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Apr 7, 2015 whatthewhat commented on Restaurant Servers Say Eliminating Tips May Hurt Wait Service.
I love that we're now having a whole debate about minimum wage that's oriented around what's best for waitstaff at Canlis. Canlis is not a minimum wage type of place with tipping, and if tipping goes away it will still not be. I'm sure the owners understand that. Fortunately, this is a minimum wage and not a wage cap for waitstaff.

The point is from the consumer side it matters little whether there's tipping or prices rise and tipping goes away. We're paying either way.
Mar 11, 2015 whatthewhat commented on I Was the MFA Student Who Made Ryan Boudinot Cry.
@15 for the win. Sure, everyone who wants to should be allowed to take recreational writing classes. That should be clearly distinct from professional training.

That 50 year old newly minted ballerina isn't going to be a professional dancer, and no serious conservatory would force their teachers to pretend otherwise. And that is fine! I take dance classes for the joy it brings me, and have for decades. But I'm not a professional dancer, will never be one, don't expect people to pretend otherwise, and don't take out student loans for classes. It's closer to a gym membership than an MFA program.
Feb 27, 2015 whatthewhat commented on Is King County about to Embarrass Seattle on Paid Parental Leave?.
Maternity/parental leave as a paid vacation is a hilarious idea. What could ever BE more vacation-like than taking care of a newborn who eats every two hours around the clock?
Feb 10, 2015 whatthewhat commented on From the Dept. of "No Shit": Obama Never Opposed Same-Sex Marriage.
Worst kept secret ever, but its nice for David Axelrod to officially take the blame.

Excellent political kabuki on everyone's part, and we got the benefit of the President role modeling that it was okay to change your mind on gay marriage.
Jan 23, 2015 whatthewhat commented on One-Night Count Shows 21 Percent Increase in Homelessness in King County.
The shelter (and transitional housing) counts are similar from year to year, plus whatever new beds have been added, because the shelters are full. So, the sheltered count will be just over 6000, as it was last year, for a total of almost 10,000 people.
Jan 23, 2015 whatthewhat commented on Cops Can Choke Black People for Free in New York City.
What the what? Why is this surprising? The city is his employer, so the family is suing the employer. This is standard in every city, town, etc., and is not in any way limited to the public sector. Just recently in the news - the family of the comedian who passed away in the accident with Tracy Morgan settled with Walmart, because they were hit by a Walmart delivery driver. They sued Walmart, not the family of the delivery driver himself.

The fact that New York sets aside this money to pay for civil rights violations by the police just shows how justified Garner's family is in suing the city - they need to provide adequate supervision to the police. If New Yorkers don't like this (and as a former New Yorker, I can assure you that most of them don't) they need to elect people who will provide better civilian oversight of the department. I think they've taken a first step in that direction with De Blasio.
Dec 8, 2014 whatthewhat commented on The Morning News: SPD Officer Who Punched a Handcuffed Woman in the Back of a Police Car Won't Be Charged.
@13, it's already played out - King County prosecutors will not bring charges.

SPD could still fire the guy (ha!) for being unprofessional.
Sep 25, 2014 whatthewhat commented on Does the Mayor's Housing Affordability Committee Include Anyone Displaced by Rising Rents?.
So, people of color are under-represented on the committee, which is a concern, but Andrew Lofton shouldn't be on it because the SHA rent proposal is controversial, even though he is a both a person of color and (as the Director of SHA) the person with probably the most say over low income housing in Seattle.

Sounds logical.
Aug 6, 2014 whatthewhat commented on The Children of Mass Transit: Seattle Has Lots of Growing to Do.
If you see something, say something.

Frankly, it doesn't look like that bag is really in anyone's way. But, if you wanted to flip that bench down to sit, you should just ask/tell her to move the bag. There's no need to be rude about it - she might be a mass transit rookie. There's also no need to silently stew about it.

Since you're such a big city guy, be a good role model to the rest of us Seattlelite children and quickly and politely address the problem in the moment.
Jul 30, 2014 whatthewhat commented on Why I'm Done With the Democrats: The Blood Is Too Much.
Wait till you see the blood that comes from not voting...

We've actually been trying the experiment of having many likely Democratic and other left-leaning voters not vote for quite some time now. Suffice it to say it doesn't seem to be advancing your foreign policy aims.