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8/16/17: OUR NEW BOT OVERLORDS?
Aug 15th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

It’s hard, at this time of raging hate/stupidity, to think of other potential threats to civilization; but one biz tycooon sez we oughta worry about artificial-intelligence “bots” becoming sentient enough to take over. Our other topics this Wednesday include Rep. Jayapal’s call for a White House de-Nazification; a pro-DACA rally; the final (at last) mayoral-primary result; and good news for any of you who’ve subscribed to these e-missives but not always gotten them.

8/15/17: SAY THEIR NAMES, STILL
Aug 15th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

“Seattle High School Memorial Stadium” is named for the 800 names on its front wall, of locals who died in WWII. There’s a drive to make sure the names remain in any rebuilt stadium. We discuss that in our Tuesday letter, as well as the young man from our state found among the Virginia white-supremacist marchers; memories of the NW’s last total eclipse; a consumer review of one of the new bike-share systems; and Costco caught peddling mis-branded jewelry.

7/31/17: OF PRIMARY CONCERN
Jul 30th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Apparently very few Seattle voters have sent in their primary-election ballots. If any of you are among those, get to it, darn it! We also mention an attempt to trash the Northwest’s public-power heritage; the ever-hotter Eastside state-senate race; the vanishing sword ferns; and “Why I Don’t Hate Seafair” part XXVII.

7/20/17: ‘COFFEE FORWARD,’ TWO STEPS BACK
Jul 19th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

A bluster-phobic Financial Times writer tears into one of Howard Schultz’s more bombastic hype statements. Your Thursday headline roundup also mentions a snag in the police reform plan; a miscarriage (of more than just justice) at the private immigration jail; the return of an annual spectacle loved by some tribal members and hated by some animal lovers; and layoffs at a local tech giant.

7/8/17: CRUISING ANOTHER ‘AURORA’
Jul 18th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Many of us got to see the Northern Lights around here recently. In more down-to-earth topics, Ed Murray’s not going away; preservationists compare ID “upzoning” to the WWII internments; a rescued orca’s now a mom; and a developer wants to build 11 apartments on a 32-foot-wide lot.

7/13/17: ALL’S FAIR
Jul 13th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Thursday’s big and small topics include King County’s own country fair coming back from near death; an ex-Amazon exec predicting Costco’s doom; a recent “cyberstalking” suspect pleading “free speech;” Mexico inviting (some) “Dreamers” back; and landline-phone nostalgia.

7/11/17: BRASS TAX
Jul 10th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Tuesday’s big e-missive concerns the city high-earners’ income tax and those who want to prevent it; scary new tech for (digitally) putting words in people’s mouths; school murals that were preserved even though the school wasn’t; and one artist’s dream of skateboarding in a giant frying pan.

6/29/17: BACK FROM THE BRINK?
Jun 28th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We’ve got a state budget deal! Now we wait to find out what it is. While you wait, read about the start of the city’s new anti-homelessness plan (and its discontents);  orca miscarriages; and Bezos’ non-payment of a non-extant tax.

6/28/17: THE EDGE OF SHUTDOWN
Jun 28th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

MISCmedia MAIL waits with the proverbial baited breath to see whether the Legislature can, once again, avoid a budget disaster. Also: high anger at the City Council’s hearing into the Lyles shooting; wildfires come back bigtime; another T-Mobile/Sprint merger snag; and more allegations against the King County sheriff.

6/21/17: ‘SAY HER NAME’
Jun 21st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Multiple vigils and marches called for justice for Charleena Lyles. Also in MISCmedia MAIL: a labor victory for strippers (that could set a precedent for other “independent contractors”); Teatro ZinZanni redux; another ICE-jail hunger strike; and the long, drawn-out demise of a great local product.

6/20/17: ALL ALONG THE (NEW) WATCHTOWER
Jun 20th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

MISCmedia MAIL’s not the first to note that the police slaying of Charleena Lyles came the day after the dedication of Jimi Hendrix Park. In other topics: some Wall Streeters think Amazon/Whole Foods means trouble for Costco; little to no progress toward a state budget; and the sudden revival of Tonya Harding media mania.

6/16/17: THE BODY PAINT BODY POLITIC
Jun 15th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Friday’s MISCmedia MAIL ponders the Fremont Solstice Parade’s meaning in a year when just about every public act has political import. Also: a beloved fabric-arts store closes; the co-owner of Seattle’s coolest hardware store dies; alt-right dorks come to Evergreen; and a strange floating mega-balloon appears on the Tacoma waterfront.

6/15/17: RETURN OF THE WALKING ED
Jun 15th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Is Ed Murray’s legal peril over, or just on hiatus? MISCmedia MAIL also discusses the real (and predictable) spark behind the Evergreen State turmoil; more hollowing-out at Boeing; alleged coded racism in a newspaper column; and a big “Tax the Rich” turnout.

5/26/17: DOWN THE PIKE
May 26th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In your big holiday-weekend MISCmedia MAIL: The Pike Place Market’s new part, or at least part of that new part, is now open; Folklife’s last hurrah?; the White House hates rail transit and old people getting jobs; Nike’s overseas labor policies are back in the news; and gazillions of weekend activity listings.

5/25/17: FORGING AHEAD?
May 24th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Could the Black Dog Forge’s Belltown building, and the legendary band-practice basement space within, be rescued from redevelopment by a crowdfunding campaign? In other MISCmedia MAIL topics today: Why people don’t listen to facts; ambitious plans for the state’s schools; Starbucks’ employee-motivation program backfiring; and preparing for our new computer overlords.

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