Dec 12, 2013 sara commented on Lululemon Continues to Lose Money.
I think it's probably more that other companies are starting to catch on to the idea of nicer workout clothes, but they price them a bit lower than Lulu -- for example, Albion, Athleta, and Ellie all have styles that are essentially knockoffs of Lulu, but at a somewhat lower price point. When Lulu was the only source for luxury yoga gear, they made out -- but that's not the case anymore.
Dec 2, 2013 sara commented on Do Chimps Have a Right to Liberty?.
I feel like there is so much work to do on making sure actual humans get human rights that it is sort of offensive to talk about extending them to animals. But, this seems like the sort of thing that can and should be solved through strong anti-animal cruelty laws (and it makes sense for this type of law to be strongest for animals like chimps).
Sep 16, 2013 sara commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Daily Caller.
Whoops, should have read comments first, looks like others have already suggested this!
Sep 16, 2013 sara commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Daily Caller.
If you haven't read it, get your hands on a copy of The Gift of Fear - lots of useful advice for this sort of situation.
May 24, 2013 sara commented on New California Law Could Prohibit Protesters From Riding Public Transit.
@10: See 3 above: "...shall not be interpreted to affect any lawful activities permitted or First Amendment rights protected under the laws of this state or applicable federal law..."

This is not aimed at people wearing T shirts. Believe me, people in the Bay Area who are NOT protesting anything have way more offensive clothing (or lack of clothing) on BART and I don't see that changing anytime soon. This is aimed at actual actions by protesters that have actually caused significant problems and delays for people simply trying to get to work. By similar comparison, I'm sure it's illegal to march out onto the Bay Bridge during rush hour, whether you are protesting something or not.
May 24, 2013 sara commented on New California Law Could Prohibit Protesters From Riding Public Transit.
I have no problem with this. Obviously it would be a huge issue if people were prohibited from riding transit for protests on, say, a street corner. But there's a big difference between that and individuals who choose to fuck up everyone else's day by completely shutting down or creating major delays in crucial infrastructure. You can do it, but don't expect there to not be consequences!

And look - yes, for some people a BART delay is an annoying inconvenience. But some people actually do work hourly and/or for really shitty employers, and a major delay such as those caused by protesters could mean lost wages or even getting fired. It is not just a minor inconvenience that we should all learn to put up with for a major form of transportation to be shut down by assholes, whether those assholes are crazy people who've decided to run on top of trains for fun (YES, this happened last Thursday) or protesters with a legitimate cause who really do need to take their protests elsewhere. Whatever your motivations, this type of behavior should be discouraged and punished.
May 2, 2013 sara commented on SL Letter of the Day: Mr. Wonderful.
LW - if you happen to be reading comments...reread this letter, but pretend it is written by your best girlfriend, sister, female cousin, etc. - some woman in your life that you feel really close to. What advice would you give her? That might give you some perspective on this situation that this is not the way you'd ever want for someone else you care about to be treated - so why would you put up with it yourself?

You mention in this letter that you have experience with mental illness. If that's true, then you know that it's not caused by/controlled by/cured by the amount of sex a person has. Would your social anxiety disorder be cured by the perfect sex life? No, it's something you manage with a lot of hard work on your part.

Finally - I know it can be so hard to break up with your first sexual partner. But, think about the potential relationship you are missing out on - with someone who will treat you with respect and love. It IS possible - you don't have to put up with this! The break up with suck and be hard, but then you'll get over it and be so much happier.
Mar 27, 2013 sara commented on Activists Say Kansas Bill May Allow HIV Positive People to Be Quarantined.
These news stories are pretty confusing. The change in policy allowing firefighters/paramedics to better protect themselves from a variety of blood/fluid-borne diseases does not sound like a terrible idea, provided that acceptable privacy protections are included along with the law. It's not clear how that is linked to quarantining people as opposed to simply allowing workers who put themselves in vulnerable positions (to benefit everyone!) to receive the most appropriate health care.
Mar 15, 2013 sara commented on SL Letter of the Comments: Anti-Gay Haters Are Doing Us a Favor.
AAAAA - While Dan is correct, I think another thing to think about to solve your issue more directly is that even if you read the news, you don't have to read the comments. You can also read the comments only from certain sites - some have a much higher proportion of assholes/crazies, and others are moderated.
Jan 14, 2013 sara commented on I'm a Supporter of Physician-Assisted Suicide....
Yeah, this seems totally reasonable to me, I've got to say. I guess if I would put myself in that situation, I think I would feel the same way as these twins, so it's really not my place to say they should not do it. Of course, there should be safeguards in place to make sure it is 100% their decision -- I'm sure not everyone would decide the same way, and that is also their right.