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Mar 23 robotslave commented on What Is "Clickbait"?.
For some strange reason, the only people who claim they don't understand what "clickbait" means are the people producing clickbait.
Mar 20 robotslave commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That.
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Nudity is illegal in public parks. Building campfires (outside fire pits) is illegal in public parks. Sleeping in a tent is illegal in public parks. Having (mostly clothed) sex is illegal in a public park. Parking your car on the grass is illegal in public parks. Peeing behind a tree is illegal in a public park.

None of these things do any harm to other people in the park, yet we (as a society) have decided that these are all things that people visiting a public park should not have to "just deal with."

Whether you personally like it or not, quite a lot of the laws governing behavior in public spaces have nothing to do with health or safety, and are based entirely on what we (as a society) consider proper or improper public behavior.

We do legislate morality. You can argue that we shouldn't, and thus that all those things I mentioned in the first paragraph ought to be legal in a public park, but you can't argue that a new law legislating public conduct doesn't belong in our society simply because its moral basis is neither empiricism nor utilitarianism.
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Mar 20 robotslave commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That.
You know, it occurs to me that the city and parks department have already solved this problem, but with regard to a far more divisive public behavior than mere cigarette smoking. So why not use the same solution?

I'm sure there's room for a few fenced, clearly marked and suitably equipped off-leash smoker parks in or around the city's existing park spaces.
Mar 20 robotslave commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That.
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The city that legalized weed absolutely does ban weed-smoking in public parks.
Mar 20 robotslave commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That.
Can we all please stop pretending that the proposed ban has anything to do with anyone's health? We don't ban alcohol and marijuana in parks because it harms anyone's health. We ban them for more complicated reasons that have little to do with empirical studies, and everything to do with social preferences.

We ban alcohol and marijuana in public parks because we (as a society) consider them immoral, not because we think open-air alcohol or marijuana consumption is unscientific.
Mar 19 robotslave commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That.
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And what point is that, exactly? That Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana ought to be legal in public parks?

It looks to me like Gulrdoggie is arguing that people are somehow being hypocritical when then say the same kinds of laws should be applied to cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana in public parks. And that's a pretty weird thing to argue.
Mar 19 robotslave commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That.
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Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana are both illegal in public parks.
Mar 16 robotslave commented on Lindy West Signs a Big Book Deal and Other Art Stories Around the City.
It's a shame The Stranger couldn't find enough cash to keep Lindy West on staff; doing time for the Gawker empire tends to have a pretty dismal effect on a writer.
Mar 12 robotslave commented on How a Bill to Roll Back Payday Lending Reforms Got One Step Closer to Being Law.
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it's not an effort to look bland, it's an effort to avoid paying the minimum wage to interns and/or entry-level employees.

For the same reason, they're now using stringers for news stories (like this one).
Mar 11 robotslave commented on Watch Hillary Clinton Lecture Us All on the Importance of Email Privacy—Hahaha.
This new Paul Constant isn't nearly as good as the old one.
 

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