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10/7/19: BEING THE FUTURE
Oct 6th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Young activists’ ideas become an art exhibit; the local CEO inside the Ukraine affair; Boats Afloat Show floats away to Everett; Seattle’s biggest ‘soot polluter’ is a recycling plant.

10/1/19: ‘BON’ MOTS
Oct 1st, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

That local ad jingle you still can’t forget; is bus riding really that dangerous? (a driver says no); addressing built-in bias in school gifted programs; how ‘tree rustlers’ allegedly started a big wildfire.

9/6/19: ‘TENTACLED’ WEALTH-PORN
Sep 5th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Paul Allen’s ultra-mega-yacht’s for sale; remembering a master of altered lit-forms; local students of color state their grievances in a DIY book; a new ‘Blob’ threatens Pacific marine life.

6/14/19: LET US PREY
Jun 13th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Life with the downtown falcons; Jayapal shouts her abortion; Tacoma gives a novelist a park; Amazon says it does-so pay taxes.

3/27/19: THE GOSPEL TRUTH
Mar 26th, 2019 by Clark Humphrey

Local artists’ political ‘gospel tracts’; Wedgwood bike lanes axed; did the feds sit on a 737 MAX fix?; remembering a gentle soul who loved drag, punk rock, and horror.

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.

4/25/18: THE WRITE STUFF, OR THE WHITE STUFF?
Apr 25th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

What a white woman got wrong about a black woman’s experience; an Ed Murray associate’s own past scandal; Rep. Jayapal says “we failed.”

3/2/18: END OF THE ROAD
Mar 2nd, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

How Seattle stopped more freeways; lawmaker-secrecy vetoed; NHL ticket drive a smash; there’s still comics (and good comics at that) at ComiCon!

1/15/18: THE ‘DREAM’ AND THE ‘WOKE’
Jan 14th, 2018 by Clark Humphrey

To start your week after a big-news weekend, read about MLK’s real message & its relevance; Cliff Avril defending Haiti’s honor; how Hawaii’s safe (for now); and a local/national sports legend RIP.

12/29/17: WHITE WINTER ‘HYMN’-NAL
Dec 29th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The year’s final MISCmedia MAIL explores a city getting ever younger; an addition to the Charleena Lyles lawsuit; the end of Seattle’s crooked-est alley; and Sherman Alexie exhorting against hate.

11/17/17: BEFORE WE THOUGHT EVERYTHING SUCKED…
Nov 16th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In your big weekend e-mailer: Pix of ’80s local punkdom; another step for KeyArena deal; ‘Sanctuary City’ in action; how do Nazis differ from those who just talk and act like ’em?

11/1/17: THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS
Nov 1st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We start a new month, and with it one year to save America from its ‘saviors’. Other topics today: making local history less white; Olympia’s ‘old boys’ club’ and its discontents; big kudos for the local lit scene.

WHAT EVERY SEATTLEITE NEEDS TO KNOW
Oct 4th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

The Seattle Public Library, in conjunction with my ex-Stranger colleague Charles Mudede, recently held a public workshop on the topic of “What Every American Needs to Know.”
Attendees were asked to make their own lists of subjects they want everybody to learn. With Mudede’s presence/influence, the topics nominated veered toward racial justice/awareness issues, past and present.

The event was inspired by, and named for the subtitle of, E.D. Hirsch Jr.’s 1987 book Cultural Literacy. Hirsch listed some 5,000 terms, people, historic events, popular movements, and concepts that ought to be familiar to citizens young, old, and new.

UW instructor Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University and author of the political-activism book You’re More Powerful Than You Think, recently revived Hirsch’s concept, as something to be “crowdsourced” from citizen contributions.

Since the library event, Anika Anand at TheEvergrey.com asked that site’s readers to nominate similar topics that every Seattleite needs to know.

Here are my own nominations, in 10 overgeneralized, inter-related categories:

1. Our history and heritage.

Why the Northwest is more “north” than “west”. The early explorers, missionaries, and fur trappers. The Nordic homesteaders arriving on the land-grant railroads. The Gold Rush and boosterism. How Seattle was “bourgeois from the start” (Roger Sale).

2. Our racial/cultural mosaic, past to present.

The rich indigenous heritage, and the people who fight to keep it alive. The Anti-Chinese Riots; the WWII Japanese-American internments. FIlipino cannery workers. Vietnamese refugees. The black struggle, from redlining to gentrification. Hispanic/Latinx immigrants, and their fight to stay.

3. Our homegrown pop culture.

Seattle black music/art (not just Hendrix). Seattle pop/rock music (not just Hendrix and Cobain). Seattle visual art and artists (not just Chihuly). Self-aware, self-deprecating humor, from The Egg and I to Almost Live. Twin Peaks and the “Northwest Noir” genre. Kids’ TV; drag clowning; neo-circus; performance art. Sports, from the Hawks to the Huskies to the hydros. Gone-but-not-forgotten restaurants, stores, and dive bars. Allegedly “Seattle” things we had nothing to do with (“designer grunge,” Fifty Shades of Grey).

4. Our boomin’ n’ bustin’ economy.

Timber and the original “Skid Road.” Railroads and steamships. The Alaska connection, from fishing to oil. Boeing. The Depression; hydro power as a “public works” project. WWII; “Rosie the Riveter;” Hanford. The Jet Age; the ’70s Boeing Bust. The baby-boomer entrepreneurs behind Starbucks, Costco, and the first microbrews. The early dotcoms’ rise and fall. Washington Mutual’s rise and fall.

5. Techie Seattle and its Boeing roots (really).

How a City of Engineers morphed into a City of Coders. The UW’s heritage in medical technologies. Bill Gates and Paul Allen’s “old Seattle” backgrounds. Why Jeff Bezos and Nintendo set up shop here. Video games as an art form. The “tech bro” stereotype and tech-biz sexism.

6. Our bio-region, its ecology, and threats to same.

The “natural Northwest” relentlessly reshaped, regraded, dredged, dammed, and filled in. Hanford. Trident. Clearcut forests. Depleted fish runs. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and wildfires. Climate change and weird weather.

7. Politics past and present.

Prohibition rum-runners; brothels and speakeasies. Labor radicals, and anti-radical “massacres.” ”The 47 states and the Soviet of Washington.” “Progressive Seattle” as an historically white-dominated movement. “Feel-good liberalism” vs. making the hard choices and doing the real work. Why gay marriage and legal pot were easier to achieve than economic or racial justice. The high-end housing boom; single-family neighborhoods; “Livability” vs. “affordability.”

8. “Seattle Nice” and its limits.

Why, personality-wise, we’re more like Canada than California. Nordic stoicism; passive-aggressive distancing. Why you MUST develop and use an “inside voice,” and stop screaming in public all the time.

9. Words and phrases and pronunciations.

It’s “I-5,” not “the 5.” It’s the Department of Licensing, not the DMV. There’s no “S” in “Pike Place Market.” How to pronounce “Puyallup” and spell “Weyerhaeuser.”

10. The (Real) World of Century 21

The future promised at the World’s Fair vs. what we really got. Making a better future, not just a profitable one. Saving our nation from social/political disaster. Saving our planet from ecological disaster. Saving our own corner of the planet from the side effects of its own “success.”

10/2/17: OUR FLAG WAS *NOT* THERE
Oct 2nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In Monday’s MISCmedia MAIL: What Michael Bennett DIDN’T do; ICE targets ‘sanctuary cities’; today’s Amazon compared to yesterday’s Sears; Seattle’s ‘Poetic Grid’ makes the PBS NewsHour.

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.

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