Savage Love Letter of the Day: Erotic Novels Need New Home

I was wondering if you knew of a place online where we can donate erotic graphic novels. We're moving across country and we can't take them all. We'd love to find them a good home. Thank you!

Getting Realistic About Possessions Heaped In Car

P.S. We're in Philadelphia.

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Colin Powell Says He Will Vote for Hillary Clinton

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Colin Powell said Tuesday that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton. Powell, former Secretary of State who served under George W. Bush, voiced his support for Clinton at an event hosted by the Long Island Association. According to an association member quoted by the New York Times, he also criticized her rival, Donald Trump.

Here's how the LIA board member Paule Pachter describes Powell's remarks:

“He said he would support Hillary Clinton and he also elaborated on several reason why he felt that Donald Trump was not the right candidate,” he said. “He spoke about his inexperience, he spoke about the messages that he’s sending out every day to his supporters, which really paints our country in a negative light across the globe with all our allies.”

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The Stranger Endorses Sharon Tomiko Santos for Legislative District No. 37, Representative Position No. 1


We love Sharon. Her husband, revered International District community leader "Uncle" Bob Santos, recently passed away, but in the midst of mourning, Tomiko Santos still met with the SECB. Her record? Thoroughly progressive. She refused vote for the big Boeing tax break, helped create the task force that's supposed to recommend a path to reforming our state's extreme law on unjustified police killings, and sponsored bills to help ex-cons reintegrate into society.

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The Stranger Endorses a "YES" Vote on Initiative Measure No. 735


So many fucking initiatives.

Anyway, this one is aimed at getting the state's congressional delegation to go on record supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, the infamous United States Supreme Court ruling from 2010 that opened the floodgates for unlimited, untraceable "dark money." Citizens United is one of the two most destructive Supreme Court rulings in modern history. (Shelby County v. Holder, the 2013 decision gutting the Voting Rights Act, was the other.)

It's hard to pass a federal constitutional amendment on anything. (Remember when right-wingers proposed the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would've banned same-sex marriage? Legally married same-sex couples like to use old copies of that one as cum rags on their wedding nights.) But the idea here is to get more and more lawmakers to promise to support the amendment until you hit the magic number you need.

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Seattle's Gridlock and Why the Seattle Times Is Trying to Buy Time on ST3

Deny this train, delay this train, and dream of anything else but this train.
Deny this train, delay this train, and dream of anything else but this train. Charles Mudede

In his 2013 book Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste, political economist Philip Mirowski presents one of the most productive schemes for explaining, and even predicting, the manner in which our market-dominated society resists responding to problems whose real solutions demand deep and therefore market-related structural changes. Broadly, and with my own modifications on the original scheme, this is what happens: First there is denial, then delay, then there is a bunch of dreaming.

Mirowski applies these steps to the global warming crisis (denial about it happening at all, then delay by sensible-sounding calls more research and more evidence and more voting, and then then dreaming of science-fictional fixes like mirrors in space). But we can also apply this scheme to the way Seattle is responding to the obvious fact that, despite all the road improvements and fancy traffic engineering, its car-related congestion is getting worse.

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96 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: October 25-30

Zombie-themed pre-Halloween activities are taking over this week—including the 12-hour Zombie Disco, a talk about The Neuroscience of Zombies, the Hilloween Zombie Crawl, and the Thrill the World undead flashmob.
Zombie-themed pre-Halloween activities are taking over this week—including the 12-hour Zombie Disco, a talk about The Neuroscience of Zombies, the Hilloween Zombie Crawl, and the Thrill the World undead flashmob. SERGEI BACHLAKOV / SHUTTERSTOCK

There is no shortage of things to do in Seattle this week—aside from the 42 best things to do (according to our arts critics) and the 38 best concerts (according to our music critics), there are also loads of Halloween events, including costume parties, haunted houses, spooky performances, and dog-friendly events. But, believe it or not, there are still many more events happening this week. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Joel McHale's book tour to a talk about The Neuroscience of Zombies to an Edible Insect Tasting Party to a lights-out the awards show for the Seattle 48 Hour Horror Film Project. See them all below, and, if even this doesn't satisfy you, check out our complete Things To Do calendar for even more events.

1. Are Lyrics The Music Yet?
Polish composer and singer Agata Zubel presents a talk dedicated to her own compositions with a focus on their vocal aspects, in accordance with her upcoming Benaroya performance.

2. BACHtoberfest
Get wild with the Early Music Guild at BACHtoberfest, a Bach-analia (eh??) of Bach, brews, and burgers championed by the Seattle chapter of the American Guild of Organists...

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I, Anonymous: Littering—Not Cool

Steven Weissman

To the man at Golden Gardens who schooled the teen throwing his beer bottle into the sound: You're awesome. My partner and I were a few people down from the group of boys, and overheard you politely asking him to run down to the shore and retrieve the bottle, which he had just launched over the heads of multiple people and next to kids playing in the water. "Someone is going to have to pick that up," you said. "What makes you so special that you can't use the trash cans like everyone else? Please, go get your trash."

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Rich Guy Insistent on Bringing Back the Sonics Finds a Way to Do It Without Public Money

The Stranger was pro-arena back in 2012.
The Stranger was pro-arena back in 2012. JAMES YAMASAKI

Multimillionaire Chris Hansen and his investors say they have a new way to bring the NBA back to Seattle—and it won't require a handout from the City of Seattle.

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Washington Tribes to Obama: "The System Is Broken and Needs to Be Fixed"

David Brown Eagle, vice chairman of the Spokane Tribe Business Council, speaks on the importance of informed consent.
David Brown Eagle, vice chairman of the Spokane Tribe Business Council, speaks on the importance of informed consent in an era of rapid domestic fossil fuel development. SB

Seven Pacific Northwest tribal leaders, standing with the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline, are calling on the Obama administration to overhaul its process for consulting tribes on infrastructure projects permitted by the federal government.

The tribes—including the Yakama Nation, Tulalip Tribes, Lummi Nation, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Spokane Tribe—say that for too long, and too many times, the federal process for consulting with tribes has resulted in the destruction of sacred sites. Whether it be for railroads, coal terminals, pipelines, or dams on tribal land, these leaders say that the federal government has routinely ignored one element in their permitting processes: informed consent.

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Poll Shows Increased Approval of Seattle Police, But Evidence of Discrimination Remains

Good news for the Seattle police department.
Good news for the Seattle police department. SPD

A new survey shows the approval rating for Seattle police has risen twelve percentage points over the past three years, to a high of 72 percent in 2016. Among African-Americans, approval of the police department's performance has jumped from 49 percent in 2013 to 62 percent today, according to the survey.

"This latest survey shows exciting progress," said Chief Kathleen O'Toole, "and affirms our commitment to providing fair and equitable police services to our community."

But the survey (PDF) also found that African Americans and Latinos are twice as likely (35 percent) to report a negative interaction with police than whites (18 percent).

That racial disparity has not improved since 2013, the pollsters said.

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$15: Credit Where Credit Is Due


Working Washington rightly dinged me for this:

If I were gonna divvy up credit for Seattle's $15 minimum wage, I'd award 70% of it Kshama Sawant, who made the fight for $15 the centerpiece of her first campaign, and 40% to Ed Murray, who, as a good Democrat, has always supported efforts to raise the minimum wage but got religion on $15 after Sawant's victory. (I know that adds up to 110% but 1. math is hard and 2. awarding Sawant less than 70% of the credit seemed unfair and I felt Murray deserved more than 30% of the credit.)

That was in my SECB-bucking Slog post yesterday endorsing Brady Piñero Walkinshaw. I was attempting to divide up the "elected officials" share of the credit for $15—pushing back against Pramila Jayapal's attempts to claim all of the credit—but I failed to make that clear in my post. My apologies to the fast-food strikers!

You know what makes it worse? I knew better. This appeared later in my post yesterday...

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Donald Trump and His Campaign Manager Occupy Separate Realities

Trump occupies a different reality than his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.
He says, "We're winning this race. I really believe we're winning." She says, "We are behind." Joseph Sohm /

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, America's most unflappable flack, acknowledged the obvious at the start of her segment on Meet the Press over the weekend.

"We are behind" were the first words she uttered.

As many are pointing out, she might want to tell her boss that.

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Mackerel, You Sexy Bastard: In Defense of Sardines, Herring, and Other Maligned "Fishy" Fish

THE HERRING BORD at the Old Ballard Liquor Co
THE HERRING BORD at the Old Ballard Liquor Co Suzi Pratt

Mark Bittman once called mackerel the Rodney Dangerfield of fish—it gets no respect. I stand guilty; my true love of mackerel and other oily fish began only after trying some pickled mackerel (saba) nigiri at Maneki a few years back.

I remember being surprised at how much I enjoyed the nigiri, how much the acidity of vinegar balanced out the strong, sweet meatiness of the mackerel. I stared down at what was left of the silvery morsel on my plate as if seeing it for the first time. Why hadn't I noticed you before, angel? Were you hiding under another fucking California roll?

I didn't realize that fish could do more. A youth of Mrs. Paul's frozen breaded cod fillets does not exactly challenge the palate, and even the tougher meat of the catfish I enjoyed as a kid in southeast Texas was still comparatively mild and buried under breading. Because I was accustomed to and expected fish to taste this way, it took me longer to accept the more flavorful oily fish like mackerel, sardines, and herring—fish that some decry as tasting too "fishy." But here's what I've never understood: Does "fishy" mean it tastes like it's rancid or that it just tastes too much like fish? And if it's the latter, what's wrong with that?

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Person of Interest: Kelly A. Rodriguez, Editor of the Design Journal ARCADE

Stanton Stephens

Kelly A. Rodriguez is the executive director and editor of ARCADE, a Seattle-based nonprofit journal that covers design at every level and scale, including urbanism, architecture, and graphic design. Rodriguez, who holds a master of architecture, spent roughly a third of her life in Los Angeles (where she was born), a third in San Francisco (where she left her heart), and a third in Seattle. Though Rodriguez has served in the art, design, and architecture communities in this city, it is through her leadership as the editor of ARCADE that she has made her mark. She is constantly injecting new ideas into the 34-year-old journal, making it a vital read for young professionals in the design community.

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DJ Spooky Returns to Seattle for 9e2

DJ Spookys The Hidden Code happens Thursday night at Benaroya.
DJ Spooky's The Hidden Code happens Thursday night at Benaroya. Image/visualization by Jason Fletcher

As Dave Segal wrote, "The recordings, live performances, and DJ sets of DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) always come freighted with substantive concepts and science-fictional expansiveness. ... Judging by the YouTube trailer, The Hidden Code seems like a cross between a physics lecture, an episode of Cosmos, and planetarium-friendly, futuristic jazztronica. Looks like a heady trip, in more ways than one."

So that's a parsing of the component parts of The Hidden Code. But Monday I called up DJ Spooky, also known as "That Subliminal Kid," to ask him to riff about the ideas beneath those component parts.

He told me he created The Hidden Code after being invited by a friend, the theoretical physicist/saxophonist Stephon Alexander (author of The Jazz of Physics), to visit Dartmouth in 2014 through its interdisciplinary art/science Neukom Institute for Computational Science.

At Dartmouth, DJ Spooky met an entire crew of scientists who take an interdisciplinary art/science approach. (The Hidden Code, being presented by Seattle Symphony, is also part of this week's 9e2 art/science/tech festival here in Seattle.)

DJ Spooky sat down with each scientist individually (there were eight of them in all), recorded the conversations, and went back to his own studios to create.

"I’d be sitting across from a guy who works on non-linear or non-Euclidean aspects of space, or something like that," he recalled, "and if you show them a chord progression, it was beautiful to see different sparks fly."

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