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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Vaccinatin’ Rhythm

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West Virginia currently leads the nation in vaccination rate (7.1% of population with first dose, compared to a national average of 3.4% and Washington's rate of 3.0%), and they're doing it by a conscious policy choice.

A Simpler Way to Ban Trump from Holding Office Again?

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It will be interesting, if Artlcles 3 and 5 come into play, how the literalist court and originalist Republicans will explain away the clear language. It might be an effective fall-back position for the Democrats, in case the impeachment trial falters in the Senate.

Guardrails Down, What to do With Trump’s Militia Legacies?

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It is the status-threatened, outsider and alienated groups where Trump likely has left us with unusually lasting damage. Trump brought them into politics, a place they hadn’t – at least in an organized way – been before. He gave them a role.

“Drive-By Chalking”: The Sheep and Jackasses of Ferry County

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The commissioners wanted motor bikes on the trail, which follows an old railroad bed. Crusty Commissioner Michael Blankenship described as “sheep” and “jackasses” advocates of a walking, jogging, and pedaling trail.

The Opiate Epidemic, Writ Small

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In the first 12 months that the doctor oversaw her treatment, he prescribed her 4,070 30mg pills of Oxycodone, 2,450 8mg pills of Hydromorphone, along with a slew of muscle relaxants, antidepressants, sedatives, anxiety and anti-inflammatory pills.

Good News In the “Bad” Jobs Report

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Nearly all of the job loss occurred in activities that were curtailed by government order in November and December.

Open Letter to Mayor Durkan: Don’t Let a Lovely Tribute Park Get Trashed

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The elegant Madison Valley park itself, given its small scale and the number of tents now lining the perimeter, is now essentially off-limits to Seattle citizens.

The League of Cannibalistic Satanist Pedophiles Has a PR Problem

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“Recruitment for the League is declining in all target categories except for the Foodies. But where else can a gourmet find a menu like ours? Also, younger members are leaving us to practice Satanism-lite with The Young Republicans.”

Brad Raffensperger for President? Bill Ruckelshaus’ Cautionary Tale

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Ruckelshaus, after his Watergate and Environmental Protection Agency heroics, figured he could return to Indiana, where he had a stellar reputation, and run for the Senate or other high office. He learned he was a party pariah.

Good Riddance to 2020…

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I bid good riddance to 2020 - if this democracy survives to January 20 and beyond, it will take an historic effort, a re-dedication by all of us day by day without rest, to restore what we have lost.

A Year-End Message from an Owl that Calls Your Name

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The native belief is that when a person hears an owl call their name, which the young vicar in the novel does in due course, it means you do not have long to live.

Now Our Machine Overlords Can Dance!

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Robots are used everywhere now in industrial manufacturing, but as artificial intelligence begins to be integrated into the machines and they start to infiltrate our daily life, robot companies have a big conceptual challenge in shaping public perception.

The Virus Inside the COVID Relief Bill: A Copyright Bomb

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Given the stakes, one would like to think that initiatives for reform for an industry that has invented itself and changed the world over the past 25 years would be thoughtful, targeted, and smart. Instead, we're now caught in a high stakes battle between Big T and Big E in which whoever has the ear of Congress will have the upper hand.

Ice Breaker: America Plays Catch-up in the Arctic

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The United States is far, far behind Russia, and even China, in ships capable of navigating far northern waters. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have waged a years-long campaign to give the U.S. a greater presence in the far north as the Arctic ice pack recedes and shipping increases.

Meanwhile: Ideas for the Spaces between Engagements

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Covid has created many empty lots, vacant storefronts (about 20,000 in London by one count), and offices. So why not capitalize on these neglected spaces and spur new enterprises?

How the Doggerel went Digital

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To me, interactivity with a book used to mean turning the pages. In a digital book it's that and more.

America – the Past is never really Past

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"What was is never over.  There have been moments in our history, brief ones, where the meaning of the Civil War has seem settled. ...

Seattle Parks: A “Spiraling Crisis”

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An ill-starred combination of factors has left numbers of parks dangerous and chaotic at the precise time when people have the most acute need for getting outdoors and for recreation space.

Is a ‘National Vertical’ Such as Chalkbeat.org the Next Media Killer App?

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Local dailies have great range in topics but not a lot of national synergy. Chalkbeat, by contrast, has a single topic and is "national." In this sense it is much more attuned to thy way people consume news these days -- national standards, single topic.

New COVID Death Projections: First Comes the Fire

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These are staggering numbers: 90,000 deaths in January alone.

Suzan DelBene to Head Moderate Democrat House Caucus

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DelBene succeeds a Washington neighbor, Rep. Derek Kilmer, (D-6), as chair of the moderate Democratic group.

It Takes Self-Confidence to be a Moderate

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Moderation should never be confused with indecisiveness. On the contrary, a lack of self-confidence in one’s most basic commitments is often expressed in extremism.

The Army Corps Tosses a Big Rock at Alaska’s Pebble Mine

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The mining project had foes in high places. Donald Trump, Jr., and his brother are clients of luxury fishing resorts in the area. Eric Trump’s bachelor party was held there. Unbelievably, strident Fox News host Tucker Carlson began to talk about damage to salmon.

X-Factor: Is Seattle’s Sleeping Giant Stirring?

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Nothing like a roaring recession to focus the mind on economic recovery, and to goad the Seattle-area business community to bestir itself. Let me cite the ways. And the obstacles.

The Robin Hood of Piedmont

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This morning Rome’s La repubblica reported that Alberto Cirio, the president of Italy's heavily industrialized province Piedmont, has introduced a bill to introduce a supertax on the proceeds of web-based businesses grossing more than €5.5 million a year in Italy and €750 million worldwide.

Streaming Scene: PNB in the House of Imagination

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Made with determination and imagination against the most inimical conditions imaginable, it may come to be seen as one of the harbingers of a new era performance, when all forms of delivery to an audience are seen as equally valid.

Why Tossing Trump Didn’t Power a Blue Wave

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(Big opportunity missed: Biden saying "Defund the Police" was a terrible slogan.) Biden's image campaign as healer also risked discounting by cynical voters of how well this hopey-feely thing would work out. (Yeah, sure!)

Biden: A Different Kind of Catholic for this Moment

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In Joe Biden, Americans have a president who seemingly views policy through his Catholic faith, but in a less divisive way.

A Dusty Future for the Seattle Times

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Publisher Frank Blethen has just celebrated a 75th birthday and means to stick around another five years. He's worked with the fifth generation of the family and affirms they remain strong on never selling the paper.

Six Reasons Inslee won’t take a job in the Biden Administration

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Those who aspire to cabinet posts don't just sit by the phone. It takes an active and expensive campaign to be in the running, and so far Inslee does not appear to be raising money for this effort or working the phones.