Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
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Dec 2 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Just In Time For Trump, Jobs Are Back to Where They Were Before the Crash of 2008.
Our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is over. Back to Republican unemployment, market crashes and terrorist attacks.
Dec 1 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Tenant Advocate Jon Grant Is Running for City Council Again.
"You can't give what you never owned... "

The reason cities have the right to limit not just height, but setbacks, parking and almost everything you can think of about new construction is that new construction can either add or subtract wealth from existing property. The value of the lot they propose to build on is derived from tangible and intangible city services, and the proximity of all the surrounding property. That gives the collective -- that is, the people, represented by their government -- the right to limit building heights, and demand something in exchange before they raise them.

Don't like the collectivism of zoning? It's a free country: build whatever you like on unincorporated land, which is orders of magnitude cheaper. Did you buy city property without understanding the zoning and the zoning politics of that land? Due diligence, dumbass. Caveat emptor.
Dec 1 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Denmark's Largest City Is Winning the War on Cars.
Jesus, "a week's worth of food" is just an EXAMPLE of a major trip, not that everyone LITERALLY shops exactly like that for groceries and only groceries. Maybe it's some other stuff that you get. Beer. A crate of library books. Maybe it's your 80 pound kid that you shuttle to and from whatever thing your kid goes to. School, let's say. Lot of kids these days are all into school. It doesn't matter what it is. If biking is only for people who aren't schlepping more than a messenger bag full of artisinal mustache wax, then biking is only for 4% of commuters, and nobody else.

Even so, when you say, "no one who bikes regularly buys a week's worth of food at a time", that's a tautology emphasizing that people who *do* buy a week or more worth of food at a time are not ever going to take up biking (let's not even talk about Costco). And if they never start biking, you're never going to have traffic that looks like Copenhagen.
Dec 1 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Jill Stein and the DEMONocracy.
Like there won't be any blood in the streets once the Justice Department civil rights division is run by a Trump crony. At least if the election is thrown over to Clinton the government will be fighting on the right side.
Dec 1 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Jill Stein and the DEMONocracy.
If you didn't take Jill Stein down, it's not a "takedown". It's just bleating. Stein is still standing, the Greens are still standing, and they're stronger, and more relevant. The only way to push them out of the spotlight is for Democrats to actually do what they keep saying they wish they could do.
Nov 30 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Denmark's Largest City Is Winning the War on Cars.
Yeah, you guys keep repeating that same shit, year after year. How's that working out for you?

I remember when you guys kept repeating John Forester's vehicular cycling shit, year after year after year, for basically 20 years. Finally it dawned on somebody that nobody was buying it, and nobody was living it. So all at once, everybody dropped vehicular cycling and faced up to reality. That was a good first step.

Next step is to face up to the fact that all your role model cities have density upwards of 18,000. Deny it for ten more years if you want, but eventually you'll have to come clean.
Nov 30 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Trump Gives No Meaningful Indication that He Will Avoid Conflicts of Interest in Office.
Even if he liquidated every company in a fire sale, and they all removed the Trump brand from everything, he'd still owe millions to Deutsche Bank, the only bank that will touch this fuckup who loses money for everyone who gets near him. Deutsche Bank is going into negotiations with the Justice Department, which Trump will control, over a fine of up to $14 billion. The bank could offer him better loan terms in exchange for a lower fine. Or Trump could threaten a higher fine in exchange for better loan terms. Or in exchange for new loan for some other cockamamie Trump scheme.

He could sell of everything, and pay off every loan, but then he'd be flat broke. And he'd still *want* new loans in the future, from the only place that he can get them: Deutsche Bank.

There is no way out of this. Imagine if somebody had reported all these facts about that asshole *before* the fucking election? He'd have lost the GOP primary, and the general if it came to that, if these cards had been on the table. Now we've only got the Electors to save us, which they are highly unlikely to do.
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Nov 30 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Tenant Advocate Jon Grant Is Running for City Council Again.
"Nobody should ever read David Brooks."

You should if you think Tim Burgess's politics are what Seattle needs, or wants. Where do you think Tim gets his ideas? David fucking Brooks.

Burgess is doomed.
Nov 30 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn commented on Denmark's Largest City Is Winning the War on Cars.
Bicycle friendlyness and hills an all that crap are bullshit. The fact is, when you have to go a mile to get a week's worth of groceries, you're going to drive. That's what you have to do in a city with a density of only 8,000 people per square mile. Density isn't only a measure of people: it tells you how far spread out *everything else* is too. When a city is two, two and a half times, more dense than Seattle, it means you only have to go a half a mile, or a quarter mile, to get a week's worth of groceries. That's a vastly easier thing to do on a bike. Those Danes or Dutch or whomever are not smarter than us or better than us. What are you a white supremacist? They're just as lazy and stupid as us. They bike because it's easy for them, no other reason.

Not just groceries. Your job. Your bar. Your whole life. Pack everything in tighter and a normal person doesn't mind going a little ways on a bike. A gold plated mile wide bike path with blowjobs and fanfare every 50 feet is nice, but you still have to ride that whole fucking mile, or two miles, or ten miles to get to the thing you need to get to. People don't want to ride that fucking far. QED.

In Copenhagen, they also don't want to ride that fucking far. In those cities, people who will ride miles and miles are as few and far between as any city in the US. But when you squeeze everything in your life, your job, your shopping, your friends, into a tiny area, biking is easy enough that a normal person will make that ride. Normal person, not some spandex asshole. And yes, those guys in spandex are fucking assholes don't try to gaslight us. We've met the fuckers, OK?

Don't even build bike infrastructure. Don't even talk about bikes. It's all about density. Focus on density, and biking, transit, everything else falls into place of its own accord.
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