In what I am sure will be just the beginning of such demonstrations, a large group of protesters gathered in Seattle’s Westlake Park this afternoon after marching there from various locations. There was a heavy police presence, but from my vantage point the event was largely peaceful and the police let the protesters do their thing without a lot of interference. From what I have heard on the news, the sitution has escalated somewhat since I left.
See below for a few more photos.
Yes, despite all appearances to the contrary here in Seattle, today is the official beginning of spring. When I lived in places with sunnier weather, I used to look forward to spring almost as an honorary summer. At least the last half was always nice — usually even "shorts weather." But in Seattle, spring and too often the first half of summer are just extensions of winter: rainy, gloomy and too cold for shorts.
And if spring weren’t disappointing enough by itself, we have to start this one off with a war. Sigh.
It sure doesn’t feel like spring is just a few days away. The weather will be nice by August.
I’ve always been a news junkie. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is read a bunch of news websites and the first thing I do when I get home from work is turn on the TV news. I have email "breaking news" alerts from nearly a dozen different news organizations, just so I don’t accidentally miss something important. This means that when something big happens, I get ten or twenty messages about it, but that’s ok.
Even with all of that news input, real time reporting is hard to come by when I’m not at home. I don’t have a TV or radio at work and most of the online streams have one problem or another (they cost money, they are unreliable or they aren’t completely focused on news). So with a war impending, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get a real time news fix from work. Buying a cheapie radio is one option. But I decided to take a different path: I set up my own streaming audio feed.