Oct 10, 2012
commented on Youth Pastor Watch
Do be prepared for the absolutely devastating final call in the podcast (before the comment calls). Made me wish I had tissues in the car.
Jul 2, 2012
commented on Rob McKenna: Crappy Lawyer or Total Dick?
As a fellow journalist (on the other side of the country), I urge you and The Stranger to continue legal action in this matter to get a permanent injunction against McKenna and his staff. This stupid and blatantly unconstitutional activity cannot be allowed and always must be met with the strongest possible resistance. Even if he tries to back down at this point and apologize, etc., there must be consequences for public officials who try to pull this bullshit.
Our constitutional rights ("our" encompassing all citizens, not just journalists) are constantly in danger of being whittled down, and we must react swiftly and strongly to any attack. This requires a metaphorical punching in the face, not a metaphorical smack in the nose with a rolled-up newspaper.
May 3, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Busting My Balls
#3 - Dan's response to the original letter including urging the writer to freeze some sperm to protect against that eventuality. And also to have his busters pull their punches (or kicks or whatever), since even a smallish tap can bring the pain he craves.
Mar 16, 2012
commented on This American Life Pulls Mike Daisey's Story About Apple's Labor Abuses in China Because Daisey Played Fast and Loose With the Facts
You're right to call this "worse." Making shit up to make a better story does indeed undercut the legitimate story that's there.
How much better would it have been if instead of Apple-centric focus on monstrous violations of basic human rights, we instead had an industry-centric focus on the actual, legitimate problems these workers face? I've heard from people claiming to boycott Apple products in favor of other manufacturers -- who make their products in the same factories in the same way, but now without the same oversight that Apple's moving toward.
Misinformation, however well intentioned, obscures and weakens your case. Hopefully, "This American Life" and the New York Times will follow up and really get to the truth of the matter, rather than merely let the sensational "good story" linger out there.
Sep 16, 2011
commented on What Goes Up...
Thanks, #7. Charles may be happier to know that his risk of getting hit is, what, around 1 in a trillion? I saw that spelled out somewhere online a day or two ago...