Oct 30, 2013 erly commented on No on 522: Label GMOs, But Not This Way.
It's also misleading to say that GMOs are completely harmless, when that only really applies to human consumption and not the effects the production of GMOs has on the environment.

It doesn't give you cancer, but it makes it much more likely for crops to be wiped out (decreased biodiversity and pesticide resistant pests), contributes to poisoned and oxygen depleted oceans (with help from factory farms and CO2 emissions), has been loosely linked to birth defects in countries where growing them is unregulated... and really, I'm not down with any of that.

I already voted, and the fact that this whole issue has not addressed any of the reasons why I have not chosen to eat GMOs... makes me feel like they plan on ignoring them until it slaps us in the face. In my eyes it's a move for status quo, pure and simple.
Oct 22, 2013 erly commented on All the GMO News That Fits! The Elway Poll, the World Food Prize, and Who Gave to the GMA.
I'm gonna stick with yes. Not because I'm afraid of eating GMOs, but because I don't want to throw money at companies that helped create the new lack of crop biodiversity for some big staples, the development of super resistant pests, pesticide runoff that creates huge ocean dead zones and toxic algal blooms (which cause marine bird species to die off in mass in of hypothermia after their natural protective oils were stripped), honey bees, making it more difficult for organic farms to exist...

If there is a time when the developers of these crops actually give a flying fuck about it's impacts on the environment we depend on, then I'll reconsider. But that time is not now.
Oct 21, 2013 erly commented on Asexuality Conquers Japan!.
Well, I found these excerpts very telling...
"'Marriage is a woman's grave,' goes an old Japanese saying that refers to wives being ignored in favour of mistresses. For Japanese women today, marriage is the grave of their hard-won careers."

"This is true for both sexes, but it's especially true for women. "Marriage is a woman's grave," goes an old Japanese saying that refers to wives being ignored in favour of mistresses. For Japanese women today, marriage is the grave of their hard-won careers."

"Tomita sometimes has one-night stands with men she meets in bars, but she says sex is not a priority, either. "I often get asked out by married men in the office who want an affair. They assume I'm desperate because I'm single." She grimaces, then shrugs. 'Mendokusai.' ... Mendokusai translates loosely as "Too troublesome" or "I can't be bothered". "

Though I did have a friend point out that you could replace "Japan" with "Tokyo" pretty much everywhere in this article and it would be more accurate...
Oct 15, 2013 erly commented on Where Should a Person in Seattle Volunteer?.
Most of the people you see with an aquarium shirt at the Seattle Aquarium are volunteers, whether they are just giving you information about species or feeding some of them. You have to be able to do the orientation, but it's pretty awesome. I believe the Woodland Park Zoo also has a volunteer program, but I haven't done it myself.

Also, the Seattle chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has a blue water task force that measures things in the local waters. They got some attention a couple years back after they found unsafe levels of fecal content in the stream that empties at Golden Gardens. This chapter does beach and mountain cleanups throughout the year.

There is also the Washington Trails Association, if you ever want to try to get out of Seattle. They do lots of trail maintenance in the summer.
Oct 10, 2013 erly commented on Outrage Queens.
Nice to know so many outspoken folks don't actually get all of the context before pointing out, after the author did, that orangutans are not inhabitants of Vietnam. Bravo, you cunning half-assers.

This article has helped make me feel sane, albeit depressed, about our current predicament. Feels like strong incentive to start focusing on visiting other countries.
Oct 4, 2013 erly commented on "God has used Storyville Coffee to bless Mars Hill Downtown".
@21 I got one of those. Heavy ass paper, no info, artsy-fartsy photo-journal style pictures. Not my cup of tea, but I'm sure the shorts + t-shirt + cankles tourist crowd will love it.
Oct 1, 2013 erly commented on Your Defensiveness Is Our Command: Talking About Racism in Seattle.
Just gonna point out, the "black man in the elevator" scenario is what I do around all strange men I don't know; as I have been groped, harassed, threatened, and followed by men of all races. Older white men tend to creep me out the most. Identifying as 100 lbs and female can do that to a person...
Sep 25, 2013 erly commented on Strange Words the City Said to Me.
Maybe if things like depression weren't deemed something that is normal for women, or, "weak" and feminine, maybe dudes wouldn't be so afraid to address the fucking problem before blowing their brains out.
Sep 10, 2013 erly commented on Douchebro Business Insider CTO Gets Fired for Being a Douche.
He'd be a lot more attractive if he could just shut the fuck up.