commented on Sexy, Sexy Sock Puppets
All told, she created over a thousand profiles, which she now claims left her with debilitating repetitive stress injuries.
Jesus has she not heard of scripting? That's free money they were offering!
commented on SLLOTD: Did She Cheat?
I'm with Dan on the forgiving the french kissing a gay dude before they were married. Even if he wasn't a gay dude, it was before you were married and it's a little late in the game to hold a grudge over it, if she at least admits it was a mistake.
HOWEVER, taking the description of her "flirtatiousness" at face value, she is putting herself into situations where she either can't control herself (i.e. she doesn't intend to be so touchy with other dudes), or she can but doesn't want to, even though she knows it bothers you. The icing is that she doesn't appear to see it as a problem worth even trying to allay your fears about other than the hollow 'but I'd never go further' nonsense. I mean, that's worth exactly nothing because that's what someone would say whether or not they'd go further.
Now, if she had all these behaviors and they were known to the hubby before the marriage, then he kinda should have known what was coming... fool me once and all that, and I have to believe that's kind of the case. So, he's irrational for thinking it would change just because they got married. At the same rate, she doesn't seem to be respecting his feelings about it very much. Sorry, but some people (myself include) consider grinding up on other people (without the approval of one's significant other) to be outside the boundaries of monogamy.
If she wants to be monogamish, then she should say so (probably before the wedding?), but don't pretend to uphold the principal if you don't really think you're going to. Maybe don't drink so much at the dance clubs. Maybe don't go to the dance clubs if you can't help but drink so much. Show some respect for yourself and your partner.
commented on The Stranger's Voters' Guide!
A $15 minimum wage pipe dream is one thing, but I can't vote for anyone who actually thinks rent control is a good idea.
What happens when you keep prices artificially low as demand increases? Supply dries up. Nobody wants to move out of a rent-controlled apartment without some incentive, like doing your rich family friends a favor, or taking some "consideration", or you know, dying. Meanwhile developers don't want to build more artificially cheap rentals, so they build more condos while they try to convert existing units into condos.
And Sawant *teaches* economics(*)? At an almost college level? Good lord.
(*) Erh... okay, "instructs"; I'm sure there's a technical difference which means she doesn't have to actually know anything about the subject.
commented on Judge Slaps Moms with $10,000 Fine After Grocery Industry Brings Anti-SLAPP Suit
@33 Instead of the US dumping corn seed on African countries that could jeopardize their EU exports and subject them to servitude to Monsanto were the seeds to contaminate their own crops, why don't we offer those countries real aid and investment that would allow them to grow more food for themselves rather than just being dependent on our "charity" corn?
commented on The Thurber Prize Is Only for Men, I Guess
Let me make sure I have it right:
If you think the long list of male award winners deserved their awards, that's just your opinion, man, you can't prove it.
If you don't think some women should have won some of those awards instead (who and when is left as an exercise for the reader), that's an injustice and fuck you!
commented on "More and more, today’s burger flippers are not just skill-less kids."
Spady's right about automation. As the cost of automation continually decreases and the cost of labor increases, employers will switch to automation where they can. You don't think those self-checkout lanes are cropping
up at grocery stores for your convenience do you? Raising minimum wages will just speed that process up a little.
I don't generally think moderate increases in the minimum wages matter all that much. But I'd much prefer we focus on expanding tax credits like the EITC to help support the working poor than create backdoor entitlements like minimum wages. Tax credits (negative taxes, basically, in which the government can pay you if your taxes owed are negative) are much better targeted toward the people who need more assistance, and have much less of a distortion effect in the market.
Let the students living at home working for beer money make what the market wil offer them, and give the single parent the tax credits above and beyond that based on their actual need. I don't feel like we need to pay the former some minimum wage based on what the latter requires.