Oct 15, 2010
commented on Obama Must Try Upholding DADT in Court
Yeah, I agree with @3, this is total bullshit. Just because Obama appeals on some kind of alleged 'principle' doesn't mean anybody else will or won't appeal good or bad decisions later, just like his shorting health care and the recovery doesn't mean Republicans will add in social services and single payer later. What he does has no bearing on the past or future actions of others. If he wants to accomplish the repeal of DADT, failing to appeal is the most expedient way to do so, and even provides him political cover so he can cower when some right winger doesn't like what he's done. The fact that he's allowing his DOJ (which, like his DOD, he probably doesn't even control anymore) to appeal means nothing of integrity. It just means he's weak, and lies to us daily.
Sep 10, 2010
commented on Take Cars Off Pike At Night
Vancouver does this on Granville St as the part of the Granville Entertainment District -- not sure how often the street closures occur.
Aug 12, 2010
commented on Mike Daisey Goes to China So You Can Change the World
perhaps not entirely relevant, but i've been to tanna, and they totally have money (as part of the independent nation of vanuatu, they use the vatu). they have money, satellite internet, a gas station that runs on a tiny little pump (and accepts checks), little stores, and a bustling tourist economy of bungalows and trips up the mt yusur volcano. we definitely paid a lot of money to buy powdered milk for a kid in the hospital, and the kid couldn't make it home to die because nobody could come up with the cash for fuel for the hospital truck.
they also have a giant sign in lenakel: "black man's town" -- only black people are allowed to own businesses.
i also worked with the grandson of one of the leaders of the cargo cult, and in the mid-80s, he abandoned the cult (john frum cargo cult) because he looked around and saw that all the prophecies -- money, clothing, economy -- had come true. the entire family is now baha'i.
Jul 26, 2010
commented on LIVE: Council Chambers Packed for Tunnel Meeting
The comments are seriously stacked towards construction jobs, freight, and restoring the waterfront. Not a single anti-tunnel comment so far. Also none that talk about specifics, like how many jobs, or that you could have the waterfront back just by tearing down the viaduct, regardless of replacement.
Feb 9, 2010
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