Nov 13, 2013
commented on Kshama Sawant: "The eyes of the left, nationally and internationally, are on Seattle."
Every time Sawant insists in clear terms that she wants to get something done, and other people aren't doing it, a bunch of commentators jump on about her "abrasiveness."
Seriously though, all I hear is someone who is ACTUALLY INTERESTED in getting things done, actually passionate and emotionally involved in causes, not just playing a fun political game. I think y'all are just shocked that someone in floppy Seattle politics actually cares and are not sure how to process.
Aug 16, 2013
commented on To Tip Your Server or Not to Tip Your Server: That Is Not the Question
After reading this thread, I'm pretty convinced that I should stop tipping entirely. Facts I've garnered (That no one seems to be disputing):
1) "Servers are paid at least minimum wage." OK, good, they don't need a tip anymore than any other minimum wage earner needs a tip. Why do we tip them in particular? I agree all low income jobs should see wages increased (at the cost of decreasing my wages). Tipping only one type of job seems to create more income disparity.
2) "Being a server is hard work." This is nonsense. I work hard, you work hard. Everyone works hard, or they don't. Miners work hard. Security guards don't. Tipping one type of worker or service person is arbitrary. Do you tip the workers at the pharmacy? I guarantee you want them to be careful with your order. I agree that it sucks that some kid drives across the city in the rain to deliver a burrito, but you know what? That ain't actually hard work.
3) "It's unreasonable to expect a law to ever ban tipping." Completely accurate.
4) "If you don't tip well, they'll spit in your food." Really!? Who screws people like that? I've never worked anywhere that people are that monstrous, and yes, I work in a service industry. But, assuming it's true, that people who work in restaurants do tend to be more horrible human beings than other places, then there's no way I'm buying them off. Is that really the state of things, people are afraid if they don't pay protection to their waiter?
5) "It's fraught (great word!!) that waiters have to grovel to get paid." Agree entirely.
6) Everyone who has posted "I worked as a waiter and I loved tips!" is completely lacking insight into this argument. Really, you liked when people gave you money?
So why should I tip again? I think the brave thing to do is to vote with your money by not tipping waiters in order to hurry this practice into history. (Note that I'm not that brave and am more likely to wuss out than to have to have Reservoir Dogs arguments every time I dine out) I'd say save your tips for your migrant worker yardwork team, someone actually being screwed with little other recourse and a damn hard job.
Nov 28, 2012
commented on Tuesday Morning News: Stop Consuming Grapefruit While Taking Drugs, for One
Cancer Causes Control. 2009 Aug;20(6):803-9.
Prospective study of the association between grapefruit intake and risk of breast cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).
TLDR: No connection between grapefruit, birth control, and breast cancer found.
Grapefruit inhibits cytochrome P450 3A4 and may affect estrogen metabolism. In the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), we examined the relationships of grapefruit intake with risk of breast cancer and with serum sex hormone levels. 114,504 women with information on dietary intake of grapefruit and on reproductive and lifestyle risk factors were followed for a median 9.5 years and 3,747 incident breast cancers were identified. Fifty-nine percent of women reported eating grapefruit, 4% ate > or = 60 g/day. Cox proportional hazard models were used to estimate the hazard ratio (HR) for breast cancer according to grapefruit intake, adjusting for study centre, reproductive factors, body mass index, energy intake, and alcohol intake. Grapefruit intake was not related to the risk of breast cancer: compared with women who ate no grapefruit, women with the highest intake of > or =60 g/day had a HR of 0.93 (95% CI 0.77-1.13), p for linear trend = 0.5. There was no relationship between grapefruit intake and breast cancer risk among premenopausal women, all postmenopausal women, or postmenopausal women categorized by hormone replacement therapy use (all p>0.05). There was no association between grapefruit intake and estradiol or estrone among postmenopausal women. In this study, we found no evidence of an association between grapefruit intake and risk of breast cancer.
Nov 5, 2011
commented on SL Letter of the Day: There But For The Grace Of God
"Recently been made aware" hahaha! Let's see; she can pay attention well enough to make it through the decade of harrowing training required to become a physician (involving intimate encounters with hundreds-thousands of patients), yet she has just noticed that there exists an opinion that sex before marriage is a viable option. Did they never mention this issue in church?
The number of mistruths in this letter range from 1-all.
Oct 1, 2011
commented on Let's Not Let Him Die
It's very likely to be a varierty of pneumonia. It's possible that he selected for a virulent strain of either bacteria or fungus while taking amoxicillin, but that's not necessarily so. A hospital admission for a round serious antibiotics is what he needs. Note to everyone: Be very careful taking antibiotics for minor things without being followed by a doctor. Antibiotics are very effective at killing bacteria (unlike 'natural immune strengtheners' like garlic etc which do nothing good or bad whatsoever), but you need to know what antibiotic to use and whether or not you need it, or you can end up with a worse infection than you already have.
Of course, since the whole problem here is lack of access to healthcare.. just be careful with antibiotics, ok? Reference: am a doctor of pharmacy.
Sep 7, 2011
commented on The Democrats Need to Hire This Guy
Y'all realize that the "rich basketball player" analogy is from like page 3 of every Econ 101 textbook, and a pretty good sign that someone didn't get past the first chapter.
Try this on for size: http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/197…
More urgent and applicable all the time.
Jon Stewart *sarcasm*: "But if I pay more taxes, won't I lose my incentive to excel?"
Sep 1, 2011
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Sep 1, 2011
updated his or her location.