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Aug 4, 2014 David Wright commented on The Seattle Times Thinks You're a Bunch of Urine-Burned Elephants, Seattle Taxpayers.
In an editorial all about advocating stuff the Stranger wholeheartedly advocates -- freedom of information, better treatment for animals -- there is one sentence about prop 1. The sentence is factually true. The editorial does not come out against prop 1. But there is just a whiff of a bad vibe in that once sentence that just might reflect badly on prop 1. SLOG's response: describe the editorial as "whacked out" and "crazy" and talk all about prop 1. I guess this makes clear that getting more money to the government is SLOG's #1 priority above all its other. Anything that threatens that priority must be attacked mercilessly.
Jul 1, 2014 David Wright commented on The American War on Women Continues....
Isn't it great that the left was so insistent that states continue to have regulatory authority over insurance and that interstate insurance purchases continue to be disallowed.
Jul 1, 2014 David Wright commented on Amazon Sues Former Employee for Going to Work at Google.
I'm not a fan of non-compete clauses and there are some jurisdictions (most notably CA) in which they are explicitly disallowed. But I have no idea what universal "labor law" Paul imagines they must violate. Nor do I see how they are inimical to free market ideals, which are all about being able to sell what you own under whatever conditions you agree to and having that contract enforced.

I suspect most developers enter into them based on risk/reward calculation: if you are small fry (say making less than $200K/year), they are very unlikely to be enforced against you; if you turn into a big deal, you will be able to afford the non-compete period; if you turn into a really big deal, your new employer will pay you to do nothing during the non-compete period.
Jun 13, 2014 David Wright commented on CNN Says It's Not Officially a School Shooting If You Have a Reason to Shoot Someone.
So a couple of non-student 20-somethings meet on the grounds of some random school in their neighborhood at 2 a.m. for a drug deal, get into an argument, and one of them shoots the other. That should count as a "school shooting"? What could possibly be the reason for an anti-gun group to include those... umm, to inflate the statistics?
Jun 7, 2014 David Wright commented on About That Hate Crime I Committed at University of Chicago.
Also, it's called the "Chatham house rule" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham_Hou…). Perhaps since that name is a nod to a group of rich white men, it's tainted and must be suppressed.
Jun 7, 2014 David Wright commented on About That Hate Crime I Committed at University of Chicago.
Ah, the left.

Also, it seems every oppressed minority wants to be the blacks, redux. They provide the template, and they have the "n-word", so in order to fill in the template, we better have a "t-word".
Jun 2, 2014 David Wright commented on Malcolm Gladwell Says Amazon Is Betraying Their "Partners".
I think Amazon could have got Hachette to capitulate sooner and damaged its relationship with consumers less if it had simply stopped selling Hachette books entirely. It's really hard to see Hachette holding out for more than a week under such circumstances, and as a consumer I'm much less bothered by my retailer saying "we don't carry that supplier's goods" than by them saying "yeah, we'll take your order, but we'll dawdle and delay and make your buying experience suck".
May 22, 2014 David Wright commented on Neko Case Schools Playboy.com on "Women in the Music Industry".
Rules of engagement: If someone who is cool calls you a path-breaking woman, that's cool. If someone who is uncool says the same thing, accuse them of essentialism or of being patronizing or of some other random anti-feminist sin. When called on it, show your rage with a nonsensical outburst. All the cool people will love you, because the important thing is to show your coolness by publicly denigrating the uncool.
May 22, 2014 David Wright commented on The City of Seattle Has Studied Your Internet Usage and Finds It Very Interesting.
News flash from Ansel: 1. Rich people have more stuff than poor people. 2. Everybody, rich and poor, wants more for less. 3. Ansel's target demographic are people who watch local government TV.
May 10, 2014 David Wright commented on The Saturday Morning News.
Re: "Gotcha Capitalism" well, there's the kind of capitalism where some guy who owns an apartment says "you can live in my apartment for a month in exchange for $1200", and you pay him $1200 and get to live in his apartment for a month. Or the kind of capitalism where a chalkboard says a latte costs $3.50, and you pay $3.50 and get a decent latte. But perhaps Ansel is homeless, or perhaps has personnel assistant takes care of such things, or perhaps there is some other reason he has no experience with such capitalist exchanges.