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MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/22/17: THE ZINE SCENE, RE-SEEN
Mar 21st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The “ZAPP” archive of self-published zines, originally assembled by volunteers working out of Hugo House, has a new and safe home; though the ZAPP folks apparently had no say in it. As they say, it’s “complicated.” We also examine the need to re-re-clean-up Gas Works Park; Bill Gates vs. the proposed federal budget; a new “health scare of the week;” and national recognition to a great local artist.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/2/17: LENT ME AN EAR
Mar 1st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

For a big season O’ atonement, I’m not sure what we’re all supposed to atone for. But I do know, and relate, a little about municipal-income-tax proponents; Sound Transit opponents; a final victory for Alaskan Air baggage handlers; and an upside down, abstract rendering of Mt. Rainier.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 2/13/17: MAKING PRESIDENTS’ DAY MEAN SOMETHING
Feb 12th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We try to figure out how to mark an upcoming day for honoring the predecessors to someone who’s proven completely dishonorable. And, as well, we explore a still-extant fallout shelter; UW political scientists making a united stand; the sneaky details behind the state Republicans’ school-funding plan; and something called “gaze-assisted object recognition.”

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 2/10/17: IT’S SO APPEALING!
Feb 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

What’s it like to live in the unofficial capital of the Resistance? Today, great. Between the state attorney general and Nordstrom, we’ve got the DC goons on the proverbial ropes. Other subjects include St.Mark’s Cathedral getting “finished” at last; downtown car traffic not growing as much as it could have; an attempt to save a classic funeral building from the Grim Redeveloper; and the usual thousands of weekend activities.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 2/2/17: A WORLD DISAPPEARED
Feb 1st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

As a new exhibit about local Japanese-American life (before and during the WWII internments) shows, we’ve been down the path of ethnic demonizing before, with tragic results. We’ve also got the now-usual roundup of resistance news, plus a real police-reform bill at last; how the state Senate could get re-tied; and the death of a ceaseless advocate for urban trees and plants.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 1/31/17: THIS WASHINGTON STRIKES BACK
Jan 30th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Gov. Inslee and Attorney General Ferguson are becoming national heroes for speaking truth to cruelty. A lot of other folk are also speaking out, ranging from Jeff Bezos to Amanda Knox. We’ve also got Tim Eyman vs. the Olympia GOP; memories of Tacoma’s anti-Chinese expulsion; Gonzaga reaching #1 in men’s basketball; and a once-prestigious candy brand sold off.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 120/17: (MORE) NEWS ON THE MARCH
Jan 29th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Our Monday e-missive is, natch, mostly about the weekend’s “emergency marches” against the immigrant ban and the Sleaze Machine that devised it. But we also find space to remember a local TV legend and nationally renowned Scandahoovian-dialect comedy singer.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/27/16: AND… WE’RE BACK!
Dec 26th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Following the holiday break we catch up with tales of hospital execs who really don’t want Obamacare to get gutted; the BBC discovering Seattle as a hotbed of the Resistance; Amazon’s potential future with driverless trucks; and the welcome, forthcoming return of King Donut-Teriyaki-Laundromat!

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.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/2/16: POKEBALLS WITH A PURPOSE
Nov 1st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Mukilteo inventors have designed a sturdy, spherical refuge for humans in case of tsunami. Further subjects today include a really wide waterfront highway plan and its discontents; Paul Allen’s settlement over his mega-yacht’s coral-reef trashing; Amazon’s real-life bookstore quietly raising its prices (to non-“Prime” people); and an opera with only one man and one woman playing one role.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/31/16: DEATH OF A TALL COOL ONE
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 10/27/16: GORILLA MY DREAMS
Oct 27th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Ivan, the late discount-store caged gorilla, now stands proud and free as a statue. Among further Thursday topics: Attack ads come to local political races at last; Providence hospitals stop using religion as an excuse to stiff worker pensions; some Sonics Arena opponents still oppose it; and “socially responsible” video games.

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 10/19/16: WHITE HOUSE ‘GATES’?
Oct 18th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Bill AND Melinda Gates as potential Vice Presidents? Ridiculous. Among our other topics today: our pal Kelly Lyles and her art-van; HALA changes; a high school requesting “pledges” of attendance only from Af-Am students; a game company responding to allegations of “enabling” gambling; and an International District institution threatened.

MISCmedia MAIL for 10/7/16: HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN
Oct 6th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Serious weather’s coming to this corner of the nation (though not nearly as deadly as the weather in the opposite corner). As we wait for the storm to pass (if it even shows here), read up about Amazon moving into space built for that previous “shop at home” king; Sound Transit’s booming popularity; a video-game giant accused of aiding online-gambling sites; a victory for oil-train foes; and more school-funding fuming.

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