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MISCmedia MAIL for 12/22/16: WE ARE EVERYWHERE
Dec 22nd, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

I still disagree with the longstanding lefty meme that everybody outside “our” subculture is a fascist. And, I still insist we have to drop that notion if anything good is to survive. In more news-y news, there’s a condo tower planned for the International District, a little real-estate paperwork fee that does a lot for housing; two teenage boys implicated in the Mt. Vernon cop shooting; and an idea to build more Space Needles! (But not necessarily more Chihuly galleries.)

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/21/16
Dec 20th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Here comes the solstice, whether you believe in days getting brighter or not. Further subjects this day: whether to tear down some of Seattle’s seawalls; Hanford-developed biofuel from sewage; the uphill drive facing Inslee’s tax plan; a defaced portrait of a black musician; and a Time magazine prophecy proven true more than 20 years later.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/19/16: HOME SWEET HOME FRONT
Dec 18th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We’re still experiencing the effects of WWII to our region’s environment, and not just at Hanford. Also, as we count down to the solstice, we examine disputed tales of a protest at an Olympia park restroom; a possible alternative mode of housing for at-risk adults; the connection between both would-be arena developers and a former newspaper empire; and the end of one of our fave small-biz combos, King Donut-Teriyaki-Laundromat.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/16/16: BROKEN PEOPLE, BROKEN SYSTEM
Dec 15th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

A new report depicts the state’s mental-health system (which Gov. Inslee has already vowed to fix up) as a shambles. Other items today discuss whether Af-Am cultural institutions can follow the population into the ‘burbs; new plans to support “affordable” housing; the fish factory at the ex-Weyerhaeuser campus is dead; the coal-train scheme in Whatcom County may be resurrected; and the usual dozens of weekend activity options.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/15/16: THIS YEAR’S MODEL
Dec 14th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We need all the socio-political allies we can get these days, even within the pages of Teen Vogue! We look as well at Amazon’s at-long-last charitable streak; a church sex-abuse victim who doesn’t like what the church said about her legal fight; the governor proposing a “carbon tax” while a state investment board puts money into the petrochemical biz; and a (justly) long-forgotten novelty sport.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/14/16: UP ALL NIGHT?
Dec 13th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Some business interests want to turn downtown Seattle into “a 24-hour city.” People walking and shopping and being entertained and high-fiving one another in the streets when the only people who should normally be awake (aside from insomniacs like me) are hungry newborns and their parents. Can this be accomplished; and if so, would we even like it? We also ponder Bill Gates’s strange comparison between the next president and JFK; a temporary win for homeowners who don’t like back-yard cottages; Boeing management proving as indifferent to St. Louis as it is to Seattle; and why Sounders fans don’t watch a parade, they march in it.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/13/16: SOUTH TO THE FUTURE
Dec 12th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Meet the South Park family who just might be role models for us all. Further subjects this day include a tragedy compounded by a sincere journalistic error compounded by a fake-news site’s disdain for facts; a victory for tenants; the end of the tussle to replace Pramila Jayapal in Olympia; and more on the Sounders’ triumph.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/12/16: GET YOUR KICKS…
Dec 11th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The Sounders came back from last place in the MLS West to win the whole proverbial shebang! In non-Euro-style-sports happenings, there’s a drive to keep a white guy from being appointed to a “majority-minority” Legislative seat; Fukushima radiation hits the coast; and the Mama’s building could be named a historic landmark.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/9/16: SNOWTACULAR!
Dec 8th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Finally! Snow in the city, spectacular and beautiful (and rare and very temporary). Non-meteorological topics this day include gift books for the budding political activist in your family; a new, almost-1,200-unit residential complex; another local alt-media source needing support; a woman who videoed her own racial hate crime; and the usual umpteen weekend things-2-do.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/8/16: SEPARATION ANXIETY
Dec 7th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

If Eastern Washington ever does become a separate state, as some Republican politicians want, it would help the national Republican Party but hurt the people living there. (But then again, what political trends in America these days wouldn’t do that?) And we also discuss the attempt to rehabilitate the image of Pepe the comics frog; still more Seattle Times layoffs; an ex-Seahawk’s gender talk and its discontents; and whether or not Snowmaggedon ’16 will finally occur.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/7/16: INFAMY REVISITED
Dec 7th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Seventy-five years since Pearl Harbor, and not only are some dorks thinking of the Japanese American internment as a model for future endeavors, but also a serious totalitarian threat faces us not from without but from within. In relatively lighter topics, we’ve found one person who doesn’t like the new spiffy Wallingford transfer station; a local troll-avenger just might become the subject of a scripted TV series; a hotel project’s potential threat to the Chinatown-International District; and Seattle’s now home to America’s No. 5 airline.

MISCmeia MAIL FOR 12/6/16: SNOWLESS (PROBABLY) IN SEATTLE
Dec 6th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Another day of no white stuff on the ground (probably) sees us discussing a GOP legislator’s attempt to negate public-school funding (and non-discrimination); an aborted scheme to put surveillance cams into a middle-school cafeteria; and Amazon’s latest “real world” retail concept.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 12/5/16: SNOW OR NO?
Dec 4th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Snow in Seattle is rarely forecast. Those forecasts, in turn, often don’t come true. What will happen this time? Further topics today include a victory (for now) at Standing Rock; a big “March Against Hate;” Airbnb working with the Urban League; another longtime local biz asking for your help; and Husky and Seahawk football blowout wins (albeit the latter with a price).

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/2/16: THE LAST LATTE?
Dec 1st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Howard Schultz, aka The Man Who Sold (Out) the Sonics, will step aside as Starbucks’ CEO. In further news, we peruse UW football’s next step toward a possible trip to Title-town; why remembering the Seattle of old is NOT a futile gesture; potentially huge Seattle school budget cuts; Seattle U’s student-body prez outs himself as “undocumented”; the obscure Seattle past behind a national icon; and scads of weekend events. And we just might have a little snow.

MISCmedia MAIL for 12/1/16: MMM, BRAINS!
Nov 30th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Seattle’s supposed to now be a “brain magnet,” which means the zombies will likely attack here first. And WSU’s breeding super bees (you know how that story usually ends in films). In less speculative news, we observe those pushing for human rights by pushing for “cities’ rights;” the “Hamilton electors” on a last-ditch crusade to prevent the new dark times; and, alas, another stupid shooting.

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