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‼ ️BREAK: @SeattlePD confirms to me that up to now * 354 * sworn employees do not have to present a vaccination certificate.
Today is the deadline for SPD officials to present a vaccination card, as described in a letter from Chief Diaz last week. “Monday October 4th will be your last day that you will receive the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine OR your single-dose vaccine for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 in order to qualify for the October 18th vaccine mandate deadline to qualify, ”wrote Diaz.
It should be mentioned that @SeattlePD Officials actually have until October 18 to produce evidence, despite what Chief Diaz said in that tweet last week. Two hours after posting this tweet, SPD HR sent the officers an email with some explanations: https://t.co/EChLATaUi8 pic.twitter.com/aH3MLmvaoQ
– Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) October 5, 2021
AP reports that the oil spill leaked off the coast of Southern California this weekend was caused by a pipeline that apparently split and pulled more than 30 meters above the sea floor, possibly by a ship’s anchor, The officials announced on Tuesday. The leak released an estimated 126,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the ocean and to the Huntington Beach coastline.
There is a mayors’ forum for climate and environmental justice wrap up now. You should be able to watch it again once it’s done.
Washington State Senator David Frockt will step down from the Senate when his term ends in December 2022, he will announced today. Frockt is a MP who represents the state’s 46th Legislative District, which includes northern Seattle, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore. He was elected to the Washington State House in 2010 but quickly moved to the Senate following the death of Senator Scott White in 2011. Since then he has held the office. In 2018 we called him “a very nice man who is open to compromise and excruciatingly slow, incremental changes. So not our favorite.” The race for his place is going to be juicy!
Democratic State Representative Javier Valdez, who currently represents the 46th District with Frockt and Rep. Jerry Pollet, immediately announced that he was intends to run for Frockt’s Senate seatreports the Seattle Times. Other Senate seats that will be reopened include Republican Senator Ann Rivers (this Ann, also this Ann) on the 18th LD and Democratic Senator Jeannie Darneille on the 27th LD (she is going for the correctional facility). Rivers will step down before the Senate meets in January and Darneille will leave sometime this fall.
Horn culture is changing in Seattle. A new survey from PEMCO Insurance suggests that more people in Seattle and Portland honk their car horns, behavior that people considered an abomination in the old days when the hempest was lit and the Sonics were on top. How do you sound your car horn, Seattle? A little trick? Big beep? Or do you just sit there and smile while fucking cursing your head like a true Seattle fanatic?
Former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen spoke to a Senate subcommittee today of the company’s reluctance to address misinformation on the website because the recommended changes could hurt his profits. Haugen recommended stronger government oversight of the company and some simple fixes – like returning to chronological social feeds and adding another click before users can share content – which they think would reduce misinformation. “A lot of the changes I’m talking about won’t make Facebook an unprofitable company, it just won’t be a ridiculously profitable company like it is today,” said Haugen.
If there’s one thing that seems to unite Democrats and Republicans right now, it comes together to give Facebook a good old-fashioned wag of a finger. Follow this afternoon’s exchange, written by NPR:
At one moment of the hearing, Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas turned to Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Moran said they should put their partisan differences aside in order to achieve a common goal: contain Facebook.
Regarding such regulation, Blumenthal said: “Our differences are very small.”
“I share that view,” Moran replied.
Later, during a press conference, Blumenthal referred to the bipartisan unit at the hearing.
“If you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t know if it’s a Republican or a Democrat,” he said. “Every part of the country has the damage that Facebook and Instagram are causing.”
Johnson & Johnson urges the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the booster vaccination of the vaccine manufacturer: If approved, the boosters would be approved for people aged 18 and over who received their single dose of the vaccine two to six months earlier. After approving Pfizer’s booster last month, the FDA is convening an advisory group next week to review booster data for both the J&J and Moderna vaccines.
Would you like to get a booster vaccination in King County? Do you want to know if you are eligible? Seattle Met Has a short guide.
King County confirmed that a woman in King County has died of rare blood clotting syndrome. as a result of receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first confirmed death in the county from this one very rare* Vaccination complication, the district writes. (*A reported rate of 7 cases per 1 million vaccinated women aged 18 to 49.) The woman received the vaccination in late August and died on September 7th. The CDC has reported only three more deaths nationwide from this syndrome known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome.
The profile described in King County’s news release is consistent the obituary by Jessica Berg Wilson, 37, Posted on OregonLive by Wilson’s family. The obituary described Wilson as a “vehement opponent” of the COVID vaccine, suggesting that the state mandate moved them to receive the vaccine. It’s a terribly sad story that we should put in context.
“For the past 30 days, an unvaccinated person’s risk of dying from COVID-19 in King County was 57 times higher than that of someone who was vaccinated.” corresponding The King County’s data dashboard. “The risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 was 41 times higher for an unvaccinated person than for a vaccinated person of the same age.”
Conservative media ran with Wilson’s death yesterday In particular, it focused on how Twitter fact-checkers added a “misleading” label to their obituary describing vaccine mandates as clumsy and deprived of liberty.
Straight to hell: French clergy of the Catholic Church An estimated 216,000 children have been molested in the past 70 years, an investigation by an independent commission found, reports Reuters. Most of the victims were boys between the ages of 10 and 13. A leader of the French bishops asked for forgiveness and promised action but did not say whether the church would accept the report’s recommendations to conduct background checks on everyone in the church they interact with children, educate priests, and provide financial compensation for any identified abuse victims .
Today a jury from Oregon found the self-proclaimed Proud Boy Alan Swinney guilty of assault, threat and illicit use of weapons at two Portland protests in August 2020: Swinney shot paintballs, sprayed bear clubs and aimed a gun at counter-demonstrators during a rally on August 22 last summer when Proud Boys and Antifa protesters clashed for hours in downtown Portland without police intervention. While Swinney claimed his actions were in self-defense, prosecutors labeled him a “vigilante cowboy” who came to Portland to fight anti-fascist protesters. A judgment date has not yet been set.
Do you dream of running a small cultural space in Seattle? Built for you by the city? The Office for Art and Culture wants to make it possible. They are looking for their next recipient of their Tiny Cultural Space Program, which is with Sawhorse revolution to build innovative cultural spaces on “snippets” of the city’s own land. It’s a cool project. Here is some more information:
This room is individually designed and built by a youth cohort under professional guidance with you and your organization as a customer. It will be built to your needs and placed on a small city-owned property (a “cutout” lot) in a location to be determined by the City of Seattle. The structure will be owned by the community organization and the land on which it is located will be available for at least five years. If the community organization can responsibly manage the space during these five years, the city will, at its sole discretion, initiate a process to fully transfer ownership of the property to the organization.
Much more information: here.
The melody that keeps going through our heads is this single from the new video game soundtrack from Japanese Breakfast for sable. It’s inspired by Yo La Tengo and Alen Menkens Disney Themes, and Japanese Breakfast frontwoman Michelle Zauner spoke to NPR about what it’s like one of the best songs she ever wrote. The band came through Seattle last week.