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KUOW Interviewed That Nazi Who Got Punched and People Hate It

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0700

by Rich Smith Nazi down. SEAN PATRICK DUFF Yesterday on KUOW's The Record, host Bill Radke spoke with the guy who got knocked out Monday morning for throwing a banana at a man while wearing a swastika armband. Many online cheered the punching of the Nazi, but listeners rose up in anger and anguish at the radio station's decision to give the Nazi a platform and to allow him to speak anonymously. In response to the uproar, KUOW posted a request on Facebook for listeners to write in with their concerns. Right now, there are well over a hundred replies: src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fkuowpublicradio%2Fposts%2F10155783350138139&width=500" width="500" height="299" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> People generally seem to be criticizing the station for giving the idiot a platform for his views, which they didn't need to hear because a Nazi armband says enough. Others mention the insult of airing the interview on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, a time for reflection and dipping apples in honey. I have struggles with this. On one hand, I've seen enough of these stunt Nazis to know that I don't care what they say. Inviting him on the radio anonymously allows him to hide and offers him the safety he doesn't extend to others. It's a mistake to give him that. On the other hand, during the show, the Nazi explained he wouldn't give his name because, he said, his landlord forbid him from doing so because she didn't want the Antifa showing up at her property. That excuse is so profoundly and transparently cowardly that I'm happy to know that information. It's unsurprising but useful to know that he calls concern about the rise of Neo Nazis “a witch hunt,” which is the same language the President uses to describe inquiry into his treasonous "Russia stuff." He also referred to the Holocaust as "something that wasn't great," and basically claimed to have dressed up like a Nazi TO SAVE CAPITALISM. I had my assumptions, but until he came on the radio, I had no idea what the fuck that guy's deal was. I couldn't have been 100 percent certain, or even 90 percent certain, what exactly happened during that punching incident, or even what the circumstances were, after watching the video. I don't like the idea of not caring to know for certain, either. Criticism of "giving Nazis a platform" is to me overly cautious, and particularly rich when coming from people who shared the Nazi-punching video widely. The virality of Nazi-punching videos feeds into the Fox News hysteria about the so-called violent left, and serves in part to legitimize these assholes even if it strikes fear into some. Clearly, that idiot who wore the arm band hasn't yet been scared straight by all the Nazi punching videos going around. That said, I'm not keen on KUOW running what amounts to a freak show segment on a neo Nazi. "Look! A Nazi called us! Give him a mic!" *Update* When I asked KUOW why they granted the guy anonymity, KUOW Managing Producer Brendan Sweeney told me The Record team did so because the Nazi "claimed to be worried for his safety," which contradicts the Nazi's claim. When I asked why they didn't just refuse the interview, Sweeney gave me a "both sides" reason: "The KUOW ethics guidelines state that anonymity can only be granted if we verify that the person is who he or she says they are; and if we have a compelling reason for doing so," he wrote via e-mail. "Earlier this week," Sweeney continued, "we had spoken to Josh Dukes, the Anti-fascist activist who was shot at the Milo Yiannopoulos event. During that show (the interview starts at 13:00 in the link), Dukes had discussed the swastika video. At times in the interview Dukes expressed an interest in talking to the guy, but he also spoke approvingly of punching Nazis. The Record team made the call in this instance that a first hand, first person account warranted granting anonymity." I can see wanting to[...]


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Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:22:13 -0700

The Stranger's film critics' picks. by Stranger Things To Do Staff Film festival season begins this weekend with the Seattle treasure Local Sightings, and there are plenty of wide-release and indie features to check out. Our critics have chosen the best of the crop, from Art House Theater Day featuring a Belarussian dashcam documentary to the oddly touching Brad's Status to a Wes Anderson-like comedy about immigration, The Tiger Hunter. Follow the links below for showtimes and trailers. Still searching? Find plenty of options in our movie times and our film events calendar. THURSDAY ONLY 1. Annabelle: CreationThe setting: A mid-century Andrew Wyeth landscape with an Edward Hopper house. A busload of orphans and a kindly nun move into a mansion run by the saturnine Mr. Mullins and his recluse wife. We know why the Mullinses are so gloomy: Years earlier, their daughter Annabelle was killed in a car crash, and her old room remains stuffed with creepy vintage toys. Orphan Janice, crippled by polio and neglected by the other girls, is quickly lured into the room, where she finds an unpleasant-looking doll and winds up terrorized by a demonic force in the form of the dead daughter. Only her big-eyed, dorky friend Linda guesses what’s happening, and no adult believes her until people start getting ripped apart. This capable, if conventional, haunted house movie assumes a grave sweetness while it concentrates on the intense friendship between its two young protagonists, who deserve more screen time before the standard phantasmagoria of the Conjuring franchise crowds in—scary antiques, bone-snapping demons, malicious tea party dollies. JOULE ZELMANMeridian 16 2. Beach RatsArt house films in which the camera caresses young male bodies are usually directed by men, like Gus Van Sant or Larry Clark, so Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats feels like an outlier. If anything, her follow-up to 2013’s It Felt Like Love is as much about a 19-year-old exploring his sexuality as it’s a chance for Pina cinematographer Hélène Louvart to linger on the panes of his face, the curvature of his lips, the contours of his torso. At home, Frankie hooks up with men he meets through a gay webcam forum, but with his friends—Brooklyn bros in tank tops and backward hats—he hangs out on the boardwalk, smoking blunts and digging the heteronormative scene. When a pretty brunette flirts with him one night, he flirts back, but the minute his friends abandon him, he looks frightened. When their first sexual encounter is a bust, he convinces her to give him another chance. His father is dying, and he’s eager for the kind of human connection his friends are unable to provide, and so he splits his life down the middle—gay in private and straight in public, a bifurcation bound to fail. KATHY FENNESSYSIFF Cinema Uptown 3. Good TimeGood Time has the keen eye for anthropology you find in a lot of Sundance movies—the casting feels both unconventional and authentic, and there’s an interest in subcultures that you don’t normally see on screen—but the beauty is that it packs this sensibility into a taut genre thriller. Robert Pattinson, previously of the Twilight series and clearly thrilled to be in a role that doesn’t require him to brood, smolder, or sparkle, plays Connie Nikas, a twitchy grifter who cadges money from his obnoxious, possibly mentally challenged girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and gets his definitely mentally challenged brother, Nick (Benny Safdie, who also co-directed the film with his brother), caught up in a lamebrained heist. The crime goes bad and Nick gets pinched—sending Connie on a night-long odyssey through the wilds of Queens to try to make the money for Nick’s bail. VINCE MANCINIMeridian 16 4. Patti Cake$It’s a bleak setting many Americans will recognize: wide, treeless roads; trash-strewn strip mall parking lots; an inescapable sense of resigned hopelessness. But Patti perseveres, filling her notebook[...]



28 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: September 21-24, 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:11:42 -0700

The Stranger's film critics' picks. by Stranger Things To Do Staff

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Walking Out, playing on Saturday, is one of our picks in the Local Sightings Film Festival.

Film festival season begins this weekend with the Seattle treasure Local Sightings, and there are plenty of wide-release and indie features to check out. Our critics have chosen the best of the crop, from Art House Theater Day featuring a Belarussian dashcam documentary to the oddly touching Brad's Status to a Wes Anderson-like comedy about immigration, The Tiger Hunter. Follow the links below for showtimes and trailers. Still searching? Find plenty of options in our movie times and our film events calendar.

Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play.

THURSDAY ONLY
1. Annabelle: Creation
The setting: A mid-century Andrew Wyeth landscape with an Edward Hopper house. A busload of orphans and a kindly nun move into a mansion run by the saturnine Mr. Mullins and his recluse wife. We know why the Mullinses are so gloomy: Years earlier, their daughter Annabelle was killed in a car crash, and her old room remains stuffed with creepy vintage toys. Orphan Janice, crippled by polio and neglected by the other girls, is quickly lured into the room, where she finds an unpleasant-looking doll and winds up terrorized by a demonic force in the form of the dead daughter. Only her big-eyed, dorky friend Linda guesses what’s happening, and no adult believes her until people start getting ripped apart. This capable, if conventional, haunted house movie assumes a grave sweetness while it concentrates on the intense friendship between its two young protagonists, who deserve more screen time before the standard phantasmagoria of the Conjuring franchise crowds in—scary antiques, bone-snapping demons, malicious tea party dollies. JOULE ZELMAN
Meridian 16

Walking Out, playing on Saturday, is one of our picks in the Local Sightings Film Festival.


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Russian-Canadian Industrialist Is a Dick in Boris Without Béatrice

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:22:51 -0700

by Kathy Fennessy

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Boris sans Béatrice

Québécois filmmaker Denis Côté’s Boris Without Béatrice is the mash-up of Dickens and Bergman you didn't know you needed. Russian-Canadian industrialist Boris Malinovsky (James Hyndman) is tall, bald, and intimidating. In the opening sequence of Côté’s morality tale, Boris stares down an approaching helicopter while blades of grass dance around him. In Côté’s hands, the man seems more formidable than the machine, but looks can be deceiving. While he's out with his mistress, Boris's wife, Béatrice (Simone-Élise Girard), wages war against a catatonic form of depression. A Pre-Raphaelite redhead named Klara (Isolda Dychauk), roughly the same age as his daughter, looks after her.

Boris is rich, entitled, and his neighbors hate him. And why shouldn't they? He’s a dick. Things take a turn for the weird when he meets a mystery man (the incomparable Denis Lavant) who provides the solution to Béatrice’s problem. What follows is a seemingly simplistic take on depression, i.e. Boris needs to check his privilege in order for Béatrice to get better, except her condition seems more symbolic of their marriage. If it doesn't cohere as neatly as Curling and Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Côté's eye for an inventive composition remains finely tuned, and Hyndman, who recalls Mark Strong by way of Tom Noonan, is a compelling presence. When he sighs, "I don't want to be alone against the fucking world," you know that Béatrice just might have a fighting chance.

See Movie Times for information about this film which stars the great Denis Lavant.

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What a City Means: a Black Man Wearing a Gold Lamé Mini-Skirt

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:10:14 -0700

by Charles Mudede

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Beacon Hill, 2017 Charles Mudede

My first trip to New York City happened in April, 1980. It was a family trip in a new car, a dark-brown Datsun 210. Though we lived in DC at the time, nothing prepared me for the new sensations of the Big Apple. Two years later, when I flew from London (cold, not much light, lots of clouds/pale people) to Lusaka (hot, lots of sun/black people), I discovered Darwinism. Four years after that, when I flew from England (lots of extreme poverty/very rich country) to Sweden (no poverty at all/very rich country), I discovered Socialism. But it was when I entered Manhattan that I discovered the city.

And it wasn't the height and abundance of buildings that sounded the deepest sense of the city. Nor was it the crowds going up and down Broadway. It was just one moment that lasted maybe one minute.

There was a sudden downpour. It was heavy and hard and loud. I was in the backseat, on the right side, looking out the window at all of this water, which seemed to come from nowhere and without warning. The car, driven by my father, stopped on a corner not far from the porno theaters that lined 42nd Street and would be gone by the middle of the next decade. (In 1999, science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany would write about their disappearance and the general extinction of the erotic city in the book Times Square Red, Times Square Blue.) And then it happened: What looked like a black man with what looked like pink and purple hair run into a red phone booth to escape the rain. He held a magazine over his pink and purple hair. And he wasn't really a he. She wore a gold lamé mini-skirt and gold elevator shoes. The rain messed with some of her hair and glittering eyeshadow. I could not take my eyes off this ambient, god-like being.

Nothing but the city could make such a vision possible. She could only belong to the biggest of cities. Anywhere else, she would be crushed like an iridescent mermaid crushed by rude and superstitious villagers. The light turned green. The boy in the Datsun began to move, and slowly the eternal moment came to an end. He was never the same again.

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No Man’s Land: A Look Inside the Malheur Refuge Takeover

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:10:00 -0700

Occupied territory. by Wm. Steven Humphrey

For residents of the Pacific Northwest, the 2016 Malheur Refuge takeover by so-called patriot militants was a torturous affair that played out in slow motion. Lasting 41 days, the occupation in Oregon made media stars of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and a martyr of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was shot and killed by authorities. And while we heard occasional sound bites from the primary players about how their grazing land was being stolen by the government, little was known about what went on inside the refuge—until David Byars’ fly-on-the-wall documentary No Man’s Land.

By embedding himself with the Malheur militants during the takeover, Byars presents rare insight into the group’s enthusiastic hatred of the government, fears, and lack of preparedness. Various armed right-wingers speak candidly about their reasons for the takeover, without a single interruption from Byars—who wisely knows they’ll furnish enough rope to hang themselves.

Gorgeous, stark scenery combined with images of flag-bearing horsemen with rifles could make No Man’s Land a very effective horror documentary, but incisive commentary supplied by experts provides the true context: This is a story of white American privilege. The Malheur militants were a group of racist cowboy fantasists who cried for democracy—as long as they could profit from it.

They championed the disenfranchised even as they drove expensive trucks and carried state-of-the-art assault rifles. They preached peace as they threatened federal officials and ramped up tension to the point that a death was inevitable. These were white men who assumed (correctly) they could take over a federal installation with weapons, and walk away with few consequences—the very essence of privilege.

No Man’s Land is a shocking, intense, and infuriating must-watch for those who lived through it. It shines a harsh light on the root causes of our current political climate: American narcissism and entitlement. (image)

No Man's Land plays Tues Sept 26 at 7 pm, as part of Northwest Film Forum's Local Sightings festival.

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Guest Editorial: Safe Consumption Sites Will Save Lives, Money, and Improve Public Health

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:50:17 -0700

It voters approve Initiative 27, these sites will be banned in King County. by Ingrid Walker Spencer Platt/Getty Images People are panicked, and for good reason: Drug-use deaths killed 332 residents of King County last year. Safe consumption sites—legal establishments where drug users are permitted to consume drugs under medical supervision—are proven to reduce harm from drug use, including overdose deaths. But, if voters approve Initiative 27, the ballot measure circulated by the group Safe King County, these sites will be banned in King County. As a drug policy researcher, I can tell you that Initiative 27 is an uninformed, misleading proposal that will only prolong suffering and loss of life. What’s worse, it inspires fear of the very people who desperately need help by suggesting that drug users endanger us. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, drug users need safe places to consume and access to treatment. The thinking that got us into the opiate crisis is not going to solve it. For 50 years, the drug war’s marginalization of users has failed to impact rates of drug use. It has successfully created myths about drug use that are hard for many of us to let go. That misinformation is central to Initiative 27’s campaign against a reasoned, researched public health response to the opiate crisis. To be clear, three of Safe King County’s five talking points in Initiative 27’s points are flat out wrong. First, they argue that “supervised drug consumption sites are inconsistent with protecting citizens and helping drug addicts.” This is false. In June, the American Medical Association endorsed the safe consumption site model, arguing that they lead to fewer overdose deaths, less transmission of infectious disease, and an increase in users seeking drug treatment. Safe consumption sites (SCS) are also shown to have an enduring positive effect on local residents and businesses, reducing complaints to police and public nuisance. Proponents also say that I-27 "protects taxpayers by prohibiting public financing of drug consumption sites." However, the burden of overdoses and deaths, policing, and hospital and clinic costs on a public budget far outweigh the limited costs that SCS have been forced to succeed with. Evaluation of SCS in Europe and Canada show that they save public funds. Lastly, they argue that I-27 "encourages local governments to offer treatment instead of continued drug use." In reality, far from undermining treatment goals, safe consumption sites are demonstrated to increase referral to treatment and to decrease drug use. They are also effective at reaching long-term drug users who have not been in the social service system. Safe King County’s name implies that not opening safe consumption sites will keep the community safe from drug users. Ironically, the programs they are actively working against would reduce public drug use and improve safety for everyone. The current strategy of doing nearly nothing to address problematic drug use perpetuates public drug use, contaminated needles discarded unsafely in public spaces, and increases the number of deadly overdoses. We know that safe consumption sites work; they have a long track record in Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, and other European countries as well as in Canada. They limit overdose deaths, reduce the spread of diseases through the reduction of needle sharing, and help stabilize users. They also increase the number of addicts entering treatment programs and improve overall community conditions. In Vancouver, Canada, the fatal overdose rate in the Eastside decreased by 35 percent in its first year when InSite, the first SCS in North America, opened. Many cities across the U.S. are now considering this option. The reform of[...]


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Culture News: Seattle's "Nazi Ceramicist" Is Back, Macklemore's New Album, and Who Killed Seattle's Only Mystery Bookshop?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:45:03 -0700

Plus: An Antifa book tour and Analog Coffee cuteness. by Amber Cortes "Hitler Idaho" by Charles Krafft. FINE ARTS MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO Seattle "Nazi Ceramicist" Charles Krafft Makes an Appearance: In Hope Not Hate’s unsettling report about the year Swedish graduate student Patrik Hermansson spent undercover with the alt-right. Surprised that a Nazi ceramicist, whose home is described as “a temple of National Socialism,” lives in Seattle? Don’t be. It’s No Mystery Why the Seattle Mystery Bookshop Is Disappearing: But it’s sad all the same. The Pioneer Square bookstore has been going since 1990, and will close at the end of the month. The Artist Chosen for the Betty Bowen Award Is Jono Vaughn: Vaughn is the artist behind Project 42, an installation and performance piece that memorialized trans lives lost to violence. The Betty Bowen Award is an unrestricted cash award of $15,000, and the artist’s work will be featured in an installation at the Seattle Art Museum in April. Macklemore’s New Album, Gemini, Drops Tomorrow: After announcing an amicable parting of ways with creative partner Ryan Lewis, Macklemore will release his first solo album in 12 years, promising that he’s going to "talk a little bit more shit" and that the album will be a departure from the "conscious rap" persona. According to the AV Club, Macklemore is “at his least hateable” on Gemini. Music intern Anna Kaplan took a sneak peak at some of the lyrics which she says are... a little confusing. Wier Harman, Town Hall's executive director. COURTESY OF TOWN HALL Good News from Town Hall’s Executive Director, Wier Harman: A few months ago, Harman had made the announcement that he was dealing with “a complex cancer diagnosis.” Now, it looks like the health of Harman, who has been at the helm of Town hall for the last 13 years, is improving– and ready to not miss a second of Town Hall’s massive renovation project which is currently underway. Catch Afrocop/Select Level keyboardist Noel Brass Jr. At Fremont’s Daybreak Records October 6: He’ll be celebrating his debut solo album, Broken Cloud Orchestra (featuring liner notes by the Stranger’s Dave Segal) with a release party and a free, all ages live performance. Dave Segal says: “One of Seattle’s most soulful and inventive musicians, Brass has created an 11-song suite—released by Seattle label Wax Thématqiue on sky-blue vinyl—of star-gazing meditations that fall somewhere between Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way and Harold Budd & Brian Eno’s Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirrors.” Antifa Book Tour Coming to Seattle November 11: Historian and Occupy organizer Mark Bray is running around the country with his book ANTIFA: The Anti Fascist Handbook, which purports to provide “a detailed survey of the full history of anti-fascism from its origins to the present day—the first transnational history of postwar anti-faciscm in English.” Fox News hates this book tour so much and it is kinda funny to watch them stir up a cauldron of fear about the very act of learning the history of a movement. Our social media manager Chase Burns is reading it, but says he’s only up to the part about the Holocaust. The Seattle location for the reading is currently TBD. Fingers crossed for Left Bank books, Westlake, or the basement couch of the last punk house in town.  Seattle author E.J. Koh. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST Seattle Author E.J. Koh’s Book Launch Is at Hugo House on Saturday: Koh’s first full-length book of poems, A Lesser Love, is all about trying to stitch together broken threads between the speaker, her family, and her connection to South Korea. There’s a lot of chiseled, image-driven lyric poems to ponder over in the collection, but every once in a while Koh will [...]"Hitler Idaho" by Charles Krafft.


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Five of the Most Baffling Lyrics from Macklemore's New Album, Gemini

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:25:20 -0700

"I wanna be a feminist, but I'm still watching porno," Macklemore raps. by Anna Kaplan Macklemore's semi-problematic new album, Gemini, drops tomorrow. Joseph Okpako / Getty Tomorrow, Macklemore will return with his first solo album (sans Ryan Lewis) in over 12 years. Gemini, named after both Macklemore and his daughter’s astrological sign, is the first peek of what Macklemore can do after his recent and reportedly amicable break from longtime collaborator Ryan Lewis. Thanks to some dedicated Mackle-fans who illegally downloaded the leaked album, all of the lyrics to the record are already on Genius. I spent the morning reading them, and the lyrics are confusing as fuck. There are some sweet moments near the end where Macklemore goes on about how becoming a father changed his life, but it's really weird when you consider that five songs earlier he is rapping about teaching someone how to suck his dick in the back of a car. Here's handy shortlist of the most problematic, ridiculous, and downright bizarre lyrics (as they are currently posted on Genius) from Gemini, in no particular order: "Levitate (feat. Otieno Terry)"Got a cane with a gold tipGucci ice cream tat type flow, bitchI could make it rain, but I won't, shit'Cause I'm cheap, motherfucker and I don't tip In "Levitate", Macklemore raps about being able to afford gold-tipped canes and Gucci, but then immediately goes on to say that he is cheap and doesn’t tip. So as if his lyrics weren't bad enough, now Macklemore, a multi-millionaire, doesn't tip employees making around minimum wage, a mere fraction of his income. Later in the song he also drops, "Lyft outside, 'Buenos noches' / Now tell that motherfucker, take us back to the homestead," and all I can think about is Macklemore getting into a Lyft and saying, "Motherfucker, take me to my homestead." "Firebreather (feat. Reignwolf)"The same writers criticizing my rhymesAre the same writers that I gentrify in Bed-Stuy In the eighth track on the album, "Firebreather", it seems that Macklemore is proud enough to be a part of gentrification that he will boast about it in a song!? To think a white rapper couldn’t do anything worse. "Intentions (feat. Dan Caplen)"I wanna be a feminist, but I'm still watching pornoI wanna eat healthy, but I'ma eat this Digiorno'sWe live on social media, read other people's thoughtsTweet about justice, but don't show up to the marchI think about the earth and I think about the ecoWhat am I willing to sacrifice at the expense of my ego? In this song, Macklemore describes all the ways he is a hypocrite, and somehow he comes to the conclusion that he cannot be a feminist because he watches porn. Honestly, it seems like Macklemore is willing to sacrifice absolutely nothing at the expense of his ego. I have secondhand embarrassment as I continue to analyze his lyrics. "How to Play the Flute (feat. King Draino)"Aye, little mama, aquiSkin tone macchiato, we eating mahi-mahiOn Miami Beach, we have a party la-dee-da-dee Next up is “How to Play the Flute,” which if you didn’t know, is a euphemism for teaching a woman how to suck his dick. In the third verse, Macklemore spices things up by speaking Spanish to a "little mama" with "macchiato" colored skin, which is weird because all macchiato-colored people don’t automatically speak Spanish. He then adds another reference to Slick Rick’s “La Di Da Di,” as if the world needed another recycled version of it after Miley Cyrus’ take on it. "Willy Wonka (feat. Offset)"R.I.P. Willy Wonka, watch the roof come offI pull up in that candy paint, call it Veruca SaltYou cheated and you lied, you broke the rules, my dogNow you wanna come around when there's food involved width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed[...]


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Council to Take Applications to Fill Tim Burgess's Temporarily Empty Council Seat

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:12:31 -0700

Trans rights activist Danni Askini plans to apply. by Heidi Groover Ever wanted to be on the Seattle City Council? City of Seattle After public calls for an open process, the Seattle City Council has announced it will accept applications for the seat vacated by Tim Burgess. After former mayor Ed Murray resigned, the council appointed Burgess mayor on Monday. His council seat is now vacant until November 28, when election results are certified and either Jon Grant or Teresa Mosqueda is sworn in. The council will take applications next week, then hold two community forums with the candidates. The full council will vote on who to appoint at a special council meeting on October 6. Former council member Nick Licata and Gender Justice League Executive Director Danni Askini have confirmed to The Stranger they plan to apply for the seat. Askini, herself a survivor of sexual abuse, was outspoken in calling on Murray to resign after allegations that he sexually abused five teenagers in the 1970s and 80s. Since the allegations, Askini has called on the city council to increase funding for survivors of sexual violence in the upcoming budget. Burgess will present that budget Monday and the council will then debate changes to it. Whoever is appointed interim council member will be able to propose and vote on changes. The council could have filled Burgess's seat either by appointing someone right away or by accepting and reviewing applications and then appointing one of those applicants. Some council members wanted the former in order to speed up the seating of a new council member because of the budget process. Others called for an open application process. Today, Council President Bruce Harrell announced the application process "in the spirit of true democracy." Here are all the details from Harrell's office: Application Period: September 25 at 8:00 a.m. through October 1 at 5:00 p.m: Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to the City Clerk and an option to provide three references or reference letters. The City Charter requires applicants be a citizen of the United States and a registered voter of the City of Seattle. Submissions can be made in the following manner(s): • By email: CouncilAppointmentApplications@seattle.gov • In person: Seattle City Hall, Office of the City Clerk, 3rd Floor (600 Fourth Ave) • By mail: Office of the City Clerk PO Box 94728 Seattle, WA 98124-4728 • By fax: 206-386-9025 * All documents received are subject to Public Disclosure. City Clerk Transmission of Applications to Councilmembers: Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The City Clerk will provide to each Councilmember a notebook that includes all the applications received by the October 1 deadline. The City Clerk will also post all applications on the Council and City Clerk’s website on October 3 at 5:00 p.m., giving the public opportunity to review the applications and submit comments. Included in this notebook will be objective screening criteria such as previous budget experience as well as documentation from the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission that such candidate is eligible to serve as a Councilmember. Week of October 2 to October 5. Two Optional Community Forums in Bertha Knight Landes Room, time and format TBD. This process will be facilitated by interested Councilmembers but is intended to be led by community groups (to be determined). Its purpose is to allow community members to meet and ask questions of the applicants. An applicant may attend one of the forums and nonattendance will not be weighed against the candidate. Week of October 2 to October 5. Councilmember conferences, optional. Each Councilmember may meet and confer with any and all candidates of their[...]


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The New, Redesigned Stranger Will Feature Comics From...

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:44:05 -0700

Hey! There's a new comics page! by The Stranger

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“The Group,” The Stranger, 2005. Greg Stump

Greg Stump!

From our redesign partner Corianton Hale at Headquarters:

We’re bringing back a local legend who’s been working, teaching, and keeping the comics scene vibrant in Seattle, with not nearly enough credit. I’m totally honored to offer him the featured strip on our new comics page.

That's right. New comics page.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:59:14 -0700

Use your words. by Dan Savage Recent Savage Love Letters of the Day: How can he make himself feel less broken? Will he win over the love of his life? Also: last week's column and Savage Lovecast. In regards to ONE: The "love of your life" is usually someone from your past, who enjoys the benefit of you wearing an industrial pair of rose-colored glasses. Personally, the woman I could view as my "love of my life" came at a time when I was fairly young and the world was still all sparkly and shiny. She was an exceptional woman, and a fantastic lover, but there were numerous factors that contributed at the time to make our relationship as intense as it was for a short (year & a half) period of time that would have been (and were) unsustainable over the long run. My current relationship isn't as fiery and passionate, but in so many ways this woman is a much better fit for me...a fact I realize due to a lifetime's wealth of experience. Even if I could reconnect with the old girlfriend, it would never be the same. The time and place that made what we had so special has long since moved on. I'm grateful for what I had, but I'm even more grateful for what I have. More for ONE: It seems strange for a 49 y.o and an almost 30 y.o. to still be believing in "the love of my life." LW, do consider that maybe you think Nina is the love of your life because she rejected you twice. She was finished with your relationship before you were, so part of you never moved on from her. As for your current love, if you love her, then tell her her she is the one you love now, your past is the past, the other women aren't part of your life anymore (and MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT). Maybe your current partner is worried about you saying that your ex-wife is family, and that will never change! That's a bit strange, LW, unless you have kids with her? A reader has some advice for all Savage Love LWs: Use your words. That's excellent advice—it's so good, in fact, that I give it all the time. Some love, support, and perspective for SOLO: I was you, once, SOLO. Maybe not quite as extreme and it was pre-PreP so I used condoms, but lots of random sex, never a boyfriend. Got into therapy and it did wonders. My mantra became gratification does not equal satisfaction. Good luck. You actually sound like a pretty self-aware and OK guy. And about my response to MESSY: I'm really disappointed in your response to MESSY. I've been in a relationship with a woman who suffers from BPD (borderline personality disorder) and this letter is literally dripping with the symptoms of this illness. Instead of asking the writer if she's tried being truly honest with a therapist with BPD and personality disorder experience or explored BPD materials to find similarities to her story, you basically told her to just be herself and stop trying. That's like telling an alcoholic, "Well, it sounds like you're miserable and you drink too much and you can't get better, so just carry on til the bitter end and if you partner loves you and tolerates it, that's the best you can do." There's hope and help out there Dan for everyone and especially MESSY! Instead of throwing up your hands and taking the writer at face value, you could've read between the lines and acknowledged the desperate cry for help. She doesn't want to keep being miserable or hurting her partner so she reached out to you as best she could and you basically wrote her off as is so common for individuals suffering from BPD and personality disorders. No one is doomed to suffer alone Dan. The world of BPD and personality disorder sufferers is dark and gloomy enough, a little light and a bit of consideration might serve MESSY well and go a l[...]


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American Vandal Is as Unsatisfying as Serial and Making a Murderer, Which Means It's a Success

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:35:55 -0700

Does it matter who drew the dicks? by Chase Burns Who drew the damn dicks? TYLER GOLDEN/NETFLIX Netflix's new buzzy crime mockumentary, American Vandal, should be boring. The show, released on September 15, tests its audience's patience by stretching a basic dick joke across eight 30-minute episodes. But somehow it's...a time suck. I binged the whole season in one sitting and I don't even like dick jokes. Quick—watch the trailer: width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m3tkFOtM6go" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> After years of exaggerated praise, Netflix has released a slew of middling TV in 2017. Is American Vandal another mediocre streaming series? The show's recent press doesn't think so. Headline round-up:- American Vandal is the future of documentaries, not just dick jokes- How to satirize true-crime series: With 'American Vandal,' school is in session- Netflix’s American Vandal Is an Immature True-Crime Parody That’s … Almost Brilliant? Lofty claims from lofty papers. But is it warranted? Well, if American Vandal teaches its viewers anything it's that the truth is elusive. People have their theories on why American Vandal is brilliant. (Spoiler: I have one too.) Megan Farokhmanesh at the Verge claimed this afternoon that "[American Vandal] envisions the documentary process in more modern terms, creating a future where platforms like Snapchat or Instagram become tools of record for would-be detectives." Sure, the show uses a shit ton of recovered Instagram stories and Snapchats. The Snaps help create a show that seems to authentically capture the experience of being a high schooler in 2017. But is it innovative? Hardly. Journalists have been innovatively using social media to cover issues for years, and Snaps/Grams/Tweets/FB Lives have been used in teen shows since their existence. American Vandal's brilliance doesn't come from its innovation but from its painstakingly faithful commitment to the real-life murder mystery model. The show manages to be as engaging and time-consuming as Serial and Making a Murderer despite its central crime being a dick joke. It's like American Vandal's creators wanted to prove that Serial's success wasn't due to its content, but rather our current obsession with the nature of truth and justice. Serial, Making a Murderer, American Vandal, and the host of copycat real-life murder mystery series like them all waste our time by examing every possible outcome, only to leave us with more confusion. But we're into that nowadays. Post-truth was the word of 2016. Yeah, I'm unsatisfied with American Vandal's ending, but not enough to want another season. A success, however, must have a second season. Don't worry, fans, the show's creators told Entertainment Weekly they have "a very detailed idea" of what they want to do for season 2. If they follow true to their form Serial, the second season of American Vandal will be a meandering romp through Afghanistan. It will also be a failure. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Who drew the damn dicks?


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Stronger Is Another Boston Marathon Bombing Movie

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:18 -0700

by Elinor Jones

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It's hard these days—when terrible things come at us so quickly, one after the other, without a break or a breath—to feel ready to memorialize anything. The Boston Marathon bombing happened only four years ago, and despite the fact that we’ve had several lifetimes of sadness between then and now, it feels like it just occurred. Are we ready for a movie about it?

What’s that? This is the SECOND movie about it? Patriot’s Day came out earlier this year? What? Why! Thankfully, Stronger isn’t another grubby Mark Wahlberg movie glossing up a real-life tragedy—instead, it’s a close study of a guy and a family who went through some shit. The guy, Jeff Bauman, became the face of the Boston Marathon bombing after a picture of his rescue from the scene landed on the front pages of newspapers across the world. He was hunched in a wheelchair and dazed, which is precisely how Jake Gyllenhaal portrays him in Stronger.


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Seattle's "Nazi Ceramicist" Charles Krafft Is in the News Again

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:47:15 -0700

He's baaaack! by Katie Herzog

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"Hitler Idaho" by Charles Krafft. FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO

Patrik Hermansson, a "young, gay, anti-racist activist from Sweden," spent a year undercover in America's alt-right circles, which he writes about for Hope Not Hate. Part of his journey involved a trip to Seattle:

The day before the forum I’m invited to an exclusive barbecue in a suburb of Seattle at the house of Charles Krafft, the infamous Nazi ceramicist. His home is a temple to National Socialism. Swastikas cover the walls and Mein Kampf sits on the bookshelf, alongside works by Mussolini, Evola and WW2 paraphernalia.

Most of the people there are men between 17 and 25 and most carry guns. “We’re all about the 14 words” a guy called Kato tells me when I ask about Cascadia, referencing the infamous white supremacist slogan (“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”). “Whites are going to be a minority in this country by 2040,” he adds before telling me about the impending “race war."

There is much, much more.

Hermansson isn't the first person to expose Krafft's allegiance to the Nazis. In fact, that would be The Stranger's former art critic Jen Graves, who broke the story in 2013. It's a fascinating, disturbing tale, and you can read it here.

As part of his project, Hermansson also interviewed Seattle-based white nationalist Greg Johnson. Posing as a graduate student writing a thesis on "political oppression of the right-wing," Hermansson can be seen speaking with Johnson in a surreptitiously recorded video published by the New York Times. Johnson boasts of seeing a recent rise in traffic to the website for Counter Currents Publishing, a white nationalist imprint for which he serves as editor-in-chief. He also expresses his support for ethnostates, saying he believes society should "expel" Jews to Israel.

Johnson invited Hermansson to the Northwest Forum, a Puget Sound Area convention for white nationalists and white supremacists that Johnson organizes. It was there that Hermansson spoke with Krafft.

In a post published on the Counter Currents website today, Johnson called Hermansson a "rat" and apologized to the "30-odd" people who attended the Northwest Forum.

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Messages Seattleites Sent to the Mayor's Office About Ed Murray's Child Sex Abuse Allegations

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:16:10 -0700

by Sydney Brownstone A few people identifying as sex abuse survivors wrote in to ask the mayor to step down. Karen Ducey/Getty Images On Monday, we published excerpts from the e-mails city employees sent to Mayor Ed Murray's office after he was accused of sexually abusing four men as teenagers. With the exception of one note, all supported the mayor, and several expressed doubt about the trustworthiness of the accusers. Between April 6, the day the Seattle Times first broke the news that the mayor had been accused of child sex abuse, and July 31, after which the same paper had published excerpts from an Oregon Child Protective Services report concluding Murray had abused his foster son, the Mayor's Office received about 400 constituent messages about the allegations. Seventy-three of these messages explicitly asked the mayor to resign, some on the first day of the news, and at least 52 offered support for Murray. Plenty of messages contained invectives for the mayor, some linking his stance on other issues—gay rights, sanctuary cities, safe injection sites—to the allegations against him. We're not going to publish those. And we're not going to publish any that contain homophobic rhetoric. (The story got significant coverage on right-wing national media sites, which may have motivated some of that.) Instead, here are excerpts from a sample of messages the Mayor's Office received, some from supporters, some from self-identified survivors of sexual abuse, some from people who minimized the allegations, and some from those who asked him to step down. As with the emails from city employees, we are not publishing the names of senders (with one exception: a message from Andy Rheaume, the Mayor of Bothell.) 4/6/2017 Mr. Mayor,You have proved to many, (and me included), that you are a thoughtful, compassionate, genuine, honest man. This latest attack on you comes at a very suspicious time, considering all that you are standing up for, and always have. I trust you will not think it is believable to the vast majority of people, because it simply is not. Blessings on your head and thank you for all you have done, are doing and hopefully will continue to do for us. 4/6/2017 I am saddened by the allegations. I work in community mental health and I really liked your message/work and to learn of this just saddens and disappoints me to my core. 4/6/2017 Dear Mayor Murray, my husband was falsely accused of something similar a few years ago. Hang in there. Usually the accuser is emotionally messed up and someone encouraged him to accuse you for publicity's sake. Most Seattle citizens think very highly of you. You probably just pushed someone's buttons and they think this will derail you. Don't listen to them. Stay strong and keep standing up for Seattle! 4/7/17 Mr Mayor, I know you are innocent of these charges. It does not surprise me in the least that these allegations have been made just before primary voting is to begin. I am, like you, a gay man. All my life, I have lived with the stereotype bigots make when they suggest gay men are in some form or fashion sexually predatory. We disagree on a few policy issues here and there. I am much closer to Council Member Sawant in my political beliefs. However, I fully support you, because I know that the only way life will get any better for the LGBT community is if we see more of us in public service.I remember when you ran for Mayor the first time. I lived in Olympia, and cheered you on from afar. I hoped (and still do) that you will someday be elected Governor. If you decide to stand and fight, I would like t[...]


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Downtown Boys Discuss Labor and Liberation

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:05:49 -0700

Downtown Boys's new album wages war on injustice. by Emilly Prado DOWNTOWN BOYS is playing at the Vera Project TONIGHT at 7 pm, $10-$13. FARRAH SKEIKY Downtown Boys aren’t interested in freedom unless everyone’s invited. Since the Providence, Rhode Island, punk band formed in 2011, they’ve made it their mission to challenge capitalist entities, including the music industry. True to form, their new album, Cost of Living, fearlessly critiques complacency as well as political and economic systems that only value excess. Downtown Boys’ music moves you, both physically and emotionally. Across 12 tracks, lead vocalist Victoria Ruiz chants powerfully over feverish riffs and snappy saxophone. Cost of Living sounds raw but clean, thanks to spotless production from Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto. Bruce Springsteen’s influence is also apparent—the band even covered “Dancing in the Dark” on their last album, 2015’s Full Communism. “I don’t know if it’s like this anymore, but everyone [in the E Street Band] would get paid the exact same as Bruce,” Ruiz says. “What he’s done with his model of music is so inspiring, and a lot of his lyrics really get at that relentless, gritty desire and hope. You know it’s not about any dogmatic form of happiness or success. It’s about something that’s deeper than anything we probably know. That’s something we’ve tried to bring out in both Malportado Kids [Ruiz’s digital cumbia project with guitarist Joey DeFrancesco] and Downtown Boys.” width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NBO_RUnTqaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Tracks like “I’m Enough (I Want More)” and “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” will make you feel both heard and enraged. Ruiz—who’s both a musician and community organizer—says the band is continually examining how best to utilize its platform to fight for collective power. Their survival within the music industry is itself a form of resistance. “You have this vision and this dream for future and for justice, but you simultaneously have to navigate the status quo,” she explains. “So we’re always remembering—even when we’re playing spaces like [the Budweiser Made in America Festival]—that we’re navigating reality in order to push for something bigger. Those spaces are powerful institutions, but we shouldn’t let them have more power than they actually have.” Ruiz says that rather than comparing the merits of playing DIY versus commercial venues, it’s more meaningful for her to look at the bigger picture and every person’s role within it, from audience members to the media. Because of Downtown Boys’ explicitly political lyrics, says Ruiz, “We get asked questions that other people don’t get asked, even though we all have a role and have agency. That form of emotional labor happens outwardly.” And though it can be taxing, Ruiz says she’s motivated by the fact that Downtown Boys’ music might reach another Chicana punk who needs it. “Do I think that music can set us free? No. Do I think that music is a tool in a bigger movement for justice? Yes.” Here’s hoping Downtown Boys never stop shouting. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]DOWNTOWN BOYS


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Blabbermouth Podcast: Trump at the UN, Zombie Obamacare Is Back, and More!

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:42:54 -0700

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Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about Trump’s loopy and worrisome appearance at the United Nations (where he seemed to quote Elton John) and then they dive into the return of the Zombie Obamacare Repeal effort and what everyone needs to do about it.

After that, the joke police rule on whether Stephen Colbert went too far by letting Sean Spicer appear with him on the Emmy stage.

And finally, a question that got even more attention than usual this week: Is Donald Trump a white supremacist?

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Blabbermouth Podcast: Trump at the UN, Zombie Obamacare Is Back, and More!

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:38:00 -0700

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Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders talk about Trump’s loopy and worrisome appearance at the United Nations (where he seemed to quote Elton John) and then they dive into the return of the Zombie Obamacare Repeal effort and what everyone needs to do about it.

After that, the joke police rule on whether Stephen Colbert went too far by letting Sean Spicer appear with him on the Emmy stage.

And finally, a question that got even more attention than usual this week: Is Donald Trump a white supremacist?

Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.

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