Yeah, it's a copy of that.

Aug 13 bgix commented on SL Letter of the Day: Neverlasting Love.
I agree with the term applied by @13. The BF is a "Serial Monogamist" and has set himself into a life pattern of relatively short-term after short-term relationships. I don't have problems with people like this in principle... I have known a few, and the partners of these people tend to be aware of these tendencies before becoming just another point on the graph. However, now there is a kid involved (and perhaps other kids from earlier relationships). Guys like this are kind of assholes, because they spread their seed and move on. They have a responsibility to their kid(s) if no one else. At some point his decision making process has to include them.
Aug 11 bgix commented on Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks GMOs.
The things that makes "GMOs" bad are the Intellectual Property rights that "inventing" them grant to a small number of very powerful companies. Humans have been tinkering with genetics (even when they didn't understand what genetics actually were) of plants and animals since before recorded history.

Still, if I am a farmer (or a small-farmer consumer) I don't want to have to perpetually buy seed and fertilizer from a monopoly each year. I would like to retain the right to extract seed stock from each year's harvest to plant the next years crop, and know that I won't be sued, and that the crop will grow without buying Monsanto-brand-miracle-grow chemicals. This is something we are losing.
Aug 7 bgix commented on After a Second Day of Counting, No Big Change in Primary Results.
Ah shit. The 3rd drop of results shows that the Parks Prop-1 starting go against:
Yes: 96119 (49.63%)
No: 97545 (50.37%)

I though the late ballots were supposed to break in favor...
Aug 7 bgix commented on Let's Talk About the X-Files!.
Squeeze and Tooms.

If you disagree, then you are just wrong.
Jun 19 bgix commented on What Was Your First Concert?.
Dead Kennedys - WOW hall in Eugene, 21-April-1983
May 7 bgix commented on $15 Now What?.
I am hoping that Kshama comes up with a new "cause celebre" because otherwise she will find that Seattlites will move on, which will be Seattle's loss.

I voted for Ms Sawant perhaps 60% because of the $15/hr thing, and 40% because Richard Conlin was a world class tool. As far as I am concerned, she has already won on $15/hr, and if she tries to brute force a more aggressive timetable, she will see enough of her support slip away, such that if/when she faces a more reasonable choice than Conlin, she will lose.

There are many more, also socialist, topics she can tackle, that will play well in Seattle, and she owes us, her "left-but-not-extreme" supporters, the evidence that she is not a one trick pony.

I support the mayors compromise, and hope Sawant doesn't make it impossible to get anything more done. If she does, she will have lost my support.
May 2 bgix commented on Murray Announces Minimum Wage Plan So Complicated Reporters Can't Understand It.
@42 mistral -- I will use myself as an example. I work for a large (>500) company that pays for my health insurance. I don't get tips, but the imputed value of the health insurance (based on Cover Washington) is about $5.75/hr. I fall under Schedule B, and my minimum wage would be based on that chart.

That took me about 2-5 seconds to figure out.
May 1 bgix commented on Why Labor Supports This Seattle Minimum Wage Compromise.
I would buy that T-Shirt.
May 1 bgix commented on Murray Announces Minimum Wage Plan So Complicated Reporters Can't Understand It.
I like this plan.

And I question the intelligence of people who object to it due to the "charts being too difficult".

Every business will be falling into a single one of these schedules.... I would also guess that much like the current minimum wage and workers comp charts that already must, by state law, be posted in every workplace, that the same will continue. People will be able to tell if they are being paid correctly because the city should require the *One* chart that applies to their employees, to be clearly posted. It is not up to an employee (or even really the employer) to define which chart is used. It is up to the city and it's auditors.

As for the plan itself, I am not bothered by it's phased in approach. The phasing allows all businesses time to adjust to the new reality, and in 7 years, it is moot. We should have a *permanent* wage floor that grows with inflation.

The nay-Sayers should tread carefully: I suspect that those that object to this plan, are probably pretty evenly split between those that think the wage is too high, and those that think it doesn't come fast enough. The middle ground is the clear winner here, which in time will have the desired long term effect of a livable wage for all.
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