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MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/20/17: WELCOME TO OCCUPIED AMERICA
Jan 19th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Life During (domestic) Wartime begins here with some vital guidance on making an effective, long-term opposition to bigotry and brutality, and many protest/reaction event listings. Plus: A lawsuit against encampment “sweeps;” a chance to end GOP control of the state Senate; and whither the band name “Thunderpussy”?

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/19/17: THE DAY BEFORE
Jan 18th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

One day to rest up, make plans, and enjoy the calm before the GOPocalypse. So read up today about those weird restaurant-inspection icons; a possible municipal lawsuit against OxyContin’s makers; politicians who want to ban wind farms; and a UW Muslim student on the activist front lines.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/18/17: THE LAST LEGGINGS
Jan 17th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

As American Apparel shuts down here and elsewhere, we look fashion-forward to discuss more attempts by GOP legislators to make the laws for (or rather, against) Seattle; a dispute among anti-inauguration marchers; diversifying Bellevue and its challenges; and a beloved local bar closes two years after it first said it would.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/17/17: ‘MAKE AMERICA AGAIN’
Jan 16th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

A local Af-Am activist says we shouldn’t try to go back to some perceived past golden age of the U.S., but to create a more equitable country at last. We also view MLK and pro-school-funding rallies; Boeing’s (and American industry and labor’s) racist past; a strange Amazon request to the FCC; and Seattle having one-quarter of the world’s very-richest people.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/16/17: TRUE FREEDOM
Jan 15th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

A local teen activist explains part of What Must Be Done this Martin Luther King Day. Additional glances today are paid at the still shrinking Eddie Bauer empire; lessons from our past about “how to deal with fascists;” a proposed “quiet zone” for orcas; and bike sharing’s death and non-resurrection.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/13/17: A SONG OF ICE
Jan 12th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Besides our big book announcement (see below), we’ve got word about the Snoqualmie River “ice circle”; local pols defending health care; an opioid near-death seen up close; the death of a transit advocate; and lots of MLK Weekend activities.

Now Out: WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?: A Northwest Noir Road Novel
Jan 12th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

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As promised for a few weeks now, here’s our big fiction project.

It’s the ERRATICA FICTION series.

Each short, enthralling book has different characters and settings, but similar themes: the meaning and weirdness of humanity in these United States, told with wry humor and precision prose.

Our already-published story THE MYRTLE OF VENUS is the first volume.

The second is out now: WHO AM I? WHY AM I HERE?

It’s the mysterious tale of an ordinary, clean-cut teenage boy, who learns he has the power to bring about the end of the world.

He ends up on the run from one group that wants his powers and then another.

His only ally is a world-weary girl/woman who seems to know more about him and his destiny than he does.

You can get it in tangible paperback form or the popular “ebook” format.

There will be at least three more ERRATICA FICTION volumes over the next year—two more short novels and a story collection.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/11/17: MURRE-LET ME TELL YA…
Jan 10th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Another endangered tree-dwelling critter is the locus of another call for protecting forest habitats. Further subjects in this installment include claims of “green” big-computing centers; a change at a local alt-media mainstay; light-rail station escalators still too-often broke; and a beloved Capitol Hill eatery dies (again).

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/10/17: ALL YESTERDAY’S TOMORROWS
Jan 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We finally have something to look forward to this year! (Two things, if you count the possibility of a little snow on Tuesday.) Additional topics include a local eco-activist’s part of a global effort to keep once-futuristic electronic gadgets out of dumps and landfills; the just-started and already deadlocked Legislature; how urban growth affects plant/animal evolution; and Teatro ZinZanni’s site getting sold off.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/9/17: JAYAPAL’S FIRST STAND
Jan 8th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Pramila Jayapal did her best to derail the Electoral College vote’s certification after it was already too late, alas. But it’s never too late to join the Resistance. Or to read today’s e-missive about the next stages in police reform; how and why white liberals should learn to “talk about race;” some “dangerously pure” street drugs; and treating depression with a video game.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/6/17: AS HE LAY DYING
Jan 5th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Video evidence shows that police-shooting victim Che Taylor was left to bleed on the ground for almost eight minutes. We also discuss a potentially misguided effort to industrialize a suburb; big sign-ups for the local Women’s March; a girls’ school adding boys (in a separate facility); Korean fashion coming to town; and the usual dozens of weekend activity listings.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/5/17: STUPID TROLL TRICKS
Jan 5th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

A local musician/artist became a trolling target during the ridiculously false (even more so than most) far-right conspiracy known as “pizzagate.” In more rational discourse, we explore the breakdown of bipartisanship in the Legislature (even before the session’s start); more complications toward police reform; Amazon’s apparel expansion; and another beloved local figure needing help.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/3/17: GOP-ACOLYPSE NOW?
Jan 2nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

As a safety-net-hostile, ethics-hostile Congress prepares to convene, we continue to focus on local stuff, including another dead orca; state Sen. Baumgartner’s latest power-grab attempt; Amazon bashed for, well, just about everything; and fire trucks crashing into each other.

THE REAL IN AND THE FALLING OUT FOR TWO-OUGHT-SEVENTEEN
Jan 1st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

To start things off for the year so big they named a teen magazine after it, and for the 31st consecutive year (really!), we proudly present the MISCmedia In/Out List, the most trusted (and only accurate) list of its kind in this and all other known content platforms.

As always, this list compiles what will become torrid and tepid in the coming year, not necessarily what’s torrid and tepid now. If you believe everything hot now will just keep getting hotter, I’ve got some Samsung 7 phones to sell you.

INSVILLE OUTSKI
HALA “Just trust the free market”
“Intersectionality” “Lefter than thou”
Black dresses Brown shirts
Resistance Submission
Poke Pokémon Go
Shawls “Luxury leggings”
Teddy Ruxpin revival Hatchimals
NES Classic Edition “Call of Duty”
Joachim Trier Roland Emmerich
Dev Patel Brad Pitt
Ruth Negga (Loving) Mila Kunis
“Dusky blue” “Mineral gray”
Interdependence Isolation
Black-ish The OA
Superstore (the sitcom) Real superstores
Lindy West Michael Medved
Helen Oyeyemi Ian McEwan
Scandinavian films DC Cinematic Universe
Gnomes Trolls
UW women’s basketball UFC
Obsidian Rose gold
Cuban style pork Nashville hot chicken
The Malady of Sevendials Twenty One Pilots
John Oliver Jimmy Fallon
Westland Distillery Weed-infused alcohol
First Avenue streetcar Drones
Sparkling Ice (still) La Croix
Meghan Trainor (the artist) Meghan Trainor (the singer)
“Warren warriors” “Bernie bros”
Tacoma Portland
Teen Vogue National Enquirer (even to laugh at)
Real-life socializing Facebook Live
Eyebrow tattoos Tramp stamps
Twin Peaks revival Gilmore Girls revival
“Rage rooms” “Escape rooms”
Lumpia Buddha bowls
Honest information Emotional manipulation
Populism (real) Populism (fake)
Permanent housing for the homeless Temporary “rapid rehousing”
“Crooked Donald” reality “Crooked Hillary” myth
MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/30/16: 86-ING ’16
Dec 29th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

I think pretty much all of us (even Sounders FC and Husky football fans) would consider this past year to have been, overall, a dud, a bomb, a Dumpster® fire; with even scarier days looming ahead. Nevertheless, we have news items to discuss in the here-n’-now, such as St. Mark’s Cathedral calling bigotry a sin; the pre-upzoning U District as America’s most competitive housing market; Mt. Rainier as one of the world’s “most dangerous volcanoes;” and dozens of places to go on the big night.

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