Welcome to our “liberal bastion”: So much for that! The FBI’s annual hate crime report, which was released two days ago, shows that nationally, hate crime reports increased 17 percent. But in Seattle? In 2016, there were 118 suspected hate crimes. In 2017, there were 234 suspected hate crimes. George Salim from the Anti-Defamation League called it “one of the largest upticks in the history of hate crime reporting.” On a national scale, the highest number of hate crimes committed were anti-Jewish, followed by anti-Muslim. Oh, and “The Department of Justice says 54 percent of hate crimes go unreported to police.”
Hate crimes have been on a declining trend. Now new numbers from the FBI show a big spike last year. ↗️ & #hatecrimes nearly DOUBLED in #Seattle. Several local groups say the national rhetoric is playing a big part. What do you think?? @KIRO7Seattle https://t.co/E2KSjQJvT3 pic.twitter.com/X7Ih5nfeWl
— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) November 15, 2018
Seattle also had the most cases of missing Native American women and girls: What the fuck, Seattle? From the Seattle Times, “Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), identifies 506 cases of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls since 1943.” Out of those, 45 cases were from Seattle—more than any other city included in the study. Upon learning about the study, Senator Maria Cantwell had this to say, “The problem is more than real—it’s horrifying. And we need action. We can no longer sweep these statistics under the rug.” Sounds about right.
Which brings us to Facebook; the actual worst: No, really, go delete it now. Just cut the cord, no delay. The New York Times dropped another bombshell piece, this time about Facebook and how absolutely garbage they are. There is no more room for equivocation regarding the website, which allegedly hired outside sources to discredit activist protesters by attesting that they were paid for by billionaire George Soros. After finding out the company had started inquiring into Russia’s influence on the election, Facebook’s COO “Sheryl Sandberg was angry. Looking into the Russian activity without approval, she said, had left the company exposed legally.” Really has her priorities straight, that one.
There’s nothing flowery about homophobia: The Washington Supreme Court is going to “take another look” at the Arlene’s Flowers case, in which a Richland florist denied selling flowers to a gay couple for their wedding because of her “religious beliefs about marriage.” Why is it coming back to the court?
The state’s high court is taking another look at the case in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in a separate but similar matter involving a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.Land of the fucking free. Free to hate, free to deny, free to make up any reason you want to be a dick. Just not apparently free to buy flowers if the florist is a bigot.
VICE knows Seattle exists! And they find us very exotic. “Where do they eat?” “Where do they live?” “How do they get around?” In fact VICE found that we eat food, live in roofed structures, and use our feet and legs for mobility, just like people from LA or New York! Wow! But really, they had a purpose, which was trying to figure out how the fuck anyone that isn’t a techie can actually live in a city that is this exorbitantly wealthy. They compare someone making the median wage to someone making minimum wage, in terms of those questions I poked fun at earlier. And by the sound of the answers, it seems like the people making the median wage believe they are somehow having more trouble day-to-day than those making minimum wage...
Today in, nope: I don’t know a lot, but I do know this gets a firm nope.
STOP SHOOTING SEA LIONS: In the last six weeks, almost a dozen dead sea lions have washed ashore in West Seattle. Two of them had been killed by gunshot wounds. From KING5, "Sea lions are protected by the Marine Mammal Act. The fine for killing a sea lion can be up to a year in prison and a $25,000 fine. Those that are illegally killed are often killed with no witnesses, so it's rare anyone is prosecuted for the crime." I know someone so sick they'd shoot a majestic, aquatic mammal won't be reading Slog (I know you're all fine people, right?), but please, please stop! I simply cannot take seeing another picture of a dead sea lion. They're basically water-dogs, and I think they're awesome.
Gen Z is what the racists and nationalists are afraid of: They are the most racially and ethnically diverse generation yet, and they're also on track to become "the best educated." In terms of generations of Americans, we thought millennials were diverse, being only 61 percent white, but of the post-millennials, only 52 percent are white. What the racists and white-nationalists fear most about America is coming true. Yippee! Hooray!
US acts on killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi: The response was in the form of sanctions against 17 Saudis. How did they choose the 17 Saudies to sanction?
It's the same list of people that the Saudis themselves have blamed and arrested for the killing, which the Saudi government at first denied, then called an accident, before labeling it a rogue operation.Will the US ever implicate the crown prince in the killing? We have yet to see. But if this is any indication, they are clearly avoiding that unless it becomes unequivocally impossible.
Today in, what? What? That is all.
Traffic sham: Police pumped the brakes on four people who tried to cross an iconic bridge in Russia dressed as a cardboard bus. https://t.co/MQfkQa0eVv pic.twitter.com/djzUfQWrlR
— ABC News (@ABC) November 15, 2018
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: Cosmic beats with hometown MC DoNormaal (with Clit Kat, Nauticult, and Red Lektroid), the final night of Cinema Italian Style, and a talk about Catalan cuisine with local food writer Caroline Wright.