commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant
The Green Party was so incompetent here in Arizona that they missed the filing deadline for delegates, essentially keeping them off the ballot. So to save their hide, Arizona's very Republican Secretary of State bent the rules to make sure that Stein is there in November to drag a few votes off of Hillary. All they had to do was fill out the paperwork, and they couldn't even be bothered, turning a basic chore into a needless drama. Until we reform our electoral system, 3rd parties will always steal from the party closest to them. BTW, that's perfectly fine if it's Libertarians stealing votes from the GOP :)
Aug 30, 2013
commented on What Do You Think of Pirate Joe's?
Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, got his start bringing Hanes tee shirts back from school in the US and selling them to all his friends in Montreal who couldn't get them. This was when Hanes were good.
Aug 21, 2013
commented on Savage Love
My grandfather lost 3 1/2 fingers on his right hand in an oil field accident as a young man. He was a handsome dude with an attractive down home country boy way. He never suffered with the ladies, marrying twice. When he would shake my hand as a child, he'd rub the stub of his middle finger across my palm because he knew it freaked people out. That was a man who was confident in his disability.
BTW, he once went on a date with the Black Dahlia (no, we don't think he killed her).
Feb 26, 2013
commented on Not Capitalism but the State Is the Solution
Oh God. This is the absolute worst possible example you could have used to make your point, Charles. Battery swapping is a pointless, unneeded technology that is extremely expensive to enact, requires costly engineering that no one wants, and that, in an age of improving battery efficiency and supercharging, is already technically obsolete. In 20 years these swapping stations will be albatrosses, signs of a bad government bet. That Agassi, a slick, superficial salesman who has since been ousted from Better Place, managed to use his family connections and charisma to keep this con job running is a testament to the wooly-headed thinking that can happen when non-expert politicians drive technical policy. They are pulling out of the US and Australia because it's dawned on even these gullible lawmakers that this was a bad idea sold well, not a new disruptive technology. Agassi might have well ended his pitch with "Monorail!!!". You just made the best possible case against what you were saying, which is sad since I think you are right in many other much more solid cases. Do you homework next time and talk to people who actually know about the challenge of implementing the widespread use of electric cars. They were on to Better Place years ago.
Dec 14, 2012
commented on Walking Down Broadway the Other Night, I Passed Three Different Couples Smoking Weed on a Single Block
I actually live in Amsterdam, across the street from a "coffee shop", and you rarely see anyone smoking pot on the street (btw, the Dutch use pot at about 1/3 the rate of Americans). Public drunkenness is much more common (thanks England!). It's not that you will be arrested, it's more that it's a social faux pas to be blowing skanky weed at people who just want to get home from work. Also, since it's been effectively legal here for so long, no one is impressed. Part of what you are seeing in Seattle may be a bit of showing off; at least it was for me when I last smoked weed in front of a club on Market Street in SF (I always seem to smoke more when I'm in the States).
BTW, the exception in Amsterdam is Queen's Day, when you can smoke whatever you want and no one is bothered.
Dec 11, 2012
commented on Savage Love Episode 320
I'm a gay man, and when I was 13 my parent's marriage was broken up when my Mormon mother, with five young children, found out that my dad had a hidden second gay life. This was of course devastating to her, destructive to the family, and an absolute bomb to me, wrestling as I was with my own sexuality. I held off coming out for years because I hated the idea of being the same "thing" that broke up my family. It was years of pain and self hatred. I blamed and hated my father, myself, and gay men everywhere. Yeah, eventually, I got over it and came to understand the impossible situation my father had found him in (btw, if you ever want proof that gay people can't change...). But I will never date a married man, ever, who is cheating on his spouse. If I ever caused that kind of pain, just shoot me. There's plenty of other options. I don't fuck Republicans, racists, druggies or married guys. The end.