Hello, everyone! Jasmyne here. I'm a visual arts/culture critic at The Stranger. I'm taking over for Chase because he's currently feverishly writing an ambitious reporting project that will soon be disclosed. Also, all the other news writers took a well-deserved day off after their election coverage this Tuesday, lol. Now you sickos are stuck with me >:)
Debt isn't real: Today, Chase Bank announced that they are forgiving all of their Canadian clients' credit card debt as they exit the country's market. The US-based bank did not disclose how much debt they wiped clean or how many Canadians had signed up for their cards. You hear that, America? WIPED. CLEAN.
A grim murder-suicide connected to healthcare costs: In Ferndale, WA, an elderly couple was found dead in their home from an apparent murder-suicide. The police also found several notes, "citing severe ongoing medical problems with the wife and expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care." The names of the husband and wife have not yet been disclosed.
That last blurb was a doozy, so let's look at some turtles to take a break, ok?: The Woodland Park Zoo released 40 young, endangered western pond turtles into a protected recovery site today as part of the Western Pond Recovery Project. Apparently, these teen turtles were collected from the wild as eggs and hatched at the zoo to give them a head start on life under a watchful eye, increasing their chances of survival. Good luck out there little turtles!
A Freudian slip that surprises literally no one: "Straight Pride" organizer Don Grundmann slipped up and "accidentally" referred to his organization as a "totally peaceful racist group" at a public city council meeting in Modesto, CA.
Speaking of racists: After some media confusion, it looks like Congress is formally on the path to potentially "impeach that motherfucker already" and has been for two weeks. Rich Smith has the deets. From Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, himself:
Hilton Als has the Toni Morrison piece you all need to read: I wrote about the passing of one of the greatest writers in English on Tuesday, but Als's tribute is beautiful and I cried on the toilet reading it.
69% Americans now support "strong" or "moderate" restriction on guns: according to a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California. I'm in the "extreme" category—I think we should melt all the guns.
Walmart thinks the problem is video games: After the mass shootings that went down in two of their locations this past week, including El Paso, the retail giant is temporarily removing violent video game displays from its stores. Yes, because it's the video games that are the problem, not the guns. Walmart—one of the nation's largest gun retailers—says that it will not stop the sale of firearms in its stores, a decision some employees are protesting. My white mom, Elizabeth Warren, says they should halt gun sales, though!
More Democratic Senators are upset about guns too: Eight senators have signed letters to CEOs of Big Tech companies like Google, Amazon, and eBay demanding that the sites close loopholes that allow for the sale of gun accessories. According to The Post, these loopholes came to light after media reports showed how easy it is to buy ammunition, rifle magazines, and other accessories online. Sheesh. These senators are led by New Jersey's Robert Menendez and include Kamala Harris (CA), Cory Booker (NJ), and Amy Klobuchar (MN).
Ok, I swear I'm not an animal person: BUT LOOK AT THIS BABY TAPIR AND ITS MOMMA.
The first-ever endangered tapir calf born at the Zoo is now three-weeks-old and adorably bonding with mom Yuna behind-the-scenes. 💗 pic.twitter.com/5S2VFNruRw
— Point Defiance Zoo (@PtDefianceZoo) August 8, 2019
The Nordstrom at Northgate Mall is official D-E-A-D: After almost 60 years in business. It closed for good at 5pm today in order to make way for the big shiny new NHL Seattle facility, among other things. The Nordstrom Rack at Northgate will remain open, however.
Speaking of dead, Megan Thee Stallion could kill me :) : Just kidding. The Houston rapper and progenitor of the term "Hot Girl Summer" dropped a track of the same name yesterday with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.
There are more ICE raids coming: CNN reports that the White House has told ICE to "conduct dozens more workplace enforcement operations this year." This comes after news that at least 680 undocumented immigrants were rounded up by ICE after raids on seven meat processing plants in six Mississippi cities, leaving many children with detained parents. Fuck ICE.
There was literally a dumpster fire in the alley behind KUOW this afternoon: State of our union, amirite?!
India planted 220 million trees today: In Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, more than one million people planted 220 million trees as part of a government initiative to combat climate change and increase forest cover in the state.
God, I love Spesh: "Teflon" is so shimmery. The Seattle-based band dropped visuals yesterday for the song off their 2018 record Famous World. The video is appropriately nostalgic and glitchy, which I'm into, but I also kind of have an analog fetish. Listen and lean into the fuzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
If you're in Seattle, please, go look at art this weekend: Start with Robert Pruitt's The Majesty of Kings Long Dead at Koplin del Rio. Tell them Jasmyne sent you.