Sep 19, 2016
commented on Suspected Chelsea Bomber Arrested; Family Runs a Fried-Chicken Restaurant
Who takes just the bag? Heroes who happen to be homeless, Charles. Homeless heroes.
Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said that the FBI was working to disarm one of five devices found in the same bag, which was discovered in a trash can by two homeless men around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, near the Elizabeth train station on New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor rail line. The men had reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package, Bollwage said.
The homeless men were going through the trash can looking for anything of value when they found the bag. The men realized the danger and took the bag to an area away from the train station and then alerted police.
The mayor said that the two homeless men should be considered heroes for their actions.
Jun 15, 2016
commented on A Queer Person Told Tukwila Businesses to Lower Their Flags for Orlando Shooting Victims
@29, and when the election process gives you George W Bush, involvement in wars in the middle east, and its courts give you Citizens United and corporate personhood speech rights, you just roll over and lap that up as the way it is.
Our founding fathers set up the system to protect the minority opinions because it's not really the majority opinions that need protection... that's just mob rule.
May 2, 2016
commented on In 5-4 Vote, City Council Kills Street Vacation for New Sodo Arena
@10, If you listened to the council hearing you'd have been treated to some of the councilwomen's groans at the men (particularly Harrell) throwing around sports metaphors and phrases. It's one of those things we do without even thinking that'll probably be classified as a "microagression" in a few years.
Apr 1, 2016
commented on On TV Tonight: Buffy Meets Justified in Wynonna Earp
"Western fans who also love Buffy the Vampire Slayer (can someone make a Venn diagram for that?)"
I think that's probably the bulk of Firefly Season 2's lost scripts, as River discovers her hidden talents (much as Buffy S1 and even 2 was).
Mar 23, 2016
commented on City Council May Have Been Misled by Stats About Bike Share Membership Before Pronto Vote
Ansel, you may like to eat the bullshit that Pronto offers up, but that doesn't mean the rest of us are so willingly deceived.
If 3,000 is counting 2015 annual memberships for a service that launched in October 2014, it probably means they had a peak of 3,000 during some point of 2015 and they've had enough non-renews to have lost 35% or so from that peak.
Maybe you can rationalize it as people delaying their renewal until after fall/winter passes, but it's equally as likely that a lot of people found the hassle of the 30-min system, hefty bikes, and the tally of how many times they've actually used it unappealing to the point of not being worth an $85 annual membership. In the data challenge, they kept the data at a "trip" level and didn't take it down to the "per user" level where one might observe something like "over half the annual members used Pronto less than a half dozen times". A competent city council would have had their financial guys explore usage, particularly when being fed suggestions in the presentation that expansion to double the bikes was going to go with having 10,000 annual members.