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.

Nov 20th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

This day’s subjects include the “Hands Across Green Lake” silent protest; the Asian-Canadian (female) producer behind “augmented reality porn”; a major “fake news site” right here in Seattle; the racial disparities in homelessness; and Sharon Jones RIP.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/11/16: LEST WE FORGET
Nov 10th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We end a bad, terrible, horrible, not-good week with a Veterans Day remembrance and many calls for solidarity, action, and empathy. Also the usual dozens of weekend event possibilities, and the death of a music legend.

Nov 3rd, 2016 by Clark Humphrey


The Everett Massacre occurred 100 years ago this Saturday.

It was the bloodiest labor dispute in Northwest history.

It’s something even some people who grew up here don’t know about. But it’s important.

The short version:

The International Workers of the World (IWW or “Wobblies”) was (and is) the most radical labor group America ever had. Its ultimate stated goal was not to reform the capitalist system but to replace it with a “workers’ society,” built around “one big union of all the workers.” The IWW had gained a local foothold among loggers. It attracted the interest of many (abused, underpaid) workers, and the ire of corporate leaders and the politicians they owned.

In 1916, IWW people wanted to intervene in a months-long strike by workers at a Everett shingle mill. The strikers weren’t just looking for more money, but to reform a factory setup that led to amputated fingers through saws and respiratory deaths from breathing sawdust.

The strikers were violently opposed by Snohomish County Sheriff Donald McRae and the Everett Police.

On Nov. 5, 1916, some 250 IWW organizers came from Seattle to Everett on the steamships Verona and Calista. They intended to stage a public demonstration supporting the strikers.

Sheriff McRae and some 200 volunteer “citizen deputies” met the Verona at the dock. Harsh words were exchanged. Someone fired a first shot. Other shots came in response.

Five Wobblies and two “deputies” were killed. Others were deliberately injured when they were forced to run a gauntlet of anti-union goons.

National Guard troops were sent to Everett.

When the Verona returned to Seattle (the Calista didn’t even try to land), 74 IWW members were arrested. One, teamster Thomas Tracy, was charged with the deputies’ murder. An IWW trial lawyer achieved his acquittal.

No deputies were arrested or charged.

(Everett Herald) (SeaTimes) (Everett Public Library) (HistoryLink) (UW Libraries) (The Stand)

There’s a commemorative concert tonight at the historic Everett Theater (my ol’ childhood movie spot). It includes Jason Webley, Kevin Murphy (Moondoggies), Tomo Nakayama, and even NY composer Kate Copeland.

A new documentary by Denise Ohio about the incident, Verona: The Story of the Everett Massacre, screens Saturday at the Everett Public Library and Sunday at the Everett Theatre.

Oct 30th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We say goodbye to John “Buck” Ormsby—a Fabulous Wailers member, a partner in a pioneering artist-owned record label, and one of the inventors of Northwest rock. We also speak of the end of the little cable-news channel that could; racists falsely claiming police support; a new deal for the Public Safety block; and Huskies and Sounders triumphing while Seahawks go pffft.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/25/16: CUBS REPORTER
Oct 24th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

There’s a baseball stadium that’s been in use for 103 years, none of which featured a championship home team. But it might soon. Closer to home, we mention attempts to heal the state’s political divisions (or at least understand them); a bus-shelter removal plan put on hold; a search for an alert system for sexual-assault attackees; and a guy turning unwanted LPs into visual art. Plus: the death of America’s most hate-filled cartoonist.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/24/16: FIT TO BE TIED
Oct 24th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Tie scores are a lot rarer in pro football than they used to be, but the Seahawks managed to achieve one (in a game they objectively should’ve lost). We additionally take peeks at the latest media mega-merger deal; anti-you-know-who slogans good and less-good; more details of Mayor Murray’s homelessness master plan; a violent-crime allegation buried in media side topics; and a remembrance of newspaper “consumer” columns and of one of their best curators.

Oct 16th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

So you stocked up on canned goods, canceled your weekend plans, and all for just a few minutes of torrential downpour followed by the usual autumn sogginess. (Turns out the real storm here was at Friday’s homeless-bill hearing.) We additionally talk about Hope Solo’s possible next career move; a gay-rights garden planned for Broadway; a sidewalk with solar panels; how to make the police force more diverse; and an old, old town with a new name.

Oct 9th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Former local TV news star turned GOP state boss Susan Hutchison defends the indefensible remarks of a certain Presidential candidate. We additionally think about the rival homelessness plans and their implications (real and imagined); saving some of the “ramps to nowhere”; a police-reform plan presented; and the sudden death of an artist/teacher/shaman.

MISCmedia MAIL for 9/30/16: SATELLITE OF LOVE?
Sep 29th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

As the calendar turns a new page into the darker and wetter months, we can’t unsee Jeff Bezos’s (non-pocket) rocket. Plus: the feminist bookstore seen on Portlandia won’t be seen on it anymore; a lesbian pastor at PLU; how to make the police more diverse; good (non-French) press about a coffee genius; and a sorority’s “sacred secrets” get revealed (as if anyone cares).

MISCmedia MAIL for 9/26/16
Sep 25th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The big book party was such a success, we might hold another. (Watch this space for particulars.) For now, though, it’s back to the daily grind of local news digestin’, which this day includes some allegedly tacky actions by exhibit organizers against two Af-Am artists; a concept to help the environment by re-opening coal mines (?); a video game set at a space station called “Tacoma”; and lotsa local sports wins.

MISCmedia MAIL for 9/21/16: ON TRACK?
Sep 20th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Regional politicians proposed a far better idea than an all-robocar lane on I-5: hi-speed rail from here to Vancouver. Additional subjects in our e-missive include the state’s still-unreformed foster care system; blame placed for the Greenwood gas explosion; a hope to one day “re-program” cancer cells; a coming exhibit on Seattle’s food history; and whales vs. whales off Vancouver Island.

MISCmedia MAIL for 9/16/16: BUNKER BLOCKED?
Sep 15th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

That fancy new police building folks have rallied against? Sent back for further review. Among other topics this day: Loving portraits of GLBT Mormons; whether the police really needed to shoot Che Taylor; still more Chinese speculation money in Seattle real estate; the usual many, many weekend event listings; and a weird idea to give homeless folks “non-monetary donations” online.

Sep 7th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We note a quarter century of a pioneering pan-genre, pan-gender performance/dance space (and the site of a memorable Cobain hissyfit). Also of note today: a famous 9/11 flag found in Everett (probably); a specialty clinic for trans teens; a drop in local greenhouse gases (that still isn’t enough); a call for a lot more bus service; and the loss of a legendary Capitol Hill pizza hawker.

MISCmedia MAIL for 9/30/16: TWO KINDS OF STINK
Aug 29th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

A pair of rancid, reeking spectacles have come to the area. One of them is a blooming “corpse flower.” Other headlines this day concern a Heart hubby’s allegedly jerky behavior backstage; the dumbest suggestion for the homeless crisis to date; Idaho survivalist cults unimpressed by civilization’s failure to collapse; and memories of a pioneering black judge.

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