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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Fidel Castro, who ruled his island nation with an iron hand for a half century, was at one time the darling of America's "new left." 

Even though he'd shipped his nation's sons out as soldiers in the old USSR's colonial wars, in return for the Soviets propping up Cuba's economy. 

Even though his regime had horrendous civil-rights violations and wasn't all that keen on free speech. 

Conversely, the US government continually condemned and economically isolated the Castro regime. 

Even though plenty of "friendly to business" countries in Latin America had far worse human-rights records over the years—and did far less than Cuba did to feed and educate their own people. 

WEATHER

Rain should lessen Monday and be absent Tuesday.

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THE RACE IS ON

Something not mentioned much about the annual Black Lives Matter Friday protest: how full of white people it is. Should this be seen as a "takeover" of the cause, at least one day a year, by the white "lifestyle left"? Or as a good sign of multi-ethnic solidarity? (Slog) (image: Grant Hindsley, PI.com)

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VANISHING SEATTLE AND ITS DISCONTENTS

Danny Westneat seems to have just discovered the local mania for "bemoaning what's been lost" in our "rapidly changing city." Whereas some of us have been doing that at least since the end of Frederick & Nelson.

The City People's Garden Store in Madison Valley will stick around for at least another year. The redevelopment project for the site's been delayed. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

A Central District elementary school's trying out a program to help its students and their families remain in their "rapidly gentrifying" neighborhood. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

Erica C. Barnett has found some "YIMBYs," actively supporting higher housing density in Seattle neighborhoods.

Seattle's become America's #1 city for non-related roommate households. And, presumably, for arguments over "that was MY Greek yogurt in the fridge." (KIRO-TV) (SeaTimes)

IN THE ZONE

The massive upzoning of the U District has, as you might expect, its fans and its foes. (KUOW)

DEPT. OF FALLOUT

Mexico's regional consul wants his country's nationals living in the Northwest to be "calm" but "prepared" for the new DC regime. (SeaTimes)

"What it's like to be an activist parent, post-election." (South Seattle Emerald) 

CLEANING UP

Convict "cleanup crews" will have more dedicated hours and tasks. But those tasks will no longer include encampment "sweeps." (AP) (KING)

ECO

The massively militarized law-enforcement response to the Standing Rock pipeline protest has become a public health issue, a Seattle doctor reports. (KUOW) (Slog) (AP)

Meanwhile, the growing opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline in Alberta and BC is becoming "Standing Rock North." (Lynda V. Mapes)

The next big eco/petro-battle could be over a planned big oil export terminal at Hoquiam. (AP)

One of the Northwest's oldest and biggest pine trees is dead. But, as part of a forest ecosystem, it will continue to nurture many forms of life. (SeaTimes) 

COUNTRY-ROCK OF AGES

Local music legend Bonnie Guitar, whom we last reported on in May, is STILL gigging regularly at age 93. (KNKX)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A new nonprofit's starting a "Kickstarter/Match.com hybrid" site to help fund disease research. (GeekWire)

MY OL' STOMPIN' GROUNDS

Black Friday shoppers thoroughly trashed the Nike store at the Tulalip outlet mall. (KOMO) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

As I was saying during the election season, America's not losing factory jobs to imports but to automation. Case in point: Boeing's 777 wing assembly operation. (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

After eight seasons in the league, Sounders FC will finally play for the MLS title (Dec. 10 vs. either Montreal or Toronto), following a 1-0 win at Colorado.

A sputtering Seahawks offense fell 14-5 at Tampa Bay. Home vs. Carolina Sunday.

The UW decisively beat WSU 45-17 in the Apple Cup, for state college-football bragging rights (and, this year, the Pac 12 North title, and a chance for the national playoffs). The conference championship vs. Colorado is Friday.

Gonzaga beat Florida 77-72 Friday, in a semifinal of the AdvoCare tourney in Orlando. Then in the title game Sunday, the Zags edged Iowa State 73-71. Home vs. Mississippi Valley State Thursday. 

UW women's basketball beat Seattle U 94-64 Saturday and the U of Portland 83-53 Sunday. At Grand Canyon U Friday.

UW men's basketball beat Western Kentucky 86-47 at the Global Sports Classic in Vegas. Then in Saturday's title game, the Huskies lost 93-80 to TCU. A regular ol' game against the same TCU team Wednesday.

TONIGHT

X, Visqueen, Skating Polly, Small Wigs, Tripwires. (Crocodile)

Emily Lacy, Bill Horist. (Vermillion) 

"Loud Idiots Reading." (Vermillion)

Booka Shade, Doorly. (Showbox)

Geeks Who Drink trivia. (Cafe Racer)

Author David France on "How to Survive a Plague." (Town Hall)

Standing Rock support rally. (Army Corps of Engineers regional office)

Alex Wiley, Campana. (Funhouse)

"A Drag Queen Christmas." (Moore)

First Aid Arts benefit with Zach Fleury. (Triple Door)

Perry Robinson, Marc Smason. (Royal Room) 

INSIDE

Give the gift of local DIY culture. Give our Seattle music-history book "LOSER" to, well, to everyone you know who's old enough to read (and even for the smaller ones, it's got lots of cool pictures). 

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(C.G. Jung, "Memories, Dreams, Reflections"):

“I have suffered enough from incomprehension and from the isolation one falls into when one says things that people do not understand.”

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