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What We've Learned Today About the Attack in London

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:50:56 -0700

by Ana Sofia Knauf

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James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old white male, entered a police substation in Times Square and told the police he killed a black man because he hates black people.

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James Chance May Be Older, but He'll Never Be "Mature"

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:15:00 -0700

by Dave Segal

Courtesy of James Chance

The title of the latest James Chance and the Contortions album, The Flesh Is Weak, is a red herring. If he no longer harbors a "Design to Kill," as hinted in one of his most scathing tunes from the nuclear 1979 debut, Buy, the 63-year-old Chance still has the means to maim.

Young musical dynamos typically don't age well, but this sax, piano, and throat man still harnesses vital inspiration on Flesh. Sure, there are a couple of jazz standards and a heartfelt saunter through a simmering soul ballad by Gil Scott-Heron, but overall Flesh stalks with the bravado of Contortions' no wave days. No longer toying with racial stereotypes as he did with James White and the Blacks (see 1979's sporadically brilliant Off White), Chance devotes himself on the new LP to honing his patented wiry, mutational jazz funk with a new, more horn-laden band, including guitarist/producer Tomás Doncker, who runs True Groove, the label that issued Flesh.

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Do You Have A Recurring Event In Seattle? Tell Us About It!

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:40:28 -0700

by Stranger Things To Do Staff

If you use the Stranger Things To Do calendar, you probably already know that we have nearly every event happening in Seattle listed. As part of our mission to make sure that we have only the most accurate information, we're triple-checking the events that happen on a recurring basis—weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc.

If you have an event that happens regularly, we'd like your help! If we don't already have your event listed, you can use this form to submit it. If we do already have it listed, we'd love to hear from you—please email us and let us know if there are any updates. Thanks!

A Comic About Granny the Orca

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:30:00 -0700

by Levi Hastings


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Do You Want Classical Musicians to Play in Your Living Room? Of Course You Do.

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0700

by Rich Smith

Groupmuse: Classical music is Bach in style. Jill Wheeler

Those who want to enjoy an ~extremely pleasant~ evening of music and friendship should join Groupmuse, a social-media platform that connects classical musicians with people who want to get tipsy while listening to live classical music in a random person's beautiful apartment.

The concerts are cozy: shoes off, a violin and a cello playing Bach in the living room, Trader Joe's snacks dominating the snack table, amiable young professionals getting wine-drunk with music nerds, and a fuzzy black Lab puppy named Randall sniffing around for cuddles.

Or at least that was my experience at a Groupmuse hosted by Kelly Elder, a 28-year-old attorney who invited 15 people and two musicians into her gorgeous peach-brick corner apartment in Eastlake last Saturday.

Groupmuse: Classical music is Bach in style.

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Republican Dave Reichert Has Already Voted for Trumpcare. Now He Says He's Undecided

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:44:54 -0700

by Heidi Groover Members of local Indivisible groups staged a "die-in" outside Congressman Dave Reichert's office this week. MICHELLE STRAKA Earlier this month, Washington Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) voted to advance the Republican Trumpcare bill through committee and toward a full House vote. Now, amid 11th hour negotiations and changes to the bill, Reichert isn't so sure. The Seattle Times' Jim Brunner has the news: Breanna Deutsch, a Reichert spokeswoman, said in an email the bill has changed since that committee vote. “There are likely more changes to be made. Until we know what those changes are, Congressman Reichert is undecided,” she said. (We've reached out to Reichert's office, too, and we'll update this post if they get back to us about this or about anything ever.) Reichert not only voted for Trumpcare once, but continued to defend it after a Congressional Budget Office report estimated it would result in 24 million people losing coverage. Meanwhile, Reichert's constituents have supported the Democratic candidate for president in at least the last three presidential elections, and about 48,500 people in his district stand to lose coverage if Medicaid expansion is rolled back. If you'd like to help Reichert make up his mind, you can reach his office at 202-225-7761. Reichert Watch: Every time Reichert takes a party line vote that hurts his constituents or introduces needless legislation or does anything at all, we'll add it to the list. • On March 9, he voted for the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. • A week later, after a Congressional Budget Office analysis found the plan could leave 24 million people across the country without insurance by 2026, he defended it. • Before that, Reichert made misleading statements about threats posed by his own constituents. • Recently, he voted for the SCRUB act, which creates a regulatory committee to identify and eliminate regulations that don’t directly increase the GDP. The committee’s goals align with White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s plan to “deconstruct the administrative state," but the irony of commissioning a regulatory agency to cut back on regulations is lost on no one, especially not tax payers who are being charged $30 million for the favor. • Reichert twice voted against forcing Trump to show Congress his tax returns (once in committee and once in a roll call vote), which may illuminate conflicts of interest and business ties with Russia. • Reichert was the only Washington Republican who voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. • In 2014, he proposed a bill that would ban welfare recipients from using benefits to buy weed, despite the fact that such purchases were already illegal. • In 2010, he voted to maintain “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell." • That same year, Reichert suffered significant brain trauma when a tree branch fell on his head. The resulting hand-sized blood clot that formed in his brain went untreated for two months. • In their 2006 endorsement, The Seattle Times Editorial Board applauded Reichert for his "conscience-driven independent streak," but, that same year, during a speech before the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, Reichert expressed his readiness to vote along party lines, saying: "when the leadership comes to me and says, 'Dave, we need you to take a vote over here because we want to protect you and keep this majority,' I... I do it." Though he has voted for some land conservation efforts, Reichert describes his pro-environment votes as "chess pieces, strategies" to hold his seat in a swing district. (RICH SMITH AND HEIDI GROOVER) [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Members of local Indivisible groups protested outside Congressman Dave Reichert's office this week.

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Donald Cried and the Comedy of Humiliation

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:30:00 -0700

by Ben Coleman


Donald Cried traffics in the comedy of humiliation, and full disclosure: I can barely make it through an episode of the American The Office. So a movie like this, where grown men socially eviscerate themselves in very grounded scenarios... to me, it’s like eating handfuls of bullion cubes. But if you’re a fan of the genre, I imagine it’s a nice hot shot of schadenfreude espresso!

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Another Republican Against Trumpcare: Washington State's Jaime Herrera Beutler

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:23:44 -0700

by Heidi Groover Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler represents southwest Washington, including Centralia and Longview. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Earlier this week, as we attempted to get all of Washington's Congressional representatives on the record about their stance on the Republican health care plan, better known as Trumpcare, a couple of offices gave me the runaround. One of those was the office of Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican who represents Southwest Washington's District 3. This morning, Herrera Beutler made her position clear: She'll vote no. Ahead of tonight's expected vote on the Trumpcare, Herrera Beutler said in a statement she's concerned about the effects of the bill on children who depend on Medicaid. "I will not vote to let those kids fall through the cracks," she said. Across Washington state, the Republican health care plan could leave 600,000 people who received coverage through Obamacare's Medicaid expansion uninsured, according to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. About 64,000 of those people live in in Herrera Beutler's district, according to state data. (Meanwhile, less than 50 percent of her district voted for President Donald Trump.) Herrera Beutler denounced Trump during the campaign, but has been outspoken about her support for repealing Obamacare. Here's her full statement on the Trumcare plan: I remain steadfast in my commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare with health care solutions that better serve all residents of Southwest Washington. But we can do better than the current House replacement plan, and I cannot support it in its current form. While I appreciate this week's effort by Speaker Ryan and his leadership team to better protect older Americans from health care cost increases, the difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed. I’m disappointed that it appears my amendment to strengthen the Medicaid safety net for the kids who depend on it for their health care will not be considered. Protecting vulnerable children is a core purpose of the Medicaid program and when the program fails to do so, it fails entirely. I will not vote to let those kids fall through the cracks. Southwest Washington residents also deserve a greater commitment to lowering health costs so that out-of-pocket expenses, premiums and taxes are taking up less of their monthly paychecks. Congress should more purposefully move ahead with free market reforms that increase competition between insurance providers and drive down premiums and deductibles. Obamacare also levied numerous taxes on hardworking Americans, and in our effort to pull back this harmful law we should more quickly repeal them. In the final analysis, this bill falls short. We can't give up on replacing Obamacare with a solution that provides affordable, high-quality health care to all Americans. I will remain active and engaged at every step until Congress gets this right. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler represents southwest Washington, including Centralia and Longview.

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Dems Are Going To Filibuster Gorsuch But We're All Going to Die Anyway Because of the AHCA

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:17:28 -0700

by Tricia Romano No to Gorsuch Getty Images New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced that the Democrats will (sort of) filibuster the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who, though dashing and handsome, is actually to the right of the dead and terrible Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch has no business even being nominated, since Trump is under investigation by the FBI for possibly working with Russia to destroy American democracy, and because the Republicans refused to even give Obama nominee, Merrick Garland, a far more moderate justice, the floor. There's a caveat, though, writes the WaPo: "Schumer’s vow to help block Gorsuch with a filibuster did not include calls for the rest of his chamber to join him in opposition — a sign that he is leaving political space for more moderate Democrats, especially those facing reelection next year, to potentially side with Republicans under political pressure sparked by a multimillion-dollar ad campaign bankrolled by conservative groups in hopes of securing Gorsuch a filibuster-proof vote tally." The Democrats may have finally become the party of no. Unfortunately, it's too late. We're all going to die, since, while you were sleeping, the stuff of nightmares happened: the murderers Republicans amended the already-bad AHCA/Obamacare replacement to be even worse. Here's Vox: Key to the deal, they report, are changes to the law that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s “essential health benefits,” a list of 10 categories of procedure that all insurance plans offered to individuals or small businesses must cover. The 10 are, in the words of • Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services • Emergency services • Hospitalization • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy • Prescription drugs • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover • Laboratory services • Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children In good news, Mike Huckabee supports the National Endowment for the Arts, so I guess everything's OK? [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]No to Gorsuch

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Reminder: Today's Vote on Trumpcare Is Also a Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:13:23 -0700

by Heidi Groover Planned Parenthood serves 2.5 million patients a year. Scott Olson/Getty Images The Republican health care plan is on the rocks. Late yesterday, it looked like the far-right Freedom Caucus had the votes to help sink the American Health Care Act. Since then, they've been bargaining with House leadership to try to get changes to the bill. As of midnight, CNN reports, they had no deal, but they're still negotiating. A vote is expected tonight; it's not clear exactly when. It's worth remembering, as we watch this all go down today, that this is not only a proposal to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a plan that threatens insurance coverage for millions and gives the wealthy a huge tax break. It's also yet another Republican attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. The AHCA includes a one-year prohibition on federal funding for 501(c)(3) organizations that are "primarily engaged in providing family planning and reproductive health services," offer abortions, and spend more than $350 million a year under the Medicaid program. In other words, the Congressional Budget Office wrote in their analysis of the bill: Planned Parenthood. That provision, according to the CBO, would reduce direct spending on women's health clinics by $156 million between 2017 and 2026. The bill also bans using insurance tax credits for plans that cover abortion. The "defunding" issue has become a core sticking point on both sides—for Republicans who refuse to reform health care without it and for moderates and Democrats who refuse to support any health care plan that includes defunding. As NPR explains, "it's not that there's a funding stream going directly from the government to Planned Parenthood that Congress can just turn off." Planned Parenthood, which serves 2.5 million people a year, receives federal funding when it is reimbursed for care it provides to people on Medicaid. Those dollars already can't be used for abortion because of the Hyde Amendment. The Republican plan would prevent any use of Medicaid dollars at Planned Parenthood. And that, the CBO analysis found, would translate to increased pregnancies and less health care access for poor women who may have nowhere else to go. If the U.S. House of Representatives approves the health care plan today, they will be sentencing women to unavailable health care and unwanted pregnancies. "The public health community has been abundantly clear that they cannot absorb the 2.5 million patients that Planned Parenthood sees each year," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said last week. "And particularly for women who have found a lump in their breast or need birth control immediately, and maybe a community health center can see them in a month or two months, that's not good enough." Here in Washington, Planned Parenthood supporters are urging Republican Congressman Dave Reichert—who voted for Trumpcare in committee—not to defund Planned Parenthood. Whatever happens today, take a minute to send a fuck you to anti-choice Republicans by donating to Planned Parenthood, supporting pro-choice legislative advocacy here in Washington state by giving to NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, or directly funding abortions in our region by supporting (or bowling for!) the CAIR Project. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Republicans don't.

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Person of Interest: Troy Osaki, a Young Writer Celebrating Asian American Heritage Through Poetry

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0700

by Ana Sofia Knauf


As a grade-schooler, Troy Osaki had already accepted that his dream career as a musician wasn't going to pan out. His love of Blink-182 and Taking Back Sunday couldn't make up for his inability to keep a rhythm—or sing, for that matter. Osaki, who is Filipino and Japanese American, later turned to spoken-word poetry while he was a student at Garfield High School, eventually signing up for Cafe Allegro's open-mic poetry night and finding a writing community at Youth Speaks Seattle, a youth literary arts organization.

Poetry became a source of therapy for Osaki after five teenagers were fatally shot in Seattle in 2008, one of whom was 16-year-old Quincy Coleman, a Garfield High School student gunned down on campus. "I began to learn how poetry can be used as a tool to reflect and process what is difficult and complicated to understand," Osaki said. "I now write in hopes of building a safe and just place to live by reimagining the world through poetry."

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