Dec 22, 2015
commented on Why Americans Should Stop Buying Apple's Products
If we ever get a Congress again that will put the nation's interests above its own, here's what it should decree:
You may move your workforce overseas where labor cheaper. Additionally, you may move corporate offices abroad to so-called tax havens and corporate income off-shore to tax shelters, but if you do, you will not be able to sell your products in the U.S.
That shit would stop yesterday.
Dec 4, 2015
commented on Rubber Soul Is Turning 50, but You Need Laraaji’s Day of Radiance More
What I remember most about Rubber Soul was that it was a demarcation point for all those 12, 13, and 14-year-old girls and boys who went crazy for Meet the Beatles turning into young adults. They weren't going manic anymore. They were going into heat, and the music reflected and served as a soundtrack to that more adult milieu. In other words, just wanting to hold someone's hand wasn't enough.
Of course, the Beatles had seen and done plenty - even before that introductory album. Think Hamburg, but you couldn't really delineate that kind of experience to the post-pubescent crowd.
What amazes me is how - even still - I bounce around choosing a favorite album: Rubber Soul? The White Album? Abbey Road? Let It Be? Hell, I even love Magical Mystery Tour.
Dec 2, 2015
commented on Mass Shooting Reported in San Bernardino
It's getting to the point where we hear about another mass shooting, where we used to be stunned by the senseless carnage, and we go, "What a shame." (yawn)
I guess the next step is, "Hey, where was the shooting today?"
Nov 13, 2015
commented on Terrorists Attack in Paris
Fucking bastards, indeed. They ruin everything for everybody. When Andy Rooney once bemoaned how many things had become unpleasant (e.g., air travel) because of terrorists, he concluded, "...that they've made life just that much more irritating. Couldn't you just kill 'em?"
I'm very glad I remember a time when you'd put on dress-up clothes and simply walk out and get on your plane without a pat-down and without a trace of fear - other than perhaps one of flying itself - because no one could conceive, no one could have dreamed that a flight might be used as a tool for terrorists. It's made us all so cynical. It's made us all so weary.
And furthermore, leave Paris alone! It's one of man's greatest achievements. Though that's probably the point.
Oct 24, 2015
commented on A Short, Really Depressing Documentary About the Housing Crisis in the Bay Area (and How It's Affecting Seattle)
Here, here, Original Andrew (#13). There are very few jobs in Bumfuck that offer a decent, family-type salary. Maybe a part-time position in a card shop or night manager at Roy Roger's Roast Beef. Even North Dakota is closing down now that the oil boom has disappeared. I had a friend who sold her home in Seattle a few years ago (like 7 years) because of a transfer. She found a 3 BR split-level in Akron, Ohio that had been on the market for almost three years for under $150K. Of course, those days are over because the housing bubble (and escalating rents) have gone nationwide but yes, there are cheaper places to live than the East and West Coasts.
Thing is...#6's snap answer of living on $75K/yr. by moving to Alabama sounds like a plan. But know what? That $75K salary in Seattle or Silicon Valley would be maybe $40-50K in Birmingham. So, no. Won't work.
Wish I had an answer, but if something isn't done pretty soon, more and more people will be made homeless or forced into public housing (which already has a long wait-list). More and more people means more and more demand which makes housing more and more expensive. So we need to increase supply? OK, but stop building million-dollar condos that very few can afford and get busy building decent, attractive, affordable housing. And if the private sector won't do it, government needs to step in.
Oct 9, 2015
commented on The Walk Isn't Perfect, but It's Thrilling
Forrest Gump is whimsy. Some people take whimsy, wipe their asses on it, and pitch it out the window. You know...the type who bears watching The Sound of Music only to bitch about "too much fucking singing." But hey, variety is the spice of life.
Also, Gump is a love song to my generation (and Zemeckis's). If you're much younger than that, you won't get it. Never will.
I'm getting to the point where I'll pretty much watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt in anything he chooses to do. Seems to be a lovely, young lad off-screen and on.
Sep 16, 2015
commented on The Last Days Crisis Is Over (for Me)
Bye, Dave. I remember Axl. I remember the Aha! I remember Nancy and Sluggo. Sad thing when one has to move on from such good memories, but those of us who remember will always have those memories. They are ours to keep. So glad I was a part of that time though. Aren't you?
Best always in everything you do from here on out.
Funny guys are so hot.
Sep 1, 2015
commented on Kim Davis Is Defending the Sacred Sanctity of Marriage From the Gays—But Who Will Defend the Sacred Sanctity of Marriage from Kim Davis?
I suppose anyone in this country may hold any personal beliefs he or she chooses to hold as long as that belief system doesn't interfere with someone else and his or her belief system. I may believe murder is a sacred act, for instance, but I can't murder someone else because that would be an imposition. This woman chooses to hold a job as a public servant, but wants to impose her beliefs on the people to whom she is duty-bound to serve. To me, the solution is simple. She needs to quit (which she is completely free to do) or start issuing licenses to those who seek that service. Her logic of refusing to issue licenses because of her religion holds as much water as an public accountant saying, "I don't wanna use red ink in my books 'cause that's the culler o' Satan."
And by the way, while I agree that two adults can hold vastly different views on particular issues and still be close friends, I have a hard time with some of the protesters outside of this Kentucky office saying that Davis is friend as is just as sweet as she can be - which I read somewhere yesterday. I think it was in the NYT. How is that disconnect possible? I certainly couldn't call someone sweet or a friend if she said to me, "I like you as a friend, but you cannot have any of our city water," or, "You are a good person, but you're forbidden to use the library."
Aug 29, 2015
commented on Landlords Are Giving Special Deals to Amazon and Microsoft Workers
Seattle has had a reputation for years of being a progressive city. Well, oddly enough, I think by and large the people are, but the government is not. One would think a progressive city would have more protections for renters. Seattle landlords get away with murder, and the renters' bill of rights has so many holes in it, it could be Emmentaler.