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Jul 23, 2016 Catherwood commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
Je-zus, @92, on behalf of Anthropoid apes, the feeling is mutual.
Jul 23, 2016 Catherwood commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
On the survey data I've seen, trade issues are down around the sixth most important thing to voters. It's true that TPP is important, but most people are worried about a) the economy, b) terrorism (why? Because they're irrational.), and c) climate change, which should be number one on the list. Remember when ol' Bill ran, and the mantra was "it's the economy, stupid"? It still is. It will ALWAYS be: it's do I have a job, will my kids have a job, will I be able to afford housing food clothing and all that jazz. A coherent plan to DO something about that - invest in infrastructure, which employs hundreds of thousands of people, invest in upgrading our power grid and applying new energy technologies (more thousands), and yes, do something about student debt, and you're talking the talk that people want to hear. HRC is saying all of those things.
Jul 22, 2016 Catherwood commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
So you'd be all yahoo if she'd picked, I dunno, Sherrod Brown? Actually, I think that's a dynamite pick, but then, see, you're taking someone out of the Senate who's actually doing stuff. The people who wanted Elizabeth Warren: are you INSANE? Take her from a position where she accomplishes things and hand her pom-poms and tell her to go be a cheerleader? Because that's what the VP is: it's symbolic. It actually means nothing.

I get how frustrating this seems. But as Dan pointed out in a different forum, while a Trump presidency might only inconvenience you, it is, quite literally, a matter of life and death for your undocumented friends. For your African-American friends. For your female friends (but hey, coat-hanger manufacturers will make a KILLING). You sulk, they die. It's your karma, buddy. And given the urgency of action on carbon emissions, a Trump presidency could be the thing that kills us all. Hillary's no savior, that's understood -- all the redemption she can offer is turning the boat a little. That's how politics works. If you don't like that, just don't vote. Hold your breath. You know. Mature stuff like that.
Jul 22, 2016 Catherwood commented on Hillary Clinton Announces Running Mate.
By golly, all those people above are right. After all, the VP is so damn critical to this election, and does so much to advance policy and make policy decisions. It's right there in the Constitution, somewhere, I'm sure, that the VP does that. It must be, otherwise all the quacking above would just the usual bullshit about wah wah wah she's not pandering to ME and I WANT MY PANDER.

Fuck you people. Grow the fuck up. Put down your fucking phone and live in the real world for a few minutes. Jesus, I'm so sick of the entitled whiners.
Jul 18, 2016 Catherwood commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: My 13-Year-Old Son Is Watching Gay Porn.
I think Dan's about right with this one, but I'd add one other thing to talk about with the kid, which is safety. Given the horrible state of sex education in our schools these days (I'm a schoolteacher. I KNOW what gets taught, apparently, since my Biology students almost literally don't know their ass from a hole in the ground) it's crucial that kids understand about the use of condoms.

That said, I'm not sure how one might casually drop this into a conversation. But it's really important, especially given how much misinformation is out there.
Jul 16, 2016 Catherwood commented on Here are but a few of the Reasons Why You Hate Mike Pence.
Palate, not palette. Other than that, carry on!
Jul 8, 2016 Catherwood commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
Horizontal gene transfer, or HGT, has been known since the 1950s - in prokaryotes (bacteria). There is no clarity at all on the significance of HGT in multicellular organisms, like crop plants and insects and people. (If you've got the dough, or access to a decent library, there's an excellent review in 2007 on "Horizontal Gene Transfer in Plants" in the Journal of Experimental Botany. One can then use that article and do a forward search on articles citing the original to get a sense of where the field is now.) The suggestion that inserting a gene from, say, an Arctic fish, into a tomato plant, is just the same as regular old controlled breeding is ludicrous. Artificial selection makes use of the naturally existing gene pool; GM techniques draw from the entire genome of organisms in the world. You can say it's the same all you want: it's not.

You can also say there are mountains of studies on the safety of consuming GMO foods - there are! You're right! And you can say there are mountains of studies on the ecological safety of growing those crops with the required chemical loads - and there aren't! You're completely full of shit! But hey, if you could drop off a couple of dozen citations on those studies, I'll be happy to read them.

Scientists - and I am one, so I oughta know - have a long and noble history of producing the knowledge that leads to technologies that improve people's lives. We also have a long history of fucking up and producing technologies that have terrible unintended consequences. There is no way of knowing at this point which of these things GMOs represent; the truth is probably there is some of both. There's no doubt that Bt strains of cotton, for instance, actually REDUCE pesticide loads, which is A Good Thing for the surrounding ecosystem. On the other hand, "RoundUp Ready" crops result in a dramatic dump of, well, RoundUp on the crops. This has measurable ecological impact on surrounding communities ("weed" plants suffer both in the crop field and nearby, for instance). The active ingredient, glyphosphate, is probably not horrible, but the carrier substances which make up the vast bulk of the herbicide are undescribed and their impact is therefore unknown -- if you dissolve something harmless in vast quantities of something harmful, you can't just tell me the solute is hunky dory unless you can also tell me what the solvent is. Monsanto declines to do that.

Tl;dr: GMOs have benefits and downsides. It's absurd to pretend it's all one or the other. Don't be absurd.
Jul 8, 2016 Catherwood commented on Mayor on Police Union and Reform: "It's a Struggle.".
This is something that seems to happen in police departments - admittedly, this is a view from the outside: I don't really KNOW from experience, but it SEEMS as though there are often only a handful of bad cops in a department, but there are a whole lot of cops who won't snitch on the bad ones. It's not so much a culture of lawlessness, but a culture of tolerating lawlessness, and maybe that's what needs to change. I'm a union teacher, and believe me, that same dynamic does not happen in my workplace: good teachers DESPISE crappy teachers, and certainly don't go out of their way to protect them. This is a problem peculiar to the police, not to public sector unions in general, IMO.
Jul 6, 2016 Catherwood commented on House Dems Boo Sanders.
@41, unless you do away with the Electoral College none of that matters. Either states will send D or R contingents to the EC, or else the election gets thrown into the House of Representatives, and gee, I wonder who'd win then? (Hint: it'd be a Republican.) Only two states have proportional representation in their EC contingent (ME and NE), so Johnson might get a vote or two, but that'd be it.
Jul 5, 2016 Catherwood commented on #RezoneSeattle.
Okay, so, add in a bunch more housing. Modest high-rises with flats in them, like in Vancouver. What makes the prices come down? Isn't the price of housing, which is now astronomical, only going to come down a tiny bit so that it's only obscene? I have no faith that supply/demand curves are going to push the price down so that it'll be affordable for all the folks working for or near minimum wage to live in-city without a zillion roommates.

I'm all for the rezoning. I just don't think it'll be enough without some guarantees of below-market-rate housing stocks.