commented on Car Parking Removed for Bicycle Parking
This is a good thing mainly because the amount of bikes parked in front of Jimmy Johns (which is just to the left of Starbucks) often block the sidewalk. Hopefully the JJ delivery guys will start parking there so the sidewalk is clear again.
commented on Cops Evict Protestors From School Building, Arrest Four
I went to Nova years ago, long before the program left the Mann building. The building really was a part of the school, as it was covered in student artwork (both inside and outside). When the school shakeup started several years ago, Nova did not want to leave the building. However, that was not their choice.
Now, Nova does not want to move back to the building if it means kicking other neighborhood programs out. The art that once covered the walls is now gone, and with an extensive remodel planned, the building will only really share the location of the prior school.
That said, it is again out of the hands of Nova. This is a district decision. Nova, for its part, has been trying to talk to the current occupants of the Mann building to see if they might be able to work out a space sharing program (as many of the current uses are weekend and evening, which is after school hours). My understanding from talking to my old high school teachers is that the current occupants find such a proposal unacceptable.
But the stupid thing about all this is that the people in the building don't want to leave and the people who will be moved into the building don't want to move there, so the district should just leave things as they are. I was sad when Nova was forced out, but it was done, and forcing Nova back in there is only going to cause an even bigger rift between the predominantly white alternative school and the neighborhood that houses it.
commented on AG Ferguson Sues Grocery Manufacturers Alleging $7.2 million No on I-522 Contribution Violates Disclosure Rules
I-522 is going to pass, and then it will be nullified by the courts. What the law is demanding is unprecedented.
Look at tobacco. Cigarettes must have the surgeon general's cancer warning on the pack. However, unlike the GMO labeling in I-522, the tobacco warning is 1) on the side of the package, not the front, 2) is in response to actual medical findings, 3) is motivated out of a concern for safety and not politics, and 4) is federally mandated, and the feds have more power to regulate commerce.
As for the GMO label, it is 1) on the front of the package, not the side, 2) is not in response to any medical findings or scientific studies, 3) is motivated more by food politics than health concerns, and 4) is passed by a state, and states have less power to regulate commerce. Without a single supportable justification for a clear and unambiguous label on the front of the package, it will be challenged in court as an unreasonable restraint on commercial speech, and then the label will be thrown out.
If the bill had been asking for GMO information to be added into the ingredients/nutritional info portion of all packaging, it would be a much better bill that would more likely survive challenges. After all, that would simply be information presented in an unbiased way. This is not that.
commented on Ted Cruz, Smarmy Dick, Handed His Ass on Fox News Sunday
I don't get the Republican position. Defunding the ACA does not eliminate it, it just means that people are going to mandated to buy insurance without the ability to get tax credits or to get on Medicaid. Laws do not disappear because they run out of money.
commented on "Moms for Labeling" File Lawsuit Seeking Labeling of Contributions to Anti-Labeling Campaign
I'm in favor of giving people more information about the food they are buying, but a prominent label on the front of packaging is more akin to misinformation than more information. It elevates that single element of the product into the most important element. There are lots of things in food that we known for a fact to be harmful to our health, but we do not place the fact that those ingredients are in the food on the front of the package in clear and prominent lettering. No, we place it on the side of the package in the nutritional information/ingredients section. We provide that information as pure data, uneditorialized by politics or special interests. However, the GMO label will be different. It is anything but unbiased, especially considering most of the health risks are hypothetical and unsupported by scientific evidence (which all says that no causal link can be found between GMOs and increased risk of cancer or anything else).
Let's give people information the right way; let's put GMO information in the nutritional information/ingredients list. Let's let people make their own decisions about what they want to consume without creating unfounded fear of GMOs by elevating the presumed risk of consuming them with an unprecedented front-of-package label.
At the same time, products and producers that are free from GMOs are already able to label their products as such, so let those products use that label in the same way they use "organic."
Speaking of organic, we have more evidence of the harm of consuming produce grown with pesticides and herbicides than we do for GMOs, yet we do not mandate that all non-organic food is labeled on the front as being "Non-Organic."
commented on The Future of the Egyptian Theatre is Now Wide Open
Concert theaters and movie theaters require polar opposite acoustics. Live theater needs really lively acoustics, and movie theaters need the acoustics to be as flat and dead as possible. If you have been to SIFF opening night at Mccaw, you may have noticed how hard it is to understand the dialog in the film; that is because the acoustics are not meant for film.
If the Egyptian were converted to concert/theater performances, it would no longer be able to serve as a movie theater during the festival.