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4th Covid wave threatens U.S.


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“The next group of Washington residents eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines includes grocery store personnel

but not restaurant staff. Chefs who want to protect both workers and patrons are outraged.”

–Seattle Times daily briefing, Sunday, March 7, 2021

Maybe groceries are more essential than eating out?

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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[...]

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.

Comment Posting Policy

To better serve its readers, this blog has adopted a “Letters to the Editor” format similar to that used by newspapers and magazines, effective January 29, 2021. To refer to commenting rules in place before that date, click here. The editor will publish at his discretion comments he thin[...]

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 Apollo 11 Countd[...]

March 7th, 2021 - 5:56 pm § in Business, Misc.

Bezos’ ex marries her kids’ teacher

Doug Jewett, 50, who teaches at Seattle’s private Lakeside School, which Bill Gates and Paul Allen attended back in the day, has married one of the parents (photo, left). I suppose that happens more often than we hear about. This one made news because the parent in question is Jeff Bezos’[...]

March 7th, 2021 - 2:51 pm § in Racism, Schools & Colleges

How to get sacked from a tenured faculty position in one easy step

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March 7th, 2021 - 2:37 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Why do fraternities still exist?

Apart from being elitist clubs that promote snobbery and boorish behavior, fraternities regularly turn healthy young people into corpses. In the latest incident, Stone Foltz, 20, a student at Bowling Green State University, in an Ohio city of the same name, is on life support while his family arrang[...]

March 7th, 2021 - 1:29 pm § in America, Biden, Politics

In defense of Sen. Joe Manchin

With an evenly divided Senate, the Democrats need every Democratic and independent senator’s vote to pass legislation opposed by Republicans, which is most of Biden’s and his party’s agenda. Topping the list is protecting Americans’ right to vote from Republican state-level v[...]

March 6th, 2021 - 11:37 am § in Law and Courts, Politics

How should political violence be punished?

With firmness, to nip it in the bud, before it can spin out of control. This doesn’t necessarily imply singling people out and making examples out of them, but it does mean holding them accountable. For example, Capitol rioters should be prosecuted for the crimes they committed and punished in[...]

March 5th, 2021 - 7:17 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Georgia GOP legislators outlaw “Pizza to the Polls”

Feed voters, go to jail. Georgia Republican legislators have just passed a law making it a felony to give coffee or food to voters waiting in line. Read story here. During the 2020 election, some voters waited in lines for hours. Republicans made it as hard to vote as they possibly could, and if the[...]

March 5th, 2021 - 6:47 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

Georgia grand jury to probe Trump’s election interference

“A criminal investigation into … Trump’s attempts to overturn” Georgia’s election results “is set to intensify this week as a grand jury convenes, offering the local district attorney her first shot at seeking subpoenas for records and interviews,” CNN repor[...]

March 5th, 2021 - 6:21 pm § in Health, Politics

Latest mask brouhaha

States run by Republicans have begun lifting their mask mandates. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said, “Texans no longer need government running their lives” (read story here). His party used to prosecute draft dodgers, but that was a long time ago. His party also passed legislation to prose[...]