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4:43 PM stirwise commented on Anti-Animal Testing Activist Chained to Top of Excavator at University of Washington.
@8 - Please start a career in science and then come back and tell me we're all in it for the cash. I fucking dare you to make bank as a scientist, even a corrupt one.

And, to everyone else -- whether we're studying treatments or causes, basic science or translational medicine, we need to test hypotheses in the best possible models available. For many fields this means simply testing in cell culture, but for many others it means using vertebrate animals. We can't directly test anything on people for obvious safety reasons, but also because people are less genetically homogenous than inbred animal strains, and are therefore bad models for testing biological hypotheses. Animal research can be done ethically and compassionately. I'm not going to make any claims about the quality of UW's animal research facilities, but sitting on top of construction equipment does nothing to improve the quality of life for the animals we -- meaning both scientists and humanity -- need to cure and prevent diseases.
12:24 PM stirwise commented on Caitlyn Jenner Debuts On the Cover of Vanity Fair.
@13 - it's a weird and, I think, uniquely American phenomenon to have bathroom stalls that provide as little privacy as possible. In other countries I've visited even otherwise cheap public bathrooms commonly had floor-to-ceiling doors and walls on the stalls, and some even had the washlet combo in each stall -- toilet, sink, hand dryer. There seems to be a presumption in the US that people will do bad things in bathroom stalls if you give them privacy.
May 22 stirwise commented on Why Does Becoming a Mom Mean Potentially Losing Your Job?.
@10: Being married isn't a requirement to have a two-income household. Lots of unmarried people do it, it's called having roommates (or live-in romantic partners). There's nothing about a wedding ring that makes rent cheaper.
Apr 9 stirwise commented on Five Things I Learned at Sakura-Con.
@3 - If Callan was twelve when he first saw FLCL, he can't be over 26. That's hardly middle-aged.
Mar 28 stirwise commented on Police Reports Illustrated: The Man in the Red PT Cruiser.
@11: My grandmother loved her PT Cruiser. I feel like that says everything.

@18: Precisely. You are allowed to do this, but it doesn't give anyone the right to get out of their car and threaten you if you choose not to do it.
Feb 12 stirwise commented on What I've "Learned" About Love from Watching The Bachelor.
@9 - Not in reality show land. Many shows do 3 "seasons" every 2 years. It's bonkers.
Feb 7 stirwise commented on Jack White's Management Responds to the University of Oklahoma Guacamole Situation.
Honestly, I find it refreshing to read a rider with meat and fried foods. Too many goddamned raw vegan entertainers.
Feb 3 stirwise commented on Welcome to Town, Here's Why You're Stuck in Traffic.
@23 and @25: You realize that the idea is to build trolleys so people will ride them instead of personal autos, relieving congestion, right? We're not just hoping that empty trolleys will run up and down the street. Mass transit = fewer cars = less traffic. Relevant illustration.
Feb 1 stirwise commented on Is Anyone Else Excited NOT to Watch the Super Bowl Tomorrow?.
@36: I saw that one, too, but it's not just one afternoon spent indulging in other people's preferred hobby, it's been 4 months of non-stop football talk in this town, with increasing volume, that's got me hating the Superbowl and football in general. It doesn't help that people like @38 make me feel like shit for not liking their particular sporting hoo ha.
Speaking of @38: People who accuse non-football-lovers of being snobs just make me hate football fans.
@44: as are Canon and Artusi, two of my Sunday night standards. Boooo.
Oh and @7: Apparently people lined up outside the Summit Pub overnight to get "good seats" for the game. I anticipate a fair amount of sportsfan overflow into Sun Liquor this evening.
Jan 29 stirwise commented on Eight Easy Steps to Help You Break Through the Dreaded "Seattle Freeze".
@43: I'm a transplant from Chicago, where being aloof is par for the course. The only people I know who think you're supposed to smile and say hello to strangers on the street are from very, very small towns.

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