“I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school - Christine Blasey Ford
“I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school" - Christine Blasey Ford wellesenterprises/Getty Images

The hearing has begun: Christine Blasey Ford, one of three women who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is testifying today before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing began this morning at 7:00 am. Meanwhile, Dr. Elizabeth Swisher, a University of Washington professor and gynecologic oncologist has publicly disputed Kavanaugh’s claim that he didn’t drink much at Yale. The New York Times quotes Dr. Swisher as saying, “I saw him very drunk many times and there is no way he remembers everything about every night.” If you don't have cable, you can watch the entire hearing here. The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center says that they will be hosting a live Twitter chat during the hearing today with experts weighing in throughout.

Pledge your vote for Tammy Morales for D2 for a Green New Deal for Seattle. Vote by Aug 6.

Northwest Harvest, Washington’s largest food bank evicted, finds new home: Northwest Harvest was given an eviction notice with 12 months to vacate back in February. The land owner kicked them out to build a 30-story tower. In March, Northwest Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds told KING5, “Displacing a neighborhood food bank to make space for yet another high rise is just another example of the growing inequity the people in and around Seattle must deal with.” The good news is that they have found a new place at Fourth Avenue South and Holgate Street in SoDo. The food bank, which helps feed up to 5,000 people a week, plans to be open in SoDo by spring 2019.

Hugo House is officially awesome: Brangien Davis reports for Crosscut that Hugo House will receive an historic designation from the national group United for Libraries, which awards states with landmarks to commemorate deceased writers. The new building for the Hugo House just recently had its grand opening earlier this month.

Dear, The Daily Dot. No. Please. Stop:

J.K. Rowling should not have to respond to Twitter Twats: So, "people" are mad that South Korean actor Claudia Kim is playing the human who eventually becomes Voldemort's snake Nagini. Why? To the HP fans that are angry, Nagini is seen as essentially a slave to Voldemort and they say that is troublesome to cast a woman of color in this role. But, one of the issues people take with the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts series is that the casts are so white. What do you think?

President Trump thinks women are so angry: And just why does Trump think women are angry? Well, he says it's because they wanted Brett Kavanaugh to get appointed much faster! Duh!

Is Fortnite as addictive as heroin? Today, season 6 of the incredibly popular video game, Fortnite, begins so go play play play! Or wait, apparently parents are having a tough time getting their kids to do anything but play. Perhaps Fortnite is extremely addicting, but all video games can be addicting. Even chess can be addicting. I have sympathy for these parents, for sure, because games today are designed to be as addicting as possible. I feel worse for the kids though, strictly speaking, because Fortnite, while highly addictive, is just a bad game—there are so many better games to get addicted to!

Back to the Kavanaugh hearing: From Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, "I see no basis for this complaint other than just plain politics." I have a feeling that it will quickly become clear in Christine Blasey Ford's testimony that this claim from Chuck Grassley is blatantly bullshit.

Pew Research Center is taking this hearing as an opportunity to bring up this important poll:

RE: Nathalie Graham's Cat Content: We learned on Tuesday, in the hit column known as Slog PM, that Nathalie has some obscure connection to some cat, somewhere, somehow. We can't be sure. Ahh, Nathalie. Nathalie, Nathalie, Nathalie . . . the thing is, when I post cat content, aka "The Gouds," it isn't, and has never been my cat content—for I am merely a vessel that Gouda herself works through.

Did she choose me? No. She was found on the cold streets of Lynnwood, brought to the Bellingham Humane Society, and then adopted by me and my wife. Pretty standard adoption story, actually. But not long after—that's when the psychic control began. She's only letting me divulge all of this because she knows the only people who will remotely take this seriously are already "under the control" of another cat, and for them, it's too late. With that being said:

Michael Bell