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Jun 19, 2016 Raven333 commented on There's Always an English Professor in the House.
How so? Both questions request a location. One just uses a pointless, redundant word to do so.
Jun 17, 2016 Raven333 commented on There's Always an English Professor in the House.
I don't go out of my way to correct someone's grammar (unless they're pontificating on how intelligent they are in a post full of errors) but I confess; I silently judge you if you don't know the difference between there, their and they're or frequently end sentences in a preposition ("where are you?" is a complete sentence. No need for an "at"). If you're comfortable with your mastery of English, don't worry about it.
Jun 16, 2016 Raven333 commented on Do Some Research, PLEASE.
The cost of housing is simply out of sync with wages and the other costs of living. Lenders and landlords still use the old formulas which assume housing costs of more than 30-33% of income rules a perspective buyer or renter out, even though half of renters in Portland pay 70% or more if their income on housing and most, buyers or renters, shell out more than 30-33%.

That can render housing "unaffordable" even for those who CAN , in real life, "afford" it, having adapted to the reality of costlier housing. I just moved and barely squeaked by the income requirement for my new apartment, even though it rents for less than I was paying, I live frugally and have few other debts/bills, and save a significant amount monthly. For the same reason, I wasn't able to secure funding to buy, despite having 10% down in the bank, good credit, and a demonstrated ability to make the payments.

Yes, we need higher wages, but we also need to bring housing costs back into some semblance of rational relationship to the general cost of living. Otherwise, wages will never rise enough to keep up.

Jun 5, 2016 Raven333 commented on I Have All Kinds of Friends on FB.
They swallow misinformation which fits their biases as truth. The sky is a different color in their world. Fortunately, there are a hell of a lot more of "us" than there are of "them".
Jun 5, 2016 Raven333 commented on Think of the Children!.
At least we didn't add another neurotoxin (flouride) to their drinking water.
May 22, 2016 Raven333 commented on Anyone Never Fooled by the Press Raise Your Hand.
As an unaffiliated, progressive voter who switched my registration to vote for Sanders, I will have no problem voting for Clinton if she is the eventual candidate. I prefer Sanders, but am old and wise enough to realize that his run may prove to be more about pushing the party and the eventual candidate further to the left...flexing the muscles of the progressive base, as it were..than about "winning". It sends a powerful message to the "establishment" (of which Clinton is decidedly a part) that they ignore the progressive base and its issues at their peril. Sander's success in terms of the popular vote will have lasting impacts on the party, shifting it further left after decades of it tilting right in response to an extreme right-wing.

And the "media" only controls us to the degree we are functionally illiterate.

May 22, 2016 Raven333 commented on Hello My Name is Benny and I'm a Transplant.
Without transplants, Portland would never have become the cool, "weird" place it did. Face it; some of the best things about this town came from elsewhere (including the "Keep Portland Weird" slogan, which was a gift from one indie record store owner in Austin to another in Portland).

I came here from Austin in 1991. Both kids were born here (anchor babies?;) I've lived all over this town since and it's all Portland...in fact, nowadays, MOST of Portland lives beyond NE 82nd. I saw the same bullshit happen in Austin, with spiraling housing costs and the Mc-fication of everything. It happens. They eventually figure out how awesome a certain place and way of life is and rush in to ruin it. Die yuppie scum. I totally agree. But see, we came here and lived and had our artsy business in inner NE back when it was the 'hood. Don't blame us for the subsequent gentrification; we were priced out like everyone else.

Truth be told, the current housing crisis (which I am caught square in the middle of) is being perpetrated more by LOCALS than by transplants. Natives/locals taking advantage of the influx of interest and funds to jack up rents and asking prices and/or to buy up the few remaining affordable units of housing for a quick flip at 3 times the price.

This too shall pass. And Portland (and those of us, native or transplant) who love this place will still be here. Maybe a little further out from the red-hot center, but here. And still keeping it weird.