Poll: Does Sean Hannity Vape?

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According to Harry Shearer (the voice of The Simpson's Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, and more), Fox News host and professional liar Sean Hannity is a vaper.


According to Fox News host and professional liar Sean Hannity, he is not.


Which one of these celebs is correct and which one is notorious fabricator who peddled the debunked conspiracy theory that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered by a Clinton? You decide!


Two Seattle Drag Queens Will Be on the Scary New Season of Dragula

The Boulet Brothers are spooky ooky and kooky and theyve got a fresh season of Dragula.
The Boulet Brothers are spooky, ooky, and kooky and they've got a fresh season of Dragula. Season 1 of Dragula

Don't let James Majesty fool you. She isn't on season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

She is, however, on season two of Dragula, which is basically just as exciting.

The trailer announcing the season two cast broke this morning. It's loud.

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Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds grace the stage in Jewels, a mid-century homage to ballet in France, USA, and Russia with music by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Created as a showcase for Balanchine’s favorite ballerinas, three distinct ballet styles are performed to perfection by PNB’s star dancers. Dressed up in new costumes and scenery by Jerome Kaplan of Don Quixote and Giselle fame. The Stranger readers save 20% on tickets.

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We're Throwing a Party to Raise Money for Indivisible

EVERYONE IS GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME
Come party to raise money for Indivisible on October 8th. EVERYONE IS GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME LIKE THIS. David Lees / Getty

Since its days as a humble Google doc full of practical ideas for defeating the Trump agenda, Indivisible has grown into a potent political force with a presence in every congressional district of the United States. They've been crucial players in the effort to shut down Trumpcare each time it rises from the grave, in the effort to defend DACA, and in the general effort to hold both Republican and Democratic members of congress accountable for their actions.

If we want to ITMFA, if we want to move on stuff like single-payer, if we want to fight back the rising tide of hatred threatening to flood this country, then winning back Congress in 2018 should be the most important item on our agenda. That work begins now.

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WSU Will Not Remove Recognition for College Republicans

The former head of the WSU College Republicans resigned after appearing in Charlottesville during the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally.
The former head of the WSU College Republicans resigned after appearing in Charlottesville during the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally. screenshot from twitter

Washington State University has no plans to remove formal recognition from that school's College Republicans club, despite a request from a handful of Democrats in the state legislature.

The club's former president, James Allsup, participated in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August. In response, Democratic representatives argued WSU had "amplified" hateful beliefs by officially recognizing the College Republicans. Rep. Gerry Pollet, one of the lawmakers who signed the letter, said the university was financially supporting the College Republicans with public dollars by giving them access to meeting space, printing, and other resources. The Democrats asked the school to remove official recognition of and resources for the club.

In a recent response to those lawmakers, WSU President Kirk Schulz says it's true registered student groups like the College Republicans get access to school resources. But Allsup (who has since resigned) was not representing the club while in Charlottesville. "No state funds, student funds, or university resources were used to facilitate that student’s appearance [in Charlottesville]," Schulz writes. He expresses no interest in removing formal recognition for the group.

Read the full letter from the representatives here and the full response from Schulz after the jump.

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The Morning News: Burgess Proposes Budget, Rent Hikes Slowing, One More Summer Day?

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Temp Mayor Tim City of Seattle

The New City Budget: More funds for sexual assault and domestic violence services, homelessness, the fire department, and the police department. Mayor Tim Burgess's proposed budget, mostly completed during former Mayor Ed Murray's term, also allocates soda tax dollars and sets aside funds for a Tenant Landlord Resource Center and studying a portable retirement program. Heidi Groover breaks it down.

Seattle Went $13.4 Million Over on Litigation: That includes settlement payouts and handling lawsuits brought by the city and against the city. Budget director Ben Noble said city officials should look at how they use outside counsel to lower legal costs, Crosscut reports.

Forecast: It's Going to Be Nice Outside Again: The National Weather Service predicts a couple more nice days before temperatures cool.

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The 53 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Sept 25-Oct 1, 2017

Dont miss the extremely popular Incredible Feast dinner on Sunday, when more than 15 of the citys best and most innovative chefs will work with local farmers to create a 20+ course meal.
Don't miss the extremely popular Incredible Feast dinner on Sunday, when more than 15 of the city's best and most innovative chefs will work with local farmers to create a 20+ course meal. Courtesy of Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Our music critics have already chosen the 27 best concerts this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn. Here are their picks for the best events in every genre—from Local Sightings to GeekGirlCon, and from the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival to Jinkx Monsoon & Bob the Drag Queen in Peaches Christ's Hocum Pokem. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Holcombe Waller: Notes from the Riverkeepers
Holcombe Waller’s Notes from the Riverkeepers , which explores the 2016 Mosier, Oregon, train derailment, is a folk, blues and soul-inspired "musical response" to Waller’s three-month artist residency with the Columbia Riverkeeper in 2016. Featuring Dana J. on drums, Justin Miller on bass, and Joshua Thomas on keyboards and guitars.

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Inslee Quake Advisers: Invest in Pamphlets, Not Upgrades

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As recent earthquakes have rocked parts of Mexico and New Zealand, Pacific Northwesterners may be wondering if we're next—and what our government is doing to protect us from the massive earthquake that will someday break along the Cascadia fault line off the coast of Washington state.

Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker staff writer who scared the bejesus out of Northwesterners in her Pulitzer-winning article, "The Really Big One," described the coming quake:

When the next very big earthquake hits, the northwest edge of the continent, from California to Canada and the continental shelf to the Cascades, will drop by as much as six feet and rebound thirty to a hundred feet to the west—losing, within minutes, all the elevation and compression it has gained over centuries. Some of that shift will take place beneath the ocean, displacing a colossal quantity of seawater.... The water will surge upward into a huge hill, then promptly collapse. One side will rush west, toward Japan. The other side will rush east, in a seven-hundred-mile liquid wall that will reach the Northwest coast, on average, fifteen minutes after the earthquake begins. By the time the shaking has ceased and the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMAs Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, says, “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”

It will be, Schulz writes,"the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent." So how are Washington leaders preparing? According to a forthcoming report from Gov. Jay Inslee's Resilient Washington Subcabinet, a group convened this year to help the state prepare for natural disasters, the state isn't doing much of anything.

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The 27 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: Sept 25-Oct 1, 2017

Celebrate the return of Gorillaz (after nearly seven years off) at their KeyArena show on Saturday.
Celebrate the return of Gorillaz (after nearly seven years off) at their KeyArena show on Saturday.

This week, our music critics recommend everything from the British musician who's more relevant now than ever (Billy Bragg), to the rock band who will make future humans nostalgic for 2017 (Versing), to the young and promising country singer who's changing the redneck image (Sturgill Simpson). Follow the 27 links below for ticket links and music clips, and find even more options on our music calendar.

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Television
Television’s last Seattle date at the Moore in 2015 exceeded high expectations. Yes, guitarist Richard Lloyd was gone, but Jimmy Rip capably replaced him, and the New York rock legends’ Marquee Moon and Adventure songs sounded just as vital as when they were minted during the Carter administration. (The tunes from their self-titled 1992 comeback LP didn’t disappoint, either.) Television continue to rivet because they do something few rock groups can manage: They excel at both indelible hooks and spontaneous instrumental interplay (aka spectacular guitar heroics). Plus, frontman Tom Verlaine—to quote Marc Bolan—is a natural-born poet and he’s just outta sight. DAVE SEGAL

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The Big Takeaways from Mayor Tim Burgess's 2018 Budget Proposal

Tim Burgess taking the oath of office after Mayor Ed Murray resigned. Burgess will be in office for about two months.
Tim Burgess taking the oath of office after Mayor Ed Murray resigned. Burgess will be in office for about two months. City of Seattle

Mayor-for-a-minute Tim Burgess presented his proposed 2018 budget to the Seattle City Council today, promising $600,000 in new funding for sexual abuse and domestic violence programs.

Former mayor Ed Murray's staff had largely finished the budget before Murray resigned on September 13 in the wake of allegations that he abused five men when they were teenagers. When Burgess took the oath of office to replace Murray, he was asked about calls from advocates for the city to increase funding for survivors of sexual violence. At the time, Burgess said he would defer to the council.

Burgess said today, "A person who has the courage to report a domestic assault should not have to fear that the law is going to leave them in limbo when it comes to getting the gun out of their abuser’s hands. Nor should a survivor of sexual assault...have to worry that our mayor’s office, or any part of our city government, is not sufficiently invested in the task of helping those who come forward to report such abuse."

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The Stunning, Symmetrical Spectacle of Jewels

The whole thing looks like this all the time and its fucking amazing.
The whole thing looks like this all the time and it's fucking amazing. Angela Sterling

The entire audience gasped when the curtain rose on Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of George Balanchine's Jewels, which is often lauded as the world's first plotless full-length ballet, a complete choreographic embrace of high modernist ideals, a kaleidoscopic stunner, a "pure" ballet unlike any other kind of ballet the people of 1967 had seen before.

It's not uncommon to hear such a gasp for a set reveal, but the one I heard on opening night was more audible than most, sustained, and followed by lots of exasperated murmuring. A woman sitting behind me loudly and to no one in particular announced her need for an oxygen tank. People were freaking out and none of the dancers had even moved yet.

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The Worst Bus Stop in America Is in Seattle (And Other Nerdy Bus News)

Poor Bus Stop No. 45990 :-(
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How many times has this happened to you? You’re heading to the bus so you glance at your app. The bus is running at least 20 minutes late. Well, shit, you think, but oh well, so you take your sweet time, chatting with your barista crush and petting random doggos on the street until you check the app again. What the %$%#! Now the bus is only two minutes away, dammit!

Next thing you know, you’re running, hot coffee spilling out onto your hands, cursing the Gods of Public Transportation (they are vengeful, angry Gods). Well, bus riders rejoice: Metro Bus has just unveiled a shiny, newly updated transit data-collecting system to make sure that never happens again.

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You Don't Need to Watch the New Lady Gaga Doc but You Do Need to Watch This Scene


Gaga: Five Foot Two, which came out last Friday on Netflix, will be a snoozefest for non-Gaga fans. But like the 1991 Madonna documentary it mimics, certain scenes are instant Camp classics—deliberate Camp, but Camp nevertheless. For those who love this type of shit (gays), this scene should not be missed:

Lady Gaga, underscored by classical music, stomps into a Walmart to buy her new album, Joanne. She wears her carefully created Joanne uniform—tight denim, white cut-off tee, pink cowboy hat, visible bra. The store is a maze of overlit aisles and plastic containers. The customer service isn't helpful. Despite her camera crew, entourage, and face advertised around the store, no one recognizes her. (Sontag: "Pure Camp is always naive. Camp which knows itself to be Camp ('camping') is usually less satisfying.") We're made to believe that she's simply Stefani Germanotta, and shopping at a Walmart sucks for her, too.

Last year (when this was filmed) was not a good year for CDs. Spin reported that listeners streamed 208.9 billion songs in 2016 (a 58.7 percent increase from the year before). CD sales, unsurprisingly, continue to decline—only 40 million units were moved in the first six months of 2016 (a decline of 11.6 percent compared to the same period in 2015). And when people do decide to buy CDs, where do they get them? Not Walmart.

From Billboard:

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This Web Service Banned The Daily Stormer. Why Won't It Drop Another Neo-Nazi Recruitment Forum?

Protesters demonstrating against the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville are treated after a rally attendee used his car to barrel through a crowd. Many people were injured and one woman, Heather Heyer, was killed. Hate group experts say white nationalists are recruited and emboldened by websites like Iron March.
Protesters demonstrating against the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville are treated after a rally attendee used his car to barrel through a crowd, killing one woman. Hate group experts say white nationalists are recruited and emboldened by websites like IronMarch.org. GETTY / CHIP SOMODEVILLA

In August, GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare cut their ties to The Daily Stormer, each company saying the neo-Nazi website violated their terms of service agreements. The tech giants made their decisions only after Heather Heyer was killed in a vehicular attack during protests against the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the Stranger's Eli Sanders noted.

The companies' announcements inspired thinkpieces about free speech in the digital age, including one from Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince.

In a blog post, Prince called the neo-Nazi site "vile" and "hateful." However, the "tipping point" for his decision to ban The Daily Stormer, he wrote, "was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology."

Given Prince's criticisms, it's unclear why Cloudflare continues serving IronMarch.org, a neo-Nazi recruitment forum.

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Spun Out: 5 Essential Cuts Selected by Local DJ Ramiro

Ramiro: Always striving for those moments when the synergistic connection between the DJ and the dancers takes on a life of its own.
Ramiro: Always striving for those moments when "the synergistic connection between the DJ and the dancers takes on a life of its own." Brit Hansen

RAMIRO (RAMIRO GUTIERREZ; Uniting Souls)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Andhim, "Huso" (Superfriends)

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Does Star Trek: Discovery Justify Signing Up for CBS All Access?

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So far there's been as much discussion about Star Trek: Discovery's distribution model as there has been about Star Trek: Discovery.

In order to watch anything beyond last night's series premiere, Americans have to subscribe to CBS All Access, the network's attempt to create a streaming service that stands alongside services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, ad infinitum. (In other countries, Netflix subscribers will find Discovery already included in their subscription, since Netflix provided a big chunk of Discovery's budget.) Asking people to pony up for CBS All Access is a tall order, given that other streaming services have of stuff that people actually want to watch, while CBS All Access has Discovery and... uh, I guess a lot of episodes of The Big Bang Theory? In case you find the skull-splitting experience of existing in 2017 not painful enough and want to make it even worse?

On one hand, it's a bit unfair that Discovery is inextricably linked to All Access. On the other, it makes perfect sense to talk about them together: I can't think of another time when a new TV show has launched and, after less than an hour, asked viewers to pay for a streaming service they probably don't want in order to continue. Last night's first hour of Discovery not only had to not only kick off a whole new Star Trek series, it also had to convince viewers to buy into CBS All Access.

Did it accomplish the former? Uh, kind of! Mostly!
Did it accomplish the latter? Not a chance.

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