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Jul 14, 2015 caltrop_head commented on The Five Scariest Takeaways From the New Yorker Article About the Earthquake That Will "Devastate" Seattle.
Not certain where any of you are getting this stuff about 200 foot tall Tsunami's in Seattle.

If you'd like to read a report written by actual scientists...…

It's going to be bad. It's not going to be the end of the world. Unless you live on the Pacific coast. In which case...sorry.
Dec 15, 2014 caltrop_head commented on Navy Wants Permission for Electromagnetic War Games Over Olympic National Park.
Holy Christmas, its fine go argue the point "I don't want wargames conducted in my national park" but to give credence to such an unscientific paper is absurd.

Sep 17, 2014 caltrop_head commented on Murray Will Consider Veto of Council's Push to Drive Up Cost of Affordable Apartments.

That's the point though. Guess how much a new studio apartment costs to rent at 52nd and University Way? About $1300 w/o utilities.

They are building new apartments, but only the apodment setups have come even close to being reasonably priced. Otherwise, you're stuck living in old school apartments, which I can say, from experience are mold-riddled and poorly managed.
Sep 17, 2014 caltrop_head commented on Murray Will Consider Veto of Council's Push to Drive Up Cost of Affordable Apartments.
You all do realize that some people like living in apodments, right? Or have none of you been to Hong Kong or Singapore? Or any other non-western city with density?

You see, cities have these things called Cafes, Bars and Diners. You know, places where people can "live" outside of their apartment.

I feel like a good 50% of hatred towards apodments is simply an inability to believe that someone living in one of those could be fulfilled.
Aug 6, 2014 caltrop_head commented on Racism and Ebola, Capitalism and Ebola, God and Ebola.
Hantavirus is a hemorhaggic fever that is native to Western cities and populations. It's been known since the 70's. Last I checked, it isn't exactly defeated.

I mean, there's a so many reasons we don't have a vaccine. It's not like ebola is something private pharma can even study. All research involving it is done at Ft. Dietrick, and any company working with it, is working with it courtesy of the fed. government as a contractor.

On an aside to warren's point, I highly doubt that monoclonal antibodies could even be shipped to Africa from their manufacturing point. They're likely pretty fragile. There's a lot about capitalism that is fucked, but this simply isn't one of them.
Feb 6, 2014 caltrop_head commented on Ever Wonder Why Subway Sandwiches Taste Like Yoga Mats?.
It's a bleaching agent in flour. It might also function as a blowing agent, but it's unlikely due to how much other stuff happens when dough is made.

I work in the industry. We use it to make foam. It heats up, produces gas and creates the foam that makes rubber yoga mars soft, pool tubes float and other such compounds. It doesn't impart elasticity. That's a separate trait, done either by BPA (if you're old school and don't mind leaching out synthetic estrogen) or various acid esters (safer). Elasticity is also a trait of the rubber compounds.

The compounds been already getting phased out piece by piece because the regulatory overhead for the dust exposure risk to workers has made it increasingly disliked. OSHA and the EU equivalent are more impact flu here than anything else.

It was never a threat, never will be a threat, and if you want to really soul your pants about chemicals, you should probably worry more about production sites and pollution from effluent discharge (thermal and chemical pollution) than the compounds those sites are selling.

I can answer more questions on this if you're at all interested. Although admittedly, my expertise is going to be mostly on the industrial side.
Jan 30, 2014 caltrop_head commented on Amanda Knox Is Found....
Uhhhhh, Italy is terrifyingly backwards? I thought this was a known qty when they jailed scientists for not predicting an earthquake.
Jan 17, 2014 caltrop_head commented on Out of the Hospital and Off the Books: Should Harborview’s Primary Care Clinics Be Closed?.
Wow slog commenters...all of you are terrible.

Also, apparently little children that can't read. Do us all a favor, don't vote, and move out of the city if you can't handle a short essay on a important topic.
Jan 17, 2014 caltrop_head commented on A Sober Examination of the Amanda Knox Situation.
Nothing like some good old British tabloid driven provincialism to remind oneself, that the old country is truly backwards at times.

It's all moot anyways, IMO, as the concept of double jeopardy is absolutely abhorrent in a "free country."
Dec 30, 2013 caltrop_head commented on Rent a Video.
If you weren't going before, moving it closer won't make you go now, and will only disenfranchise all the people in N. Seattle who do go. Everything can't revolve around Cap Hill, and besides, it's not like that neighborhood keeps every beloved institution open. Seeing as how the Comet went out of business, and it's really only a matter of time before other venues bite it too to be replaced for the Eastside Bridge&Bridge crowd.