Washington on track to ditch the switch: The bill that would keep us on daylight saving time year round is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee for a signature. It passed the House of Representatives 90-6. That means we would get an extra hour of sunlight in the winter. The trade-off is that the sun would rise later. Though it's basically all but passed in Washington, the bill still has to be approved on a federal level.
Senator Maureen Walsh has a lot of mail to open: Walsh made a controversial comment on the Senate floor last week where she said that nurses in her district's hospital "probably do get breaks... they probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." Cue uproar. On Monday, Walsh agreed to shadow a nurse for 12 hours. On Tuesday, the Tumwater UPS said they'd received 667 packs of cards addressed to Walsh. Those were the result of a widely circulated open letter.
Along with 1000s of emails/phone calls, Washington State Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, who said nurses “probably play cards” much of the day has received 100s of decks of playing cards. #waleg pic.twitter.com/wpHG3fbUUH
— Drew Mikkelsen (@drewmikkelsenk5) April 23, 2019
Chalking cars is unconstitutional: Ruled a federal appeals court on Monday. Police monitor parking lots with time constraints by chalking tires of cars. That's apparently unconstitutional. According to this court, that's a form of trespassing. It was brought to the court by a Michigan woman who gets a hell of a lot of parking tickets. So, she's pretty happy right now EVEN THOUGH she parked illegally and/or does not own a watch/have a basic understanding of time. The recommendation for monitoring this kind of parking is that police should just take pictures of cars.
GOP Senators tried their hardest to kill the vaccine exemptions bill: Politics is a circus and we are so glad we have Rich Smith here to give us a guided tour into it. Some crazy time delay antics happened last week when the Senate was voting on the bill that would do away with personal exemptions for vaccines. Read about it here.
The mystery of Bertha and the pipes: Drama alert! The contractors, Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), who built the overrated and underwhelming SR 99 Tunnel, are embroiled in a lawsuit over who should pay for the delays to the project. STP alleges that the damage to Bertha, the beloved and slow drill, incurred in 2013 was caused by pipes buried by the Washington Department of Transportation. Seems like the smoking gun right? It would have been except that the contractors threw away all the evidence and misplaced the journal that detailed the incident. Now, STP may be missing out on a big fat taxpayer bailout.
Here comes the sun:
More 🌤 is in store tomorrow to help get you over the hump. Highs will top out near 60.
— Seattle Weather Blog (@KSeattleWeather) April 23, 2019
Glossier is coming to Capitol Hill: The New York City unicorn valued at $1.2 million is bringing a pop-up shop to Seattle. Glossier, the Instagram famous brand, is makeup for people with good skin. It's gained rabid attention and we are dying to try it. What does Boy Brow look like on our already-thick eyebrows? Will Cloud Paint solve our problems? We have no idea, we've just seen the ads. The store is expected to open sometime this spring.
An Easter brawl:
Anger in the wake of Sri Lanka massacre: More than 300 people were killed during a string of bombings at churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Islamic extremists allegedly carried out the attack though the Islamic State's claim of responsibility hasn't been confirmed. There were burials for the dead Tuesday. Amidst the grief is anger; Muslim shops have been vandalized in the country and many in religiously mixed areas are fleeing.
Speaking of Sri Lanka... Did you miss this excellent op-ed from Kara Swisher (who will be coming to Seattle on May 7) about how Sri Lanka briefly blocked Facebook, claiming posts were inciting anti-Muslim violence? "Sri Lanka Shut Down Social Media. My First Thought Was ‘Good,'" reads the headline. "Social media has blown the lids off controls that have kept society in check," Swisher writes. "These platforms give voice to everyone, but some of those voices are false or, worse, malevolent, and the companies continue to struggle with how to deal with them." Complicated, messy, frustrating stuff.
The first malaria vaccine is here! The World Health Organization is conducting a pilot program with this new vaccine; 360,000 African children a year in three countries (Malawi, Kenya, and Ghana) will receive the vaccine. Clinical trials showed that the vaccine prevented four in 10 malaria cases.
Police found the woman who threw 7 puppies in a trash can: Surveillance footage of a woman pulling up in a white Jeep and tossing a plastic bag full of puppies into a dumpster for recyclables (you decide on the real crime here) was widely circulated. The woman was tracked down Tuesday and arrested. She's facing up to 7 counts of animal cruelty. When officials searched her house they found about 30 dogs. That's too many.
Is Twitter going to the White House to dump the president? Probably not. But Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and a handful of Twitter executives are having a closed-door meeting with our Tweeter-in-Chief today, reports Motherboard. It doesn't appear Twitter initiated the meeting, as the invite came from the White House, and they will reportedly discuss "the health of the public conversation on Twitter." They certainly have a lot to talk about:
Trump is having a psychotic breakdown today. 10 tweets by 7:30. Frontotemporal dementia & the airing of a few of his crimes from Mueller's report (unredacted & CI will be worse) are destroying him. A normal family would do a 5150 hold right now- involuntary psychiatric commitment
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) April 23, 2019
You know what would help that health? Dumping the president off your platform, dummies.
It's safe to assume Amazon won't be backing Warren in 2020: First, let's watch Warren clearly explain how she sees Amazon using monopoly to crush its competitors at her CNN Presidential Town Hall last night:
Giant tech companies have too much power. My plan to #BreakUpBigTech prevents corporations like Amazon from knocking out the rest of the competition. You can be an umpire, or you can be a player—but you can’t be both. #WarrenTownHall pic.twitter.com/73y1002QVv
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 23, 2019
And then, a clapback this afternoon from Amazon's news Twitter account:
We don’t use individual sellers’ data to launch private label products (which account for only about 1% of sales). And sellers aren’t being “knocked out” – they’re seeing record sales every year. Also, Walmart is much larger; Amazon is less than 4% of U.S. retail. https://t.co/5wXTfaAHuN
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) April 23, 2019
Monica Nickelsburg has a fact check on that claim from Amazon over at Geekwire. "Amazon was responsible for about 5 percent of all American retail sales, including brick-and-mortar, in 2018," she writes.