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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017

As of this morning, the "rain" (or should it more graphically be called a "golden shower"?) of BS from DC will have poured down on us for the proverbial 40 days and 40 nights.

And if last night's sorry excuse for a speech is any clue, this monsoon won't deplete itself any time soon.

Some are responding, like my fellow Stranger refugee David Schmader, by refusing to let go of their righteous anger. Schmader's written a "Salty Prayer" to withstand our times:

"Grant me the strength to withstand the daily tornados of dangerous Trump lunacy that come so fast they defy processing. Give me the strength to remain outraged without killing myself or anyone else."

But others, such as another fellow Stranger refugee Paul Constant, are taking a higher road. Constant's encouraging folks to take up the hashtag "#ProudPatriot":

"…Now it’s our job as patriots, as citizens who love the idea of America, to push the country forward into the 21st century. Not by looking back, but by looking ahead."

Constant's inspired several others, including Hanna Brooks Olsen of Seattlish, to write their own "#ProudPatriot" manifestos.

Hashtags, of course, are rarely trademarked and aren't exclusive. In this case, "#ProudPatriot" has previously been usedby a guy posting right-wing "meme" graphics to social-media sites.

WEATHER

Rain should return, perhaps with strong winds. And would you believe we still might get a little snow over the weekend?

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WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

Black History Month might be over, but there's still plenty for you to learn about, including KCTS's quality mini-doc about Jacob Lawrence's "Migration Series" paintings (still up at SAM).

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IN THE RESISTANCE

As Daniel Ramirez Medina awaits his next court hearing, his father, Antonio Ramirez Polendo, was formally charged with illegal re-entry into the U.S. (KING)

Seattle's former Mexican consul led a workshop last week, trying to persuade more foreign-born residents to seek full US citizenship, and offering advice and aid for those who do. (Weekly) 

Vancouver BC's tech industry could boom if US offices can't import more international tech pros. (GeekWire)

Australian comics writer Tom Taylor has canceled his appearance at the Emerald City Comicon, and won't make any other US appearances this year. He says it's because "...America, through no fault of most of its citizens, doesn’t feel like a safe or welcoming travel destination at this moment." (Seattle Review of Books) 

IN OTHER NEWS

GETTIN' MIGHTY CROWDED

Doug Trumm at The Urbanist believes Seattle's recently added its 700,000th resident. We had fewer than 500,000 people in 1980, and not much more in 1990. "Density" is occurring whether we want, or plan for, it or not.

TEK TALK

Amazon's Web Services division had one big kablooey moment at a single server-farm location that made the Internet all screwy for most of Tuesday. (KING) One way to prevent such incidents is to bring in more "critical redundancy" (the same data stored in different locations). That's something a lot of dot-coms currently lack. (GeekWire)

Meanwhile, personal info about 36,000 Boeing workers in several states got disclosed in an inadvertant "data breach." (PS Biz Journal) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The "regular" Legislative session's almost halfway done, with a school-funding solution still perhaps months away at best. (KNKX) The state Senate Republicans' funding plan is at least $1 billion short. (Crosscut)

"Moderate" Senate Democrats have offered the own school-funding scheme. (The Lens) 

There's a way to make our tax system less "regressive" even without an income tax. It's property-tax rebates to low- and middle-income households. (Crosscut)

A bill to make Washington's driver's licenses conform to the feds' "Real ID" requirements is progressing. (AP)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Africatown, the community-development group that wants to take over the 23rd and Union strip-mall block for affordable housing, now has a partner. It's Forterra, a nonprofit that's pursued "sustainability" by buying the development rights to rural acreage. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

After a small Ballard encampment was "swept," Erica C. Barnett looked up what happened to its former residents. Some are in shelters or shelter-alternative situations; some are now camped elsewhere.

A "bipartisan" bill in the Legislature promises to give property owners more direct means to kick out squatters. (KCPQ)

Housing hyper-inflation around here continues, at approximately twice the national average. (SeaTimes)

The Seattle Times, natch, had to "objectively" trash down-feather magnate and Civic Skunk Works boss Nick Hanauer as a "multimillionaire" out to drastically raise ordinary folks' taxes; just, you know, to tackle homelessness.

For at least some homeless youth in some communities, "host homes" can be better and cheaper than impersonal shelters. (KING) 

CRIME

The guy who had sex with women by claiming he was "casting" for porn videos may have to pay thousands in fines for fraud. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Wells Fargo Bank's offered to let the city out of its banking deal with them immediately, rather than next year. (KIRO-FM)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

For radiation-exposed and sickened Hanford workers, the workers' compensation system can be "a humiliating system," one seemingly designed to deny help as often as possible. (KING)

ECO

The big methanol plant scheme for Kalama, WA just got an important permit approved by Cowlitz County. (ERTHFX via KUOW)

A judge refused to dismiss Seattle's suit against Monsanto, over the company's former toxic PCB products getting into the Duwamish Waterway. (SeaTimes) 

SPORTS

UW men's basketball at UCLA tonight.

Felix Hernandez pitched two strong innings as the preseason Mariners beat the White Sox 8-1. Cleveland today.

TODAY

"Make Seattle Trump-Proof," program in support of a city income tax. (City Hall, 1 pm) 

TONIGHT

48 Hour Film Project retrospective, with local and international "champs." (SIFF Uptown)

"Planned Parenthood Votes" forum. (Planned Parenthood Seattle) 

Mackned, Fish Narc, Cam the Mac, more. (Chop Suey) 

Dreamdecay, Lysol, Nail Polish, Lowest Priority. (Black Lodge) 

Author Ben Fountain. (Benaroya Hall) 

Kate Bush tribute. (Pony) 

Melodramus, Lark vs. Owl, KLED. (Sunset)

"Reading Through It: A Post-Election Book Club." (Third Place Books Seward Park) 

"Seattle Walks" book launch with David B. Williams. (Central Library)

"The High Bar" season 5 launch and live recording. (West of Lenin)

Sun Giants, Skullbot, Deadrones. (Tractor)

"Intersectionality Talk: We're Stronger Together." (Southside Common)

"How Soon Is Now?: Solutions for a New America" author Daniel Pinchbeck. (U Book Store)

Radio Dept., Germans. (Neumos)

Octopus Project, Sound of Ceres, Niagara Moon. (Vera Project) 

Tigran Hamasyan. (Royal Room, thru Thurs) 

Silent Reading Party. (Sorrento) 

"I'm Not Crying, You're Crying: 50 Years of Political TV Satire." (NW Film Forum)

Artist Michael Swaine's "Twelve Moments of Brevity." (Hedreen Gallery)

TBASA's Lo-Fi All Stars #87. (Substation) 

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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