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This website includes news summaries, essays and commentary, videos and short movies, and offbeat and whimsical humor. It adds background and perspective to news, with links to related articles, and calls attention to stories you might otherwise miss. Directly below are the stories we’re highlighting and the newest postings. As articles drop off the front page, they appear in chronological order with the most recently posted ones first. To find older entries, scroll past the bottom article and click on “Previous Entries.” You can backtrack by clicking on “Next Entries.” To search by topic, use the “Search” function at the top of this page, click on the Topic Bar above, or click on the tags on this page. There’s also an Archive Index below to search postings by month and year. Links to all short films we’ve posted on this site are in the “Selected Movie & Article Links” posting below.

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Speaker Trump???

He wouldn’t have to be elected to Congress;

Republicans could appoint him Speaker if they win the House in 2022.

Read story here

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Will we need Covid-19 booster shots this fall?

Experts think that’s likely; read story here.

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August 28th, 2020 - 3:40 pm § in Misc.

In memory of Dr. Steve Schwartz, creator of this blog

Professor Stephen M. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., the founder and proprietor of The-Ave.US, has passed away from COVID-19. Read local press coverage here and here. Steve joined the University of Washington Medical School’s faculty in 1967 and had taught there since 1974. He was world-famous in the f[...]


March 18th, 2020 - 1:00 pm § in America, Biden, Business, China, Christianity, Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Humor, Hypocrisy, Israel/Palestine, Jews, Law and Courts, Misc., News Media, Politics, Racism, Religion, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

Selected Movie & Article Links

Below are links to a sampling of our best, most interesting, infuriating, or just plain funny movies, articles, and essays. Selections for this list are entirely arbitrary. Feel free to make suggestions! N.B., The-Ave.US has over 20,000 postings, so this isn’t an index. ANIMATED VIDEOS Carpark[...]


June 21st, 2021 - 2:31 pm § in Misc.

Trump wanted to throw Covid-19 patients into Gitmo

Catch Covid, go to Gitmo: “Donald Trump considered quarantining Americans infected with COVID on Guantanamo Bay when the pandemic first started to take hold in February 2020,” the U.K.-based tabloid Daily Mail says is in a new book (read story here). “‘Don’t we have an [...]


June 20th, 2021 - 8:43 pm § in Misc.

Video: Boom

I didn’t know they explosion-tested new aircraft carriers, but apparently they do. I assume if it sinks, it doesn’t get a passing grade. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]


June 20th, 2021 - 11:51 am § in Misc.

The conditions by which employers can require vaccination

Employers of all kinds should have a right to protect their employees, customers, patients, and students from people who pose health risks because of vaccine refusal. That, in fact, is the law in America — and has been for a very long time — with a caveat. As ABC News says here, “E[...]


June 19th, 2021 - 7:24 pm § in Misc.

Video: Shot put record

Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]


June 19th, 2021 - 1:38 pm § in Schools & Colleges

A tale of two photos

The photo in a Utah junior high’s yearbook: The photo not in the yearbook: Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]


June 19th, 2021 - 8:42 am § in Politics

GOPer compares Arizona “audit” to joining the military

Here’s what Eric Greitens, a Republican running for a Missouri U.S. Senate seat, says about the Arizona GOP’s private, unofficial, dodgy search for “Chinese ballots” and other make-believe discrepancies in Democratic-leaning Maricopa County’s : “I’ll tell yo[...]


June 18th, 2021 - 11:11 pm § in Misc.

What are UFOs?

I don’t know. Probably a variety of things, some ordinary, others maybe defying explanation. Use your imagination: Frozen turds dropped by passing intergalactic spaceships? They’re receiving renewed attention because of an impending Pentagon report, which by all accounts won’t say [...]


June 18th, 2021 - 2:53 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Trump lawyers face sanctions

“Sidney Powell and other attorneys who defended former President Trump’s false claims about the 2020 presidential election have been summoned for a sanctions hearing in a Michigan federal court,” The Hill reported on Friday, June 18, 2021. “On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lin[...]