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Well, this is really something. Anyone who’s spent any time in Ballard (SOME PEOPLE DO THAT, WE HEAR) has probably see and/or made noises with Joel Romeo, who is an artist and sort of a neighborhood mystery.

For those people, there is this mini-doc, which Nipper did a very good job contextualizing so you can just go read about it over here

However, because Joel doesn’t really talk, there are still some big mysteries about him like…who is he? Where is he from? What did he do BEFORE he walked around Ballard making drawings and listening to records and drinking beer?

The world may never know. 

TODAY IN JOBS YOU COULD HAVE: The Glitter Sale needs drag queens!!!!

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You know if you’re thinking of responding to this call for drag queens at the Goodwill Glitter Sale (aka the most magical time of the year), you were gonna go anyway. AND HEY, SNACKS:

Seattle Goodwill is looking for Drag Queens to entertain the crowd standing in line at its annual Glitter Sale November 8 and 9 at the Dearborn store. Hours are flexible and will be determined by performers’ schedules. Performers must be willing and able to stand for several hours in inclement weather. Snacks and beverages provided to performers at designated breaks. The Glitter Sale enjoys 4,000-5,000 customers over two days. Performers have a captive audience as customers stand in line to get into the sale.

See also: Today in reasons to go to the Glitter Sale. AS IF YOU NEEDED MORE REASONS BESIDES THESE KATE SPADES.

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Confidential to Ed Murray: TENT CITIES, BRO.

Mayor Ed Murray’s special task force is looking for ways to help the unsheltered homeless this winter, to which we have one suggestion:

Tent. Fucking. Cities. Something the City Council seems hell-bent of keeping as illegal as possible. 

From the press release:

We remain very concerned about vulnerable people who don’t have a warm bed to sleep in at night,” said [Deputy Mayor Hyeok] Kim. “We must review all the options for increasing the number of available beds before winter weather sets in. Exposure to the elements can be deadly, especially for those struggling with chronic health issues.”

No shit. 

This announcement came just a week after one woman was hit by a bus after sleeping on the sidewalk, and a few weeks after a man died on I-5 because he fell from a very-dangerous encampment. It comes about a year after Tim Burgess and the rest of City Council effectively gutted one very decent method of giving people shelter by pretending it was the kind thing to do. 

Homelessness has a lot of faces, and people have a lot of needs. But if you are looking for a way to give people a safe, dry place to sleep this winter, instead of sitting around waiting for people to build enough shelter for everyone, you need to get creative and knock off this poo-pooing of encampments.

The task force “will also review the City’s current policy on authorized homeless encampments,” which will “include where encampments are located, how new sites for legal encampments are identified and how neighborhoods are consulted.”

So, confidential to the Mayor and his task force: We know the NIMBYs don’t want tents. We know Tim Burgess doesn’t want tents. We also know that we don’t give a shit because homelessness is a lethal issue. People literally die while they wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn, and while task forces hem and haw and try to please everyone. 

Stop. Give people a fucking place to stay. That’s how you triage an emergency. 

Baby Orca L120, the first baby born to the Puget Sound resident Orca pods in two years, has died.
According to the Orca Network its mom has been seen several times in the last few days without the precious bb and all signs point to tragedy.
Why are the Orcas having such a hard time? Lack of food (salmon) due to overharvesting, habitat destruction, and damming; lingering effects of Orca hunting and kidnapping; and the presence of toxins in Puget Sound.
If you don’t think that is the saddest thing in the whole wide world than you need to get the fuck off this website because you are a bad bad person.
Here’s some people who are doing something about it.

Baby Orca L120, the first baby born to the Puget Sound resident Orca pods in two years, has died.

According to the Orca Network its mom has been seen several times in the last few days without the precious bb and all signs point to tragedy.

Why are the Orcas having such a hard time? Lack of food (salmon) due to overharvesting, habitat destruction, and damming; lingering effects of Orca hunting and kidnapping; and the presence of toxins in Puget Sound.

If you don’t think that is the saddest thing in the whole wide world than you need to get the fuck off this website because you are a bad bad person.

Here’s some people who are doing something about it.

There were no women last year among Seattle’s 25 best-paid city employees, and there were just two women among city employees with the 25 highest base salaries in 2013, records show.

Fun. 

This is of special interest considering Murray ran on a platform of hiring more women and then promptly fired his press secretary — a woman who is currently suing the city, in part because the dude who got hired after her got hired for more money. 

But sure. The gender wage gap is totally false and we all should just wait our turn, right?

GUEST VOICE: Jess Spear on why you should care

When we started Seattlish, we did it with the goal of representing a diverse range of voices in our community. However, there are just three of us, and there are a lot of points of view that we can’t represent. So, we reached out to some women who have something to say that we, ourselves, can’t. 

Our first contributor is Jess Spear, a climate scientist by trade who is now running as the socialist alternative candidate against Speaker of the House Frank Chopp. We asked her to write a personal essay about what she sees as being the most pressing issues facing voters, especially young people. Here it is. 

“Balancing perspectives” is code for corporations come first

by Jess Spear, Socialist Alternative candidate for State House 43rd LD, position 2

“It sure seems like Chopp is taking his cues from big donors…” – The Stranger, April 2007

While working people face decaying social conditions and record levels of poverty, corporations that dominate our state economy are swimming in profits.

Almost every day we read about some new social service crisis – how there aren’t enough beds for mental health patients, for example – right next to headlines declaring record profits for multinational corporations. The dysfunctional government in Washington, D.C, where the only consensus that can be found is for funding wars and tax breaks for the wealthy, is mirrored in Washington State, where funding for social services, public education, and clean energy projects is constantly put on the back burner or slashed to make room for more corporate tax handouts.

“We want to bring people together and balance different perspectives,” says Frank Chopp, the Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives, aka my opponent.

If that was true, if it really was a balancing act, then what exactly is being weighed on each side? The perspective that our children’s public schools are underfunded and they aren’t getting the high quality education they deserve is weighed against what, ensuring Boeing is profitable for the next shareholder meeting?

If this is truly a balancing act then the state government should go back to clown college, ‘cause they suck. Or maybe it’s not a balancing act. Maybe it’s nothing more than a capitulation to corporations that pour cash into their election campaigns, which are really nothing more than glossy brochures painting rosy pictures about how everything is peachy keen, when clearly it’s not.

Because, in case you haven’t looked around, shit is not good. We have the most people living in poverty in Washington than in the past 50 years. One in six kids is living in poverty! Our schools are underfunded by billions. Instead of moving rapidly to increase public transit, drastically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, bus routes are getting cut.

Last fall Governor Inslee called a special session to put together a tax package for one of the most profitable corporations in the world, Boeing. Tied to this package was the demand that the workers, the Boeing machinists, give up their guaranteed retirement packages and wage scales.

But since the record-breaking tax handout was passed, over 6,000 jobs have been cut. Shockingly, the legislature failed to tie job creation to the tax handout. No other state legislature competing did that. They all tied their incentive packages to job creation.

Now, so what? Why should I care about Boeing’s tax breaks? Don’t we need those good jobs? Yes, we do need good jobs. But their approach clearly isn’t defending jobs.

When Frank Chopp, the rest of the legislature, and the Governor attempt to explain away these tax breaks by pointing to job creation, we should be quick to point out not just the 6,000 Boeing workers who lost their jobs, but also the budget deficit it created, the teachers that can’t be hired because of it, the roads and bridges that can’t be fixed.

Here’s another reason you should care: the tax handouts cost us public services. They aren’t free. We all pay for them. They make it nearly impossible to come up with enough revenue to fund schools, public transit, and clean energy infrastructure projects.

The Boeing fiasco is just the latest example of corporate servitude that demonstrates the topsy-turvy priorities of the Democratic-majority state government. By refusing to stand up to this corporation, the legislature is giving working people the middle finger.

I say, let’s reciprocate, but with something more meaningful than our middle fingers: our ballots. Vote them out. Vote for candidates willing to advocate and fight for what we need, not what corporations demand.

'I was scared poop-less to tell you the truth,' said the elderly woman who told us she was traumatized and still having trouble sleeping at night.

A raid on a Seattle-area home resulted in the discover of a secret firing range, a buncha guns, and Robert Swift, a former Sonic. It also resulted in a KOMO story featuring the word “poop-less.”