It's Veterans Day; or as the Commonwealth countries call it, Armistice Day, the 98th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Tuesday night, I entered the Westin's grand ballroom for the King County Democrats' traditional election night gathering. The first person I saw when I entered was a reporter for Global, a Canadian TV network. He was at the media platform in the back of the room, talking into a TV camera. On his suit lapel, he wore a bright poppy flower. Every media and political figure in Canada wears one during the week or two leading up to Armistice Day. 

This quiet, somber image is a far more powerful symbol of "Lest We Forget" than the NFL's self-congratulatory "Salute to Service" promotions.

And it, and Armistice/Veterans Day itself, take a special meaning this year.

Because, instead of fighting "enemies of freedom" abroad, we're now confronting them in the here-n'-now.

We must make sure all those who died to save our imperfect democracy so long ago didn't die in vain.


Rain may return Friday afternoon, and continue off and on through the weekend.



Since we all need something positive these days, here's another entry in the "pro-social video game" ranks. The locally-created farming game "Stardew Valley" involves players in such tasks as "sowing seeds and fixing up community centers." It's grossed $20 million thus far. (KNKX)



Sinclair Lewis's "It Can't Happen Here," a 1935 novel about how fascism could come to America, has jumped to spots 1 and 2 (print and e-book editions respectively) on Amazon's "Classic American Literature" bestseller list. (GeekWire)

Portland protests on Wednesday night were large but peaceful. But on Thursday, some protesters got into arguments with bystanders; cars were vandalized; windows were broken; some people were reported to have baseball bats and "illegal fire devices." (AP) 

A Local Muslim leader asks people to "Trust in the Goodness of Man." (KOMO) 

Rainier Beach was the latest high school where students staged a post-election walkout. (SeaTimes) 

"We haven’t elected a fascist before, but we’ve beaten them abroad, and we can do it at home." (Knute Berger)

"America has been marinating in white supremacy for hundreds of years… Stay here and do the work to make it a less shitty place." (Ciara Dolan, Portland Mercury)

Pramila Jayapal: "We are going to have to fight every step of the way and defend our rights.... That means everyone doubles down on their efforts." (Joel Connelly) 

A politically active mother-and-daughter team of "undocumented Seattle immigrants" insists, "We will continue to fight." (KUOW)

"We’re still here. We still have work to do. And focusing on the areas where we can get things done—city, county, state—is going to be more important than ever." (Seattlish)

"…We are going to have to stand on the lines in various ways in the days to come. And that yes, that means with our voices and our bodies, and that yes, our voices are imperfect and shaky and our bodies are soft—but yes." (Jen Graves)

"Eventually, like we always do, we will rise, and we will continue to build a stronger, more inclusive community. But right now, let us take care of ourselves and each other. Let us all allow ourselves to feel whatever we are feeling and do whatever we need to get some degree of healing." (Vu Le)


A proposed compromise submitted to the City Council's budget committee would shave $29 million in costs from the police North Precinct project, to be re-allocated toward "affordable" housing units. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 


Members of the Bellingham eco-group "Stand" held their own protest at Westlake on Thursday. They weren't protesting against politicians but against Starbucks, exhorting the coffee giant to use recyclable coffee cups and to serve "for here" beverages in reusable mugs.


The Seattle Demo Project's newest art installation in a doomed building is at a 1901-built house at 12th and Thomas, soon to be razed for apartments. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 


Sea-Tac may soon become the nation's 10th busiest airport. (SeaTimes)


Leonard Cohen, 82, was a Anglophone Jew from Quebec who became a post-Beat poet, then a folk singer, then a "songwriter's songwriter," then a grand old man of the concert stage, then a Buddhist monk, then a touring concert great again, issuing new songs as late as last year. (Rolling Stone)


Seahawks at New England Sunday night.

UW football's home Saturday vs. USC.

College basketball starts (so soon?) with UW women's basketball in the Preseason WNIT at home tonight vs. Eastern Washington. UW men's basketball opens at home Sunday vs. Yale. And Gonzaga men's basketball starts tonight vs. Utah Valley.


Andy McKee. (Triple Door, Fri-Sat)

"Cinema Italian Style" festival. (SIFF Uptown, Fri thru Nov. 17) 

Alana O. Rogers Dance Company in "Into Ice." (Velocity Dance, Fri-Sat)

Sketch-comedy troupe The Habit in "The Final Cut." (Bathhouse Theatre, Fri thru Nov. 26)


"Niggun L'Tzedek: Singing for Justice." (Kadima Reconstructionist Community, Fri)

John Hodgman. (Neptune, Fri) 

Sherman Alexie, EJ Kos, Robert Lashley. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

"Light and Love: Poets for Dignity and Visibility." (Hugo House First Hill, Fri) 

Riffbrokers, Red Heart Alarm, Steel Metronome. (Slim's Last Chance, Fri)

F-Holes, Sioux City Pete & the Beggars, Sin Driver. (Darrell's, Fri)

Resonata B2B Essex. (Vera Project, Fri)

Sturgill Simpson. (Paramount, Fri) 


Northwest Chocolate Festival. (Pier 91, Sat-Sun)

Sequentia. (Benaroya Hall, Sat-Sun) 


Georgetown Art Attack (Sat), including Jim Blanchard's "Visual Abuse" (Fantagraphics Bookstore); open studios (Sunny Arms); Emily Gherard's "Making Presence Known" (Bridge Productions); Warren Dykeman's "Would I Go Home Again?" (Studio E).

Big Dig Record Show. (Vermillion, Sat)

CoCA New Wave Ball & Auction. (Summit Building, Sat)

"Beautiful Trash 2," B-movie-themed group exhibit. (Push/Pull, Sat)

Gramma Poetry Press launch party. (Generations, Sat) 

Snow Cap Ale party with Robert DeLong and the Colourist. (Pyramid Alehouse, Sat) 

Film "The Seventh Fire." (NW Film Forum, Sat)

Lance Rhoads speaking on "Mary Shelly's Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece." (Scarecrow Video, Sat) 

Community art show. (Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts, Sat) 

DOA, Coffin Break. (El Corazon, Sat)

Palooka, the Thril, Burnseer, Reason to Rebel. (High Dive, Sat)

Happy Orchestra, DL03. (Seamonster, Sat)

Dave B., Ye Ali, Jamie Blake. (Neumos, Sat)

Vibragun, Merso, Freway Park. (Central Saloon, Sat)

Musique Soulchild. (Emerald Queen Casino, Sat) 

"The Beach Boys" (i.e., Mike Love and band). (Paramount, Sat)


"Love Trumps Hate: A Rally for Inclusion." (Cal Anderson Park, Sun)

SassyBlack, the Seshen, Tay Sean. (Nectar, Sun)

Standing Rock fundraiser with Correro Aero Trio/Amy Denio, Sin Fronteras, Star Nayea. (Duwamish Longhouse, Sun)

Anthony Bourdain in performance piece "The Hunger." (Paramount, Sun) 

Purling Hiss, Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons, Psychic Death. (Chop Suey, Sun)

Gallery talk with Isacc Layman and Maged Zaher. (Frye, Sun) 

Daughters, the Body, Loma Prieta. (Highline, Sun)


(Josh Marshall, TalkingPointsMemo.com): 

"Optimism isn't principally an analysis of present reality. It's an ethic. It is not based on denial or rosy thinking. It is a moral posture toward the world we find ourselves in."


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