Our friend Kiesha stops by at the end of our show to help celebrate Jay's birthday. Kiesha started a non-profit called Opportunities in Our Communities, and we hang out to do the Palate Cleanser! Also in this epi: Sarah Smith, Jay Smith, Corn Smith, & Atom Smith.
Atom speaks to the terrorist attack on a German Synagogue during Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish community. Thwarted by a door, it was streamed live on Twitch for over 30 minutes, with recordings being seen by 2200 people before it was removed. Atom recounts the experience and shares some poignant reflection on the Martyrology and shares the words of Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, who survived the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The Stranger, Seattle's naughty weekly runs an ad on the front page of their paper that breaks laws, hearts, minds. Sarah says: "HE'S NOT IT, MAN!" Basically, they confused a lot of people, received an ethics violation report from their own editorial board, and when approached, rolled their eyes so long and slow and disdainfully that we nodded off. They used that opportunity to slip out of our bed and through our bedroom window without saying goodbye. We will certainly not invite them over again the next time we match on Facebook's dating service.
The Everett Herald, a Washington newspaper serving Snohomish County. Like the Stranger, the Everett Herald changed up their ads, providing ad space that looks EXACTLY like an article - but written entirely by the campaign. Once they sold those ads, again, that look exactly like articles, they reach out to the opposition and shake them down, offering them the chance to rebut the "ADVERTORIAL" content for just $500.00 a week. Corn is ON IT like a hot, buttery bonnet.
Blizzard takes away the winnings from the top winner from a Hearthstone competition because he spoke in favor of Hong Kong's fight for independence from China. They took away his prize money, banned him from the game, and fired anyone in proximity to the occurrence. The internet isn't impressed.
Courtney Love (No, not that one, the important one) is running for Tacoma City Council. She won her primary by 13 votes, having triggered a hand-recount, per Washington State rules, to face Conor McCarthy in the November election. Conor McCarthy supports the Liquid Natural Gas Plant in Tacoma, is a proud moderate, doesn't want to ban plastic bags in Tacoma, smiles like a guest model in an off-brand Land's End catalog. The TNT calls Love, an unabashed progressive, "fringe" - which is interesting, given that Conor McCarthy appears to be a far-right Republican as defined by his stance, or lack of, on key issues, while Courtney's wild fringe ideas call for handling homelessness with common sense and compassion, investing responsibly in our community, and being accountable to that same community when making decisions that run the risk of causing more harm than good.
Thank you to the following music and FX makers:
Intro Artist: Looprep Title: Soulful People License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Promoted by: https://www.tribeofnoise.com/viewMusic.php?fileID=46783 Discussion Segue: Artist: Elisa P Song: Through the Night License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Promoted by:https://www.tribeofnoise.com/viewMusic.php?fileID=42889 Outtro Artist: Stacy Jones Band Title: Diggin' in the Mud License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Promoted by: https://www.tribeofnoise.com/viewMusic.php?fileID=27002 Big News Breakdown Sound Artist: Mansardian Title: News End Signature.Wave License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Promoted by: https://freesound.org/people/mansardian/sounds/61322/