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Texas Birth Control

#1) WOMEN CAN REFUSE TO HAVE SEX, OR …

#2) GO TO CALIFORNIA OR NEW YORK FOR ABORTIONS

This is what the state’s lawyer is arguing to the Supreme Court.

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Rightwing group blacklists professors

IF YOU GET ON THEIR LIST, YOU’LL GET HATE MAIL AND DEATH THREATS.

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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[...]


September 17th, 2021 - 7:56 pm § in Humor

Texas women’s rights council

Just kidding. Texas Republicans aren’t like the Taliban. They let women leave. Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]


September 17th, 2021 - 7:30 pm § in Misc.

650,000 white flags

The flags are tiny, but there are so many that even closely packed together, they turn more than 20 acres solid white. Too many to fit in the photo below. Each flag symbolizes a dead American, all killed by Covid-19. Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]


September 17th, 2021 - 3:43 pm § in Health

Covid-19 topics and links for September 2021

*   *   * Putting People At Risk WORKING FOR AN AIRLINE IS RISKY AND EXHAUSTING Read story here VIRUS HAS KILLED 1 OF EVERY 500 AMERICANS Read story here UNVACCINATED PEOPLE PUT OTHERS AT RISK Read story here *   *   * No Room in the Hospital HOSPITAL BED SHORTAGES ARE COSTING LIVES THAT C[...]


September 17th, 2021 - 1:00 am § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

Biden is all about China

In Washington, “everything comes down to China.” At least, that’s how CNN sees it. (Read article here.) After describing how Biden’s administration justifies nearly all its domestic policies on a “need to strengthen the country to better compete with China,” CNN p[...]


September 16th, 2021 - 10:50 pm § in Science

When was clothing invented?

Archaeologists have found evidence — in the form of bone tools and scrape marks on animal bones — of early Africans making clothing from animal skins 120,000 years ago, the Guardian reports (see story here, and/or study here). Taken together, the tools and scrape marks suggest those anci[...]


September 16th, 2021 - 10:09 pm § in Politics

Have GOP candidates quit crying wolf about elections?

Something is happening. Larry Elder conceded the California recall election, referred to Gavin Newsom as “Governor,” told his crowd he “lost,” and implored them to “be gracious in defeat” (read story here). In the Virginia governor’s race, the GOP candidate [...]


September 16th, 2021 - 12:24 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Elections shouldn’t be run by partisan hacks

     “Swing state by swing state, former President Donald Trump is trying to get people who tried to overturn the 2020 election chosen to be in charge of the 2024 election,” CNN says (read story here).      “Trump’s … endorsement of state Rep. Mark Finchem for Ari[...]


September 16th, 2021 - 1:40 am § in Environment, Misc.

Don’t pet the cows

Northumberland, just below the Scottish border, is largely undeveloped moorland; and in an enclosed park at a historic castle famous for its alleged ghosts (read about it here), there lives a herd of wild cattle. Numbering about 90, the Chillingham cattle are born free, and live free. They’re [...]