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This afternoon, Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press that "to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election:" He directly contradicting Trump's persistent, baseless, insufferable, conspiratorial claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen. Sen. Chuck Schumer remarked: “I guess he's the next one to be fired.”

Barr then went into a pre-planned (but very long) meeting at the White House: I'm sure that meeting was chill, especially since Trump's Twitter account was going wild with election fraud conspiracies during it.

Georgia election officials are furious at the President and GOP leadership, as they should be: "Someone's going to get killed," said Gabriel Sterling, Georgia's voting system implementation manager, at a press conference this afternoon, referring to the recent violent threats against the Georgia Secretary of State's Office. He said a 20-year-old tech employee was the latest to receive death threats from Trump's supporters and called on Trump, Republicans, and specifically Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to "step up," saying: "Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop... And if you're going to take a position of leadership, show some." Watch the speech:

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How to Look at the Seattle Star

Shes pretty.
Twice a week, we figure out How to Look at art from Seattle, the world, and the past. Today, we're checking out the Seattle Star. She's pretty. JK

I think the Christmas star perched on the southeast corner of the former Macy’s building is beautiful, and I'm a Christmas Grinch. Today, I gawked at the tiny LED lights, which look like tiny Seahawks-colored bubbles of champagne. The star's long elegant tail stretches from the top of the building almost down to the street. It stood out today, sparkling—even against the orange late afternoon sky and sand-colored building on which it hangs.

Seattle-based company Western Neon repaired and refurbished the newly christened Seattle Star (formerly known as the Macy’s Star) over the past year. Keeping the original design done by the downtown Bon Marché's late longtime in-house designer Bob James in the 1950s, Western Neon replaced over 4,000 incandescent bulbs with individually programmable LED nodes. It also restored some of the aged components of the original star.

Last year, Amazon, the current occupant of the building, paid Western Neon $250,000 to repair and replace the star, reported the Guardian, after an announcement from a Macy's spokesperson left many worried the rundown iconic fixture would stay dark and get binned. This year, Seattle Times writes that the Miami Beach-based building owner, Starwood Capital Group, threw the unwashed masses a bone and coughed up another $250,000 for this new-and-improved version of the 160-foot tall star.

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Your Guide to December 2020 Events in Seattle

Scott Shoemaker and friends lead a fearless yuletide investigation in Scott Shoemakers War on Christmas, streaming on-demand starting December 5.
Scott Shoemaker and friends lead a fearless yuletide investigation in Scott Shoemaker's War on Christmas, streaming on-demand starting December 5. Bronwen Gilbert Houck

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!

Finding reasons to celebrate is more important than ever right now (even if you're just celebrating the fact that 2020 is almost behind us), and while this holiday season will be a helluva lot different than what we're used to, there are plenty of noteworthy COVID-safe events this month that you'll definitely want to know about—the majority of which you can enjoy without leaving your house. We've compiled the biggest ones below, from Donald Byrd's The Harlem Nutcracker to the Dina Martina Christmas Show, and from an On the Boards Drive-In curated by the Henry Art Gallery to the new Starlight Lane drive-through experience at Lumen Field. For even more options, you can always check out our complete streaming, in-person, on-demand, and winter holidays calendars. 

Events are online unless otherwise noted.

DECEMBER 1

MUSIC
MoPOP Founders Award 2020, honoring Alice in Chains
Seattle grunge legends of yore Alice in Chains will receive MoPOP's 2020 Founders Award for their lasting impact on the city's music scene. They'll also perform live.

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Baby Yoda Reveals Flaw in the Dietary Morality of the Star Wars Galaxy

Simply irresistible Harbor City shimp balls.
Simply irresistible Harbor City shimp balls. Charles Mudede

By far the most interesting and philosophically profound development in the second season of The Mandalorian is Baby Yoda's powerful appetite for the rare and raw eggs of an animal that earthlings would instantly recognize as an unusually large frog.

It happens in Episode 2, "The Passenger." Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), the Mandalorian, decides to transport the "Frog Lady" to a planet where she and the Frog Gentleman can fertilize her precious eggs.

The Frog Lady leaves her container of eggs alone in the hull of the spaceship. Baby Yoda then sees the eggs, pulls one out, and—to the horror of millions of viewers—begins eating it.

Then he eats another. And another. Whole eggs in his mouth. How this is funny? We don't know. How is this not funny? We don't know.

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Seattle Giving Tuesday 2020 Specials, Plus Upcoming Fundraisers to Know About

You can support United Way of King County today by donating directly (dollars will be matched), ordering one of Russell Wilsons #LetRussCook apron kits, or purchasing a ticket for their Eat, Drink & Be Generous event on December 15.
You can support United Way of King County today by donating directly (dollars will be matched), ordering one of Russell Wilson's #LetRussCook apron kits, or purchasing a ticket for their Eat, Drink & Be Generous event on December 15. United Way of King County

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!

'Tis the season of charitable giving, and small businesses and nonprofits really need your help to stay afloat this year with COVID-related shutdowns still in effect. Enter: Giving Tuesday, the oft-overlooked but vitally important and globally observed day of giving back. The idea is that, after spending all those hard-earned dollars on gifts for your friends and fam, you can put some money where it matters and help out a charity in need. Matt Baume has already rounded up some worthy causes to donate to for The Stranger (which is also accepting donations, of course!), but below, you'll find a list of Giving Tuesday specials: local organizations that are matching donations, donation-based giveaways, upcoming fundraisers and charitable events (which you'll also find on our fundraising calendar), warm clothing drives, and other ways to show up for your community.

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Washington Decriminalized HIV This Year. Here's What's Next.

These ribbons will one day be a thing of the past -- just not yet.
These ribbons will one day be a thing of the past — just not yet. nito100 / Getty Images

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to reflect on the pandemic that’s been ongoing for as long as many of us have been alive. It’s an opportunity to recall those lost, to note the progress of the last few decades, and to look to the discoveries and reforms still desperately needed. While there’s been encouraging progress reaching UN goals for testing and treatment, there’s still a desperate need for change when it comes to the criminalization of HIV.

That’s right, criminalization. In many states, you can be thrown in jail for transmitting HIV to another person. And while it may seem like discouraging transmission is a worthwhile goal, these laws don’t work. They date back to the early days of the epidemic, they don’t reflect current science (in some states it’s illegal for someone with HIV to spit on another person, for example), they discourage testing, and you will be absolutely shocked to hear that penalties often show signs of racial bias.

A handful of states, including Washington state, have partially decriminalized HIV transmission. The progress made in those states can provide a roadmap to others—and also highlight the loopholes that remain, even here.

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Here's What's Going to Happen

People take photographs of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. The opening ceremony is still scheduled for July 23, 2021.
People taking photographs of the Illuminated Olympic rings in Tokyo. The opening ceremony is still scheduled for July 23, 2021. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

What's in store for us? Every Tuesday, we consult the world's vibes, Google "ways to divine the future," and then we write down our best predictions. This week: predictions on the Olympics, Quibi, and SPOG President Mike Solan.

There will be attacks on Georgia polling locations. The first round of voting went as well as can be expected in this dumb country, but the runoffs in Georgia will be another story. Right-wing delusion artists will have had weeks to work up a froth of conspiracies. By the time the runoff election arrives (January 5, don't forget, Georgians), Trump will have churned his acolytes into an uncontrollable sudsy mass, like when you use the wrong kind of soap in the dishwasher. But unlike dishwasher soap, these frantic crackpots have guns. M.B.

Tokyo 2021 will happen. This morning, Tokyo reintroduced the floating Olympic Rings into Tokyo Bay. The city continues its plan to hold the postponed Olympic games next July, and I think they'll pull it off, especially considering Tokyo's incredible Covid-19 response. (Just 477 deaths in a population of over 9 million people.) Meanwhile, America has shown that you can hold sporting events in the middle of a raging, unmitigated pandemic—with crowds, even! Tokyo's events might still be crowdless, but with rapid testing and a vaccine, the country will pull off the world's first global event since the pandemic started. It will be meaningful and momentous. Eight months to go. C.B.

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Judge Finds Portland Police's Use of Munitions Against Protesters Defied Court Order

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A federal judge ruled Monday that the City of Portland had violated a court order barring Portland police from shooting impact munitions at nonviolent protesters.

In his evening ruling, US District Judge Marco Hernandez wrote that the city—by way of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB)—defied the June 26 temporary restraining order at least three times during a June 30 demonstration. This violation places the city in contempt of court—a finding with undetermined consequences. Hernandez wrote that the penalty for violating the restraining order will be determined at a later date.

The ruling validates arguments raised by Don't Shoot Portland, a racial justice group whose June 5 class action lawsuit against the city spurred Hernandez's restraining order.

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New Savage Lovecast: Breakup Bootcamp with Amy Chan

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A woman is worried because her boyfriend claims he doesn't have any kinks. Is he covering something up? HOW CAN HE NOT HAVE ANY KINKS?

A straight man enjoys photoshopping the heads of his female friends over naked bodies. He then deletes his masterpieces. Is this wrong? Should he feel bad?

On the Magnum, Dan chats with Amy Chan of the Breakup Bootcamp, about how to recognize recurring patterns we go through when we break up over and over again.

And, a caller wonders if the American flag must go the way of the Hitler mustache.

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After All This Time, Seattle Might Actually Create Supervised Drug Use Facilities

Lots of supervision going on here.
Lots of supervision going on here. Thomas Barwick / GETTY IMAGES

Remember way back in 2016, when the Seattle City Council successfully allocated money to create two facilities where drug users could go to use their drugs in a clean and supervised environment? Well, the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force recommended the sites, but, thanks in large part to a hostile Trump administration, Seattle's dollars remained unallocated in general fund purgatory.

After years of inaction, this year Councilmember Lisa Herbold proposed an alternative solution: create supervised drug-use sites inside existing social service programs rather than in their own brick-and-mortar facilities. The measure would reduce overdoses, distribute services citywide, and save money.

But near the end of the Seattle City Council’s budget deliberations, Councilmember Alex Pedersen made a motion to remove that legislation from the budget, arguing that the sites don't connect enough addicts to treatment.

“People won’t receive treatment if they die,” Herbold responded.

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Slog AM: Senate Centrists Propose COVID-19 Relief Bill, Robot Solves Biological Mystery, Hate Crimes Way Up

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In my mind all artificial intelligence looks like this.
In my mind all artificial intelligence looks like this. Patrick Lux / Stringer

More talk of talking about another COVID-19 relief package in the Senate: A bunch of centrist corporate Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate want to "signal" their willingness to do something in a Congress that will do nothing as the lives and livelihoods of millions veer toward a cliff at the end of December, when eviction moratoriums lift and unemployment dries up. To that end, the Senators revealed a new $908 billion plan this morning, reports the Washington Post. You'll be surprised to learn that the plan "is light on details" and "fluid and subject to change," but ultimately "seeks to reach a middle ground on numerous contentious economic issues."

Canada, on the other hand, appears to have its shit together: Our neighbor to the north plans to pass "the largest economic relief package... since the Second World War," the BBC reports.

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Slog PM: The Monolith Strikes Back, Washington Introduces Covid Exposure Tracker, Grassley Returns to Senate

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Don't panic! The tracker doesn’t track people’s locations.

Will your phone tell you if someone exposed you to COVID-19? That depends on if you've turned on your exposure notifications, Washington. Here's Gov. Inslee talking about the new exposure tracker, starting around 5:15 minutes in:

Trump loses Twitter followers: Biden gains Twitter followers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meets tomorrow to talk about who should get a COVID-19 vaccine first: Americans who are obese could be among those who are first in line for the vaccine. Last week, the UK's public health agency said that the country should prioritize people with a body mass index over 40 for vaccines.

The Biden-Harris transition team revealed more names for Biden's economy nominees and appointees: Along with Janet Yellen for Secretary of the Treasury, Biden announced his choices for a few more positions: Wally Adeyemo for Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Cecilia Rouse for Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Jared Bernstein for Member of the Council of Economic Advisers, Heather Boushey for Member of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Neera Tanden for Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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The Best Things to Do from Home This Week: COVID-Safe Seattle Events for Nov 30-Dec 6, 2020

Seattle drag celebs Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCremes on-demand Holiday Special brings sentient eggnog and holiday tunes to an electronic device near you this Tuesday.
Seattle drag celebs Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme's on-demand Holiday Special brings sentient eggnog and holiday tunes to an electronic device near you this Tuesday. Jinkx Monsoon 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!

As you continue to quarantine at home, count on our latest roundup of picks for ways to stay entertained without venturing into the germy outside world. We've compiled them below—from a talk with Ijeoma Oluo and Megan Rapinoe to a Hanukkah cooking demo with acclaimed Israeli American chef Michael Solomonov, and from SMooCH 2020 to Kitten N' Lou's Jingle All the Gay! Plus, check out our StreamLocal events hub and stay tuned for a roundup of the best socially distanced things to do this weekend. 

MONDAY

READINGS & TALKS
Charles Baxter with Natalie Bakopoulos
Oprah-approved writer and National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter will read fromThe Sun Collective, his new novel that follows a couple who come across a mysterious cult in the center of Minneapolis while searching for their missing adult son. He'll be joined in conversation by fellow author Natalie Bakopoulos (The Green Shore, Scorpionfish).

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Why God Is a Minimalist

The Mecca of techno, Detroit.
Detroit: the Mecca of techno. hillaryfox/gettyimages.com

We are waiting for food in Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreno, a Salvadoran place in Mexicantown, Detriot. Across the table from me is Cornelius Harris, the manager of the influential and otherworldly techno group, Underground Resistance, as well as its record store and label, Submerge Recordings. The exact time: 11:16 a.m. The day: May 22, 2019.

I ordered huevos estrellados, and he ordered huevos salvadorenos. Two other tables in the restaurant are occupied. Ours is the only one conducting a conversation in English. I mention my profound admiration for one of the founding members of the Underground Resistance, Robert Hood, and describe his 1994 album, Minimal Nation, as one of the highest achievements in the still new history of processed music. The end of the 20th century saw in popular music the final spit between played music (made with musical instruments) and processed music (made with technologies that record or generate synthetic sounds).

"Do you know he is a preacher?" says Harris, clearly anticipating and then eating up my surprise.

"Hood is religious?" I say. "A believer? How can the most minimalist of the Detroit school be a devout Christian? What are you telling me, Harris?"

"Yeah, sometimes he requires that he deliver a sermon—you know, do Church—before a DJ set in a club," he says.

I honestly could not believe a word coming out of Harris's mouth. Our food arrived. We ate in silence for a moment.

If my disbelief puzzles you, please listen to Hood's track "Museum." It is minimalism in a state of perfection. No frills, no ornaments—everything is stripped down to just precise beats and pulses.

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Seattle's COVID-19 Snitch Hotline

Thanksgiving is canceled. We know, it sucks. Burying grandma sucks more.
Still mad at your uncle for throwing a big Thanksgiving party for all the octogenarians in your family? Tell us about it. Illustration by Steve Weissman

• Does your mom refuse to wear a mask?

• Are your neighborhood pubs sneaking people in for a little illicit indoor dining?

• Is your upstairs neighbor throwing orgies like it's 2019?

• Did you celebrate your good habits with a "COVID cheat day" and need to confess?

• Just want to get something off your chest?

Then contact The Stranger's COVID-19 Snitch Hotline, which is really our regular tattle hotline: the I, Anonymous column.

Submit an unsigned rant, confession, or accusation to ianonymous@thestranger.com. Please remember to change the names of the innocent and guilty.