London's Muslim Mayor Wants to Ban Cars From Schools

London Town from space...
London Town from space... NASA

While everyone's talking about Muslims and the deadly terrorist attack in London today, the Muslim mayor of that city, Sadiq Khan, is pushing hard for a policy that will save thousands of British lives. Khan wants cars to stay away from schools and has "accused the Government of 'ignoring' toxic air and [failing to raise] taxes for the most polluting vehicles..." What Trump wants Americans to see are terrorists (and not what the destruction of the EPA really means); and what Khan wants Londoners to see is the car-related pollution that's associated with 9,000 early deaths a year.

Muslim terrorists have killed less than 10 civilians over the past 10 years in London. Let's be rational about this. Let's always try to see the world from a god-like perspective. From this view, a certain truth becomes visible: Children should fear cars far more than they fear Muslim terrorists.


Free Will Astrology: For the Week of March 22

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ARIES (March 21–April 19): Of course you want to get the best of everything. But that doesn't mean you should disdain cheap thrills that are more interesting and gratifying than the expensive kind. And of course you enjoy taking risks. But there's a big difference between gambling that's spurred by superstitious hunches and gambling rooted in smart research. And of course you're galvanized by competition. But why fritter away your competitive fire on efforts to impress people? A better use of that fire is to use it to hone your talents and integrity.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Why Is My Friend With Benefits Being An Asshole?

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I have been seeing this guy as a friend with benefits for years. He recently told me that we seemed to be in a relationship. I thought that meant he would make more of an effort to communicate and spend more time with me. We went to a dinner and concert after this discussion. It was late and I ended up getting very tired. I could tell this annoyed him. Instead of telling me, he unilaterally decided he needed a break and then didn't see me for about two weeks. I asked to see him about four days after as I was leaving town for a few days for a weekend but he said he didn't have time—that he had a happy hour and "didn't know what he'd get into after." Then a week later we saw each other on a Saturday, then talked the following week at which point he told me about being annoyed I couldn't keep up and feeling that he needed someone who could keep up with him. When we had the relationship talk he told me that I could ask him for things but then it seemed like he would still be calling the shots. Why is he doing this?

Seeks Insightful Guess, Homo

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for President?

Howard Schultz: The next president?
Howard Schultz: The next president? Getty Images

Apparently, those in the room during his farewell speech as CEO at Starbucks' annual shareholders' meeting seemed to think that Howard Schultz wasn't retiring, but pivoting toward a much bigger job: Commander-in-Chief.

I mean, why the fuck not?

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The Lure: You’ll Never Think About Sexy Mermaids the Same Way Again

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The Lure works on a few different levels. On one hand, it’s a sexy Polish horror musical about savage mermaid sisters trying to eat people. (Everybody who’s into that already has their ticket.) But dig a bit deeper and The Lure is what I wish films were more often allowed to be. Agnieszka Smoczyska’s debut is original and beautiful, and it showcases powerful, charismatic women.

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Trumpcare Is in Trouble

Spokanes Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the fourth-highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Spokane's Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a defender of Trumpcare. Thousands of people in her district stand to lose coverage. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Combined Democratic and Republican opposition threatens to sink the Republican Obamacare replacement, which is expected to get a vote tomorrow.

Politico:

House conservatives say they have the votes to bring down a Republican plan to replace Obamacare, threatening a core piece of President Donald Trump's agenda and sparking a frantic, 11th-hour pressure campaign by the president and House GOP leaders.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, claimed Wednesday that 25 of his colleagues would reject the House's health care plan, exceeding the 22 Republican "no" votes necessary to block the legislation. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has scheduled a Thursday vote on the bill, but several Freedom Caucus members and their Senate allies urged him to postpone the vote and go back to the negotiating table.

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On the Blabbermouth Podcast: Do Trump-Voting Hillbillies Deserve Sympathy?

Episode 93 discusses the recent Frank Rich article, No Sympathy for the Hillbilly. Above, a line at a free medical clinic in Appalachia.
Episode 93 discusses the recent Frank Rich article, "No Sympathy for the Hillbilly." Above, a line at a free medical clinic in Appalachia. John Moore / Getty Images



After charging through the week’s big political news—Comey’s announcement, the Gorsuch hearings, a looming vote to repeal Obamacare—we dive into a fight over hillbillies.

It turns out that Dan Savage really loved a recent Frank Rich piece in New York Magazine titled, “No Sympathy for the Hillbilly.” Eli Sanders and Rich Smith? Not so much.

An epic argument ensues, and then we play one of the many calls we received after last week’s show! Plus...

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Bainbridge Island Trumpcare Protesters Cancel Die-In Demonstration in the Wake of London Attacks


Bainbridge Island Indivisible, a group inspired by an open source guide to fighting President Donald Trump, cancelled a "die-in" protest at Westlake Center in Seattle this evening. The rally—which was intended to protest Trumpcare (AKA the replacement for the Affordable Care Act that would leave millions of U.S. residents without insurance)—was cancelled out of sensitivity to the attack in London today, a group representative wrote in an e-mail.

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What Seattle Voters Can Learn From the Racism of Washington's Pro-Trump Rural Voters

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A barn in Trump Country. KIT LEONG/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

CNN has a story about a white man who attended 45 Trump rallies, voted for Trump, and only realized he voted for a fraud when the cuts in Trumpcare were revealed. One of those cuts concerned treatment for drug addiction. The Trump voter is a father whose son died from a drug overdose. He believes that the provision for drug addiction in Obamacare would have saved his son's life.

But what did this man see in the wealthy New Yorker with a history of failed businesses and a successful reality TV show in the first place? How could he even compare Trump to Obama or even Clinton, who would have continued and possibly made real improvements to Obamacare? He mostly saw Trump's skin color and his sex; and he mostly saw these things because, rally after rally, Trump made a lot of noise about them. This is what Trump told his voters: Whiteness and maleness had been eclipsed by "identity politics" (which really should be called civil rights), and this had negative economic consequences for this group of Americans. The solution was to make white males great again.

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Next Stop: Death—All Grown Up Author Jami Attenberg on the Pains and Pleasures of Touring in Trump’s America

Jami Attenberg will appear in conversation with Maria Semple on Thurs, March 23 at 7pm at Elliott Bay Book Company. Her sixth (and finest) novel, All Grown Up, is available now.
Jami Attenberg will appear in conversation with Maria Semple on Thurs, March 23 at Elliott Bay Book Company. Her sixth (and finest) novel, All Grown Up, is available now. Zack Smith Photography

Ten days ago, I left New Orleans on a month-long tour for my sixth book, All Grown Up. At the airport I ran into a friend who was flying to his father’s funeral. He sadly motioned to the garment bag on his shoulder. “Yeah, I’ve got the all black suit. Things are heavy,” he said, and I gave him my condolences, and then he was gone. Five minutes later I ran into novelist Meg Wolitzer, who had just arrived for a speaking engagement at Tulane University. She complimented me on a recent radio interview of mine. I told her I hadn’t listened to it yet, because I just wanted to imagine it was perfect, and I knew the minute I heard the slightest mistake it would be ruined. She said, “That’s the way to do it. Pretend you’re a superhero, saving lives, flying overhead, and don’t stop to read what they say about you in the papers.” Then she rushed off, too. Two brief, humane interactions. And away we go.

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HUMP! 2017 Call For Submissions!

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HUMP! 2017 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Amateur filmmakers, actual filmmakers, sex-positive singles/couples/throuples/quads, wannabe porn stars, kinksters and other creative types are hereby invited to submit short porn films—five minutes max—for the HUMP! 2017 film festival! Your film can be hardcore, softcore, live action, stop action, animated, musical, kinky, vanilla, straight, gay, lez, bi, trans, genderqueer. Your film can be anything because everyone and everything is welcome at HUMP! (Well, not everything is welcome at HUMP! No poop, no animals, no minors.) HUMP! films are not released online or in any other form. Filmmakers retain all rights. HUMP! is the dirty little film festival that allows you and your friends and lovers to be porn stars for a weekend in a movie theater without having to be porn stars for the rest of your life on the Internet!

Be a part of the porn festival Variety called "an exhibitionist extravaganza—incredibly creative!", Maxim called "a new genre—porn as entertainment!", Think Progress called "charmingly taboo!", and Huffington Post dubbed the "DIY porn festival helping us all come together!" Make a film for HUMP! 2017!

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Four Reported Dead, 20 Injured in London Attack


Four people are dead after an alleged terror attack in London this afternoon, the BBC reports. An armed police officer was fatally stabbed in the Houses of Parliament and the man "believed to be the attacker" was shot by police. Moments before, the alleged attacker slammed his car into the railings of the Westminster Bridge after mowing through a crowd of pedestrians, killing one woman and injuring at least 20 others. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May was evacuated from the area.

Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said a major terrorist investigation was under way. ...

Mr Rowley said after the car crashed, a man armed with the knife "continued the attack and tried to enter Parliament".

Witnesses say there was what appeared to be a warning shout and then the crack of three or four shots before the attacker fell to the floor.

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Dave Reichert Is Ready to Vote for Trumpcare. Is That Really What His Constituents Want?

Dave Reicherts Trump Score: 90.9 percent.
About 10,000 more voters in Dave Reichert's district supported Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump. Mark Wilson/getty

Tomorrow, members of the U.S. House of Representatives plan to vote on a (newly amended) plan to dismantle Obamacare and replace it with a new scheme that could cost millions of Americans their insurance coverage.

A bunch of Republicans are going to vote for it, including, almost certainly, western Washington's own Dave Reichert.

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Your Zine is Alive and Well, and Living Permanently at the Seattle Public Library

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Goodbye, old friend. ZAPP
Zinesters of Seattle, I have some sad news. The Zine Archive and Publishing Project (ZAPP), whose erstwhile Richard Hugo House (RHH) offices once hosted the world’s largest collection of self-published printed materials, is officially dead. The organization parted ways with the Hugo House in 2013, with both sides agreeing that the archive had been woefully de-prioritized. ZAPP then became an independent organization and set out to raise money for a new space and ongoing programs.

In the meantime, the Seattle Public Library (SPL) stored ZAPP’s collection of more than 30,000 zines and self-published materials, though the collection was not available to the public. Unfortunately, ZAPP’s search for a new home has been cut short. Graham Isaac, the project’s managing director, informed devotees and former volunteers of the permanent closure via e-mail yesterday, citing difficulties around the current storage situation.

“There was talk between ZAPP, SPL and RHH of ZAPP continuing essentially as outside borrowers with access to the zines to continue with programming,” he wrote in his e-mail announcing the closure to ZAPP volunteers and supporters, “but after meeting with SPL and subsequent e-mails, it's become clear that the library is unable to meet our requirements for communications. That said, we have decided that the best course of action is to close ZAPP as an official nonprofit.”

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Texas Teacher Smiles For Mugshot

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A 27-year-old science teacher in Texas was arrested earlier this week on charges of having "an improper relationship" with a 17-year-old male student. And all anyone can talk about is her mugshot and the big smile on her face. Her lawyer says she's smiling because she knows she's innocent. Hm. I don't think I'd be smiling if I had just been arrested for a crime I didn't commit. But I don't think I'd be smiling if I had just been arrested for a crime I did commit either. So maybe we shouldn't read too much into that big smile—or maybe smiling for mugshots is just how they roll in Texas.

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