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Slog AM: Seattle Marks 150 Days of Protest, West Philly Rises Up After Cops Kill Walter Wallace Jr., Amy Coney Barrett Lacks Experience

An image from the second march to SPOG HQ earlier this summer. As protesters celebrate 150 days in the streets, SPOG proposes a ballot measure to crack down on 1st Amendment rights.
An image from the second march to SPOG HQ earlier this summer. As protesters celebrate 150 days in the streets, SPOG proposes a ballot measure to crack down on 1st Amendment rights. RS

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett takes the bench with little experience and plenty of life left to live. Mother Jones called her the "least experienced Supreme Court nominee in 30 years." She'd never judged a case before Trump installed her as a judge in 2017, she's never done any pro bono work, she's never worked in government, and she's only worked in private practice for two years.

Trump threw a nighttime party to celebrate Barrett's confirmation: The New York Times called the event a "a virtual do-over of the superspreader event blamed for infecting multiple people with the coronavirus a month ago to the day." The President and Barrett didn't wear masks "perhaps owing to the fact that both have already had the virus."

Vox on whether will be a "nihilist:" Ian Millhiser looks into four upcoming Supreme Court cases and argues that Barrett's decisions on them will tell us "just how radical the newest justice is likely to be."


West Philly protests after cops kill Walter Wallace Jr: Witnesses told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the 27-year-old Black man was in a domestic confrontation of some kind and holding a knife, and his mother was trying to "defuse the situation.” One witness said bystanders told the cops not to shoot, but then they shot him "10 times," Wallace's father said.

After the news hit, protesters hit the streets: People looted, vandalized buildings, and confronted cops along 52nd Street, the Inquirer reports. A cop car burned, a driver in a truck reportedly hit an officer, 30 officers reported injuries, and a reporter caught "police cars speeding through crowds at frightening speeds."

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Slog PM: The Moon Is Wet, Amy Coney Barrett Is a Supreme Court Justice, DLFKJDLFKJDLKJFLKSDJFLKSDJFLKJ

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Trumps legacy.
Trump's legacy. POOL / GETTY

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett: Today, over in Bad Washington, Senate Democrats accused Senate Republicans of "throwing out the rulebook" and sharply criticized the timing of ACB's nomination as well as her history of decisions. Senate Republicans accused Senate Democrats of attacking "religious conservatives" and putting forth judges that "legislate from the bench." Progressive senators rang many alarm bells regarding the upcoming Supreme Court battle on ObamaCare. And then, in the end, what we knew would happen happened:

The vote was 52 to 48. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote against the confirmation. "It was the first time in 151 years that a justice was confirmed without a single vote from the minority party," notes the New York Times. "[The Supreme Court is] gaining a conservative who could sway cases in every area of American life, including abortion rights, gay rights, business regulation and the environment."

LDKFJSLDKJFKLEJFLKEHLKHFJLKDJLKJEGLKHE: That's how I feel about the news, the news cycle, and next Tuesday. Mentally, I'd rather be here:

Because I love chaos, let's do a poll: Who will Chief Justice John Roberts swear in as president in 2021? I want to see where our heads are at. Vote at the bottom of the post. (Have you tracked your ballot yet?)

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Does Amy Coney Barrett Need Her Black Children Anymore?

Absent from her record is anything that can be described as expressing concern for the Black world.
Absent from her record is anything that can be described as expressing concern for the Black world. ERIN SCHAFF-POOL/GETTY IMAGE

In the noise and bustle of Amy Coney Barrett's illegitimate Supreme Court appointment, we must not stop wondering why she—a white person whose work and alliances and politics, when tallied up, have done more harm than good to Black people—raises Black children. What is her game?

Recall that Ibram X. Kendi wasted no time in late September placing Barrett's adoption of black children in the historical/narrative category of European colonialization:

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Democrats Convene to Call Bullshit on Maia Espinoza's Bullshit, and to Rally Around Reykdal

If voters dont turn out for this guy, Washingtons version of Betsy DeVos could end up running our public schools.
If voters don't turn out for this guy, Washington's version of Betsy DeVos could end up running our public schools. COURTESY OF CHRIS REYKDAL CAMPAIGN

On Monday afternoon a group of Democratic leaders and teachers convened a press conference to collectively flip shit about the possibility of Maia Espinoza winning her race against incumbent Chris Reykdal to become Washington's Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Governor Jay Inslee tied "Chris's opponent" to Trump with nearly every sentence he uttered, and he highlighted the dangers of Espinoza's public school privatization scheme, which would provide $2,500 vouchers for students to spend on private schools or for "desks, internet access, and other supplies need to learn from home." Reykdal told The Columbian such a program would cost $2.5 billion, which Inslee said would "undermine education" in the state and lead to "fewer teachers."

Seattle U.S. House Rep. Pramila Jayapal said “the ease and the frequency with which Republican Maia Espinoza lies is troubling," and pointed to the fact that the candidate "never served as a certified K-12 teacher" even though she lists "school teacher" under "other professional experience" in the voters' pamphlet. The AP reports Espinoza "taught music class at her daughter’s private school one day a week."

Jayapal also called Espinoza the "Betsy DeVos of Washington state," but noted that "at least Betsy DeVos is honest about what she wants to do" and doesn't “hide her privatization agenda." On that tip:

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Yell at the Seattle City Council on Tuesday

This could be you except virtually and socially distanced.
This could be you except virtually and socially distanced. SHITTY SCREENSHOT OF THE SEATTLE CHANNEL

This week, the Seattle City Council will finalize the amendments and legislative actions they'll bake into the 2021 budget package. Starting Wednesday, council members will vote on which issues should receive city funding based on the issues they identified in last week's meetings. Before all those votes are cast, the public gets a say.

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The Stranger Endorses Cindy Ryu for Legislative District No. 32

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Rep. Cindy Ryu is frank in a way other legislators aren't when she levels with the SECB about the problems of trying to pass progressive taxes. Sure, we'd love a rosier outlook, but we're all for Ryu telling us like it is.

Ryu says she's down for a capital gains tax. She's as good on housing as a commercial landlord could be, which means she wants to chip away at single-family zoning, believes in just-cause protections for tenants, but isn't on board with rent control. Ryu also wants us to be able to light up a J filled with greens we grew in our own window planter boxes. A vote for Ryu is a vote for homegrown weed.

The biggest thing for us is her commitment to police reform. Ryu's record on policing is superb. She helped pass I-940, was part of the leadership team that established a joint legislative task force on community policing standards, and we're confident she'll add a necessary voice to the conversations around law enforcement next session. Vote Ryu.

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I, Anonymous: Maybe Da Shit Ain't So Bad

So it's kinda late and downtown Bainbridge is deserted. I'm taking a little walk down Winslow Way and lost in my thoughts.

I got my mask in my shirt pocket in case I get within 10 feet of someone and have to take precautions to protect them and myself from a nasty ass bug that is killing people. People are turning wearing a mask to protect themselves and others into a political issue. I own a bar that I will likely lose due to this nasty virus.

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The Best Things to Do from Home in Seattle This Week

Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and BenDelaCreme comprise a coven of soul-sucking witches in Hocum Pokem: The Return of the Manderson Sisters, streaming live this Thursday and Friday only.
Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and BenDelaCreme comprise a coven of soul-sucking witches in Hocum Pokem: The Return of the Manderson Sisters, streaming live this Thursday and Friday only. Peaches Christ via Facebook

EverOut is The Stranger's new website devoted to things to do in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. It has all the same things you're used to seeing from Stranger EverOut and Stranger Things To Do, just in a new spot!


All Hallows' Eve is this Saturday, giving you a whole week to partake in spooky activities without leaving your house or even putting on pants. In addition to everything listed on our in-person events calendar, we've rounded up this week's best virtual events below (including plenty of non-Halloween stuff), from the Fisherman's Village Music Festival to another round of Stranger Debates: Seattle's Only Candidate Forum, and from BeautyBoiz go BOO to a Wa Na Wari House Party Fundraiser. Plus, check out our StreamLocal events hub for other upcoming virtual events, and stay tuned for a roundup of the best in-person things to do around town this weekend.

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Stranger Debates: Seattle's Only Candidate Forum
District 37 candidates Kirsten Harris-Talley and Chukundi Salisbury will take their debates to the digital stage, hosted by a panel of Stranger reporters who will make them "squirm through a gauntlet of tough questions" and take an audience poll to announce a "winner."

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The Main Stream: Collide-O-Scope Halloween!

Don your best goblin bikini for Collide-O-Scopes newest and freakiest seasonal output, premiering tonight and October 30 on StreamLocal.
Don your best goblin bikini for Collide-O-Scope's newest and freakiest seasonal output, premiering tonight and October 30 on StreamLocal.

Collide-O-Scope is back on StreamLocal with two brand new shows sure to delight and disturb in equal measure. As previously described by me on these hallowed webpages, Collide-O-Scope is “the needle drug of video collages. Each iteration is a curated cornucopia of found footage that runs the gamut of nasty to lush, thrilling to chilling, and themed according to whichever holiday season, phase of chaos, or flight of fancy the world was passing through at the time of construction.”

Envisioned, crafted, and hosted by Shane Wahlund and Michael Anderson, these iterations of Collide-O-Scope will set you up for the rest of this season. The first (Collide-O-Scope: Halloween 2020) is an all-new spread for the eeriest of holidays, Pandemic Halloween 2020, available on-demand starting tonight. In a non-mask year, this event would be happening at the Egyptian, replete with a costume contest, special hosts, and people drinking tequila out of each other’s holes. Since we can’t do that this year, Shane and Michael have packed this H’ween edition with enough freaky shit to make us feel like we aren’t missing out on a single thing. There will also still be prize drawings for all ticket holders during intermission, with this year’s treasure chest boasting goodies from Scarecrow Video, vintage film collectibles, and holiday oddities custom-made for the COS audience.

The second (Collide-O-Scope: Best of Halloween) is a double-punch of COS’s Best-in-Show moments from every Halloween special they’ve ever made, available on-demand starting October 30. It’s a darkly enjoyable labor of love from two men with very twisted minds, and every second of it is enough fun to make you forget the flaccid nature of an engagement-free holiday season. I highly recommend setting your couch up for a double feature—BYORed Vines.

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The Stranger Endorses Chris Reykdal for Superintendent of Public Instruction

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We never thought it could come down to this, but the biggest, most consequential, most up-in-the-air race on the ballot is this battle between incumbent Superintendent of Public Schools Chris Reykdal and conservative "nonprofit" director Maia Espinoza, aka Washington's Betsy DeVos.

We're here because Reykdal performed poorly in the August primaries. Though he led the crowded field with 40% of the vote share, the race's collective conservative votes outnumbered his own, which is bad news. But Reykdal didn't perform poorly because he's a bad campaigner or because he's bad at his job. He's great at his job. Reykdal has been responsibly closing schools, navigating remote learning when 735,000 Washingtonians don't have internet access, providing meals for the kids who relied on school for getting them, and doing everything he can to close the achievement gap.

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Yes, You Do Need to Watch the New Adaptation of The Witches

The way Stanley Tucci delivers the line a boy like you is as scary as the witches themselves.
The way Stanley Tucci delivers the line "a boy like you" is as scary as the witches themselves. The Witches

If Guillermo del Toro and Robert Zemeckis stood at opposite ends of a movie and pulled as hard as they could in opposite directions, the output would likely not be dissimilar from the new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which has one of the most haunting, heartfelt, spellbinding first acts of a film I’ve ever seen before it dissolves into a generic cartoon. I’m glad it exists, I’m glad I watched, I’m glad to recommend it; but I wish my brain weren't so distracted by questions about how such a gorgeous film could derail so completely at the halfway mark.

The first hour is an astounding improvement upon the original novel, which I didn’t believe was possible. Updating the setting to 1968 Alabama with a predominantly Black cast is an inspired idea. It creates an entirely new intent for the story, which at its outset is about human responses to unfairness and conflicting impulses to despair and to endure. A critique of American racism and class lurks as close to the surface as possible, and the movie’s strength is in what goes unsaid between weary, knowing glances, as well as some arresting touches of horror.

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A Big List of Unstreamable Movies

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films you cant find on major streaming services in the United States.

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films and TV shows you can't find on major streaming services in the United States.

Currently, there are 219 films on this list. Each one was unstreamable when it was added. That means we couldn't find it on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or any of the other 300+ streaming services available in the United States. We also couldn't find it available for rent or purchase through platforms like Prime Video or iTunes. We don't consider user-generated videos, like unauthorized YouTube uploads, to be streamable.

We add four more films each week. Sometimes the titles become streamable. If you notice an error, let us know!

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TONIGHT: It's a Battle for South Seattle!

TONIGHT, a bunch of foul-mouthed Stranger reporters will dress up like maniacs and run these two through a gauntlet of tough questions. Reserve your spot here
TONIGHT, a bunch of foul-mouthed Stranger reporters will dress up like maniacs and run these two through a gauntlet of tough questions. Reserve your spot here. Anthony Keo

The battle to fill this open seat in South Seattle pits Seattle Parks engagement manager Chukundi Salisbury against NARAL Pro-Choice Washington executive director Kirsten Harris-Talley.

You might remember Harris-Talley for her role in resuscitating the head tax as an interim Seattle City Council Member, and you might remember Salisbury for his role as the DJ of a party you might not remember, or, less wholesomely, for constantly promoting entrepreneurship among the youths in the district.

Either way, you should know that Salisbury promises to prioritize increasing government contracting with minority-owned businesses, fight for criminal justice reform, and hire more black and brown teachers. Harris-Talley is going all-in with plenty of specifics for righting our upside down tax code, finally fully funding public education, and securing climate justice.

Harris-Talley has been cheesing around the district since she took home over 51% of the vote share in the August primaries, but this race is far from over as both candidates continue banking endorsements and spamming their social media feeds with heart-warming campaign photos.

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A Cappuccino for Now, a Bottle of Wine for Later


Like me, suppose you are strategically plotting a beverage-related series of needs over the next, let’s say, week or so, coalescing with urgency around the date of November 3. In that case, the new Juice Club bottle shop at Union Coffee is ready to support your supply.

Juice Club launched in the halcyon days of yore—2019—as a roaming technicolor revelry of natural wine parties, events, and multimedia beverage happenings dedicated to natural wine and the thriving culture around it. A quick definition: natural wine refers to the vibrant subculture of minimal intervention, expressive bottlings made by emerging winemakers worldwide. They tend to be crafted and enjoyed by a diverse coterie of young people.

As a culture, natural wine actively seeks to purge a lot of the traditional trappings of the wine status quo, namely: money, age, snobbery, and exclusion. The wines may taste like attenuated versions of what you’ve tried before, or they may taste totally wild and different, depending on the maker and bottle. There’s something for everyone in the world of natural wine, and new-to-wine drinkers are especially welcome.

Juice Club, back when people were free to spew their droplets near each other.
Juice Club, back when people were free to spew their droplets near each other. REVA KELLER
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Slog AM: Killer Hornets Killed, Barrett to Be Confirmed Today, and Seattle Restaurant Week Begins

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That nightmare you ordered has arrived.
That nightmare you ordered has arrived. Washington Department of Agriculture

Just how diseased is Mike Pence? A bunch of Pence staffers have now tested positive for coronavirus, but the Vice President will be presiding over the Amy Coney Barrett vote today anyway. (Unless Democrats barricade the doors, it's pretty much guaranteed that she'll be confirmed.) It’s unknown whether Mike Pence is sick physically, or just deep in his soul. Democrats have “lodged harsh criticisms” of him. Good job guys, that’ll show him.

Among Us developers fighting back against Trump spam: Last week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez headlined a livestream of the suddenly-viral online multiplayer game Among Us, which was developed in Redmond. Soon afterwards, the game was attacked by pro-Trump spam. A college student claimed credit; the Redmond team that developed the game says they’re working on implementing fixes but for now you should only play with trusted friends. Is there nothing Republicans won’t ruin?

Killer hornet nest eradicated, but there may be more: The Washington Department of Agriculture vacuumed up a ton of giant hornets this weekend north of Seattle, and it’s thought that there are still more nests hidden around the state. The wasps are enormous and their sting is insanely painful, which is why the crew working on the nest dressed like Among Us beans. Fun times for all.

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