April 26, 2021

* Pink Supermoon set to dazzle the sky tonight,
* ‘Immediate need’ for Puget Sound blood donors,
* FDA: N95 masks, now plentiful, should no longer be reused!

Washington state Legislature approves capital gains tax
Washington legislators approve $59 billion budget, adjourn 105-day session
Washington State Capitol, Olympia.
Credit: KING-5 TV, Seattle


+ KING-5 TV: Washington state Legislature approves a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of stocks, bonds and other high-end assets in excess of $250,000 for both individuals and couples.

+ Office of Gov. Jay Inslee: Released a video statement on the successes of the 2021 legislative session.

+ KING-5 TV: ‘Immediate need’ for Puget Sound blood donors, says Bloodworks Northwest

+ KING-5 TV: Lawmakers OK plan to overhaul Washington’s approach to drugs – simple drug possession would be a misdemeanor, and local jurisdictions would have to provide treatment options.

+ KING-5 TV: COVID-19 immunity not yet high enough to combat virus levels in Washington

+ Nexus: Don’t miss the Pink Moon! Supermoon set to dazzle the night sky tonight will be 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than what is typically seen


AP: FDA: N95 masks, now plentiful, should no longer be reused

Salon: Bills Targeting Local Officials Could Allow GOP to Overturn Election Results [Ed. note: This IS the greatest threat to our democracy, besides climate change!]

AK Press: Past Year of White Nationalism Has Shown Ongoing Need for Anti-Fascist Movements

ABC News: DOJ weighs charging Chauvin for 2017 incident involving Black teen: Source

CNBC: Biden job approval hits 53%, broad majority support his infrastructure plan: NBC News poll

Reuters: U.S. CDC says children can get within 3 feet at summer camp

CNN: Republican lawmaker reveals election fraud…by GOP!

The New York Times: Millions Are Skipping Their Second Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines


Just Security: Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump

NBC News: Foxconn plant, once touted by Trump as a 13,000-job juggernaut, will now create just 1,500 jobs – Former President Donald Trump said the Wisconsin factory complex would be “the eighth wonder of the world.”

The Washington Post: Minutes before Trump left office, millions of the Pentagon’s dormant IP addresses sprang to life

NBC News: Many Trump employees got away with power abuses. Mike Pompeo shouldn’t be one of them. Pompeo’s worst abuses — rooted in extreme politicization of the State Department — were devastating to U.S. interests around the globe.

April 25, 2021

Last week’s top new stories in political satire!

“The verdict”
Credit: Steve Sak, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Credit: Tim Campbell, The Washington Post
“The Kool-Aid water torture”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
Jack Ohman: Afghanistan: Do the math
“Afghanistan: Do the math”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
“The Chauvin Verdict”
Credit: Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer
Jack Ohman: Qaucus ...
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
Jack Ohman: One nation, under gun ...
“One nation, under gun”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
Editorial Cartoon U.S. earth day decades
Credit: Chris Britt, Creators Syndicate

April 24, 2021

* Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe to top of national high school throws lists,
* Sen. Murray: 500+ U.S. scientists investigated for being compromised by China,
* Trump campaign’s unpaid Albuquerque rally bill to collection agency!

Tulips at Roozengaarde in Mount Vernon during the 2021 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Credit: Jimmy Bernhard, KING 5


+ KING-5 TV: Clock ticking for Inslee’s climate change bills to pass out of Washington legislature – due in-part to Rep. J.T. Wilcox’s (R-Yelm) challenges

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): One of Washington’s biggest natural mysteries gets new treatment in free kids book

+ The Olympian: Focus and dedication have led Rainier’s Jeremiah Nubbe to top of national high school throws lists

+ Newsweek: Senator Patty Murray, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: Over 500 U.S. Scientists Under Investigation for Being Compromised by China

+ The Washington Post: A nasty pandemic problem: More flushed wipes are clogging pipes, sending sewage into homes


NBC News: Trump antics frustrate party leaders, dilute GOP message ahead of midterms

Salon: Donald Trump relocating to New Jersey to jumpstart fundraising efforts for 2024 campaign: report

NBC News: Trump’s vendetta against U.S. intelligence agencies carried on by House Republicans

Business Insider: 30% of 18- to 29-year-olds say history will judge Trump as ‘the worst president ever’

Washington Examiner: Trump ‘not participating’ in Bob Woodward’s next book

Salon: Albuquerque refers Trump campaign’s unpaid rally bill to collection agency

The Washington Post: Trump’s shadow looms over Biden’s presidency and a divided nation

Truthout: The ZIP Codes of the Trump Loyalists Who Attacked the Capitol May Surprise You

April 23, 2021

* Yelm FFA Virtual Plant Sale next week,
* Gov. Inslee: WA. has entered its fourth COVID-19 wave,
* Republicans still waiting for the ‘Biden depression’ Trump predicted!

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The galaxies NGC 5257 & NGC 5258, each anchored by a supermassive black hole.
Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans.
The New York Times: A crush, a void or a scream? Astronomers are trying to decide what to call a collection of black holes. Tell us your ideas.


+ Yelm FFA: Yelm FFA Virtual Plant Sale – April 26, 8am – Apr 28, 4pm

+ The Seattle Times: As cases rise, Washington has entered its fourth wave of COVID-19, Inslee says

+ KOMO-4 TV: Police reform measures mount in Washington state after deaths of those in police custody

+ Business Insider: Alaska Airlines commits to carbon, waste and water goals for 2025, announces path to net zero by 2040

+ The Olympian: South Puget Sound Community College says fall instruction will remain mostly online

+ KING-5 TV: Elected officials must OK tear gas use by cops in Washington under compromise plan

+ Associated Press: New research shows that renewable electricity can move Washington, Oregon and British Columbia off of fossil fuels, do so at an affordable price, and create jobs along the way.

+ McClatchy News: April’s supermoon is called the ‘Pink Moon’ — but not because of its color. Here’s why

+ Associated Press: Seattle-based Alaska Airlines waiting for word from Boeing on fixing all 4 of their grounded Max planes

+ JOLT News: Capital-gains tax legislation moves closer to passage


MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., questioned Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams this week during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights, seemingly trying to stump Abrams. [Ed. This southern, white, male, superior attitude was on display for all to see. Right-on for Stacey Abrams in perfectly handling such ignorance!]

Science Magazine: Nuclear fallout is showing up in U.S. honey, decades after bomb tests

Business Insider: The Postal Service is reportedly monitoring Americans’ social media for ‘inflammatory’ content

The Los Angeles Times: Don’t put away your face masks. We may need them even as COVID-19 fades

The Washington Post: House Democrats pass D.C. statehood, launching bill into uncharted territory


The Washington Post: As economy spikes, Republicans are still waiting for the ‘Biden depression’ that Trump predicted

Boston Globe: Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

Business Insider: Trump administration thought they’d be memorialized in statues for doing such a great job negotiating with China

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports: Clyburn: Questioning possible ‘insider dealing’ on Emergent contract with Trump admin.

April 22, 2021

Earth Day 2021 is today!

picture of earth in palm of hand.
Credit: The Washington Post

CNBC: Dalai Lama and other Nobel Prize winners pressure leaders to stop fossil fuel expansion

The World Turns to Climate Action

EARTHDAY.ORG is honored that the Biden Administration has decided to convene a global climate summit on Earth Day 2021. Many important environmental events have happened on Earth Day since 1970, including the recent signing of the Paris Agreement, as Earth Day continues to be a momentous and unifying day each and every year. We look forward to being a part of this historic climate summit and making active progress to Restore Our Earth. 

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April 22, 2021

* Inslee on Chauvin verdict: ‘This is one step on a long journey we are just beginning,’
* Failed governor candidate Loren Culp to run for US House!

Expect to see lots of C-17s in the air above the Puget Sound region through the end of April.
Credit: Sara Hoerichs, Tacoma, The News Tribune


+ KXLY-4 TV (Spokane): This is one step on a long journey we are just beginning’: Gov. Inslee calls for end to systemic racism following Chauvin verdict

+ The (Tacoma) News Tribune: Air Force training brings increase in air traffic to South Sound

+ Associated Press: Failed governor candidate Loren Culp to run for US House

+ JOLT News: Proposed law that will obligate law enforcement officers to intervene with other officers goes to the Governor


Barack Obama: “True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day. … And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.”

CNBC: After Chauvin verdict, business leaders speak out saying fight for racial justice must continue

Truthout: Mass Protests Led to Chauvin’s Conviction. Now They’re Being Criminalized.

The New York Times: George W. Bush described the modern Republican Party as “isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist.”

McClatchy News: High cost of lumber delaying your home projects? Here’s when prices could come down

The Boston Globe: A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

The New York Times: G.O.P. Anti-Protester Bills Include Immunity for Hitting Them With Cars


The Washington Post: Trump administration sidelined experts in writing car pollution rules, EPA watchdog finds

The Washington Post: Trial opens for Trump supporter accused of threatening Democrats in case tied to Jan. 6 insurrection

The Washington Post: Opinion by Thomas B. Edsall | Why Trump Is Still Their Guy

The Washington Post: Inmates sent home amid pandemic may have to return under Trump-era policy [unless the Biden Administration intervenes]

CNN: US Capitol Police officer allegedly told units to only monitor for ‘anti-Trump’ protesters on January 6

April 21, 2021

Yelm Cinemas special screening for local director’s movie.
‘Evolution: The Genius Equation’ – tickets on-sale now for April 29-May 2!

Courtesy: WEGenius Minds Productions


Documentary: Evolution: The Genius Equation, by Paulina Amador of the Yelm area.

Click here TO BUY YOUR TICKETS for Yelm Cinemas showtimes April 29-May 2.

Stars: Linda Evans, Michio Kaku, Paris Reid, Norman Doidge, David Gelernter, JZ Knight, Sam Sternberg, Poppy Crum. A visual masterpiece narrated by legendary actress Linda Evans. EVOLUTION The Genius Equation inspires us to think for ourselves and explore our unlimited potential. One has to ask does everyone have access to GENIUS Whats the secret?

Do we really think for ourselves?
It’s important that people have the freedom to dig deeper and follow their curiosity. Many feel they are not allowed to think for themselves. It is the biggest problem in our current society that people don’t value their own thoughts.


From Yelm-based Director, Paulina Amador to the Yelm Community Blog:

“We are pleased to announce that the Yelm Cinemas will be hosting a special screening of EVOLUTION for our beloved local community, April 29 through May 2. Please visit the Yelm Cinemas website for showtimes.

“As always, we are committed to unfolding the Genius within us and bringing exceptional knowledge to a world on the cusp of magnificent change and EVOLUTION!

Click here to watch the trailer.

April 21, 2021

* WA’s racial justice progress since George Floyd’s death,
* Canadian border closure extended to May 21,
* Donald Trump, Jr. pushing his father to go for culture war issues!

Attorney for Minneapolis police officer says he'll argue George Floyd died of an overdose and a ...
George Floyd, recipient of a police officer’s drawn firearm for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill. May 25, 2020, just before he was murdered by MPD officer Derek Chauvin.
Credit: Minneapolis Police Dept. (MPD) police body cam/Yahoo
Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder, manslaughter in death of George Floyd, Tuesday


KING-5 TV: A look at the progress towards racial justice in Washington since George Floyd’s death

The Bellingham Herald: State’s new poet laureate and Lummi tribal member Rena Priest, talks about ‘innate music of language’

KING-5 TV: Waters off Washington coast glow blue with bioluminescence

KING-5 TV: Canadian border closure extended to May 21

Associated Press: WA Legislature OKs open carry ban at Capitol

KIRO-7 TV: Lawmakers pass bill to protect right to medical care for transgender residents

The (Tacoma) News Tribune: Washington firefighters battle 91 wildfires in a week. What does that mean for summer? “We are likely to have another potentially devastating fire season ahead of us.”

The (Tacoma) News Tribune: Cocktails to-go, alcohol delivery to continue in Washington state through 2023


The Daily Kos: BREAKING: VERDICT – GUILTY ALL COUNTS!! Judge NOT Maxine Waters may cause the appealable issue

Business Insider: George W. Bush said he’s troubled by ‘the capacity of people to spread all kind of untruth’

McClatchey News: ‘Vaccine failure’ may be more common if you have a weakened immune system. Here’s why

KING-5 TV: US takes steps to protect electric system from cyberattacks

The New York Times: Why Political Sectarianism Is a Growing Threat to American Democracy


Business Insider: Donald Trump Jr. is pushing his father to go all-in on culture war issues ahead of a potential 2024 run, report says

MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams: Trump weighs in on the future of the Republican Party

NBC News: In secret Facebook groups, America’s best warriors share racist jabs, lies about 2020, even QAnon theories

The Washington Post: DHS watchdog nixed probe of Secret Service role in clearing Lafayette Square protest, documents show

Common Dreams: Coal Miners Union Says It Would Accept Transition to Renewables With Green Jobs [Ed. note: Finally, now that the previous President’s support for coal mine owners is no longer relevant.]

April 20, 2021

“One of the oldest known meteor showers will peak on April 21, 2021.”

Credit: Mario Hommes/Defodi Images/Getty Images

+ Departures Magazine: Here’s When You Can See the Lyrid Meteor Shower in 2021

This article by Kelly Vaughan originally appeared on MarthaStewart.com.

“One of the oldest known meteor showers will peak in the U.S. The Lyrid meteor shower, which is named after a constellation of shooting stars, will peak on the night of April 21, 2021, and the wee morning hours of April 22. Observations of the Lyrids date back to 687 B.C. The mesmerizing display of meteors is a result of Earth passing through the tail of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. As our planet moves through the debris, space rocks burn up the Earth’s atmosphere, which causes spectacular showers to streak across the night sky.”

“The meteor shower will be best be viewed in the Northern Hemisphere on a clear night. The Lyrid meteor shower is not dull, but it’s certainly not the most luminous, especially compared to the Perseid meteor shower, which occurs in August of each year.” Read more

April 20, 2021

* Yelm’s May 8 Spring clean sign-up now open,
* Thurston to ask voters to increase Medic One funding,
* WA. could ban new gasoline cars by 2030!

Yelm May 8 Spring clean sign-up
Credit: City of Yelm


+ City of Yelm: Sign-up for Yelm’s Spring clean-up May 8

+ KING-5 TV: Washington’s universities consider requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students

+ The Olympian: Thurston County turns to voters to increase funding for Medic One system – approved for August 3rd ballot placement

+ KING-5 TV: Washington could ban new gasoline cars by 2030, ahead of other states

+ The New York Times: How Safe Are You From Covid When You Fly? how air circulates in a plane.


Newsweek: Donald Trump Says All the States That Voted for Him Had No Election Fraud [Ed. note: Really? Like this is a surprise he would say such a thing!?]

CNN: Trump said electing Biden would crash the markets. It didn’t

Washington Examiner: Trump offers cover from ageist attacks on 78-year-old Biden: He’s ‘not old’ [Ed. note: Trump wants to keep his followers thinking he will run again in 2024 at age 78.]

USA Today: ‘Beyond seriously:’ Donald Trump (again) teases another presidential run in 2024

CNN: Donald Trump wants you to boycott Coke. His properties are still serving it

The Daily Kos: A New York Times report suggests OAN knew its election claims were false when it made them

Associated Press: Leaders of Proud Boys ordered jailed on Capitol riot charges


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