Jul 28, 2014
commented on Bodies Are Blocking the Entrance to Boeing
@1, @4 "Proportionality" is not, contrary to your fantasies, about demanding an Israeli head for every Palestinian. It's a rough measure to figure out the justice of killing Palestinians in the first place. Is it "justified" to kill 10 Palestinians to prevent 1 Israeli death? How about 100? Anybody advocating violence in either side of the conflict is just wrong. Nobody's even asking whether measures can be taken to protect Israelis that DON'T involve massive civilian casualties on the other side. It's just taken as a given that any number of Palestinians should be killed by association to Hamas, because Hamas "wants" to destroy Israel. In the modern world, that's not how we approach matters of justice. If my neighbor "wants" to kill me, I can't call in the police to firebomb his house and kill his family. If my neighbor attacks me, I can have him arrested and thrown in jail, but his family is not guilty of his crimes, though they may harbor him. THAT is what proportionality is about. Let the punishment fit the crime.
Jul 8, 2014
commented on How Washington State Screwed Up Its Legal Pot System
"It's never been done before!" Nonsense. Colorado was more than a year ahead of us. There's obviously a thriving black market for marijuana in this state, which the LCB decided to pretend didn't exist instead of reaching out to and trying to incorporate in the new above-ground market. Then we open the first store - only 1 in the entire city of Seattle - and it's dramatically understocked. It's clear the LCB is a relic of the culture of Prohibition. It needs to be dissolved and sent home, these people have to be dragged kicking and screaming into implementation of the will of the voters.
May 29, 2014
commented on Here's the Full NBC Edward Snowden Interview
There is zero reason to still use IE when there are ton of other well-supported, much better browsers out there. Spending 80% of the cost on 20% of the users just doesn't make sense. Change your browsers people. Chrome & Firefox are both excellent choices and free. What's your excuse for not using them already?
Feb 25, 2014
commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation
I think almost always, the burden of making the case lies on those advocating FOR regulation. In many instances, it's justified. But you've got to make the case. And I don't see any case here -just "trust me, I'm from the past" and "trust those council members, they know a lot [that they're not telling]". No case, just appeal to authority.