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* Thurston commission addresses COVID backlogged court cases,
* Bombshell Leak of Tax Haven Info Exposes U.S. as “Peddler of Financial Secrecy,”
* Fauci says US is turning the corner on COVID surge!

“Covid-19 is once again in retreat.”
“The turnaround is now large enough — and been going on long enough — to deserve attention.
The number of new daily cases in the U.S. has fallen 35 percent since Sept. 1.
Credit: The New York Times – The Morning


+ The Olympian: Thurston commission moves to start addressing pandemic case backlog, released $1 million in federal relief funds for addressing a backlog in court cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

+ Thurston County Auditor: November 2 General Election Voters’ Pamphlets Mailed 

+ JOLT News: Puget Sound and Salmon Recovery Funding available in the Nisqually Watershed

+ KING-5 TV: Farewell, fall: Climate change snuffing out much of western Washington’s autumn foliage

+ Delta Airlines News Hub: Seattle’s number one intentional airline Delta named No. 1 airline in North America in Skytrax survey

+ McClatchy News: Bigleaf maple decline tied to climate change and human development, UW study says

+ KGW-TV 8 (NBC) Portland: ‘I didn’t know how much he loved me’: Portland woman searches for college sweetheart 42 years after breakup – Jeannie Gustavson almost gave up on finding her lost love. Then one small break revealed something she never expected.


The Olympian: Facebook and Instagram went down, and the world does not know what to do with itself

KING-5 TV: Star Trek’s Captain Kirk to become oldest person in space next week

Daily Kos: Supreme Court gets ready to cement itself as a fully partisan Republican institution

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Pandora Papers – The largest investigation in journalism history exposes a shadow financial system that benefits the world’s most rich and powerful

Common Dreams: Bombshell Leak of Tax Haven Info Exposes U.S. as “Peddler of Financial Secrecy”

The Guardian (UK): Let the light in: why the Guardian is publishing the Pandora papers [“This isn’t a story any single government can censor. It is the largest journalistic collaboration in history. More than 600 journalists in over 100 countries.“]

The Washington Post: Key findings from the Pandora Papers investigation

Truthout: Electronic Monitoring Has Widened Its Net Amid COVID

Common Dreams: Environmentalists Demand End to Offshore Drilling as California Faces Oil Spill [Ed. note: When ARE we going to stop allowing these catastrophes of our pristine beaches?]


The New York Times Morning: “Covid’s mysterious two-month cycle. Since the Covid virus began spreading in late 2019, cases have often surged for about two months — sometimes because of a variant, like Delta — and then declined for about two months.
“Epidemiologists do not understand why. Many popular explanations, like seasonality or the ebbs and flows of social distancing, are clearly insufficient, if not wrong. The two-month cycle has occurred during different seasons of the year and occurred even when human behavior was not changing in obvious ways.
The most plausible explanations involve some combination of virus biology and social networks.”

“The recent declines, for example, have occurred even as millions of American children have again crowded into school buildings.

“The share of Americans 12 and over who have received at least one vaccine shot has reached 76 percent, and the growing number of vaccine mandates — along with the likely authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 — will increase the number of vaccinations this fall. Almost as important, something like one-half of Americans have probably had the Covid virus already, giving them some natural immunity.”

Bloomberg News via The Seattle Times: Fauci says US is turning the corner on COVID surge

KING-5 TV: CDC offers more COVID advice, Fauci says ‘too soon to tell’ on safety of Christmas gatherings

medRxiv paper: COVID-19 mortality risk correlates inversely with vitamin D3 status, and a mortality rate close to zero could theoretically be achieved at 50 ng/ml 25(OH)D3: Results of a systematic review and meta-analysis

The Oregonian: Jessica Berg Wilson, 37, of Seattle, Washington, passed away unexpectedly September 7, 2021 from COVID-19 vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT), surrounded by her loving family,” the obit states. Read more from The New York Post.


The Washington Post via MSN: A mother and son helped steal a laptop from Pelosi’s office on Jan. 6, feds say. They have now been charged.

Associated Press: Court: Trump faces a Dec. 23rd deadline for questioning in defamation suit

The Washington Post via MSN: Trump, talked out of announcing a 2024 bid for now, settles on a wink-and-nod unofficial candidacy

Bloomberg: Ken Griffin, Top GOP Donor, Rules Out Backing a Trump Rerun

The Hill: Omarosa Manigault Newman: Trump may not ‘even be healthy enough’ to run in 2024

Slate: Trump Reportedly Isn’t Announcing for 2024 Yet Because Aides Told Him He’s A Loser

Business Insider: Fiona Hill says Trump’s presidency was a ‘mistake,’ warning populist politicians like him ‘short-circuit our democracy’

Newsweek: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Donald Trump’s Plan to Use $3.6 Billion for Border Wall

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