It's not very popular.

Jan 19 Moag commented on Heroic Seahawks Are Going to the Super Bowl After Journeying Into the Heart of Darkness.
@26 Historical note: shenanigans with balls (footballs, you dirty minds) are the reason there is a special kicker ball. Teams used to soften up one ball more than all the others, then try to get that ball on kicks. So the league designated certain balls, which are actually stiffer and thus harder to kick, to be used only on kicking plays.
Jan 19 Moag commented on Heroic Seahawks Are Going to the Super Bowl After Journeying Into the Heart of Darkness.
@26 Easy. Switch back to the regular balls when the other team is on offense.
Jan 19 Moag commented on Heroic Seahawks Are Going to the Super Bowl After Journeying Into the Heart of Darkness.
@16 I think its actually pretty common, to the point of routine. The kicking team always wants a good blocker on the kick, so they send in a lineman instead of a receiver. And the lineman habitually reports as eligibile, just to keep the defense on their toes, but 99.9% of the time, the team just kicks the ball. So the defense probably doesn't think about it too much.

Still, one of the responsibilities of the defense is to watch for the fake. The end rusher, especially, is supposed to be paying attention. When Ryan got outside the first rusher, the play had already succeeded.
Dec 29, 2014 Moag commented on The Weekend in Review: Long Live the Dutchess and the Duke and Berry Berry Kix.
The unicorn scene in Blade Runner makes an awesome movie significantly awesomer.
Oct 16, 2014 Moag commented on A Majority of Our City Council Is at a Swanky Resort With the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
@33, 34, 49

Any discussion of city issues is considered an action under the Open Public Meetings Act. It does not have to be discussion of specific legislation, nor include a decision on the issue. So if a majority of councilmembers are in the room and one or more of them talks policy, it is supposed to be announced in advance and open to the public, with a recording and minutes taken. (And if they aren't talking policy, why are they there?)

This is not a slam dunk legal case, but it's pretty close to one. If anyone has the time and energy to pursue a legal case, they'd probably win.
Aug 28, 2014 Moag commented on Hillary Clinton Issues Statement on Ferguson.
She is a "we" when she talks about white people. It's not exclusionary, just factual. I'm sure she also says "we" when referring to groups that include both her and black people, such as "Americans". So why should that suck?
Aug 25, 2014 Moag commented on Henry Rollins Apologizes for His Comments on Suicide.
I emailed Rollins via his website, and he emailed me back. It seemed personal from him, definitely not a generic boilerplate. At first, he was defensive (and my email was angry, so fair enough), but after some back and forth, he talked about listening and learning from the people writing him, especially the children of people who had committed suicide.
Aug 22, 2014 Moag commented on No, Henry Rollins, Fuck You and Your Stupid Ideas About Suicide.
@84 Nobody is "defending suicide" here. We are defending a man against mean-spirited attacks on his moral standing, for the "crime" of having a disease that killed him. And we are hoping to protect other depressed people who don't need any guilt and shame dumped on them by people like you who don't understand how this disease affects someone.
Aug 21, 2014 Moag commented on No, Henry Rollins, Fuck You and Your Stupid Ideas About Suicide.
@23 Another person missing the point entirely.

Your explanation would be fine in the case of, say, a person with a treatable infection who decides it is just too inconvenient to take their antibiotics, what with all the hassle of opening the pill bottle every day, and so they die and leave their kids as orphans. But do you ever hear of such a situation? No, because no mentally healthy person would do such a thing.

But a mentally ill person is, by definition, NOT MENTALLY HEALTHY. Thus their ability to make good decisions can be severely impaired.

Consider a different kind of mental illness: If a person with alzheimer's disease forgets to take their antibiotics and dies of infection, do you blame them for being irresponsible? Or do you blame the alzheimers that destroyed their ability to remember?

Like other mental illnessness, depression can lead people to make bad "choices". The ultimate cause is the disease, not the victim's moral failing.
Aug 21, 2014 Moag commented on No, Henry Rollins, Fuck You and Your Stupid Ideas About Suicide.
@17 Yes, suicide is a choice, but only in a very narrow sense, because it is a choice made by people who are in such bad circumstances (real or induced by mental illness) that it actually appears to be a good and reasonable choice. To address suicide, don't address the "choice"; address the circumstances that lead to it.
 

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