Apr 30, 2015 Tovirus commented on I’m a Waiter and I Think Getting Rid of Tips Is a Good Idea.
I am so happy to see this fucked up food service system crumbling in my lifetime. I never thought it would happen. If a business can't afford to pay its employees than it should not survive. I cannot see one ounce of reason behind customers directly paying the wages for any company's employees. Where did this model come from in the first place?
Apr 28, 2015 Tovirus commented on When It Comes to Female-Fronted Rock Bands, Why Don't Music Critics Focus on the Music?.
Also regarding the question in the headline:
Critics have to talk about something and a lot of their subjects actual art doesn't amount to that much.
Apr 28, 2015 Tovirus commented on When It Comes to Female-Fronted Rock Bands, Why Don't Music Critics Focus on the Music?.
Non-pop music is a genre that has been dominated by male performers since its inception.
First wave of acceptance seems to have been objectification/discrimination. Next seems to be comparisons to their counterparts as a result of increased visibility. Sooner or later it will be accepted as commonplace. I don't see anything unusual in this process.
Apr 28, 2015 Tovirus commented on A Song for Baltimore.
@2 I too prefer the Newan orig, but assuming the link is to Nina Simone's version, she kinda embodies the black struggle a little better than Newman, Dontcha think?
Apr 22, 2015 Tovirus commented on I Have Never Liked The Little Prince, I Will Never Like The Little Prince.
Say what you will about Little Prince, but to not mention the genius of Saint-Exupéry's other memoirs/fiction detracts from your opinion... IMO.
Mar 13, 2015 Tovirus commented on Seattle's OCnotes Aims Deep on Color Wheel, His Best Record Yet.
This guy got wasties in ballard, broke a glass on a bartender's head, and called a bunch of people faggots repeatedly. Is that the kind of artist you are supporting now?
Feb 16, 2015 Tovirus commented on The Morning News: Seattle's Gorgeous Weather Continues to Blow Minds and Astound Experts.
@5 I also laughed about that. @6, please explain. I was under the impression that Cliff Mass was exactly an atmospheric scientist.
Jan 29, 2015 Tovirus commented on First Impressions of Seattle by Someone from California.
The worst cliche is transplants bitching about Seattle cliches. Seriously FUCK OFF. Go home. We do not want you. The Seattle freeze is real and necessary. When I was unfortunate enough to have to leave Seattle for a year and live in LA, I somehow managed not to open my big, fat mouth about all of it's obvious cliched shortcomings. It's not that hard.
Jan 16, 2015 Tovirus commented on A Political Cartoonist and an Islam Expert Walk Into a Bar and Talk about Charlie Hebdo.
@8, by secular I simply meant that no God, or purpose, or creation theory is required to develop semi-decent moral code.

Once a "view on god" becomes more than a personal ponderable, it automatically becomes a lie, and therefore useless in the long run.

My main point would be that we as a species have nothing to lose by acknowledging that religion as a concept is useless. Then we can all move forward.
Jan 16, 2015 Tovirus commented on A Political Cartoonist and an Islam Expert Walk Into a Bar and Talk about Charlie Hebdo.
@5 if you take the bigotry out of the enlightenment you still have unique, functional, and applicable theories and practices. If you remove bigotry from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all you have is standard secular moral suggestions, such as the Golden Rule etc.

There is no place for the Abrahamic religions in the modern world. There could be some mild argument for general spirituality, but even that is a bit of a luxury in my opinion.