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Aug 20, 2015 Enigma commented on State Supreme Court Upholds SeaTac's Minimum Wage Law.
If you fly with Alaska, let them know your stance on this issue.
I sent this through their Feedback Form: https://www.alaskaair.com/feedback?lid=f…

"I was heartened to read about the Washington State Supreme Court uphold the ordinance that airline workers deserve a $15 hourly wage based on the ordinance passed two years ago. Though that gladness was tempered by the statement from your spokesperson, Bobbie Egan, made about "appropriate next steps".
Those next steps should include back pay to the employees effected by this decision. These are workers who most directly impact the journey of the customers you claim is your paramount concern. That 20 minute bag guarantee requires baggage handlers to work at their most efficient- something that's hard to do when you're worried about rent, food, or maybe clothes for your kids. A living wage for people who clean, refuel, and take care of the mobility challenged should be a given, not subject to a court battle.
For the most part, I like Alaska Airlines as a company. I have been treated well over the past 10+ years I've been a customer, but I think twice about doing business with a company that thinks it's front-line workers don't deserve to be actual employees, let alone be paid a living wage.
According to financial news, Alaska Airlines is doing quite well for itself: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Jour…
I'd like to see those profits pay for quality employees who want to come to work and give their best, knowing the company they work for values their service."
Jul 24, 2015 Enigma commented on Why We're Not Talking about Bernie vs. Hillary: A Dialogue with Dan Savage and Rich Smith.
Wow, if Trump wins the nomination, I can see many on the fence Democrats suddenly excited for Bernie. I'm still sad Warren didn't decide to run, but I would like to live in a President Sanders kind of country.
Jun 25, 2015 Enigma commented on If You're Against Sex Work, You're a Bigot.
I'm curious about something @23. I understand you believe that the current state of the sex industry is highly misogynistic and should be destroyed to create a more equal society, but how does prohibition further that aim?

According to your diatribe, I should feel guilty that I chose to go into sex work in my 20's. I was out of college for a year, didn't feel like getting an office job or barista job or other mainstream service job, so I decided to start escorting. It was a choice made out of financial necessity, I don't come from money and needed to pay bills like everyone, but it was not something I was forced into over another line of service work. Or maybe I was just a dupe to the patriarchal system.

The lesson I took from my year or so in the industry was how extremely stressful it was due to the risk of being arrested, not anything to do with the actual work. I was fortunate to have good clients, partly due to the ability to screen potential clients and interactions with other escorts who traded information. And I understood what a privileged position I held in the industry, which made me angry at the system for perpetuating the prohibition, not from any of the men who contracted my services. If cops weren't busy trying to punish people for engaging in this business, women could better organize and create a safer system.

I don't claim that sex work is the "highest freedom" that feminism promises, but I do see full autonomy over my person as part of that highest freedom. And that includes being able to engage in sex for money.
Jun 24, 2015 Enigma commented on What Every Menstruating Woman Should Know.
I prefer the sea sponge, the cup never worked for me, plus it's more plastic that I like to avoid.

It's sad that different types of products still aren't discussed in health class.
Apr 22, 2015 Enigma commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Medievalist Schools Dan On Medieval Attitudes Toward Sex.
Historians, they're the best.
MEDIEVAL, thanks for the lesson. Slog would be a better place with more of this kind of thing.
Feb 2, 2015 Enigma commented on Seattle Seahawks Lose the Super Bowl. WHY? WHY WHY WHY?.
Thanks for this post, Spike. I'm not the biggest football fan, I watched only three games this season- the opener, the playoff game against GB, and yesterday, but it was great reading your coverage so I understood what my office mates were talking about. And what a great 3 games to experience.
Even with my lack of fandom though, I feel like the collective unconscious of the city crawled into my brain last night because every single dream I had was of that final catch. I watched it as Russell Wilson, I watched it as Jermaine Kearse, I watched it as a bird (a Seahawk?) flying over the players. Every time it woke me up and my heart felt heavy.

That being said, I am so ready to start baseball season and have my heart broken all over again by my beloved Mariners. I look forward to being able to participate in this comment thread for a sport I understand and love.
Feb 1, 2015 Enigma commented on Insufferable Blow-By-Blow Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX!.
Did Budwiser just run an ad insulting the microbrew community? After buying up a bunch of microbreweries?
Jan 26, 2015 Enigma commented on Senate Republicans Float Bill to Kill Bertha.
@19 I'd hope our legislators would make amendments or edits or whatever they need to do to make sure the project was shut down safely. I don't expect, but hope is always there.

And it's absurd to think that this project will doom other, lower-risk, transit projects. The Downtown Tunnel is proof that tunnels downtown can be done if they're planned correctly. Plus, Sound Transit has a much better track record than WSDOT, as evidenced my the slightly ahead of schedule and under-budget tunnel from downtown to U-Dist.
Supporting this boondoggle won't get us a transit tunnel any quicker, and may in fact waste funding that would be better spent improving our street grid, waterfront, and transit network.

I'm disappointed this bill was sponsored by out of town Republicans, but I will support almost any effort to stop throwing good money after bad for car infrastructure we don't need.
Jan 26, 2015 Enigma commented on Senate Republicans Float Bill to Kill Bertha.
You can comment on this bill, too.

Maybe if enough Seattlites support it, our stupid, stupid legislators will actually listen to us for one. Fear of losing their base seems to be the only thing that motivates them.
Jan 18, 2015 Enigma commented on An Insufferable Seahawks Championship Game LIVESLOG.
Lynch is doing well. My happiness builds. But my instinctual Seattle sports fan is hesitant to let myself feel it.