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Jan 24, 2013 Scalpel commented on Remember When the Chihuly Museum Promised to Build a Playground for the Kiddies?.
It might just be that Dale is too busy putting his name on other peoples' work to get around to designing a playground himself. I'd suggest that The Stranger design it for him, so that we can make the "We Swear Dale Chihuly Personally Designed This Children's Park" a reality.
Jan 11, 2013 Scalpel commented on Duff McKagan's Tips for "How to Be a Man".
I'll echo everyone else: that article wasn't full of troglodyte "bro" stuff, it was some good advice written in a way that will actually get through to troglodyte bros. Sometimes you have to use bro-speak to get through to some guys, but over all the advice he gave was commendable.

Unfortunately, since it's in the Seattle Weekly no one's going to see it anyway.
Dec 4, 2012 Scalpel commented on TSA Blows Off Congressional Hearing on Why They Suck.
In actuality, our airport security system is second-to-none at detecting and stopping terrorist threats. The thing is, that system isn't at the airport itself. It consists of the nearest field offices of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and local law enforcement, who have over the last 11 years detected, investigated, and stopped every terrorist threat before the perpetrators ever arrived at the airport. They do it through the radical process of intelligence gathering and old-fashioned investigation, and in most cases do so without the racial profiling everyone wants us to copy from Israel.

The TSA hasn't actually prevented a single terrorist attack. But since their process is so inconvenient, frustrating, and emotionally traumatizing, it MUST be doing some good, right? If they're physically molesting women, children, and infants, it must be for the greater good, right?

The TSA does not make us safe, the TSA makes us FEEL safe. We could go back to the old shoes-on, X-ray-machines-only process tomorrow and be just as safe, because the real security process isn't anywhere near the airport itself.

P.S.: As it turns out, flying is already so safe that the whole terrorism threat is almost irrelevant. Statistically, let's take a fully-loaded 747 flying around someplace and blow it up, with no survivors. Do that the next day, and the next day after that, and keep blowing up a 747 someplace on the globe, once a day, forever. Even with all that carnage and loss of life, even with 365 airline tragedies a year, flying someplace would STILL be safer than driving there in a car.
Nov 19, 2012 Scalpel commented on 216 Nipples Later.
@131: That may be one of the most incoherent Slog replies I've seen that wasn't hidden behind the words "Unregistered Comment". In fact, it's so rambling and scatter shot that it almost seems like a deliberate work of art.

hitchcock, do you sell prints of your Slog posts? I'd be interested in buying a copy of @131 as an example of "Dissolution of Coherence in 21st Century Internet Communications".
Nov 18, 2012 Scalpel commented on 216 Nipples Later.
@112: "or perhaps just "women's rights" if she can't handle too much direct content"

Because clearly Sharon seems to have an aversion to confrontation and controversy in art, as opposed to the shows you've curated, which tackle the controversial theme of "war and suffering is bad".

Don't get me wrong; from your website it looks like they were interesting shows, but I don't think you're in a position to criticize another curator for playing it safe.
Nov 18, 2012 Scalpel updated the link to his or her website.
Nov 16, 2012 Scalpel commented on 216 Nipples Later.
mtnlion: I agree, and I think that the one thing that was really missing from this discussion was someone stopping by exclusively to declare the discussion to be "soooo stupid". Your input, and the input of seanmichaelhurley, truly made this comment thread worthwhile. Thank you for sharing your wit, wisdom and keen insight with us all, and for making both Slog and the art world as a whole a better place.
Nov 13, 2012 Scalpel commented on What Should Be the Next Big Goal for Washington Liberals?.
Here's another vote for tax reform. Eliminating the sales tax and instituting a tiered state income tax would do a LOT to solve some of the other problems on that list. It would reverse the regressive taxation of the poorest members of our state, would bring shoppers back from Portland to spend money in the state, and would allow us to start from scratch with a tax base able to properly fund schools, roads, etc.
Nov 9, 2012 Scalpel commented on What Do You Think of the World War Z Trailer?.
I really hope that is preliminary, rough draft CGI on the zombies, because right now it looks horrible.
Sep 5, 2012 Scalpel commented on Score One for the Haters and Trolls.
I hope I'm not the only one who finds it a little weird that this is posted in The Slog, a place known for singling out female Stranger writers for bonus helpings of emotional abuse.