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Jan 12 Mike Silva commented on Watch Cory Booker Reprimand Jeff Sessions for Years of Voting Against Marginalized Americans.
@15 It's actually not that hard. But people like you that make apologies for politicians being crappy makes it harder.

You're not smarter or more savvy than us. You just are willing to support people with less integrity. And golly, how's that working for the Democratic Party now that we've got the House, Senate, and White House...oh, wait.
Jan 10 Mike Silva commented on Intel Chiefs to President-Elect: Um, Dude, the Russians Have a Compromising Video of You Being Pissed On And/Or Near By Russian Sex Workers.
I have to get these off my chest:
Make America Urinate Again
Trump Shower
The Apprenpiss
Putin on the Piss (in the Ritz)
Trump 2020: A chick pissin' in every pot.
2 Girls, 1 Trump
From Russian Bladder Voided Of
Jan 6 Mike Silva commented on Pramila Jayapal Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Country, Block Trump During Final Electoral Tally.
I'm all for protest. But this was a stupid circle jerk. All by a party of Congressional pushovers who will spend the next 2 years cowering, rather than effectively fighting, and winning back Congress. And then in 4 years will probably backstab the Democratic base by pushing Corey LovesHimSomeWallStreetAndMealyMouthedCentrism Booker, over Elizabeth Warren.

Yeah, thanks.
Feb 8, 2016 Mike Silva commented on Apple Corporation Breaking Phones That Receive Unauthorized Repairs.
Sigh. Clueless outrage is fun. But if you want to read and consider why this might be a good idea, feel free to read Apple's white paper on their security model for their iOS devices:

I'd explain why this is not as outrageous as it seems, but I already did my bit to educate on the Interweb comment threads elsewhere today, and I'm tired of dealing with the mounds of dumb and lickspittle outrage. Suffice it to say, the wonderful car part analogies here are oversimplified apples to oranges comparisons, and none of you who are outraged are really thinking through the security model and implementation details Apple is dealing with here.

Also, Charles, iFixit is sort of the Reason Magazine of the tech world, where child-like certainty in the ability and desire of everyone to do everything themselves, reality be damned, abounds. Of course they are going to see this as a 'major issue'. But has a bone fide security expert said so yet? Not that I know of.
Jan 4, 2016 Mike Silva commented on When It Comes to Housing, San Francisco Is Doing It Wrong, Seattle Is Doing It Right.
@5 Not to pile on, but as a former San Franciscan, I'd point out that while areas like the Sunset and Richmond district are relatively dense compared to Seattle, they have a lot of old construction that's not as dense as it could be. Particularly along transit corridors.

Yup, the 2 or 3 story multi unit buildings out there are great, but they probably should be replaced with taller structures.

I don't think NIMBY forces are any less strong here in Seattle. We just happened to have a bunch of underutilized land in South Lake Union that Paul Allen was able to consolidate and develop (worth noting he initially did so at least in part to help build a park that the 'Seattle Process' balked at finishing).

There's also a large swathe of land called SODO (equivalent to pre-redevelopment SOMA or China Basin in SF) that is near the port infrastructure and currently zoned nearly exclusively industrial, as part of an 80s or 90s plan to preserve blue collar jobs. Which is a worthy goal. However, one has to wonder what percentage of those jobs are held by Seattle residents or folks from more suburban areas driving in, and from some perspectives (transit, cost of living) it wouldn't be better for those jobs to move outside the city core. Not all. A diverse economy is good, but it's a huge swathe of land. Admittedly built on tons of landfill, which is probably not tall commercial building friendly, but could potentially suffice for multi-unit residential structures. And it is along our nascent rail transit right of way.
Oct 11, 2015 Mike Silva commented on Greatest Friday News Dump Ever: WSDOT Is Suing Seattle Tunnel Partners.
@21 Has it exactly right.

The sweet justice is that all the provincials here that were against the surface option, 'because San Francisco is stoooopid and we don't have to do what they do, we're special...neener neener' will now get a surface option that isn't as good, with a tunnel that sucks.

Yay PNW exceptionalism!
Aug 8, 2015 Mike Silva commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
@9 Cute. But the only person making any contingencies is the fantasy straw man liberal in your head.

The fact that you can't grasp the subtle complexities of issues, or cause and effect doesn't make the rest of us dumb. But you might be.

But I'm sure you'll counter that the crowd of liberals there, who likely helped elect our first black president, have secretly been running our hands with glee as he and our first black attorney general haven't done so much about police violence. But that's probably more because you are addicted to feeling butthurt, than actual reality. I think you have a case of Not Too Bright Privilege.
Aug 8, 2015 Mike Silva commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
Black lives matter. But poorly thought through protests by self-agrandizing assholes, who hurt candidates that actually support their cause, not so much.

But I guess some Black Lives Matters supporters are Ready For Hillary!!!

(And apparently politically and historically too clueless to know that it was a Clinton that signed and championed the law creating mandatory minimum sentencing for penny ante drug offenses. Or the Welfare 'Reform' law that eviscerated the social safety net. Or the law deregulating the banking industry, that suddenly made Predatory Lending to Blacks Matter.]
Aug 5, 2015 Mike Silva commented on What Happened After an Undercover Cop Elbowed Me at a Protest and Lied About It.
Yes, The Stranger is biased, and facts are too often cherry picked, or something. Blah blah. Even though time and again they break stories and are shown to be absolutely correct. I mean that's why The Stranger has Justice Department sanctions against them. Oh, wait.

Just like comments 1-4 aren't posted by SPOG member burner accounts. Or knuckledragging Limbaugh listener types who are intellectual honesty challenged, and love them some auth-or-it-tay, so long as its authority not applied to limit them, but brown people or others they don't like, or any other persons whose situation said conservatives are too empathy repaired to be able to understand.
Apr 7, 2015 Mike Silva commented on When Will Christine Gregoire, Rob McKenna, Pete Holmes, and the Shits on the City Council Apologize to Mike McGinn?.
Never. Because Seattle, like the rest of present day America is a hotbed of elite failure, where accountability is only for the poors, and you never have to say sorry, so long as you soldier on smugly spinningly wrong.