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Aug 15 chrisgreen commented on I, Anonymous.
This is the disfunctional law at work. It's completely unreasonable to expect people to only use the second most popular recreational drug only in their homes far away from all social events.

I voted for the law. It needs to be augmented to allow things such as smoking decks at bars, and designated lounges, the equivalent of beer gardens at public events, etc. Imagine what the situation would be like with alcohol if you were allowed to buy it but not drink in bars and restaurants and designated areas anywhere nightlife areas.

If the legal authorities are too lame to actually consider fixing this, the seattle cops should:

Step up issuing tickets. BUT, issue guidelines that call for tickets in the scenarios that annoy people.
Aug 6 chrisgreen commented on Seattle's Pot Tickets: The Scandal Behind the Scandal.
@6: That's why this story is such a clustefuck. At first, it appeared that Seattle cops as a whole were flouting the voters and discriminating.

But actually it turns out that the police dept is showing great restraint, issuing very few tickets. Presumably they are doing a lot of looking the other way and issuing the occasional warning despite the fact that masses of people are ignoring the (unworkable) current laws about where weed can be consumed.

The actual situation could have been a very positive story for the Seattle police if not for the one officer. Instead it makes the police administration look clueless and incompetent.
Aug 6 chrisgreen commented on Seattle's Pot Tickets: The Scandal Behind the Scandal.
@1: It's the wealthier white community that's getting a pass on the laws. I could easily write that many public consumption tickets in one weekend in any of the city's nightlife areas.

The law needs to be reformed to allow designated public consumption areas.
Jul 29 chrisgreen commented on The Feds’ Surprising Response to Exploding Hash-Oil Labs.
Extracting compounds from plants with flammable solvents is a perfectly mainstream industrial process that is done on a large commercial scale all over the world.

But it is done in regulated labs that aren't in residential neighborhoods, with trained personnel, safety and monitoring equipment, and inspections. That's what we need for butane (or CO2 for that matter) hash oil.

Jun 19 chrisgreen commented on What Was Your First Concert?.
The Clash+The Who+Santana at JFK stadium in Philadelphia!!!
Jun 10 chrisgreen commented on Is Raping Children a Crime?.
@19 : I was actually thinking of the McMartin pre-school case. Similar hysteria-driven prosecution. The wikipedia article you linked to is a good indicator of how it's hard to say that someone could have been unaware of the illegality of child sex abuse when these cases were blanketing the news.
Jun 10 chrisgreen commented on Is Raping Children a Crime?.
That's bullshit and he's lying.

In the time period he refers to, child sex abuse scandals at places like daycare centers were all over the news. It was such a big thing that they even lead to panics and sketchy criminal charges. No responsible person in 1984 could make a credible claim to not be aware that this was a big deal legally.
Jun 4 chrisgreen commented on Tonight in Music: Detroit Cobras and "Punk Assailment" at Black Lodge.
El Corazon's the place to be tonight.. the Goddamn Gallows are one of the wildest live acts around.

Apr 25 chrisgreen commented on King County Metro Boss: Defensive, Defeated, and Laying Out the Service Cuts.
Honestly, Why aren't they discussing fare hikes as a last resort/stopgap? No authority to change rates?

I totally realize that doing this will mainly affect the poorer residents who rely on bus service. However, my cynical view of politics tell me that if routes are cancelled, it's going to be routes used by lower income people more than those used by commuters.

It's also possible to raise rates in a more progressive manner targeting routes with more wealthier commuters. In addition, you can then examine other ways of softening the economic blow on the poorer city residents (a minimum wage hike would help a lot, just saying).
Apr 21 chrisgreen commented on Pressing the Ever-Present Issue of Who Was Punk First.
@7: thanks. The beauty of analyzing this way is that you don't have to resolve whether or not "grunge" is a genre. There's a bunch of musicians with a common set of punk-based and other influences who also influenced and interacted with each other, so you carve off part of the graph and give it that label.

Unfortunately, I don't think you can formally use the methods and tools of modern taxonomy directly to analyze music effectively because massive horizontal "gene" transfer is the norm. In biology, taxa for which is the norm don't casually pick up genes from organisms on the other side of the country or world.

And to apply it to grunge, I'd need to know whether anyone out here paid any attention to those Squirrel Bait records :-).

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