North Dakota Law Enforcement Are About to Evict Everyone Left at the Main Standing Rock Camp

A view of the Oceti Sakowin camp back in September, when it housed, fed, and clothed thousands of people trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A view of the Oceti Sakowin camp back in September, when it housed, fed, and clothed thousands of people trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. SB

The final eviction will occur at 2 p.m. CST, according to Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Those remaining at Oceti Sakowin camp, the main camp that once housed thousands, will be arrested.

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Smash Putt's Reign of Anarchic Mini-Golf Is Nearly Over

Ulysses Grant

For a miniature-golf entrepreneur, Jeremy Franklin-Ross has a unique aversion to concepts like points and pars.

Since 2009, he and a team of fellow artists, woodworkers, and hackers have organized Smash Putt, an adult-only, self-proclaimed "miniature golf apocalypse" that pops up for a few weeks every year.

Putt-putt courses don't need to have a point; he believes they can be art. Instead of offering a score, holes can show how cruel people can be or how people find meaning in life. "We think about the social-experiment aspects of putt-putt a lot around here," he says.

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Dan Savage Went To Austria to Escape the U.S., But It Was Still Trump Time, All the Time


I'm walking through Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on the last day of January, looking for someplace to get tea. I realize my dark-blue passport is still in my hand. I slide it into my pocket. I'm not embarrassed to be an American. But right now, at this particular moment in history, I am embarrassed for America.

I executed the exact same move—quickly sliding my passport into a pocket, hoping no one would spot it—once before, a long time ago.

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Where's Congressman Dave Reichert? His Constituents Can't Seem to Find Him

Approximately 400 people showed up to an Empty Chair Town Hall at Cashmere Riverside Center in Cashmere, WA. None of them were Rep. Dave Reichert.
According to organizers, approximately 400 people showed up to an Empty Chair Town Hall at Cashmere Riverside Center in Cashmere, WA. None of them were Dave Reichert. Michael Nash

Constituents of Washington's 8th congressional district are looking all over for their representative, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Auburn), who should be back in town for recess this week. But they're having trouble finding him. None of the 400 constituents who attended Monday night's Empty Chair Town Hall at Cashmere Riverside Center in Cashmere, WA (pop. 3,063) reported seeing him. Neither did the nearly 100 people who marched up and down the sidewalks outside his Issaquah offices for Tuesday's Fill Dave Reichert's Parking Lot with Voices rally. If he's not in his office and he's not at a town hall, he must still be in hiding.

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The Morning News: Another Hot Scoop about Milo Yiannopoulos (Just Kidding, We're Gonna Talk about Zoning)

Taller buildings are coming to the University District—but The Ave wont be touched for now.
Less Milo Yiannopoulos, more affordable housing. CPAULFELL/SHUTTERSTOCK

The University District Will Get Denser—and that New Density Will Create New Affordable Housing: The Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation yesterday to allow taller buildings in the University District. It's the first upzone in the city that will include a requirement that new buildings either include affordable housing or that developers pay into a fund to build affordable housing elsewhere. Council Member Rob Johnson, who chairs the council's land use committee and represents the U District, said the upzone "represents a huge step in living our values as a welcoming, sustainable, and inclusive city."

Some Council Members Tried—and Failed—to Get More Affordable Housing: The proposal from the mayor's office requires 9 percent of all units in new buildings in the U District to be set aside as affordable (or for the developer to pay an equivalent fee). Arguing the city should get more affordability out of the upzone, Council Members Mike O'Brien, Kshama Sawant, and Lisa Herbold wanted to bump that up to 10 percent in areas where high rises will be built. The mayor's office claimed that could discourage development—and the rest of the city council agreed. The proposal failed. "The historic new [affordability] requirements in [the legislation] help," Herbold said in a statement after the vote, "but I’m concerned that they aren’t robust enough to both expand housing opportunities for people who move to our city and to prevent displacement of low-income residents who make the University District their home today."

What We Know About Trump's Deportation Plans: According to the New York Times, "Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations."

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Guest Editorial: It Is Dangerous and Irresponsible Not to Fight Trump’s Xenophobic and Islamophobic Agenda

The author, Kshama Sawant, is a member of the Seattle City Council.
The author, Kshama Sawant, is a member of the Seattle City Council. City of Seattle

Ed note: Last week, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Seattle Police should block U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers attempting to detain and deport people in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray called that idea "irresponsible and dangerous." Below, Sawant responds.

I welcome the statements from Mayor Murray and city council members in support of Seattle’s sanctuary city status. But statements alone are simply not enough. What concrete steps will local politicians take to help build the movement against Trump?

History will not look kindly at politicians who claimed there wasn’t much more they could do than utter platitudes. It is dangerous and irresponsible for elected officials to not shake off business-as-usual, and fully utilize their position in solidarity with the historic movement of the 99 percent against Trump, xenophobia, bigotry, Islamophobia, and racism.

During the peaceful direct action in solidarity with Muslim immigrants and refugees at SeaTac airport on January 28, Sound Transit Light Rail and at least two bus lines were shut down to prevent activists from joining the action. Six trainloads were redirected away from the airport between 6:27 pm and 7 pm, according to the Seattle Times. Police from many jurisdictions, including the Seattle Police Department (SPD), were deployed against the peaceful action. Inside the airport, I personally witnessed police shoving bicycles on the peaceful protesters, using pepper spray, and arresting dozens. How does allowing a transit shutdown and using the SPD against peaceful anti-Trump protesters align with Seattle being a sanctuary city?

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Two Milo Reax Reax—One Long, One Short

Journalist Laurie Penny was embedded with Milo and his collection of Lost Boys just as the wheels were coming off his "Dangerous Faggot" tourbus. It's a long, furious, and furiously intelligent piece. Go read the whole thing. I wanted to respond to this paragraph...

Delicious as you might find it to see karma come for Yiannopoulos, what he actually said about gay relationships and child molestation was less offensive than a great many bigoted things he has come out with—in part because, for once, it seemed just a little bit true to his experience. When he spoke about consenting relationships between adult men where there’s a large age gap, he was talking about something that is a real and meaningful part of romantic experience for a lot of gay men—and something that American conservatives seem to have no problem with when the participants are heterosexual or, indeed, presidential candidates. His mangled age-of-consent comments and crass priest jokes are a bridge too far, especially for the conservative mainstream, which has so far held performative racism, transphobia, sexism, and xenophobia as well within the bounds of free speech. Today, absolutely nobody, from his publishers to his former tour promoter, is defending Yiannopoulos’ right to consequence-free speech.

As Penny notes earlier in the piece: It was conservatives, not liberals or progressives, who took Yiannopoulos down. (Or maybe just slowed him down.) Conservative activists circulated the incriminating-but-publicly-available podcast recordings after Yiannopoulos was invited to speak at Wingnutapalooza. As others have pointed out (including the brilliant Roxane Gay, brilliantly), the GOP, CPAC, Donald Trump, Simon & Schuster, et al, didn't have a problem with Yiannopoulos when he was attacking feminists, people of color, immigrants, queers, trans people, individual trans women, Muslims, Leslie Jones, etc.

I don't want to quibble with Penny, but Yiannopoulos wasn't just talking about "consenting relationships between adult men where there’s a large age gap." At times and clumsily, yes, Yiannopoulos was talking about relationships between young men—teenage boys above the age consent—and older adult gay men. But he also said this: "We're talking about 13/25, 13/28—these things do happen perfectly consensually." Challenged on another point, Yiannopoulos described 13-year-olds as "sexually mature" (has he ever met a 13 year old?) and clearly suggested that 13 year olds were capable of consenting to sexual contact with adults. And, of course, Yiannopoulos crudely/jokingly expressed his gratitude to the priest he says molested him when he was 14.

But I gotta say...

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106 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: Feb 21-26, 2017

At the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, check out the Comfort program, which will include a milk and cookies bar, a hot toddy bar, and even a french fry bar.
At the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, check out the "Comfort" program, which will include a milk and cookies bar, a hot toddy bar, and even a french fry bar. MICHELLE CONNER

Our arts critics have already recommended 50 great things to do this week, our music critics have picked the 30 best concerts, and we've compiled all of the Mardi Gras-related events this week, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Drawtasticon to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, from two opportunities to play drag queen bingo to Gay City and Three Dollar Bill Cinema's 12th Annual Academy Awards Party, and from the the Dress Like a Woman Rally/March to the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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

1. Brad Stone with Todd Bishop
Brad Stone will examine the moment in Silicon Valley history when entrepreneurs like Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb seized on the power vacuum created by the 2007 economic crash to create their own industries. In his conversation with GeekWire editor Todd Bishop, he'll paint the portraits of the "smart, driven, and often comically flawed people who are upending industries and changing our world."

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Daughters of the Dust Is a Rare Beauty of a Film

The still is not from Beyoncés Lemonade but Julie Dashs Daughters of the Dust.
The still is not from Beyoncé's Lemonade but Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust. Charles Mudede

Here are three important years for black American cinema: 1989, 1990, and 1991. The crowning achievement in the first of these years was Do the Right Thing; the second, To Sleep With Anger; the third, Daughters of the Dust. The directors of the last two, Charles Burnett and Julie Dash, emerged from the LA Rebellion (a black film movement in the 1970s that had UCLA Film School as its center). The director of the first film, Spike Lee, is a celebrity. Burnett was mostly obscure until his first film, Killer of Sheep, was restored and recirculated in 2007, thanks in part to a huge donation from Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh. Dash, however, has remained in obscurity despite the fact that her film, Daughters, is in many ways the most revolutionary of all three.

The screening on Feb 23 will be introduction by Tariqa Waters.

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Rep. Jayapal Sets a Date for Senate Recess Town Hall, "Indivisible" Organizers Lead Another to Discuss the Trump Agenda

John Boal

Unlike a Congressman David Reichert—and, oh wait, all of Washington State's Republican congressional representatives—Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7) isn't afraid of having "a YouTube moment" during a meeting with her constituents. Like Jayapal, other Democratic representatives have already announced plans for constituent town hall meetings during the recess, which began on February 20, or in the coming months.

Japayal will hold a town hall meeting with her constituents in the Great Hall at Town Hall (ha!) at 5:30 p.m. on March 6.

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Dude York Rips It Up and Starts Again with New LP, Sincerely

Dude York taking the long road to confidence.
Dude York taking the long road to confidence. SAM GEHRKE

Sometimes it takes a second try to get it right. Seattle power-pop trio Dude York's new album, Sincerely (out February 24 on Hardly Art), is loaded with strident riffs and yell-along anthems. But the record's bold, polished sound didn't come easy.

Originally, Sincerely was a DIY effort home-recorded at a punk house called Magic Lanes. But after playing it for friends, they got a less-than-enthusiastic response from those who heard the first take. One person who tried to mix the album said that there was "drywall in every piece of [the record]," recalls drummer Andrew Hall.

After spending eight months on the whole project, the band decided to scrap the recording. "It felt awful," says guitarist and lead vocalist Peter Richards. "It left me really confused as to what songs were good, and it was a long process toward feeling confident again."

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When Lusting for a Young Woman Doesn't Work, Write an Opera

Philip Newton

Katya Kabanova is a lush, compelling three-act opera with an alluring backstory. The story is only creepy and misogynistic if you take it out of its early-20th-century context.

Composer Leos Janacek was a late bloomer who arrived at fame in his 60s, around the same time he fell in love with Kamila Stosslova, an unattainable woman, 38 years younger than Janacek. He wrote her 700 love letters over a span of 11 years and composed a handful of great operas inspired by his passion for her.

Janacek's devotion had a patient, soulful quality, especially since his great love remained unconsummated. Allegedly, they shared only one kiss.

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Tony Armada, CEO of Swedish Health Services, Resigns Shortly After Seattle Times Report on the Money-Loving Swedish Neuroscience Institute

I know the money is in here somewhere...
"I know the money is in here somewhere..." xmee/

Just under two weeks ago, two Seattle Times's reporters Mike Baker and Justin Mayo posted an investigative piece, "High Volume, Big Dollars, Rising Tension," that exposed Cherry Hill’s Swedish Neuroscience Institute as a massive money-making machine. In 2015, the institute generated $500 million dollars, which was nearly 40 percent more than it made in previous years. Also, the program "had the highest Medicare reimbursements per inpatient visit of any U.S. hospital with at least 150 beds." What was going on?

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Overcoming Abuse & Finding Partners Who Aren’t Pieces of Shit


Do you have any advice on how to develop healthy sexual boundaries when you have a long history of people not letting you?

I was sexually abused by a relative starting when I was a child and continuing until I was fourteen. My first relationship wasn't until after I finished college, and it wasn't a healthy one. I've dated a little since then, but not much, mostly because: (1) pretty much no one is interested in me and (2) frankly, I'm not sure I'm healthy enough to be dating these days.

As a fat, disabled, gay trans guy, I pretty much feel like my options are to either not have sex at all or to have casual sex with guys who it often turns out don't treat me well. I don't think there's anything wrong with having casual sex, and it has sometimes been a positive experience for me. Far too often, though, I've met up with guys with whom I've agreed to have one kind of sex only to have it turn into something violent or very different from what I consented to. Yes, rape would accurately describe several of these experiences. Help?

Haunted, Unlucky, Recovering Trans Individual Needs Guidance

P.S. Talking to a counsellor about at least some of this seems like the obvious answer, but that's currently not something I can afford, nor have I ever been able to find someone I could talk to about this stuff who has been helpful instead of judgmental or traumatizing. I live in Vancouver, if that’s helpful to know.

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Will Gov. Jay Inslee Make a Bid for the Presidency in 2020? He Says No, The Seattle Times Says Yes


Things are going so poorly in the White House that potential candidates to run against Trump in the 2020 election (assuming No. 45 hasn't gotten booted out of office) are already being discussed in earnest. In Washington state, with the recent win of a lawsuit to block Trump’s executive order stopping travel from seven mostly Muslim nations, both Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee are names that seem to be coming up most often for the Democratic bill.

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