September 20, 2020

Must see movie: “All In: The Fight for Democracy!”
This documentary is now more important than ever!

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All In: The Fight for Democracy

“The documentary takes a look at the history, and current activism against voter suppression; barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States,” quoiting IMDb. Read more

ALL IN: The Fight For Democracy – Official Trailer | Prime Video

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‘All In: The Fight For Democracy’ Examines The History Of Voter Suppression In The United States

“During this period in American history, when the upcoming American election looms large, filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés address the timely and crucial issue of voter suppression in their documentary, All In: The Fight for Democracy, coming to Prime Video, September 18th, 2020. The film tells the story of Stacey Abrams, former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, and includes personal experiences with racism and voter suppression that she and her family faced in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Abrams notably lost the 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial Election to then Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, who, in a conflict of interest, oversaw the election and election data and was subsequently accused of voter suppression. The film includes footage that shows both candidates having difficulties at the polls while attempting to cast their ballots,” by Risa Sarachan, Forbes. Read more

Former House Democratic Leader and Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams
Stacy Abrams on election night in Atlanta, Nov. 6, 2018, Melina Mara. Credit: The Washington Post via Getty Images

September 19, 2020

The White House issued a statement on the passing of RBG,
Trump now wants to move ‘without delay’ to replace her,
Yet the nation mourns!

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony – No Trump!
Credit: David Rowe, Australia Financial Review

Trump wants to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg without delay – No national mourning period, no national tribute!

+ Trump issued this statement —– lowers flags to half-staff

+ Trump wants to move ‘without delay’ to replace Ginsburg, setting up epic fight over Supreme Court

+ Trump nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court will get Senate vote, McConnell says

+ Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish was not to be ‘replaced’ until there’s a new president

+ ‘Thank you, RBG’: Leaders react with sadness, shock to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

+ In Photos: Crowd gathers in front of the Supreme Court to mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

+ Ruth Bader Ginsburg says this is the secret to living a meaningful life

+ Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s biggest cases: Equal pay, Bush v. Gore and insider trading

+ ACLU: Before serving on the highest court, Ginsburg rose to prominence as an ACLU lawyer fighting for equal rights. She founded the Women’s Rights Project in 1972 and led the ACLU in critical legal battles for almost a decade after.

+ Human Rights Campaign: [RBG’s] decades of work helped create many of the foundational arguments for gender equality in the United States, and her decisions from the bench demonstrated her commitment to full LGBTQ equality.


September 19, 2020

* Yelm Farmers Market at the Community Center 10am-3pm,
* Vaping Increases Youths’ Risk of COVID-19,
* ‘It’s Normal to Feel Abnormal’: Inslee, experts discuss virus impacts

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Credit: Yelm Farmers Market

** LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL NEWS **

+ Yelm Farmers Market located at the Yelm Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Most vendors will be located inside the community center with a few out side the building. BasketCaseNW and many other vendors will be available.

+ ‘It’s Normal to Feel Abnormal’: Inslee Brings Experts to Discuss Behavioral Impacts of COVID-19

+ 3,860 Food Boxes Later, BFF Wraps Up Organic Produce Program

+ yahoo! International travel could take until 2024 to recover from COVID-19

+ Jacobin Magazine: Over and Over and Over Again, History Has Vindicated Edward Snowden

+ Quartz: In a facial recognition bill backed by Microsoft, three words stand between citizens and their civil rights – The AI-powered systems must be subject to “meaningful human review.”

** CORONAVIRUS NEWS **

Vaping Increases Youths’ Risk of COVID-19

Beets for Better Lung Efficiency

Emails Detail Effort to Silence C.D.C. and Question Its Science

** Trump news within the last 24 hours **

Yes, antifa is real, FBI chief explains, but it’s ‘not an organization’—contradicting Trump’s tweets

Assange was offered presidential pardon to help ‘resolve’ Russia role in DNC hack, court told

Post Office documents reveal that Trump scrapped a plan to send masks to every home in April

House Dems call for an ‘emergency’ DOJ watchdog review of Durham probe

Trump sued by parents of toddlers featured in doctored ‘racist baby’ video

IA-Sen: Iowa Doctors Are Still Pissed At Joni Ernst (R) For Pushing QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Invisible company owned by Rudy Giuliani got taxpayer-backed PPP money — but where did it go? Company lists no employees.

What is the 1776 Commission? Trump announces plan to promote ‘patriotic education’ [Ed. note: Sanitizing American history does a disservice to our children and our future!]

Trump’s Properties Billed Taxpayers $1.1 Million for Secret Service Rentals

Historians Blast Barr for Comparing Stay-at-Home Orders to Slavery

There is no art in this White House. Where did all the fun and joy and expressions of love and happiness go?


September 18, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today, the court announced. She was 87.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her chambers in Washington, Aug. 23, 2013. Ginsburg on July 14, 2016, apologized for her recent remarks about the candidacy of Donald Trump, saying "On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised, and I regret making them."
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Credit: Todd Heisler, The New York Time/Redux

Ruth Bader Ginsburg [RBG], a pioneer for women’s rights and larger-than-life figure both on and off the bench, died on Friday

  • Editor’s note: Undoubtedly, The White House has been prepared for this with President Trump releasing his list our SCOTUS nominees.
  • Senate leader McConnell announced he will force through a Trump replacement vote, even though McConnell would not allow Obama’s replacement (Garland) to be considered after Judge Scalia’s passing during the 2016 election year.
  • This is a VERY sad day for America to lose this giant!
  • The future of the Court will be numerous split decisions IF the President is allowed a replacement appointment before Jan. 20th.
  • These issues will be under potential assault with a Trump replacement: women rights (Rose v. Wade), Obamacare, LGBTQ and workers rights, and electoral legitimacy, where Trump has said he will challenge the elections results if he loses.
  • Trump has said he will nominate Cotton or Cruz, so the Court will be solidly conservative, and change the dynamics of most Court decisions.
  • America should be very concerned the Court will be altered for generations!
  • Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera just days before her death: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
  • We should support the Senate to honor her dying wish.
  • RBG was a legend in the law and American history – a true hero!

By Elizabeth Chuck and Alex Johnson, NBC News:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court announced. She was 87.

Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action.

Along the way, she developed a rock star type status and was dubbed the “Notorious R.B.G.” In speaking events across the country before liberal audiences, she was greeted with standing ovations as she spoke about her view of the law, her famed exercise routine and her often fiery dissents.

Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” said Chief Justice John Roberts. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice. [Click here for the Court’s statement.]

Ginsburg died surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., the court said. A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.”


September 18, 2020

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020,
Join a virtual commermoration at 9:30 a.m. PDT!

National League of POWMIA Families​
Credit: THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES

Join VVMF and the National League of POW/MIA Families for a virtual commemoration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020 this Friday, September 18th at 12:30 p.m. EST [9:30 a.m. PDT]

Watch one of two ways:
On VVMF’s website at: ​www.vvmf.org/POWMIA-2020

On VVMF’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeteransMemorialFund
A big thank you to all who submitted their POW/MIA bracelet stories! We look forward to sharing them with our viewers on Friday!​


As of July 15, 2020 
THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS MISSING AND UNACCOUNTED-FOR FROM THE VIETNAM WAR WAS AND STILL IS 1,586!


September 18, 2020

* Historic duration of WA. ‘dirtiest air’ ends with rain,
* Hawaii allows visitors with virus test, no quarantine,
* Harvard: Masks, when worn throughout travel, offer significant protection!

Air quality improves over Puget Sound.
Credit: KING-5 TV News, Seattle

** LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL NEWS **

+ Justice Department: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence in Seattle and other cities [Ed. Note: Sedition for protestors? REALLY? An Authoritarian government is now replacing the Constitutional Republic!]

+ Hawaii will let travelers skip 14-day quarantine with virus test

+ WaPo: Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought ‘heat ray’ device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says [Ed. note: The federal government was considering using a ‘heat ray’ on civilians? What? Has this country lost direction?]

+ Duration of ‘dirtiest air’ in Washington is historic, experts say

+ MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports: International Fund for Animal Welfare conducting rescue mission to save animals from wildfires

+ NYT: Biden Creates Legal War Room, Preparing for a Big Fight Over Voting

+ JOLT News As West Coast burns, Olympia area sees only a slight increase in fire calls

+ The Olympian: 28-year-old deemed homicide victim in latest probe of inmate deaths at Nisqually jail [Ed. Note: The same place a 19 year old Yelm man previously died of natural causes.]

+ Travel Pulse: Airline CEOs Say Employees Low COVID Rates Prove Flying Is Safe

+ WaPo: Federal officials stockpiled munitions, sought ‘heat ray’ device before clearing Lafayette Square, whistleblower says [Ed. note: The federal government was considering using a ‘heat ray’ on civilians? What? Has this country lost direction?]

+ Mercola: Improving Your Lifestyle May Lessen Cognitive Decline

** CORONAVIRUS NEWS **

Harvard Study: Masks, when worn throughout travel, offer significant protection from COVID-19

Business Insider: A Chinese virologist claimed the coronavirus was ‘intentionally’ released. Turns out, she works for a group led by Steve Bannon.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: The president on Wednesday blamed blue states for the country’s coronavirus death toll and said that if those states were removed from consideration, the U.S. toll would be substantially lower.

FOX News: University of Pittsburgh Scientists Discover Molecule That ‘Completely’ Neutralizes COVID-19

Axios: Fewer Than 1 American in 10 Has Great Trust in the FDA


September 18, 2020

* FBI Dir. Wray: Russia undermining Biden campaign,
* Former Pence aide outs Trump’s ‘flat out disregard for human life’,
* U.S. Senator Ron Johnson quarantined after COVID-19 contact!

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Barr declares he has the right to level any charge, dismiss any case, and persecute as he pleases. Credit: Nick Anderson, Counterpoint

** TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY **

FBI’s Wray: Russia using ‘drumbeat of misinformation’ to undermine Biden campaign

Former Pence aide says she will vote for Biden because of Trump’s ‘flat out disregard for human life’ during pandemic

AD: Top Pence staffer on Covid-19 speaks out against Trump, endorses Biden

New York Magazine: The People v. Donald J. Trump, The criminal case against him is already in the works — and it could go to trial sooner than you think.

Federal judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

H.R. McMaster rebukes Trump over Taliban talks ‘ says Trump “cheapened” the lives of the Americans who died in Afghanistan by making too many concessions to the Taliban

GOP refutes Trump’s false mail voting claims

MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports: Fmr. Calif. Governor Brown: Trump is ‘a demolition derby’ on climate change

Barr blasts his own DOJ prosecutors, equates them to preschoolers and ‘headhunters’

Barr declares he has the right to level any charge, dismiss any case, and persecute as he pleases [Ed. note: When is this guy going to be disbarred?]

Fox News judge Andrew Napolitano just RIPPED Bill Barr ON AIR over his “absurd” overreach.

Clyburn blasts Barr for comparing shutdowns to slavery: Most ‘tone-deaf, God-awful thing I’ve ever heard’

Rudy may go to prison despite all that Russian pandering

Florida: We can’t afford Trump’s jobless aid anymore

New Trump allegation: Ex-model says he assaulted her at U.S. Open tennis in ’97

Whistleblower reveals officials considered using ‘heat ray’ to broil protesters in Lafayette Square

If GOP Sen. Ron Johnson isn’t a Russian asset, he’s certainly behaving like one

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson quarantined after COVID-19 contact

DHS chief Chad Wolf defies subpoena to testify on threats facing US


September 17, 2020

A MUST SEE: Anyone with a mobile device needs to see this movie!

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Death Star (Facebook)
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  • Editor’s note: Every person on the planet that uses a cellphone, tablet, and/or PC sould see this movie.
  • From Netflix: “This [94 minute] documentary-drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.”
  • Click here to sign-in and watch

The Social Dilemma from Netflix

“Set in the dark underbelly of Silicon Valley, The Social Dilemma fuses investigative documentary with enlightening narrative drama. Expert testimony from tech whistle-blowers exposes our disturbing predicament: the services Big Tech provides-search engines, networks, instant information, etc.-are merely the candy that lures us to bite. Once we’re hooked and coming back for more, the real commodity they sell is their prowess to influence and manipulate us. Written by Sundance Film Festival,” by Netflix. Read more

“This film is very confusing but also makes perfect sense at the same time. The idea is that we are all fighting against AI every single day through our phones, and it keeps dividing us as a society. It is a perspective I have not come across and I think the execution of the film defining the problem is excellent.”

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September 17, 2020

* House report: 737 Max crashes a ‘horrific culmination’ of failures by Boeing, FAA,
* Inslee, Culp agree to televised debate Oct. 7,
* “Let Me Finish My Question” — English Professor Reprimands Trump at Town Hall!

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Thurston County COVID-19 cases
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** LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL NEWS OF NOTE **

+ WaPo: As wildfire smoke becomes a part of life on the West Coast, so do its health risks

+ The Chronicle (Centralia): Forest Ecologist Backs Inslee’s Assertion That Wildfires Are Worsened by Climate Change

+ NVN: $500K in CARES Assistance Available for SPSCC Students

+ NBC News: 737 Max crashes that killed 346 were ‘horrific culmination’ of failures by Boeing and FAA, House report says

+ The Seattle Times: Inslee, Culp agree to televised gubernatorial debate Oct. 7

+ AP: High winds and wildfires reduce nation’s largest apple crop

+ Gov. Inslee: Inslee updates guidance for weddings and funerals

+ Daily Kos: BREAKING!! bill barr wanted to arrest Seattle’s Mayor, Jenny Durkin

** CORONAVIRUS NEWS **

NBC News: ‘I up-played it’: Trump on his coronavirus response, despite saying otherwise on tape

NBC News: HHS official takes leave of absence after rant on CDC conspiracies

BuzFeed: The Horrifying Sadness Of Sending Kids To College During A Pandemic

CBS Philly: White House Staff Member Tests Positive For COVID-19 Less Than 24 Hours After President Donald Trump Visited Philadelphia

** TRUMP **

People Magazine: “Let Me Finish My Question” — English Professor Reprimands Trump at Town Hall

WaPo: As Pentagon chief shows some independence, Trump launches attacks but leaves him in office

CNN: Trump’s intelligence chief reverses decision to halt in-person election briefings for congressional committees

Daily Kos: Barr tells U.S. attorneys to ‘get aggressive’ and charge protesters with sedition


September 16, 2020

* United Way establishes Pacific Northwest Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund

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Pacific Northwest Wildfire Relief & Recovery Fund
Credit: United Ways of the Pacific Northwest

** SELECT LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS **

+ The Olympian: United Way sets up emergency fund to benefit people affected by Washington, Oregon fires

+ The Olympian: First Chick-fil-A restaurant in Thurston County is set to open Thursday [6:30am] in Lacey

+ South Sound Business: New Thurston Tourism Ambassador Program Launching This Fall

+ JOLT News: Health officer Dr. Abdelmalek answers more COVID-19 questions

+ The News-Tribune [Tacoma]: Military recruiters use video games, social media to attract interest during COVID

+ NVN: Rotary Club of Yelm Volunteers Deal Out 37,000 Breakfast and Lunch Meals, More Than 33,000 Snacks and Nearly 8,800 Drinks during Summer Lunch Program

+ CNBC: Delta says it won’t furlough most workers thanks to buyouts and shorter schedules

** CORONAVIRUS NEWS **

Mercola: Kennedy Jr., CHD Sue Facebook, Zuckerberg and 3 Fact-Checkers

FOX News: New York City’s spring lockdown cut coronavirus transmission 70%: study

AFP: ‘Unprecedented’: Experts slam W. House pressure on US health agencies


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