April 17th, 2019 - 1:08 am § in China, Foreign Affairs

Kim to Meet With Putin, Trump Snubbed

Citing sources in Moscow, Yonhap News Agency  said, “Chances that Kim Jong Un’s trip to the Russian Federation will take place by the end of April are quite high.” While the Trump Doctrine remains hard to figure, his dear friend Kim Jung Un is meeting with Putin to discuss North K[...]

April 16th, 2019 - 10:47 pm § in Misc.

What Notre Dame looks like now

As you can see, the stone work is intact. Most of the damage was to the 13th century oak roof. Thanks to a Vassar College art professor (who passed away a few months ago), a precise laser map of the entire structure exists, which will be an invaluable aid in the restoration to come. Read […][...]

April 16th, 2019 - 10:40 am § in Misc.

THE Ave Challenge: Whatisit?

A. Roman bed pan B. Pendant from Minoan necklace C. Lamp showing menorah D. Aztec royal hat E. Fish line weight from Peru[...]

April 16th, 2019 - 8:34 am § in Foreign Affairs

Kim Jung Un Sets Conditions for Further Talks With Don John Trump

(Global Times, 4/12/2019) During First Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly,  Kim Jong-un said he is willing to meet the US president again on certain conditions.  Kim was re-elected as chairman of the DPRK’s State Affairs Commission (SAC). “If the United States adopts a[...]

April 15th, 2019 - 11:14 am § in UW

TRADITION: UW Nobel Winner dies .. WHO CARES?

David Thouless — Nobel laureate and UW professor emeritus — dies at age 84 David James Thouless, UW professor emeritus and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016, died in Cambridge in the U.K. on April 6. Thouless was a theoretical physicist whose most well-known work focused on the pro[...]

April 15th, 2019 - 10:43 am § in Misc.

Firefighters Saved the Structure and Artwork

But the interior is gutted As shocked Parisians watched helplessly, fire destroyed the roof and wooden interior of the Notre Dame Cathedral, but firefighters say the structure, towers, and priceless artwork survived. Sixteen copper statues of the Apostles that normally occupy the roof peak were remo[...]

April 15th, 2019 - 1:44 am § in America

We Need a Wealth Tax

I am not all that interested in a progressive income tax. For one thing “income” is very easy for the rich to hide.  For example, money earned as stock options may never be taxed until they are exercised but it can be used to take loans at low rates .. and the interest on those [&hellip[...]

April 15th, 2019 - 1:14 am § in Misc.


The Seattle Times has now become a charity .. at least as far as support for investigative journalism. In an email today, the Times announced that in addition to paying for a subscription, not tax-free, I can pay for the salaries of its reporters and get a tax deduction! The Seattle Times, owned by [...]

April 15th, 2019 - 1:07 am § in The Ave Scene

WA State ranks in the dismal 13 for worst taxes

Life magazine has rated WA state as among the 13th worst for tax burden.  This puts the Evergreen States in a basket with Kansas, New York, Massachusetts and Texas.  We come just one notch WORSE then Mississippi! Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada are the best five states in the U.S. w[...]

April 15th, 2019 - 12:45 am § in Misc.

Durante on Taxes