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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016

It's the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Like many of our forbearers, my father fought in WWII. The war, and the changes in domestic society that arose from its aftermath (including everything from tract houses to the desegregation movement), changed the course of his life and the lives of just about everybody living then and since.

Millions of Americans fought (and tens of thousands of Americans died) for a lot more than mere U.S. sovereignty. 

It was for Democracy (as imperfect as it was and is).

It was for the American Dream (as contradictory as it was and is).

It was for Freedom (as approximate as it was and is).

It was for a world defined by more than just rigid brutality and raw power.

It was for every idea, every ambition, every creative act, every thing of beauty, every loving relationship that had ever or would ever be generated.

Today, the totalitarian menace so many of our parents and grandparents fought to keep out of this country has come to us in home-grown form.

This new kind of menace to freedom incorporates similar types of hatred, bigotry, pseudo-populism, white nationalism, and mindless obedience as the old kind.

Fighting it will need different tactics, but the same level of long-term zeal.

WEATHER

Dry and cold Wednesday. Our last (small) chance of snow for a while will be on Thursday.

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THE APPLE WATCH HAS NOTHING ON THIS

Meet the former UW astronomy prof who sports a "working sundial tattoo" of his own design on his arm, and who insists there's gotta be intelligent life beyond this world somewhere or another. (Futurity)

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DEVELOPING STORIES

More than four decades ago, Chinatown-International District activists derided the then-planned Kingdome as an existential threat to their neighborhood. Today, the Kingdome's gone and the CID's still here. But will such new projects as a proposed 14-story Marriott hotel finally doom the district as we know it? (Seattle Globalist)

Martin Selig wants to stick a dozen stories of offices on top of the 1929 Firestone building on Westlake. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

As part of a series of development projects in Pioneer Square, the long-runny FX McRory's restaurant will give up half its space. The remodeled structure will include alley storefronts. (PS Biz Journal) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

The President-Select, again displaying his great interest in pompous statements and his great disinterest in facts, claimed Boeing's Air Force One contract is full of waste. It's not, especially when you think of these planes as "flying fortresses" intended to survive a nuclear blast. And the two planes are costing the feds less than half of what he falsely claims Boeing's charging for one. And even that deal's a long way from being finalized. (Joel Connelly) (PS Biz Journal) (Slog) 

Meanwhile, Boeing's been running ads in Britain boasting about all the UK jobs it's added; even while it's laid off people around here. Some folks around here aren't amused. (PS Biz Journal) 

The feds approved Alaska Air's takeover of Virgin America. Alaska didn't even have to sell off any assets to get the OK. Thus, Alaska will become the nation's #5 airline. (PS Biz Journal)

Pilots working for Amazon Prime Air's subcontractors will protest for better working conditions outside Amazon's HQ today. (GeekWire)

UPDATES

Ride the Ducks agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties, for violating safety regulations prior to the 2015 Aurora Bridge crash. (KING) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Who will win the games of "legislative musical chairs" to replace Pramila Jayapal and Cyrus Habib? (PubliCola)

The head of the Dept. of Corrections says Washington sentencing laws are so complex, errors are bound to happen. (KNKX)

ECO

Even if we stop a big Canadian oil export terminal, there's still more to do to help Puget Sound's waters. For one thing, we can ban the boats there now from dumping their sewage into it. (SeaTimes oped)

JUNK N' THINGS

Everybody loves the efficient, clean-looking, neighborhood-amenity-stuffed Wallingford transfer station. (Except Dori Monson, who never met a non-roads civic project he liked.) (Wallyhood) (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

For previously homeless students, the transition to being housed "is no easy feat." (South Seattle Emerald) 

There are also homeless youth in the countryside, where it's a lot harder to find, and reach out to, them. (KIRO-FM)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

No, the Japanese American internment isn't a model for what we could/should do in the future. Yes, it's a shameful page of our past. (SeaTimes)

PHILM PHUN

Local filmmaker Bryan Campbell explains why Washington's film community will remain only "boutique" sized without addiitonal tax incentives. (KCTS)

"Shrill," local culture-critic Lindy West's memoir (NOT a "novel," despite what Variety says) has been optioned for a possible TV series. That doesn't necessarily mean the show will be made, just that it could be. (Slog) (The Mary Sue)

LABOR PANES

Uber brought out a lot of pro-management, anti-union people to a City Council hearing on how to implement the rideshare drivers' organizing law. It's also been running anti-union PR campaigns targeted at its contract drivers. (Slog) 

SPORTS

UW women's basketball at home vs. Cal State Northridge.

UW men's basketball at Gonzaga.

TONIGHT

Open house on the Convention Center expansion. (Convention Center Room 2AB)

Launch of the 2017 "Keep Film In WA" campaign. (SIFF Film Center) 

"United We Stand: An SOSeattle Self Defense Class." (Neighbours)

Dandy Warhols, Telegram. (Showbox)

Sandrider, Constant Lovers, DJ Marco Collins. (Chop Suey) 

A Wilhelm Scream, Success, Hilltop Rats, On the Ground. (El Corazon)

Helmet, Local H. (Crocodile) 

"Am I Normal?" Euro-pop DJ night's one-year anniversary. (Revolver) 

Frederick L. Brown, author of "The City Is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle." (Elliott Bay Book Co.) 

"Contagious Exchanges" series presents writers Randa Jarrar and Leah Lakshmi Piepnza-Samarashinha. (Hugh House First Hill)

Silent Reading Series. (Sorrento Hotel)

Queer Film Series presents local documentary "For My Wife." (NW Film Forum)

"Gay Witch," "multidisciplinary arts showcase." (Gay City, thru Sun) 

"House of Dinah," theatrical revue about "five inter-generational drag queens." (On the Boards, thru Sun)

"Krampus Christmas," interactive Christmas/horror show. (Seattle Immersive Theatre, thru Jan. 1)

"Bright Lights," documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. (SIFF Uptown)

"Reimagine Belonging: New Stories," spoken-word series focusing on young immigrant women's stories. (Artspace Hiawatha Lofts) 

"Great Soul of Russia" reading series presents "The Last Time I Saw Paris: The City of Lights Meets Russian Soul." (ACT)

"The Perfection of Style," fashion show by local designers. (SAM)

"Creative Justice: We Still Live Here," exhibition based on youth response to gentrification and the prison crisis. (4Culture) 

INSIDE

You haven't ordered our local-music history book "LOSER" for all your gifting recipients? Why?

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Woonerfs"

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