Dec 30, 2015 stuckie commented on 21st Century Ghetto Blasting on a Metro Bus.
Aug 17, 2015 stuckie commented on City Council Agrees to Let Voters Decide on Turning the Viaduct into a Park, but Isn’t Happy About It.
Totally confused here: Is the viaduct safe, or isn't it?

If YES - do nothing. If it makes financial sense to keep digging an "express" version of 99, awesome. If not, just stop.

If NO - take it down. Preferably now, rather than digging out its foundation first.

I'm HOPING the only situation in which we're even CONSIDERING this idea is one where SOME of it is unsafe and SOME of it isn't, and the unsafe stuff is unable to be fixed, but we could strategically remove the unsafe stuff and keep the safe parts... in which case... sure. Do that. Some millionaire condo owners get better views, others get access to an awesome park. All the millionaires see their assets appreciate.

Where's Dominic on this?
May 12, 2015 stuckie commented on I’m a Server and I Think We Should Keep Tips.
I wonder how this article is any different from "I am a homeowner and I think we should not increase property taxes," or "I am 65 and think we should keep the same age for Social Security benefits".

(Or even: "I am a black female and think we should keep gender and race-based scholarships." Which is to say, regardless of its rightness or wrongness, selfishness or fairness, the sentiment that someone might want to keep a system that helps them ought to be unsurprising)

i.e. Aside from providing another web page onto which people can funnel their VERY STRONG OPINIONS ON TIPPING, I'm not sure how this is news, or even remotely interesting or unpredictable information. At least the other server was musing an unusual-in-its-lack-of-direct-self-interest perspective. Yes, this particular arbitrary-but-broken system gets you more money money right now at the expense of the rest of the staff where you work. And you get to be the nice person who because you're so nice choose to tip out the Back of House employees with your unequal share. But that doesn't make it fair.

Caveat: all this is, at its root, a function of the fact that 70% of Americans are trying to squeeze by with something like 9% of the country's wealth, and in situations like that, you're naturally going to have a lot of infighting as the barely-getting-by resent having to split more equitably with the not-quite-getting by. Financial instability is a bitch for everyone, but this issue needs to be dealt with at a macro level. There's no "tipping solution" that's going to fix our country's economic polarization problem. (we can't even referendum a Millionaire Tax around here)

A higher base wage, though, is probably the "least bad option" for the greatest number of people until we can make these bigger changes.
Apr 22, 2015 stuckie commented on Conservative Groups: If We Let Gay People Get Married, Then Straight People Will Abort All Their Babies.
OK. First off, I agree with (pretty much) all of you.

But I also DO understand the underlying mentality of those promoting ideas like this. When people see behaviors as categorized into "things that are a sin unto God" and "things that aren't", suddenly there are correlations everywhere that "just make sense" to those who innately see these particular connections.

i.e. If legally sanctioning gay marriage is a slap in the face of God's Will, people will start to think it's OK to subvert ANYTHING we think of as moral righteousness if it makes our lives more inconvenient (e.g. abortions).

Normalizing any "sin" is a slippery slope or "gateway drug" to any other kind of sin. In this mindset, gay marriage is just another in an endless series of fights against Satan's influence, a fight which we simply CANNOT LOSE for some reason, even though theoretically all you have to do is be personally righteous and then whenever you die you get endless reward, even if this present world devolves into Sodom and Gomorrah.

But that's neither here nor there.
Apr 21, 2015 stuckie commented on Woo Girls Get Some Wheat Paste: What Does This Poster Really Mean?.
Serious question: is there ANY square block in SoDo zoned for housing?
Apr 15, 2015 stuckie commented on Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Highlights the Income Disparity Among Restaurant Staff.
"I am not one of those people working as a cashier at McDonald's at the age of thirty. Those people do not deserve $15/hour, and I am not going to apologize for saying that. If you're that big a loser, you should be in poverty. I do not want to live in a city that does not believe in personal responsibility. If they want more money, they should do what I did: earn a raise or get a better job. "

A few questions:
1) What do you believe a "living wage" to be, and which of the following would you say it ought to include? (Rent/mortgage/furniture/appliances? Utilities? Periodic clothing budget?Telephone? Computer/internet? TV? Food? Car/gas/insurance/repairs to get to one's job? Health insurance premiums and copays? Minimum payments on college or consumer debt? Holiday gifts for family or friends? Emergency savings? Enough flex to take advantage of bulk-buying discounts or potential investments? [gasp] Seeing a movie or going out for a beer once a year?)
2) Do you genuinely believe that those people who work minimum wage jobs (like people who could only find work at McDonalds) are doing so because they believe it to be "easier" work than, for instance, an office job?
3) How much do people scrubbing toilets, scalding themselves on deep-fryers, and doing hours upon hours of rush-hour manual labor deserve? (feel free to answer "as a proportion of your answer to #1")
4) Do you believe there are enough jobs out there for everyone (the disabled, the poor, the mentally-challenged, the routinely-discriminated-against) to earn a living wage (#1), and/or do you believe that all laborers, if they worked hard enough at their jobs, would be able to ask for and receive a raise to what you believe to be an acceptable minimum wage?
5) It seems that you are certain (based on your article) that a CEO "works harder" than a McDonalds line cook (for instance), or other manual laborers - a conclusion I have issue with, considering the apples-to-oranges nature of the work, but using whatever method YOU use to calculate the relative "hardness" of work, do you believe that the average CEO works over 300x harder than their average employee?
Apr 8, 2015 stuckie commented on Restaurant Servers Say Eliminating Tips May Hurt Wait Service.
HATE this headline. Not one person interviewed said "Eliminating Tips May Hurt Wait Service", just that they are afraid that their bottom line might be affected, which, depending on how each restaurant decides to handle the process, may either be true or not, so everyone in the comments uses their innate level of skepticism or faith in humanity to guess.

Cheat sheet:
Some restaurants will use this as an excuse to raise prices.
Some restaurants will use this as an excuse to help equalize wages between the front and back of the house at cost to either the servers or the customers, who either will or won't accept that and will either quit or stop going.
Apr 8, 2015 stuckie commented on If We Want Better Conditions for Low-Wage Workers, Should We Get Rid of Tips?.
The real question here is, from a finite pool of money, is it fair that servers earn 2-3x as much as everyone else in a restaurant [because of a weird arbitrary shadow economy of tipouts and schmoozing that encourages gender and racial profiling]?

It's easy to sidestep this question by essentially accusing businesses of trying to "steal tip money from the hardworking servers" - as though they're putting that money into their own pockets rather than using it to pay the rest of the staff a living wage and pass on as much of the rest of the cost as the market will allow.

I get that serving and bartending is hard work, and that the real, broader issue is income inequality at a macro level, and when 50% of the country has 1.1% of the wealth, anything that shifts money from the "barely making it" to the "not even making it" is going to cause a lot of fuss. (see Obamacare). But until we can tackle the larger problems, this actually does seem more "fair" to me.
Apr 8, 2015 stuckie commented on If We Want Better Conditions for Low-Wage Workers, Should We Get Rid of Tips?.
I honestly don't see what the fuss is about. The $15 minimum wage is not about making sure those who already take home $25/hr make more, and a mandatory 8% service charge, if applied in a way that bridged the gap between average tips and the new higher wage, seems like net zero (i.e. no income loss) for servers and a huge gain for everyone else working in the kitchen currently shafted by the tipping paradigm. (plus, the guests don't have to have the end of their meal ruined with math and/or an arbitrary assessment of a person's humanity)

For those who say service will suffer if tips are eliminated -->
For those who say women will be disproportionately affected -->

For those who say minorities will be disproportionately affected -->