You didn’t forget about gun control did you?: How could you when we have a mass shooting every day? We don’t, or, at least, we haven’t had any that have made headlines since 57 people died in Las Vegas and the public lost interest in, like, a week and a half. In Olympia, they haven’t forgotten. There are four bills making their way through the legislature right now to tighten the leash on guns in Washington state. Dems have a slight leg up, numbers-wise, but it’s no guarantee for gun control. It seems everyone is wishy-washy when it comes to the Second Amendment. The one bill that has real potential of making it through would ban bump stocks, the trigger modification that allows rapid fire. Seems like common sense after that mod enabled the Vegas shooter to rain bullets on an unsuspecting crowd of concert-goers. Still, not a guarantee, though.
Elderly couple moves to Seattle after Hurricane Harvey, finds it “friendly”: Nelda and Roberts Lincecum's house was one of the 12,700 homes destroyed during the late-August Texas hurricane. With only a small suitcase, the two fled the home they’d live in for 40 years and never returned. Now, they’re situated in a retirement facility in North Seattle in close proximity to their son and daughter-in-law, Green Lake residents and owners of Fremont Brewery (a fun fact I feel like should’ve been brought up earlier in The Seattle Times article). The retirement facility, Ida Culver House Broadview, made special last minute accommodations for the Lincecums. When they arrived, the Lincecums were charmed by the warmth and kindness of the staff and residents, something most Seattle transplants can’t relate to. I guess they can bypass this guide to navigating Seattle's anti-social atmosphere. A stroke of luck in an overall shitty situation. Gotta love a silver lining.
Speaking of warm: Western Washington broke records for how warm it was yesterday!
Already #record highs broken in W WA today! #SeaTacAP is at 61°; record was 58° in 1974. #Quillayute is at 62°; record was 58° in 2009. And #Hoquiam is 57°; record was 56° in 1981! #WAwx #MLKDay
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) January 15, 2018
Price stand-stills have put a whole economy on hold: The Washington and Oregon Dungeness crabbing season hasn’t started yet. Despite hold outs and negotiations, the major processors have only offered crabbers prices below last year’s $2.89 a pound. This impacts crabbers—anyone remember Discovery Channel’s “The Deadliest Catch?"—but also local restaurants, fish processors, and the crab-hungry public. The season was expected to started yesterday but now harsh weather is delaying it further. Crabbing season usually only lasts until March or April so the small window crabbers have keeps getting smaller. No one asked, but my favorite boat on “The Deadliest Catch” was “The Time Bandit” because I was really into “Back to the Future” as a kid. I had very minimal criteria when it came to liking things.
Two basketball big shots weigh in on the Seattle’s NBA future: And say a lot of nothing. Essentially, the first guy, L.A. Clippers owner, Steve Ballmer, victim-blamed Seattle for losing the Sonics to Oklahoma City in the first place. With arena renovations (that are underway) Seattle, and its newfound affluence, will be a strong contender for an NBA team in the future. David Stern, NBA Commissioner, said Seattle is first in line, and with the $600 million Key Arena renovation, things are looking good for Seattle’s NBA prospects. Great news for a city debating whether our homelessness crisis is the worst in the country even when we have the 18th largest population. What's the opposite of a silver lining?
Alaska Airlines expanding into Everett’s Paine Field: Set to become the anchor tenant of the new terminal, Alaska will be providing 13 new routes. The new cities include Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California, states the Alaska press release. More information will be available later in 2018.
Delta, not one to sit and take it, expands in Seattle: Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines used to be the "it" couple, they were an item, and when they split up last May, the world was devastated. It seems their breakup hasn’t allowed for greener pastures just yet as Delta, ever the dominant and controlling partner, is infringing upon Alaska’s Seattle market. It’s scheduled an expansion in the Seattle domestic market, Alaska’s home turf, starting in June. Delta will offer flights to Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Washington Dulles.
More disappointment for missile fans: South Korea’s national broadcaster, NHK, issued a text alert this morning about a Japanese missile. The message told people to “evacuate inside the building or underground.” Turns out, this was a false alarm. The second missile false alarm in a matter of days after the whole Hawaii mess. I don’t know about you, but that fills me to the brim with anxiety. I don’t know what type of technologically dystopian, “Black Mirror-like,” Cold War extended metaphor this bullshit is, but I want out.
A joint Korean women’s ice hockey team?: It’s a possibility for this year’s Winter Olympics. Diplomatic talks between North Korea and South Korea ended with North Korea being allowed to participate in the events this February. But, their country is weak in winter sports and only had two athletes qualify for the games, both figure skaters. A solution both countries could benefit from? A joint women's hockey team. If the joint hockey team happens (talks are on-going) North Korea will most likely send 10 athletes to the games in Pyeongchang. This would only be the third time a unified Korean team has participated in a major sporting event. There’s also possibility the two teams would march under a Korean “unification” flag.
In other (more tragic) Olympics news: Simone Biles has come forward with an abuse story about Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor. Her story joins over 140 other women. Yep, you read that number correctly. This comes before a weeklong sentencing hearing where over 100 victims will testify against Nassar.
New “smog tower” has China breathing a bit more easily: It’s still in the preliminary stages after construction finished in X'ian in Shaanxi province, but the new smog tower that’s being tested seems to be working. In China, where the air quality is the poorest in the world, innovation is necessary for survival. So far, the tower has reduced the most harmful particles in smog by 15 percent during times of heavy pollution. It works through a system of greenhouses that cover about the area of a soccer field at the base of the tower. Polluted air gets sucked into the greenhouses, is heated up by solar energy, then the hot air rises through the tower where it’s filtered and clean. Purified air is released at the top. Several locals have said they’ve noticed a positive change in the air quality. This tower is a scaled down version of what the team intends to create in the future upon this project’s success.
Twitter had it with hypocrites yesterday: MLK Day is known mostly for the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Second to that, MLK Day is a day where everyone you know will come out of the woodwork of the internet and post an inspirational Dr. King quote. Your whitest friend probably posted the catchiest part of the “I Have a Dream” speech as the caption to her new bikini photo on Instagram. A lot of members of the GOP did just that on Monday, minus the bikini pic, thankfully (or not, depending on if you want to see just how twinky Paul Ryan’s body is). Many members of the community did brave work on Twitter calling out these faux-MLK-fans. One of the most noble? Late night comedy host Samantha Bee.
Mike Pence tweeted:
Honored to lay a wreath at MLK Jr. Memorial w/ @SecondLady. He was a great American leader who inspired a movement & transformed a Nation. He took the words of our Founders to heart to forge a more perfect union based on the notion all men are created equal & in the image of God. pic.twitter.com/SvhHgSU2Ja
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 14, 2018
To Ted Cruz's tweet:
Today we honor the life and legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Reverend King was a champion of the American creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." https://t.co/Pfzj1s4VYV #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/a85LOyLGCT
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 15, 2018
You accused people peacefully protesting the murder of black men and women of "literally suggesting and embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers.”https://t.co/cGXx0PJ4Me
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 15, 2018
Then the White House tweeted:
Martin Luther King, Jr., was the very model of an American patriot.
"The Reverend’s devotion to fighting the injustice of segregation and discrimination ignited the American spirit of fraternity and reminded us of our higher purpose."
More: https://t.co/f8uAdsxMHI pic.twitter.com/reiiOjVwtC
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 15, 2018
Bee fired this tweet off:
1) You would have called for him to be fired. 2) You wouldn't have rented an apartment to him. 3) You call the people who actually keep his dream etched on their hearts ungrateful and disrespectful. 4) You spent today golfing. #ManySides https://t.co/UI5upEFhBc
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 15, 2018
Seattle, however, saw authentic and enthusiastic MLK Day support: Some highlights:
"I'm afraid. I'm afraid we're going backward instead of forward. And that's why me and my children (and two of my nephews, and a friend of my sons') are here today.
Because I want them to know how beautiful this country can be when we all come together. On a day like today, it proves it."
"I wanted to bring my granddaughter with me. This is the first time she's done this. I was just saying, "The last time I marched on this street they were using mace." Back in '68, '69. And so this is a time of memorial and remembrance."
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