commented on Teacher: Pot Party Sent Bad Message to Kids
She claims to be concerned about "telling the truth based on studies" and then turns around and quotes us anecdotes from "an intake counselor" (?) at Children's Hospital, who got the information "directly from teens being admitted".
So: your evidence is teens who are experiencing psychosis, hallucinations, and blacked out (they're reliable!) who are admitting to the minimum possible illegal drug use (one hit! just one hit! honest!) to an authority figure. Really? Because you are very, very concerned about evidence. (Also: "are physically addictive to 20 percent of teen users" - really? Cite your sources, because I claim shenanigans.)
Some of the rest of her points are less-obviously-full-of-shit - admitting that untangling cause and effect is tough is admirable. But: "throwing a party to celebrate the legalization of a drug by using that drug in a large group, in a public place where families gather—is definitely sending a clear message about our community’s opinion on the use of marijuana." - Uh. Yes. Our community just LEGALIZED THIS DRUG. That's quite a clear message that it's okay.
Throwing a party to celebrate that? Yes, okay, perhaps that sends a further message, but it seems completely trivial in the face of the fact that the drug is legal. Perspective, people.
commented on The Myth of Upward Mobility in America
"Despite the debate over the value of a college education, a college degree remains the single biggest predictor that a person will move up the ladder."
Note, however, that "predicts" is not the same as "causes". Prediction is necessary, but not sufficient, for causality.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Invisible Girlfriend
@1, you don't know she's gay. You're imputing a lot of bad motive based on nothing. Perhaps she always knew she was bi, and was out to her husband on that score. And regardless of who she left her husband for, how is it different than if she had met another man and moved in with him?
commented on Street Harassment with a Happy Ending
@34, yeah, you're right - no one, man (or woman!), should take any responsibility for any woman (or man) being harassed or even assaulted in public places, lest they are seen as robbing the victim of harassment of their agency.
You're totally right: just mind your own business, no matter how uncomfortable that person is. Totally right.
Wait, sorry: I meant dumb. Totally dumb. But if I see you being harassed in public, I definitely won't stick up for you. Deal?
commented on Robbed!
This is confusing:
"There's a sort of happy ending to this one, though. Orlowski passed around the list of missing gear via social media and music blogs, and thankfully a pawn shop employee recognized the items. Orlowski was able to buy back almost all his stolen gear for about $500."
So the pawn shop knowingly sold Orlowski's stolen items back to him - that is, knowingly sold stolen goods? How did that work?