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THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017

Silly corporate PR jargon. Who doesn’t love it? (Yes, this is a snarky statement.)

Lucy Kellaway at the Financial Times sure doesn’t. 

Kellaway cites Starbucks’ Howard Schultz as a special “champion in the bullshit space”—especially in one statement, where he describes the company’s new high-end Roasteries as “delivering an immersive, ultra-premium, coffee-forward experience”.

I don’t need to quote Kellaway’s response to this. You can guess how brutal it is.

I will tell you Kellaway admits Schultz’s jargon, and her criticism of it, haven’t stopped him from making money and “making a difference to the way half the world lives and drinks. It is largely thanks to him that we all wander around the streets carrying cardboard buckets of pale brown stuff that we slurp through plastic lids.”

WEATHER

A one-day break of clouds and, in some places, showers. Then back to the heat on Friday.

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SPECTACLES

It’s a Northwest native American tradition, one that the PETA crowd hates. It’s the “Suicide Run” downhill (or rather, down-cliff) horse race, at the Omak Stampede. (SeattleMet)

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POLICING THE POLICE

A federal judge threw a legal wrench into Mayor Ed Murray’s police-reform plans. James Robart (the same judge who blocked Travel Ban 1.0) specifically put a hold on those parts of the massive reform package that might require negotiations with the officers’ union. But with “labor relations largely hidden by strict confidentiality agreements, no one is completely sure what the unions want or whether they will fight the coming changes.” (Crosscut) (SeaTimes)

Is Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole about to quit, to return full-time to Ireland? Observers are reading the “tea leaves” of departing O’Toole underlings, to try to figure it out. O’Toole calls any such speculation “political theater.” (Crosscut) (KIRO-FM)

More than 100 relatives and friends of Tommy Le, fatally shot by a King County deputy in Burien last month, gathered at a public forum in Seattle. Also there: Sheriff John Urquhart, County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, and other officials. Family members insisted Le wasn’t a violent person and shouldn’t have been shot. (KCPQ) (SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

With the Legislature still on its third special session and no capital-budget deal in sight, can “average people” still serve in it at what’s essentially still part-time pay? (News Tribune)

Gov Inslee said he won’t call a fourth special session, and will call the Legislature back only if there’s a capital budget deal. The big snag? Water rights, and required well-safety tests, for rural property owners. (AP) (Crosscut) (KIRO-FM)

A new report by Disability Rights Washington tears into what it calls systematic abuses at state institutions for the developmentally disabled. Among other abuses, the report claims some residents “choked to death, were sexually assaulted, and nearly drowned” in 2016 alone. (NWNews)

THE WALKING ED

Ex-City Council candidate Michael Maddux has joined those asking Ed Murray to resign. (Stranger oped)

IN THE RESISTANCE

A pregnant woman was arrested in Oregon, then taken to the for-profit Tacoma immigration jail for potential deportation. She suffered from repeated “mistakes” and ill-treatment, and lost the baby. Officials insisted they’d followed all standard protocols in her instance. She was eventually released on bail; her case is still pending. (KUOW)

The US Supreme Court ruled that grandparents (but not refugees) are, for now, exempt from Travel Ban 2.1. (Slog)

Meanwhile, ICE announced it’s deploying more agents to “sanctuary cities.” (Slog)

Ex-Seattleite Dominic Holden, now at BuzzFeed, explains just why the White House’s “election integrity commission” isn’t really about protecting democracy but demolishing it.

FIRES

Wildfires in the BC interior “have so far torched more than 1,235 square miles.” (AP)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she’s now cancer-free. (KIRO-FM)

KCPQ anchor-reporter Kaci Aitchison (whom some of you remember from her viral “draw a cannon” bit a while back) has announced she’s pregnant—after years of “infertility” treatments and two miscarriages.

DEVELOPING STORIES

Could or should Seattle impose new “impact fees” on developers, to help alleviate the many side effects of the big projects they develop? Bellevue’s already doing it, to at least some degree of success. (Crosscut)

LABOR PANES

A “tight labor market” is limiting further declines in the state unemployment rate. (KNKX)

I HAVE THE POWER!

A Canadian firm is buying Avista (née Washington Water Power), the Spokane-based power company. As part of the deal, it inherits Avista’s investment in Montana’s Colstrip coal-burning plant, and the associated environmentalists’ pressure to sell it. (Joel Connelly)

THE BIG A

Is the most pro-billionaire, pro-monopolist federal government in decades considering antitrust moves against Amazon? Maybe, some alalysts believe. (The Street)

Amazon’s starting its own “social network,” Spark. The idea: to encourage consumers to post pix of their favorite beloved purchased objects. (AP)

TEK TALK

Cray Computer, the “supercomputing” giant that moved to Seattle in a merger a few years back, is laying off 15 percent of its worldwide staff. The move comes as cloud-computing “server farms” take on more of the big data-crunching tasks that used to require Cray’s specialty hardware. (GeekWire)

UPDATES

State regulators charged the owner of several for-profit drug and alcohol treatment clinics with “unprofessional conduct.” The move follows a KING investigation, claiming the clinics regularly took bribes to embellish patients’ evaluations.

SPORTS

Sounders FC came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat DC United 4-3. Home vs. San Jose Sunday.

The Mariners took the three-game series at league-leading Houston, winning Wednesday 4-1. The Ms are back at .500; and they’re back in town to play the Yankees starting tonight.

TONIGHT

Films “The Big Lebowski” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” (SIFF Uptown)

Portugal. The Man, Crater. (Paramount)

Zony Mash, Robin Holcomb Band. (Royal Room, thru Fri)

T-Rextasy, Emma Lee Toyoda, Hardly Boys. (Chop Suey)

“Here’s to the Future” group show. (G. Gibson Gallery)

John Talabot, Kelly Lee Owens. (Q)

Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show. (Sunset)

Nana Grizol, Your Hrt Breaks, Wizard Apprentice, Jordon O’Jordan. (Vera Project)

“If It Ain’t Country” with DJs Louie Raffloer and Nelson Heston Riley. (Lava Lounge)

Opening of “Hallowed Spaces” group exhibit. (Push/Pull, thru Aug. 15)

Ramen Trio. (Chapel Performance Space)

JamFest. (Wing Luke Museum)

Plastic Picnic, Spirit Award. (Filson Store)

“Why?” science-book author Mario Livio. (Central Library)

“Arabella and the Battle of Venus” author David D. Levine. (U Book Store)

Gunsafe. (Left Bank Books)

“Dork Forest” podcast creator Jackie Kashian. (NW Film Forum)

“One Laugh at a Time,” with “sober comedians” Liz Donehue, Nigel Larson, Daniel Carroll, Andy Gold. (Neptune)

“Disability Rights in the Resistance: A Community Conversation.” (El Centro de la Raza)

“Bedtime Stories” group reading. (Tougo Coffee)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Tommy Douglas):

"Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege."

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