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Oct 5, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on US Credit-Rating Agencies Win Portuguese Elections.
Just to be clear--the ratings on US government debt were downgraded because the Republicans shut down the government and threatened to default on bond interest payments.
Sep 18, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on The Seattle Public Library Foundation Is Paying $365,000 for the Library's "Rebranding".
I got some survey from them about the rebranding. Sounds like they're looking to change the name from "Seattle Public Library" to "Seattle Public Libraries" and to create a new logo.
Aug 4, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on Are Office Temperatures Sexist?.
Thermostats in most offices seem to be set to a temperature that assumes it's full of a bunch of men wearing wool suits. Time to get with the modern era.
Apr 5, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on A Transgender Food Service Worker's Minimum Wage Story.
@14 My guess is that she's not enrolled more than half-time at the moment. Lots of people work full-time and go to school less than half-time due to financial constraints. Unfortunately, you need to pay your loans back in that case unless you qualify for another form of deferment.
Mar 13, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on Leaked E-mail: Republican Senator Andy Hill Is Considering a Run for Governor.
He seems pretty much like Dino Rossi, Part 2. Blech.
Feb 27, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on Is King County About to Embarrass Seattle on Paid Parental Leave?.
Basic parental leave needs to come through an expansion of Social Security instead of through a patchwork of the whims of individual employers. Large employers offering this benefit to professional, fulltime staff should be celebrated as a good thing, but it still does not help those who probably need this the most--employees working part time or for lower wages or for smaller organizations.
Feb 26, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on MIT Graduate Develops a Program that Will End Theft at Self-Checkout Machines.
Yay, more ridiculous "please wait for assistance" messages.
Feb 17, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on Sea Stars Could Be Making a Comeback.
As a diver, I've been seeing small sunflower and ochre (pisaster) stars for a while now. They don't seem to be getting much bigger, but I'm not sure how long it takes for them to grow to full size. Sadly, I've personally seen some smaller ones that have the telltale unhealthy wasting appearance too. It's really too early to say if they're going to thrive or not. Either way they number many fewer than before while the presence of green urchins and to a less extent mussels has noticeably increased.

Also, the Salish Sea is not just Puget Sound. It includes Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Jan 27, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on Governor Inslee Opposes Kill-Bertha Bill.
This whole thing is pure politics. Eastside Republicans are proposing this bill so that Inslee and other establishment westside Dems will come to the tunnel's rescue, thereby making it easier to make Seattle pay the inevitable overruns. "We gave you the opportunity to kill it, but you refused so you need to pay for it now" they'll say.

Of course, if the tunnel gets killed at this point, it'll be used as a justification to prevent any future transportation improvements in Seattle.

Either way, we're fucked, which was exactly McGinn's (and others') point when this thing was being rammed through in the first place.
Jan 13, 2015 decidedlyodd commented on Two Police Officers Who Shot and Killed Mentally Ill Homeless Man Actually Charged with Murder.
We'll see. They still have to get through the preliminary hearing and most notably, get a jury to convict a cop. That's no easy task.