Apr 4, 2014
commented on Anita Will Quietly Piss You Off
Danielle, I was an adult (white male) at the time of the hearing and I watched it with the exact same thoughts you have expressed. You captured the feelings of the time (and since) exactly as I experienced them: anger, outrage, sadness, disgust.
I clearly remember feeling as if I was watching the harassment reenacted in the hearings as a panel of old white men tried to tear apart a young black woman who exhibited exceptional bravery and dignity. It felt like I was watching some sad movie from an earlier time when the country was overtly racist and felt no need to disguise their appalling behavior. I guess I now have the opportunity to watch the actual movie.
Thanks for a thoughtful post.
Apr 3, 2014
commented on Eh?! WHAT'D YOU SAY?! Guys, I Have Tinnitus
There was a carpenter who used to carry around a pin with him. It turned out that he had tinnitus for years and went an acupuncturist who just made it go away. He has kept the pin ever since and it had been many years at that point.
Hope it works for you Mike.
Mar 25, 2014
commented on Oregonian to Reporters: Post More and You Will be Paid More
Pretty common practice these days, although calculations based on pure output are pretty simplistic. The more sophisticated metrics for journalists include things like engagement (shares, clicks, comments, time) as well as traffic (pageviews, visits).
Most well run businesses have some way for management and the employee (ideally) to measure performance. If you pick the right metrics (a big if) then everyone can benefit.
There are a number of media companies looking to measure things like real-life impact rather than just popularity (did work change a vote, a perspective, a policy, raise a discussion in the community, cause someone to take action e.g. by volunteering or donating to a charity, etc.)
The Stranger clearly has a significant impact on a variety of topics from judges and politicians and policing to pot and minimum wage. It'd be interesting to know how much of an impact.
Mar 20, 2014
commented on 15 Now Was Starting to Sound Like Occupy
Excellent article. I was disappointed by Sawant's all-or-nothing approach because it seemed to abdicate real leadership in crafting a workable solution. The fact that she has started to carve out a real proposal speaks well of her. She has managed to add some nuance without sacrificing the clarity of the goal or the method of getting there. Kudos to her (and to you for the article).
Mar 19, 2014
commented on The Price of Seattle Progressivism Doesn't Need to Be So High
Eli, I'd expect better from you when writing about financial issues. This sentence at the beginning makes everything that comes after it suspect:
"a case can easily be made that all of these improvements will essentially pay for themselves through the social good they'll produce"
Last I looked "social good" was not an actual currency.
Mar 18, 2014
commented on Wonkette Drops the Snark to Beg Bernie Sanders to Run for President
According to Gallup (for what that's worth), the primary front-runner in Jan has only actually won the primary 40% of the time. So it's hardly a foregone conclusion.
Pushing Hillary to the left in the primary only hurts her chances in the general.
I was speaking to a Libertarian the other day who said he wants the Republicans to pick a tea party candidate. I said that I hoped they did too because he wouldn't stand a chance in the general election.
Carving out extreme positions on either side doesn't help get people elected and just makes it harder to actually govern when in power.
Mar 17, 2014
commented on Bill to Regulate Rideshare Companies and Cap Number of Active Drivers at 150 Passes Seattle City Council Unanimously
Not that it's an easy thing to solve, but it seems like limiting it around it's current level would have made more sense than downsizing other services enough to make them unreliable/useless i.e. stop them taking over the world until we get a better sense of the potential negative impact. This is just protecting the people who make buggy whips, inevitably they do not have a rosy future and while it makes sense to give them time to adapt, it doesn't make sense to try and preserve.
Mar 12, 2014
commented on Up for Debate in the $15 Minimum Wage Conversation
It's useful to summarize the likely areas of compromise/debate.
As much as I understand the desire to get to $15, I don't understand why it must happen in one jump. It's a huge leap that will have all kinds of repercussions that are hard to predict or manage.
Isn't is more responsible to take a quick but graduated approach that will allow businesses to adjust and the city to analyze the repercussions and make whatever adjustments are necessary along the way - i.e. changes to tax laws, regulations, definitions of a small business, etc.
Side note: I still don't understand who is meant to make the counter-proposal. Everyone mentions "the business community", but I'm not aware of a specific group who has been given the mandate to represent them.
So the only counter-offer I can see must be coming from the Mayor's office who I guess we are assuming will take a more nuanced approach based on the differing perspectives of the local businesses and their employees.
Mar 6, 2014
commented on A Restaurant Owner and a Socialist: An Exercise in Having a Good Conversation
It's unfortunate the the example you chose was Stowell. He confirms what everyone thinks about the whining restaurant people. He is rich. His restaurants are expensive and frankly overpriced. He could pay people more and raise his prices and if there were short term losses involved he could easily absorb them. In fact, the best argument for $15Now is the hope that it would stop him opening another restaurant.
I think one of the big disconnects in this whole discussion is whether being a waitperson is a profession or just a job that is designed as a stepping stone to something better. In many countries it is a profession. It is fairly well paid and the people who do the job do it with pride and panache.
I think we have to recognize that a large number of things we think of as just "jobs" are people's professions and maybe the reason we don't think of them that way and they don't perform that way (often) is because we denigrate them through poor pay.
I have no sympathy for Stowell's of this world - they should do better. But they are the exception to the average small business owner. I am, like most of us, for $15/hr but I recognize the need to phase it in (quickly) and to look at a very simple calculation of total compensation so that we end up in the right place with as few casualties as possible.
Ultimately, I'd like to see these jobs considered as professions and the people who perform them be treated with respect, have pride in their jobs and be paid a living wage.
Mar 6, 2014
commented on Last Night's Minimum Wage Town Hall: Where Do We Go from Here?
"Somewhere in there are the details, and the folks who say "Yes! We want to pay people fair wages! Here's how we think we can do it" are about to win this conversation in a meaningful and honest way.
We just aren't hearing much from them yet."
My question: Why isn't that person Sawant?
She wants people to make $15/hr and so do most of us. Most of us also realize that things like tips, commissions, healthcare, etc. can be part of that $15. We also realize that businesses need time to adjust their business models and prices and that their customer will also need time to absorb those potential price hikes.
Why can't Sawant be the person who leads this reasonable approach? Why does it have to be a fight with the business community or the Murray team?