Sep 11, 2012
commented on Mike Daisey's Twitter-Fight with a New York Times Employee Didn't End Well (UPDATED: Daisey Suggests I Manipulated the Facts to "make a better story")
RE: 11@ Urgutha_Forka and 15@Will_in_Seattle
There's no point in the SLOG limiting posts to "what's important."
What is the point of that criticism? That The Stranger abandon any curatorial role and only post about things that are of interest to, say, +200M? Why"? Does the internet need another world-news aggregation site?
Mike Daisey is a local-kid gone big, and somewhat off the rails. It's local, topical, and of interest to many around here. If I want to read about Egyptians tearing up our embassy's flag, there are better places to go for that.
And Will, I have no idea what you mean by "Mitt's friends", because once again, you didn't supply a link. If I'm referring to the wrong "black flag" issue, well, that's _your_ fault.
Sep 11, 2012
commented on Mike Daisey's Twitter-Fight with a New York Times Employee Didn't End Well
Mike Daisey publicly accused other writers and news organizations of being indifferent to child labor issues; falsely, as it turns out.
He was called on it. He responded with dubious hand-waving equivocations about the nature of art. Fine - whatever.
That he then has the gall to take to the public square and cast aspersions on the NYT is remarkable. Remarkable that is to his therapist, and fellow artists looking for a benchmark as to the self-aggrandizement and willful myopia that is required to become a arts personality in a market like New York.
Aug 21, 2012
commented on Did the Medical-Marijuana Industry Go Too Far Campaigning Against Pot Legalization Initiative 502 at Hempfest this Weekend?
I think this is great.
I don't smoke, never have, and plan on voting for I-502. But now I'm off the hook.
When it doesn't pass, I can officially not give a fuck. You fucktards can continue being busted, beaten, and imprisoned, and I'll happily continue to pay the taxes to imprison your stupid, fucking asses and get on with my life.
I can't believe the bald-faced ignorance Saint Vivian and "MickeyMartin" above maintain in the face of the political process.
You know what? It's nothing to me. Fuck you, your felony record that keeps you from getting a job, your kids being taken away - all so sad! When 502 fails in part because you retards can't get your heads around political compromise, I just won't give a shit.
Jun 25, 2012
commented on Re: Another Good Reason to Hate Apple
If specialized labor deserves no particular recognition; if it's just an illusion that some people are better at a given task than others, and no-one should be paid more than anyone else - I suggest Charles that you lead by example.
Simply post your username and password to The SLOG. Since there's nothing special about you, nothing that differentiates your efforts at writing from anyone else's, then STRIKE! Everyone should be able to post as "Charles Mudede", everyone is equally capable and deserves everything that you have.
Oh, and lock all the editors out of the building while you're at it. And take over all of the Information Services roles, because I'm sure you're just as skilled as CTO Anthony Hecht - and there's no reason he should be paid more than you.
Best of luck keeping that web server up and running!
Dec 28, 2011
commented on Rick Perry Basically Opposes Everything Related to Humanity Now
I've wondered about this scenario, combined with the usual accompaniment of refusing any exceptions regarding the health of the mother. Is the idea that as a husband you are supposed to simply watch your wife die? Slowly? Sometimes with months of warning?
Do they think that it's reasonable to set up situations where we can have funerals for pregnant women who, submitting to "God's plan", are going to probably die delivering a non-viable fetus? Funerals where she's still alive, but doomed?
Gay weddings are a travesty, but that image is palatable?
Standing there? Watching her die in agony? Or sedated out of her mind - like an unwanted pet? If I know my wife is going to die in labor, do I really need to go to the hospital at all? I can be making arrangements for the funeral - you know, get a jump on things.
Come to think of it, it'd be a boon for funeral homes. Scheduling funerals is usually such a last minute hassle. With this you'd have the advantage of deciding when your wife would die - it'd be the flip-side of the convenience of c-section.
Sep 20, 2011
commented on The End of My White Guilt
Charles, you've left out a detail of the story.
Did you ever tell your neighbors that you witnessed the robbery? Did you ever confess your passive role in their loss? Or is your 'guilt' a shallow thing, a patina applied to a particular rumination as a writerly affectation?
They waved to you? Are they amazing well-bred? Or did they offer this friendly acknowledgement as ignorant victims of your inactivity? Are they still confused as to what it means to be friendly with you? Do they still think that such bonhomie will ensure some partisan loyalty on your part? Somehow differentiate them from the rest of humanity in your eyes?
But it doesn't, does it? They have suffered a loss, involuntarily redistributing their belongings. They then spent MORE money on an alarm system. An alarm system they didn't buy when they moved into the neighborhood - out of fear or suspicion. An alarm system they purchased only AFTER it was demonstrated they were not safe.
And all of this, the measured reasonable practicality of their actions, their continuing good-will towards you, their not simply abandoning the neighborhood that let them down so completely, all of this you castigate them for. The television is "apparently larger" - a proof of their moral failings that you can only offer because you got such a good look at their previous television as it was carried out.
It's just you killing the horse all over again. I've always dismissed the right-wing carry when they carried on about Marxist Intellectuals, and here you are - a paid troll caricaturing just that.