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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Just a year or two ago, right-wingers in Texas talked about seceding from the union. Now, there are folks in California talking about doing the same. And other folks are talking about taking California, Oregon, and Washington out of the US and joining them to Canada. 

Besides the many complications and impracticalities involved (such as who gets the military and other federal properties in these states), Canada might not want its population immediately more than doubled, with the resulting strain on its superior health care system etc. 

And the "Hollywood North" film industry in Vancouver (a.k.a. "what filmgoers think Seattle looks like") might not want to be in the same country as regular ol' Hollywood.

On the other hand, we'd get cooler looking money, a better chance at a Seattle NHL team, and the royal family!

(There are still others who'd like for Washington, and parts of other western states and British Columbia, to break off as an indie "Republic of Cascadia." But they more or less admit it won't happen.)

WEATHER

Occasional showers thru Thursday. Friday may be all dry. Rain should return over the weekend.

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YOUR PRO-SOCIAL ARTS STORY OF THE DAY

There are folks in Tacoma and elsewhere devoted to painting rocks and hiding the colorful products around their towns. (News Tribune)

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FALLOUT DEPT.

Congressperson-elect Pramila Jayapal has "been tossed into a new role as Seattle's anti-Trump." (Crosscut)

The local ACLU says it's gotten a vast "outpouring of support" this past week, even more than after 9/11.

Several men apparently harassed several Muslim women on the UW-Bothell campus. College administrators called the incident "deplorable." (KCPQ) 

After racist graffiti was spray-painted outside the MLK Family Outreach Center in Spokane, Gov. Inslee went on Facebook to proclaim any "act of hate" is "intolerable" in this state. (AP)

MORE 'EXPERIENCE,' LESS 'MUSIC'

The Experience Music Project, which became EMP Museum, will henceforth be known as the Museum of Pop Culture ("MoPOP" for short). The media announcement proclaiming the change said the place would still have exhibits about sci-fi, fashion, video games, etc., but didn't mention music. (Slog)

Another Paul Allen venture, the Living Computer Museum in Sodo, will be remodeled to make space for exhibits about "emerging" technologies including artificial intelligence and "augmented reality." (SeaTimes) 

UPDATES

A tentative agreement was reached in an environmentalists' suit against BNSF Railway. BNSF will conduct "a two-year study on physical covers" to freight cars carrying the stuff, and will pay $1 million to help clean up "hotspots near waterways in Washington state." (AP) Previously, a UW aeronautics prof testified at the trial that coal trains "release an average of 100 million small particles of coal dust per second." (KING) 

The National Transportation Safety board blamed "mechanical failure" for last year's Ride the Ducks crash on the Aurora Bridge. Specifically, "a safety defect in the axle house of the model of the vehicle in the crash had been found, but a modification didn’t address the defect." (AP)

Two people were arrested in Spokane in connection with the assault on "Deadliest Catch" star Jake Harris. (KREM) 

POLICING THE POLICE

A Seattle Police "internal progress report" says the department has made positive "strides in police reform and crime-fighting." (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

University Village plans to turn more of its surface parking into retail space below multi-level parking garages. (SeaTimes)

O GIVE ME A HOME

All the growth in home ownership in King County this decade has come from people 55 and older. So much for the myth of tech-bros taking EVERYTHING over. (Gene Falk)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

The case of the Eastern Washington florist who refused to supply a gay wedding has reached the state Supreme Court. (KIRO-TV)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

With the Legislature still gridlocked, Seattle's developing a careful strategy for what it'll try to get from Olympia next year. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

Biofuel from "waste wood" has been used to partly power an Alaska Airlines flight. (GeekWire)

THE BIG A

Amazon got an "F" in a survey of companies' "chemical disclosure" records. (PI.com)

BIZ

"Just how secure is Seattle's economy?" And how dependent has it become on bigtime construction projects? (Crosscut)

SPORTS

College Football Playoff rankers to UW: "You are Number Six." UW: "I am not a number, I am a free man!" (ESPN)  

TODAY

Rally to demand the City Council build 1,000 affordable homes. (City Hall, 8:30 a.m.) 

TONIGHT

Posies. (Neptune)

Suzanne Vega, Teddy Thompson. (Triple Door) 

Paul Mooney "It's Not Too Late" live talk show, with dancer Merkeith Wiley. (On the Boards, thru Sun)

David Sedaris. (Benaroya Hall) 

Performance by stars of the film "American Murder Song." (Timbre Room)

Public hearing on U District rezone. (Hotel Deca, 5:30) 

Ogopogo, Lonebird, Master Bedroom. (Vermillion) 

No-Knock Raid, Fucking Awesome, the Ousters. (Funhouse)

A Tribe Called Red. (Crocodile)

My Bubba, Ghosts I've Met. (Tractor)

Mads Jacobsen, Ronnie Rain, Meany Jagwire. (Barboza)

"Salon of Shame #70." (Theatre Off Jackson)

"Empower Women of Color" panel. (UW Alder Hall) 

Filmmaker Margaret Mullin. (Hotel Sorrento)

Epica, FleshGod Apocalypse, Arkona, the Agonist. (Studio Seven) 

"Sexy Cream" with DJ Pavone. (Revolver)

"Intelligent Homes" panel. (Town Hall)

Seattle Moth GrandSLAM. (Town Hall) 

Author Ed Skoog reads from "Run the Red Lights." (Hugo House First Hill) 

Romanian Film Festival. (SIFF Uptown, thru Mon) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Futanari"

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