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Oct 31, 2014 mage commented on SL Letter of the Day: Drag ≠ Trans, Trans ≠ Drag.
A woman in drag is just someone who didn't dress up. Men's clothing is unisex. Once upon a time a woman in pants was far more shocking than a man in a dress. But not now.
Oct 28, 2014 mage commented on Spotted in Ballard.
I'm in CA, and we have universal background checks. Given that second hand guns can be had for less than a hundred dollars, those checks double or triple the cost of cheap guns. That's 25 dros, 40-100 ffl, and 2 round trips to wherever the seller is.

Which is more than enough to cut back on the number of armed poor people.

If this was really just about keeping guns out off the hands of criminals a 2 percent fee would generate the same income, without being so heavily regressive.

...And then there is the fact that it's near impossible to transport a gun without a car.
Oct 28, 2014 mage commented on Fast-Food Workers Make $20 an Hour in Denmark.
Once we wake up, what do we do?

In my state, CA, we recently changed the law in order to make it much harder for third party candidates to get on the ballot. And city councils up and down the coast are striving to make it more illegal to be too poor to afford rent.

Oct 17, 2014 mage commented on Bill Gates Reviews Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.

That's what I wanted to point out.

And a vat is a cynical person's answer to our regressive in practice income tax. The idea being that attempting to tax rich people directly just won't work, but a vat will extract at least some money from them.
Oct 17, 2014 mage commented on Fishing Without Nets: Yet Another Film About Africans Going Apeshit with Machine Guns.
I like the way this review started with the always stupid complaint about how people producing entertainment don't devote themselves to showing us normal people doing boring things.
Oct 14, 2014 mage commented on I, Anonymous.
No one comes running to help. That's bullshit we tell ourselves to make us feel better.

And I say that both as someone who is part of the non help our country provides suicidal people, and as someone who plans to kill himself fairly soon.

Help means having less rights than a prisoner while on your psych hold, than bring treated like a felon when you're out. Help, much like what we offer the homeless, means giving up your freedom.

When I run out of stuff to sell, I'll be living on the street. Or rather, I won't, because the one thing I'm not selling is my rifle, even though it would fetch one month's more rent.

No one is running to help me.
Sep 27, 2014 mage commented on We Live in the Future, Where Technology Is About Everything but What the Customer Wants.
Google + is good at privacy? What world are you in? It default adds everyone you have ever emailed when you create the account. At least with Facebook I can still choose my friends. For now.
Sep 6, 2014 mage commented on Those Leaked Celebrity Nudes: Have You Looked?.
Looking at something that someone didn't want you to look at harms people in exactly the same way gays harm conservatives.
Aug 13, 2014 mage commented on Robin Williams and the Suicide Contagion Effect.
Suicide should be a right.

Aug 12, 2014 mage commented on All Americans Should Have Paid Vacation Days.
...and pto reliably increases productivity. So the big stand against paid leave isn't about profits, it's purely about sticking it to workers.

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