May 2, 2011
commented on State Links Malware Infection to Seattle Times Website
Well, That explains that. While at work last night, I was reading politics and movie reviews, and suddenly my comp started warning me of a potential virus infection... and then shut me out of the network.
Damn. I assume IT was able to figure it out after I called them and finished my shift.
Apr 20, 2011
commented on Lazy, Reflexive, Free Market Ideology Isn't a Good Enough Reason to Privatize Liquor Sales
I'm going to agree with some of the other posters here so far... the state has shown it's operating the business poorly.
If the state subcontracted the liquor sales out to a private chain or some other group with proven experience at sales, I wouldn't care if the state kept the final control. Hell, I think it's fine to leave final authority with the legislature, so long as it's not a bunch of people elected on 147 different platforms, most of which have nothing to do with booze, business, or the regulation of either, making day to day policy.
The system right now is not serving anyone well because its policies are cobbled together to serve the interests of electeds and their constituency groups.
I am sure there has to be a balance between not increasing to social ills you've described and the horrible experience and system we've got in place now.
Do the liquor stores have to look run down and dirty? Do they have to have such restricted hours? Is there a reason they have to be distributed so poorly around the state?
Mar 9, 2011
commented on I Know This Is Wonky, But It's Vital
Not to nitpick... well, yes to nitpick... but SHB doesn't mean "State House Bill" it means "Substitute House Bill."
The bill has been replaced once already with a bill that fits the intent expressed in the scope of the title. If another stroking amendment were offered to replace the entire bill, it would then be called "SSHB 1997" or "Second Substitute House Bill 1997."
But yeah... good bill, emailed my senator. :)
Mar 3, 2011
commented on How Much Should You Tip for Drip?
It depends on what I'm getting. If I'm getting a complicated drink, I tip at least a buck (which usually comes out to more than a 20% tip)... if I'm getting something simple, I tip the change off of the bills I gave.
If my change is only a few pennies, I'll usually grab another buck out of the wallet.
Feb 28, 2011
commented on Statewide Student Walkout Planned for Tomorrow
Walking out, acting in mass, shows your legislators that you're willing to take an action rather than just write a letter or make a phone call. What are you missing when you spend the time to write a letter? Nothing much... there's a very low opportunity cost. When you walk out, you're sacrificing a few hundred dollars' worth of tuition. You're saying that it's more important to tell them that what they're doing is wrong than to be in your class at that particular time.
If enough people do that, walk out of their classes, that sends a rather strong message to legislators.
Jan 13, 2011
commented on Got a Question?
Question: What value do you put on the efforts to register students at the UW and other colleges/universities within the district? How would you seek to involve the hundreds of newly registered voters who are likely to be Democrats?