commented on It's Columbus Day
Why not have an Explorer's Day where we can look honestly at both the good and the bad of exploration and expansion? From the first ones to cross the land bridge to the Americas to the ones we sent to the Moon.
Bartolome did some great things, but he was still a supporter of colonialism and evangelism and for a time was a proponent of African slavery as a replacement for enslaving natives.
commented on Jeff Bezos's Interesting Definition of the Word "Agnostic"
If a customer wants DRM and they do not do it, Amazon could find itself being sued for damages due to illegal distribution.
If a customer doesn't want DRM and they do it, Amazon can always just apologize and remove it.
From a conservative legal approach it makes sense to default to the lowest risk option unless you have some writing with the customer stating otherwise.
commented on Conlin's Inept Smear Campaign Is as Stupid as It Is Dishonest
@31 Not at all. The law is pretty clear on what different status for filling entail and so long as you follow those there is no fraud. Even if it may contradict your personal view of what those statuses mean.
I have absolutely no idea why she has chosen this, but there are perfectly legally reasons someone might choose to do so. Or conversely choose to not be legally married even though they essentially are.
Absent some evidence of illicit conduct running for office should not entail people prying into your private life.
I should not have said legally separated. No idea what her status is.
commented on This Is Why We Need a Robust Bike Share Program in Seattle
You need both rapid and not so rapid transit. Rapid, by definition, involves fewer stops. Light rail, for example, only has stops in a few parts of downtown. The Sounder only has one. People still need a way to get around once they get downtown and that's where streetcars, and bike shares, and a whole lot of other stuff come into play.
The fact that street cars or bike shares are mostly used by people getting lunch, shopping, or visiting is not a bad thing. Those are still trips that need to be taken. A transportation system needs to be just that, a system for transporting people where they want to go when they need to be there. That includes long distance commuting, but it also includes short unscheduled trips.
commented on Establishment Dems Hate Mike McGinn Because He Isn't an Establishment Democratic
On the other hand those tedious hours at the LD and other levels are an opportunity to learn how things work, make connections, build alliances, etc. Relationships and knowledge are not given to someone simply because they can win an election. Most jobs require that you 'put in your dues' for good reason.
Being a good mayor is about more than just good ideas. It's about working with people to make those ideas a reality. That has always been McGinn's biggest problem. He simply does not know how to function in a political environment or do the work needed to get the right people on board with his proposals.