Apr 30, 2014
commented on Quote For the Day
Harry finally got there, but the two to remember were the two that were there every step of the way - Thurgood Marshall and William J Brennan, Jr.
The death penalty is wrong, period. By the standards of the 8th Amendment in a modern society, it is cruel and unusual. And governments have PROVEN they are incapable of administering in any way that resembles fair (that in my mind would forbid it under the 14th Amendment's equal protection and due process clauses)
Feb 12, 2014
commented on New Ad Perfectly Explains How Seattle Got Stuck With a Shitty Tunneling Machine
it's mildly amusing and rather lazily derivative of the old VW ad, but it doesn't actually explain anything...
I'm puzzled why the anti tunnel gang is so gleeful at the current setbacks. It's like the republicans in congress wanting Obama to fail. Immature and shortsighted. The course was chosen, it wasn't the course you wanted, that's democracy. Now that it's happening you should be rooting for best result. This will sort out, the tunnel will be completed. Most large projects run late and overbudget, especially if they're out near the limits of a technology. The tunnel isn't the best solution, but it was a reasonable solution among the choices and now that it's coming I want to see it work out.
Jul 26, 2013
commented on Writers Reveal Their Favorite First Lines in Books
We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. (Hunter S. Thompson)
In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. (Norman Maclean)
May 22, 2013
commented on The Pope Doesn't Understand the Point of Atheists
pretty much the same concept as when Desmond Tutu met an atheist who said to him "I don't believe in god" and Tutu, with big smile and complete good cheer replied "don't worry, he believes in you." That's a Christian I can respect, and if the pope said something to that effect, good for him (and he's right, within the context of his beliefs). I have a sense that John Paul I might have felt similarly.
I was briefly raised a Catholic and I remember only one sermon (or is that gospel?) by a young Augustinian from a nearby monastery who opened with the line "there is no hell" and went on to explain that if you live a good life that "heaven" is assured, regardless of sin, or belief, etc...
I don't believe in god, but I do believe what he said was essentially correct, since I believe that heaven and hell are our conscience - if we feel that we do good we are in heaven, and vice versa, and since the only time we'll experience this is while we're alive (since there is nothing after death) that is the extent of heaven and hell. Lincoln expressed a similar sentiment with respect to religion.
May 22, 2013
commented on Portland Voters Are Stoopid
1. Strangelove is pure genius
2. What 19 said - "chemicals" are not inherently bad - just about everything is a "chemical", and "organic" is not inherently good - the are many chemicals and compounds that are organic that will kill you at very low levels of exposure. The deliberate widespread exposure of humans to foreign substances has saved millions, probably billions of lives - from clean water to vaccines and antibiotics.
The genetic manipulation of food crops to increase yields may be the single greatest lifesaver in the history of humanity. I do agree that GMO manipulations involving the genetics of wholly different organisms introduced into food crops deserves intense scrutiny and skepticism (it's a bad idea to build insecticide into food), but at the same time, genetic modifications are leading to medicines and therapies that save lives and reduce suffering. For me the, key, and the hard part, is where to draw the line (rather than simply always bad versus "no worries").
Jan 12, 2013
commented on HJ Lim, Night Panthere, Benaroya Hall
@2 - in Seattle the crowd roars its approval regardless of whether the performance merits it or not - so, unfortunately, that's not a guide one way or the other...
I'm more of a "if they playing itself is good, you don't need to add any flashy physical gestures" kinda guy - but it can be kinda fun (Lang Lang is a bit stylish in his playing also (is that a better term than fussy?).