commented on How Do You Feel About I-522 (the Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods)?
Looking at who is funding the opposition is misguided. Yes, big business stands to lose money and is spending lots on the No campaign, and yes, Monsanto is evil. I totally agree. But there is ample evidence that the specific techniques -- "directly insert DNA or RNA into organisms or that use cell fusion techniques to overcome natural barriers to cell multiplication or recombination" -- are not in themselves harmful. You want more testing of the resulting variants? More oversight? Fine, I'd be willing to consider that, though I haven't personally looked into the current methods of oversight. But singling out a technique because you are concerned that some of the results could be harmful is backward, it's effectively banning science from an important area of human need as though science itself is the problem.
Why is there need? Because the human population of the planet is already taxing our resources, and continues to grow. GMOs require less water and less insecticides. GMOs can result in hardier plants, which help sustain food supplies in the face of draught and a changing climate. GMOs add important nutrients to grains that are otherwise lacking in certain parts of the world. This is important stuff, and should not be tossed aside so quickly.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Acidick
I assume that "douche" and "douchebag" have become such common insults because they seem like antiquated terms detached from their original meaning, but the insult derives from the idea that vaginas are so filthy that even the thing used to clean them is horribly tainted. Personally, I don't like it and I'd rather people stop.
Regarding this letter, it would be nice to have an idea why he finds this woman unattractive. Most times, these things have no solution but to end it; once in a very great while, there's an actual solution (change in hygiene, change in sexual practice, boob job?). When someone is too shy to break up over sexual incompatibility, it's also possible that person is too shy to be honest about what they want sexually.
commented on Where Can I Buy the Perfect Peach?
At the Capitol Hill farmer's market, the woman who runs the stand right at the corner of SCCC will help you pick out peaches for perfect ripeness at the moment you want to eat them (I usually buy them a few days out). So far, she's been dead-on and the peaches have been marvelous.
commented on Doctor Who?
Hermione Norris -- she's brilliant in comedy and drama, she's neither young nor old, she's got many credits without being too familiar, and she's the only actress I can think of that could play opposite Alex Kingston (River Song) without seeming wrong.
commented on Slog Poll: Expanding Restricted Street Parking to Neighborhood Workers
That is a terrible idea. Areas near the urban core need on-street parking because so many buildings are old and don't have internal parking, and people working in the downtown area far outnumber residents. In fact, giving RPZ passes to workers downtown, or parts of First Hill and Capitol Hill, would pretty much make them worthless, RPZ passes would so greatly outnumber street parking spots.
Also, Montlake Elementary is severely over-capacity, a problem that the school district will need to address in it's next rezoning. But even so, the district website says Montlake has 16 teachers in total -- why are we talking about changing city-wide policies that will encourage more driving and fewer urban residents for 16 people? Seems like the school could come up with a more localized solution, like providing a staging area by a door facing a loading zone where the teachers could lay down their heavy burdens while they go get their cars.