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Apr 2, 2014 spiderplanet commented on Your Favorite Indie Shop Is Out of Business if $15-an-Hour Happens.
EVEN IF this argument was true, which it isn't, someone else's ability to be able to pay their rent and feed their kids is more important than my petty little convenience of being able to order a latte for under five bucks.

Really, if you can't offer something that is valuable enough that you can pay people enough to live on, you shouldn't be in business.
Mar 21, 2014 spiderplanet commented on The Morning News: SPD Found a Bunch of Undeveloped Photos of Kurt Cobain's Suicide Sitting on a Shelf.
Just think - If this is the quality of investigation that goes into a high profile celebrity case, imagine how many shits they don't give for the death of an average schlub.
Dec 7, 2013 spiderplanet commented on Cop Car Clash.
The "Ecoboost" versions actually get lower MPG than the regular versions.

Nov 20, 2013 spiderplanet commented on Vancouver Bans Doorknobs in New Housing.
Lever handles are ADA required in commercial buildings. This code change is about residential homes.

If pets or children are an issue, child-proof accessories are available for both styles of door handle.
Oct 31, 2013 spiderplanet commented on In Case You Thought the Shutdown Changed Anything.
Goddammit. Everyone forgets that for the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency, the Democrats had control of the House, a Super Majority in the Senate, and the office of the President. They sat on their hands.

Democrats and Republicans are both about pointless obstructionism and pandering to corporations. This is just a silly game they play.
Jul 30, 2013 spiderplanet commented on SLLOTD: Better Off Than Michigan.
It's crude to use a request for help with an abusive relationship as a political soapbox.

The girlfriend is abusive, and the writer probably figured that out while writing the letter. It's tough to get out of relationships in general, but emotionally destructive relationships can be even harder because you've been isolated from the people who would normally be supporting you.

If you need someone to talk to, to get started, get to a safe place and call a domestic abuse helpline. If you're worried that your girlfriend may look at your phone records, call from another phone (maybe your work has a land line). http://www.dahmw.org/ showed up on a Google Search, I don't know if they're any good, but it might be a start.

Good luck.
Apr 23, 2013 spiderplanet commented on What Do You Think of the Internet Sales Tax?.
Sales tax is, by its nature, a regressive tax. People with the highest income pay the lowest percentage of income. Duh.
Mar 15, 2013 spiderplanet commented on North Dakota Senate Effectively Bans Abortion After Six Weeks of Pregnancy.
Infertile, wealthy Americans are having a dickens of a time finding enough healthy, white babies for purchase. I'm sure this will help.
Dec 12, 2012 spiderplanet commented on Good Call, Dick.
Minnesota has ten electoral college votes, not 16.
Jun 27, 2012 spiderplanet commented on Let's Settle This Milk Thing Once and for All.
I wanna know if Superman's bulge was airbrushed out, or just uncomfortably restrained. No man's groin looks like that.