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Seattle City Council Just Cut SPD's Budget by 20%

Select Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda can take a nap now.
Select Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda can take a nap now. SHITTY SCREENSHOT OF THE SEATTLE CHANNEL

On Monday evening the Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to approve a $6.5 billion 2021 budget package that filled in COVID-19 holes, increased funding to address homelessness, revived Seattle's Green New Deal, and, among other things, cut the Seattle Police Department budget by around 20%.

In the heat of the summer's protests, seven out of nine council members heeded calls from activists and committed to defunding SPD by 50%. The budget the council passed today doesn't make cuts that deep and most likely will not reduce the size of the police force. The council also refused to impose a hiring freeze on SPD that would have resulted in a $9 million boon to city budget funds.

However, in an eleventh-hour move this morning, Select Budget Committee Chair Teresa Mosqueda introduced an amendment to cut $2 million from sworn salary funding to reflect new data on SPD attrition. The amendment eliminates any net increases in SPD officers in 2021.

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Slog PM: Seattle's New Budget, Biden's New Picks, Transition 46 Officially Begins

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Heres whos at the table—if the Senate says yes.
Here's who's at the table—if the Senate says yes. Build Back Better

Michigan goes blue for Biden: Michigan’s statewide electoral board certified the votes, and now Michigan's refresh back to blue is certain. Biden won the state by 154,000 votes. The certification caused Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander to call on Trump to begin the Biden administration transition.

Aaaaaand the presidential transition of power finally begins: The head of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, wrote in a letter to Biden this afternoon that her office is ready to start the formal presidential transition. This means the Biden-Harris team can now receive classified information, meet with government officials on the coronavirus response, access taxpayer-funded transition funds, and get access to office space, among many things.

The Washington Post noted that Murphy "used unusually personal language to describe the predicament she faced as Trump has failed to concede the election and declared fraud in the results in battleground states, writing that she has 'always strived to do what is right.'" Last week, U.S. Reps Carolyn B. Maloney and Nita M. Lowey demanded Emily Murphy brief them on why she was delaying the transition process by no later than today.

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Dr. Igor’s Chia, Hemp Heart & Oatmeal Pudding Cups Recipe

Super Easy & Customizable Superfood Pudding Cups topped with your choice of Fruits, Nuts, Syrups & Sauces


Total: 1-4 hours
Prep: 1-4 hours
Makes: 3 servings
Allergens: tree nuts

These pudding cups are very easy to make. Make the pudding base ahead of time and store them in cups or mason jars and when you are ready to eat, top it with your favorite fresh or dried fruits, nuts, seeds, syrups and sauces; the combinations are endless! Enjoy these chia, hemp heart & oatmeal pudding cups for breakfast, brunch or as a midday snack to give you that needed boost to get you through your busy day.


Savage Love: Add It Up

I’ve always been excited by BDSM but I’ve only minimally explored this side of myself until very recently. I’m a straight woman and it was difficult to find men who wanted more monogamish relationships on the traditional apps and a challenge to be honest about what I am looking for where kink is concerned. I’d often get through a month or so of seeing someone before finding out they wanted a completely monogamous relationship and that they were very vanilla in the bedroom to boot. I was tired of wasting my time and needed to find a partner who wanted to enjoy a kinky relationship so I moved from traditional dating apps like Bumble and Hinge and to apps like #Open, Fetlife, and KinkD. While I’ve had a few amazing conversations and meet ups, they’ve primarily been with men in open relationships, couples, or guys only looking to hookup. And it seems most people on kinky apps want to only talk about sex. While I do feel drawn to this lifestyle, I am also looking for a partner. I want someone to spend my life with who can also enjoy the kink community with me. How can I find a guy that wants a life partner and a fun and kinky sex life?

Seeks Partner And Needs Kink

P.S. One more question: I’m currently enjoying casual sex with a male partner who only buys magnum-size condoms but who does not need magnum-size condoms. It’s like fucking a half-empty grocery store bag. How do I tell him regular condoms would be soooooo much better without making him feel bad?

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler Self-Isolates After Mixed Coronavirus Test Results

What COVID is probably doing inside of Kelly Loefflers body right about now.
COVID is probably doing a backflip inside of Kelly Loeffler's body right about now. Kevin C. Cox/Getty
The countdown is on to the January 5 runoff in Georgia, an election that will determine which party has the power in the Senate.

In both Georgia Senate races on the November 3 ballot, no candidate received 50% of the vote, which forced a runoff as mandated under Georgia state law. Now, Republican incumbent and Trump stooge Sen. Kelly Loeffler is up against Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. The other Republican incumbent/Trump stooge Sen. David Perdue is again duking it out with the much thirsted after Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Here's the latest on what's happening in "the center of the political universe":

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Masala serves Seattle's best Indian cuisine, made-to-order using the freshest ingredients.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with them this year! Safely enjoy one of their take-out family packs. Menu here. Call 206-417-1118 or email to order takeout. Masala of India is open 10am-10pm daily.

10% of their proceeds on Thanksgiving Day will be donated to Northwest Harvest to help families in need.

The Best Things To Do from Home This Week: COVID-Safe Seattle Events for November 23-29, 2020

Gather round ye olde electronic device for ACT Theatres annual production of A Christmas Carol, streaming on-demand starting Friday.
Gather 'round ye olde electronic device for ACT Theatre's annual production of A Christmas Carol, streaming on-demand starting Friday. Chris Bennion

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!

Now that we've all canceled our flights and drives home for Thanksgiving to slow the spread of the coronavirus, just about everyone could use some cheering and/or mental stimulation this week. We've rounded up our suggestions for best things to do online through Sunday, from a talk with John Luther Adams with Barry Lopez to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, and from ACT Theatre's classic production of A Christmas Carol to the annual Holiday Tree-Lighting Celebration livestreamed from Westlake Park. Plus, check out our guide to Thanksgiving dinner in Seattle and our StreamLocal events hub, and stay tuned for a roundup of the best socially distanced things to do this weekend. 


Collide-O-Scope: Anything Goes!
There are no rules in this edition of the freaky and fanciful cornucopia of found footage also known as Collide-O-Scope, which will provide enough escapist treasures to make you forget that you're spending Thanksgiving alone in your studio apartment.

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It's Time to Hibernate

Skip all public gatherings and high-brr-nate with us this winter.
Skip all holiday gatherings and hibernate with us this winter. Anthony Keo

Look around. Coronavirus is everywhere. The safest, most patriotic thing we can do right now is to hunker down and stay inside. It's tough, but we can do it.

Weekend nights looked a lot different before our lives consisted of nose swabs and temperature checks. We're not doing much of anything these days. So, why don't we plan a cute virtual date together? Let's say, every Friday at 4:20?

The cover of this years .
The cover of this year's High-Brr-Nation issue. AARON BAGLEY

This winter, we invite you to take a break, get high, and hibernate with The Stranger every Friday at exactly 4:20 PM, with our new limited edition High-Brr-Nation weed newsletter. The newsletter kicks off this Friday, November 27. It's inspired by our popular yearly High-Brr-Nation issue, which we can't put out right now because of COVID-19, but we won't let that get us down.

Every newsletter begins with a different Stranger writer walking you through a stoner activity or clickhole. Think adventures through YouTube karaoke, essays on TikTok's "horsegirls," or a treatise on looking at stones while being stoned. Consider it a weekly check-in where we can connect and go on a mini journey together. Each newsletter includes a round-up of that week's biggest weed-related news, plus rotating games, PRIZES, giveaways, and general mischief.

Sign up RIGHT HERE, and survive this winter by getting high with a little help from your friends. (That's us. We're your friends.)

Tacoma Police Boot Homeless and Housing Activists from Vacant School

Gault Middle School closed in 2009 and has sat vacant ever since. Tacoma Police used the building for training between 2015 and 2017, according to a police spokesperson, but they stopped due to mold.
Gault Middle School closed in 2009 and has sat vacant ever since. Tacoma Police used the building for training between 2015 and 2017, according to a police spokesperson, but they stopped due to mold. Courtesy of Tacoma Housing Now

After occupying a vacant middle school for a few hours on Friday, roughly ten residents of an unsheltered community who sleep under the 509 bridge in Tacoma's tideflats feel "hopeful and optimistic" about a change in the city's approach to housing and homelessness, according to Rebecca Parson, an organizer with Tacoma Housing Now.

The residents and activists entered the school to set up a shelter following the recent deaths of two community members. Parson said a man "in his 60s" named Tommy Hutchison died of exposure this month, and another person died in a car more recently.

Tacoma Housing Now listed six demands in a press release, and chief among them was the creation of a Community Land Trust that included the school and "as many vacant, city-owned properties as are necessary to house Tacoma’s entire houseless population."

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A Big List of Unstreamable Movies

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films you cant find on major streaming services in the United States.

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films and TV shows you can't find on major streaming services in the United States.

Currently, there are 230 films on this list. Each one was unstreamable when it was added. That means we couldn't find it on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or any of the other 300+ streaming services available in the United States. We also couldn't find it available for rent or purchase through platforms like Prime Video or iTunes. We don't consider user-generated videos, like unauthorized YouTube uploads, to be streamable.

We add four more films each week. Sometimes the titles become streamable. If you notice an error, let us know!

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Slog AM: Giuliani's Latest Humiliation, Kenosha Killer Out on Bail, and Failed Republican Candidate Insists He's Not Owned

This judge isnt wearing gloves because of coronavirus, hes worried about getting splashed by whatevers trickling down Giulianis face
This judge isn't wearing gloves because of coronavirus, he's worried about getting splashed by whatever's trickling down Giuliani's face AndreyPopov/Getty Images

Another day, another humiliation for Rudy Giuliani: This weekend a judge laughed Rudy Giuliani out of court, and not because the former mayor couldn’t keep his hands out of his pants. Judge Matthew Brann found that not only did Giuliani fail to make a case for why millions of Pennsylvanian voters’ ballots should be thrown out, but that the whole lawsuit is so incompetent it should be dismissed “with prejudice.” Meanwhile, the New York Times conducted a hard-hitting investigation into why Giuliani's flop sweat is the color of a burst septic tank. So, all in all, it’s been a great couple of weeks for Trump's personal lawyer.

Republicans love the Kenosha killer: Conservatives donated two million dollars to spring Kyle Rittenhouse out of jail, where he was awaiting trial for killing two people at a Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin. AOC called the move “protection for white supremacy,” and Republicans are talking about running the 17-year-old for Congress.

Everyone knows Loren Culp lost except Loren Culp: The failed Republican gubernatorial candidate lost to Jay Inslee by around half a million votes, but he refuses to concede. While it might not seem like Culp matters at this point — it’s not like Inslee needs some rando’s permission to continue being governor after winning the election — it’s an uncomfortable sign that the wackier wing of the Republican party no longer sees any reason to pretend they’re interested in following the rules. Maybe Culp will disappear into obscurity; after all, he organized a protest in Olympia last week that was attended by a whopping 20 people. But I fear that one disgruntled crackpot may try to escalate the situation with violence, so let’s hope his followers are as bad at sabotaging democracy as they are at picking candidates.

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Jackie's Back Is Unstreamable

We love the Mother of Black Hollywood.
We love the Mother of Black Hollywood. Jackie's Back/Lifetime

Unstreamable is a weekly column that finds films and TV shows you can't watch on major streaming services in the United States.

USA, 1999, 120 min, Dir. Robert Townsend
That's a lot of celebrities.
That's a lot of celebrities. CB
I first heard about Jackie's Back on RuPaul and Michelle Visage's good-but-retired podcast, What's the Tee. Jenifer Lewis was a guest on an episode—listen here—and RuPaul gushed about how much he loved Jackie's Back, a Lifetime TV movie starring Lewis and directed by Robert Townsend that RuPaul herself calls a cult classic. The basic premise is that '70s diva Jackie Washington (Lewis) is making a comeback, and the mockumentary follows her as she stages her revival.

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Slog PM: Biden Wins Georgia, Michigan Lawmakers Say They Will Follow the Law, Seattle Gets New Covid Kiosks

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Now its all eyes on these guys.
Now it's all eyes on these guys. ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/GETTY IMAGES

Georgia officially goes blue for Biden: The President-elect won the state by 12,284 votes. The hand recount and certification process gave Trump an additional 1,872 net votes due to Georgia discovering votes it had initially not uploaded. Biden's win is the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has won GA in almost three decades, since Bill Clinton won the state in 1992.

Seattle will soon get two new mobile COVID-19 testing kiosks: The exact locations of the sites are not yet clear, but Mayor Durkan announced them today. The Seattle Times reports the city is "considering the Northgate or Lake City neighborhoods in North Seattle and the Capitol Hill or Central District neighborhoods in Central Seattle." Seattle expects the kiosks to be operational by the second week of December, and the city will establish "at least five more" later in December.

The Animaniacs are back: The show's revival dropped on Hulu today, and check out one of its opening tunes:

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Inslee Directs $135 Million to Businesses Hit Hard by COVID-19

Governor Inslee will direct grants and loans to businesses hardest hit by pandemic-related restrictions.
You get a grant! And you get a grant! And you get a loan! And that's probably all we got left for a while, actually. If you need more, go scream at Mitch McConnell. JOHN MOORE / GETTY IMAGES

A week after Governor Jay Inslee imposed new social and commercial restrictions to slow the spread of the virus, at a press conference on Friday he announced a plan to direct $135 million in federal funds to businesses, landlords, and utility companies.

The money breakdown goes as follows:

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That Time Bob Newhart Explained Why Gays Aren't Crazy

Thanks, Bob.
Thanks, Bob.

The country was deep in the 1970s when an unlikely figure appeared on television screens to explain to America that homosexuality was no longer considered a mental illness. That figure was Bob Newhart, the mumbling comedian whose sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show, tackled queer mental health in a particularly groundbreaking episode.

Like many nerdy gays, I’ve often heard the story of how the American Psychological Association decided in the early '70s to stop labeling all homosexuals as crazy. It was thanks to a group of rowdy activists who disrupted APA meetings for years, working in tandem with secret closeted gay therapists—there’s a fantastic episode of This American Life that dives deep into the story. But I wasn’t expecting to find Newhart, of all people, to humanize what must have seemed at the time like a mystifying change.

On the show, Newhart plays a psychiatrist with various goofy patients, and the 1976 episode “Some of my Best Friends Are…” shows him discovering that one of his patients is gay. That causes a bit of a crisis in a group therapy setting, with the casual homophobia of the time becoming unpleasantly apparent. But Bob also realizes that he’s internalizing some homophobia of his own—not exactly what you want to see from your therapist.

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Cheap Money Is Here to Stay, So Why Are There Still So Many Poor People?

The science fictional financial district of Shanghai...
The science fictional financial district of Shanghai... Post-90s landscape and urban recorder born in Shanghai./

The big economic news this week is that China is for the first time selling debt with a negative interest rate. The reason why is not hard to find: "To take advantage of the record low cost of money amid the global coronavirus pandemic to finance its borrowing."

The South Sea Morning Post:

The Ministry of Finance sold about €750 million worth of a five-year note bearing an interest rate of -0.15 per cent overnight on Wednesday, the smallest tranche of a €4 billion (US$4.74 billion) sale of euro-denominated debt.

China has the only major economy that's growing during the pandemic. The US is expected to be out of it until the third quarter of the following year. Europeans are, according to CNN, "[snapping] up the the bulk of the debt as they seek to gain exposure to the only major global economy expected to grow this year."

One might see in this report the signs of the US's economic decline.

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This Week in Seattle Food News: Cheeto-Stuffed Burritos Arrive, Cortona Cafe Says Goodbye, and Miracle On 2nd Returns

The new takeout and delivery pop-up Man Vs. Fries brings fry-and-Cheeto-stuffed burritos and Krusteaz-battered Oreos to Seattle this Tuesday.
The new takeout and delivery pop-up Man Vs. Fries brings fry-and-Cheeto-stuffed burritos and Krusteaz-battered Oreos to Seattle this Tuesday. Man Vs. Fries

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 Washington enters a state-mandated shutdown on indoor dining, the Seattle food scene is still dynamic and constantly changing. This week, a takeout and delivery pop-up brings fry-and-Cheeto-stuffed burritos to Seattle, Canlis reveals plans for a new "yurt village," and Cortona Cafe announces that it will close for good. Plus, a meaty favorite plots a comeback, and the holiday-themed Miracle on 2nd pop-up returns. Read on for that and more culinary updates. For additional inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.


Man Vs. Fries
This delivery and takeout pop-up with locations in various cities will bring its menu of hefty French fry-based creations to Seattle on November 24, serving loaded asada fries and fry-stuffed SoCal and NorCal-style burritos and quesadillas with Flamin' Hot Cheetos. You can choose between straight or curly fries, pollo or carne asada, and SoCal or NorCal. There's also fried New York cheesecake and fried double-stuffed Oreos, both breaded with Krusteaz mix.

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