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FROM SEATOWN TO O-TOWN, WITH LOVE
Jun 13th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

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As I’d promised in Monday morning’s MISCmedia MAIL newsletter, here are some images from Sunday evening’s celebration/vigil in Cal Anderson Park, following the hate-crime massacre at a gay bar in Orlando FL.

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As I wrote then:

The worst single civilian mass shooting on U.S. soil (if you don’t count old massacres against Blacks and Native Americans) took place in a once-minor town that for 46 years has been one of the globe’s top tourist destinations. It’s a place where the particular set of weirdnesses that is Florida co-mingles with every other culture from everywhere.

Specifically, the disaster occurred at a gay nightclub, a type of place where violence has been threatened in many cities (including at Seattle’s Neighbours). There was also an attempted shooting at an L.A. pride parade by a man who was caught just in time.

(As a HuffPo essay said, the massacre is an extreme example of “the dangers LGBT people live with every day.”)

Violent homophobes can be of any race or religion. They only have to believe they’re so Perfectly Good that they can do horrible things.

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As the UK Guardian said after the Umpqua College shooting in Oregon last fall, “Thoughts and prayers are not enough” to stop all the mass shootings—not as long as the Gun Lobby keeps Congress, and us all, in its grip.

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Among the speakers at the event: Mayor Ed Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee. Murray finished his short remarks with a paraphrased passage from Romeo and Juliet:

“And when they shall die,

Take them and cut them out in little stars,

And they will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

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MISCmedia MAIL for 6/13/16
Jun 12th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Making sense of the senseless: I can’t even try. But I try anyway. I also look at the paucity of women on local corporate boards; more trouble for Western State Hospital; a worker walkout at a strawberry farm; and an attack of “Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison.”

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/10/16
Jun 9th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Plunging head-first into the weekend: More Tim Eyman trouble; the mayor’s latest prescription for homelessness; more accounts of public racism in Seattle; a drive to prevent future water-wasting export projects; and an LPGA champ’s new (non-golf) app.

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/9/16: YEAR TWO BEGINS
Jun 9th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

First, thanks to all who came to our li’l soiree Wednesday and/or expressed their heartfelt wishes. Now: the news continues, with a tough break for Hope Solo; the Fremont parade wanting naked bicyclists to register as official participants; the first black Seafair Queen rediscovered; a lucid voice about youth homelessness; and Stuart Anderson going to the great steakhouse in the sky.

MISCmedia MAIL @1!
Jun 7th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

We’ve been doing these weekday e-missives for a whole year! If you’re in town, come join us at a low-key fete tonight. (Details at the link.) In non-self-centered topics: Bellevue High football gets the proverbial book thrown at it; Ride the Ducks might escape some crash-victim lawsuits; Capitol Hill Pride might celebrate beyond what it’s been officially permitted; progress at last in a four-year-old rape case; and testing corn-based jet fuel on a regular passenger flight.

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/7/16
Jun 6th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The potential last day of the current hot spell includes stuff about an all-gender, anti-“rape culture” march; another govt. whistleblower harassed; a local visit by “the inventor of the World Wide Web;” charter schools that are more “diverse” than nearby public schools; and a remembrance of the father of whale-capturing (and, indirectly, of whale awareness/protection).

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/6/16
Jun 5th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

No six-six-(one)-six references in this e-missive. But you do get: A Catholic priest with a (female) spouse; the Oregon oil train disaster aftermath; your obligatory Ali remembrances; the UW’s latest spurning of non-techie courses; and a techie who scoffs (mistakenly, I believe) at regulating Airbnb.

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/3/16
Jun 2nd, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The Mariners were down by 10 runs for the second night in a row. For the first night in a row, that’s not how it ended. Our weekend report also includes: New art-life for a closed gallery space; a Blue Angels flight ends tragically; a planned “bicycle of the future” will have to wait a while; the dorkiest media-company name you ever heard of; and scores of weekend activities.

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/2/16
Jun 1st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The Sounders finally win on the road (then promptly go on a midseason break); new developments in the Seattle U sit-in; Little Saigon to get upscaled (to death?); waterfront streetcars go buh-bye; a crusade to prosecute police “unjustified deadly force.” All this and more in your Thursday e-note.

MISCmedia MAIL for 6/1/16
May 31st, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The thirteenth month of our newsletter venture begins with attempts to regulate short-term apartment rentals; a UW football player’s very human confessions; neighborhood NIMBYs getting nasty; an invention to liquify food waste; and why you shouldn’t try to steal an ATM.

MISCmedia MAIL for 5/30/16
May 29th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

In your Monday missive: The Mariners lose at home again; Central Washington’s wildfire season’s underway already, as seen by Sasquatch! festival-goers; Seattle’s black community’s increasingly a diaspora; a local high-school shooting becomes a streaming-TV-drama subplot; and who really sends the most anti-woman Tweets® and does it matter?

MISCmedia MAIL for 5/27/16
May 26th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The holiday all about dead people is here, and we “celebrate” with KPLU saved (maybe); Sound Transit promising more rail (a little) sooner; Tim Eyman’s “starve the state” scheme KO’d for good; easier crowdfunding rules for startups; and massive weekend event listings.

MISCmedia MAIL for 5/26/16
May 25th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

It’s the day before the big Mem-Day weekend, and the Mariners just won a home series! In other topics: The downtown power failure was our kind of non-injurous “disaster” story;  the Stranger wants you to go see places that no longer existed (or never did); Portland’s police chief’s caught in a gun-related lie; and Microsoft’s Nokia purchase meets an inauspicious endgame.

MISCmedia MAIL for 5/25/16
May 25th, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

Our midweek missive contains a man charged with stealing from the sick to help the religious; a Seattle Times pundit being totally wrong about something (again); U of Oregon students behaving badly; the state of ethnic artists in a white arts scene; and the latest thing in earbuds.

MISCmedia MAIL for 5/24/16
May 23rd, 2016 by Clark Humphrey

The Mariners came home and, yes, lost. Also today: Vandalizing salmon pens; hospital workers stealing opioids; a suburban city official who wanted to know where every Muslim in town lived; human-rights activists claim “victory” at Amazon; and a big artificial-intelligence conference in town (for all us fake-smarties).

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