September 17, 2021

* Blustery weather arrives in western WA., urban flooding possible,
* National Guard on standby for pro-Trump rally Sept. 18,
* Ohio House Republican, Calling Trump ‘a Cancer,’ Bows Out of 2022!
Aisha Harrison’s “Woman With Graves at Her Back” was part of the 2021 Percival Plinth Project. It won the People’s Choice Award, and on Tuesday, the Olympia City Council authorized the purchase of the sculpture for its permanent public art collection. Courtesy of the city of Olympia, via The Olympian


+ KING-5 TV: Blustery weather arrives in western Washington Friday – includes urban flooding and spotty power outages

+ KING-5 TV: Was Mount Rainier’s snowmelt worse this year than normal?

+ The Olympian: Afghan evacuees are coming to Washington state. Here’s where they’re going (10 to Tacoma)

+ The Olympian: Here’s what 2 port candidates said about military shipments, the airport, and marine terminal [This story is a subscriber exclusive for The Olympian]

+ JOLT News: Timberland Regional Library at your fingertips


The Washington Post: Thousands of LAPD employees plan to seek vaccine exemptions; police officials sue city over mandate

The Washington Post: Opinions | Natural immunity to covid is powerful. Policymakers seem afraid to say so.


The Hill: DHS memo warns of potential violence around upcoming ‘J6’ rally

CNBC: Capitol Police requests National Guard on standby for pro-Trump rally supporting Jan. 6 rioters

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Facebook research shows Instagram toxic for teen girls: WSJ

Daily Kos: After failed Larry Nassar investigation, Sen. Whitehouse questions FBI probe of Kavanaugh

The Washington Post: Facebook keeps researching its own harms — and burying the findings – A series of leaked internal reports shows Facebook knows far more than it lets on. That’s by design.


The New York Times: Ohio House Republican, Calling Trump ‘a Cancer,’ Bows Out of 2022 – Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump, is the first of the group to retire rather than face a stiff primary challenge.

Newsweek: Trump Defends Capitol Rioters Being ‘Persecuted So Unfairly’ Ahead of Sept. 18th Rally

The Hill: Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book

HuffPost: Trump Hired Giuliani Because ‘None Of The Sane Lawyers’ Would Represent Him: Book

MSNBC Opinions: Trump was just the latest American president whose sanity the military questioned – The scary truth about the U.S.’ nuclear command system: It’s designed for rational presidents.

MSNBC: Paranoia drives many Trump supporters to avoid weekend ‘Justice for January 6’ rally

Truthout: GOP Strategists Fret Trump’s “Fraud” Talk Encourages Voters to Skip Midterms – If enough Republicans lose faith in the elections and refuse to vote, it could help Democrats retain Congress next year.

NBC News: Special counsel Durham named by Trump DOJ charges Dem lawyer Sussmann with false statement to FBI [Ed. note: Just as the statute of limitations runs out on this case this weekend!]

September 16, 2021

* Clear gutters, drains ahead of this weekend’s rainstorm,
* China asks sworn rival, the U. S., to ‘guide’ the Taliban,
* Biden admin. more evenly distributes doses of Covid antibody treatments!

The Yelm Water Tower recently received a new paint job that was funded through a grant.
The newly painted Yelm Water Tower.
Credit: Daniel Warn, NVN


+ KING-5 TV: Clear gutters, drains ahead of fall rainstorm this weekend

+ NVN: Yelm Water Tower Receives a New Paint Job

+ KING-5 TV: Washington hospitals experiencing ‘extreme stress, capacity issues’ due to delta variant

+ The Seattle Times: Boeing Moving 150 Jobs From Washington State and California to Texas

+ NVN: Yelm’s Council receives WSDOT briefing on the Yelm Loop construction timeline


Slate: New Revelations About Trump’s Final Days in Office Raise a Much More Urgent Question

The Hill: Vindman calls for Milley’s resignation: ‘He usurped civilian authority’

The Hill: China asks its sworn rival, the United States, to ‘guide’ the Taliban

NBC News: Norm Macdonald, former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member and stand-up comic, dies at 61 [Ed. note: This last chapter from his book poignantly reflects on his life!]


Politico: Biden’s team tightens grip on state use of Covid antibody treatments – in an effort to more evenly distribute the 150,000 doses that the government makes available each week.

McClatchy News: What are the differences between COVID and flu? What to know as influenza season nears – Both respiratory illnesses are expected to spread at the same time this fall.


Daily Kos: Woodward book: Former VP Dan Quayle may have helped save our democracy in talks with Pence

The New York Times: Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties [Ed. note: Durham’s 5 year Statute of Limitation on this case runs out Sept. 19th. Interesting timing!]

CNN: Donald Trump’s laughably childish threat to Mike Pence

Business Insider: Facebook employees worried an algorithm change in the middle of Trump’s presidency would push sensationalistic and divisive content, a new report says

USA Today: As former presidents come together, Donald Trump resists joining chummy ‘Presidents Club’

CNN: The Big Lie is (unfortunately) winning

Business Insider: Trump ignored pleas to intervene during Capitol riot and kept watching the violence unfold on TV instead, book says

September 15, 2021

* More than 2″ of rain to begin Friday,
* Idaho’s COVID crisis becomes Washington hospitals’ problem,
* New Woodward/Costa book’s scathing reflection on Trump!

2 Inches Of Rain In 2 Days: Puget Sound Forecast – more rain between Friday morning and Saturday night than the region has seen in the last three months combined. Diagram credit: NOAA, NWS Seattle


+ Patch: 2 Inches Of Rain In 2 Days: Puget Sound Forecast – more rain between Friday morning and Saturday night than the region has seen in the last three months combined.

+ The Olympian: The DuPont Gate at JBLM is scheduled to be closed to inbound traffic for three weeks

+ KING-5 TV: Thousands of state workers seek exemptions to Washington vaccine mandate

+ The Seattle Times: Idaho’s COVID crisis becomes Washington hospitals’ problem

+ The Olympian: Thurston County breaks record for number of new COVID-19 cases in a week

+ KING-5 TV: Heavy rain, mountain snow expected this weekend in western Washington

+ NVN: Thurston County Deputy Stabbed by Sex Offender in Yelm Returns Home

+ NBC News: ‘A matter of life and death’: Army says active duty soldiers must be vaccinated by Dec. 15

+ CNBC: Amazon plans to hire another 125,000 employees, paying them an average of $18 per hour

+ CNBC: Despite pandemic pause, demand for new airplanes will swell in next two decades, Boeing says


NBC News: Americans’ views on global warming haven’t changed. They’re an outlier, survey shows.

The Guardian (UK): FBI director faces new scrutiny over investigation of Brett Kavanaugh


Daily Mail: US ‘funded Wuhan virus lab’s research to make diseases more deadly’

Newsweek: Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against New York Governor Over Vaccine Mandates


MSNBC’s Maddow Blog: George W. Bush condemns ‘violent extremists,’ Trump pushes back – What does it say about Donald Trump that every time he hears condemnations of hatred and extremism, he instinctively assumes he’s the target?

The Washington Post: All of this to keep Trump from getting upset

CNN: Trump secret memo ordering withdrawal from Afghanistan blindsided national security team: New Woodward/Costa book

NY Daily News: Trump barred by generals from ordering nuclear strike or military attack in final days: Woodward

Business Insider: Then-CIA director Gina Haspel said the US was ‘on the way to a right-wing coup’ after Trump lost the election: book

Business Insider: The top US general ‘was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline’ after the 2020 election, book says

The Hill: Woodward book: Quayle advised Pence he had ‘no flexibility’ in overturning election

The Week: Newly revealed emails add to ‘growing body of evidence’ that Trump was aware of coronavirus threat early on

CNN: Opinion: The Trump brand of politics is spreading around the world

September 14, 2021

* Olympia residents shaken by violence bet. Antifa/Proud Boys allied groups,
* Locations getting shipments of FDA-approved monoclonal antibody therapeutics,
* How Trump devastated Republican trust in the media!
What Happened in 1971: Mapping Growth in Hourly Compensation and Productivity since 1948 (1971 was the pivotal year)


+ NVN: Public Hearing Set for Planned 60-Unit Apartment Complex behind Wal-Mart. The Zoom public hearing is Thursday, 10am

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): Hospital officials say workers are burned out from fighting relentless COVID wave – “You do almost suffer PTSD from seeing this over and over again.”

+ KING-5 TV: ‘Megafire’ declared near Mount Rainier after exceeding 100,000 acres

+ Associated Press: More Pacific NW deer dying of viruses due to drought, heat

+ JOLT News: Tourism in Thurston County rebounding and changing, said Annette Pitts, CEO of Experience Olympia & Beyond

+ The Olympian: Can the Thurston County housing market get even hotter? It certainly did in August – Monthly sales in August topped the 605 units that sold in July.

+ JOLT News: “Beyond red” situation in MultiCare hospitals, including MultiCare Capital Medical Center in Olympia

+ KING-5 TV: Olympia residents shaken by violence between groups allied with Antifa and Proud Boys

+ NVN: Volunteer Coordinator at Yelm Food Bank Honored After Dying From COVID Complications


American Red Cross: September is National Preparedness Month – Is your Emergency Kit ready?

USA Today via The Detroit News: ‘True turning point’: Biden directs US agencies to declassify some documents from 9/11 probe [Ed. note: Something Trump promised and never did!]

Common Dreams: Harvard Will Divest From Fossil Fuels After a Decade of Pressure

Reason: America’s Post-9/11 Surveillance Authorities Were Inevitably Turned Against Its Own Citizens – We were warned about the dangerous power of the USA PATRIOT Act. Edward Snowden proved that critics were justified.

What Happened in 1971: Mapping Growth in Hourly Compensation and Productivity since 1948 (1971 was the pivotal year)


HHS Protect Public Data Hub: Locations that have received shipments of monoclonal antibody therapeutics under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority

The Olympian: How Thurston’s cases tripled in August

Newsweek: New York Hospital to Stop Delivering Babies After Employees Resign Over Vaccine Mandate

Politico: The Surprisingly Strong Supreme Court Precedent Supporting Vaccine Mandates – In 1905, the high court made a fateful ruling with eerie parallels to today: One person’s liberty can’t trump everyone else’s.

Seeking Alpha: Departing FDA vaccine officials, WHO scientists say data doesn’t support COVID boosters

Rair Foundation USA: Exposed: CDC Rushed to Change Definition of ‘Vaccination’ After Israel Study Touts Natural Immunity over Vaccine

Daily Kos: There is an antibody treatment that stops every COVID-19 variant—and possibly all future variants

Australia’s ABC News: Israel is struggling with COVID-19, despite high vaccination rates.

Washington Examiner: White House says it didn’t expect such ‘vehement opposition’ to Trump-approved COVID-19 vaccine

CNBC: Delta Air Lines’ $200 per month experiment for changing unvaccinated employees’ minds seems to be working


MSNBC Opinions: How Trump devastated Republican trust in the media – Mistrust of major media is not just an individual feeling; it has become a mark of community and a signaling of one’s political tribe.

POLITICO Playbook: Former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham dishes on Melania

Washington Examiner: Trump loses weight post-presidency, ditches spray tan for Florida sun

TPM: Trump Loses It Over ‘Genius’ Civil War Loser’s Statue Getting Taken Down

The Washington Post: A secretive Pentagon program that started on Trump’s last day in office just ended. The mystery has not.

FOX News: Giuliani associate Igor Fruman pleads guilty in campaign donation case

September 13, 2021

Unprecedented 90th day with only 1/100″ of rain since June 15!

Credit: Rory Siegel Photography & Fine Art, ©2021. Used with permission.

90th day with only 1/100″ of rain since June 15

+ NOAA: Today marks 90 days with only 1/100th of an inch of rain at Olympia Regional Airport. Click here for the statistics from NOAA’s station at Olympia’s Regional Airport. Then click in the month under View Station Data.

.01″ of rain fell on August 26, and a trace of rain was recorded Sept. 8 and 12.

+ The Olympian: The state Department of Ecology labeled March through May as the second-driest on record since 1895. “The state Department of Ecology labeled March through May as the second-driest on record since 1895.”

+ The Seattle Times: Drought hit Washington fast and hard, devastating farmers

+ The Weather Channel: Rain is forecast here this weekend.

September 13, 2021

Congressional Dis. 3 Candidate Joe Kent comes to Yelm,
Friday, Sept. 24, 6pm

Credit: Joe Kent for Congress
  • Editor’s note: This flier is posted as information for Yelm’s Congressional District 3 voters, (Bald Hill Rd./Clearwood/Lackamas areas, rural Rainier) and in no way implies or infers an endorsement by the Yelm Community Blog.
  • Mr. Kent is up to “Primary” current Republican office holder Jamie Herrera-Beutler (R-Vancouver), who voted to impeach President Trump for violating his oath to the Constitution of the United States.
  • I supported Rep. Herrera-Beutler on her impeachment vote because violating the Presidential Oath of Office in subverting the Constitution of the United States is not negotiable vs. adherence to a party.
  • I am also on the record supporting Herrera-Beutler’s opponent in the last 2 elections, Carolyn Long, Democrat.
  • Now that Joe Kent is endorsed by Trump, if he loses the Primary, will they say this Washington election is rigged, too?

September 12, 2021

Last weeks news through the lenses of editorial cartoonists!

Kevin Siers: Remembering 9-11
“Remembering 9-11”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
Jack Ohman: The final flight of 9/11 ...
“The final flight of 9/11”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee

Political Cartoon.
Credit: Bob Gorrell, Creators Syndicate
Legislative districts gerrymandering set to begin
“Voter suppression”
Credit: Steve Sack, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Speaking of a labor shortage”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
Jack Ohman: The Four Seasons ...
“The Four Seasons”
Credit Jack Ohman: The Sacramento Bee

“Manchin Machinations
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
Jack Ohman: Infrastructure off-ramp ...
“Infrastructure off-ramp”
Credit Jack Ohman: The Sacramento Bee

September 11, 2021

Let us never forget America changed forever this day, 20 years ago!
Ed. note: Some may be shocked by the posting of this photo, yet we should not gloss over that day!
CBS News: Richard Drew on photographing the “Falling Man” on 9/11
Credit: © CBS News via MSN, Richard Drew for the AP
Click here for the Richard Drew interview on CBS Sunday Morning

A 9/11 tribute has been published here annually since September 11, 2007.

– Editor’s Note: SEVEN: A new movie “Directed by Dylan Avery and narrated by Ed Asner, SEVEN tells the story of World Trade Center Building 7 — from its jaw-dropping “collapse” on 9/11 to the government’s blatant cover-up to the intrepid study by Dr. Leroy Hulsey and his Ph.D. students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Watch and share SEVEN,” from Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth).

Click here to watch this impactful 46 minute documentary! Trailer here

+ KING-5 TV: 9/11 memorial events across Puget Sound region [include Lacey]

– From “”
“Ever since the moment of the first impact at the World Trade Center, a struggle has raged between two broad, competing ideas of what really happened on September 11th, 2001.

“The US administration delivered an almost immediate verdict, which can be described as follows: Dispatched by Osama Bin Ladins network and motivated by hatred and religious fanaticism, 19 suicide bombers hijacked four planes, crashed three of them into their targets, and caused the collapse of the Twin Towers as a consequence of the resulting damage and fires. The 19 men did not necessarily require any accomplices within the United States; and no one in the US government could have possibly anticipated or prevented the attacks.

“Even as the administration exploited this Official Story (or Official Conspiracy Theory) as the pretext to launch new wars long in the making, independent researchers began to accumulate a vast body of evidence suggesting a different narrative for 9/11: that of the False Flag Operation.”
Read more

– From “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth)”

“Fire did not cause World Trade Center Building 7 collapse, UAF study suggests”

“It’s been a point of controversy for more than a decade. Now, researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are weighing in.

“World Trade Center Building 7 was not struck by a plane, but collapsed hours after the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. A draft report released this week by researchers at UAF suggests that the fall was not a result of fires, despite the findings of the National Institute for Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2008.

“The study was paid for by a group called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The nonprofit is said to represent over 3,000 architects and engineers who have signed a petition calling on Congress to launch a new investigation into the destruction of the towers,” by Liz Raines, KTVA-11 TV News, CBS Anchorage. Read more

Click here for the site of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

– From “Pilots for 9/11 Truth”
“Pilots for 9/11 Truth is an organization of aviation professionals and pilots throughout the globe who have gathered together for one purpose. We are committed to seeking the truth surrounding the events of the 11th of September 2001. Our main focus concentrates on the four flights, maneuvers performed and the reported pilots.”
“…the United States Government does not seem to be very forthcoming with answers or facts”.

“We do not accept the 9/11 Commission Report.”

“We stand with the numerous other growing organizations of Firefighters, Medical Professionals, Lawyers, Scholars, Military Officers, Veterans, Religious and Political Leaders, along side Survivors, family members of the victims — family members of soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice — including the many Ground Zero workers who are now ill or have passed away, when we ask for a true, new independent investigation into the events of 9/11.”
Read more

“It is now established the aircraft utilized on September 11, 2001 outperformed the design capability of a standard 757 and 767 by a wide margin. Investigating aircraft parts can and will provide positive identification of any aircraft. Have the four aircraft been positively identified through the wreckage recovered? Pilots For Truth present in depth analysis of the aircraft parts with alarming results.”
Click here to order your DVD.

– “What Happened on Capitol Hill on 9/11”

Tom Daschle, Majority Leader, U.S. Senate [said]: Senator John Glenn, a dear friend, came by. I said, ‘Did you see that? A pilot flew into the World Trade Center.’ He said, ‘Pilots don’t fly into buildings. That wasn’t a pilot,’” by Garrett M. Graff, TIME Magazine, 9/11/2019. Read more

Blogger Klein is a long-time subscriber/contributor to Pilots for 9/11 Truth and supporter of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

September 11, 2021

How our knee-jerk, emotional 9/11 response brought the US surveillance state!

911 Surveillance
“It took Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers to reveal the staggering extent of the government’s spying on its own people as institutional checks failed”
Composite: The Guardian/Wikimedia commons/Unsplash

How our knee-jerk 9/11 response brought forth the US surveillance state

+ The Guardian (UK): ‘Panic made us vulnerable’: how 9/11 made the US surveillance state – and the Americans who fought back

+ Edward Snowden: ‘The people are still powerless, but now they’re aware’ [Ed. note: This is from June 4, 2018, yet still pertinent today!]

September 10, 2021

* Gov. Inslee: all attending any event over 500 people must be masked,
* Providence offers monoclonal antibodies to reduce hospitalizations,
* DOJ sues Texas over state’s new abortion law!

Providence offering monoclonal antibody therapy at west Olympia clinic, significantly reduces risk of needing hospitalization
Credit: C/NET Monoclonal antibodies cover the spikes on the virus, preventing blood platelet damage.


+ KING-5 TV: Beginning Monday, Gov. Inslee ordered everyone attending an event with 500 or more people throughout the entire state will be required to wear a face-covering, vaxxed or not.

+ South Sound Business: Report: South Sound Home Prices Surge in August

+ Thurston County Auditor: Thurston County Receives Clean Audit for Sixth Straight Year

+ KING-5 TV: Sports betting launches in Washington state in time for NFL season

+ NVN: Area School Districts Welcome Students Back to Full-Time, In-Person Learning

+ KING-5 TV: Washington’s school cafeterias face food, supply shortages due to pandemic disruptions


The Olympian: So you have COVID? Providence is offering monoclonal antibody therapy at west Olympia clinic to significantly reduce the risk of needing hospitalization

CNBC: Biden doubles weekly shipments of free monoclonal antibody treatments for Covid by 50%. The admin. shipped more than 800,000 doses in July

CNBC: Biden outlines plan to mandate Covid vaccines for millions: ‘Our patience is wearing thin’

CNBC: TSA to double minimum fines for air travelers who refuse to wear masks

KING-5 TV: Biden requires large companies to mandate vaccines for their employees or test for the coronavirus on a weekly basis.

KING-5 TV: What is the mu variant of the coronavirus?

Washington Examiner: Rand Paul was right about Fauci – documents appear to support Paul’s assertions that Fauci was lying


KING-5 TV: Justice Dept. lawsuit says Texas abortion law made ‘in open defiance of the Constitution’

KING-5 TV: Justice Department sues Texas over state’s new abortion law

CNBC: Natural gas prices are rising and could be the most expensive in 13 years this winter

The New York Times: The Biden administration wants solar energy to provide 45 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2050, up from 4 percent today.


Business Insider: Donald Trump Jr. helped sink Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over his support for gun regulations

The Hill: Mary Trump: Uncle may be ‘too busy’ with depositions to stay politically involved

Reuters: Explainer: Can Trump use executive privilege to block Jan 6 attack probe?

Daily Mail (UK): Trump’s ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell asked to pay $200K in legal fees

CNN: Yet more evidence Donald Trump is running a shadow presidency

Business Insider: Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham is writing a damaging memoir about her time working for him and Melania

The Independent (UK): Senior Republican demonised by Trump reveals what’s behind GOP election suppression laws: ‘They got scared’

Politico: Trump is already claiming the California recall is rigged – The disconnect between GOP expectations and polling all but ensures that a tight Newsom victory would spur a new wave of voter fraud accusations.


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