Jan 27 dsz123 commented on How Trump's War on Science Might Hurt the University of Washington.
Don't forget that the recipients of that funding contribute valuable work to the public good. This isn't just about jobs, or maintaining the status quo. From innovations in technology to new drugs to new surgical techniques to a better understanding of our world, we all benefit -- personally, economically, socially, intellectually, etc. -- from government investment in basic research.
Oct 26, 2015 dsz123 commented on Processed Meats Give You Cancer, Testing Finds 2% of Hot Dogs Contain Human DNA.
@4 I'm fine with publishing statistical findings, but reporters ought to ask questions like "What are the baseline rates?" and then include the answer in the article.

Statistics out of context can sound more significant, and that's why I call it scaremongering -- they choose a sensational sounding headline ("Processed Meats Give You Cancer"), and also make no effort to provide the context that would allow someone to make an educated decision.
Oct 26, 2015 dsz123 commented on Processed Meats Give You Cancer, Testing Finds 2% of Hot Dogs Contain Human DNA.
Shame on the WHO for only publishing the relative rate increase in their summary, and on all the papers for blindly parroting the numbers.

The absolute rates tell a very different story than the headline. A 50 year old man has a 0.68% risk of getting colorectal cancer in the next ten years, and consuming processed meat increases it to 0.8%. A difference? Yes. Worth changing your behavior over? Probably not.

Scaremongering at its finest.
Dec 17, 2014 dsz123 commented on FedEx Loses Enormous, Hand-Cut Setpiece in Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey's Latest Show.
Is Kickstarter the right way to deal with this? How about some public shame for FedEx? Did you (Brendan) talk to their PR department to ask about this? I bet a few strategic calls would get them to change their mind about the cost of replacement.
Oct 27, 2014 dsz123 commented on Seattle Times Furious With FBI Over Allegations That the Agency Impersonated the Newspaper.
More recently, the DEA created a Facebook account in someone's name to ensnare her friends. http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/20/technolo…

Nasty stuff, this.
Oct 14, 2014 dsz123 commented on The Morning News: Seattle Now Has Bike Share.
@1 No, no, no. She got a transfusion from someone who survived in the hopes of transferring that immunity. We still don't really know (and may never know) exactly how she contracted it in the first place, but it was when she treated the patient in Texas.
Sep 8, 2014 dsz123 commented on Working Mom Going to Prison for Getting Her Teen Daughter an Abortion.
I believe this is not an unknown side effect of the drug. Per this NYTimes Magazine article of last weekend (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/magazi…), it seems they could have avoided all trouble by just saying the daughter was having a miscarriage -- treatment is identical.

Very unfortunate, for sure, that by telling the truth, she wound up in legal trouble, especially considering there is state-mandated lying involved in getting a legal abortion.
Sep 5, 2014 dsz123 commented on LTE: Why I'm Wrong for Parlaying a Cyclist's Death Into a Piece About Underfunded Bike-Safety Projects.
Are you serious, Jason? You are using the very tactics you decry in your own letter...

"What happens to those who cannot bike?" Well, their needs aren't going to be addressed in a master *bicycle* plan, are they?

"Are other forms of transportation even suffering due to these changes?" Again, probably not going to be found in the *bicycle* plan.

"Are there legitimate concerns over bicyclists' behavior?" Of course, but as *you* say, you blame the individual, not the city planners, for bad behavior.

Get real. If you want to live in a city of gridlock, have a great time, just don't stand in the way of actual planning (something Seattle desperately needs more of, by the way) by spreading misinformation and hype of your own.
Aug 21, 2013 dsz123 commented on The Best Ice Cream in Seattle May Not Be in Seattle.
Have you been to Lick yet? Bad name, amazing ice cream, and just up the hill from the Stranger offices at 15th and Pine inside 'Zaw. Michael is a former chef, and has a knack for odd-but-delicious flavor combinations.