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May 3 pinch-flat commented on What Is "Free Speech," Anyway?.
@2 Exactly right - and perhaps this nuance was so obvious to the law professors contacted for this story, that they assumed the author wholly got this.

Free speech is protected against state action. It's Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, after all not vs. Joe Blow.
May 2 pinch-flat commented on Northwest Brewers Look to the Northeast for the Latest IPA Trend.
@1 Meaning they're hard to make well? Or was that some sort of swipe at their pedestrianism?
Apr 5 pinch-flat commented on Gonzaga Lost, 71-65, the Game Wasn't Pretty, and There Was Lots of Crying at the End.
The clear bias of the network broadcast team turned me from casual observer to (temporary) staunch Zags fan. Tarheels' dads taught them well, whereas that angry fat Pollack looks like someone shoved him out of the buffet line.

I know we're in the provinces out here, but I'm really sick of that crap.
May 2, 2016 pinch-flat commented on A Note on the Indigestion Caused By Eating Class Struggle.
@8 Elsewhere Charles makes the claim that true urbanites shouldn't even have kitchen because they eat out. His blindness to his own contradictions is what makes him the best of and the worst of The Stranger.

So Awesome - Yay!
Jan 28, 2016 pinch-flat commented on You're New to Town? We're Glad You're Here! We Can Finally Do Something About....
@30 I agree with you (I've not encountered the stop 20 feet from the intersection gambit, but that jibes with my general perception of self-absorbed-maximizer-drivers elsewhere). As for the free right on red at the expense of the the person dutifully not blocking the intersection: special circle in hell for them, but that I've definitely seen elsewhere.
Jan 28, 2016 pinch-flat commented on You're New to Town? We're Glad You're Here! We Can Finally Do Something About....
These sorts of articles are so tiresome and precious. Every city is different; why do Seattlites, newcomers and old, embrace this self-loathing so? Can't drive right, can't walk right, can't bake right, etc. There's an awful lot we do better than most other places, such as yielding to pedestrians (and we're not terribly good at that, admittedly - just better).

If you can't abide the quality of Seattle bagels, quite your annoying whining and start a bakery. I for one am not convinced to the superiority of Californian driving or New York walking, but if that's what's keeping you from being happy here, expecting a post from the bully pulpit of The Stranger seems less efficacious than another obvious solution.

As for the escalator, you're behind the times: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/…
Dec 24, 2015 pinch-flat commented on The Thing The Atlantic Didn't Mention In Its Profile of Nick Hanauer.
It's a little cynical calling Goldy a "paid shill" since he was fired from the Stranger for refusing to kiss up to Uber when they were new to the area and much beloved of your readers and editorial staff (remember those days?).
Oct 13, 2015 pinch-flat commented on Bike Activists! I Have Seen the Future! You're Going To Hate It!.
I think Dan is exactly right here. The separated bike infrastructure is going to drive a lot of us nuts, and let's hope we don't become (as Oregon and I believe Germany are) a mandatory use state wherein if there's a bike lane you may not use the "traffic" lane. SDOT is notoriously useless at implementing bike infrastructure.

As for those motorists who complain about having been slowed down by cyclists I fully believe you've never been delayed a single second by a cyclist - because the moment you get around them you start speeding to make up the perceived loss of time; you get to your destination at the same time that you would have.

I know it's not fun driving your behemoth in the presence of vulnerable squishy cyclists and pedestrians - but don't take your fear of hurting others out on others - just exercise due care - it's not hard.
Oct 4, 2015 pinch-flat commented on The Martian Is a DIY Guide to Not Dying on Mars.
Great book and I'm looking forward to the movie. I don't remember the line "I'm the first person to be alone on an entire planet," but can't help but feel that as long as we live in an America where the majority is going to take issue with that line, there is no hope for science saving the world...
Sep 17, 2015 pinch-flat commented on Weather Report, Thursday Afternoon, Seattle: It's Raining Like a Motherfucker.
Indeed! I had to pull off I-90 during the Thunderstorm this afternoon. Just unsafe, and not all my other road users agreed. Oh Wait, I'm in Wisconsin today - you are a puss and this is a non-story.