Jul 11 spock commented on Civilian Watchdog Investigating Complaints About Police Union's Facebook Post.
Did you mean to say "Murray is serving on an interim basis." ?

FTFY
Jul 8 spock commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
@28 - about the theft analogy, what you say is directly contradicted by the last 4 paragraphs of the article I linked at @18. In the case at hand, the farmer did not sign any agreement not to replant, having bought seed from a grain elevator with no conditions.
Jul 8 spock commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
Maybe not everyone is as sleazy as Monsanto. But Monsanto's existence demonstrates that the regulatory environment is not adequate to prevent Monsanto's business practices. Therefore all other companies will be pushed by market forces to adopt similar practices in order to stay competitive.

Humans hybridize species within an environment where hybridization has occurred naturally throughout evolutionary history. Therefore there are some natural limits on the screwups that can be accomplished. Genetic engineering bypasses those natural limits.

All we are trying to achieve here is mandatory labeling to let consumers decide. Imagine the whining if we were accomplishing real regulation to assess and control the unintended consequences of this technology. But yes, let's have mandatory labeling.
Jul 8 spock commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
@20 ... I stand by my remarks. Your theft analogy is silly. A better analogy would be if I bought seed packets at QFC, grew the plants, let some go to seed, collected seeds and planted them. Now QFC security shows up to bust me for shoplifting because it was "their" seed and they didn't authorize me to grow a second generation.

But you know that, don't you. I really wonder where you are coming from with this comment. Everything else about it is weird also. Do you work at Gates and this is what passes for being super smart over thete? It wouldn't surprise me.
Jul 8 spock commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
Ethan Linck misrepresents the Pew poll about GMO safety. It referred solely to the safety of eating GMO foods (and even then they only got 88% of scientists). Other valid questions (and reasons for GMO labeling) include safety of these engineered replicators for the ecosystem on which we all depend. Also, the promotion of a sustainable food system on which we all depend for our sustained existence. GMO food plants are often designed to survive & require high chemical inputs, with patented seeds intended to be expensive for farmers. Monsanto has sued many farmers for patent infringement because they planted seed grown in their own fields.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/…
Jun 25 spock commented on A Trans Person Was Attacked on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
@35 - Then make the choice to fly a flag, great, show people you will are someone who cares and wants to band together and take care of each other. But if the government paints it on the street, it is an empty gesture that doesn't mean anything and doesn't let people make that choice for themselves.
Jun 25 spock commented on A Trans Person Was Attacked on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
So, about the rainbow crosswalks:

The ostensible purpose was to address the rise in violent hate crime on Capitol Hill. However, it seems that hate crime has only increased since they were installed.

Would you want the government to identify LGBTQ people and show pride by painting rainbow stripes in front of their residence? Or identify residential blocks with a lot of LGBTQ people and paint rainbow stripes on that block? So why should it identify commercial districts with a lot of LGBTQ people and paint rainbow stripes on the crosswalks in that district? Maybe these constitute government profiling that targets our community for violence. I think the experiment has failed and they should be removed.
Jun 24 spock commented on A Trans Person Was Attacked on Capitol Hill Last Night.
@2 canst piss off, forsooth.
Jun 7 spock commented on In Frantic Texts, Mayor Threatened to "Pull Police Off Enforcement" If Council Moved Forward with Jungle Plan.
@21 - I agree with your plan, let's set up safe encampments in every neighborhood. Then I would not disagree with closing the Jungle.

Similarly, if Seattle had the housing density of a modern city then there wouldn't really be any need for Magnolia. So after we scale up housing we should be able to expand Discovery Park to include all of Magnolia.
Jun 6 spock commented on In Frantic Texts, Mayor Threatened to "Pull Police Off Enforcement" If Council Moved Forward with Jungle Plan.
@13 - When it is an illegal encampment, nobody has the right to be there, so there is no law except force. If the campsites were legalized and assigned to specific people then they would have some control. Just like in any other campground.