Nov 15, 2016 BenY commented on "Awash in False Conspiracy Theories and Petulant Immaturity, Liberals Put Trump in the White House".
A vote for Jill Stein was really a vote for third parties. If the Green Party gets 5% of the vote, it becomes an established party which means federal funding and automatic inclusion on the ballot in every state.
Any vote for Jill Stein in a state that went for Hillary did not hurt her campaign and would not have made a difference in the election.
Feb 23, 2016 BenY commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Will My Sexts Come Back to Haunt Me?.
I doubt people will ever lose interest in naked pictures even if they are common. (Aren't they common now?) Even if an employer doesn't officially care about them, co-workers certainly would and the possibility of sexual harassment, especially for a woman in a "mathy" field, would worry me. I would not trust an employer to do the right thing and protect the woman.
Sep 9, 2015 BenY commented on Here’s How the City Could Stop Those Special Move-In Deals for Tech Workers.
Landlords often do credit checks, which probably skews towards renting to higher income people. I would be surprised if that was outlawed.
Apr 17, 2015 BenY commented on The Morning News: Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives in Washington Waters, Stranger Watches from a Rubber Boat.
Don't expect wild flowers on Mt. Rainier, I was just there last week and it has lots of snow. You have to carry car chains but the roads were clear. They rent snowshoes at Paradise which looks like fun.
Apr 16, 2015 BenY commented on I Sat In on My Son’s Sex-Ed Class, and I Was Shocked by What I Heard.
The time to challenge the curriculum is before it starts, or privately with the teachers, not during class. I am sure parents were notified in advance that the class would be happening, it sounds like she was looking to be outraged. It is hard to know if the class really was as bad as that or if she picked out her "favorite" pieces.
I can understand a high school pushing abstinence for freshman, who are 14 and 15. But of course they should teach how to use a condom... they probably did. That would take like 5 minutes tops.
And what kind of crazy high school lets parents attend the classes, and potentially participate!?! What kind of crazies would show up to history or science classes? This whole story seems kind of "off" to me.
Nov 25, 2014 BenY commented on White Americans Care More About Property Damage Than Dead People.
Ran away, backed away, teleported away -- who knows. But he was 150 feet away from the officer after a struggle at the car, it's not like they were fighting over the gun. If killing the kid wasn't an option, the officer would have found other options.
Nov 25, 2014 BenY commented on White Americans Care More About Property Damage Than Dead People.
Rioting, breaking things, fires, hurting people -- all bad reactions that will do more harm than good. People will get hurt and arrested, and will just cause police to crack down harder.

But the officer couldn't have "feared for his life" when he killed that unarmed kid -- he was shot 153 feet from the police car. The policeman may have drawn it in fear, but there is no way a lethal response was justified if the kid was running away.

It is the same as what happens with Seattle police (Native American woodcarver) or the stand your ground laws -- the laws need to be changed so that fear is not an excuse for killing people. The law basically says the more racist you are, the more it is ok to kill people since you're genuinely scared.
We need a better option for police than guns, and a better law that isn't based on fear.
Nov 12, 2014 BenY commented on If You Didn't Vote, Why?.
It should be free to mail in ballots. Or paid for with public funds.
Oct 14, 2014 BenY commented on Mark Zuckerberg Just Gave $25 Million to Fight Ebola, but He Owes Us a Whole Lot More Than That.
It's still a generous thing to do, and a good, urgent underfunded cause. At least it's going for a specific contribution, if it was general tax revenue it would be going to all sorts of things, but barely for Ebola.

There is a real issue here about legal tax dodges, but Zuckerburg isn't responsible for that.
Mar 5, 2014 BenY commented on The Maxi Pad Revolutionary.
What an inspirational story, thanks Danielle!