Jayapal desperately tries to tell Democrats from Republicans PHOTO BY DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES
The pandemic continues: Experts have their eye on an omicron subvariant known as BA.2, which appears to be even more transmissible than the original strain. This strain is wreaking havoc in Asia and Europe. The total number of cases in Hong Kong has just exceeded one million. According to the AP, almost 97% of these cases come from the current epidemic. In Germany, a nation of 83 million people, more than 250,000 new cases emerged on Friday with 249 deaths.
While it is “unclear” if this subvariant makes people extremely sick, many health experts, but not all the washington post respondents said a surge would likely come to the United States, as our surges generally lag behind those in Europe and Asia.
Hang in there (imagine the cat poster): Coming off an episode of very somber apologies, the Seattle Weather Blog has announced some good news for girls reaching Flawless Hermit levels in the winter. Highs could bring bare legs next week! whoop whoop.
Cool, wet weather will set in over the next few days, but Tuesday will come next!
The peaks could then exceed 60 degrees for the first time this year, under partly sunny skies. 🌤
— Seattle Weather Blog (@KSeattleWeather) March 18, 2022
Alright, alright, a little less reform please: Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee officially signed House Bill 2037, which cancels part of the police reform lawmakers passed last year after many Democrats decided they were going too far. The bill essentially allows for a little more use of force to prevent people from fleeing remands for investigation.
In other police news: The UW student government has passed a proposal to implement a alternative crisis response services pilot program in the U Ward. The program is in the early stages of design and students are still seeking funding, but the goal is to get people services without the potential danger of calling the cops. Proponents of the program say it is not anti-cop but rather pro-community.
Chinatown International District Sweep: Yesterday, the city swept away a large encampment in the CID. According to the self-help group that serves this neighborhood, the city did not offer language access.
We helped residents relocate, pack, and provide interpreter services during a raid in the CID, a raid that had more than 40 paid city employees present, and no ONE provided language access. Do you know who was there in abundance today, violent and hostile, the SPD! What accommodation?
— Mutual Aid CID (@CIDMutualAid) March 17, 2022
Also, if you don’t read English or Spanish, city scan notices won’t do much for you. Based on data from the most spoken languages in Seattle, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs entities communicate citywide services and programs in Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic, Korean, and Tagalog; if possible Tigrinya, Oromo, Japanese, Russian, and consider including Arabic, Khmer, Thai, Lao.
Here we go again: After Pfizer seeks approval for a booster shot for the elderly, the drugmaker Moderna asked the FDA yesterday to allow a fourth shot of its COVID-19 vaccine for all adults. Many health officials saw this pattern coming; similar to the flu vaccine, we would need to keep pacing in order to keep the virus manageable.
ICYMI: Representative Kirsten Harris-Talley will not return to Olympia for a second term. State Democrats are dropping like flies: Meaning. Frockt, Carlyle, Sheldon and Representatives Sullivan, Dolan, Johnson, Cody, Sells and others.
Upon hearing that Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley (D-South Seattle) will not be running for a second term. This will leave a vacancy in the 37th Legislative District. #waleg
— Rich Smith (@richsssmith) March 18, 2022
The “nazification” of Ukraine: President Vladimir Putin invoked the Nazis to justify his invasion of Ukraine. Nazi scholars published an open letter calling Putin’s rhetoric “factually flawed, morally repugnant and deeply offensive”. The scholars acknowledged far-right groups in Ukraine, but said this did not justify the invasion of Russia or the “gross misrepresentation of Ukraine”. the New York Times discuss.
If anyone could do it, it would be him: Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a video on social media telling Putin to stop killing Ukrainians and sacrificing Russian soldiers. Schwarzenegger’s words are not like other “stop the war #peace” messages. The actor is super popular with Russia and its president. Putin’s twitter only follows 22 accounts, including Schwarzenegger.
More protections for abortion: Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that prohibits legal action against people seeking abortions and those who help them. Washington State has very strong pro-choice legislation compared to other states in the country, and this bill is a direct response to other states, including Idaho, wanting you to speak out so to apply cruel restrictions on abortion.
Speaking of Idaho: Girl, what?
Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin is building a coalition that includes white nationalists and members of far-right militias, in what she tells supporters is ‘the fight of our lives’ to take the lead. GOP control https://t.co/0QWHCvmTXr
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) March 18, 2022
Biden, help progressives help you. With what is certain to be a bloody midterm election looming, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has given President Joe Biden a list of 55 executive actions he might believe that would give the impression that the Democrats have done something with their control of the legislative and executive powers. These actions include solving the “family problem” in the Affordable Care Act, declaring a national climate emergency, and canceling student loan debt.
CPC Chairperson, Representative Pramila Jayapal, who represents Seattle, said in a statement, “We know workers can’t wait for relief from rising costs and Democrats must use every tool available to provide it, quickly.”
My apologies for the Notes app: Yesterday I live-tweeted my notes during one of my scariest attempts yet: the Downtown Seattle Association’s State of Downtown event. I thank God for the free cider that got me through this ordeal. I am kidding. It was good.
THE absolute STATE of downtown. The Downtown Seattle Association will discuss homelessness, crime, the whole shebang, between 2.5 hours of networking, fancy snacks and an open bar pic.twitter.com/sEPopSlfCA
— Hannah Krieg (@hannahkrieg) March 17, 2022
But anyway, in one of my tweets, I paid a well-deserved compliment to KCRHA CEO, Marc Dones, when he said homeless people are more often the victims than the perpetrators of crime. I added that I was the only one taking shots at that exact moment (the crowd loved Dones so there was a lot of snapping/clapping/laughing throughout the interview). I have since been informed that others have also reacted to this comment. I believe all snappers, so I would like to formally apologize for my mistake, and once again reiterate the most important point of this tweet: homeless people are more often the victims than the perpetrators of crime. Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. With love, Hannah.