, and Hillary supporter ignore them (mostly because Hillary supporters realize that further alienating Bernie Bros is counter productive) the same way scientists ignore people who post memes about chem trails and the New World Order.
And since no one opposed them they must be right.
But here's the thing Bernie diehards: the government isn't trying to kill 1/2 of us off with airplane exhaust, and Bernie is never going to flip the super delegates. Nearly all of the are party insiders, and nearly all of them FUCKING HATE BERNIE SANDERS. Not. Going. To. Happen.
Like a two year old beaming over a "good job beautiful gift" first poopie in the potty, you are being humored. That's it. The rest of us know you are delusional fountains of paranoiac misinformation, mostly co-opted from Fox New's 20 year smear campaign against the admittedly not perfect but also not the devil incarnate Clintons, but instead of spending energy battling you point by point, we're simply waiting you out.
You're likely feeling disenfranchised to begin with, and so you're that much more eager to assume that everyone else is in some sort of state of shamed conflict at the feet of your superior reason and better grasp of political facts. You love how this feel, finally being the man, dealing your truth of truths to the cowed mass of suckers and frauds.
But like a steak in the Matrix, deep down you know it's an illusion. Enjoy it for now. Then get butt hurt and throw a little hissy fit WHEN Hillary wins. Enjoy a little "there, there" back rubbing from the establishment - you're still the center of attention! Mama still wuuuuuvs you!. Then in November tell everyone about how you finally decided you had to "hold your nose and vote not for Hill but against Trump" but the revolution will ... (this, just so you know, is when everyone stops listening again).
You hate it, but this is the script and you fucking know it.
commented on Lawyer Who Allegedly Told City Council Members to "End Themselves" Already Facing Possible Bar Suspension
This shit bag lawyer should definitely be disbarred, and the people tweeting sexist hate are assholes.
I don't like the mode of political rhetoric that finds moral outrage at the sadly inevitable worst sliver of responses to massive public issues, and diverts all attention there, and so away from reasoned responses of the opposition. It's an insidious species of "shouting down." The Stranger does this too often; Barnett has fairly made a career of it.
FWIW I think the City Council made the right call.
commented on Cartoon Jehovah's Witness Mom Encourages Her Cartoon Brat to Harass Cartoon Classmate With Two Cartoon Moms
such a fucking sickness religion.
"Mom, a girl said something harmless about the make up of her family derived from a-posteriori observation of facts."
"That's nice honey. But there's this very old book about magic from which we ascribe a-priori how the world is."
"But mom that's fucking stupid and thoughtless."
"I know honey, but I'm a sack-of-shit dumbfuck who can't think past her own nose, and you will be too."
"Okay mom, can we kill the girl with two moms?"
"Well, the bible does say ...."