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* Only .01″ of rain here in 76 consecutive days: Why that matters!,
* Inslee sued for vaccine mandate by WA. state employees union,
* There’s no escape from Facebook, even if you don’t use it!

Volta announces new station installation in Yelm, Washington. (Photo: Business Wire)
Volta E-V stations installed at Yelm Safeway.
Credit: Business Wire
  • Editor’s note: The first measurable rain of 1/100″ was recorded at Oly Airport on Aug. 26.
  • Thursday marked 72 consecutive days without rain, a new record, breaking 1960’s 55 days.
  • Today marks 76 consecutive days with only .01 of an inch of measurable rain since June 15, with no rain in the this week’s forecast.
  • July recorded only a trace of precipitation, August recorded 1/100 of an inch.
  • With no rain forecast this coming week, this area could surpass 80 days with only 1/100″ all summer.
  • Why is this important? Water concerns/restrictions will be on the horizon if sufficient winter rains do not come.

*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

+ The Olympian: Thurston median home values see 20 percent jump over last year, Assessor’s Office says

+ The Olympian: 200 soldiers to train at JBLM to assist with California wildfires

+ The Olympian: Thurston County lifts Lake Lawrence advisory

+ The News Tribune: A growing mountain of shipping containers in Tacoma is latest pandemic symbol

+ KING-5 TV: State workers frustrated over vaccine mandate protest in Olympia – Some employees who fall under the state’s vaccine mandate argued they shouldn’t be forced to get the shot.

+ KING-5 TV: Washington state employees union sues Gov. Inslee over COVID-19 vaccine mandate – The lawsuit aims to block the mandate from going into effect until the state and the union reach a bargaining agreement.

+ Spokesman-Review (Spokane): With Opt-Out Deadline Looming, Washington’s Long-Term Care Benefit and Tax Draws Praise, Criticism

*** VIRUS NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

KING-5 TV: Denmark, with 71% vaccination, ending COVID restrictions with one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the world, is dropping its domestic restrictions including its “coronavirus passport.”

*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

CNN: It’s not just Afghanistan — Americans are losing faith in Biden on many issues

MSNBC Opinions: Biden’s Afghanistan speech after the Kabul attacks was revealing – The president’s defense of the Afghanistan withdrawal marks a shift toward realism.

The Washington Post via MSN: There’s no escape from Facebook, even if you don’t use it

Edward Snowden: Every iPhone will search itself for whatever Apple wants, or for whatever Apple is directed to want. They are inventing a world in which every product you purchase owes its highest loyalty to someone other than its owner.

*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***

Daily Kos: Sabotage in the White House: How Trump successfully orchestrated Biden’s “incompetence”

Posted by Steve on August 30, 2021 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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4 comments

  1. Welcome to life amidst a paradigm shift.
    A seldom as they occur, they seem to be lining up for us to digest these days.
    What will get is first or do the most damage, and what will be left of the life we knew ?
    We have plenty of questions and diving an answer on the fly is severely complicated by the increasing shrillness of all of the deniers.
    Honest information & advice is better gotten from official sources. Please tune out anyone whose main claim to expertise is the bible, the Internet, or what some hack Republican vomited up.

    The best of luck, we are all going to need plenty of it !

    Comment by Patrick DeBurgh on August 30, 2021 at 9:29 am

  2. Edward Snowden: Every iPhone will search itself for whatever Apple wants:
    It is a shame that leaps in technology harbor unseen clandestine (intended and unintended) consequences from nuclear power’s ability to destroy the world to robotic proteins’ ability to alter and destroy our genetic structure.

    Comment by Carlos Perez on August 30, 2021 at 10:20 am

  3. I see Inslee sued for mask mandate in your headline but all the articles were about Inslee being sued for vaccine mandates. Am I missing something or is this an error on your part?

    Comment by Zachary Smith on August 30, 2021 at 2:36 pm

  4. Good catch, an error on my part – now corrected with my thanks.

    Comment by Steve on August 30, 2021 at 4:59 pm

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