COMTE
Awesome Person 2011
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Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA, USA, Earth, Sol, Sagittarius Arm, Milky Way Galaxy
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COMTE is the online handle of Christopher Comte, a native of the great State of… more »

COMTE is not putting up with any of your bullshit.
2:34 PM COMTE commented on The Morning News: Eastern Washington Wants to Become Its Own State, Snow Is Expected Today.
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Oh, I don't doubt that in the least; but the anti-urbanists/secessionists in E. WA clearly would rather go it alone, although I believe it is highly unlikely they will ever get their wish.
1:04 PM COMTE commented on The Morning News: Eastern Washington Wants to Become Its Own State, Snow Is Expected Today.
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But, as I'm sure you're aware, E. WA counties don't own most of the major hydroelectricity generating dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, which are operated and maintained either by the Army Corps of Engineers or the Bureau of Reclamation, both federal agencies. Dams owned and operated by local PUD's primarily generate power for those Districts (as I understand it, Seattle City Light generates about 50% of its electricity from two dams it owns directly, while most of the rest is purchased from the Bonneville Power Administration, another federal agency), and while any excess might be purchased by non-local PUD's, it doesn't represent more than a small percentage of their total usage. And it's unlikely those counties would deliberately refuse to sell to W. WA utilities, because: A of All) electricity generated by hydro can't easily be stored or saved for future use, and; B of All) those counties depend on the revenue from selling excess capacity; if they don't sell it it just goes to waste, and if they were to deliberately refuse to sell it, it can be purchased elsewhere. So, even if the eastern counties were somehow to secede, that in and of itself wouldn't have any significant impact on electricity generated in their geographic areas coming into the west side of the state.
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12:01 PM COMTE commented on The Morning News: Eastern Washington Wants to Become Its Own State, Snow Is Expected Today.
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Insular? As opposed to rural E. WA hamlets where people cling to archaic 19th century models of unrestricted resource extraction and "family farming" as paths to financial security in a 21st Century globalized economy? Where denizens rail against the excesses of government expenditures on one hand while the other his shoved out to grab the largess from urban taxpayers who enable them to maintain their bucolic lifestyle? Who demand adherence to a mythic cultural status quo even while their younger generations flee in droves in search of new opportunities and experiences they'll never find at home?
10:50 AM COMTE commented on The Morning News: Eastern Washington Wants to Become Its Own State, Snow Is Expected Today.
Political ramifications aside, the good people of Eastern Washington would be crazy to sever ties with the western part of the state: our larger population supports a disproportionate share of their tax-based expenditures, we purchase a lot of their agricultural products, and we control the major transportation hubs that allow them to ship those products elsewhere. In short: they need us more than we need them.
8:17 PM yesterday COMTE commented on Ohio Passes "Heartbeat Bill" that Would Ban Abortions at Six Weeks.
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It's likely SCOTUS will turn the decision-making over to the states, in which case there will be enclaves on the coasts where choice will remain in-effect, while the middle and southern part of the country increases restrictions or enacts outright bans. I can imagine that over the next several years collective, federal influence will wane, further segmenting our "united states" into a loose hodge-podge where laws will be literally all over the map, particularly those relating to so-called social issues: liberal issues such as choice, marriage equality, environmental & cannabis laws will be upheld in some states, but outlawed in others, and visa-versa with regard to conservative issues (e.g. religious "freedom", school prayer, miscegenation, anti-sodomy, etc., etc.) It'll be an anti-federalist wet-dream come true.
4:36 PM yesterday COMTE commented on Ohio Passes "Heartbeat Bill" that Would Ban Abortions at Six Weeks.
I smell a SCOTUS challenge, but after January 21st, who knows how that'll go - although my guess at this point would have to be, "not well"...
Dec 6 COMTE commented on Fake Facebook News Could Have Caused a Mass Shooting.
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Except of course the bathroom wall can be repainted to erase the offending graffiti - oh, wait...
Dec 6 COMTE commented on Memo to the Theater Stagehands Who Didn't Know That I Was Joking.
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Which is of course not at all the same as someone else saying, "yeah, those surgeons are so good, they probably spend their time standing around doing crossword puzzles and dropping bagel crumbs into the exposed viscera of their operating patients".
Dec 6 COMTE commented on "Thrifty" Trump Cancels Air Force One Order; Twitter Hilariously Responds.
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Ah, you mean good folks like my late stepfather: a maintenance alcoholic who used to beat the crap out of my mom. He would turn on Hee-Haw, fall asleep in front of the TV after his sixth Buckhorn, and only wake up to yell obscenities if you tried to change the channel.
Dec 6 COMTE commented on Memo to the Theater Stagehands Who Didn't Know That I Was Joking.
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It was an insult - just as it would have been to suggest anyone performing a job that entails minimizing risk for someone else would be so blase' about it they wouldn't pay proper attention to what they were doing. Replace "stagehand" with "surgeon" or "airline pilot" for example; I doubt they would have considered such a statement as complementary towards their job.