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Aug 13 lone locust commented on City Threatens to Use Eminent Domain to Restore Public Access to North Seattle Beach.
Out of curiosity (and having no background in real estate or property law of any kind) can someone chime in on whether adverse possession applies here...seems like the public has been using that beach for a lot longer than the 10 years required? Is it because it's the city vs the property owners?
Jul 14 lone locust commented on The Story of Cascadia's "Really Big One" Has a Lot to Do with Colonial Hubris.
I think there is a little bit of disconnect here. To deride early (pre-20th century) colonials for not paying attention to local stories about earthquakes is a bit of a stretch. Colonials absolutely have plenty to answer for worldwide, but given that as late as the 1890s some scientists believed earthquakes were caused by underground explosions, what exactly should/could/would they do with that information. It's not like the NW was the only place in the world with earthquakes, an until the 1930s there wasn't any way to even begin to compare them.

The story is different beginning in the 80s when the debate over the possibility of a Cascadia megaquake really got going, and the tribes said yes, it did, here's our history. At that point there's no excuse for not taking that into account with the other evidence that was accruing.
Jul 14 lone locust commented on The Five Scariest Takeaways From the New Yorker Article About the Earthquake That Will "Devastate" Seattle.
I should also mention, tsunamis in Puget Sound are more of a risk from the Seattle Fault (which last went off 1100 years ago, but raised Alki and Bainbridge by ~20 ft in a few minutes when it did)
Jul 14 lone locust commented on The Five Scariest Takeaways From the New Yorker Article About the Earthquake That Will "Devastate" Seattle.
@13, they did a piss poor job of explaining, but in the previous events Puget Sound and Lake Washington also experience locally generated tsunamis, caused by landslides (both marine and terrestrial). Puget Sound will generate a wave that will slosh back and forth a few times between Olympia and Vancouver Island. For anyone interested in a more in-depth analysis of what is someday (maybe later today, maybe in a century) headed our way, read Full Rip 9.0
Jul 13 lone locust commented on All of These Secret Seattle Beaches and Parks Belong to You—Use Them!.
@40 Go for it, but don't be surprised when you are arrested for Trespassing. That navigable waterways thing only applies if you are in a boat. What you are looking for is called Public Trust Doctrine, and so far, courts here have refused to touch it. Washington state very much has private tidelands to past the low low water mark, and will until a court rules them illegal. (No, I don't own tidelands, but nor am I interested in being the test case)
Jul 8 lone locust commented on All of These Secret Seattle Beaches and Parks Belong to You—Use Them!.
@8 That might be true other places, (CA, FL) But it is absolutely not true in Washington State. We still have private waterfront all the way down below the low tide line and the only way you can legally access it is to float over it in a watercraft or have tribal fishing rights. Its a shitty shitty policy, but one that the courts so far have refused to touch.
Jul 7 lone locust commented on NYT Glosses Over Republican Efforts to Drive Up Abortion Rate in Colorado.
@3 Can we please drop that tired old myth. They are safe. They are effective.…
Jul 2 lone locust commented on What to Eat (and Not Eat) When You're Backpacking.
My food selection depends on the specific trip...shorter (3-4 days) and flatter, like the coast. I'm just shopping the dry goods/canned aisle at the grocery store. Long with lots of elevation plus possible climbing equipment, I'm saving every ounce and going freeze dried for dinners (oatmeal for breakfast). My experience is that any one of the freeze dried that started life in more of the casserole or stew category and you'll do ok. Just avoid any of them that involve mashed potatoes.
Jul 2 lone locust commented on Former Mars Hill Parishioners Promise to File Racketeering and Corruption Lawsuit Against Church Leaders.
Mars Hill bought a lot of buildings, borrowing to do so, and right about the time those funds went into the global fund and then out again, they very abruptly paid off the loans for at least one while I have no regrets about the demise of the rot that was Mars Hill, the disappearance of those funds may be less nefarious than people think.

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