Some other sucker's dime.
Fri Sep 1, 2017 10:06am

Cheyenne Mountain is home of NORAD. Over the last three decades, developers built mostly large scale, mansionesque homes on the eastern flank of the mountain, adjacent to the wealthy area of the Broadmoor. Broadmoor is stable. The slopes on which those developers built is a large, well known rock glacier land slip. The mountain is very slowly avalanching itself. Every house built there is doomed.

The area is hugely GOP dominated. Foundations crack, walls crack, driveways crack, streets crack, and every year the cracks grow wider and more serious. The developers were warned against building there, and they ignored it. Believed they'd be long gone before accountability would be required. They're long gone. But accountability isn't here yet either, because the republicans who live there live in denial. They patch the cracks and pretend it isn't happening. Land values and house values are more expensive than ever. People sell, others buy for more, and nobody has yet lost a house to condemnation or collapse. That is inevitable... but the GOP way is for that to be on some other sucker's dime.

Every house in this image is being torn apart by the geologic forces.

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    • Some other sucker's dime. — Pikes, Fri Sep 1 10:06am
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