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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Issues or Riots? How Media Coverage Shapes Perceptions of Public Protests

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All this puts protesters in a tricky situation, playing with matches. Their issues and grievances typically have a tough time breaking through to media attention.

Looking For Signs Of Century-Old Clam Gardens

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Boulders and cobbles were piled beside the ancient clam gardens. On the beach they mark gardens and also pens where fish were herded for capture. More than a century has passed since the gardens were kept and wave action has been constant. Would the patterns survive?

Trump’s Dangerously Political Plea To Open Churches

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While it’s nice to be dubbed essential, the source is wrong. God calls us to worship, not a President or other political leader. Moreover, gathering in a church building is not the only way for people to worship.

Climate Politics: At Last Some Reasons to Hope

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One decision is to give up on the Republicans, rather than trying to woo them into some marginal concessions, since they have obviously been "bought." The effort now is to unify the Left, not seek a center.

Set to Soar: This Week in Space

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We are all rooting for the success of the launch -- if anything mobilizes the national spirit, it’s a rocket on its way to space.

Godden on West Seattle: Bring Back the Mosquito Fleet? (and other news)

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A new way to get off West Seattle, and a local city's leg-pulling twitter site.

Coming Up: Live Zoomcast with Mort Kondracke And David Domke on Election 2020

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Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, a nonprofit membership library in the Pike Place Market, is launching a digital...

Northeastern Oregon, Where Wearing Masks is a Signal

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The wearing and non-wearing of masks serves as a convenient statement in this rural county. Wearing one in town I definitely felt like I was signaling my tribal identity, which seems crazy, but there it is."

How Convention Centers Devour Their Cities

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"What troubled me about the whole convention center business/financial model was its self-feeding locomotion. Once a city begins to compete in the big leagues (not unlike sports) it has to buy into a whole multi-decade commitment. And the bar keeps getting raised."

Don Jr: The Comedy Stylings Of My Comic Genius Dad

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“Today, Jared Kushner is the only comic on Dad’s level. Have you seen Jared’s Mideast peace plan?”