Jul 29, 2016
commented on Science News: Jill Stein Down With Some Pseudoscience, Cougars Could Save Human Lives by Eating Deer but They Might Eat Some of Us Too
This is part the current Green Party platform on health care"...Chronic conditions are often best cured by alternative medicine. We support the teaching, funding and practice of holistic health approaches and, as appropriate, the use of complementary and alternative therapies such as herbal medicines, homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and other healing approaches..."
The first sentence is utterly reprehensible. And if and if someone comes to me talking about magic water or bear bile, I'm kindly going to ask them the get the fuck out of here with that shit. I'd love American politics to steer further left but I have no interest in upping the Green Party's presence on the political scene.
Jun 27, 2016
commented on Game of Thrones Recap! Kingdom Come in "The Winds of Winter"
Yes, the armada was coming from Dorne. Or at least a Westerosi fleet met Dany and the Greyjoys at sea - there were Highgarden and Sunspear sigils on some of those sails.
Obviously the storytelling in not linear, so Varys popping up doesn't bother me, but I do wish the show did a better job of acknowledging it.
Sep 16, 2015
commented on The Last Days Crisis Is Over (for Me)
Last Days has always been my absolute favorite part The Stranger. Thank you for the WTF and schadenfreude-filled laughs your column often brought. You somehow managed to be deeply humane throughout it all. Best wishes.
Sep 15, 2015
commented on I Am Confused and Just Got Hung Up on by the Seattle School District
Three thing need to happen in order to suspend - not end - the strike (I apologize in advance for the liberal use of acronyms):
1. The bargaining team accepts the Tentative Agreement (TA) - done
2. The SEA Board recommends the TA - done
3. The representative assembly (RA) recommends the TA - not done, in progress now
If all three things happen the strike will be suspended until the general assembly (GA) votes. The GA could ratify the TA, ending the strike or reject it. Then the strike will either resume or the GA will agree to work while negotiations continue.
It's bizarre that Stacy Howard says the GA will vote tomorrow since a)The RA hasn't recommended to the GA yet and b) My source says that the GA will happen, if it happens, on the 20th (it takes a few days to book a venue large enough). The strike could resume on Monday if the GA rejects the TA.
The impression that union leadership has had of SPS during this negotiation is that they are utterly clueless and unprepared. This phone conversation continues to drive this impression home.
Sep 15, 2015
commented on Hold Up! The School Strike Is NOT OVER
The SEA bargaining team, made up of teachers, subs, paraprofessionals, etc., did reach a tentative agreement with SPS. If the SEA Board and Representative Assembly agree with the bargaining team, it's likely back to work Thursday, even before the general membership votes.
There is a chance that the strike will resume, but there's a lot of trust in the bargaining team, so I have hope that that chance is very slim.