This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Jill Stein and the DEMONocracy

Episode 78 discovers whether Dan Savage whether can say something nice about Jill Stein now that shes spearheading a recount in three states, and then turns to your letters, DEMONocracy, and other pressing matters.
Episode 78 explores whether Dan Savage can say something nice about Jill Stein now that she's spearheading a recount in three states. After that, we turn to your letters, DEMONocracy, and other pressing matters. GAGE SKIDMORE




Can Dan Savage say something nice about Jill Stein now that she’s leading a recount charge in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania? And why does Sydney Brownstone see a "successful” recount leading to blood in the streets? We answer all these questions and more right off the bat.

Then we perform oral readings of two great listener comments—one voiced by Heidi Groover and the other by Charles Mudede.

After that: a segment we’re calling Rich Smith’s Glossary of Ocracies. (You gotta listen to find out.)

And finally, Stranger social media manager Jessica Fu tries to talk me down off the “Facebook is killing democracy" ledge I climbed out on last week. Plus...

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Use The Brand-New Stranger Things To Do App To Make Planning Your Weekend Easy

Download the new Stranger Things To Do mobile app for free on the App Store and Google Play.
Download the new Stranger Things To Do mobile app for free on the App Store and Google Play.

If you haven't already downloaded the Stranger Things To Do app, here are five reasons why you should do it immediately:

1. It's free!

2. This weekend on the app, you’ll find: the best markets and pop-up shops for unique handmade holiday gifts; last-minute, cheap and easy things to do this weekend; the best movies playing in town; and concerts and events happening this month that you’ll want to grab tickets for before they’re sold out.

3. You can save events you’re interested in to create your own personal weekend itinerary.

4. You’ll also have access to our complete calendar for film, music, theater, the arts, and pretty much everything else happening in Seattle.

5. There's no easier way to navigate the busy holiday season in Seattle.

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


Last-Minute Plans: 93 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: December 2-4, 2016

Seattle Centers WinterFest features an ice rink, ice sculpting, the classic winter train and village, and performances.
Seattle Center's WinterFest features an ice rink, ice sculpting, the classic winter train and village, and performances. vmax137 / Flickr

Scrambling for something to do this weekend? We've got you covered, with plenty of last-minute options that don't require advance planning and won't cost you more than $10. See them all below, including plenty of holiday gift markets (including the Urban Craft Uprising and Holiday Bizarre Bazaar), Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, and Shameless, a dance night featuring all of your favorite guilty pleasures. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, where you'll find lists including the 16 best movies playing this weekend and December events and concerts to buy tickets for before they sell out.

recommended Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. You can even save your favorites of these events and set reminders to buy tickets! recommended

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1. 3 Year Anniversary Party
Push/Pull is Ballard's home for underground art and comics, and they've been nourishing local weirdness and creativity for three years. Share drinks and snacks with Push/Pull artists and pick up a discount "mystery bag" full of art and other goodies.
(Ballard, free)

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This Sunday! Join Dan Savage for a Live Recording of the Savage Lovecast

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Join Dan Savage and Nancy for a special live recording of the Savage Lovecast and get advice on sex, relationships, and what you should and shouldn't insert into...places. More entertaining still, learn what kinds of weird stuff other people are into that you would definitely never, ever try (until somebody offers). Don't miss this chance to corrupt your mind.

The recording is happening this Sunday, December 4 at the Neptune Theater. Tickets here!


Dear Reader Who Wanted to Help the Homeless by Buying Pot

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A while back, I fielded a question on Blabbermouth from a reader who wanted to know if all that tax money from weed was making its way back to Seattle to fight homelessness. That inspired me to dig up this rather uninspiring information about where the cannabis excise tax money actually goes. Now, however, I have better news for you: there is a way you can help.

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Watch: Seattle Avant-Rock Band Zen Mother's Gripping Performance on KEXP

Zen Mothers Monika Khot and Adam Smith: not just knee deep...
Zen Mother's Monika Khot and Adam Smith: not just knee deep... Emily Eddy

One of Seattle's most interesting groups, experimental-rock unit Zen Mother—featuring the core duo Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith—played live on KEXP's Audioasis program with Sharlese Metcalf on October 26; you can now view the set below. Zen Mother brought the eerie Halloween vibes, but without an iota of corniness, which is what separates the truly great rock bands from the merely adequate.

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Trump Voter Rudely Woke Month After Trump Wins Election

She bought the triplex for she bought a triplex for $248,000 in 1998. After OneWest did its recession magic, she owed  $517,662 in 2015.
She bought a triplex for $248,000 in 1998. After OneWest did its recession magic, she owed $517,662 in 2015. Ken Wolter/Shutterstock.com

She voted for Donald Trump because he promised to shake things up. But once in power, he nominated for Treasury secretary the very man, Steven Mnuchin, who ran the bank, OneWest, that foreclosed on her property and thousands of others. The triplex she owned until 2015 was basically her retirement. She woke to the fact that all of that stress and hard work and hope has now entered the void of four years. She voted for her oppressor. So, what does she have to say now? "I just wish that I had not voted." But she lives in California, so her not voting would not have made a difference. Nevertheless, she is the first of what will become a wave of woke Trump voters. And you can stuff that into your pipe.

Here is Elizabeth Warren on Steven Mnuchin...

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What Should We Do During "Our First 100 Days" Under Trump? Fight Back.

Complacency isnt an option.
Complacency isn't an option. HG

President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated in less than 50 days. He has already announced some of his plans for his first 100 days as president—and they're not looking good. A president's first 100 days in office set the tone for their administration and are known as their most powerful time in office.

This will be a critical time for us to fight back against Trump and his cabinet of deplorables' attempts to dismantle democracy. Megan Seling, a former staff writer for The Stranger, and current contributor Lauren Hoffman, launched an organizing project, "Our First 100 Days," to get people to commit to taking action.

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Who Will Replace Pramila Jayapal in the Washington State Senate?

Attend a forum tonight to learn more about the candidates hoping to replace Pramila Jayapal representing the 37th District in the state senate.
Attend a forum tonight to learn more about the candidates hoping to replace Pramila Jayapal in Olympia. courtesy of pramila jayapal

With Pramila Jayapal's election to Congress last month—a small bright spot on an otherwise completely fucked election night—her seat in the Washington State Senate is up for grabs.

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The 16 Best Movies Playing in Seattle This Weekend: December 2-4, 2016

Observe postmodern architecture, movie magic, and Alan Rickman (once again, fuck you 2016) in Christmas classic Die Hard.
Enjoy postmodern architecture, movie magic, and Alan Rickman (once again, fuck you 2016) in Christmas classic Die Hard.

This weekend at the movies, you can pay tribute to Sharon Jones, re-watch Hayao Miyazaki's creepy, visually enthralling Spirited Away, explore the spiritual and moral deracination of subjects of Chinese capitalism in Old Stone, or get around to seeing the latest Disney princess movie, Moana, which is an admirable example of positive representation. See all of our film critics' picks below, and, as always, check out our complete movie times calendar for more options, or our Things To Do calendar for all of the events happening this weekend.

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

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1. Miss Sharon Jones! Tribute Screening
On November 18th, Sean Nelson wrote, "Sharon Jones, the singer whose astonishing talent helped usher in a revival of classic-styled soul music over the past decade, died today after a long, and well-publicized battle with pancreatic cancer." Celebrate and remember Jones's life and work at this tribute screening. Read Dave Segal's description of the film below:

Want another documentary about a musician overcoming great adversity to achieve glittering critical and modest commercial success? Possibly not, but you should make room in your callous heart for director Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! The titular subject is a powerful vocalist who merits your respect and attention, regardless if you're a fan of her band the Dap-Kings' tried-and-true R&B, soul, and funk. Born in South Carolina to a mother acquainted with the godfather of soul, James Brown, Sharon Jones took a long time to get her music career going, not releasing her first record until she was 40. But she made up for lost time by cutting several high-quality, pitch-perfect releases and proving herself to be a galvanizing live performer, inspiring James Brown comparisons. Once you see her onstage, you realize this is not hyperbole. DAVE SEGAL
Northwest Film Forum

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I Died of Happiness at The Little Mermaid Last Night

Diana Huey plays Ariel in the 5th Avenue Theatres production. Shes phenomenal.
Diana Huey plays Ariel in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production. She's phenomenal. Mark Kitaoka

Moment I died of happiness. When Prince Eric gets tossed off a ship in act one and falls into the ocean. The easy way to stage this would be for him to be tossed off the ship and then to cut to Ariel tending to him on the beach. But no. You know what this absolutely fantastic Seattle production of The Little Mermaid does instead? They have Prince Eric tumble off the side of the ship, then immediately fall through midair, through "water," from the top of the proscenium, slowly, while Ariel, also "swimming" through midair, swims up to him and grabs his limbs and pulls him—in midair!—to safety. Do you know how complicated it is rigging someone to a harness and hoisting them into the air and then having the actor suspended there pretend to be floating weightlessly through water? It's so much more complicated than you realize. And yet every single moment in this show is accomplished with water-like grace. It's unreal.

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A Chinese Taxi Driver Fights for Justice in Old Stone

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Until recently, the streets in China’s towns and cities were filled with pedestrians, bikes, and motorbikes. Now they are filled with pedestrians, bikes, motorbikes, cars, and trucks. In Old Stone, directed by Chinese Canadian Johnny Ma, an ordinary taxi driver, Lao Shi (Chen Gang), enters the present-day streets of a Chinese city to pay for Adam’s and Eve’s sin. Lao Shi picks up a drunk middle-class man at a fancy hotel, and while driving to the drunk’s destination, the drunk, who sits beside him, suddenly grabs and turns the steering wheel. The car swerves and hits a man on a motorbike.

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Just In Time For Trump, Jobs Are Back to Where They Were Before the Crash of 2008

The Matrix is hiring...
The Matrix is hiring... 20th Century Fox

While there was lots of talk about the 1,000 or so jobs that Trump saved with a bunch of promised tax breaks—an approach to job protectionism that if it expands or becomes a national policy (jobs for tax breaks) could have very bad consequences for the larger economy, as Bernie Sanders pointed out—Obama, with no assistance from Republican lawmakers, returned unemployment to the level it was a year before the crash in 2008. His economy added 178,000 jobs in November and continues to break the record for consecutive months, currently 80, of job growth.


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Your Guide To December 2016 In Seattle: 93 Events To Get Tickets For Now

Dont miss Seattle comedian Hari Kondabolu, who will be performing with Elicia Sanchez.
Don't miss Seattle comedian Hari Kondabolu, who will be performing with Elicia Sanchez. Yoon Kim

December means more than just the beginning of the holiday season—in Seattle, it's also a time for many art events, theater performances, and food festivals. See below for events that you should buy tickets for now, before they sell out—including Dan Savage's Holiday Special, the return of Smash Putt, a Tracy Morgan show, and Homo for the Holidays 2016. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, or our list of 90 December concerts to buy tickets for now.

recommended Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. You can even save your favorites of these events and set reminders to buy tickets! recommended

DECEMBER 2
1. A John Waters Christmas
The gentleman behind Pink Flamingoes launches the Christmas season with filthy jokes and monologic shenanigans.

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Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Pere Ubu?

David Thomas of Pere Ubu brewing something strange in the industrial wastelands of Cleveland.
David Thomas of Pere Ubu brewing something strange in the industrial wastelands of Cleveland. SIMON FOWLER

Pere Ubu play Saturday, December 3, at the Crocodile with obnox and SSDD.

Why You Should Give a Fuck: Before punk exploded, Pere Ubu were brewing something much stranger in the industrial wastelands of Cleveland, drawing inspiration from innovators and iconoclasts like the Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart, without slavishly imitating them. The group's early recordings—bolstered by Allen Ravenstine's Eraserhead-eerie synth emanations—encompass some of the most unnerving and powerful expressions of estrangement and exhilaration in rock history.

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