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MISCmedia MAIL FOR 2/24/17: MAKING MERRY AS AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Feb 23rd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The big Carnival-celebratin’ places have faced horrible times, but always found some good times to let roll. So should we. Also in our biggest-yet e-missive: Rep. Reichert hides from his constituents; renters will get a voice at City Hall; divers keep searching for long-sunken ships; and the remains of Apollo 11 coming to town.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 2/14/17: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT
Feb 13th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In my approaching dotage, I approach at least a slightly less snarky attitude toward Valentine’s Day. And I today discuss the economic clout of “sanctuary cities;” a victory for family-leave advocates; a potential new anti-fossil-fuel initiative; and Mercer Islanders’ sense of transportation privilege.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 2/9/17: GENERALLY STRIKING?
Feb 8th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

A hundred and two years back, Seattle had the nation’s first citywide general strike. Now some folks want to stage another one as the next big national protest. We speak as well of Chris Hansen’s latest arena-scheme revival; legal action against Five-Hour Energy; weird eyeglasses with built-in video cams; and Seattle’s last full-time newspaper art critic leaving.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/24/17: A DIFFERENT KIND OF BUBBLE
Jan 23rd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The first locally-invented “tsunami survival capsules” are ready. We’re also onto still more Womxn’s March reactions and post-march plans; a different approach to this year’s homeless count; the closure of a gourmet-chocolate chain’s flagship café; and the death of a sports-promotion legend.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/23/17: NEWS ON THE MARCH
Jan 22nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

A lot more thoughts, and links, about the bigger than big Womxn’s March here. We’ve also got good news for Belltown historic preservation; a “virtual reality visit” with some of the homeless; and more speculation about D.B. Cooper.

 

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/19/17: THE DAY BEFORE
Jan 18th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

One day to rest up, make plans, and enjoy the calm before the GOPocalypse. So read up today about those weird restaurant-inspection icons; a possible municipal lawsuit against OxyContin’s makers; politicians who want to ban wind farms; and a UW Muslim student on the activist front lines.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/13/17: A SONG OF ICE
Jan 12th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Besides our big book announcement (see below), we’ve got word about the Snoqualmie River “ice circle”; local pols defending health care; an opioid near-death seen up close; the death of a transit advocate; and lots of MLK Weekend activities.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/19/16: HOME SWEET HOME FRONT
Dec 18th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We’re still experiencing the effects of WWII to our region’s environment, and not just at Hanford. Also, as we count down to the solstice, we examine disputed tales of a protest at an Olympia park restroom; a possible alternative mode of housing for at-risk adults; the connection between both would-be arena developers and a former newspaper empire; and the end of one of our fave small-biz combos, King Donut-Teriyaki-Laundromat.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/12/16: GET YOUR KICKS…
Dec 11th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The Sounders came back from last place in the MLS West to win the whole proverbial shebang! In non-Euro-style-sports happenings, there’s a drive to keep a white guy from being appointed to a “majority-minority” Legislative seat; Fukushima radiation hits the coast; and the Mama’s building could be named a historic landmark.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/9/16: SNOWTACULAR!
Dec 8th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Finally! Snow in the city, spectacular and beautiful (and rare and very temporary). Non-meteorological topics this day include gift books for the budding political activist in your family; a new, almost-1,200-unit residential complex; another local alt-media source needing support; a woman who videoed her own racial hate crime; and the usual umpteen weekend things-2-do.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/8/16: SEPARATION ANXIETY
Dec 7th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

If Eastern Washington ever does become a separate state, as some Republican politicians want, it would help the national Republican Party but hurt the people living there. (But then again, what political trends in America these days wouldn’t do that?) And we also discuss the attempt to rehabilitate the image of Pepe the comics frog; still more Seattle Times layoffs; an ex-Seahawk’s gender talk and its discontents; and whether or not Snowmaggedon ’16 will finally occur.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/5/16: SNOW OR NO?
Dec 4th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Snow in Seattle is rarely forecast. Those forecasts, in turn, often don’t come true. What will happen this time? Further topics today include a victory (for now) at Standing Rock; a big “March Against Hate;” Airbnb working with the Urban League; another longtime local biz asking for your help; and Husky and Seahawk football blowout wins (albeit the latter with a price).

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/1/16: MMM, BRAINS!
Nov 30th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Seattle’s supposed to now be a “brain magnet,” which means the zombies will likely attack here first. And WSU’s breeding super bees (you know how that story usually ends in films). In less speculative news, we observe those pushing for human rights by pushing for “cities’ rights;” the “Hamilton electors” on a last-ditch crusade to prevent the new dark times; and, alas, another stupid shooting.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/30/16: BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Nov 29th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Even if there was the political will to “break up” Amazon, as one group wants, how would that apply to its bookselling operations, and would it do the book biz good or ill? We additionally ramble on about where all our construction dirt goes; an endangered butterfly living at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; memories of the local “sex industry” in the ’40s; and a tour of the Krusteaz pancake-mix factory!

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/29/16: ‘BRAND’ OF SHAME
Nov 28th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Let’s face it: a lot of the GOP’s rural success is due to “branding.” They’re the party “for” rural whites; just like there are cigarettes “for” women. And with similar results among the end users. Further topics today: A hate crime right here in Seattle; why one white woman believes white people SHOULD march with Black Lives Matter; rebranding STEM education with eco-conservation (or vice versa); and the revenge of the WTO.

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