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Aug 22, 2016 ohthetrees commented on The Morning News: Seattle's Only Swimming Hole for Dogs, a Water Park Tragedy, and Southern Floods.
I'm proud of the performance of US women at the Olympics. But they sure didn't "sweep" the Olympics. "Sweep" has a specific meaning in sports. It means to win all possible opportunities. The women did very well, but I'm pretty sure golds were won by other countries too.
Aug 13, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Swinging Double Standards.
Our local club has a waiting list for single men. To get on it, you have to be nominated by an established couple. Then they are let in to balance any single women who show up to keep the ratio 1:1.
Jul 10, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Science News: The Left and Bernie Sanders Are Unscientific on GMOs, Seattle Is Wet and the Rest of the Country Is on Fire.
I am a scientist (oceanography). Personally I think GMO foods are safe to eat. But there are a lot of perfectly good reasons to avoid GMO foods. Maybe you don't like the politics of Monsanto et al. Maybe you think there is environmental downsides to GMO foods. Maybe you just don't like the sound of it.

Unlike vaccination, making a personal choice to avoid GMO foods harms no one. People deserve to be able to make that choice, for good reasons and for bad, and we need labeling to do so. I would not support banning GMO foods. But I do support labeling GMO food so people can make their own choices. If GMO foods are so much better, healthier, and cheaper, let them succeed in the marketplace.
Jul 3, 2016 ohthetrees commented on British Columbia Premier Wants to Re-Regulate Vancouver's Insane Real Estate Market.
Easy with a little political will.

Single family residence occupied by owners >50% of the year: everything stays the same.

Single family residence occupied by owners <50% of the year: 10% annual tax on value of home, funds go to affordable housing programs.

Done and done.
May 7, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Bonus Advice for WWWM & VIRGN.
Reading this letter put a smile on my face. Bravo, and my compliments!
May 6, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Savage Love.
2nd or 3rd time with a girl, I have her bent face down over the arm of the couch. It's kinda dark, and I'm just starting to try to get my cock into her pussy.
She: "A little higher"
Me: "There?"
She: "higher"
Me, pushing in a bit: "Here"?
She: "I don't want to do butt stuff!"
Me: "Whaaa? I was aiming for your pussy! Why were you saying 'higher'?"
She: "I meant relative to me!"
Me: "???"

The evening ended up lovely from there, I aimed a bit lower, and found her pussy to the satisfaction of all. But I still maintain that toward the ceiling/sky is "higher" and blame our incident on the air traffic controller giving faulty direction.
May 3, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Low-Income, Disabled, and/or a Single Mom Trying to Rent? City Housing Discrimination Tests Turn Up Disturbing Trends.
I'm curious what sort of buildings these were. Big apartment buildings, or duplexes and mother-in-laws?
May 3, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Seattle Repertory Theatre Takes Action after Stagehand Gets Caught Saying the N-Word.
We have to be able to use language to discuss language. If it wasn't directed at someone, if it wasn't being used to describe or disparage someone, then there was nothing wrong with that kind of language. I don't want to live in a world where we can't use a word even in a completely legitimate discussion of that word!
Apr 6, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Woman Yells at Florida Governor in a Starbucks: "You're An Asshole".
Dang. You know when you think of what you should have said to someone 15 minutes later? This lady doesn't have that problem. She knew right away and she said it. Bravo.
Mar 25, 2016 ohthetrees commented on Rare Ferrari Enzo on Capitol Hill.
I'm all for taxing the rich more, even a lot more. But once a person's money makes it past the tax filter, they should be able to spend it however they want. No seizing property because it annoys Ansel. Plus luxury goods like this keep an enormous number of blue-collar, well salaried workers employed. Better than that million dollars going into a Swiss Bank account and earning 2%.