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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

There goes the sun… well, a goodly portion of it, anyway. 

By now you know the drill: Don’t look directly at it. Be careful if you try to watch it with a phone-cam; the brightness could “toast” its lens. Take extra care with pets; bring them inside if you can. 

As for the ol’ druids’ notion that an eclipse is a major omen of changing times and fates on Earth, there’s just no scientific evidence. But one can dream, can’t one?

WEATHER

Sunny, then momentarily un-sunny, then sunny again. (That is, unless morning clouds/fog interfere, which they just might.)

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IN THE RESISTANCE

Sunday’s “Emergency Anti-Nazi Rally” in Westlake Park attracted an unusual speaker: ex-state GOP head Chris Vance. “We must do what we are doing today…. Use your voice and your vote to say no to this. Things are going in the wrong direction. But we are Americans. We can change it. We can win." (KIRO-TV) (KOMO)

A 96-year-old Holocaust survivor says he sees “similarities” in our current political climate to those of early 1930s Europe. But he also says, “I feel a great deal more hopeful these days than I did nine months ago.” (KING)

No, Wash. state east of the Cascades is NOT uniformly populated by redneck bigots. Indeed, there was a big anti-racism demo at the WSU campus this past weekend. (AP)

Among the members of the White House’s arts and humanities council who quit en masse: Wash. state’s own surreal-portraitist Chuck Close. (AP) (Joel Connelly)

Councilmember Sawant’s among the organizers of a new national “People’s Party.” It’s not connected to, but has a similar ideology as, Nikkita Oliver’s Seattle People’s Party. And, yes, it may run a third-party Presidential candidate in ’20 (despite those attempts invariably leading to right-wing victories). (Weekly)

Aberdeen has become an even more depressed (and depressing) place than it was when Mr. Cobain lived there. And it voted overwhelmingly for the current White House occupant. Local conditions there, if anything, have just gotten worse since then. (AP)

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FIRES

Folks living in parts of central Oregon, or staying there to see the eclipse, have been forced to evacuate due to wildfires. (AP)

Two years after the mahor Okanagan Complex fire, some burned-out residents still don’t have homes. (KING)

ECO

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants the US Supreme Court to “review” a lower court’s decision, that would force the state to pay billions to make a lot of water culverts more salmon-friendly. (AP)

The gray whale that got stranded ashore on the Olympic Peninsula has been freed. (KING)

A rabid bat was found at Green Lake. (KOMO)

Steelhead are returning to Washington spawning grounds “in record low numbers.” (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

A study finds that, at any given time, one-third of Seattle’s drivers are either looking for parking or are looking for rideshare clientele. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The Union Gospel Mission’s facing declining donations and staff cuts. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

Let’s try to get this straight: Eastside Catholic HS fired some teachers. Then, after a parental outcry, it un-fired those teachers, and instead fired the school’s interim president and a couple of board members. (KOMO)

The Teamsters’ strike against five local concrete firms has ended. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

The city’s trying to rescind a loophole that lets employers of disabled workers pay less than the minimum wage. (Weekly)

WHAT’S PAST ISN’T PAST

Good monument-related news at last: The school district will preserve the limestone wall naming Seattle’s WWII dead when High School Memorial Stadium gets rebuilt or replaced. (Feliks Banel)

State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, whose family escaped anti-Jewish attacks in 1924 Poland, explains why he believes “the Lenin statue should stay.” (Stranger oped) 

R.I.P.

Dick Gregory, 84, was a tireless civil-rights activist and a poet/raconteur about the Black condition. Even during his first career as a comedian, his material exposed the harsher aspects of minority life in the pre-Civil Rights Act years (a time to which some people want to force us back). (The Root) In 1968, Gregory went on a hunger strike in an Olympia jail, after being arrested for civil disobedience on behalf of native fishing rights. (HistoryLink)

Jerry Lewis, 91, was one of the first big Hollywood comedic actors to become his own writer-director since the silent era. This, and the “universal language” of his slapstick gags, helped him to become honored as an “auteur” by French film scholars. Stateside, he later became better known for his “Jerry’s Kids” charity shtick, which critics of “ableism” found problematic. That, and his noteriety for off-screen racist/sexist/homophobic remarks, got him “involuntarily retired” from his annual telethon in 2011. (Movie Graveyard) (Film Comment)

SPORTS

The Seahawks are 2-0 in preseason play, having defeated Minnesota 20-13. Home vs. Kansas City Friday.

Sounders FC beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0. Then on Sunday, a Clint Dempsey penalty kick at the end of stoppage time gave the Sounders a 2-1 win vs. Minnesota. At Vancouver Wednesday.

The Storm edged San Antonio Friday, 79-78. Then on Sunday, they whupped Chicago 103-66. At Atlanta Wednesday.

The Mariners took two games of three at Tampa Bay, losing Sunday 3-0. At Atlanta starting tonight.

TONIGHT

Matthew Sweet. (Triple Door)

“Monster Planet 8.5: A Total Eclipse of the Dead.” (Re-bar)

“War on the Catwalk: The Queens from Season 9.” (Neptune)

Kevin Morby, Shannon Lay. (Tractor)

“Brave Deeds” author David Abrams. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Ernest Hemingway, “A Farewell to Arms“):

“You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.”

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