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    I knew that at one point, you could have opted...

    I knew that at one point, you could have opted out. And I knew about AKs ethically dubious ways to get around it. I was just trying to summarize in two sentences WA's new program which I thought was...
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    With the State plan, you only have to pay from...

    With the State plan, you only have to pay from your W-2 income. So if you retire at 65, you no longer need to pay where as with the private plan, you have to keep paying for the rest of your life...
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    I looked at staying in (not opting out) as doing...

    I looked at staying in (not opting out) as doing my part for the greater good. Opting out would have required to pay some insurance company premiums for the rest of my life (because if you stop...
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    Yes, but the deadline to opt out is Nov 1 and I...

    Yes, but the deadline to opt out is Nov 1 and I was told several weeks ago that even if you wanted to opt out you wouldn't be able to get a private policy in time before the deadline. And after that...
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    Best Mexican food in the state is La Tarasca in...

    Best Mexican food in the state is La Tarasca in Centralia. Family run, all from Michoacαn. Grandma does all the cooking. Woman are servers and help in the kitchen, the men built all the furniture in...
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    Washington's new state run long term care...

    Washington's new state run long term care insurance program (nursing home) goes into effect soon. The state will levy a 0.58% payroll tax on all W-2 workers with no income limit, and no ability to...
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    Washington State Patrol's overall vaccination...

    Washington State Patrol's overall vaccination numbers are above 93% though, not that bad particularly compared to say, Chicago Police, where one third are refusing. That 127 number above includes 53...
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    Even if a parent has the time and money to take...

    Even if a parent has the time and money to take care of their kid full time until they are 5, the kid would benefit from some kind of early childhood education program, even if it is only part time...
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    10% of WSU employees being unvaccainated doesn't...

    10% of WSU employees being unvaccainated doesn't mean 10% were fired today (the deadline for the state employee mandate). Some of those 10% have received one shot and per labor negotiations, are...
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    Washington State University football coach, Nick...

    Washington State University football coach, Nick Rolovich, was fired for refusing to get vaccinated. He was the highest paid public employee in the state ($3.2 million a year). 90 percent of WSU...
  11. Thread: portland

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    Portland's year over year Case Shiller home price...

    Portland's year over year Case Shiller home price increase in July was 19.2%. Chicago? 0.3%, below their 2006 peak. So obviously most people still think Portland isn't a bad place to live.

    I was...
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    This chart from that KFF study seems to support...

    This chart from that KFF study seems to support what Zeynep Tufekci concluded.

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    Also, Zeynep Tufekci is a highly respected science writer. She has regular pieces in both the NYTimes and...
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    If you think Zillow is able to manipulate the...

    If you think Zillow is able to manipulate the market by owning 3,800 homes, what do you think about the 80,000 homes owned by BalckRock?
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    Have you tried going to places where Hispanics...

    Have you tried going to places where Hispanics actually live, like Kent, Auburn, South Tacoma?



    That's because there is no state income tax.
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    Everyone loves Dicks! ...

    Everyone loves Dicks!

    https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/gatesdicks1-944x1260.png
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    Shouldn't have used the word "diverse" and...

    Shouldn't have used the word "diverse" and instead said most white and least black. Bellevue is actually now the largest minority majority city in Washington, but that's just because of all the H1b...
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    This is the study the NYTimes cites for the...

    This is the study the NYTimes cites for the stance that lack of healthcare is the biggest factor in predicting who is unvaccinated:
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    If there is a Seattle freeze, you can't blame...

    If there is a Seattle freeze, you can't blame long term residents as most have already been priced out of the city. Seattle, like other booming metropolises in the West, is now just an endless stream...
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    Except rock glaciers are much less susceptible to...

    Except rock glaciers are much less susceptible to climate change since they are embedded in layers of rock. Rock glaciers are basically what a glacier becomes after it melts. Loose rock and sediment...
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    I bought the Vevor Pizza Oven grill lid recently...

    I bought the Vevor Pizza Oven grill lid recently and have been pretty happy with the results. Use it to cook pizzas on the grill and get an even hotter temp (not sure exactly what I can get it to,...
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    US ranks 45th in the world for vaccination at the...

    US ranks 45th in the world for vaccination at the moment, Canada is 12. So despite your experience in rural BC, looking at the big picture, this corroborates the finding that the most powerful...
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    The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think ...

    The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think

    Almost 95 percent of those over 65 in the United States have received at least one dose. This is a remarkable number, given that polling has shown that...
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    Denali National Park road closed until at least...

    Denali National Park road closed until at least 2023.

    The dirt road passes Polychrome Pass, where park scientists have discovered that a rocky glacier lies underneath the dirt. Warming...
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    This pretty much sums it up Santa Cruz 389277...

    This pretty much sums it up
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  25. Thread: Wildfire 2021

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    Good photo of Slate peak from 1934 and 2013....

    Good photo of Slate peak from 1934 and 2013. Slate peak is right on the crest in Northern Washington, outside of the Methow Valley. Highest road in the state. Photo shows what the forests looked like...
  26. Thread: Wildfire 2021

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    So I am reading through that SacBee article and...

    So I am reading through that SacBee article and the linked studies, and UW ecologist Susan Prichard likens Hanson to a climate change denier. But then when you click on Prichard's own published...
  27. Thread: Wildfire 2021

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    So what are these scientists' who criticize...

    So what are these scientists' who criticize Hanson end game? They want to come up with millions, if not billions, of dollars from the federal government to fund an endless operation of thinning and...
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    I see Rogan being labeled as far-right or...

    I see Rogan being labeled as far-right or alt-right. I'm no Rogan expert, but my impression is (other than COVID) he is more of a far left populist a la Sanders, Gabbard, and Yang. And this form of...
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    If anyone is interested, here is the standard,...

    If anyone is interested, here is the standard, boilerplate special use permit that the Forest Service uses for all ski areas leasing forest service land. Buried in there is the equation they use to...
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    https://www.brickunderground.com/sites/default/fil...

    https://www.brickunderground.com/sites/default/files/styles/new_inline_image_xl/public/hot%20tub%20.webp
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    Where's the false equivalence police on this one?

    Where's the false equivalence police on this one?
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    Reminds me of my favorite Canadian punk rock...

    Reminds me of my favorite Canadian punk rock song:




    https://youtu.be/I5YZ7FELtCI
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    Rogan haters, other than his position on COVID...

    Rogan haters, other than his position on COVID related issues, why do you hate Joe Rogan? He describes himself as Democrat on everything except gun control. Here's one journalists' description of...
  34. I can't think of anywhere in the US, in the last...

    I can't think of anywhere in the US, in the last 50 years, where the Forest Service leased public land to a private company to build overnight lodging. There are some historic cabins on Lake...
  35. Regarding Stevens, I assume they are 100% hydro...

    Regarding Stevens, I assume they are 100% hydro powered as half the resort is in Chelan County (Chelan PUD) and the giant power lines on the backside go straight to Rocky Reach dam.
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    Depends on the National Forest. There is almost...

    Depends on the National Forest. There is almost no trail building going on in the National Forest in Washington (but that's another subject).

    Somewhere along the line skiing got lumped in with...
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    That's like saying Bezos doesn't control Amazon....

    That's like saying Bezos doesn't control Amazon. There is a reason Wyden wrote that letter to John. Not sure who the CEO is but their website says "John Cumming is POWDR’s founder and chairman."
  38. Ya, I shouldn't have implied that PSE built the...

    Ya, I shouldn't have implied that PSE built the town. But the town would have died off into oblivion in 1998 but for wealthy people in Washington and Oregon, who are oblivious as to where their...
  39. Colstrip may have been named back in the era when...

    Colstrip may have been named back in the era when coal was celebrated. But since 1998, PSE has been part owner of Colstrip and burns coal there to provide energy to Washington and Oregon (in 2015, 60...
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    We Accidentally Solved the Flu. Now What? Each...

    We Accidentally Solved the Flu. Now What?

    Each year, on average, the flu sickens roughly 30 million Americans and kills more than 30,000. However, during the 2020–21 flu season, the US recorded...
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    I thought Gupta's summary of Rogan was spot on:

    I thought Gupta's summary of Rogan was spot on:
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    Hawaii is no longer requiring tests for those...

    Hawaii is no longer requiring tests for those with proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated children under 5 who are traveling with vaccinated parents don't even need a COVID test. This policy makes sense...
  43. Does it even matter if a ski area claims it...

    Does it even matter if a ski area claims it operates on renewable energy? Reminds me of the situation with Microsoft, who was demanding renewable energy from Puget Sound Energy. PSE gave it to...
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    John Cumming was born with a silver spoon shoved...

    John Cumming was born with a silver spoon shoved up his ass. His daddy, Ian, has a Harvard MBA and founded what is now called Jefferies Financial Group, an $87 billion investment bank. In the history...
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    The Special Use Permit for ski areas that lease...

    The Special Use Permit for ski areas that lease from the Forest Service is incredibly brief and vague (see exact language below). It doesn't tell ski areas what price they can charge. It doesn't tell...
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    How is this different than congestion pricing on...

    How is this different than congestion pricing on toll roads, which are present all over the US?...
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    Where was Ron when Oregonian co Pape sold out to...

    Where was Ron when Oregonian co Pape sold out to Powdr? Is he cool with $100+ lift tickets?
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    Fuck lessons and their outrageous prices. Ice...

    Fuck lessons and their outrageous prices. Ice skate. Roller blade. Watch videos of Mikaela Shiffrin ski slalom and GS (speed events are for people who don't know how to turn). Watch ski racing drill...
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    Native_American_Graves_Protection_and_Repatriation...

    Native_American_Graves_Protection_and_Repatriation_Act
  50. He was elected as Vice President of the NBA...

    He was elected as Vice President of the NBA union. He has strong respect of the fellow players. Simmons does not. That guy is a quitter and the true cancer. You can't just not play for your team. Ok...
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