Weekly Open Thread (2015-01-26)

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Here is your open thread for the week of January 26th, 2015. You may post random links and off-topic discussions here. Also, if you have an idea or a topic you’d like to see covered in an article, please make it known.

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


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    Blurtman says:

    Where the 1% live: http://grandridgedrive.com.

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    RE: Blurtman @

    LOL Blurtman

    The rich elite don’t need backyards or land (5500 SF Lot for $8-900K); how generous [lol]….just use your Homeowners Association fee [$1k/MO?] to keep Central Park mowed and weeded….make sure your blinds are closed for privacy from snoopy rich elite neighbors…the recreational age 21 stores will sell you plenty of product to alleviate the no land stress.

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    Blurtman says:

    WA state is one of the top states for a measure of wealth inequality. It is among the top ten states ranked by the share of total growth captured by the top 1 percent in 2009-2012.

    Jeepers, what would Kshama Sawant say?


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    pfft says:

    Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

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    Blurtman says:

    Residents sue developers in Sammamish:


    Drainage issues fuel residents’ lawsuit against city
    January 27, 2015
    By Tom Corrigan
    From his home on 214th Avenue Southeast, Robert Morrison claims he has seen about 200 homes go up on the Sammamish plateau in the last five years or so.
    And while he doesn’t say he wants to stop progress, Morrison does say there are problems being created by all those still-new homes, not to mention the additional residences on their way.
    According to Morrison and the other 25 or so members of a group calling themselves Plateau Residents for Responsible Development, the problems are bad enough that they have banded together and filed a lawsuit against the city and Bellevue developers Murray Franklyn, LLC, mostly over what residents argue is poor and allegedly even illegal placement of proposed drainage pipes for the two developments.

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    Courtesy Rhonda Porter on Facebook, this Conan/Marshawn/Gronk video is great (but also some rather extreme video game violence).


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    pfft says:

    34-17 Patriots.

    Anyone else want to predict the score?

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    Blurtman says:

    I can only assume that Darrell Bevell bet large on New England.

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    Seahawks Gave the Game Away

    Lynch would likely of scored the TD, but the alternative QB pass into a gang of pass defenders in the end zone was not only stupid, it was an embarrassment. The Seahawks aren’t the team they were last year and I expect a worse team next year.

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    RE: softwarengineer @ – The play was stupid, and a good example of why I don’t like to predict things. Who would have predicted they wouldn’t give the ball to Lynch on second down at the end of a game with him having been able to pick up a yard or two after contact all game long, and having a time out in their pocket?

    But I have to disagree that they are a worse team, but they do need to replenish their receiving corps. I suspect they would have held on to Tate if they’d realized what a cancer Percy Harman was.

    Really too bad they didn’t win, because Chris Mathews being the MVP would have been a great story.

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    Blurtman says:

    RE: softwarengineer @ – Yes, a ridiculous call and Carroll’s explantation was worse. He said the worst that happens is they burn a play. Uh, no.

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    Blurtman says:

    One more handoff to Lynch, the sport’s most determined and hard-charging runner, and the Seahawks would be repeat Super Bowl champions. Brady, Belichick and the Patriots would be three-time Super Bowl losers since the last of their three Super Bowl victories at the end of the 2004 season.

    But that next handoff to Lynch never came. The most viable alternative to one more carry for Lynch — a fake to Lynch and a run to the perimeter by quarterback Russell Wilson — didn’t happen. Instead, the Seahawks inexplicably attempted a pass. Patriots rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler made a break on the football, got in front of wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and made the interception of Wilson’s throw with 20 seconds to play.


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    Okay, I’ll say one more thing too. I do thing being beat up hurt the LOB, because they were simply not hitting as hard on their tackles.

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