commented on Uber Partners With Ultra-Right Wing Corporate Lobby ALEC
Uber not only partnered with, but DONATED MONEY TO, Lifelong AIDS Alliance as a special promotion during Seattle Pride.
But yeah, Ansel, you insufferable hack, you tiresome nitwit, you obtuse partisan, you go right on ahead and paint them as neocons because it suits the purposes of the slimeball shysters who run the Teamsters union who see untapped potential in raking in increased revenues for their cleverly disguised sham of an organization from Uber drivers. This is the same union, by the way, that tried to put the Uber drivers they now claim to wish to defend out of business by becoming "lobbying partners" with the scam artists who run the cab companies when it seemed like Uber drivers were naught but a flash-in-the-pan threat to the labor union's dues payments. Two-faced, money hungry assholes cloaked in hollow "justice for workers" rhetoric are 10x as offensive as two-faced, money hungry assholes who don't pretend to be anything else.
commented on Why We Need Cycletracks: Truck Blocks Entire Bike Lane On Capitol Hill
You know Ansel... you're the reason people bitch about kids raised believing everyone ought to get a trophy. You had to use your incredibly maneuverable vehicle to maneuver some this morning, you poor thing, and you're butthurt about it enough to stop and take pictures of the crime scene and insist the city spend a fortune in public money building you a protected lane that only you and your bike buddies can use.
Cars, busses, trucks, scooters, pedestrians... all of us, sometimes, have to maneuver around obstructions in the road (even sometimes in situations where doing so marginally increases our risk of collision) because we live in a WORLD CLASS CITY and it's busy and people are doing things on the public right of way like conducting commerce and living their damn lives, and sometimes you're going to experience little inconveniences. If you don't like it, you're welcome to crawl back into whatever hole in the ground you came out of, wrap yourself up in your binky, and place your fingers back in your ears.
commented on Kshama Sawant Doesn't Support Phasing-In $15 an Hour Minimum Wage
The conversation is largely now "Yeah, let's do $15/hr. But now we have to figure out how." She's been so busy "agitating" that she's failed to, y'know, actually have a feasible plan. This is the problem with activists... they're in it to scratch their psychosocial and emotional needs to be loudmouths about something, anything. When suddenly they land on something that's actually got some support, they don't know what to do with themselves.
commented on The City Council Should Not Cap Rideshares, Flat-Rate Cars, or Taxi Cabs
Except, Baconcat @ 1, that the taxi companies with their local control and whatever else are doing a resoundingly shitty job of providing the service that UberX and Lyft are providing better and, in some cases, cheaper. So why, again, are we protecting these local entities if they can't do the job as well? Just because they're local? So what? The drivers for UberX and Lyft are independent, too. They're not employed by the dispatch service. And what's more, it's empowering them to start businesses that, if they're smart, they can grow! That's *better* than the continued oligopoly of the three or four big taxi services in Western Washington providing half-assed service protected by regulatory caps that serve no other purpose but to stifle competition from new, better ideas.
If the cab companies were worried about competition, they should've done a better job building consumer loyalty. As of now... they've managed to throughly piss so many of us off that no one's going to come rushing to their defense unless they're a politician looking for a campaign hand out. Good on Bagshaw for standing up for the right thing. Bye, bye cab companies.
Dec 5, 2013
commented on Kinda Awesome Charges Filed in Victoria Clipper Theft
4th Paragraph, page two of the Probable Cause statement from the PSPD says the keys were left in the ignition locks. I suspect they were not counting on anyone being able to jump their perimeter fence, throw off a bunch of lines, bypass a door that should've been locked, and then properly execute a start up sequence.
There're no keys in an airliner but they're counting on no one knowing what the hell they're doing with all those buttons and lee-vers unless they're supposed to.
Dec 4, 2013
commented on Gay Man Chosen for Pointless Job
The folks denouncing him already seem the same folks who got uppity after people criticised Kshama after her embarrassing Boeing gaffe... and Brady hasn't even had the experience of saying something dumb and regrettable in public yet. Boring and predictable, people. Shape up your game.
Dom's critique of the legislature (and the SCC) is completely fair, though.