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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015

As the Chicago Cubs sink slowly in the Midwest, MISCmedia MAIL keeps you informed on events in a place far, far away from playoff baseball.

WEATHER

We need rain but ain't getting it, not thru Saturday at least.

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THE NATION'S MOST REGRESSIVE TAX SYSTEM,

AND HOW IT GOT THAT WAY

Carolyn Adolph explains how Washington used to have a state income tax (briefly), before the state Supreme Court struck it down back in the 1930s. (KUOW) (image: Drew Christie)

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THIS JUSTIN

In our remarks earlier this week about Trudeaumania II, we mentioned Canadian PM-elect Justin Trudeau's famous dad. But we neglected his almost-as-famous mom, who famously loved pot, hung out at NYC's Studio 54, and spoke out for women's rights while visiting Latin America. (Time)

IN OTHER HEAD-O-STATE NEWS

Canada doesn't have a "president" but Ireland does, and he's in Seattle for the next three days. (KING)

A TOUCH OF CLASS

As Seattle divides into rich/poor, the shrinking middle-class job pool is reducing the city's "global competitiveness." (PS Biz Journal)

PARK PLACES

Intl. District leaders want to rename a local park after Donnie Chin, the longtime neighborhood safety volunteer who was killed earlier this year. The problem is, the City won't name a park after a person until s/he's been dead three years. (KING)

The Roosevelt neighborhood is smack right between Cowen/Ravenna Park and Green Lake. The City decided to give the area a park all its own, on some of the ex-Hugh Sisley properties. Some people still insist affordable housing could be a better use of the land. (NextCity) 

THE BAD OLD DAYS

In less-than-news, Seattle's City Council passed a resolution supporting Planned Parenthood from the organized rabid-right campaign of lies and bigotry. But during this, retiring councilmember Jean Godden briefly spoke of once having accompanied a friend getting a "back alley" abortion in the pre-Roe years. (Seattlish) 

THE BAD NEW DAYS

A group called "End Citizen United" shot a video in the south end, promoting an end to ultra-big-money political campaigns. (South Seattle Emerald)

THE RACE IS ON

Is Pamela Banks really "xenophobic" because she once said Kshama Sawant didn't experience America's sorry racial history first-hand? (Theo Pauline Nestor, Seattle Globalist)  

Native American high-school students have even more problems to deal with than demeaning mascots, a national survey has discerned. (SeaTimes)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Delta's phasing in flights from Sea-Tac to 10 more places over the next year, "including Kona, Cancun, and Victoria." (PS Biz Journal)

Every few years, someone floats the idea of making a commercial air hub out of Moses Lake's big, disused military-aviation facilities. Now, at least one startup airline's going there from SeaTac. (SeaTimes)

IT WAS THE WATER

The old Olympia Brewery is on the auction block. Again. (AP) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Charles Mudede asserts that Seattle "is not being changed by Amazon but by financial institutions," funnelling global capital into our development markets.

A Taiwanese developer promises that its new Belltown condo tower (replacing the US Bank at Third and Wall) will offer a "French villa" atmosphere. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Auction.com lists Seattle as the nation's "hottest" housing market. (PS Biz Journal)

The "Civic Square Scandal," in which the long-delayed office tower on the old Public Safety Building block got entangled in political influence-peddling charges, "may have saved Seattle from having a glut of new, unleased office space." (Marc Stiles, PS Biz Journal)

VANISHING SEATTLE

Next on the Landmarks Preservation Board's agenda: the one-story former truck garage on Ninth Avenue North, currently housing Bucci de Beppo. (Seattlish)

VANISHING REDMOND

The original Redmond public-library building could become artist live-work spaces. If a "preservation" group doesn't stop it. (KIRO-TV) 

ECO

Using mussels to help track water pollution in the Sound. (Bellingham Herald)

TECH TALCH

I'm old enough to remember when Yahoo! and Google were arch enemies. Now they're collaborating, specifically to deny Microsoft a slice of search-engine-ad income. (PS Biz Journal) 

LABOR PANES

Uber drivers across the country are planning a weekend strike. They want better terms from the "ride share" company. (PS Biz Journal)

POLICING THE POLICE

Several local families are joining an NYC protest against police killings this week. (SeaTimes)

BIZ

McDonald's could face a full scale "revolt" by frustrated franchisees, according to one survey. (Yahoo! Finance)

TODAY

"Back to the Future" Day. (EMP)

TONIGHT

The Zombies. (Benaroya Hall)

Pop-Up Magazine, touring group of readers and storytellers. (Town Hall)

Deerhunter, Atlas Sound. (Showbox)

WMD, Polyamory. (Substation)

Golden Gardens. (Nectar)

Xavier Rudd, The United Nations. (Neptune)

Deafhaven. (Neumos)

Lido, Norwedign club-music producer. (Crocodile)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Mysophobia"

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