October 14, 2021

Introducing a free, new support line: Thurston Mason WA Listens!
confidential, anonymous to anyone with elevated stress due the pandemic. 


From Thurston Mason WA Listens:

“We are proud to announce the availability of this helpline for individuals who need support due to COVID-19. The program serves Thurston and Mason counties and provides non-clinical, psycho-education-based support to anybody with elevated stress due the pandemic. The line is confidential, anonymous, and free. 

“To learn more about the program and additional information on what Telecare is doing to help individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic, go to telecarecorp.com/thurston-mason-wa-listens or reply to this email with any questions.  

“To access the support line, call 1-833-681-0211.”  

October 14, 2021

* Sea lions ‘boop’ glass greeting staff at Tacoma Zoo,
* Delta wave receding in WA, but COVID caution advised,
* ‘I hope I never recover from this’ – Capt. Kirk goes to space!

Sea lions ‘boop’ glass to greet staff at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, October 11, 2021.
Credit: The Tacoma News Tribune


+ The Tacoma News Tribune: Video: Sea lions ‘boop’ glass to greet staff at zoo in Tacoma

+ The Tacoma News Tribune: Delta wave receding in WA, but COVID caution still advised, including on Halloween

+ KING-5 TV: Boeing requiring its US workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine

+ KING-5 TV: Washington’s border with Canada reopening to vaccinated travelers in November after 19 months


MSNBC: ‘I hope I never recover from this’: An emotional William Shatner speaks about his flight to edge of space [see the touching video!]

KING-5 TV: Social Security to have largest cost-of-living increase in nearly 40 years [COLA becomes 5.9% in 2022]

McClatchy News: Holiday deadlines for USPS, UPS and FedEx released. ‘The earlier you send, the better’

KING-5 TV: FDA issues new guidance to cut down salt in food supply

McClatchy News: How quickly will we reach post-COVID life? Americans’ optimism is waning, poll finds

CNBC: Consumer prices rise more than expected as energy costs surge

CNBC: Cryptocurrencies could lead to financial instability, author warns

CNBC: Delta Air Lines CEO says employee vaccination rate rises to 90% without mandate -“I think the spirit of the [federal] mandate was to get people vaccinated. It wasn’t to try to force people with the threat of their jobs if companies are doing the right thing,” CEO Ed Bastian said.


New York Magazine: Trump Says If Republicans Don’t Make the Big Lie Their Top Priority, Their Voters Won’t Vote

CNBC: Biden aims to keep crucial West Coast ports open 24/7 to ease supply chain bottlenecks

Daily Kos: ICE’s workplace raids have devastated workers for years. Biden admin says these sweeps will now end

Truthout: I’ve Spent 35 Years in Prison. I Live Each Day Fearing Another Wave of COVID.

More Than Our Crimes: Biden: Don’t Play Bait and Switch with Freedom – Real-life experiments show many long-incarcerated individuals can be freed [A commentary on the Biden administration’s threat to force thousands of individuals who have been successfully living in home confinement to return to prison.]


MSNBC’s Morning Joe: ‘Trump is in the drivers seat’: Poll shows most GOP voters want Trump in 2024

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Republicans are stacking local elections boards with loyalists committed to Trump’s Big Lie

Daily Kos: Jan. 6 committee is ‘completely of one mind’ about criminal referrals if Team Trump won’t cooperate

CNN: Michael Gerson, columnist and former aide to President George W. Bush, argues that US democracy is at risk if former President Donald Trump is re-elected with unified Republican control of the federal government.

Uproxx: Donald Trump Is Actually Blaming The Government He Was In Charge Of For Not Stopping His Supporters From Attacking The Capitol

Politico: Law enforcement’s use of force against Jan. 6 conspiracy suspects draws heat — and credit, Critics of excessive SWAT raids said it’s reasonable for law enforcement to use them in Jan. 6 cases.

Washington Examiner: Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark subpoenaed by Capitol riot investigators, profile scrubbed from firm website

October 13, 2021

* Stunning Northern Lights dance over Puget Sound,
* Year-round school under serious consideration in Thurston,
* Workers quit in record numbers empowered by new leverage!

Aurora Borealis over Mt. Baker
Aurora Borealis over the peak of Mt. Baker,
Monday night, Oct. 11, 2021.
Photo: Kevin Lisota, GeekWire


+ GeekWire: Photos: Stunning Northern Lights dance over Seattle — here are tips for catching the next one

+ NBC News: Dramatic northern lights caught on camera illuminate skies over Alaska, Washington state

+ JOLT News: Year-round education under serious review by local school districts – including Yelm


The Nation: Greta Thunberg Has Zero Expectations From World Leaders at November’s Climate Summit

The Washington Post: A record number of workers are quitting their jobs, empowered by new leverage

Truthout: Restaurant, Hospitality Workers Quit in Droves in August as COVID Surged


NBC News: State Dept. investigating whether Trump officials took gifts meant for foreign dignitaries – The dollar value of the missing gifts is “significant,” a department official told NBC.

Daily Kos: Trump should be disqualified under the 14th Amendment from ever holding public office again

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Why the U.S. may need ‘third world type election monitoring’

MSNBC’s Opinion Columnist Barbara McQuade: Trump’s DOJ officials stopped his January election scheme. But they’re not heroes. The true test of their integrity came not in the Oval Office, but in their absence in the weeks that followed.

The Hill: Bannon’s subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ

NBC’s Pete Williams: Trump’s use of executive privilege will test congressional power to enforce subpoenas -Congress could try to convince the Justice Department to file criminal charges against those who ignore its demands.

Truthout: Trump’s Cryptic Comment From 2017 May Have Foreshadowed His Coup Attempt

Truthout: Has the idea of autocratic overthrow been in Trump’s head all along?

October 12, 2021

* New access to Sea-Tac cell phone lot now open,
* COVID-19 spreads through Thurston County schools,
* Amazon to allow employees to work remotely indefinitely!

New cell phone lot access opened at Sea-Tac Airport last weekend.
Credit: Courtesy of the airport’s Facebook via South Sound Business


+ The Olympian: COVID-19 spreads through Thurston County schools as cases spike

+ The Chronicle (Centralia): State Senate GOP lawmakers urge Inslee to mobilize National Guard for hospitals – Eleven state Senate Republican leaders signed on to a letter last Wednesday

+ South Sound Business: New Overpass, South Entrance [to cell phone waiting lot] Look to Reduce Airport Traffic

+ The News Tribune (Tacoma): How many WA health care workers will quit over COVID vaccine mandate? Survey offers estimate – The biggest impacts are likely to be felt in rural and Eastern Washington.

+ The Seattle Times: [Seattle based] Amazon to allow employees to work remotely indefinitely

+ KHQ-6 TV Spokane (NBC): New data shows over 90% of Washington state workforce received COVID-19 vaccine


Associated Press: Texas governor orders ban on private company vaccine mandate [Ed. note: Dallas-based American and Southwest Airlines will now have to reverse their employee vaccination mandates.]

NBC News: Organ centers to transplant patients: Get a Covid vaccine or move down on waitlist – At issue is whether unvaccinated patients are not only putting themselves at risk for Covid, but also squandering scarce organs that could benefit others.


The Points Guy: Here’s what’s behind the Southwest Airlines cancellations

Daily Kos: New report shows 25% of all US infrastructure is at-risk because of climate-change related flooding

People: Prince William Considers Prince Andrew’s Legal Battles ‘Really Dangerous’ to the Monarchy: Report

People: Superman comes out as bisexual in new comic book series. ‘Everyone needs heroes’ [Ed. note: Announced on Monday, National Coming Out Day.]


Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO): New Rule: The Slow-Moving Coup [Ed. note: Every American should listen to this 8.5 minutes of brilliant observation.]

Daily Kos: When is the House select committee going to enforce subpoenas?

The New York Times: White Tiger and Cheetah Furs: A Mess of Trump Gift Exchanges

October 11, 2021

Blog’s network hardware issue has been restored!

Yelm Community Blog’s service interruption now repaired!

One of this blog web host’s providers had a large hardware failure that affected this site Saturday night.

The outage was not caused by a hack.

Thank you for your patience.

Stay tuned for today’s blog posts.

  • Steve Klein, Host, Yelm Community Blog

October 11, 2021

Columbus Day Observed, Indigenous Peoples Day!

“Protesters marched in an Indigenous Peoples Day rally in Boston on Oct. 10, 2020, as part of a demonstration to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Boston made that change last week.”
Photo: Erin Clark, Boston Globe via Getty Images, NPR

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day, Columbus Day observed

+ History.com: Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. The federal holiday was enacted in 1937. Columbus Day is observed Monday Oct. 11, 2021, though the landing in the New World was Oct. 12, 1492.

+ The White House: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proclamation – our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.

+ Daily Kos: Biden becomes first U.S. president to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day

+ NPR: Goodbye, Columbus? Here’s what Indigenous Peoples’ Day means to Native Americans

+ The Washington Post: The first Columbus Day was born of violence — and political calculation

October 11, 2021

* NOAA: Frost Advisory for Yelm and vicinity Tuesday morning,
* Hydropower decline adds strain to power grids in drought,
* Fiona Hill says January 6 was a “dress rehearsal”!

FILE – In this Saturday, July 31, 2021 file photo, a boat cruises along Lake Powell near Page, Ariz. This summer, the water levels hit a historic low amid a climate change-fueled megadrought engulfing the U.S. West.  Severe drought across the West drained reservoirs this year, slashing hydropower production and further stressing the region’s power grids. And as extreme weather becomes more common with climate change, grid operators are adapting to swings in hydropower generation.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
“In this Saturday, July 31, 2021 file photo, a boat cruises along Lake Powell near Page, Ariz. This summer, the water levels hit a historic low amid a climate change-fueled megadrought engulfing the U.S. West. Severe drought across the West drained reservoirs this year, slashing hydropower production and further stressing the region’s power grids. And as extreme weather becomes more common with climate change, grid operators are adapting to swings in hydropower generation.” Photo: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer via The Seattle Times.


+ The Olympian: Got a windshield scraper? The WA forecast says you might need it Tuesday morning – temperatures expected to drop into the low to mid 30s. [NOAA frost advisory for Yelm.]

+ The Olympian: COVID-19 spreads through Thurston County schools as cases spike

+ The Seattle Times: Hydropower decline adds strain to power grids in drought


Environmental Health News: US Lags Behind Most of the World When It Comes to Plastic Pollution Regulation

Truthout: Biden Tells Supreme Court That Publicly Documented Torture Is a State Secret [Ed. note: this is outrageous and not why I voted for this man!!]

Daily Kos: Voting Rights Roundup: Pennsylvania GOP advances voting restrictions designed to bypass governor

Common Dreams: 20 Attorneys General File Complaint to Block DeJoy’s Plan to Undermine USPS

The Economist: Facebook may need a new public face – The social media firm is nearing a reputational point of no return

Daily Kos: Far-right terrorists increasingly believe they need to ‘awaken the public’ with mass violence


BMC Infectious Diseases: Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are an emerging cause of significant morbidity and mortality in severe Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Washington Post: Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near

FOX News: New York Times issues massive correction after overstating COVID hospitalizations among children – Paper added over 800,000 to total of kids hospitalized with coronavirus

KTLA-5 TV, Los Angeles: Hundreds of L.A. city firefighters file notice of intent to sue over COVID vaccine mandate

Washington Examiner: Pilot union warns of staffing shortages if American Airlines refuses vaccination exemptions


Chuck Rosenberg, former United States attorney and MSNBC legal analyst: Why Trump’s January DOJ election meeting failed to subvert justice – The story of what Trump tried to do is crucially important. So is the story of the people who stopped him.

Slate: Former Trump Aide Scavino Finally Served Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena

Associated Press: No. 2 House Republican [Rep. Steve Scalise-LA.] refuses to say election wasn’t stolen

Business Insider: Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin intervened to block Ivanka Trump’s appointment to the World Bank: report

The Hill: Former Trump cybersecurity official says GOP leaders have ‘lost control’ of voter base: ‘This is a death spiral’

The Guardian (UK): House Capitol attack panel ready to urge prosecution of Trump aides, says Schiff

Newsweek: Trump Wanted to ‘Stay in Power Forever’ Like Putin, Says His Ex-National Security Adviser

CBS News: Fiona Hill says January 6 was a “dress rehearsal”

October 10, 2021

Editorials on last week’s news from America’s cartoonists!

“The USPS slowdown”
Credit: Jeff Koterba, Cagle Cartoons
“Consumers are left hanging”
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times
Credit: Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune
“And featuring Mitch McConnell in the role of the arch-villain”
Credit: David Horsey, The Seattle Times
Oil spill tarnishes Orange County, CA. beaches for generations.
Credit: Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jack Ohman: On the beach ...
“On the beach”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee:
Credit: Steve Breen, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jack Ohman: Zuckerberg’s bod ...
“Zuckerberg’s bod”
Credit: Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee

October 9, 2021

* Covid cases dip below 100,000 a day,
* Texas’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Is Back On,
* Biden rejects Trump request to withhold records from Jan. 6 committee!

“The number of new daily cases has since fallen almost 40 percent. Hospitalizations are down about 30 percent. Deaths, which typically change direction a few weeks after cases, have declined 13 percent since Sept. 20.” Credit: The New York Times Morning Report


+ The Spokesman-Review (Spokane): Northwest energy plan emphasizes solar, wind power through 2041 with coal losing steam


CNBC: Covid cases dip below 100,000 a day in U.S. as nation faces colder weather and more close

BuzzFeed.News: Texas’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Is Back On After An Appeals Court Paused A Judge’s Injunction

The Washington Post: America’s unemployed are sending a message: They’ll go back to work when they feel safe – and well-compensated

CNBC: U.S. crude oil price tops $80 a barrel, the highest since 2014


NBC News: Biden rejects Trump request to withhold White House records from Jan. 6 committee

Politico: Trump tells 4 former aides to defy Jan. 6 committee’s subpoena

The Washington Post: Trump lawyer tells former aides not to cooperate with Jan. 6 committee [Ed. note: This lawyer should be disbarred for encouraging defiance of legally issued subpoenas!]

Politico: Biden DOJ shields ex-Trump officials from testifying about election fraud cases

NBC News: Trump misled about D.C. hotel finances, House panel says

The Washington Post: Trump’s D.C. hotel made millions from foreign governments but still struggled, federal documents show

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show: As Trump’s Justice Department scandal intensifies, GOP shrugs – Republicans and their allies have had months to come up with a compelling defense for Trump and his Justice Department abuses. They’re clearly failed.

Politico: Prosecutors charge Jan. 6 rioter with stealing laptop from Pelosi’s office

Politico: DOJ inspector general investigating Trump-era car emissions case

Daily Kos: Documents from Dominion executive’s defamation suit suggest Giuliani is in big trouble

Daily Kos: Where is the DOJ? Garland and Biden look the other way on the corruption of Trump and his Cabinet

Daily Kos: QAnon accuses Michael Flynn of Satanism

NBC News: Jan. 6 commission threatens criminal referrals after Steve Bannon snubs subpoena

CNN: Trump DC hotel incurred more than $70 million in losses while Trump was president, documents show

Business Insider: Trump received ‘undisclosed preferential treatment’ on a $170 million loan from Deutsche Bank for his DC hotel, House Oversight Committee says

October 8, 2021

Open House to receive comments on proposed Yelm Education & Innovation Center!

City of Yelm Reviewing Design Proposals for Center for Education and Economic Development ...
Proposed Education and Innovation Center (background)
Credit: City of Yelm

Yelm announces Education & Innovation Center Open House

“The Yelm Public Services department is seeking your feedback on an upcoming City project – the Education and Innovation Center. The Education and Innovation Center will be a public facility that provides space for community learning, economic development resources, and the public library.

An open house will be held in-person on October 13th from 4-7PM at the Yelm Community Center, 301 2nd St SE, Yelm, WA 98597. A virtual open house will be conducted over Zoom on October 14th from 4-7PM and can be attended with this link.

“Please see this link for more details about the Education and Innovation Center.” Read more


+ NVN [July 27, 2021]: Yelm Readies for Initial Design Work to Complete ‘Civic Center’ – Planned Education and Innovation Center Will Add Another Facet to Yelm’s City Campus


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