Jan 12 yuiop commented on Polar Bear in Portland Zoo Wakes Up and Finds The World Is Back to Normal.
Thanks for finding a version that doesn't obliterate the animal sounds with music.
Oct 10, 2016 yuiop commented on A Black Woman Gets A Warm Welcome from Racist Seattle.
@3: I think that's exactly the point MikeyC is already making.
Oct 10, 2016 yuiop commented on A Black Woman Gets A Warm Welcome from Racist Seattle.
How does the behavior of an apparently racist bank manager translate to "racist Seattle"? I'm not suggesting that Seattle is or is not racist, just that the article does not even try to support the most important assertion in the headline.
Sep 27, 2016 yuiop commented on Presidential Debate: The Stranger's Live-Slog.
@29: "Smug condensation" is my new favorite phrase.
Sep 27, 2016 yuiop commented on Presidential Debate: The Stranger's Live-Slog.
@15, 17: nevertheless, it looks like most pundits are saying Hillary won -- that Trump didn't know how to respond to her attacks and took a serious beating. Of course there is no objective way to score it yet, and you could argue for either side winning. Here's something to consider, though: a common point leading up to the debate was that Trump would benefit from low expectations, but expectations were low for Hillary too, on exactly the items you point out. Everyone expects her to be a smug, know-it-all, policy wonk. And of course her outfits and hairstyles (not to mention her lipstick, shoes, earrings, handbag, eyelliner, waist size, height, and nail polish) have been the subject of derision for 25 years. So are the pundits "delusional"? Probably not. Did Trump win "big time"? Let's watch the polls to find out.
Aug 23, 2016 yuiop commented on EOD: Wu-Tang Clan and the Beatles Come Together For Some New Mash-Ups.
I wish I could un-hear the posted samples. If the Beatles and Wu-Tang fit together somehow, we certainly wouldn't know it from these ignorant, sloppy juxtapositions. And, Dave, if you have any musical taste, we wouldn't know it from this post.
Aug 23, 2016 yuiop commented on EOD: Wu-Tang Clan and the Beatles Come Together For Some New Mash-Ups.
And then we can enjoy Kenny G playing over a Louis Armstrong record.
Jul 22, 2016 yuiop commented on Kshama Sawant Wants to Make Life Easier for Renters by Capping Landlord Fees.
@14: As a landlord I would probably lose money if we lift the ban on rent control. However, as a citizen I would consider it my duty to support such a proposal if it would promote affordable housing. But would it? Landlords need to make a modest profit (after mortgages, taxes, maintenance, and fees), or at least break even for some years while the property appreciates. If rents are too low to pay for expenses, many landlords might sell their properties and buyers would condo them out, thereby creating even greater scarcity. The remaining units might be rent controlled, but good luck finding one. So rent control would have to be very carefully crafted or it would have the opposite of its intended effect.
Jul 22, 2016 yuiop commented on Kshama Sawant Wants to Make Life Easier for Renters by Capping Landlord Fees.
@12: I have been a small-time landlord for over a decade, and never has a tenant left one of my units in as good condition (let alone better) as when they moved in, because it's spotless when they move in. If a departing tenant were really to bring it back to that same level of cleanliness I would be thrilled to refund their cleaning fee. But that's never happened, so I think in my case the fee is justified. I agree that a cleaning fee is bogus if the place is dirty when you move in, though.

Regarding the credit check, I view that as an unfortunate necessity. I just charge what the report costs me -- no markup. And I try to avoid running the check on anyone unnecessarily. Probably 80% of prospects who pay the fee end up in the apartment. But it's essential to carefully evaluate a tenant's ability to afford the place before they move in. Once they are in, if they simply stop paying their rent, it costs many thousands to evict them. (Two or three months of lost rent -- or more if your court case fails to go smoothly -- plus lawyer fees, court costs, moving and storage fees for their stuff, etc., as required by law. And of course you still have to pay your mortgage, utilities, taxes and other fees.)
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Jul 13, 2016 yuiop commented on Seattle Police Guild President Resigns After Offensive Facebook Post.
Per The Seattle Times, Smith said they deleted the post because it was (yep, you guessed it) "taken out of context." How can a three line post, widely reported in its entirety, be taken out of context? Except these days, "I was taken out of context" just means "I was held responsible for my own bigoted stupidity."