Add Rep. Pramila Jayapal to the List of Dems Boycotting the State of the Union

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Voices from Seattle's MLK Day March

Ray Clark with his family at todays Martin Luther King, Jr. march in Seattle.
Ray Clark with his family at today's Martin Luther King, Jr. march in Seattle. ES

Ray Clark, 42
Seattle "born and raised"

Why are you out here today?

To support democracy. To celebrate Martin Luther King. And to show my children where we're from, and where we're going if we don't stand up—all together.

What do you think of the state of the country right now?

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.

As a people we're supposed to be there for each other. That's what Dr. King preached. You know, "Each one teach one" and "Bring one up with you." And if we continue down that path, we'll be great. But if we continue down the path of separation—where we're headed—then I fear for my children and I fear for their future.

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Seattle-Area Rents Drop to a Level That's Still Far from Affordable for Most

When rents dip, I dip, you dip, we dip.
"When rents dip, I dip, you dip, we dip." gollykim/

According to Mike Rosenberg, the Seattle Times business reporter, rents in King and Snohomish counties are finally falling "significantly" for the first time in a decade. By significant, he means a 2.9 percent drop "as compared to the prior quarter." Rosenberg suggests that the market is removing some power from landlords and transferring it to renters because the number of empty apartments is growing. All of this sounds like supply and demand have not been de-linked and deformed by unknown forces. The region's housing market is behaving with the same orderly principles that direct the growth of a tree: the amount of water in the ground, carbon in the air, light arriving from the star. Some woman in Wallingford is said to be very happy about paying $1,400 a month for a one-bedroom apartment instead of $1,500.

But here is the bad news for everyone who is not feeling it like this Wallingford woman: Construction in and around Seattle could slowdown at exactly the moment the market needs to build more and more apartments.

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Five Cranberries Songs That Will Break Your Heart In Light of Dolores O’Riordan's Passing

Dolores O’Riordan performing in 2010.
Dolores O’Riordan performing in 2010. ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY IMAGES

The sad news that Dolores O’Riordan—the Irish songwriter best known for being the frontwoman for The Cranberries)—has passed away today is making its way through the internet. Reports detail that she was found unresponsive a London hotel this morning, but no cause of death has been revealed as yet.

The first thing comes to mind for most people mourning the sudden death of the 46-year-old singer from Limerick is probably her one-of-a-kind voice: powerful and solid, yet with delicate, fragile harmonies; ethereal, yet grounded and earthy.

Here are five songs from The Cranberries that will bring you back (and make you feel a little weepy) now that this epic voice has left the planet.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Saving a Sugar Baby


A female friend of mine (who is a younger than me) told me she was considering being a "sugar baby." It's likely you know what this is, but for those who don't — my understanding is basically its sex trade for gifts, money, vacations, etc. I have conflicted feelings about this type of situation, and sex work generally. Some pro, some con.

I'm sex-positive and have no negative gut reaction to women enjoying themselves sexually but I do to women using sex to obtain money. I know it's not always done because of financial disparities, but we aren't progressed enough as a society for me to not identify that as a reason women turn to such situations. I have a daughter and if she felt she need to fuck people to afford vacations, I'd be devastated. I hope my daughter feels like a boss not like inventory. (And yes I believe there are people who do sex work "like a boss" and that it is possible to be done from a place of empowerment.) I'd prefer to see women thriving in society to the point that they are giving blowjobs because they love it not because they've never been to Tahiti or, worse, can't afford a place to live or food.

I take issue with women being treated like a commodity. I'd rather see women using their brains to create resources not be a resource. Women should own property, not be property. I feel strongly about this. I'm not anti-sex work because sex is bad or exchange of resources is bad. I just worry it keeps women at the bottom of the food chain. I'm exasperated, Dan. I try to be educated and compassionate. I respect other peoples choices (although fuck you Paul Ryan), and I'm sex-positive. But I'm just weary from inequality. Fucking exhausted.

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Conjugal Visit: Sharing a Bed with a Stranger


Visiting a good friend out of town, I was informed I would be sharing the living room hide-a-bed with another friend of his who was to arrive much later, probably after I was asleep. I awoke when the un-introduced guy slid under the blankets.

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The 64 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Jan 15-21, 2018

In Chasm, the newly formed GRIEF GIRLS will explore our countrys increasingly wide political division with a fresh modern-dance piece inspired by James Baldwins inimitable play Blues for Mister Charlie.
In Chasm, the newly formed GRIEF GIRLS will explore our country's increasingly wide political division with a fresh modern-dance piece inspired by James Baldwin's inimitable play Blues for Mister Charlie.

Our music critics have already chosen the 34 best music shows this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from a Winter Write-In with Write Our Democracy to Safe & Legal: Celebrating 45 Years of Abortion Access, and from the beginning of the Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare festival to Strawberry Theatre Workshop's Frost/Nixon. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play.

Author Talk: Making Chocolate with Molly Gore & Lisa Vega of Dandelion Chocolate
There’s pleasure in the process of making something completely from scratch, but chocolate from the ground up hasn’t always exactly seemed accessible. Enter Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’more by Molly Gore and Lisa Vega, founders of San Francisco chocolate factory Dandelion Chocolate and champions of amateur home chocolatiering. The book is the first of its kind, detailing the process all the way from sourcing beans, to incorporating the final product into a really good chocolate-chip cookie, to scaling up your operation if you want to break into the business yourself. Far from being stingy or secretive with their wealth of arcane know-how, Vega and Gore delight in sharing “everything we’ve learned about making chocolate since the day we first cracked open a cocoa bean,” including ingenious MacGyver-ish hacks like using a blow dryer for winnowing. They’ll be at the Book Larder to give a talk, sign copies, and answer any burning questions.

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Dylan Farrow's Other Brother Says Woody Allen Isn't Guilty

Woody Allen

In much of America, it's generally believed that Woody Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan. Now, 32, Dylan says that Allen took her into the attic at the family's home in Connecticut and assaulted her when she was 7, while he was in the middle of a contentious divorce from Mia Farrow, Dylan's adopted mother. Dylan wrote about this in the New York Times in 2014. More recently, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, Dylan has said that it's time for her father to face a reckoning for his alleged abuse. Her pleas seem to be taking hold: Stars Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Kathleen Kennedy, America Ferrera, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Shonda Rhimes have all said they believe Dylan and that time is finally up for Woody Allen.

Although Dylan's claims were repeatedly investigated and found without merit, one of Dylan's brothers, Ronan Farrow, unequivocally believes his sister. Ronan has defended Dylan's accusations in the press, and, a journalist, he was instrumental in the take-down of Harvey Weinstein after publishing detailed accounts of Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct and cover ups in the New Yorker.

But Dylan has another brother, Moses (now a therapist) and he denies that Woody Allen ever abused his sister; in fact, according to Moses, it was Mia Farrow who was the abusive parent, not Woody Allen.

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The Missing Stanza


And to save other forests and other trees

I support urban density.

Seattle Writer Who Mocked Mario Batali's Pizza Roll Recipe Gets Hacked, Locked Out of Twitter

This is what DeRuiters account used to look like.
This is what DeRuiter's account looked like before it got hacked.

Update: More than a day after she was initially hacked and locked out, Geraldine DeRuiter's Twitter access has been restored. Looks like her tweet history is still partially deleted, but here's what she had to say about the hack:

Last week, Seattle-based writer Geraldine DeRuiter published a piece on the pizza cinnamon roll recipe that Mario Batali attached to a tone-deaf apology for sexual misconduct. The piece, which documented an actual attempt at making the rolls while providing a funny, feminist meditation on the moment, racked up more than a million visits to DeRuiter's blog and went viral on social media.

But on Sunday morning, DeRuiter woke up to find she couldn't access her Twitter account.

She also noticed that her profile photo, cover image and name had been changed. DeRuiter's pinned tweet had been altered to one that bragged of a hack (with a racial slur). DeRuiter watched as her Twitter history—her main avenue for sharing and advertising her work—started to disappear.

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Seattle Band Dirty Sidewalks Mix Mai Tais, UFOs, and Ghosts, To Taste

Erik Foster, Evan ONeil, and Evan Foster of Dirty Sidewalks
Erik Foster, Evan O'Neil, and Evan Foster of Dirty Sidewalks Jake H. Sipes

“Don’t hold a Mai Tai with ice in it close to the mic while tracking vocals.”

That’s Dirty Sidewalks singer/guitarist Erik Foster on the most important lesson he learned laying down the band’s debut full-length, Bring Down the House Lights, which was released this past Friday on the band’s own No-Count Records.

The Sidewalks—which are throwing a record-release party on January 19 at the High Dive—cut the album in their best refined-dandy manner. “Erik became quite a mixologist over the course of tracking,” says his older brother and Dirty Sidewalks guitarist/singer Evan Foster—Mai Tais included, naturally.

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Today Is the Last Day to Sign up for Health Insurance in Washington State

This guy signed up for health care and look how happy he is.
This guy signed up for health care and look how happy he is. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

If you need health insurance and don't get it through your work or by some other means, now is the time to sign up. Open enrollment for the state health care exchange ends tonight, Monday, January 15, at 11:59 p.m.

There are thousands of reasons not to drop the ball on this, for instance: ALS, IBS, getting hit by a bus, getting bit by a dog, cracks in the sidewalk, tracks in the road, HIV, AIDs, all of the cancers, sprained ankles, broken knees, mysterious hives, bacterial infections, flu epidemics, depression, anxiety, hormone replacement therapy, bad periods, no periods, pregnancy, abortion, drinking too much water, not drinking enough, booze, drugs, pap smears, ball checks, colon pokes, yearly exams and—perhaps most importantly—because Donald fucking Trump does not want you to. Go forth, and get covered.


Chelsea Manning Will Run for US Senate, and Her Video Announcement About It Is Super Intense

Chelsea Manning: former WikiLeaker, possible future Senator.
Chelsea Manning: former WikiLeaker, possible future Senator. BRYAN BEDDER VIA GETTY IMAGES

Chelsea Manning, the controversial government whistleblower who released thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, announced that she will run for a Senate seat in Maryland.

Manning included a video along with her Twitter announcement confirming her run (which you can watch after the jump), and, well, it’s… pretty intense (despite the emoji at the end of it).

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Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson Joins Dems Gearing Up to Boycott Trump's State of the Union Address

Rep. Frederica Wilson, leading a Congressional Field Hearing on nursing homes this past October in Miami.
Rep. Frederica Wilson, leading a Congressional Field Hearing on nursing homes this past October in Miami. Joe Skipper / Getty

Regardless of whether or not Trump actually said the words, "Shithole countries"—and even if certain Republicans who were there, and didn't remember shitholes hitting the fan until a sudden case of recollection in favor of the No. 1 Liar-in-Chief hit them several days after the backlash—the racist sentiment was clear.

Now, a growing list of Democratic lawmakers who are fed up with his behavior are boycotting his State of the Union address at the end of the month. Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson is the latest Dem to join the group, which includes Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-or). In a statement released today, the Miami-based Wilson cited his "racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations" as the reason. Read her full condemnation below.

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Spun Out: 5 Essential Cuts Selected by Local DJ Recess

DJ Recess loves the reciprocal interplay between the dance floor and DJ. Building trust and then seeing where we can all go together.
DJ Recess loves "the reciprocal interplay between the dance floor and DJ—building trust and then seeing where we can all go together." Joe Bellingham

DJ RECESS (Shameless)

Current top 5 tracks:

Marlon Hoffstadt, "Broncos (Natureboy Gold & Marlon Hoffstadt Rework)" (Retrograde)

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