Well, the big protests against Shell Oil happened. They were successful in getting attention around the world, but they didn't cause the global oil company to scrap its Arctic drilling plans and yank its Polar Pioneer drilling rig out of Seattle's port. So what does a company like Shell pay attention to?
I put the question to McKenzie Funk, who has been following Shell closely for a long time and wrote "The Wreck of the Kulluk," a gripping New York Times Magazine exploration of what went wrong the last time Shell used Seattle as a homeport for its Arctic drilling pursuits. (Funk also wrote this more recent piece on Shell's visions for our planet's future.)
Ijeoma Oluo is on the show as well this week, and talks about the latest on the Somali remittance crisis (including Mayor Ed Murray's recent conversation about the crisis with John Kerry). And Charles Mudede and Sean Nelson are back to tell us what we should see at SIFF this weekend—and through the rest of the festival. Oh, and Charles has a heartwarming lesson / film recommendation to share in honor of Memorial Day. Really.
Plus the music of Jenn Ghetto and her project S, which plays at the Sasquatch music festival this weekend!
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In spite of what many media outlets tried to have you believe about May Day, the largest May Day march was a peaceful rally on behalf of immigrant rights this year. Immigrant rights activists have been marching since 2006 across the nation, chanting “Si, se puede!” and calling for equal treatment. For us, this chant harkens to the most fundamental right of all: the right to vote.
For the foreign-born population in Seattle, the number of eligible voters who turn out to vote is dismally low, often about 20 percent less than the overall voter population in Seattle. In 2013, close to 58 percent of eligible voters turned in ballots in Seattle—but less than 33 percent of eligible immigrant voters turned in a ballot.
Why are immigrants who are otherwise eligible to vote participating in our democracy at about half the rate of the overall population?Continue reading »
The general opinion of those speaking out at the park, and later the police station, where the protesters marched to at around 8 pm, was that the shooting had everything to do with race. Many of the people I talked to were just appalled that so much force was used on such a petty crime; many, both black and white, felt it was the same old, same old. Some, like Talib, a black American originally from New Jersey, thought the whole thing would be forgotten by the morning. "There have been protests about this and no one showed up," he said. "But now it's in your town, people show up. You have to care about this shit all the time. Not only when it's on your town."Continue reading »
Reached by phone, an Evergreen College student said these flyers, for a 6 p.m. protest at Woodruff Park, are "everywhere."
Charles has described what happened: An Olympia police officer shot two unarmed black men early this morning who were "suspected of stealing beer."
The police chief, in a press conference today, said one of the men assaulted the officer. He also said he believes race was not a factor in the incident. One of the men—they're stepbrothers—is in critical condition in the hospital. NBC News has the latest, including audio of the officer's communications with a dispatcher. The officer, who is white, "was put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation and a separate probe by the Critical Incident Team, a cooperative of investigators from five local law enforcement agencies under supervision of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office."
The results of those investigations will be turned over to Thurston County prosecuting attorney Jon Tunheim. Tunheim said under state law, "If we were to determine that an officer's use of force did not meet a reasonableness standard, but the officer was acting in good faith and without malice... the statute would prevent us from filing a criminal charge."
We'll have more, from Olympia, later on Slog. Here in Seattle, meanwhile:
Today is a National Day of Action to protest police killings of black women.
Where: Queen City Grill
Buy Him A Shot Of: Cheap tequila.
Ask Him To Make You A: "Patronessy, mulled wine in the winter and sangria in the summer, or whatever makes you happy," Michal says.
What He's Doing When He's Not At The Bar: "I have a small catering company called Gola's Kitchen and when I'm not preparing food for events, I'm usually camping."
Words To Live By: "Everything I like is immoral, illegal, or fattening."
It helps, when watching the stunning catharsis of The Sacrifice, to know that the director Andrei Tarkovsky made it while in exile from the Soviet Union—and was dying, but didn't realize it yet. The film feels like a final gesture, trembling in the gap between the immediate and the cosmic. Whatever Tarkovsky's balletically long shots are watching—an old man and his son on the seaside, or a wife slowly clacking her way across a wood floor with barely concealed scorn, or a servant trembling at the certainty that they're all about to die in a nuclear holocaust—they radiate both grandiosity and humility, mourning and loving…Read article »
Those venturing to the bluffs of the Gorge for Sasquatch! in time for Little Dragon's set on Friday night will find the Swedish four-piece patrolling the borderline between electronic dance and down-tempo trance-jams. To one side are fiery lakes of club bass and tightly kicked beats. To the other, the placid Sea of Sade (pronounced shar-day), where glacial funk floats in smooth waves of R&B. Little Dragon's fourth full-length, Nabuma Rubberband, was nominated for a Grammy in the best dance/electronic album category this year. Vocalist Yukimi Nagano is a cosmic siren…Read article »
Originally posted on October 16, 2013.
I'm a gay man in a happy and open marriage. I routinely seek the services of an erotic masseur, a man with whom I have a great client/service-provider relationship. I found out when booking my next massage with him that he was recently in a car accident with his long-term partner, who died in the hospital. Normally, I'd send flowers and a card. However, due to the nature of our working relationship, I don't want to extend myself in ways that could be uncomfortable for him. I wouldn't want to put him in the position of having to explain who I am if the card I sent was read by someone else. Any advice would be appreciated.
Wants To Be Respectful
My response after the jump...Continue reading »
Attention Sasquatch!-goers: Bear on Fire are a Los Angeles–based sextet whose alt-blues hints at golden-era ’70s melodic rock. They just released their debut album, Velicata Back. They are playing Saturday, May 23, at 1 p.m. on the Yeti Stage. If you arrive (or wake up) in time to catch their set, you may recognize Bear on Fire’s bassist and not fully understand why. This is why: He is Christopher Mintz-Plasse (you can call him Chris), the actor who played McLovin in the movie Superbad. In fairness, he has played other roles, as well. He spoke from his home in Los Angeles.
Have you listened to much Christopher Cross? It’s pure 1970s glory. I think you guys could cover the shit out of his song “Sailing.”
I’ve heard of him, oh yeah. I’ll see what the band thinks. I know “Sailing.” [He sings the chorus. I join him. We sing “Sailing” together.]…Read article »
Police chief Kathleen O'Toole is rejecting a unanimous call from city's Community Police Commissioners for the Department of Justice to mediate a series of forums on how the department has treated Black Lives Matter protesters.Continue reading »
On Wednesday, the Solar Pioneer—the Polar Pioneer protest barge floating in Elliott Bay—got a call from the Seattle Police Department. According to barge operator John Sellers, a Harbor Patrol sergeant told him that the barge's moorage permit from Saturday had expired, and Sellers' crew could see an enforcement action in 72 hours.
"There's no ultimatum," SPD spokesperson Sgt. Sean Whitcomb clarified. "This is just a 'You might be cited if this hasn't been moved in three days.' This was not a guarantee of enforcement."Continue reading »
Dan Bejar is back! And he's got horns, horns, horns.
This morning, Destroyer announced their new album Poison Season will be released on August 28 via Merge. The follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed Kaputt also has a new single titled "Dream Lover."Continue reading »
Is this Twitter feed racist? Is it racist but good art? Is it racist but bad art? Under what circumstances can a white writer use racist language and imagery to denounce racism? Who gets to decide? Why?
In case you haven't been paying attention: For several years, conceptual poet and defense attorney Vanessa Place has been retyping, word for word, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. She uses as her Twitter profile pic a photo of Academy Award-winner Hattie McDaniel, who played “Mammy” in Victor Fleming’s film adaptation of the novel. For Place’s background image, she uses a cropped illustration of a black woman from the cover of a piece of sheet music called “Jemima’s Wedding Day”—an image widely regarded as offensive. Even Place would agree that it's offensive.Continue reading »