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Dec 13, 2016 stirwise commented on The Typo that Killed America.
@2: What about the reality of the popular vote? When should we abandon the fact that Clinton won?
Nov 10, 2016 stirwise commented on The Morning News: Massive Anti-Trump Protests in Seattle and Other Cities, Why Washington is Becoming Bluer.
@7: The show the rest of the planet that Americans didn't all vote for Trump, and that we're pissed he was elected.
Oct 21, 2016 stirwise commented on Stop Grabbing Things! This Women's Empowerment Campaign Is Well-Intentioned But Misses the Mark.
@10: I agree that's what they were going for, but one would think "grab her by the mind" would be a better phrase. To make one think of innocuous terms like "attention-grabbing" and not fingers-in-brain-folds. My first reaction to "grab her by the brain" was "ew."
Oct 13, 2016 stirwise commented on What Does Cliff Mass Have to Say About The Storm That Wants to Not Be Forgotten?.
@6: Eh, it kind of is. If you're presented with a list of hypotheses to describe a phenomenon, and you can't automatically rule any out, you can't say with any degree of certainty that any is true or false. Once you've done some testing, however, the story changes. So Cliff Mass saying "we can't say this hypothesis is true," without any other information we also can't say that the hypothesis is false.
Oct 7, 2016 stirwise commented on Police Reports Illustrated: Woman Causes Catastrophe At Veterinary Clinic.
@2 No, the cat just got an SPD business card.
Sep 7, 2016 stirwise commented on The Election Is Tightening—Don't Waste Your Vote.
@4: Exactly. "Voting your conscience" means "doing what you can to keep Trump out of the White House."
Aug 23, 2016 stirwise commented on We Saw You Riding Horses Outside a New Apartment Building, Rapping at Seattle Center, and Laughing at Hempfest.
On Friday night I was standing at the corner of 12th and Madison, bitching about that triangular building. I didn't say what's quoted here, though, so that leads me to believe a lot of people stand on that corner, bitching about that triangular building and its empty retail space.

I hate that stupid building.
Jul 27, 2016 stirwise commented on I, Anonymous.
@6: A lot of people who are afraid of dogs could benefit from learning "to speak dog," as it were. I've noticed that many people have a tendency to freeze in place and lock eyes with a dog because they're afraid. Unfortunately, this just reads as "fucking scary" to a dog, so they act defensive and bark or growl. So then the people that are afraid of dogs just deepen their distrust, and everybody's worse off.
Jul 26, 2016 stirwise commented on I, Anonymous.
Having been threatened with mace by postal workers because my on-leash, in-control dog had the temerity to bark near them, I 100% believe this person's story.
Jul 13, 2016 stirwise commented on I, Anonymous.
@9 - Exploiting a stranger, and one who seems to be having some kind of issue (drug-related, alcohol-related or otherwise), for your own giggles has always been on my "shitty thing to do" list.

Like I said, is it the compassionate and kind thing to do? No, it's the cruel and/or insensitive and/or ugly thing to do. If you like doing insensitive, cruel and ugly things, have at it. But don't get all sore when someone points out that you're being cruel, ugly and insensitive.