Jul 24, 2014
commented on Paul Ryan Has a New Plan to Fine Poor People for Being Poor
I hate Paul Ryan and I am sure this plan is shit, but sanctions is a vague term. Currently, a family who is on TANF can face sanctions when failing to follow the terms of a personal plan created with the help of a DSHS case manager. The sanctions are a reduction of benefits until the issue is remedied, or complete termination of benefits for repeatedly falling into sanction.
So what I am saying is, I am not sure that this plan is all that different from the status quo.
Jun 12, 2014
commented on What Was Behind Steve Scher's Sudden Departure, After 28 Years, from KUOW?
KUOW has been disappointing recently. They barely produce any local programming despite reaching their fundraising goals every pledge drive. It chose to combine all three local radio programs and combine them into one garbalyguck thing called "The Record." I think it was obvious that none of the three radio hosts were in love with that idea. Steve Scher, who had his own daily 2 hour show, went to sharing a single 2 hour show with two other hosts.
I don't have strong feelings for Scher, positive or negative, but I think the format change was frustrating for the producers and hosts.
I hope that KUOW starts producing more original content again. I find "The Takeaway" host to be extremely obnoxious and I am annoyed that KUOW is paying for that instead of creating its own morning talk program (like it had for ages).
Jun 11, 2014
commented on International Franchise Association Files Their Lawsuit Against Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage
Can you please elaborate on what the law is here? My understanding is that this is a non-protected class distinction, and thus is subject to a rational basis review under the 14th amendment (i.e., an impossible case for the plaintiffs to win). As far as I know, there is no where in the relevant law where profit distribution or business risk would be relevant to the legal analysis. But please, if you know more about this than us, elaborate.
Feb 18, 2014
commented on Suddenly, Masmari Has a New Private Lawyer
We do not need updates on every step of the proceedings. Are you going to write updates for every motion that is filed? This man has not yet been convicted, and a jury has not even been selected as of yet. I say give it a rest until there is actual news to report. Until then, this dude is just another person charged with a crime, and he does not deserve to be tried in the media before he gets his day in court.
Feb 10, 2014
commented on Starbucks Is Dumb in Los Angeles
It isn't legal. It is maybe legal. Fair use, which the parody exception falls under, is more of a defense against copyright/TM violation. You cannot simply declare something to be fair use and know that it is legal. Given the way this has been executed, as well as the cafe's FAQ, I find it hard to believe that a fair use defense would be successful when (not if) Starbucks sues them for violating its IP rights.