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Jun 27 rara avis 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.
May 13 rara avis commented on I, Anonymous.
Sucks to your ass-mar!
Apr 22 rara avis commented on Ted Cruz Salivates Over Toilet Troubles.
Maybe show these kids some love: http://westseattleblog.com/2016/04/video…

Republicans continue to lose the future.
Mar 14 rara avis commented on The Morning News: This Windstorm is Scary, But At Least It's Pi-Day.
I still remember this morning, thinking "What the fuck is going on over at KUOW?". I was so happy that others took notice too. Congrats, Anna King.

Sep 16, 2015 rara avis 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 rara avis commented on I Am Confused and Just Got Hung Up on by the Seattle School District.
@11 Not done! Suspended but not over until the General Assembly votes on Sunday. I'm hearing a lot of grumblings about how mediocre the tentative agreement is given the wide support for the strike.
Sep 15, 2015 rara avis 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 rara avis 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.
Sep 4, 2015 rara avis commented on Seattle Teachers Unanimously Vote to Strike; Negotiations with School District Will Continue.
@17 Attitudes like yours are the reason we still, thankfully, have unions.

@14 Teachers are, in effect, seasonal workers. Though our monthly checks are spread throughout the year because part of salary is withheld (basically a no-interest loan to ourselves), we are paid for the 180-something days of the school year. Period. Holidays, breaks and summers are all mandatory unpaid leave. This isn't a problem, just a misconception that needs clearing up.

Pay is an issue in this contract negotiation, but it is far from the only issue. The district didn't even bother to show up to the bargaining table much of the time, then dropped their rejections of union proposals, with no feedback or counter-proposals, and the additional, uncompensated 1/2 hour to the work day one week before the deadline. The fact they have have no desire to fix the fact that majority white, north-end elementary schools get 45 minutes of recess, while minority south-end schools get 15 in unbelievable to me. They've demonstrated an utter disregard for their employees and students alike.