"I’m 54 years old; I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life"

UPDATE: Alex Jones' InfoWars Wants Actors to Protest Lenin Statue Tonight for Cash?

Fremonts quirkiness under attack...
Fremont's quirkiness under attack... Charles Mudede

There is an ad on Craigslist seeking "actors" to protest the Lenin statue today at 6 p.m.. If you do this performance, which requires you to bring "your own costume and props" like 'USA flag shirts, 'MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN' baseball or trucker hats, Gadsden flags, gun rights tees, hand-written signs, tiki torches, etc," you will get 50 bucks. I'm also guessing you have to be white to play these pro-Trump and neo-Nazi roles. ]

Thinking all of this to be a joke (the tiki torches being a bit much), I called the number on the ad and it sent me directly to a message machine for Alex Jones' InfoWars. Also the person named on the ad is Mikael Thalen, which is also the name for a writer for InfoWars.

From the ad:

Meet at the Lenin Statue in Seattle's Fremont district (3526 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103) at 6pm on Saturday, August 19, and protest the statue, Marxism, communism, Hillary's emails, etc. IMPORTANT: We will not be portraying this as staged, so remaining in character the entire time is essential.
If this is a joke, it's not funny and it really could cause big trouble in quirky Fremont tonight. And, yes, the Lenin statue in its current context is not about Marxism or Communism but sheer quirkiness; and my criticisms of this kind of thing can be read in my piece on the horrible architecture of the Beacon Hill Library.

UPDATE: Mikael Thalen of InfoWars contacted me and stated he did not post that ad on Craigslist. He says it is a hoax. You will not get paid if you protest the Lenin statue tonight with a tiki torch.

Thousands Take to Durham Streets to Protest Rumored KKK Rally

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Durham, North Carolina, is a black city. Or, at least, it was a black city. Durham has long had a thriving black middle class and was known in the early 20th century as "Black Wall Street." In the last few years, however, Durham has become increasingly white as urban redevelopment and gentrification have made it the type of place white people want to live. And I should know. I moved to Durham in 2010, a few years before Duke students stopped being afraid to go downtown. I was a part of that shift.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Isn’t Bad, It’s Just Desperately Unimaginative


How does one evaluate the successful exercise of a familiar formula? The Hitman’s Bodyguard is so formulaic—and so completely unsurprising in the ways it ably fulfills every requirement of the buddy-action-comedy genre—that it’s both a great movie and a terrible movie. Like a meal at the Cheesecake Factory, it is filling and unsatisfying. One can’t help but mourn how little The Hitman’s Bodyguard tries when even just a few sparks of inspiration could have elevated it to something special. Even the title is desperately unimaginative.

Thirty years ago, a movie like this would have arrived with a title like Cruel Target or Maximum Weapon. They probably would have found someone a little more grizzled for the white-guy character; The Hitman’s Bodyguard has Ryan Reynolds. He’s supposed to be a world-weary “executive protection agent” who’s lost his girlfriend and his career after a botched job, but whenever he grimaces—which he does a lot, provoked either by feelings or bullets—he merely looks bummed, like a guy who just woke up after a frat party with dicks drawn on his face.

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Last-Minute Plans: 103 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Aug 18-20, 2017

Catch awesome local bands like Acapulco Lips and indulge in summery vibes at the free Mercer X Summit Block Party on Saturday.
Catch awesome local bands like Acapulco Lips and indulge in summery vibes at the free Mercer X Summit Block Party on Saturday. Trevor Crump

Quick, seize these waning August days as the summer winds down! But you don't have to spend too much money or too much time planning doing so. The events below won't cost you more than $10—from Hempfest to the Ballard Burrito Fest, and from Viking Days to BrasilFest. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, where you'll find things like our outside events calendar and the best movies to see this weekend.

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

1. Henry Luke: The World Wide Underground
Activist Henry Luke has contributed paintings to be shown at this art-and-resistance show on the theme of the "underground" and the mask as a symbol of insurrection. The evening will include performances, talks, and discussions. The artist says: "The Worldwide Underground is what I see when I close my eyes: a chaotic landscape of perpetual crisis marked by glowing sites of resistance. It is a map of struggle and survival, showing many characters as they navigate the storm of capitalism, struggling for dignity."
(Beacon Hill, free)

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Tech Workers Join Calls For Amazon to Improve Working Conditions for Security Guards

While tech workers typically make high wages at companies like Amazon, the security guards who work on the tech giants campus say they have trouble affording rising living costs.
While tech workers typically make high wages at companies like Amazon, the security guards who work on the tech giant's campus say they have trouble affording rising living costs. HG

More than 150 Seattle tech workers have joined an ongoing call to improve working conditions for security guards who protect Amazon's South Lake Union campus.

Over the last year, security guards who work for Security Industry Specialists (SIS) have complained of unfair treatment at work and said they haven't received pay raises in five years. With support from Service Employees International Union 6 Property Services Northwest, they've demanded pay raises and a union.

Today, tech workers and SEIU members showed up at an Amazon building in South Lake Union to join in those calls from security guards by delivering a letter addressed to Jeff Bezos calling on Amazon to help improve working conditions for the SIS security guards. (The letter has been signed by 164 people who identified themselves as local tech workers and another 1,300 other people online, according to Jeffrey Atkinson, an organizer with Seattle Tech Solidarity.)

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Questioning Those Questionable Threesomes


I have been reading your column since I was 19. Recently turned 27. I look forward to reading it every week. With that being said let's get to it...

Just a few weeks ago I attended a party at my boyfriend's parent's house. His best friend and his best friend's girlfriend were there. They have had relationship issues the past two years. She had cheated on him. They also have a daughter together. They mentioned that both of them are having sexual relations with their neighbor, a woman, who also has a child. This struck a nerve. I can understand the lengths you can go to repair a relationship. But I am the jealous type. I would not enjoy my man fucking another woman in front of me. Our sex life is too incredible. I would never want to jeopardize that. Truth be told, I can lick that boy's ass all day! I always believed threesomes were for people who were not in committed relationships. I have always assumed they were for those looking for experimental kicks. (1.) How can couples actually go through with sharing their partner without wanting to punch the third person in the face? (2.) Won't the third party feel used as a tool to fix a damaged relationship? I have all types of sexual fantasies while my boyfriend fucks me, sometimes I do fantasize about what it would be like to have a threesome, though I know I would never have the balls to invite another living soul to join in. I get we are all entitled to our own opinions, so bottom line: (3.) Can threesomes do more harm than good? (4.) Or vice versa? (5.) Also why would him telling me about his best friend's sex life piss me off to the point of no return? It's not like it has anything to do with our relationship. (6.) Is it just pent up aggression I have towards the mentioning of threesomes in general?

Flummoxed And Questioning

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Bannon Back at Brietbart as Executive Chairman

Where were we?
"Where were we?"

It happened so fast you could almost be forgiven for thinking it had all been planned out in advance.

"The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today," said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow in a statement. "Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda."

Sure, Go to Mbar to Party—But Don't Go There to Eat


Before visiting, all I really knew about Mbar was that it was an extremely buzzy collaboration between the Haroun family, owners of the popular Middle Eastern fusion restaurant Mamnoon, and Jason Stratton, the chef who brought Spinasse to glory. I was prepared for a bit of pomp,
given that it was billed as "the definitive Seattle rooftop restaurant experience" and serves the city's nouveau riche tech elites.

Mbar is definitely a trip, I'll give it that. The entire restaurant is on a rooftop, so the gated-community vibe is strong from the beginning. Exacerbating that is the waiting room, where patrons are divided into two lines as they approach the host stand: reservations and peasants... er, walk-ins.

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The Week in Weed: Being High For The Eclipse, DOJ Blocks Cannabis Research, and a Green Bank Opens in Florida

Eclipse 2017: Bring those special glasses and that special weed (but not to Wyoming).
Eclipse 2017: Bring those special glasses and that special weed (but not to Wyoming). FERNANDO CAMINO VIA GETTY IMAGES

The Justice Department is harshing our mellow by putting a major damper on cannabis research projects, but at least a new “green bank” has opened in Florida to help medical marijuana businesses. Teresa May says there’s nothing wrong with bongs (except when you leave the water in them too long). And, are you planning on being totally high for totality? Words of wisdom (and warning) below. Read on.

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Killer of Sheep is a Film by the Greatest Black American Director in the History of Cinema

Today youre young... Too soon youre old.
"Today, you're young.... Too soon, you're old."

Some of the most powerful images in all of black cinema are to be found in a black and white movie Charles Burnett completed nearly 40 years ago: (1) Boys battling with rocks, concrete, and cardboard shields; (2) a girl with a dog mask on her head; (3) boys standing upside down with their legs against the wall of a house;
(4) a car engine falling out of the back of a “skoroskoro” (a beat-up car); and, my favorite, (5) a young couple dancing to Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth.”

Killer of Sheep shows us the twilight of the black worker, the man who labored too hard and too long for the small cuts of bacon he brought home. To obtain an adequate understanding of the film—which is about a sad man in a black Los Angeles neighborhood who kills sheep for a living—you must watch it much more than once, which is why we recommend it every time it screens in Seattle.

See Movie Times for more information about Killer of Sheep.

Okay, Fuck This Eclipse


Good morning! Or, should I say, cock-a-doodle-dooooooo! I hope you’re feeling bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to face the day, because the sun has risen and I won’t shut the fuck up about it! Cock-a-doodle-DOOOOOO, assholes!

I’d like to take a moment to talk about something that’s been disturbing the rooster community lately. Buh-gwuaak! It seems there will be a surprise nighty-night darktime coming up in the next few days! In rooster terms, the giant dayshine lightball will disappear and then reappear in the space of a few minutes. A-wruuaaauk!

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Eclipse Traffic in Oregon Is Already Bonkers

Scott Olson

The coming solar eclipse isn't until Monday, but traffic in parts of central Oregon, which is right in the path of totality, were already at a standstill Wednesday. The Ochoco National Forest tweeted this photo:

A video from one central Oregon resident also shows a seemingly unending line of eclipse-chasers stuck in traffic on Wednesday at 11 AM.

Looks fun! If you're heading into the path of totality, maybe bring a few diapers for a drive. And if you're staying in Seattle, check out local eclipse-viewing parties here. No traffic!

Free Will Astrology


LEO (July 23–Aug 22): "If you love someone, set them free," said new-age author Richard Bach. "If they come back, they're yours; if they don't, they never were." By using my well-educated intellect to transmute this hippie-dippy thought into practical advice, I came up with a wise strategy for you to consider as you reevaluate your relationships with allies. Try this: Temporarily suspend any compulsion you might have to change or fix these people; do your best to like them and even love them exactly as they are. Ironically, granting them this freedom to be themselves may motivate them to modify, or at least tone down, the very behavior in themselves that you're semi-allergic to.

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How to Make Your Own Eclipse


Let’s say you want to experience a solar eclipse, but you’re busy on Monday. Maybe you have to work, or don’t want to miss any of The Price Is Right. I get it! I don’t want to put forth the effort of going outside for 90 seconds either. That said, there are plenty of ways to make your own eclipse that fit with your lifestyle.

For example, you can go to http://www.google.com, and, in the main box area, type in “pictures of a solar eclipse,” then hit enter and watch the stars align—literally! This is a breeze, and the only equipment you need is a computer with a keyboard that has the right letters, and an internet connection (“the web”).

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