commented on Because Guns Make Us Safer
@57 Actually there is ONE natural right noted in the Declaration of Independence. Just ONE.
Pursuit of Happiness is indeed a natural right. The Government can neither give it to you nor take it away from you. As long as you are alive you can pursue happiness. It may only be in your mind that you do so from your cell in solitary confinement but as long as you are alive you can pursue it. Pursuit is not the same thing as having tho.
commented on Should Movies Adopt a Bechdel Test Ratings System?
This one goes all the way back to @26:::
Citizen Kane MIGHT have been a better movie if it had managed to pass the test but then it would NOT have been true to the purpose for which it was written. You are aware that it was a very thinly fictionalized account of the life a real living person of the time aren't you? And that the person could, at best, be called an ego-maniacal bastard? Passing the test (which would have taken a line of thinking that would have literally been unheard of at that time) would have required that it take time from it's torching of Mr. Hearst.
Casablanca gets a maybe on being better if it passed the test but I don't see how since it could have been accomplished by a couple of local ladies talking about how horrible the bar is. But you are correct that The Birds would be worse if it failed.
Star Wars could easily have passed altho since it is nothing more than basic space opera it would not have changed the good bad ratio of the various movies.
Now we come to two series that were not written to be movies in the first place. LoTR was written years ago as a mental exercise. Tolkien had no intention of even publishing the books much less any desire to have them turned into movies. The source material for the movies doesn't show any female - female interaction at all. The only possible place to shoehorn some in would have been at the very beginning during the birthday party. They chopped the source up enough with having Arwen all thru it that shoehorning in females talking elsewhere would have been way to jarring. (Females instead of women used due to lots of races in the books, some of whom may have females that would massively object to being called women)
As for Harry Potter... The source books leave no room for much in the way of interaction between female characters that doesn't involve males. Oh and isn't adversarial in nature. Mrs. Weasley's "That's my daughter you bitch" to Bellatrix is definitely female to female but it fails since it is purely adversarial. And I doubt that McGonagall comforting Trelawney would count either. Umbridge questioning a prisoner probably doesn't count since a q and a session (with a probable imprisonment at the end of it) doesn't really count as a discussion I would think. But I could be wrong. I'm not perfect.
commented on Headline of the Day
@41 Do you know how much they make? You are the one calling them hypocritical for advocating a living wage so you are the one that has to show how they are being such. Neither Pridge or myself is charging them with that so we (and everyone else who isn't charging them with that) are not responsible to prove the charge false. You called them hypocrits so you get to prove the charge. No one has any reason to prove anything to you tho.
BTW... they are advocating for a law that would require every company (Including them) to pay a living wage. It isn't quite what you are saying that they are doing.
commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken"
@35 Having met the presidents of several major universities my quibble with Domonic's description of one as an uninformed blowhard would be that he left out a very important word. That word is willfully, as in Willfully Uninformed Blowhard. That would be the most likely description for ANY university president.
And if you want to insult my IQ level go ahead. The very last time I had to take an IQ test and take it seriously (sort of) resulted in me having to take 3 different ones (with the same results) before I simply decided to make mistakes and get a score (161) that they would accept. IQ scores are massively over-rated and mostly meaningless. And that is from a guy who can (when motivated) routinely score higher than the any IQ test can accurately measure.
commented on Slog Poll: Getting Over the Beast Cold/Flu
Just for the record. By the time you feel yourself coming down with a cold it is already over. The varied rinoviruses that comprise the cold do your body absolutely no damage. What does happen is that your body sees one of the viruses and goes into slash and burn mode. It will successfully kill that version of the virus in just a day or so. About that time you will start to notice that you don't feel well. Notice that this is AFTER the virus is dead. What makes you feel like shit is the cleanup. So if you want to know just what is making you feel so bad.... Look in a mirror. Your body has WAY over-reacted to a fairly (if not totally) harmless virus and is making you feel unwell. This makes the cold one of the few viruses that affect you less if you have a compromised immune system. The worse your immune system the less your body reacts causing you less problems with the cold. Of course you will probably die from damn near everything else but hey you don't have to worry about the common cold.
The flu on the other hand. Well you feel it while it is still being fought by your body. Win and you still feel like shit for however long it takes. Lose and you get to find out for certain if there is life after death. And while there are a few here I would urge to be around coughing people a lot most of you on slog would be missed... SO GO GET YOUR FLU SHOT.... NOW!!!!!!
commented on Welcome to the Teapocalypse!
I realize this is a little late to the smashing but...
@21 "I realize all you liberal types, who couldn't change a tire or fix a blocked kitchen sink let alone manage your own financial lives, worship and adore federal programs taking adult responsibilities from you."
Not only can I manage my financial life but I can change a tire. Heck I can even fix a blocked sink. I know you won't believe this but even tho I am a liberal type (and living in Texas like I do I always feel like I have a target on my back) I can actually build an entire house that will not only pass code inspections but be better built and insulated than most neighbors would be. The inspector might have a few issues with the electrical wiring but that is only because I would be using the much tougher industrial standards than the piss-poor standards that are residential norm. He (or she) would tho pass it since it is better than code not worse. Can you do all of that? Oh and I forgot to mention I would plumb it so that, in the rather unlikely event, of there being a blocked sink (or worse tub/shower) it would be easy to fix.
Hell I could even build a boat capable of chugging down the west coast from Seattle, thru the Panama Canal, over to Florida (for refueling) and off to the Mediterranean ocean for a nice cruise. Needless to say it would also be double hulled and compartmented so as to minimize any chances of it sinking... even if I rammed an iceberg. Could you do that? I doubt you could build a child's playhouse but I'll grant that it is remotely possible... With really good instructions and pre-cut parts.
I'll concede that most other liberals may have not had the advantage of learning all the trades I have over my lifetime but then again, conservatives wouldn't want to learn it in the first place. Why should they? They can always underpay someone else to do something (while not realizing that you get the type of work you pay for) instead of learning how to do it themselves.
You mention fixing a blocked sink (plumbers use the technical term of clogged by the way) but can YOU fix it? And then can you re-plumb that sink so it is less likely to become clogged in the first place? Oh and so you know the difference, a blocked sink has something over it, or in front of it, so you can't use it, while a clogged sink is probably full of water and not draining. Neither is useful to you but they have totally different causes and fixes. Just so you know.
commented on Washington State's GMO Food Labeling Campaign Heats Up on Both Sides
@solk512 and @wxPDX:
Both of you go on about less fertilizer and pesticides due to GMOs correctly as far as I know. Of course if farmers didn't go for mono-culture crops they would need even less fertilizer than any GMO crop out there. But that isn't the problem with Monsanto Round-up ready crops. The problem there is with them being Round-up ready. They may have cut back on the pesticides but they have massively increased the amount of Round-up herbicide they use. This herbicide is now into the groundwater, the food you eat and even in the air you breathe. I will concede the stuff is awesome at destroying broad-leaf plants but unfortunately several crop plants are also broad-leaf plant. That is proved by the mere existence of Round-up ready corn. That and Monsanto working to make other crops Round-up ready. Round-up is a broad-spectrum herbicide that happens to be really really good at killing broad-leaf plants. This includes trees. That alone would make people wonder about how safe the stuff is around people. Since it is a herbicide and didn't go thru the FDA certification process we still wonder how safe it really is around people. What is the long term exposure effect of it? We don't know. Nor if Monsanto has its way will we ever know. Innocent till proven guilty is fine in criminal proceedings but when working with poisons us humans are quite free to go with dangerous till proven safe. That is what the anti-GMO movement is about. Prove that the GMO stuff is safe (including the damn herbicide that goes with those Monsanto crops) and people just might stop with the anti-GMO movement.
commented on The Morning News: Black Budgets, Painkillers, and Walking Sharks
OK lets do this correctly. I NEVER said it would be evil to not do that research. The word sinister was used as a descriptive (correctly) of their agenda in NOT doing it per the way you go on about how they won't do it because of that UN-SPECIFIED agenda. BTW I don't think their agenda would be a sinister one I just used the descriptive due to the way YOU seem to think per your writing style.
I don't think your agenda is evil either. For it to be evil would require much more reasoning ability than I have noted in your posts. You won't say what your agenda is so there is no way to judge it. Well actually, you post and deliberately mis-interpret enough that we can judge your agenda to be that of a fuckwit troll but that isn't evil, merely idiotic.
It has been so long since I really engaged a troll that I had forgotten how fun it could be. I'd drop a good flame on you for fun but since the best flames are those that take a few minutes of thought after reading to process I know you would never understand what happened. Everyone else would know but that isn't where the fun in it is at. So I think I'll probably let this go as it has all the challenge of dynamiting fish in a (small) barrel to engage you in a battle of wits and intelligence.
When you are ready to answer how that research could affect their agenda or what your motivation really is (sometime after your mommy says you can stop wearing underoos probably) then we can have a grownup conversation. Till then toodle-oo.
commented on The Morning News: Black Budgets, Painkillers, and Walking Sharks
Your post 59:
(note the colon since that is proper punctuation in a list)
Which definition number does that fall under?
Since you are now claiming that it is "sinister" to NOT do something that would be adverse to their interests.
And you have yet to point out how it would be adverse to their interests... Or even how it COULD be adverse to their interests.
My post 58:
But you are not answering any question about why you want that information and are trying to deflect every mention of that. What is YOUR agenda here?
your post ??:
Nothing because you refuse to answer any question of YOUR motives and agenda due to acting like a fuckwit troll. I won't say you are one as that would be nothing but a personal attack but you certainly present yourself as one. Hope this strokes your ego enough to actually come up with an answer of some sort. But I doubt it will since you seem to only want those little ego strokes like a fuckwit troll. Of course I could be wrong... But you would have to answer a question about motives and agenda to prove it.