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Health officials investigate measles outbreak in Washington State: south King, Pierce counties

Via: KIROTV.com

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Public health officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of measles in south King and Pierce counties.

According to officials, health agencies have reported seven confirmed cases and another probable case that occurred between June 10 and June 22.

The cases of measles are among members of the same extended family, which are linked to another case. A person returned to the United States from the Pacific Islands on May 26 with measles.

The known public exposures occurred at several MultiCare health care facilities, where the infected individuals were treated, including a hospital in Tacoma.

As of Thursday, five people have sought care at the following facilities and were later identified as having measles.

They may have exposed others to the virus. (Yeah, you think?)

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Here are the details about the exposures:

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/health-officials-investigate-measles-outbreak-sout/ngTCw/

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My personal opinion:

FUCK the ANTI-VAXXERS!

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Photo of the Day’

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Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA, 1917

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June 24, 2014 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Photo of the Day’

The Emerald City

Seattle, Washington

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photo by: Thatcher Kelly

http://thatcherkelley.com/

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March 21, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Modern Day American ‘Debtor’s Prison’

Via: Huffington Post

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Virginia Dickerson says she’s devoted the last three years to recovering from the drug problems that entangled her in the criminal justice system throughout her teens and 20s.

Now in her mid-30s, she’s been out of prison for more than a year, working 30 hours a week as a cook and server at a restaurant in Richland, Wash. She says she’s also looking for a full-time job, and volunteering for two organizations that help people overcome addictions and a third that provides arts programs to teens.

Still, if she fails to pay off the $8,000 in fines that she still owes county courts in southern Washington as a result of her arrests several years ago, she could end up right back in jail. District and Superior courts in Benton County ordered her to pay a total of $130 a month toward fines and fees stemming from two drug arrests in 2010 and 2011, one for possession of methamphetamines and the other for delivery. Dickerson was fined about $6,000 for her two drug charges, but has accrued about $2,000 in interest.

“I’ve done my time, and I’m doing anything in my power to clean up the wreckage of my past,” Dickerson said. “But I can’t pay the amount they want me to pay.”

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In Benton County, the problem is particularly severe; about 20 PERCENT of the jail population is there because of unpaid legal charges. The county’s District Court fines people for misdemeanors like driving without a license, and the Superior Court orders defendants who are convicted of violent crimes and property offenses to pay restitution to their victims. In both courts, defendants are often ordered to pay for the cost of their trials.

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Under the U.S. Constitution, Americans can’t be jailed for failing to pay their debts when the reason for their failure to pay is poverty. But in Washington and other states, county governments get around that by insisting poor defendants could find a way to pay if they simply tried hard enough. “You hear judges say, ‘Oh, you have a tattoo, you can pay,’” said Vanessa Hernandez, a co-author of the report. “Or, ‘Why don’t you just mow some lawns?’ There’s not a specific enough standard for whether they have the ability to pay.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/12/debtors-prisons-report_n_4768320.html

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February 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Shadow of Mt. Rainier

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Via: Good Shit

All objects, big or small, cast shadows and so do mountains. However, one particular peak displays a peculiar behavior – it cast shadows not on the ground, but up in the clouds.

How does that happen?

– Mount Rainier is a massive volcanic peak located 87 km southeast of Seattle in the state of Washington, United States, that climbs to a height of 4,392 meters. There are no other mountains anywhere near that height in the surroundings, so it is topographically the most prominent mountain in the entire United States.

On clear days the peak dominates the southeastern horizon and can be seen from as far away as Portland, Oregon and Victoria, British Columbia.

But on a cloudy morning, when the cloud heights are just right, the rising sun can catch the peak from below and cast a long shadow on the underside of the cloud.

http://extragoodshit.phlap.net/index.php/the-shadow-of-mount-rainier/

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Seeing this shadow, I can’t help thinking about ‘Mt. Saint Helens/Spirit Lake’

http://jonspnw.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/mt-saint-helens-spirit-lake/

And of course, Harry Tuman.

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October 11, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tacoma, WA – police-seek-man-wearing-flowery-dress who robbed bank

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Via: Nothing to do with Arbroath

Police in Tacoma are looking for a man who robbed a bank last week wearing a flowery dress. They have released a surveillance photo, hoping somebody might recognize him.

The hold-up happened at about 4pm on Wednesday. The man walked into a Key Bank branch and handed a teller a note demanding cash. He then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured. The robber is a white man in his 40s, 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.

He was wearing a light brown wig, tan makeup, large sunglasses, a white long-sleeved shirt and a long dark blue sleeveless flowery dress. (heels? don’t know)

Anyone with tips is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

http://arbroath.blogspot.com/2013/08/police-seek-man-wearing-flowery-dress.html

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Pope Francis, “Who am I to judge?”

Well, okay I guess, but . . .

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August 8, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Seattle – Image Gallery

Via: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

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Seattle’s Hooverville squatter settlements, 1930′s

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See more photos, HERE:

http://k-a-t-i-e-.tumblr.com/tagged/seattle

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“The fundamentals of the economy are strong”

– President Herbert Hoover

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Wait, wait, wait; that was President George W. Bush.

hey, honest mistake 🙂

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July 13, 2013 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I-5 Skagit River Bridge Collapses

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Via: Huffington Post

The Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state collapsed around 7 p.m. on Thursday, dumping cars and people into the water, KIRO-TV reported.BOTH north and southbound lanes of the interstate were affected.

At least two vehicles were on the span when it fell into the river. Rescue teams quickly arrived on the scene to save victims from the chilly waters. When first responders pulled the first victim off the roof of his vehicle, nearby eyewitnesses applauded, The Skagit Valley Herald reported.

Authorities said nobody was killed in the incident, but three people were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Cause of the collapse is unknown at this time. According to The Associated Press, police are speaking with a commercial truck driver whose rig may have hit the bridge.

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Bart Treece, approximately age 93, with the Washington State Department of Transportation told KOMO News that he was unsure when the bridge was last inspected.

“All of our bridges in the area are pretty old,” he said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/skagit-river-bridge-collapses_n_3329496.html

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personal thought:

Congress needs to get off their ass and authorize money to fix our crumbling infrasturure!

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May 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

LIFE ’70 years of extarodinary photography’- Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

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Mount St. Helens erupting. May 18, 1980

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See more LIFE magazine images, HERE:

http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/LIFE

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MY ‘Mt. Saint Helens / Spirit Lake’ post:

http://jonspnw.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/mt-saint-helens-spirit-lake/

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March 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Gene Daniels – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

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Children play in yard of Ruston, Louisiana Washington home, while Tacoma Smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue.

– August 1972

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See more photos, HERE:

http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/Gene-Daniels

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Via: HistoryLin.org

The smokestack dated to 1917. Considered at the time an engineering gem, it was constructed of 2.5 million bricks, approximately 5,000 tons of mortar and stood 571 feet tall, making it then the largest smokestack in the world.  Earthquake damage in 1937 necessitated repairs and the stack was reduced to 562 feet in height.  Once a sign of prosperity, the stack had over the years become a symbol of environmental pollution.  Structurally it had become unsafe; many of its bricks were loose and in danger of falling. The smokestack had even attracted daredevils, from local youths to Greenpeace protestors.

The 67-acre ASARCO smelter site was listed as one of the country’s most polluted sites, primary contaminants being arsenic and lead. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called for an eight-stage cleanup that included demolishing structures, excavating soil and slag from the most contaminated locations, disposing of the contaminates, plugging or removing surface water drainage, capping the project area, protecting the site from erosion, continuing monitoring impacts on groundwater and marine sediments and integrating cleanup with future land use plans.    

Read more, HERE:

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8744

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bastards!

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December 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment