Slog AM: Harrell’s decision on eviction moratorium coming today, Amazon drops mask requirement for vaccinated workers, I want to taste that man’s syrup – Slog
Thanks to a ruling by a federal judge, some gray wolves can now roam a little more freely. I don’t know if it’s a gray wolf. Joe McDonald/GETTY IMAGES
A Seattle man pleads guilty to the January 6 charges: The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Washington said 52-year-old veteran Mark Leffingwell pleaded guilty after being arrested for allegedly punching a federal law enforcement officer, KOMO reports.
Mayor Harrell could make an eviction moratorium announcement today: The moratorium is due to expire on Monday. Landlords told the mayor on Thursday they wanted him to end limits on evictions for people amid the pandemic because they were struggling to pay rent. According to KING 5, he told them, “Be indulgent with me. I’m working on where we’re going to finish on this.
King County Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin offers some thoughts on lifting mask mandates right now. In my reading, it seems skeptical to drop them.
When considering lifting warrants, it is important to recognize where we really are as well as where we think we are going. In King Co, WA, we are moving in the right direction (👍), but cases, hospitalizations and deaths currently remain well above past pandemic peaks (👎). 1/ pic.twitter.com/mi8JDiG4Jg
—Jeffrey Duchin, MD (@DocJeffD) February 11, 2022
Vaccinated Amazon employees no longer have to wear masks at work: “Amazon said it was following the advice of public health authorities and its own medical experts as COVID cases have seen a steep decline in the United States,” Geekwire reports. MDR.
I want to taste this man’s maple syrup: In this healthy breakfast story from KING 5, an Acme, WA man named Neil McLeod describes his Big Leaf Maple Syrup operation, which could start a syrup industry on the West Coast to compete with the east coast sugar maple consumers. Neil calls his tree juice “the rarest maple syrup available,” which may justify the $3.50 an ounce price.
The ‘Missing Middle’ housing bill could soon go to a floor vote: Matt wrote about a bill that would gently sprinkle duplexes here and there across the state to help solve Washington’s dire housing shortage, the root cause of the problem you all tell pollsters you care about so much. This bill could see a floor vote before Tuesday, which would be a good sign for a proposal that should have passed years ago.
Seattle woman killed on Greyhound bus in California: Karin Dalton’s cousin said her cousin was “protecting her children” when she was among five people shot dead on February 2 inside a Greyhound bus in Oroville, California. Dalton and her two children had boarded the bus the day before in Spokane, heading to New Mexico, the Seattle Times reports.
Former climbing coach accused of raping a child: Prosecutors allege the 28-year-old who worked as a coach at Vertical World Climbing in Redmond raped a 15-year-old girl with whom he had an “inappropriate relationship”. Seattle Times reports.
I too am waiting for Mudede’s view on inflation: In the meantime, the New York Times begins its inflation story with a chilling data point about its rate hike (“the fastest pace in 40 years”), followed by a chilling reaction to the thing its supposed readers care most about (“the markets fell”), followed by the presumed solution to the problem (“possibly a big increase in interest rates at the next central bank rally in March”), followed by a projection of things to come (“most economists still think inflation will subside by the end of the year”), followed by a list of items that are rising in price (“new and used cars” and “costs of food, electricity and housing”), followed, finally, by the cost for the average household (“$276 per month”).
Of course, prices don’t go up on their own: CEOs raise them:
As you read today’s inflation report, pay close attention to what the price-setting CEOs are saying. We got our hands on the latest batch of earnings reports, and it’s a doozy. They literally brag about rising prices while hiding behind “inflation”. Recipes…(1/7)
— Lindsay Owens, PhD (@owenslindsay1) February 10, 2022
The structure of the supply chain also exacerbates the issues: More at PerspectiveDavid Dayden concludes his series on the broken supply chain with a slew of proposed solutions, including “eliminating the political tyrannies that have forced dependence on distant manufacturing plants, self-serving shipping oligopolies, overwhelmed ports , deregulated road and rail transportation systems, and retail giants and middlemen who see these compounding problems as an opportunity to raise prices well above rising input costs.”
Gray Wolves outside the Northern Rocky Mountains are safe again: After Trump removed the animal from the endangered species list yesterday, a federal judge reinstated it. “‘This is huge for wolves in much of the lower 48,’ said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and chief executive of Defenders of Wildlife, one of the organizations that sued the Home Office over the policy. of the Trump era,” according to the Washington Post. State law in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho allows people to continue hunting them for any reason.
Periodically, those of us who eat meat sometimes have to look her in the eye: This New York Times a video on the real costs of cheap chicken will do.
Biden is obsessed with garnering bipartisan support for the SCOTUS pick: A partisan president wants to fill a vacant seat on a partisan tribunal with a black female lawyer who will have bipartisan support, reports Politico, as polls show that ‘bipartisan’ stuff is the kind of thing he needs to say to slow down the midterm bleeding. Regardless, he “examined in depth about four” contestants, including judges J. Michelle Childs, Ketanji Brown Jackson and Leondra Kruger. Last I heard, the correct answer to the question was Jackson.
UK and Russia don’t get along: Here is the shadow Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov cast over his British interlocutor, Liz Truss: on unprepared ground,” Al Jazeera reports, saying he has denied any plans to invade Ukraine. Truss threw Lavrov in his tizzy after saying something like, “Hey, so why do you have 100,000 Tommys with tanks riding the Ukrainian wanker if you’re not planning on breaking through? Kinda dodgy, no?” Our pal BoJo, still steaming from the garden party scandal, visited NATO friends in Brussels and told reporters he didn’t think Putin had made up his mind whether to invade or not, but he said “that doesn’t mean it’s impossible that something absolutely disastrous will happen very soon. Indeed.
Are you a US citizen in Ukraine? So President Joe Biden would want you gone. In an interview with NBC News, he said the United States would not send troops to pick up stray Americans if Russia invaded, and warned that “‘things could get crazy fast’ in the region,” reports the BBC.
Vanity Fair is coming with an exclusive to Amazon’s LOTR: The Rings of Power: Looks like the show, which will premiere on Prime Video on September 2, will tell a truncated story of the Second Age, which begins after the grand alliance defeats the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, in the War of Wrath. . As everyone knows, the period that follows gives us the origin story of Sauron and the creation of his many rings of power, which of course includes the One Ring. We’ll also likely see the rise of Neumenor, the Great Isle of Men, followed by its fall to faithless liberal progressives, which will likely serve as an easy conservative analogy for the decline of the American empire in the series. The great dwarf city in the Misty Mountains, Khazad-dûm, is in its heyday around this time, so any dwarf scenes should be cute. Meanwhile, the elves gather and fight the new Dark Lord. As you can see, it really doesn’t interest me at all and I will do other things this fall.
Exclusive 🚨: VF has your first official look at @PrimeVideoThis is The Lord of the Rings: #TheRingsOfPower. Welcome to Middle Earth. https://t.co/Tabxf9CzoL
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) February 10, 2022
I leave you with this old Hooray for the song Riff Raff that came to mind after reading too much about guns this week.