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Sep 11, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on The Wednesday Morning News on September 11th Twelve Years Later.
Aaww, look, you mentioned soccer! That's so cute! Thank you.
Jul 15, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on No Surprise, the Seattle Times Shuts Out Progressives in Council Races.
Just curious, what is the Times' record with endorsements? While I remember fondly their support for GW twice, Rossi twice, and whatever knee-jerk R that was sorry enough to run for Senate in the last decade, their 'preferences' for city council/mayor stick less in my head. Granted, several of the more conservative councilmembers have been woefully - ie EMBARRASSINGLY - under- or un- challenged, I'd like to see a graph of of their record. C'mon, Stranger graphic interns, get on this!
May 30, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Seattle Entrepreneur Plans $100 Million National Chain of Pot Stores.
Wow. Big news indeed.
May 23, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Savage Love.
If she does read the comments, WSN should just stop at 11, 12, and 13. They descend into mayhem after that.
Mar 27, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Sent to the Sidelines.
One important item the article missed: an alternative to the historical use policy. Currently, historical use means, effectively, that Co-rec says "We will probably need 10 fields on Monday next season" and they get those 10 fields, even if they actually only need 7. The alternative is like picking grade school kickball teams: the fields line up (like players) and the leagues (like the captains) take turns picking which ones they need, one at a time.
Mar 27, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Sent to the Sidelines.
Co-rec is like McDonald's: tasty, if you've never eaten anywhere else. In the meantime, they're busy model is built on manipulating public policy, short-changing customers (the above 90 minute rule), content with burning through employees. Every ref I see has all the characteristics of a snarly teenager making minimum wage. DO YOU REF FOR CO-REC? SIGN UP WITH USSF AND MAKE NEARLY 20% MORE! And be part of a supportive network of professional referees. I feel sorry for the guys who've been reffing for +10 years with Co-rec, had they gone the USSF route, in 10 year they could be a Grade 5, making a couple hundred per game working college games.
Mar 27, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Sent to the Sidelines.
DO YOU HAVE A TEAM WITH CO-REC SOCCER? HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY? Because they charge some teams more than others! 10 years ago, when turf fields were rare, Co-rec tried a policy of charging teams more for turf fields (instead of crappy fields). Now there are hardly any dirt fields left, so Co-rec can't charge teams more... but they still do! Double check your bill!

That's just one of the many, many shady elements of Co-rec. This article is far too kind to them,
a money-grubbing outfit that not only take advantage of city policy, but lobbies for publicly funded policies that benefit them, a private, for-profit company.

Their refs are horribly trained, receive next to no support, and are paid 1/4 less than other leagues!

Their staff turnover is also evidence: one guy working for 20 years, and 20 other people working one year each.

They are paranoid control freaks. Unfortunately, their operation is smooth enough, and the blights -though numerous- are small enough that most teams don't notice.
Mar 11, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Where We Live Now.
I too, have been regularly passing this truck for years. I think I admire his ability to park such a monstrosity more than I judge him driving such a monstrosity in the first place.
Mar 8, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Who Should a Socialist Challenge on the City Council?.
If you ain't going to run, Dom, the someone should. It'd suck for Conlin to get two progressive challengers and the others none. Then again, Bagshaw needs to be voted off too.
Mar 6, 2013 Lose-Lose commented on Hugo Chavez, R.I.P..
I'd like to see a comparison between people's opinions of Chavez, their country of residence and primary sources of information. It's no secret the US hated Chavez (and vice-versa) but one thing I've noted how much:
1) US media follows the US narrative that Chavez was a "horrible despot", etc etc.
2) the US population (including non-citizen residents) believe the US media and think Chavez was a horrible despot, etc etc.

(Obviously the pattern can be seen with Castro, too: the US gov hates him + the US media follows in line = the opinion of the US population that Castro is a horrible dictator, etc etc).

Conversely, the opinion of the rest of the world? Europeans? Latin America?

I mean, I'm not going toe-to-toe with Fnarf; I recognize that Chavez was polarizing, but to say that Venezuela's poor are worse off now and that Chavez did NOTHING good, well, that's just a non-starter. Go have fun with that. And yeah, New Yorker, great news source. Nothing biased there.

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