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Jared Kushner tells black people: “Stop complaining”

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October 22nd, 2020 - 1:58 pm § in Misc.

How this blog has evolved since its founder’s death

This blog is now over 10 years old, and it’s been 7 months since its creator, Professor Steve Schwartz, was fatally stricken with Covid-19. Without his presence, some changes were inevitable, although the fact I’ve been a contributor since the blog’s inception helps provide continu[...]

October 21st, 2020 - 10:38 am § in Politics

Voting turnout tracker

Can’t wait for the election results? Antsy to know right now who’s going to win? Sorry, can’t help you. I can, however, offer something to occupy your mind while waiting for Nov. 3 (only a little over 1 week away now, so hang on). Go here. According to this tracker, 55,584,198 peo[...]

September 7th, 2020 - 1:28 pm § in Politics

How to keep your ballot from being rejected

Advice from NBC News: Vote early, by mail or in person Know your state’s mail-in deadlines (check them here) Don’t mess with your signature Check your registration status and polling place Don’t vote twice, and beware of misinformation And make sure your ballot is in the security e[...]

September 7th, 2020 - 8:26 am § in Misc.

Put a 55¢ stamp on your ballot!

If you want your vote to count … … mail it First Class. Don’t trust the Postal Service to deliver it on time at the prepaid bulk rate. They probably won’t. Putting a stamp on your ballot envelope will get it treated as First Class mail, which it then is, which may speed up de[...]

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[...]

August 28th, 2020 - 3:39 pm § in Misc.

A Tribute to Dr. Steve Schwartz, “Renaissance Man and Friend”

By Gary Kinslow I am lucky and proud to count this titan, this uber-renaissance man as a friend. He and Barb had recently moved up from a Tollycraft 34 foot trawler to a 43 foot cockpit motor yacht and they were looking forward to a future of cruising where ever the bow pointed. He prosyletized [&he[...]

August 28th, 2020 - 3:38 pm § in Misc.

Commenting Policy

Comments on this blog don’t post until someone clicks on an “Approved” button. Until Steve’s death, he moderated comments; now, that task falls on me. When comments go into the moderation queue, I get an email notification, but I don’t always check that email account ev[...]

August 28th, 2020 - 3:37 pm § in Misc.

Contributors Wanted

With Steve’s passing, I’m editing his blog, except for some items he post-dated, which post by themselves. There are 112 more of these coming, mostly this year and next year. If you would like to be a contributor, use the “Comments” box to this posting as an “article dr[...]

March 18th, 2020 - 1:00 pm § in Misc.

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! The-Ave.US has over 18,500 postings, so this isn’t an index. MOVIE SHORTS Geico Chicken Co[...]

October 2nd, 2016 - 12:35 pm § in Misc.

Featured Article From Archives: How to get elected president with 5 electoral votes

Nate Silver’s “538” blog posits that Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson might win New Mexico, a state where he is a former governor, and polls show him in a fairly close three-way race with Trump and Clinton. So let’s say Johnson gets New Mexico’s 5 electoral vote[...]

October 26th, 2020 - 12:51 pm § in Law and Courts

CRIME: Money doesn’t grow on trees, so they steal the trees

‘Twas the night before harvest, they came on ATVs under a harvest moon, and stripped the grapes off the vines. Probably to make wine in a bathtub. Read story here. It’s hardly a unique crime; it’s happened before (e.g., here), and it has become a frequent problem in France’s [...]

October 26th, 2020 - 11:56 am § in Politics

Who votes, who doesn’t (chart)

Age, education, and income are the most significant factors. Click on chart to enlarge. Story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

October 26th, 2020 - 11:53 am § in Misc., Science


Ash clouds from volcanic eruptions contain a lot of static electricity that produces lightning. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

October 26th, 2020 - 11:40 am § in Politics

Trump supporter rampages through Biden neighborhood in stolen bulldozer

James Blight, 26, claims he was drunk and doesn’t remember stealing a bulldozer from a construction site and rampaging through a neighborhood tearing up Biden yard signs in Haines City, Florida, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. A neighbor isn’t buying it. “He claimed he was drunk, bu[...]

October 26th, 2020 - 10:00 am § in Misc.


A. Giuliani’s former wife B. Prime Minister of Iceland C. Star of The Three Faces of Eve D. Tom Cruise’ mother E. Inventor of the underwire bra[...]

October 25th, 2020 - 11:35 pm § in America, Politics, Racism

If white people have armed militias, black people can, too

That’s how it works in this country. Read story here. And if it leads to gun battles in the streets between rival militias, like they have in other Third World countries, well, that’s what the Supreme Court wants, isn’t it? At least you’d think so from their rulings. Photo: S[...]

October 25th, 2020 - 8:21 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Nice election you got there. It’d be a real shame if anything happens to it.

But experts say those fears are overblown. Elections are run by impartial professionals. There are processes to deal with irregularities, challenges and contests. They argue public fears of mayhem are people’s imaginations getting the better of them. Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

October 25th, 2020 - 6:46 pm § in Health

Covid-19 waves (chart)

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