8:24 AM yesterday
commented on The Tuesday Morning News
Untenable to try to withhold police files perhaps, but immoral? Considering the other stories you're reporting here, including rampant spending by the kid-shooting lobby, tying a fairly predictable evidentiary stalling (which was overcome, after all) to a failure of morality kind of cheapens morality, don't you think?
commented on My Dad's Unsolicited Remembrance of the Day JFK Was Shot
@3 - awesome Q. I don't think they're less hopeful, but I think they're worldview is a little more cynical-ized than in 1963.
Remember how hopeful everybody was in December 2008? I have smart educated sophisticated friends who were giddy with hope, smug with it even. I haven't had the heart to ask them how they feel about the great insurance corporations give-away or the NSA or any of all the other disappointments of the past 5 years.
JFK just didn't live long enough to be exposed as a disappointment to us all.
commented on This Cyclist Is Looking for the Driver Who "Doored" Him
Part of the reason I'm far more agnostic about cycling-specific facilities than many here (like Dom) is that they so often are implemented so ineptly - shoehorned in, added as an afterthought or requiring unintuitive behavior to use.
Yes too many bike lanes are installed in the door zone and are too narrow to give a non-door zone path of travel; too many times they're just used as a convenient shoulder by non-qualified (motorist) users, too many times they are built so that cross street traffic's view of users is obstructed leading to collisions.
yet we, the cycling community, continue to plead for more.
the paint's not going to protect you,the flimsy reflective plastic pylons aren't going to protect you, and frankly a line of parked cars between you and the motoring traffic lane isn't going to protect you.
everybody operating their vehicles, motorized or not, in a more engaged, aware, and prudent manor is the only thing that will protect you, but we don't have the political will to require that duty of care.
so good luck,
commented on The Mininum Wage Is a Real Issue: Vote for Sawant and McGinn
I'm attending a CLE right now (online) in which Orrick Harrington & Sutcliffe LLP are guiding corporate lawyers in how to file their comments to the SEC to kill the proposed rule on CEO pay disclosure. Our corporate overlords are working overtime (pun intended) to keep the status quo and extend their ability to broaden the wealth divide.
They're not ashamed and think Henry Ford was a sucker for thinking his line workers ought to be able to afford to buy his products 'cause you know, Shareholders and Freedom and stuff!
commented on Your Favorite Restaurant Wants You to Vote YES on 522
Meh - the corporate donors funding the no on 522 messaging generally otherwise love to tout the workings of the "free market", but how can the market for GMO foods be free if the potential consumers and non-consumers are denied access to information. Every Econ-101 class will tell you that the market is premised on rational decision making but assumes that buyers and seller have equal access to information.
The no of 522 proponents may make valid points about Washington consumers being poorly informed on science, but let us never lose sight of the fact that they are opposed to those very same consumers being better informed on their market choices. Including GMO information on packaging will cost these industries less than changing their corporate logo, and you know they wouldn't hesitate to do that if their marketing consultants told them it would increase sales.
commented on New Study Finds 7,500 Kids a Year Admitted to US Hospitals with Gunshot Wounds
@21/22 - so according to your National Center for Health Statistics the number of deaths to children from unintentional discharge of firearms is *only* 1257.6 for an avg of 3.44 per day and according to your reddit posts defensive gun use occurred 24 times over a 5 day span for an avg of 4.8 gun uses in pursuit of their heavily lauded and marketed purpose.
that's still a hell of a lot of collateral damage, but I guess you*win*! congrats!