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January 22nd, 2022 - 11:02 am § in Misc.

Washington in hospital emergency

Hospitals in Washington state issued an urgent plea to the public on Saturday asking residents to do their part and reduce the pressure on health care facilities overwhelmed by the coronavirus.

In a statement released on Saturday, King County hospitals underscored the rapid increase in illness in the state, citing data that hospitalizations were up 700 percent. Along with capacity issues, they’re experiencing staff shortages.

“The sheer number of patients means hospital acute care and ICUs across the state are very full,” Washington State Hospital Association President and CEO Cassie Sauer said. The  group told citizens they needed to get vaccinated, get a booster if they are vaccinated, wear a N95 or KN95 mask and avoid crowded indoor areas. “The patients most severely impacted by COVID-19 are almost all unvaccinated and unboosted. If you haven’t yet, please get vaccinated,” Sauer said. Read story here


January 12th, 2022 - 7:27 pm § in Health

Can N95 masks be used more than once?

Early in the pandemic, we were told to let health care workers have the limited supply of N95 masks, and the other types were good enough for general public use. But supplies have improved, Omicron variant is much more transmissible, and now health experts recommend N95s for everyone. But they’[...]


May 12th, 2021 - 8:45 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

Welcome to The-Ave.US

Featuring news and commentary from a reasoning perspective To return to the Front Page, click on “Blog” in upper left corner 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 lin[...]


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. Reporting broken links:[...]


January 23rd, 2022 - 1:24 am § in Misc.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mt. Cook, N.Z.

Here, in all its glory, is Mt. Cook, or Aoraki in Maori. At 12,218 ft., it’s nearly the same height as Washington’s Mt. Adams (12,281 ft.). A view like this can make you want to climb it. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]


January 22nd, 2022 - 11:54 pm § in Humor, Misc.

Online shopping

“A New Jersey woman was browsing furniture on Walmart’s website and adding items to her cart, but had not yet purchased any of them. So when package after package started arriving at her door, she was … confused.” It turns out her 2-year-old son “was playing on his moth[...]


January 22nd, 2022 - 11:45 pm § in Misc.

The nest builder

“Retired salesman John Stimpson just turned 80. … He has just completed his goal of building 30,000 swift boxes, which could house half of the UK’s breeding population of 60,000 pairs.” That simple statement capsulizes the amazing work of a remarkable man who spent 13 years build[...]


January 22nd, 2022 - 11:29 pm § in Health, Politics, Racism

Studies show racial disparity in Covid-19 treatment

Treating Covid-19 is still a work in progress. (So is preventing infections, but we won’t go into that here.) Disease experts, drug developers, and doctors are still learning what treatments and drugs are helpful to save severely ill Covid-19 patients. When Trump was hospitalized, and apparent[...]


January 22nd, 2022 - 2:37 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Did a Russian agent try to overthrow our election?

     “Boris Epshteyn, an adviser for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, acknowledged Friday that he was part of the effort to prop up so-called ‘alternate electors’ to support Trump in key states,” CNN reported on Saturday, January 22, 2022 ([...]


January 22nd, 2022 - 2:16 pm § in Politics

Elections and responsibilities of citizenship

When I was in the Army, we were told “freedom is not free.” What they meant was we had a citizen responsibility to defend our nation, but in my view it’s equally applicable to our roles in America’s civilian society. We have a good thing going for ourselves, in this country, [...]


January 21st, 2022 - 8:24 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Threatening election workers should be a federal crime

Republicans won’t allow that, of course, because their supporters are doing the threatening. Democracy requires the consent of the governed, and you don’t get that without fair elections, which you get by means of impartial professional election administration. We had that in 2020, but w[...]


January 21st, 2022 - 7:29 pm § in Misc.

Conspiracy theories are brain-eating Pac-Mans

The question is, where do they come from, and why do people get sucked in? A freelance writer and city councilmember in Teton Valley, Idaho, tackles those questions, and offers some insights, derived from her experiences with her brother. “My Gentle, Intelligent Brother Is Now A Conspiracy The[...]