commented on Why Are Conservatives Fighting Contraception?
Who will ensure and pay for IUD removal in 10 years---and why isn't this obvious question covered in the Slog's write up?
Removal can cost as much as implantation, depending on location and access to health resources. Self-removal is a dice roll, risking uterine tearing and hemorrhage. And, unlike subdural implants, leaving IUDs in beyond their lifespan increases their risk.
commented on Why Public Tranportation Will Not Work Without Agressive Social Engineering
"But the public transportation problem, for example, is not going to be solved by just building a system and waiting for people to use it."
Actually, that's exactly how the problem HAS to be solved. People choose public transportation because it meets physical, not psychological needs. I mean, transportation is just a means, right? So whatever most flattens the barrier between two higher priorities will get used.
When I lived in West Seattle I almost never took buses because they were too infrequent, inconveniently routed, and more expensive than a car. Now that I live nearer to downtown, I take buses all the time because they are convenient, nearby, and less expensive than the alternative. The state needs to find the will to build a public transportation system that provides a similar value shift for more people. Only then will they find broader support for that system.
commented on Amazon Pushing for New Terms in UK Contract Dispute
I don't understand this. Why wouldn't Amazon just offer publishers a print-on-demand failover option with a cost attached (like insurance)? Why make a no-cost/no-opt-out snatch at publishers' means of production?
commented on Who to Blame for Bertha
If we all started calling the tunnel "Murray's Gaping Hole," we'd see action soon enough.
Public opinion swings on catchphrases and is pretty much limited to one villain per issue.