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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

I've mentioned previously about putting together an audio playlist for our big "LOSER" book reissue party (Sunday at Vermillion, 11th Ave. between Pike and Pine). At the urging of DJ Vodka Twist, I've also been compiling a video playlist for Vermillion's video projection system. Yes, you may see you or close friends caught on camera at an achingly young age.

WEATHER

Typical early autumnal conditions. Could be anything from very sunny to very rainy.

One of those "convergence zone" thangs led to very heavy weather in parts of the region Monday. (KOMO) 

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LOG! IT'S BETTER THAN BAD, IT'S GOOD!

Revisiting the Olympic Peninsula site of America's last logging "camp" (company town), 30 years after its demise. (KNKX) 

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LABOR PANES

As expected, the City Council unanimously passed the "secure scheduling" bill. Now workers at certain types and sizes of businesses will know when they're supposed to show up in advance, and for how long. This is still considered excessively "radical" by the Seattle Times editorial board among others. (Slog) (Seattlish) 

SIC TRANSIT

After yet another virulently anti-transit Seattle Times editorial, the pro-ST3 group Seattle Subway put up a web post saying Sound Transit expansion won't cost the average household much more than a Times subscription and would provide much more in terms of practical benefits. (PubliCola)

Tiny, six-wheeled delivery vehicles, much too small for a human to even stand on let alone drive, may be coming to a city street near you. (GeekWire)

Self-driving vehicles aren't even a mass-production thing yet, and already their advocates want I-5 from Seattle to Vancouver BC (or at least one or more lanes of it) to be designated only for the things. (Bloomberg) 

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayor Murray and his Vancouver BC counterpart promise to work together on climate change, housing, and transportation (presumably not including turning I-5 over to drone cars). (GeekWire)

At the City Council meeting where secure scheduling was passed, foes of the now-stalled North Police Precinct project stood up with demands on other ways to spend the $160 million allocated for the station. (SeaTimes)

ECO

A federal court ruled the state must replace drainage culverts that prevent salmon from swimming upstream. (Crosscut)

The state's newly minted limits on industrial carbon emissions were almost a decade in the making, and use the 1960s federal Clean Air Act as their official legal precedent. (Crosscut/EarthFix)

O GIVE ME A HOME

An official with the Low Income Housing Institute, whose "transitional" housing facilities would be defunded under that hi-priced consultant's plan for ending homelessness, defends her agency's work as a vital step toward getting humans off the streets for good. (Crosscut)

An encampment on one side of the doomed 23rd and Union strip mall's being cleared out. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

The big encampments east of Safeco Field are being cleaned up, but not (yet) cleared out. (KING)

THE RACE IS ON

At last weekend's "Black Panther Party forum and film festival," local activists of old discussed strategy with local activists of today. (SeaTimes) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

The County Council's organizing just how to spend the proceeds from last year's "Best Start for Kids levy." (SeaTimes)

MAYHEM

"Mom warns son to 'watch out for idiots,' rear-ends his motorcycle in Kent." (PI.com)

MS BEHAVIOR

Microsoft's cutting up to 300 local jobs; part of some 2,850 layoffs planned worldwide over the next year. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

We now know what will go onto the corner where the beloved Bauhaus coffeehouse had been. It's an upscale bicycling "clubhouse," part of a London-based chain. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Can an Asian American-owned project in the International District keep the small merchants on its site now? (Stranger)

DRUGS

Those of us who've been here longer than a nanosecond remember the last local heroin crisis. Just as now, it inspired task forces and recommendations, which at that time were essentially shelved as more over-users got clean (or died off). (The C Is For Crank) 

SPORTS

A late-innings Mariners comeback fell short in a 3-2 loss vs. Toronto. Same teams tonight.

TONIGHT

The Specials. (Showbox)

Sigur Ros. (Paramount)

South Sound Tug & Barge. (Parlaiment)

Faggots in the Stacks: A Book Group. (Capitol Hill Library)

"Salon of Shame" group reading. (Theatre Off Jackson)

Lori Goldston, Chris Brokaw. (Triple Door) 

Iron Butterfly. (Triple Door)

J.A. Jance reading from "Downfall." (Town Hall)

Caveman, Cheerleader. (Crocodile)

The Temper Trap. (Neptune)

Hobosexual, He Whose Ox Is Gored. (Tractor)

Local Natives, Charlotte Day Wilson. (Moore)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Edward Albee, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"):

"You take the trouble to construct a civilization, to build a society based on the principles of... of principle. You make government and art and realize that they are, must be, both the same. You bring things to the saddest of all points, to the point where there is something to lose. Then, all at once, through all the music, through all the sensible sounds of men building, attempting, comes the Dies Irae. And what is it? What does the trumpet sound? Up yours."

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