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8/8/19: HOW MEGA WAS MY BLOCK?
Aug 7th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

A giant, complex deal for the city-owned Mercer tract; more primary-election fallout; a China trade war could devastate Washington farmers; FedEx Ground says goodbye to Amazon.

6/20/19: LOVE IS AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Jun 20th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

More attacks on Pride Month art installations; ‘Sully’ speaks on the 737 MAX crisis; a new program invites techies to invest in affordable housing; turning water (very indirectly) into diamonds.

10/30/18: DUNGEONS & DIVERSITY
Oct 29th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Making Dungeons & Dragons less mono-gendered; the death of a local jazz legend; prayers for healing and compassion at a Seattle synagogue; a bike-share company wants to add cars.

7/19/18: MAKING TOMORROW COOL AGAIN
Jul 18th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Fake land-use signs for imaginary developments; Olympia’s not the worst town for jobs after all; seven separated refugee kids are detained in WA; could climate change kill the Internet?

3/26/18: MARCHING AS TO PEACE
Mar 25th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Scenes from the March for Our Lives; for-profit immigration jail vs. Tacoma; Green Lake fish & chips stand not ‘landmarked’; what’s really behind the Michael Bennett indictment?

12/15/17: WHAT’S SO FUNNY ‘BOUT…?
Dec 14th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In your big weekend MISCmedia MAIL entry: Fighting the net-neutrality repeal; money reasons behind the potential big hospital merger; blacks in tech forming their own networks; a message of peace at a time of turmoil.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/17/17: A PALER SHADE OF WHITE?
Apr 16th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Today at MISCmedia MAIL, thousands gathered in Seattle to support Black Lives Matter, most all of them white. Also: people who aren’t the Seattle Times editorial board want Ed Murray to quit; the Mariners start winning; the Army helps save fish by killing birds; and what Easter (and its pagan precursors) mean today.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/14/17: THE BIG SOG
Apr 13th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

What comes after heavy winter precipitation? Heavy spring flooding, of course. We additionally view the spreading hunger strike at the immigration jail; transit fans against proposed ST3 funding cuts; Microsoft wanting to buy its own (mostly “renewable”) electricity; shout-outs against federal cuts to farms and cancer scientists; and the usual gazillion weekend events listings.

4/10/17: HOW THINGS WERE THEN
Apr 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Today at MISCmedia MAIL, we’re reminded that intergenerational sex was common in the gay-male scene at, or at least shortly before, the time Ed Murray was allegedly involved in it. Also: a high-tech way to burn trash; even more Boeing state tax breaks; and they love us in France!

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.

THE MARCH OF (IT’S ABOUT) TIME
Jan 22nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

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Well, that was certainly a relief.

It was exactly what we all needed.

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A massive, clear, emphatic statement of NO! to the authoritarian DC regime—that was also a YES! to a completely different way of looking at, and doing, things.

A way with real “family values”.

A way that values people, even if they’re not billionaire campaign contributors.

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Now comes the hard part: translating the Womxn’s Marches’ inclusive, positive alternative worldview into specific short- and long-term actions; in DC, in every state capital, in every Congressional and Legislative district. Nobody left behind.

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I’ve been particularly obsessing about one thing Madonna said at the DC rally: “Welcome to the revolution of love.”

Could Bikini Kill’s “Revolution Girl Style Now” be about to come true?

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MISCmedia MAIL for 8/8/16: KEEPING A LIGHT ON
Aug 7th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

There was a lot on the water this weekend: The fast boats on Lake Washington, a beached whale at Fauntleroy, and especially the annual Hiroshima remembrance on Green Lake. Additional topics today include the Dead Baby bike spectacle; determining whether anyone’s to blame for the Oso landslide; dying trees statewide; anti-police window stickers; and the Mariners winning big on Griffey tribute weekend.

MISCmedia MAIL for 11/16/15
Nov 16th, 2015 by Clark Humphrey

The world goes on, and so does MISCmedia MAIL. Today: Remembering Paris; trying to forget the Seahawks game; a college basketball game called due to dangerous (indoor) conditions; and suburban subdivisions are still being built.
OH DEAR NO NOT AGAIN DAMN IT.
Apr 15th, 2013 by Clark Humphrey

via theverge.com

This did not have to happen.

In a more epathetic world it would not happen.

In a world that was less overrun by sociopaths and their media/political enablers, it would not happen.

WE ALL SCREAM FOR WE DAY
Apr 4th, 2013 by Clark Humphrey

The setting: KeyArena, 2:20 on a Wednesday afternoon. The place is filled with 15,000 middle- and high-school students and their adult chaperones. I’m in a staff lounge, preparing to start working on the tear-down crew at the end of this event, watching the on-stage action from a video feed.

From the elaborate stage, event hosts Craig and Marc Kielburger tease an already hyped-up crowd with the promise of a final surprise guest. Then they introduce said guest.

This is followed by the screechingly loudest human noise imaginable, as the young crowd screams in unison.

It is only due to the miracle of modern amplification that local hereos Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (with their full live band) can be heard.

Thus ended the first non-sporting event I’d been to in KeyArena since presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit in the spring of 2008. That event, like this, was a rousing call to action.

But the Obama rally was a mere toe-tapper compared to the rafters-shaking experience that was We Day, a five-hour celebration of kids getting involved in their communities and in the larger world.

We Day has been staged in cities across Canada for the past six years. This was the first one held south of the border.

Its parent organization, Free the Children, was started by the Kielburger brothers when Craig Kielburger was age 12. Their original intent was to crusade against forced child labor in Pakistan.

Since then, the organization has grown and evolved. It supports activities in 45 countries from Ecuador to India. These include schools, clean-water projects, and cottage industries making craft products. These projects’ overall goal is to “adopt” whole villages, helping create a sustainable infrastructure of education, health, and livelihood.

On the home front, Free the Children works to get kids involved in social change. It encourages kids to raise money and volunteer their time for overseas projects. And it empowers kids to work in their own communities against hunger, abuse, bullying, and dropping out of school.

Every part of Free the Children’s outreach to North American students is about positive empowerment. Burnout, or “compassion fatigue,” has no place in this outfit’s mindset. Everything’s about getting up, getting involved, doing things, speaking out (or, in the case of its forthcoming Day of Silence project, deliberately NOT speaking).

We Day is both a call to action and a celebration for those who’ve already been active. Kids got to go to it by having volunteered for both local and global causes.

In return, they got to spend a day out from school among kids bused in from all over the state. They got gift bags containing motion-powered light up plastic wristbands (donated by Microsoft, one of the event’s local sponsors). They got to partake of an extravaganza of entertainment and exhortation, of high-energy rally speeches alternating with live music and video segments of kids making a difference.

I worked on a part of the setup and teardown crew, and found a highly efficient organization behind it. Perhaps no recent event at the Key had needed so much stuff placed in so many places throughout the building. Besides the huge main stage (with two video walls) on the arena’s south end, a secondary stage with a video floor was set up on the north end. A gift bag was placed on every seat in the auditorium. Booths selling T-shirts and giving away promotional flyers were set up along all the concourses. Some lounges and luxury suites were reconfigured to welcome event staff, volunteers, adult supporters, and sponsors. Ground-floor dressing rooms had to be spiffed up at least a little for all the celebrity guests.

Those guests included Sonics legend Gary Payton, Mia Farrow (Payton Place meets Peyton Place!), Martin Sheen (delivering a rousing secular sermon about making a difference), MC Hammer, Martin Luther King III, Nelly Furtado, and local breakdance stars the Massive Monkees.

The most enthusiastically-received of the announced guests, “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson, performed two high-energy song and dance numbers.

But even Hudson couldn’t raise louder screams than Macklemore, wearing a replica Sonics jersey embossed with the slogan BRING ‘EM BACK. (A men’s pro basketball team bearing that name may indeed show up in KeyArena later this year.)

But this day was not about sports fandom, despite the presence of Payton, Magic Johnson, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and several of his star players including Russell Wilson.

What We Day was all about was getting involved in things bigger than sports, things bigger than yourself.

And having a raucously good time while doing so.

(Cross-posted with City Living.)

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