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    [–] What have you seen genuinely shitty people do that they thought was perfectly acceptable? sewankambo 7 points ago in AskReddit

    Just my opinion.

    The way I see it:

    Mom had an affair with her daughter's molester AFTER he kidnapped her daughter, took her to Mexico, and fucked her for months.

    Dad lets molester off the hook because he wanted to hide his homosexual actions more than he wanted to protect his daughter.

    [–] TIL the rent in the most desired area Tokyo is 1/6 the average rent of San Francisco. Even though Tokyo is much more densely populated. sewankambo 3 points ago in todayilearned

    THIS. I'm in the building / Architecture business in Seattle. Huge demand for housing right?

    Well, Seattle and San Francisco for that matter are highly zoned for single family. I believe Seattle leads the nation in big cities for percent of land area zoned for single family (60% +).

    So. The very small amount of land that is able to be developed goes for a hefty price. Construction.prices are somewhat fixed per market area, but when land is artificially inflated by bad zoning, rents skyrocket.

    On top of that, because everywhere around denser areas is zoned single family, EVERYONE who owns a home opposes new, dense development. Neighborhood design councils have power to stop a project before it even begins of their residents oppose. (Homeowners are much more likely to be active in their neighborhood politics than renters)

    What does Seattle do besides protect these single family dwelling owners? They make developers pay fees on their projects to fund low income housing. Now I'm not calling these developers victims, because they just pass the cost on to their renters anyway.

    Solution? Do away with zoning almost completely. Open up more land for development. I get that manufacturing and what not should be zoned. But simplify it. (ie: residential, commercial, industrial) get rid of maximum height limits. Get rid of types of residential zoning.

    In larger cities, the densest areas that would afford certain rents would naturally concentrate around neighborhoods and rents would dictate height / cost to build ratios.There's always population density gradients from dense areas. Development would create nice mixes of uses. Single family homes wouldn't all go away. Townhomes, row houses and other middle density would pop up on fringes while apartment buildings and condos would concentrate toward urban nodes.

    Yet Seattle still discusses its housing cost issues but will not open up more land for development. Instead, the wealthier tech people, pharmaceutical people, and foreign nationals can afford high priced single family homes and they FIGHT to protect their lifestyle while middle income people foot the passed on bill applied to develops to fund affordable housing.

    End rant.

    [–] So Americans don't want universal healthcare because they will pay more in taxes but will pay for health insurance??? sewankambo 1 points ago in TooAfraidToAsk

    You’re not taking into account the incompetence of our politicians.

    Honest to god question:

    as an outsider, would YOU trust your healthcare with our dipshits?

    [–] Seattle’s best places to cry in public, mapped sewankambo 1 points ago in SeattleWA

    They were able to map these spots via social media after the 2016 election.

    [–] Amish rebuilding a barn that burned down less than 36hrs ago. sewankambo 7 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    Land use is complex the closer buildings are together. A barn, shed or out building with no sewer, electricity or gas really doesn't effect neighbors on large Midwest plots of land, or things off of the one person's land. There's usually a maximum ground disturbance for these projects as well. Smaller the lot, the less you can do without approval. With no septic and no runoff issues, it's not really a big deal for anyone.

    Now if this was in downtown somewhere or in a suburban neighborhood, then there's issues.

    [–] US Senate passes landmark bipartisan bill to enlarge national parks sewankambo 27 points ago in UpliftingNews

    Very cool. Usually a positive sign when it's so bipartisan like that. I live in Utah now and our Narional Parks not only preserve natural lands but generate a ton of money for the State. I lean right but I don't understand the push for state's land rights that benefit cattle grazers and oil companies.

    [–] Well well well.... sewankambo 2 points ago in Republican

    It was confirmed by the Democrats on the committee which helps.

    [–] There is zero reason to be feel sorry for 21 Savage or be mad at US Border Enforcement sewankambo 1 points ago in unpopularopinion

    "Wasn't a conviction, it was an Expungement." I believe the two go hand in hand. To get something expunged there needs to be a conviction to expunge. Rarely do people have mere charges against them expunged because being charged doesn't mean you have a a criminal record.

    I'm not a lawyer. I don't know a lot about the law. But I was charged with a felony, which was later thrown out because I didn't do the crime. Afterward, there was nothing to "expunge" and I don't have a criminal record.

    Supposedly he was convicted of felony drug charges. I shouldn't have blatantly said that as a facf, I'm apologize. We don't know for sure. But the DA won't release details confirming or denying the conviction because Georgia has a type of automatic Expungement. First time offenders have their records sealed. Which I believe is a pretty nice thing.

    "In the common law legal system, an expungement proceeding is a type of lawsuit in which a first time offender of a prior criminal conviction seeks that the records of that earlier process be sealed, making the records unavailable through the state or Federal repositories. If successful, the records are said to be "expunged""

    You usually have to wait 7 years before filing a petition if Expungement. If you're trying to expunge something, it's likely a conviction and criminal record you want removed.

    [–] Fuckin prick sewankambo 3 points ago in ScottishPeopleTwitter

    I'm not opposed to a popular vote. But I don't think it would change things all that much. I'm actually suspicious it might not turn out like those people who want to replace the electoral vote think tit would. I mean, you the popular and think "well we won. But we lost." But that's not really the whole story.

    In reality, we have no idea what the popular vote WOULD be. Would more people vote in states that always go blue? Or red? Are there more conservatives that don't vote in liberal states like California, Washington Oregon and New York? Or are there more liberals that don't vote? Tough to say.

    But when people sit back and say "so and so won the popular vote" it's not really an argument. I mean, the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but the Rams scored more touchdowns and won more games this season! So the Rams should REALLY be the champs.

    [–] Fuckin prick sewankambo 1 points ago in ScottishPeopleTwitter

    Do other Unions like the US go by popular vote for their leadership? For example, does the EU elect by popular vote EU or does it grant state representation votes by a ratio of population? I assumed the EU functions by representative vote, but with all the shit talking on representative vote, maybe it is by popular vote and the few larger nation's run the table by popular vote?