Apr 11, 2015 mge commented on Senate Republicans Cut KEXP's New Home from Budget, Democrat Adds It Back in at Only Half the Money Needed.
@40 You said @35 that John Richards's salary isn't in line with other program folks. I asked which ones, because I think you're wrong, and I asked what you think would be a fair salary for him, because I'm genuinely curious. No, $114K is not $133K, but it's 85% of that at an organization about half the size. You replied that the senior account exec is behaving unethically, and I'm asking, if you don't work there, how do you know that? Can you prove it? Because it kind of seems like you're just flinging anonymous internet accusations at somebody you don't like.
Apr 11, 2015 mge commented on Senate Republicans Cut KEXP's New Home from Budget, Democrat Adds It Back in at Only Half the Money Needed.
@38 Do you work there? You have some inside info?

You're changing the subject. What's a fair salary, in your mind?

Apr 11, 2015 mge commented on Senate Republicans Cut KEXP's New Home from Budget, Democrat Adds It Back in at Only Half the Money Needed.
@35 Not in line with what other program folks? And again, what do you think would be an honest salary? Just for one example I pulled up KING FM. At a little more than half the size of KEXP, they reported paying their program director $114K and their ED comes in comfortably above Tom Mara.

I don't know Rob Bender or the intimate workings of the organization, but on what grounds do you come up with "borderline unethical?" A quick perusal of their annual report tells me that they brought in over $1.7M in corporate support in 2013. If he's the main corporate fundraiser, that kind of pay is commensurate with that level of responsibility. Good fundraisers are in heavy demand across the industry.
Apr 11, 2015 mge commented on Senate Republicans Cut KEXP's New Home from Budget, Democrat Adds It Back in at Only Half the Money Needed.
@31 Honest question for you: what do you think would be an honest salary? I work in the non-profit industry and I can tell you that this salary is by no means exorbitant for a leadership position at non-profit organization this size. It's certainly your prerogative to not donate and not advocate on their behalf if you feel that way, but if you think that's a massively outsized salary I would ask what you're basing that on.
Sep 11, 2014 mge commented on The Inexplicable, Fascinating Cherdonna Shinatra, the Drag Queen Who's Not a Drag Queen.
@8 The only worthwhile part of your comment was "I don't know." Are you somebody who's bitter you can't get funding yourself or are you actually ignorant enough that you believe what you're saying? Take 30 seconds and learn something next time before you make it absolutely clear to everybody that you have zero idea what you're talking about. People get funding because they have talent and work hard. It's hard work making art and it's hard work fundraising. This case is no exception. And there is in fact a crowdfunding campaign going for this show right now. It took me less than 2 minutes to find it. Did you bother to check?

I personally know many people in the dance community and beyond who think she's brilliant. I include myself in that group. Cherdonna may not be your thing and that's fine; but if you think you're contributing something of value to the "conversation" with your misinformed nonsense you're mistaken.
May 29, 2014 mge commented on Cycle Track Showdown.
@60 The exact question was "Which of these changes would you recommend be made in your community to make it easier for you to bicycle more?" I know this because the exact questions, all of them, are included in the very study you linked to. But why would you bother with reading or facts when you can make sweeping declarations you're all too sure about just going by what feels truthy in your gut, right?
May 29, 2014 mge commented on Cycle Track Showdown.
@49 Feel free to point to any part of the report you posted that supports your conclusion that "bikes hate cars and cars hate bikes." Or was your point that facts don't matter unless you agree with them?

I never said there's "only one" solution. But it is clear that most of us who drive are in favor of improving bicycle infrastructure. I want it for the safety and convenience of my many friends and neighbors who cycle. Since I work and live within about a mile of Westlake, I'd like it to be there for myself to use as well. You are angry and entitled, and you're behaving selfishly and rudely over what, some parking spaces? I think this just comes down to your hatred of bikes, which are here to stay. Feel free to move to somewhere you won't be bothered by so many people who make different choices than you.
May 29, 2014 mge commented on Cycle Track Showdown.
@43 The study I cited, which you deemed bullshit, was based on a telephone survey of 400 people in 2013. The survey you found, which I presume you don't think is bullshit since you went to the trouble of finding and posting it, was based on... a telephone survey of 400 people in 2007. Page 20 of your study says that over 2/3 of people are in favor of using tax money to improve bicycle conditions. On page 17 you'll note that 76% of people who are not cyclists are in favor of more bicycling facilities in their community.

So no, it's still not true that "cars hate bikes and bikes hate cars." You hate bikes. You have anger issues and you're projecting. You along with your vocal minority of angry people. That's what it comes down to. You hate bikes, and you don't want your free parking to go away. You have no actual data to support your conclusion that taking away some parking spots will harm business, so you resort to anecdotes and name calling. I'm still waiting to hear one argument from you that's actually based in reason and not animus.

You want to talk about a bullshit number, I'd ask to see your source on that "8% of Seattle's B&O" number but somebody else beat me to it way back @7.
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May 28, 2014 mge commented on Cycle Track Showdown.
@38 Total number of people called and report methodology are on the first fucking page genius. I'll wait patiently for you to come up with some actual data though.

Again, why are you entitled to park for free? I pay all those taxes too. I park on city property. Why am I not also entitled to park for free?
May 28, 2014 mge commented on Cycle Track Showdown.
@34 You're the one that's being selfish and entitled. You're complaining about cyclists getting a "free ride" out one side of your mouth while you whine about the perceived threat to your free parking out the other. Why do you think that your arrogant ass is entitled to park for free on city property?

People who want more and better cycling infrastructure aren't some tiny minority like you seem to think. We're the majority. Not all of us are cyclists. Most of us are drivers, too. Here's some actual data (PDF) about voter attitudes on bicycling to counter your anecdotes.

No matter how loudly you cry, you're in the minority. If you don't like it you're free to leave at any time.