MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015

It's not yet back to school, but we are back to the heat, back to the race-and-role-of-activism talk, and back to MISCmedia MAIL.

WEATHER

Mid 80s or higher thru Thurs. Showers and lightning possible Fri.

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VANISHING (WEST) SEATTLE

Pictures from the last night of the Feedback Lounge. (David Rosen, West Seattle Herald) 

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IN HER OWN WORDS

Melissa Janae Johnson, one of the women who disrupted Bernie Sanders' Westlake Park speech, tells the site This Week In Blackness that she has no faith in politicians or the electoral system. She believes in "using electoral politics as a platform, but also agitating so much that people continue to question the system that we're in… that we start to dismantle it." (via Slog) 

Charles Mudede has a reasoned, complex response to what he ultimately believes are the disruptors' "bad politics" and mistaken tactics.

Daily Kos blogger "TealBomb" asserts that "if progressives continue to throw a tantrum over Black Lives Matter disrupting a white supremacist system, then you will be the reason black Democrats stay home on election day."

And Paste magazine staffer Shannon M. Houston, writing at Salon, says that "in the face of this much violence, it might behoove interested white people to resist pointing their fingers at activists who may take a flawed approach to a problem, or may simply take an approach that makes a white liberal uncomfortable, concerned or confused."

IN HIS OWN WORDS

Here's Sanders' Hec Ed speech from Saturday evening, all 59 minutes of it. 

While Sanders spoke to a huge crowd in Portland on Sunday, Hillary Clinton was also there—at a private, $2,700-a-head fundraiser. (Alternet)

HOW DRY WE ARE

Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett have asked citizens to undertake "voluntary water reductions" of at least 10 percent. (AP) 

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

The north Lake Chelan fire is now up to 54 square miles. Potential lightning and high winds would make it worse. (SeaTimes) 

An 85-year-old railroad trestle in Oregon burned, spectacularly. (KOMO) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

The city and county announced a program to end homelessness among local veterans. (KOMO)  

The City of Burien wants to expand a program to give supermarket gift cards to the homeless. (KIRO-TV)

Mary's Place, the shelter circuit helping women and children, lost its delivery van to a fire. It's raising money to replace it. (KIRO-TV) 

AG

The state might have its third-biggest apple crop ever. (KOMO) 

TODAY IN JUSTICE

The US Dept. of Labor ordered Bechtel, a big Hanford contractor, to pay back wages to a whistleblower who got fired in 2011. (SeaTimes) 

Amnesty International called for the worldwide decriminalization of sex work. The group's statement said such a move would empower many women, and would enable easier prosecution of slave-traffickers. (NYT) 

Mistress Matisse, meanwhile, blasts a Pete Holmes anti-sex-worker SeaTimes oped. (Stranger) 

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES

City Councilmember Nick Licata has joined those opposing Mayor Murray's plan to shut down hookah lounges. (Slog) 

TWO WHEELS GOOD

Tom Fucoloro of the Seattle Bike Blog says the city's dragging its feet i/r/t bike safety issues. (KCPQ) 

TRANS MISSIONS

The City voted to require that City-owned facilities and places of "public accomodation" designate all-gender restrooms. (Urbanist) 

ED

Is the firing of the Garfield choir teacher "sending a terrible message to teen girls"? (Weekly)

Zion Prep, a private K-8 school in the Central District, has run out of funds and will soon close after 33 years. (KIRO-TV) 

CRIME

A man at a Seattle shelter was attacked by an assailant who used a deer antler as a weapon. (PI.com) 

SPORTS

The Mariners bullpen blew a 5-2 lead vs. Baltimore, but Austin Jackson drove in a run with a 10th-inning single to win 6-5. The series and homestand end this afternoon.

The Storm finally won its sixth game of the season, 85-77 at LA. At Phoenix tonight.

Seattle Reign women's soccer vs. Houston Dash at Memorial Stadium, tonight.

TODAY

Free capoeira dance concert. (Central Library, noon) 

TONIGHT

All-City Open Mic (music, comedy, spoken word, whatever) by Love City Love. (Volunteer Park)

"Have a Little Pun" book release party, with local author/illustrator Frida Clements. (1927 Events, 1927 3rd Ave) 

Kelly Clarkson. (KeyArena)

INSIDE

The comment threads on my MISCmedia.com site are out of whack today, and I don't know how to fix them. There seems to be an anomaly with a WordPress script or formatting file somewhere. Can anyone help me on this?

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(M.C. Escher):

“Hands are the most honest part of the human body; they cannot lie as laughing eyes and the mouth can.”

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