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  • Amazon's $1.5 million political gambit backfires in Seattle City Council election

    11/11/2019 5:01:04 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 November 2019 | Gregory Scruggs
    Seattle voters, in a rebuke to heavy corporate campaign spending by, have kept progressives firmly in control of their city council, reviving chances for a tax on big businesses that the tech giant helped fend off last year. Amazon poured a record $1.5 million into a Super PAC run by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to back a slate of candidates in the Nov. 5 council elections viewed as pro-business, or at least more corporate friendly than the incumbent council majority.
  • Woman sent to hospital after posing with octopus on face

    TACOMA, Wash. - When Jamie Bisceglia met up with some fishermen who had hooked an octopus during a fishing derby in the Tacoma Narrows August 2, she saw an opportunity for an unusual picture. "It was a photo contest in the derby. So, crazy me, hindsight now and looking back, I probably made a big mistake," Bisceglia said. Bisceglia put the octopus on her face and posed. At first, it grabbed with her with its suckers, and then did something she didn't expect. It bit her on the face. "It had barreled its beak into my chin and then let...
  • Clusters of Drug-Resistant Diarrhea Found Among Gay And Bisexual Men [Calling Captain Obvious]

    11/09/2019 3:32:32 PM PST · by fwdude · 53 replies
    HIVPlusMag ^ | November 5, 2019 | David Artavia
    The journal Clinical Infectious Disease recently published findings showing that a cluster of antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Campylobacter coli has been found in a number of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Seattle, Wa., and Montreal, Canada. According to researchers, one of the bacterial strains has acquired a new gene that makes it able to resist antibiotics via the DNA sequences known as CRISPR, Clustered Regularly Interspaced Shortchanged Palindromic Repeats. (Not to be confused with the gene-editing technology also known as CRISPR.)
  • YouTube: Police Arrest Pastor for Preaching About Drag Queen Story Hour

    11/07/2019 11:14:03 AM PST · by spirited irish · 47 replies
    Pacific Justice Institute ^ | July 26, 2019 | Brad Dacus
    Pt. 1: Brad Dacus talks with PJI staff attorney, Jorge Ramos, about a shocking story of an unjust arrest of a pastor who was leading a peaceful protest against a drag queen story hour in a public library. Jorge gives the legal case that PJI is taking on. Pt. 2 Brad Dacus interviews Pastor Afhsin Yaghtin, the pastor arrested and jailed for praying and preaching, about his experience with aggressive SWAT team officers including a sniper who blocked him from carrying out his free speech rights outside of a public library where a drag queen story hour was taking place
  • Elections 2019: Washington state voters reject affirmative action

    11/06/2019 12:47:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    AJC ^ | 11/06/2019 | By Tim Darnell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Voters in the state of Washington rejected a controversial affirmative action proposal in Tuesday’s elections. According to the latest figures from the Washington secretary of state’s office, Referendum 88, which would have reinstated the use of affirmative action in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities, was defeated 52% to 48% With 100% of precincts reporting and 983,438 votes counted, 509,144 people voted against the referendum and 474,294 people supported it.Opposition to the measure was led by a group of Chinese immigrants, according to the Seattle Times. Opponents said the referendum would have given the government the...
  • Voters in US states decide on sanctuary city, Airbnb rentals

    11/05/2019 9:21:14 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies
    Kwwl ^ | Nov 5, 2019 | AP
    <p>Voters in some states are deciding whether to roll back conservative policies adopted in earlier eras. Ballot measures in Tucson, Arizona and the states of Colorado and Washington gave voters another say on hot-button social issues: immigration, gambling, taxes and affirmative action.</p>
  • “Strict Muslim” who admits to murdering four people in jihad is returned to face new charges

    11/03/2019 2:38:41 PM PST · by robowombat · 7 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | NOV 3, 2019 5:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Seattle: “Strict Muslim” who admits to murdering four people in jihad is returned to face new charges NOV 3, 2019 5:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER Ali Muhammad Brown described himself as a “strict Muslim.” He said he had “no regrets” for the jihad murders. He “told investigators that his four male victims represented ‘a life for a life’ for ‘Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives are being taken every single day.’” This endless cycle of revenge is sanctioned by the Qur’an: “And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye,...
  • "I just can't do it": Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle declines White House invitation

    11/02/2019 1:11:03 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 132 replies ^ | 11/2/19 | Sophie Lewis
    The Washington Nationals will head to the White House Monday to meet with President Trump following the team's historic World Series victory. But pitcher Sean Doolittle won't be going. "There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country," Doolittle said in an interview with The Washington Post. "At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my...
  • Democrats Jayapal, Van Hollen Want Israeli ‘Occupation’ Language in 2020 Platform

    10/29/2019 12:09:56 PM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 10/29/2019 | Patrick Goodenough
    Two Democratic lawmakers told a liberal Jewish conference on Monday they support the inclusion in the 2020 party platform of language on Israeli “occupation” of territories claimed by the Palestinians. One of them also argued that their party has not shifted on the Israeli-Palestinian issue; rather the Republicans have veered away from what he suggested used to be the “mainstream” position. Speaking at the J Street national conference gala dinner in Washington, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) expressed strong support for the idea – now being actively championed by J Street – of inserting opposition to “occupation” in the platform. “I...
  • Attorney General says website used by accused Tree of Life shooter Bowers is teetering

    10/18/2019 2:50:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 17, 2019 | Rich Lord
    The state's top prosecutor believes that the go-to social media site for accused Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers is on its last legs financially, according to a statement issued early Thursday further explaining that office's decision to close a civil probe that followed the synagogue massacre. The statement from the office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro indicates that the decision to close the probe followed indications that Pennsylvania-based "had exhausted its already-raised money, and was no longer going to be serviced by the payment processors, cutting off all public funding to support the business." Spokeswoman Jacklin Rhoads went...
  • Amazon drops additional $1 million-plus into Seattle City Council races

    10/16/2019 7:11:56 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Oct. 16, 2019 | Daniel Beekman and Jim Brunner
    Amazon is dropping an additional $1 million-plus into Seattle’s pivotal City Council races, boosting its spending on politics in its hometown this year to an unprecedented $1.45 million. The corporate giant has now shelled out more on the council races than any other business or union, and all of Amazon’s company money has gone to a political-action committee (PAC) associated with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, which has been buying direct-mail advertisements and paying door-to-door canvassers. Amazon’s outlay is the largest “in anyone’s memory” by a single entity in a Seattle election cycle, said Wayne Barnett, executive director of...
  • Please, Please More Democratic Debates!

    10/16/2019 4:47:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 16, 2016 | Ann Coulter
    With all the rancor in politics these days, the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate on Tuesday night delivered a rare moment of comity: Twelve Democrats agreed, apparently without compensation, to appear in a Donald Trump ad. Other points on which the Democrats came together in peace and harmony: -- Trump should be impeached. -- Abortion is great. -- Obamacare sucks. At least we’re all finally agreed on Obamacare! Obamacare has given us a system -- to quote Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- “which is dysfunctional, which is cruel, 87 million uninsured, 30,000 people dying every single year, 500,000 people...
  • Fact Check: CNN, New York Times Asked Zero Questions About Climate Change

    10/16/2019 8:43:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 10/15/2019 | Joel Pollak
    CLAIM: CNN and the New York Times failed to ask a single question about climate change during the fourth Democrat debate on Tuesday evening. VERDICT: True. Though CNN held a separate town hall on the subject, the moderators never brought up the issue during the debate, enraging left-wing critics on social media. Washington State governor Jay Inslee — who bowed out of the presidential race after focusing his campaign almost exclusively on the issue of climate change — took moderators to task on Tuesday evening for failing to ask a single question about climate change.
  • And the Seattle Mariners are all alone....

    10/16/2019 10:57:42 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 40 replies ^ | 10/16/19 | KOMO News Staff
    SEATTLE -- They say misery loves company. But for the Seattle Mariners, misery is theirs alone. You might pardon Seattleites for rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals in their futile attempt to reach the World Series this year. Not because we're fans of Paul Goldschmidt or Yadier Molina, but because they were our last hope to keep the hometown Mariners from a rather dubious distinction. But the hopes died when the Washington Nationals completed their sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS Tuesday night. The Nationals are World Series bound for the first time in their franchise history, and the...
  • Amazon takes a stand: Company releases "Our Positions" paper

    10/12/2019 2:59:09 PM PDT · by Boomer · 56 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10/11/19 | Amazon
    Amazon took the extraordinary step of laying out its positions on nearly every hot-button topic in the world in a web page that unveiled Thursday, bringing new clarity to the tech company’s public policy agenda. The page, which is simply titled “Our Positions,” states where the Seattle tech giant stands on eleven issues -- several of which have a direct impact on business in America.
  • Washington State University: Catch 22, No Guns for You

    10/12/2019 6:07:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 October, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    To those who wish the population disarmed, gun laws do not need to make sense, be reasonable, efficient, or effective. Any reduction in the number of legal gun owners, guns, or use of guns is seen as positive. It is why this bit of insanity at Washington State University (WSU) is unlikely to be addressed. Washington State University is primarily in the Southeast corner of Washington state, located at Pullman, Washington. It is an agricultural and rural area. Guns are popular. Even so, WSU has a very restrictive gun policy. From WAC 504-26-213 Firearms and dangerous weaponsNo student...
  • The 5 worst traffic spots in western Washington

    10/11/2019 12:49:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | September 13, 2019 | Brittany Moorer
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. — We're taking a look at the worst of the worst traffic spots in western Washington – and some of the solutions to the problem. Marysville A problem spot in Marysville has city and state transportation officials working to come up with a fix. Interstate 5 traffic between Everett and Marysville gets congested during rush hour. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, between 1980 and 2017, the population of Snohomish County increased 137%. It's expected to gain another 200,000 residents by 2035. This explosive growth increased the number of vehicles using I-5 between Everett and Marysville,...
  • Oregon and Washington: We’ll start building a new Interstate Bridge by 2025

    10/11/2019 12:29:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 24, 2019 | Andrew Theen
    Federal highway officials on Tuesday endorsed an accelerated timeline proposed by Oregon and Washington transportation officials that sets the two states on a fast track toward construction on a new Interstate Bridge by 2025. Last month, the two states requested a 10-year extension on their timeline to show progress on the bridge project or face repaying nearly $140 million in planning costs tied to the Columbia River Crossing Project. That request would’ve given the states until Sept. 30, 2029, to either start buying up right-of-way or began construction on the I-5 project. While seeking a decade delay, the states simultaneously...
  • Nationals vs. Dodgers score: Howie Kendrick grand slam stuns Dodgers in extras, sends Nats to NLCS

    10/09/2019 10:06:03 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 59 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 10, 2019 | Katherine Acquavella
    The Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, in 10 innings in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. Washington advances to the NL Championship Series to face the St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals fought their way back to take the lead after they entered the ninth inning tied 3-3.
  • Sanctuary city jails defy ICE detainers, put dangerous criminals back on streets

    10/09/2019 5:02:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    Police in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue had a chance to get Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez, an illegal immigrant, off the streets in March — but a local jail defied a deportation notification request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and released him into the community. Three weeks later, police say, the 19-year-old Guatemalan, eager to join the violent Surenos street gang, took part in a murder posse that tracked down and slew a teen from a rival gang. Mr. Carillo-Lopez, who came to the U.S. as part of the Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) surge, is at the crossroads of the...