Jul 7, 2015
commented on Leaked Housing Committee Report Argues Against Single Family Zoning
I'm hoping this will mean a new zoning type with similar rules about lot coverage, front yards, and height limits to single family, just without the "one unit per lot" requirement. The option to legally convert houses to duplexes and to build cottages/MIL units beyond the restrictive ADU rules we have now could save a lot of great properties while allowing a slightly higher density.
Apr 15, 2015
commented on Is Paying for Sex a Constitutional Right?
@17 the US is one of the only western countries where selling sex is completely illegal. Canada and the UK have a lot of laws criminalizing activities around it but not selling or buying sex itself. New Zealand and some states in Australia have completely decriminalized buying and selling sex.
Decriminalizing may not stop abusive labor practices, but it does reduce the abusive practice of, you know, ARRESTING sex workers and making it difficult for them to ever transition to another career. That and the abuse and assault of sex workers by police that goes on under cover of criminalization.
Apr 7, 2015
commented on All the Secret Good Stuff at Pike Place Market
I'd go to the market more if their website, or the websites of any of the vendors, had real directions and maps. Where is X building, and where in that building are you? At this point I basically only go to the places along Pike Pl because at least I won't spend 20 minutes wandering around randomly trying to find them.
Also, public transit haters, I don't drive and have always done all my grocery shopping on foot/transit. You adapt: I don't buy soda or beer because they're too heavy. Bulk goods are your friend because you can get them in smaller quantities and don't have the weight of containers. Oh, and ice cream in the summer is a no-go. Spend that $5 on a sundae at a fancy ice cream place instead and you'll be eating less ice cream, which is better anyway. Your meat and fish will be just fine in your bag for less than an hour.
Apr 6, 2015
commented on The Sweet Life of Barrels
If you've visited a whisky distillery in Scotland you've seen that they use a lot of bourbon barrels imported from the US. The new barrels give that vanilla-y flavor that you want in bourbon but not in scotch. Scotch used to be aged in old sherry casks and some types are still "finished" in wine casks for a few months or a couple of years at the end of their aging.
Aug 1, 2014
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Love and Lyme
Actual advice for the letter writer: get a copy of the book "Paying for It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients." Then look for ads on one of the forums mentioned by previous commenters.