commented on The Most Racially Intolerant Countries in the World?
Not wanting someone of a different race living next door isn't the same as "intolerance." A better question might be "What's the degree of proximity?" Where do you draw the line? Country border? Neighborhood? Next door? Sharing bathroom? Sharing bedroom?
Harry Golden, the plain-speaking journalist of the 1950s ("Only in America," "For Two Cents Plain") reminded us that [very roughly] in the segregated South, it was "you can get close, but don't go 'up'" whereas in the North, it was "you can go as far up as you like but don't get close."
commented on The Spazz Age
Trouble is, Luhrmann seems to think Fitzgerald's title, "Great Gatsby," to mean, literally, great. As in magnificent. But he meant it ironically: Gatsby is a truly horrible and morally corrupt man who uses his charm for criminal ends.
commented on I Wonder If Avis Is Bummed They Bought Zipcar
Here's the biggest problem with Car2Go: people who use them to go from downtown to their neighborhoods after work....and the cars sit, parked (and available) in obscure residential neighborhoods until morning. When your hipster gets back into the same car and drives it back into town.
I'm a big fan of Car2Go, but I live in Belltown and there are virtually never any cars within two miles after 6 PM.
commented on Slog's Annual Pride Flag & Space Needle Poll
The flag controversy is just one example of the Space Needle's perspective of privilege. They lobby against upzoning, an important tool for a developing metropolis, as if an unobstructed view of their privately owned building were of greater civic benefit than affordable housing and increased density (which would lead to better transportation, etc.). When it suits them, they're all laissez-faire, but they fight hard to protect their (perceived) commercial interests.
commented on New Rules for Service Animals!
And the next thing you know, someone will want to marry their service animal. Right, Rush?
I mean, what's the diff between a horse and a turtle?
If we ask Scalia, the answer is hell, no. If we ask Kagan, the question is "How is this animal different from that animal?" And if we ask Kennedy, the response is "All this shit is just too new to decide!"