Sep 26, 2016
commented on Seahawks Make Easy Win Over the 49ers Unnecessarily Hard (Also, Russ Got Hurt Again)
@5 - Typically a heartbreaking loss is a close loss, one that you were in to the end, came down to the wire, etc., but you ended on the losing side of. In football I'd say that's any game you lose by 8 points or less, and, when the Seahawks lose, those are typically the types of games they lose.
In the Pete Carroll era, they're known for "always being in games" and not getting blown out. I think Spike is saying that when they lose, its never a blowout and usually a squeaker.
Aug 23, 2016
commented on Americans May Not Be As Open To Mixed-Race Couples As They Think, UW Study Says
Wait...what? Ana, I am normally a big fan of your writing, but this article just doesn't make sense. When the main article is behind a $40 paywall, we might need some more help here.
In the abstract of the study, it says there were 3 studies done, but your article only mentions 2. Of the studies you did write about, your descriptions of the study and what they found as a result of those studies are very confusing.
You describe the brain scan experiment (study 1), where they registered feelings of disgust in the insular cortex, but the insular cortex is associated with many emotions, not just disgust. It's also been associated with feelings of love, empathy, fear, unfairness, and "spiritual feelings of one-ness". What was it about their findings that suggested that it was disgust and not one of these other emotions?
Your description of the IAT study (maybe study 2 or 3 - I can't tell) says that they primed the participants with either pleasant or disgusting images and then told them to categorize silhouettes of interracial couples and same-race couples as human or animal. First of all, what does a silhouette of an interracial couple look like and how does it differ from a silhouette of a same-race couple? Second, you mean to tell me that people couldn't tell the difference between a human silhouette and an animal silhouette? Were these silhouette's ambiguous in some way? Like someone could have actually said to themselves, "Hmm...well it's either a kitty-cat, or an interracial couple. I"m not sure which. I'll say animal..." AND having them look at a picture of a toilet bowl full of shit made them more likely to confuse an interracial couple and the kitty-cat?
Is it just me that's lost?
Aug 16, 2016
commented on Rally to Tame Wild, Wild Rainier Avenue
As someone who lives very close to the Columbia City road diet section of Rainier, I see it as a huge mess. Speeds may have decreased, but the traffic has become horribly congested. Cars regularly run red lights, and cross walks are blocked by cars that are otherwise unable to turn right or left onto Rainier. Prior to the road diet, I'd never had any issues as a pedestrian on that stretch of Rainier, in the six years I've lived down there. Since then, there's been at least a dozen times where I have to jump back on the curb to avoid being hit by a car.
I'm not opposed to the idea of a road diet, but it has to holistically improve the situation for everyone for it to work. The South Alaska St. road diet, just up Rainier from Columbia City is an example that improved traffic flow, pedestrian safety, and bike safety.
Apr 5, 2016
commented on Prescription Drug Drop Boxes Are Coming to Seattle
There needs to be better options for prescription drug disposal, in general. When my dad passed away several years ago, he had been in ill-health for a few years and had A LOT of prescription meds, and most of them weren't even opioids. When I went to clean out his place, what do you do with all that stuff? The pharmacist wouldn't/couldn't take it back for disposal, so you're just stuck with all these pills. You don't want to flush them or throw them in a landfill because of all the environmental issues, but there's no other option.