Nov 14, 2015
commented on Terrorists Attack in Paris
Can we please all think a little more critically here? Coordinated attacks like this one appears to be aren't demented "terror-for-terror's-sake" art projects out of the minds of some comic book villain.
The organizers have goals, and expect the reaction to the attacks (rather than the immediate carnage inflicted) to advance them. Who the organizers are may never be known with certainty, but the lens of qui bono certainly narrows the possibilities.
Regardless of who's actually responsible, my most fervent wish is that the assholes on all sides expecting to profit from these events (whether they are hoping to start a war for religious reasons, or for mercenary ones, or hoping to ride a wave of fear to advance their own careers) are disappointed.
Aug 22, 2015
commented on Seattle to Get Seven New "Hyperlocal" Low-Power Radio Stations
NPR's shameless and vigorous lobbying (coordinated with the NAB) against LPFM is why I stopped contributing to NPR affiliates 15 years ago. Completely unacceptable, and I will never contribute another dime to them until they acknowledge and apologize for their role in stalling LPFM for over a decade.
Support your community radio stations instead.
Aug 9, 2015
commented on Guest Editorial: Why Saturday's Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Feeling Heartbroken
Come on, this whole fiasco has the Clinton campaign's fingerprints all over it. Dirty tricks straight out of the Atwater/Carville/Rove playbook.
Yes, Black Lives Matter. Criminal justice reform (top to bottom, police to prosecutors to courts) is urgently needed everywhere in this country. This particular protest did nothing to advance this vital cause, but it surely benefited HRC in today's news cycle, just in time for the Sunday Morning Blowhards.
Jul 7, 2015
commented on Hating on Junkies and Drunks Shows an Embarrassing Lack of Existential Empathy
I empathize with junkies the way I empathize with racists, in that I'm 100% behind getting them the help they need to overcome their issues or at least reduce the harm they cause themselves and others. I recognize that the situation they find themselves in is often not entirely of their own making. I will not stop judging their antisocial actions, even as I oppose retributive criminalization.
What @2 said, don't be a junkie.