June 2, 2020

Local news and info for the Yelm area, June 2, 2020:
* Inslee extends evictions moratorium,
* Make time for laughter at work,
* Obama offers the presidential response we’re not getting from Trump!

“The scale of giving in Minneapolis right now – with basically every grocery store burned or shuttered, and food and diapers etc totally unavailable to many people – is pretty staggering. Here’s photos of just one donation site in South Mpls [May 30].” Credit: @MollyHC


+ Inslee to extend moratorium on COVID-19 evictions

+ US facing ‘avalanche of evictions’

+ Make time for laughter at work

+ Comedian George Carlin [died June 2008] on Germs and the Immune System


Episcopal bishop ‘deeply offended’ by Trump using Bible as a ‘prop’

With the cable orgy of talking heads, the most relevant person hasn’t been invited

With Militarization of Cops on Full Display, Senator Plans Amendment to End Transfer of Military Equipment to Local Police

As protests flare, Obama offers the presidential response we’re not getting from Trump

‘Flag Of Treason’ Lincoln Project Ad Juxtiposes Trump Supporters with Confederate Flag

NBC Presidential Historian Jon Meacham: Trump is ‘drawing on a dictatorial vernacular’

June 1, 2020

The scab of 400+ years of racism has been ripped off and the puss is oozing out!

“In this Monday, May 25, 2020, frame from video provided by Darnella Frazier, a Minneapolis officer kneels on the neck of a handcuffed man who was pleading that he could not breathe in Minneapolis. Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a George Floyd who died in police custody were fired Tuesday.”
Darnella Frazier | AP

“Minneapolis police rendered 44 people unconscious with neck restraints in five years”

  • Editor’s note: The won ton disregard for human life with this officer causally restraining Mr. Floyd with left hand in his pocket, with citizen onlookers telling the officer that Floyd is not responding, and fellow officers look on, is the most outrageous story ever reported here in 14+ years.
  • “Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged”

“Since the beginning of 2015, officers from the Minneapolis Police Department have rendered people unconscious with neck restraints 44 times, according to an NBC News analysis of police records. Several police experts said that number appears to be unusually high.

Minneapolis police used neck restraints at least 237 times during that span, and in 16 percent of the incidents the suspects and other individuals lost consciousness, the department’s use-of-force records show. A lack of publicly available use-of-force data from other departments makes it difficult to compare Minneapolis to other cities of the same or any size.

“Police define neck restraints as when an officer uses an arm or leg to compress someone’s neck without directly pressuring the airway. On May 25, Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on the neck of a prone and handcuffed George Floyd for eight minutes — including nearly three minutes after he had stopped breathing.

More than a dozen police officials and law enforcement experts told NBC News that the particular tactic Chauvin used — kneeling on a suspect’s neck — is neither taught nor sanctioned by any police agency. A Minneapolis city official told NBC News Chauvin’s tactic is not permitted by the Minneapolis police department. For most major police departments, variations of neck restraints, known as chokeholds, are highly restricted — if not banned outright.

“The version of the Minneapolis Police Department’s policy manual that is available on-line, however, does permit the use of neck restraints that can render suspects unconscious, and the protocol for their use appears not to have been updated for more than eight years,” by Emily R. Siegel, Andrew W. Lehren and Andrew Blankstein, CNBC. Read more

Minneapolis police chief says all four officers involved in George Floyd’s death bear responsibility

June 1, 2020

Local news and info for the Yelm area, June 1, 2020:
* YHS Class of 2020 online Graduation Ceremony, on Sun., June 14,
* State Campgrounds in 22 Counties reopen today,
* Gay spouses entitled to Social Security survivors benefits

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem on Sept. 12, 2016. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP file

‘Shame on you’: NFL’s Roger Goodell accused of hypocrisy in protest response – “Colin Kaepernick asked the NFL to care about the lives of black people and they banned him from their platform.”


YHS will host the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, June 14, beginning at 10am.

Now you can get rid of the good stuff you’ve cleaned out. Goodwill reopens this week

State Campgrounds in 22 Counties reopen today

Coronavirus has inspired us to help each other. Can we keep that spirit alive?

Reopening Resources for Your Business – The Thurston County Chamber and Association of Washington Business have developed online toolkits to guide local companies in reopening.

Boys & Girls Clubs Steps in to Help Community’s Youth During Pandemic

Workers will be required to wear masks to protect others from COVID-19 starting June 8

Letter From Thurston County’s Health Officer: About That Mask Directive…

6,500 businesses have contacted Thurston EDC during the pandemic. Now, the EDC needs help

Here are the rules for using local parks during Phase 2


Rental cars may be about to flood the used-car market

Gay spouses entitled to Social Security survivors benefits, court rules

U.S. hospitals slash use of drug championed by Trump as coronavirus treatment

Lake of the Ozarks pool party reveler tests positive for coronavirus

Supreme Court, in rare late-night ruling, says California may enforce certain restrictions on religious gatherings

White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance

I flew cross-country during the pandemic—here’s how I would prepare differently if I had to do it again

Five charts that track the U.S. economy as states reopen

Despite toxic misinformation, the pandemic has empowered us to become co-creators, co-producers, and co-distributors of what we know.

Vitamin D Combats Viral Infections and Boosts Immune System

Lab Escape Theory of SARS-CoV-2 Origin Gaining Scientific Support

May 31, 2020

America in crisis: disease, unemployment, outrage at police,
“Trump turns White House into purveyor of racism, death, and destruction,”
“Suggests ‘MAGA’ Fans Gather, Makes Military Threat!”

“A line of almost all white women formed between police officers and black protesters at Thursday night’s rally in downtown Louisville calling for justice in the death of Breonna Taylor.”
Credit: © Tim Druck.
  • Editor’s note: I recall no time since the summer of 1968 after Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated and ripped off America’s scab to reveal the puss in the wound of persistent racism.
  • The Washington Post titled 1968 as “The year America unraveled.”
  • The newspaper reported, “Facing off — young against old, black against white — Americans wondered whether they could ever find their way back toward one another.”
  • Now, 52 years later, we approach the summer of 2000, though not gripped by a Vietnam-type war.
  • The eve of summer 2000 finds America in a war of a pandemic without a plan nor national leadership, unemployment rivaling The Great Depression of the 1930’s, and emotional anxiety/depression from months of shelter-in-place.
  • Instead of assassinations, we now find the match was lit by police brutality against our black citizens revealing the underbelly of seething racism, inflaming our national outrage!
  • What is so dangerous is that we have the President encouraging his “base” and MAGA supporters to join with the protestors implying their anger at government is the same, when such is far from the truth. The protestors are marching against police brutality. Trump’s MAGA supporters are all about Trump’s re-election in wanting him to reduce government intrusions in their lives.
  • Beyond the protests, reports of out-of-town extremists causing anarchy persist in many cities.
  • Taylor Swift’s Tweet put Trump on-notice: “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November.”
  • All of this while American pandemic deaths keep climbing as we approach 105,000 dead today.
  • The headlines below echo a nation on edge. A long, hot summer seething with tension is ahead!

Trump Suggests ‘MAGA’ Fans Gather, Makes Military Threat

Washington state governor activates National Guard to contain Seattle protests, at Mayor’s request

Viral photo [in Louisville] shows line of white people between police, black protesters at Thursday rally – This IS “We the People!”

Gripped by disease, unemployment and outrage at the police, America plunges into crisis

Trump, desperate for distraction, turns White House into purveyor of racism, death, and destruction

Black MSNBC Reporter all but loses it rightfully on air with the truth America must hear

Nike releases ‘Don’t Do It’ ad addressing racism in America – See the ad here

Trump demands Republican convention ‘with no masks or social distancing’ despite coronavirus pandemic – US president does not want to see signs of virus measures in his renomination audience, governor’s office says

The Trump campaign isn’t about winning, but setting the stage for whatever happens after he loses

Atlanta mayor says Trump should ‘stop talking’ about protests: ‘This is like Charlottesville all over again’

Chicago mayor Lightfoot’s response to Trump’s latest tweets ‘begins with F and ends with You’

LIGHTFOOT: “Donald Trump’s comment last night was profoundly dangerous, and we must stand in firm solidarity and say this is totally unacceptable no matter who is the speaker. And, folks, we see the game he’s playing because it’s so transparent and he’s not very good at it. He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders to throw red meat to his base. His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government and inflame racist urges, and we can absolutely not let him prevail. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words. It begins with ‘F’ and it ends with ‘you.’ I will not remain silent while this man cynically tries to turn this incredibly painful moment into one for his own political gain.”

In a sad week for America, Trump has fled from his duty

May 30, 2020

President Obama comments on George Floyd’s death,
“This shouldn’t be ‘normal,'”
While Trump makes himself irrelevant!

Credit: @BarakObama

Trump praises Secret Service response to White House protests, warns greater force could have been used

From NBC News:

[Editor’s note: Trump does nothing to call for unity and/or to be a voice of calm. His only thoughts are if protestors would engage The White House perimeter, they would be met with harm and potential death!]

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump praised the Untied (sic) States Secret Service for their response to protesters outside the White House Friday night, warning that if the the demonstrators had breached the White House fence they would have been “greeted” with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” 

Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. [Secret Service],” Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. “I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe.”

“Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence,” Trump continued, adding that if they had they would “have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.”

Thousands of people gathered in front of the White House Friday night in protest of George Floyd’s death, prompting the Secret Service to put the White House on lockdown. 

Trump also said that the protesters had “little to do with the memory” of Floyd and were “just there to cause trouble.” Trump said Saturday would be “MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE,” but it is unclear what he is referencing. Read more

May 29, 2020

As the U. S. West summer fire season begins,
A ‘Megadrought” could become history’s worst,
While Antarctic ice sheets can melt faster than thought.

The view from Agulhas II.
Credit: © Julian Dowdeswell, via MSN

‘Megadrought’ in the West could become worst drought in history, scientists say

“The western United States and northern parts of Mexico could experience a record-breaking megadrought, according to the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

“‘A new study says the time has arrived: a megadrought as bad or worse than anything even from known prehistory is very likely in progress, and warming climate is playing a key role,’ the Earth Institute said.”

“The study looked at nine states in the western U.S.: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, according to a map from Science,” by Maddie Capron, The Olympian. Read more

+ Antarctic ice sheets capable of much faster melting than we thought

+ 40 major glaciers in danger of melting

+ Climate change is looming. But America has lost 600,000 clean energy jobs

May 29, 2020

Latest tips and information for the Yelm area, May 29, 2020:
* Did staying at home decimate your Vitamin D levels,
* New wave of U.S. layoffs feared,
* Pandemic and [Opioid] Epidemic Collide.

Airplane air circulation diagram.
Credit: ANA Japan


+ How far can airborne covid germs really spread on a plane?

+ CDC Now Predicts Coronavirus Death Rate ‘Under 1%’

+ Inslee announces state’s long term care testing plan and farmworker protections

+ New wave of U.S. layoffs feared as coronavirus pain deepens

+ Fed finds new challenge for the economy: Workers who don’t want to come back to their jobs

+ Are Stay-at-Home Orders Decimating Vitamin D Levels?


Pandemic and [Opioid] Epidemic Collide in COVID-19

COVID-19 deaths in US projected to exceed 115,000 by June 20, according to CDC

Rise of remote working is ‘biggest threat to oil demand,’ says analyst

Video from the Republican Lincoln Project: After 35 years, Kentuckians are still waiting for the kinds of opportunities #RichMitch has worked so hard to give himself.

Trump won’t offer usual economic projections. Probably because it’s hard to brag about disaster

Trump targets social media companies with executive order after Twitter fact-checks his tweets

May 28, 2020

JZ-Rose reopens starting this Saturday!

Courtesy: JZ-Rose

Yelm’s JZ-Rose reopens for in-store shopping beginning Saturday

JZ Rose
207 1ST Street South
Yelm, WA 98597
Telephone: 360-458-4618 or
Toll Free: 877-458-4618

May 28, 2020

Thurston Auditor Mary Hall recognized with 2 WA. Auditors Assn. awards!

Mary Hall with her Washington State Association of County Auditors Presidents Award for Outstanding Service
Credit: Mary Hall’s Facebook

“Last week I attended a three day zoom conference [May 19-20] for the Auditors Association annual conference. I was honored to win two awards. One was the heavy hitter award for my work during the legislative session. The second was a total surprise. It was the Presidents award for outstanding service! It was very humbling. It’s nice to be recognized by your peers.” Read more

May 28, 2020

Drive-Thru Popcorn Event @ Yelm Cinemas this Saturday, 12n-7pm.

Credit: Yelm Cinemas

Yelm Cinemas’ Popular Popcorn Drive-Thru Event this Saturday

  • From Yelm Cinemas:

“In efforts to improve your experience we are extending our popcorn drive thru hours for Saturday May 30th. Our new hours will be 12-7pm. We want to thank you all for showing up and waiting in line, even wait to took a long time. We love our community! We can’t wait to show you movies again.”

“Please invite popcorn lovers! Large popcorn bucket $6 or 2 buckets for $10. Candy $2 each.”

“Customer will stay in their vehicles and may hand over exact cash to limit interaction and money handling. Customers may also use their cards and enter their pin or sign with a sterilized stylus.
“We are looking forward to seeing everyone!” Read more


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