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Aug 12, 2015 stinky commented on What We Learn from the Cop Who Shot and Killed a Small Dog.
You can slip on wet leaves on a sidewalk, possibly breaking bones or sustaining a concussion. An officer confronting such a menace doesn't really have a choice in such a situation: s/he must shoot those leaves off the path. For those of you who have never walked in the shoes of a police officer, you really shouldn't be commenting about what constitutes proper behavior. When you do, you constitute yet another deadly threat.
Aug 4, 2015 stinky commented on Making the Ballard Bridge Safe for Cyclists: One of Us Has to Die or All of Us Have to Act.
Please stick to writing (stridently) about what you know. Seattle bicycle transportation policy isn't in your portfolio, and as bad as the Ballard Bridge situation is for bicyclists is, a post like this, full of misleading half-truth and unmentioned relevant truth, is more destructive than it is constructive. You probably knew that even as you wrote it, but, you know, pageviews.
Jul 11, 2015 stinky commented on What to Eat (and Not Eat) When You're Backpacking.
Why not Soylent? It's cheap and has got to be the least fussy food there is - it requires no stove, the packaging is effectively weight-free, and it's as close to nutritionally complete as science has been able to determine.
Jul 11, 2015 stinky commented on Donald Trump's Toxic Comments on Women, Race, and Climate Change.
You see the claim that Trump is polling #2 in Iowa everywhere - I've repeated it myself. But where does the number come from? According to On The Media (the exceedingly excellent WNYC podcast), it's effectively made up - based upon an extremely small sample size. And the claim is destructive - we like to quote it because it makes us feel superior to the presumed racist wing-nuts in Iowa. Our hunger for that sort of puffery is far from our best quality. Even when it isn't, as in this case, based on fiction.
Jul 6, 2015 stinky commented on Watching a Confederate Flag Parade Fender-Bender Is So Satisfying.
With all due respect to those exercising their first amendment rights, fuck you all. Hard.
May 25, 2015 stinky commented on I, Anonymous.
I read somewhere that a welfare recipient once bought a milkshake with food assistance so I vote no on everything.
Mar 27, 2015 stinky commented on Why We Must Learn to Love Potholes.
Agree that "warming" is too positive a term for "global warming" to strike an urgent tone. s/global warming/climate catastrophe/ ? Climate crisis?

Mar 26, 2015 stinky commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Complicated Threesome.
Nice. Stuff like this is why we read this column.
Mar 19, 2015 stinky commented on Mayor Ed Murray Wants to Ban Smoking in Parks, and the City Says There's Nothing Unfair About That.
Vancouver BC has had such an ordinance for a couple of years, and it's worked well as far as I can tell. I hadn't considered that it could be used to further marginalize homeless people, nor have I heard that it has been used that way here. If it passes, some people will ignore this as they do the King County ordinance against smoking at bus shelters.
Feb 21, 2015 stinky commented on Rudy Giuliani's Racist Anti-Obama Comments Are a Desperate (and Successful) Plea for Attention.
The Rudy went on to say “with all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.” To me, that's the more offensive comment. American Exceptionalism is about the most destructive mindset on the planet, responsible for uncountable deaths and ruined lives via the military adventurism it is used to justify. To hear somebody in 2015 shamelessly promoting that mindset is quite distressing.

The Rudy is right - Obama doesn't love America the same way that he does. Neither do other thinking people. Nationalism is a disease. Thankfully our current national leader isn't infected with it. God help us and our neighbors if the next one is.