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4/9/18: HIS OWN PROMISED LAND
Apr 8th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

A local civil-rights legend passes; an historic nightlife spot’s possibly threatened; a pending victory for BC pipeline opponents; how not to rename a supermarket.

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?

3/23/18: NEWS ON THE MARCH
Mar 22nd, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

The aware, activist teens behind March For Our Lives; ‘Portlandia’ RIP; the state of booze in the state; a possible precedent toward Net censorship; one affluent guy you’re glad you’re not.

12/28/17: ALL THAT, WELL, YOU KNOW…
Dec 27th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The year’s penultimate MISCmedia MAIL discusses great photos of a long-gone Seattle few people were aware of when it was around; a local underwear biz with sketchy (not in a good way) ads; cyclists suing Sound Transit; and Jews helping Muslims.

11/24/17: DISAPPEARANCE, THEN & NOW
Nov 23rd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In your truncated post-holiday missive: art and the fading visibility of blacks now and Chinese Americans then; sex-while-driving crash; #BlackLivesMatter So White (at least in Seattle); a new place to buy our book ‘Loser’ in person (for a limited time).

11/20/17: HE’S A LEGEND AND A LANDMARK
Nov 20th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We begin another week with a Scott McCaughey health scare; Amazon’s ‘gig economy’ drivers; a UW student/refugee threatened with deportation; and ‘naughty’ skywriting & its discontents.

11/9/17: GOODNIGHT, MOON
Nov 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Jenny Durkan’s officially 2017 Seattle mayor #4; the state Senate ‘flips’; coastal seabirds are dying off; UW will inspect Nike contractors’ plants; teens in one OR town are officially forbidden to have sex.

10/30/17: SUNK TRANSIT
Oct 30th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We begin another wacky week of news with more supposedly-clever ways to abandon bike-share vehicles; NFL protests get more “meta”; and letting building owners sell their “airspace.”

8/30/17: SMOKE GETS IN YOUR…
Aug 29th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

I’m not complaining about a little haze in the air, compared to three to four feet of rain elsewhere. It just makes breathing a little tough for some of us. Other subjects this day: Figuring out the finances of Jenny Durkan’s free-tuition plan; obscene price gouging in Texas (and one free-marketeer who likes it); a union official who embezzled cash and tried to cover it up by disbanding the union; and a realty exec insists we’re not in a housing bubble, no way, don’t even think about it.

8/17/17: DOWN THE PIKE
Aug 16th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Let us recall another Seattle progressive triumph, in an age of another not-all-there Republican president. It’s the late John Stamets’ 1987 pix of the restored Pike Place Market, now on display again. Among our other topics this day: wildfires rage in Grant County; concrete-truck drivers go on strike; a walking trail’s set to reopen; and more local folk have more reaction to the ongoing sociopolitical meltdown.

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.

7/26/17: THE LAST LUBE
Jul 25th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Babeland will still be a pan-gender sex-toy shop. It just won’t be our own pan-gender sex toy shop. We also explore a fun new look for an ex-department store; a strange anti-pot billboard that looks just so ’80s; big bucks for cherries; and a Seattle-set TV drama’s unexplained continued existence.

6/19/17: THE MADNESS CONTINUES
Jun 19th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Another week, another police shooting of an innocent African-American. This time, it was a pregnant mother shot in her home, in front of the children. And somebody thought a “mammy” mascot costume would be perfect for the Solstice Parade. In less horrific news, Amazon dives deep into “brick and mortar” retail; electric conservation leads to higher rates; and a Pioneer Square rebuild gets stalled.

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)

 

6/2/17: GREENERS SO WHITE
Jun 2nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The unspecified “clear threat” reported by Evergreen State College brass is, at least partly, the fallout from a heated email exchange about race and the limits of white “progressivism.” Your weekend MISCmedia MAIL also mentions local officials refusing to go backwards on climate change; another reason why encampment sweeps put people in danger; a guy who says he can build affordable housing units at half price; and a guy who wants to break up Amazon.

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