Librekrieger t1_jeavtub wrote

The first three paragraphs focus on that, but the bulk of the article is more general, and talks repeatedly about impairment.

Being a NORML article, it belabors the point that tests don't tell whether a person is impaired at the moment, only whether the substance has been used.

So I'm interested in any answer to the question, because the article doesn't address it.


Librekrieger t1_jdwytwm wrote

That's quite reasonable pay, but the big question is whether you're guaranteed full-time work for the long term, whether health benefits are included, and whether you need a car.

$25/hr is about $4000/month. You can easily find an apartment for $2000/month, and probably more like $1400/month for a good studio apartment. Less, if you're willing to live in Everett instead of Lynnwood.

Riding the bus and using a bicycle is cheaper than having a car - a bus pass is $90/month.

Food for one person is probably $300-400/month. There are other expenses like electricity, phone, and so on but rent and food are the biggest.

If you have to pay for your own health care, that is a large cost. I don't know the details. There are lower cost options like Community Health Centers, but if you have to have emergency surgery in a hospital that would be catastrophic to your budget unless you have health insurance.

Getting into an apartment may be difficult...I see one for example that says "must have 1 year employment history, $3500 verifiable earned income, excellent credit score". So that's another hurdle.


Librekrieger t1_ja4gu2f wrote

That measly $2 is actually $1000 per year for any house within 10 miles of where I live. Ask me to pay $1000 this year for something, and it better be something I really support. It isn't a "negligible amount".

I don't automatically vote to give $1k a year to "education". Nobody should. The measure must clearly state what the money is going to be used for and it better be a good reason. Otherwise I have other things I could use that $1k for.


Librekrieger t1_j8qck8l wrote

There was no single reason. It will take a detailed analysis and comparison to understand all the differences. In addition to other points made here, they happened at different times of day, and in Turkey there were aftershocks that were as bad as the initial Nisqually quake. And earthquakes are all different: some last longer, they cause different motion (up/down, sideways, rotation).

But you can see for yourself that they were just vastly different phenomena. The Nisqually quake caused visible cracks that were maybe a meter wide. You could hop across from one foot to another. The one in Turkey caused visible rifts the size of a large river, dozens of meters wide in places.


Librekrieger t1_j3nkrpb wrote

But the traffic is so heavy there, and something was wrong with either the design of the joints or the way the concrete work was done. The ruts in the concrete over time created a massive transition that just hammers the suspension.

Los Angeles has used concrete for decades and generally does not have this problem. Whatever LA did, Seattle and WSDOT didn't. If it's fixed now, here's hoping the fix works long term.


Librekrieger t1_ivzxyde wrote

The article says the North Cascades are prime habitat and reintroduction of grizzlies is feasible, while the last process was "discontinued due to overwhelming local opposition". Also that there have been grizzlies sighted there as recently as 2015.

I wonder what the point of expanding the population is? What do grizzlies bring that black bears don't?


Librekrieger t1_iv4mvhz wrote

The ads don't sway people, but they do work.

Few change their opinion, but quite a lot of people fail to vote because of apathy or laziness or because it's inconvenient. Ads MOTIVATE people. If Smiley spends more, then more people who already dislike Patty Murray will spend the ten minutes it takes to sit down and vote.

So the ads don't have to be so good that they convince opponents to change views. They just have to push the right buttons.