March 14th, 2018


Good News

Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

Raising the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

Here's a discussion about how subminimum wages subject tipped workers to abuse.

Tips are not wages.  Tips are a bonus for really nice work.  It is not the customer's job to pay the employees.  It is not the taxpayer's job either.  It is the employer's job to pay workers a living wage.  The minimum wage must be the minimum for everyone, or it's not really a minimum wage. It's just a threshold for people society actually values, like men and able-bodied folks.

Story: "A Malice of Intent"

This story is the piece of bonus material for the March 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl making its $300 goal. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows the stories "Kitchen Conniptions," "Cooking Up Complications," and "Chaotic Complications" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.

Warning: This story contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features angst, delivery of bad news, malicious gossip, false accusations of paternity and also statutory rape since Maia is sixteen and Boss White is middle-aged, past unwelcome advances, potential legal issues with threat to bodily integrity, willingness to use questionable methods to avoid such threats, implications of past mad science torture, and other challenges. But for the most part, Shiv is serving well and you can see why Boss White wants to promote him. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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