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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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Biden wants to lessen U.S. dependence on Asian chips


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Latest police shooting of black man called “mistake”


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Western U.S. facing “permanent drought”


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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[...]

April 13th, 2021 - 11:49 am § in Biden, Donald Trump, Politics

Two-faced Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley wants to be president. Specifically, she wants to be the Republican nominee for president in 2024, or 2028, or whenever. Haley wants to be president so badly she sucked up to Trump for 4 years. Then, after Trump was rejected by the larger electorate, and she saw a possible opening for he[...]

April 13th, 2021 - 11:16 am § in Schools & Colleges

Covid-19 is creating a teacher shortage

Teachers were already frustrated and the pandemic has them rushing for the exits, while colleges report dropping education enrollments. That could mean more trouble ahead for schools. A Stanford education expert “said teaching had been a neglected profession in the US for a long time, and whil[...]

April 13th, 2021 - 10:48 am § in Misc.

Family resemblance

Leicester Clarence Hemingway (1915-1982) bore more than a passing resemblance to his older brother. And like his father, brother, sister Ursula, and great-niece Margaux, he died from suicide, which seemed to run rampant in that family. The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 11:02 pm § in China, Foreign Affairs

China’s strategy to seize an ocean

The South China Sea is very valuable real estate. About a third of the world’s seaborne trade passes through there, and it’s rich in resources, including oil and fisheries. It’s also of great strategic importance; if China could control it, and keep other nations out, Southeast Asi[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 5:55 pm § in Misc., Science

Navy still puzzled by mystery drones

They’re being called UFOs, but probably were sophisticated drones, and the Navy says it still doesn’t know where they came from or who they belonged to. Half a dozen of the drones “pursued” several Navy ships conducting exercises off the California coast in July 2019 (see map[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 5:43 pm § in Health

Michigan Covid-19 cases up 3x in a month

Michigan’s Covid-19 infection rate has risen from 2,000 to 6,000 a day over the last month, Daily Mail reported on Monday, April 12, 2021. About 70% of those involve the so-called U.K. variant, now the most prevalent Covid-19 strain in the U.S. An infectious disease expert partly blames Mich[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 3:44 pm § in Biden, Business

How Amazon beat the union

The workforce at Amazon’s Alabama warehouse is predominantly black, and had the usual gripes about Amazon’s working conditions: Punishing workers for bathroom breaks and other time away from the floor, high production quotas, and the pay of $15 an hour, which is the minimum wage in many stat[...]

April 12th, 2021 - 2:33 pm § in Health

B.C. ski resort epicenter of Covid-19 Brazilian variant outbreak

British Columbia officials closed the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort on March 29 after linking the venue to the largest outbreak of the dangerous Covid-19 P.1 variant outside of Brazil, the U.K.-based tabloid Daily Mail reported on Monday, April 12, 2021. Read story here. “At least 84 people wh[...]