commented on Is There a Bad Pattern With Seattle's Gay Dance Clubs?
Why are you acting surprised? Q was always, at best, a "closeted" gay club.
It was gay enough on the inside and to those in the know, but it always wanted to act & look straight to the outside world - so's not to make the straights uncomfortable or scare them away.
(I remember talking to a bouncer soon after it opened who was in complete denial about the gayness of his workplace. "It's not a gay club, it's a dance club that's all. And a lot pf gays like to dance."
commented on Julian Assange on the Bradley Manning Verdict
Don't know if anyone has pointed this out, but the link
Assange gives to "prove" that the Obama administration has "betrayed" his campaign statements praising whistleblowing as "an act of courage and patriotism" is complete and total bullshit.
The author of the article says as much himself:
James Holcomb [1 day ago]
Unfortunately, I rushed this article out as I was leaving work yesterday and misreported the story. Hopefully, I can correct my mistake.
Change.gov no longer directly links to the material and agenda page. Instead, it now solely serves as a landing page for whitehouse.gov whereas before you could directly access much of the site. Check the archived version of the home page for clarification.
This does change the story as the info has not be "scrubbed" as I described, only hidden. I feared writing this article with such haste would cause me to misreport the story and it appears that it did indeed do so. I apologize for the inaccuracies and will use this as a learning experience moving forward. Thanks for those who cross-referenced me.
For an internet expert, surprisingly Assange seems to get this simple shit wrong quite a lot of the time these days.
commented on Women Had Better Sex Under Communism
In the 80's I had a sociology professor that had come over from Eastern Europe and often talked about how much more open and promiscuous the twenty-somethings of his homeland had been than the "liberated" Westerners he now taught.
However, he chalked it up, in part, to the fact that there was little else the State had been able to provide the people in the form of entertainment and so sex was the only real amusement readily had --at little or no cost-- by the populace at large. Other than alcoholism, that is.
(I remember him also claiming that doggy-style was the predominant position of choice in bothe the USSR & his homeland the Czech Republic. But I don't recall if he ever offered any socioeconomic explanations for that one.)
commented on Is West Seattle More Trouble Than It's Worth?
Of course, buildings in that 11 percent of town don't all need giant underground parking garages—look at Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Belltown...
Yes! Just look at them! Those neighborhoods...
My, my... they all seem to all be a ten minute walk from Downtown
too! Funny that!
Dominic, last time you walked to Downtown from 35th & Avalon how long did it take you?
(You really are turning into a credulous git these days, Dom. Are you bucking for a job at the Times or something??)
The belief that reducing parking will get rid of cars is like believing that reducing abortion clinics will stop abortions. (In Texas there are no NIMBYs btw -- only patriots!!!)
commented on The Social Selection of Obama
Sorry, Charles, but you (and/or Malabou) have made a fundamental logical error in you comparision of Darwinian selection versus social selection. It is an error of scale, both temporal and systematic.
You say Darwinian selection has no end goal; is only process driven by unintended choices and rules based probabilities. True enough -- when viewed on a longer time scale over the entirety of a population. But then to compare that to social (Memetic) selection and claim that the social is "goal based" because you've --mistakenly-- narrowed your focus down to the individual level, rather than view social selection at the same, system-wide level of grainulartiy as you did natural selection is just wrong, wrong, wrong.
The choices made by individuals of any species --when to eat, flee or fight and who to fuck-- are just as "goal based" as those of an electorate seeking "change" or "a return to family values."
The power of Darwinism lies in the abilit!y to parse the agregatee effects of these individual choices on the trajectory of the entire species as a whole. Similarly, the power of understanding social (Memetic) selection lies not in an understanding of an individual's goals-based choices, but in the abliry to observe and predict trends based on the aggregate, probablistic effects of a nation's worth of individual goal-based choices all seen together over time.
Nothing lies at the core of social selection as well. It is only your ego which blinds you to the truth: that the choice of who you voted for is as little a "something" to the course of history as a particular finch's choice of a mate is to the evolution of birds.
commented on What Do You Think of Bottled Water Bans?
And I'd add an additional tax on all beverages sold in single-use bottles of under 40oz too.
(That would discourage the proliferation of the 1 lifer soda bottle as well.)