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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Morning News: Jerry Manning, RIP

Posted by on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Jerry Manning, artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre, has passed away. That's the word going around the theater community today—independently confirmed by many people close to him—though the Seattle Rep has not announced anything yet. Many folks will have many things to say about Jerry—who had long-term health issues and underwent a recent surgery—but he was a real champion for local actors, both on and offstage, and had a intelligent, old school, east coast drollery that was like an oasis. And Lord knows he was patient: a downtown theater guy at heart managing the pressures of a big regional theater (which makes a person an automatic magnet for resentment and criticism) whose feathers, as far as I saw, never got seriously ruffled. A lot of theater folks are going to be hit hard by this news. Rest in peace, Jerry.

Today in vandalism: "More than 60 members of Teaneck High School’s senior class were arrested this morning after a senior prank that police said involved urinating in the hallways of the high school, smearing Vaseline on walls, flipping desks and littering the school with balloons and other debris."

Today in violence: "Maguire's death is the first time a teacher has been fatally stabbed in a British classroom, and the first killing of a teacher in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre."

Just wanted to make sure everyone (especially my colleagues in the reporting business!) is clear about the distinction between vandalism (specifically targeted property destruction) and violence: Hitting a window with a stick is not the same as hitting a person with a stick. Unless you think of people as the moral equivalent of property.

May Day! "Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets around the world to mark International Labour Day, including in Turkey, Hong Kong, Moscow and Jakarta. In Istanbul, police dispersed on Thursday hundreds of protesters who tried to defy a ban on demonstrations on the city's Taksim Square on the anniversary of clashes that prompted a nationwide protest movement... After giving a final warning, hundreds of riot police backed up by water-cannon moved in on protesters in the Besiktas district as they tried to breach the barricades leading up to the symbolic square, an AFP reporter said on Thursday. Rallies also took place across Asia, including in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taipei and Seoul, where the annual protest was expected to take a sombre tone in the wake of the South Korean ferry disaster."

Republicans oppose minimum wage increase: "Starkly different views on poverty and inequality rose to the fore again on Wednesday as Democrats in the Senate were unable to muster the supermajority of 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster of a proposal to raise the incomes of the working poor by lifting the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour."

Invasion by suggestion: "Vladimir Putin has called for Ukrainian troops to pull out of the south-east of the country, in a conversation with Angela Merkel on Thursday."

Muslims who say the FBI put them on the no-fly list to coerce them into becoming undercover informants file a lawsuit: "Naveed Shinwari is one of four American Muslims who filed suit against the government this week for placing them on the U.S. "no-fly list" in order to coerce them into becoming FBI informants. The plaintiffs say the government refuses to explain why they were named on the no-fly list. They also believe that their names continue to be listed because they would not agree to become FBI informants and spy on their local communities."

A short history of exploding whales: "Blue whales are the largest animals on earth. This one [in Newfoundland] has reportedly ballooned to twice its original size. In the process of decomposition, methane and other gases accumulate in the body of the whale. The buildup of pressure, plus the disintegration of the whale's flesh, could cause the whole body to burst... The world now knows that blowing up whales on purpose is best avoided. However, dead whales can still detonate on their own. In 2004, for example, the carcass of a sperm whale was being towed through the streets of Tainan City, Taiwan, when its belly burst, splattering blood and guts on nearby people, cars, and storefronts."

Aftermath of the oil train that jumped the tracks in Virginia: "About 50,000 gallons of crude oil are missing from the tankers, she said. It's unclear how much of the oil burned in the blaze and how much spilled into the water."

Fires in Cucamonga: "The Etiwanda fire raging north of Rancho Cucamonga was just 10% contained Thursday after having burned more than 1,000 acres, officials said. The blaze was first reported shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday and quickly exploded in size amid powerful Santa Ana winds, extremely dry air and unseasonably high temperatures. Wind gusts above 80 mph also grounded water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing tankers, complicating the task of fighting the fire as it zigzagged along the parched brush- and chaparral-covered hillsides."

Some history of Cucamonga (whose name I've loved since hearing it in a cartoon when I was a tiny child): "American forces entered California in 1846, annexed it in 1848, and it became a state in 1850. Unlike the northern portion of our state during that era, southern California, and specifically Los Angeles, was described as a 'random collection of adobes rimmed by sandy wastes, wild mustard, and willow trees'... The Rains purchased the Rancho de Cucamonga from Tapia's daughter and her husband Leon Victor Prudhomme in 1858. Before his murder in 1862, Rains greatly expanded the vineyards Tapia had planted and imported brick masons from Ohio, via Los Angeles, to construct the family home, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places."

Rubber bullets banned in Catalonia: "A ban on the use of rubber bullets by the police force in Catalonia comes into force on Wednesday following a campaign led by seven people who each lost an eye on the streets of Barcelona. The latest victim, Ester Quintana, 42, was hit by a rubber bullet during a general strike in November 2012. Her pressure group Ojo con tu Ojo, along with Stop Bales de Goma, mounted the campaign after seeing its efforts for justice fail in the Spanish courts."


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Big blow to the Seattle Theatre Community this morning - Jerry was a true prince among men, and one of our greatest champions. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and co-workers. He will be sorely missed.
Posted by COMTE on May 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM · Report this
No, hitting a person with a stick is not the moral equivalent of breaking a window with a stick.

But both are still acts of violence.

"At least nobody was beaten with a stick" is not some moral justification for other sorts of violence.
Posted by GermanSausage on May 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Fnarf 3
No one is saying that "targeted property damage" is the same as hitting a person. No one ever has. The punishments are not similar, either. This is a completely made-up talking point you have here.

Targeted property damage, particularly targeted property damage committed by a large mob, is still violence and still criminal and still deserves to be put down with force.
Posted by Fnarf on May 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM · Report this
"Just wanted to make sure everyone (especially my colleagues in the reporting business!) is clear about the distinction between vandalism (specifically targeted property destruction) and violence: Hitting a window with a stick is not the same as hitting a person with a stick. Unless you think of people as the moral equivalent of property."

Nothing like being smug over a distinction you just made up.

Violence has always included property damage.…

Sorry that makes your anarchist friends not just dumbasses, but violent dumbasses.
Posted by giffy on May 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this

@ 4. Call me crazy, but I think it's important for journalists to be precise in their headlines and reporting about the difference between head-smashing and window-smashing.

Posted by Brendan Kiley on May 1, 2014 at 10:23 AM · Report this
@5, you're crazy!

Posted by sgt_doom on May 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
rob! 7
"Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga!"
Posted by rob! on May 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
@5 They are. The definition of the word violence includes the destruction of property.

This isn't about precision, this is about you not liking the image anarchists have created for themselves in society. If you go around smashing things you are not an activist, you are a violent thug.

Trying to change the meaning of the word violence is not the answer. Stopping these dumb kids from their violent bullshit is.

It's damn shame these entitled asshats have stolen the day from real and peaceful activists.
Posted by giffy on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 AM · Report this
Flight of the Poppy

Vietnam, Panama and Afghanistan: Banks and Drugs

They claim that the reconnaissance marvel, the SR-71, formerly codenamed Blackbird, was never shot down. Of course, they claim many such things!

Way back in 1972, under orders from the highest level at the Pentagon, an SR-71 flew the exact same flight plan, at the exact same time, for five straight days in a row --- on the fifth day flight, North Vietnam, with technical assistance from China and the Soviet Union --- succeeded in downing that SR-71. The NVA shot skyward a series of SAMs, set to explode in the vicinity of the altitude the Blackbird would be passing overhead at, setting off an airborne wall of massive turbulence, which that bird flew smack into, scrambling its onboard nav. computers, causing it to spin out of control and plummet down towards the South China Sea. The aircrew, a colonel and lt. colonel, successfully punched out of the spiralling aircraft and were picked up by a nearby jolly green copter which happened to be cruising by at the moment.

The post-mission debriefing claimed the flights were recons of troop movements --- it was years later I would learn that the recons were of drug shipments out of Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle!

Were those recon flights to aid the DEA? Or to profit certain players at the Pentagon, working on behalf of corporate interests?

During the administration of Bush #1, or President George H.W. Bush, cocaine processing fell off in Panama, a major through point at that time. After America's invasion of Panama and capture of Noriega, cocaine processing resumed to normal levels (with 2,000 some Panamanians killed during that invasion).

As despicable and vile as the Taliban were and are today, they almost completely eradicated the poppy crop in Afghanistan, but with the invasion and occupation of parts of Afghanistan by America, the highest levels of poppy production have resumed, with heroin usage at an all-time high in America.

The news has reported various and numerous episodes of money laundering at the top banks: Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and HSBC. Over a ten-year period, HSBC laundered almost $5 trillion for several drug cartels, as reported by forensic audits in the U.K.

And who has gone to jail for all those crimes?

No one . . . . .

A War on Drugs . . . .


A War for Drugs ? ?

Posted by sgt_doom on May 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM · Report this
@3, fnarf. . .

. . . say, fnarf, there's supposed to be a Reptile Convention taking place in Renton sometime this week, and they will be covering Reptile Dysfunction (which I've heard you suffer from, and my sympathies, dood).

You may wish to attend. . . .
Posted by sgt_doom on May 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM · Report this
Hopefully customers'/employees' heads, limbs and other body parts will not be hit with glass shards or otherwise get in the way while these demonstrators are carrying out their 'targeted property destruction'!
Posted by centrista on May 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
So when a window gets smashed at an abortion clinic or gay nightclub it is just targeted property destruction, and perfectly acceptable form of protest/free speech right?

Because hey, hurting institutions in the pocketbook is a great way to get their attention. Right?

Sorry, but this argument you have concocted to shield your window smashing friends from deserved derision is still incredibly self-serving and dumb.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM · Report this
@12: Yes, only violence is bad. That is precisely his point.

Or nothing like his point. He is not making the claim that smashing windows is acceptable, just that it is dramatically different from attacking people.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on May 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
So very sad to hear about Mr. Manning's passing. He was an inspirational voice in the Seattle Theatre community.
Posted by ElTico68 on May 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 17
@14: Read the original post he linked to, and started it all.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM · Report this
This violence vs. vandalism argument is old and tiresome, and something totally concocted by Mr. Kiley. Nobody else buys into it, but it's a dead horse he'll keep beating.

Setting off a bomb at a Planned Parenthood office in the middle of the night with nobody around may not result in any direct injury to people, but it is still violence. And should be called just that.
Posted by bigyaz on May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
skweetis 19
I have been in a store when a brick was hurled through the window. My body remained intact but it certainly felt like violence at the time.
Posted by skweetis on May 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 20
@5: Don't worry, reporting will always require a noun and a verb.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Fnarf 21
@19, that's because you were assaulted. Assault does not require physical contact, only a plausible threat of physical harm -- a threat plus an apparent ability to carry out the threat. When they start smashing windows, these mobs are committing obvious violent acts.

And of course they are also setting back the causes they claim to support. A mob is a body that converts into a single being; thus everyone in a crowd that turns violent is committing the violence. And, regardless of what the radical apologists claim, that is how they are seen by the public, which sets the public against their demands, whatever they are.

If people in a crowd that smashes shop windows tonight are carrying banners calling for a $15 minimum wage, support for a $15 minimum wage will plummet. Dignified nonviolent marches have moved the world; Seattle-style mobs never have and never will (except backwards).
Posted by Fnarf on May 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM · Report this
@5: "...the difference between head-smashing and window-smashing."

There is a difference, of course. But they both constitute violence.
Posted by bigyaz on May 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 23
Brandon would also like to remind us that shooting someone in the face is different than targeting their arms and he hopes that reporters remember this distinction if they use the word "shoot" in their headlines.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on May 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 24
*Brendan even. Damn, didn't even see that.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on May 1, 2014 at 8:41 PM · Report this

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