Spun Out: 5 Essential Cuts by Local DJ Raj

DJ Raj: [B]eing a POC DJ is a form of radicalism. I can draw on my craft to subdue forms of oppression.
DJ Raj: "Being a POC DJ is a form of radicalism. I can draw on my craft to subdue forms of oppression." Shu Jones

DJ RAJ (Free Axis Broadcast)

Current top 5 tracks:

"The list is split between ambient/drone and conventional dance tracks. I’ve done so many ambient sets lately that I had to throw in a couple of my favorite selections."

Sarah Davachi, "Chanter" (2017, Students of Decay)
"I have yet to play an ambient set without including a track from Sarah Davachi. Her productions are dense and beautiful."

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On Recording, One Senator Calls Trump "Crazy" and Another Says, "I'm Worried"

Alarming US Senators, too. They just wont say it this plainly when they know theyre being recorded.
President Trump: freaking out US Senators, too. They just won't say it this plainly when they know they're being recorded. Getty Images

Washington Post:

At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) didn’t switch off her microphone. Apparently speaking to Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking Democrat of the committee, Collins discussed the federal budget — and President Trump’s lack of familiarity with the details of governing.

And then, Senator Reed apparently says to Senator Collins:

“I think — I think he’s crazy,” apparently referring to the president. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”

“I’m worried,” Senator Collins replies.

Also discussed in the presence of the hot mic: a Republican Congressman from Texas who recently said he might challenge Senator Collins to a duel over her stand against Obamacare repeal—except that Collins is a woman. Here's that Republican Congressman:

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You Need To Eat This Fucking Doughnut

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Meet the Crunchy Cream, one of the many stars in Fuji Bakery's pastry case—and one of the best things I've eaten in recent memory. This doughnut is filled with vanilla custard and then rolled in sugar and toasted cornflakes. Yes, toasted cornflakes.

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Who's Bankrolling the Anti-Safe Consumption Sites Campaign?

Vancouvers safe-injection site.
Vancouver's safe-injection site. City of Seattle

Yesterday, supporters of an initiative to ban safe consumption sites in King County reported turning in 70,000 signatures—nearly 22,600 more than they need to qualify for the November ballot*.

The group's announcement comes after the political action committee funding the effort, Impaction (LOL), spent $111,577 on paid signature gatherers, according to state public disclosure records.

Safe consumption sites would provide a place for people to use illegal drugs like heroin under the supervision of medical staff on hand to prevent fatal overdoses. Clients would bring their own drugs to the sites, which would be modeled in part off sites in Vancouver, B.C. and would also offer connections to treatment services. A city/county task force has recommended opening two sites in King County, including one inside the City of Seattle. The city and county have not yet determined where the sites will be located.

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Babeland Sold to San Francisco's Good Vibrations

Rachel Venning (L) and Claire Cavanah (R).
Rachel Venning (L) and Claire Cavanah (R).

The news broke yesterday that Babeland, the online/brick-and-mortar sex toy shop with locations in Seattle and New York City, has been sold to San Francisco's Good Vibrations. Babeland—originally Toys In Babeland—was founded in Seattle by business-not-life-partners Rachel Venning and Claire Cavanah in 1993. Rachel had just graduated from the University of Washington's MBA program, Claire was working in publishing in Seattle, both were lesbians active in the women's movement.

They opened their first store on Pike Street, not far from the Stranger's offices, and it was an instant hit with people who wanted sex toys but didn't want to slink into a dark and dingy porn store with a damp and smelly video arcade/public sex environment at the back. Christine Wenc, one of the Stranger's first editors, reviewed the store when it first opened:

The place was tastefully decorated and roomy, the staff was friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. Everywhere were dildos of all shapes and sizes and textures (one very funny one shaped like an ear of corn); dildo harnesses; all kinds of vibrators; butt plugs; little strings of beads to put up your butt and pull out again; bottles of lube; lots of books. I was entranced by all of the nifty gadgets, many of which I'd seen in the Good Vibrations catalogue before. And there was also a little room in the back with a mirror and a comfy chair for testing the products. Everything was laid out for inspection, with power source available if necessary, so you'd know exactly what you were getting. It was great fun.

Babeland was a revolution when it opened and quickly became one of Seattle's sex-positive institutions, along with things like the Center for Sex Positive Culture, SEAF, HUMP!, pride, naked cyclists at the Fremont solstice parade, and the late, great, and much-missed bondage/leather shop SIN, C-SPACE, and the Lusty Lady. So I was delighted to learn, when I spoke to Rachel and Claire by phone and via text yesterday, that Babeland isn't going anywhere. We also talked about why they're selling, their best and worst customers, and what the future holds for them. After the jump...

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I, Anonymous: Hello, Good-bye


You park on my street and walk by my yard every day on your way to work. We used to address each other like civil human beings, but since then, I've found myself on the receiving end of your resentment more than once.

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The Morning News: Healthcare is Back On the Line, Seattle is Becoming Too Expensive For Wealthy Foreign Homebuyers

Back from cancer recovery to kill kids with cancer.
Back from cancer recovery to kill kids with cancer. U.S. Senate

Healthcare For Millions of Americans Back on the Line: John McCain, the Republican senator who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, announced he will return to the Senate today, potentially representing the vote that puts a bill on the floor that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, effectively stripping healthcare away from 32 million Americans.

But this is the Senate, and nothing is as simple at it seems. If the Republicans corral the majority votes they need today, that simply allows majority leader Mitch McConnell to put a bill up for debate. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he won't vote for "repeal and replace," but it looks like he might get his way. Meanwhile, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska say they won't vote on "repeal" without "replace." Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she'll holdout regardless. Other Senators have their own concerns.

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Seahawks DE Michael Bennett Co-Authoring Book Called Things That Make White People Uncomfortable


Michael Bennett, the Seahawks defensive lineman known for his hard hits, charitable work, and penchant for speaking his mind, is giving a run at authorship.

The Super Bowl champ's upcoming book, slated for publication in 2018, will be called Things That Make White People Uncomfortable. Dave Zirin, sports correspondent for The Nation, signed on as co-author. (Full disclosure: I interned at The Nation in 2013.) Haymarket Books, a Chicago-based independent publisher that mostly publishes works from a radical-left perspective, signed the deal a couple weeks ago.

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Do NIMBY's Really Love Trees or Are They Using Them to Keep Density and Change Away From Their Back Yards?

Trees and humans, lets get dense!
Trees and humans, let's get dense! Charles Mudede

Not too long ago, I found myself walking down a leafy street in Greenwood. I noticed and saw all sorts of interesting things. I noticed there were no kids on the streets. I saw lots of middle-aged gardeners removing weeds and keeping other plants in check. I came across a house with a giant sequoia in its lawn. The thing dwarfed the house and a woman who was gardening next to it. I asked the women if she knew the age of the giant, and almost immediately perceived she hated the tree. She wanted it cut down and removed from her little world. She did not know its damn age. It was there when she bought the house long ago. It would probably still be there when her days were done.

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Confessions of a Block Party Virgin: How I Survived the Capitol Hill Block Party

The Capitol Hill Block Party: I came, I saw, I survived.
The Capitol Hill Block Party: I came, I saw, I survived. ULYSSES CURRY

Hi! My name is Anna and I’m the Stranger’s new music intern. I spent the past three days at my first Capitol Hill Block Party ever, scoping out the sights, sounds and unfortunate smells within the luxurious six blocks of festival grounds. From the Diplo brahs to the misplaced techies, I saw more than I ever would have wanted this weekend. These are my observations: the good, the bad, and the truly offensive.

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Feds Can’t Block Local Nonprofit From Giving Legal Aid to Unrepresented Immigrants, Judge Rules

Among those helped by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Daniel Ramirez Medina, the 23-year-old DACA-recipient formerly detained in Tacoma by immigration officials
Among those helped by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Daniel Ramirez Medina, the 23-year-old DACA-recipient formerly detained in Tacoma by immigration officials HG

While the Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney for citizens accused of crimes, the same right does not apply to undocumented immigrants. Without formal representation, tens of thousands of immigrants rely on legal nonprofits to help them navigate the loopy, infuriating mazes known as U.S. immigration courts.

In April, the Department of Justice sent a cease-and-desist letter to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), a Seattle nonprofit, ordering the group to stop providing informal legal services to undocumented immigrants in this region. The group said that without its help, thousands of immigrants facing deportation would be left in the dark.

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From Stranger Things 2 to Ready Player One, Here Are All the Comic-Con Trailers You Missed

Courtesy of Netflix

A few years ago, San Diego's Comic-Con International was a comic book convention. How quaint! These days, it rivals the Super Bowl as an annual consumerism orgy where giant soulless multimedia corporations relentlessly sell movies, TV shows, and video games—and this past weekend was no exception. A few mew major trailers dropped at Comic-Con; fittingly, given the setting, a bunch of 'em lean hard on nostalgia, the fire that, for better or worse, keeps geekdom burning. (Update: It's definitely for worse.)

Let's start with the best of those trailers: Stranger Things 2, which, holy shit, looks fun and creepy and humane and everything else that made the first season so great.

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The 56 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: July 24-30, 2017

See new works from some of Seattles most kick-ass dancers and choreographers at the Strictly Seattle performances this weekend.
See new works from some of Seattle's most kick-ass dancers and choreographers at the Strictly Seattle performances this weekend. Tim Summers

Our music critics have already chosen the 21 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it's our arts and culture critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from the Firestone Walker Beer Dinner to An Evening with Ken Burns, and from Write On! Ghosts of Seattle Past to Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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

How Can Seattle Grow More Public Space?
How can Seattle maintain its beautiful outdoor areas as the city grows and densifies? A panel made up of Georgetown University's Urban and Regional Planning Program Director (Uwe Brandes), the CEO of Seattle Public Utilities (Mami Hara), and the Seattle Parks Foundation's Thatcher Bailey will share insights. Posey Guener from KUOW will moderate.

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Pussy Riot Is Kickstarting a New Play That Will Immerse Audiences in Their Prison Experience

Anybody can be Pussy Riot, its a movement rather than a band. - Nadya Tolokonnikova
"Anybody can be Pussy Riot, it's a movement rather than a band." - Nadya Tolokonnikova JONAS AKERLUN

Pussy Riot is gearing up to subvert the powers that be once again - and this time, they're using theater as a tool for political awareness. The punk band made up of radical Russian rebels have started a Kickstarter to raise money for an immersive theater project that documents their arrest and subsequent two-year imprisonment after their 2012 protest against Putin at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Valyrian Grammar and a Boat Fight in “Stormborn”

Boat fight!!!

Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones suggested there’s not going to be much in the way of downtime this season. We’re only on Episode 2, and shit is already going down. I think “Stormborn” may be one of my favorite episodes of the series—as the sphere of the show tightens for its final act, characters’ paths start to intersect in a way that’s really, really satisfying. And things that were set up all the way back in the first few episodes are finally starting to pay off.

There are spoilers ahead, obviously, so if you are a big spoiler crybaby, go away, please.

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