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1/14/19: VIA-DONE
Jan 13th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

The Viaduct’s end becomes a big cruisin’ scene; KIRO-FM ‘talk bros’ axed; the Legislature starts minus one embattled member; why the Bezos’ split was announced when it was; the Seattle music scene’s founding mother dies.

CRUISIN’ THE VIADUCT
Jan 13th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

The city and WSDOT apparently expected a calm, orderly shutdown to the Alaskan Way Viaduct at 10 p.m. Friday night.

What happened instead was a big, popular, slow-speed cruisin’ scene. Thousands came to pay their last respects to the doomed scenic waterfront roadway. There were cars, trucks, at least one semi, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

It was after 10:25 when crews finally put up the barricades at the Viaduct’s northern on-ramps. The northbound cruise continued for more than another hour.

The official last civilian vehicle on the Viaduct was a stalled car, that had to be pushed by a cop car.

 

12/21/18: A MIGHTY WIND
Dec 20th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Windstorm 2: The Sequel smashes big trees and power lines all over; there’s no ambulance strike (yet); another Legislator’s workplace behavior is looked into; things start to get brighter (we hope).

12/4/18: TOOTH AND CONSEQUENCES
Dec 3rd, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

UW dental faculty denounce budget cuts; we’ll know today about NHL in Seattle; judge’s police-reform questions; state tenant-rights bill coming.

8/6/18: IT’S ART, BUT IS IT FAIR?
Aug 5th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Seattle Art Fair postmortem; did Portland cops take sides at Patriot Prayer rally?; Bellevue police chief put on leave; how not to hire the homeless.

6/18/18: FAMILIES MATTER
Jun 17th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

An instant rally for immigrant families; one lesson from Fremont Solstice; an inflatable cow’s watery trek; are ‘tiny house villages’ the best we can do?

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?

3/5/18: THREE CHORDS AND FORTY YEARS
Mar 5th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

A Seattle punk-scene reunion; Sound Transit funds still imperiled; hunger-strike ICE detainee out of solitary; downtown Tacoma gets upscaled.

2/15/18: YOUR COLD, COLD HEART
Feb 14th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

An icy valentine; UN human-rights watchers speak for Maru Mora-Villalpando; a legacy gay ‘steam room’ club’s for sale (again); the cost of faulty computer systems.

RE: RE-SISTERS
Jan 22nd, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

Last Friday, I suggested the Women’s March 2.0 might not be as humungous as it was last year.

I was wrong.

Another estimated 100,000 women, children, and men strode through downtown Seattle, reasserting their opposition to the hyper-reactionary DC regime and demanding a better future.

What’s next: continuing to resist and fight back, in measures large and small.
The biggest such moment will be at the midterm elections, a little more than nine months from now.

And you already know what miracles women can create within THAT timeframe.

11/28/27: RACER REDUX
Nov 27th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In your Tuesday news: a local landmark comes back from the dead (again); the city’s new homeless-grants plan cuts SHARE; Mayor Durkan takes charge with a personal PR blitz.

8/7/17: STATE OF THE ART (OF THE STATE)
Aug 7th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Seattle’s big, annual arts-travaganzas have come and gone, with subjects of identity and resistance scattered throughout. We touch upon that in Monday’s missive, as well as the sad decline of the hydros; alleged “shaming” harassment at an officially “inclusive” fandom convention; a phony Starbucks “meme” graphic; and how much Nikkita Oliver may have already changed local politics.

6/23/17: PRIDE VS. PREJUDICE
Jun 23rd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The Pride Parade and rally have a different mission this year, as you probably expect. Your big weekend MISCmedia MAIL briefly mentions this, and also touches on still more Charleena Lyles fallout; local reactions to the deliberate disaster that is the health-care repeal plan; the men from our state who helped the CIA craft its torture techniques; and who a Seattle mini-park near a “dump” should be named after (one guess).

THE NAKED TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Jun 18th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

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The Fremont Solstice Parade, even more than last year, was essentially an anticlimactic epilogue to the hundreds of body-paint bicyclists.

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Even the arrival this year of “The Resistance,” a single overriding topic of protest in all its branches and aspects and sub-topics, as the right wing sleaze machine takes near complete control and rushes out an all-fronts attack against literally every good thing in our society (from government aid programs to social civility itself), failed to bring out more volunteer street-theater performers, marchers, musicians, etc.

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Last year, there was talk that parade organizers would crack down on the nudes in hopes of attracting more participants in the parade itself, participants who might not want to be part of the same spectacle as all the poons and peens on public pubic display.

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That didn’t happen. But the underlying issue remains.

The parade could fade out and die along with the original hippie generation out from which its aesthetic was formed.

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Oh, and the parade got “trolled” by an entrant who showed up with a seven-foot costume puppet of a stereotype black “mammy” figure in a rasta hat.

According to some social-media commenters, the (apparently white) guy who performed in the costume was asked to leave the parade’s Friday-evening prep session. He then crashed the Saturday-afternoon event after it had already started, before again being shooed away.

Still, the Solstice Parade’s organizers have managed for almost three decades to keep motor vehicles, corporations, politicians, and even written signs out of the spectacle. But this thing looked just enough like a regular Solstice giant mascot costume that the guy got to strut it down a large segment of the parade route.

(After all, hippie graphic aesthetics used to include plenty of one-dimensional “ethnic characterizations.”)

Also troublesome for the parade’s future, it can’t store its floats and costumes in a city-owned warehouse space any more. (Slog) (PI.com)

 

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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