commented on Billionaire CEO Warns Nation Flying Robots Carrying Other People's Shit Are "Years Away"
That 60 Minutes interview was the most biased puff-piece they've done in a long time: they spent an entire segment describing how awesomely efficient Amazon is, demonstrating their technology without once mentioning the allegations of how badly Amazon treats its human workforce in their "fulfillment centers" (a.k.a non-air-conditioned warehouses workers were taken out in wheelchairs and stretchers after suffering from heat stress last summer).
commented on Unintended Consequences
@1 - It's amazing that 'job creators' have any credibility in our public discourse, given their track record of not following through on their threats.
GM Nameplate threatens to move whenever there's a public policy they disagree with - they also threatened to relocate if W Nickerson Street underwent a 'road diet.'
This must be something they teach in MBA programs or Chamber of Commerce seminars, since it's such a pro forma threat from the 'job creators' whether they're against raising the minimum wage, road diets, filling the Burke-Gilman's 'missing link,' or anything else the reflexively oppose.
commented on The Tuesday Morning News
People in Seattle need to pay more attention to what's happening in that special state senate election in the Gig Harbor/Bremerton district.
The Democratic candidate favors local control for King County metro, while the Republican is a hard-core anti-choice, global-warming denier of a teabagger.
Even worse, if the Dems lose that race their chances of regaining the majority in the Senate become practically nil.
We can't vote over there, but we can contribute and volunteer! Remember - a win for Nathan Schlicher is a loss for Rodney Tom!!!
commented on Now Open
That's a pretty good scheme Renee Erickson has going: creating a buzz by not taking reservations ('it's so popular people show up hours in advance to put their names on a list...') then opening a place next door for the gullible to spend even more money while killing time.
I went to Walrus & Carpenter once because someone I know was really curious, and was underwhelmed considering the hoops one has to go through to get a table (we'd stopped in several times on various occasions, only to find out that the anticipated wait was hours long).
The food was fine but not spectacular and the wine was too warm - standard for Seattle, and something you can get just about anywhere else without putting your name on a list and being told 'we'll call you when we have a table in two or three hours'
commented on What Did You Think of the Last Episode of Breaking Bad?
@8 - removing the capsule from the old home didn't benefit Walt's family - they were long gone from that house so it posed no threat to them. Retrieving the capsule was just a means to an end - killing Lydia, which was just pure revenge and had nothing to do with being considerate to his family.
Revealing the site of Hanks body was a classy touch, though.
Concerning the machine gun, rounds of that caliber could easily penetrate un-reinforced residential construction (which is why the military typically lines the walls of civilian buildings with sandbags when they occupy them in urban-combat situations), but I agree that it seems a bit far-fetched that it would take down so many of the gang in the first 'sweep' before they would have hit the floor. And it looked like Walt took his hit while on the floor, which complicates things a bit.
commented on Drinking Water on Mars
So we don't have enough clean drinking water for everyone here on Earth, but don't worry... we can spend billions of dollars to find a way for a handful of explorers to quench their thirst on Mars.