Dec 14, 2012
commented on The Past Year in Mass Shootings in the United States: A Timeline
Read again. Looks like the intern got this list from an FBI agent. Sure, Chelsea could have verified other sources, but even without the Cafe Race tragedy, this list is really huge. There's stuff on this list I don't remember hearing. Think about the possibility of other shootings not being mentioned by this source either.
Fact is that we don't go very long without someone somewhere in our nation going completely nuts and committing one of these acts. And it does happen in other nations, and sometimes it happens without guns.
Nov 27, 2012
commented on Here's Hoping Developers Do "Overbuild" Ballard
What's happening in Ballard is an example of the need for density to be seen as a regional issue, not a Seattle issue.
To make this work, we need (like between 20 and 40 years ago) a grade-separate regional transit system. We need this so the suburbs can share more equitably in the burden of density. Being a city, we had a higher density before it became fasionable.
Re @29's post, we need to place a legal limit on how long rental spaces can remain vacant. There is a retail space in Ballard which went vacant nearly 3 years ago, when the landlords, in the middle of a fucking recession, wanted to raise the rents on their long time tenant exorbinately. Guess what, nobody else has taken it, and it's been empty since.
I propose (anyone want to start an initiative?) that there be a limit on how long rental spaces can remain vacant, especially in areas where density makes sense. For retail spaces, after the limit is up, it becomes subject for auction among independant startups. For residential spaces, it becomes elligible for rent controlled spaces, to save on costs of building and maintaining new low-income structures. I have been thinking of this ever since I watched 2 apartments in my building sit vacant for over a year each. I knew what he was doing or hoping to do, but I also have observed enough in the current developments to know that my property is worth less without a neighboring property, which has been passed down through the family to the current owner/resident.
Oct 15, 2012
commented on "Do TV stations have to run anti-gay campaign ads?"
If we get them to stop running ads we don't like, pretty soon they will only run ads THEY like. Leave this one alone.
I saw the anti-74 ad on TV for the first time last night (I don't watch much). What was my feeling about seeing this? "Haha, your gonna lose, dicks!"
Sep 19, 2012
commented on We Are the 47 Percent
I have had an open unemployment claim for most of the last 3 1/2 years. I kept this open not by way of using all my extensions, but by doing freelance and temp work while (quite unenthusiastically, I must admit) looking for a "real" job. Now my freelance work which I had been doing on the occasional weekend is starting to turn into a career that is far more satisfying than any of the jobs I applied for.
Mittens likes to call us lazy for thinking these entitlements should be in place. Not true, I have worked hard to set things in place for the long-term.
Conservatives like to call them hand outs. For me, it's been a hand-up.
Fuck you, Mitt Romney. Fuck you!