Get your flu shot, you idiot: The flu is all types of evil this year. This flu season is seeing the highest activity in 10 years. More and more people are falling ill and flu season hasn’t even reached its peak activity. According to the Washington Department of Health, 109 have died in Washington due to the flu this year. Vaccinate yourself! Your kids! Your dog!
More than one in 10 Washington college students has experienced depression: A new survey is serving as a baseline for Washington colleges and their mental health resources. It found, of the 10,000 students surveyed, that four out of five students said emotional distress impacted their academic work. A third said they suffered from depression. Five percent said they contemplated taking their own life. There are two bills currently in the legislature that would increase campus mental health services. This new information comes just two weeks after Washington State’s Tyler Hilinski’s death.
Where do homeless families go? Well, first, they call the Emergency Family Shelter Line and reach Sherry Tillman. She works at Mary’s Place and focuses on getting families with young children shelter. Oftentimes, she is the first point of contact — the first rung on the ladder— for someone trying to pull themselves out of homelessness. But, it's never possible to help anyone. A lot of her job is trying to offer options and alternatives for people who are struggling. Read more about her work and her story here.
Wet in Western Washington: Brace yourselves — er, well, keep bracing yourselves — the rainy weather is continuing. There’s a chance you might see the sun if you’re lucky. Although, at this point, the sun might be a myth we made up collectively.
A cool, moist air mass over Western Washington today and Wednesday will bring showery weather — and a few sun breaks. The snow level will be 1500 to 2000 feet with two-day snow totals of 6 to 14 inches in the mountains. A warm front will bring more rain late this week. #wawx pic.twitter.com/mWsXAzKodX
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) January 30, 2018
This all raises the question of whether we’ll see that Super Moon: On Wednesday, there’s a Super Blue Blood Moon event. Which sounds metal as fuck. And, it apparently is metal as fuck. This rare lunar event hasn’t happened for 150 years. We will most likely (read: definitely) miss it. Thanks, clouds.
More weather havoc: The rain is verging on excessive. I love it, but it’s a lot. Amtrak workers agree. They had to shut down the route from Bellingham to Vancouver, B.C. because a mudslide blocked the tracks. The route won’t be opened until Wednesday.
The State of the
Union Uniom is tonight: Are you prepared? Is Trump? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The bar is being set incredibly low so expect people to be pleasantly surprised this time tomorrow after they see that Trump can read. But, whoever printed the State of the Uniom tickets certainly can't spell.
Just received my ticket for the State of the Union. Looks like @BetsyDeVosEd was in charge of spell checking... #SOTUniom pic.twitter.com/ZgFTGtTkzv
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) January 29, 2018
Keep an eye out for the impeachment ads: Billionaire Tom Steyer is running during the State of the Union. He’s dumped $40 million into his impeachment ad campaign which spans more than just the SOTU. That’s something I think we can all agree is useless and the money would be better spent doing literally anything else.
Notorious RBG will not be in attendance: That’s right, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is opting out of Trump’s State of the Union tonight. She’s going to Rhode Island to speak to some law students instead. I’m sure it will be far more rewarding.
Washington Senator Maria Cantwell will be there: And she’s invited Maru Mora-Villalpando, an undocumented local immigrant rights activist, and Mora-Villalpando’s 20-year-old daughter as her guests for the evening.
Woody Allen’s latest film might get dumped: Allen, and his alleged sexual abuse of daughter Dylan Farrow, are under intense scrutiny amidst the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. His current film, “A Rainy Day in New York,” might not be released with all the controversy swirling around Allen and the actors who have worked for him. Many have apologized, denounced Allen, and donated their salaries to Time's UP, including stars of the newest film, Timotheé Chalamet and Selena Gomez.
Elite companies looking to break into the healthcare game: Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway are breaking into the hot healthcare market. The three CEOs will be forming a new company that will provide better healthcare for their employees. There aren’t plans to expand outside employees. Bezos said something about how the three “share the belief that putting our collective resources behind the country’s best talent can, in time, check the rise in health costs.” Seems a little biased.
The drama of the “Putin List”: A list released last night contained the names of 210 top Russians as part of a sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in U.S. elections. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Caatsa) was passed last August. Trump was against Caatsa. The “Putin List” was ordered to be released Monday. Trump didn’t release it until 10 minutes before midnight last night. Putin, in response to the list, is pissed. Most of Putin’s long-standing allies are named in the list, it named 114 senior Russian political figures and 96 “oligarchs.” The Trump administration announced they will not implement new sanctions.
Sen. Susan Collins says it is "perplexing" that the White House has not imposed new sanctions on Russia after 98 of 100 senators voted for the sanctions. https://t.co/P7br1FJTus pic.twitter.com/h3e8Lrdih4
— New Day (@NewDay) January 30, 2018
Julian Assange DM’d a Sean Hannity parody account: Assange, the head of WikiLeaks, slid into the twitter direct messages of a fake Sean Hannity account. The account was formed during a brief interlude when the real Hannity’s twitter was taken down. Assange messaged the fake Hannity about dirt he had on Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat in the Russian investigation. The Daily Beast obtained screenshots from that conversation. Makes you wonder if Sean Hannity has been getting some hot tips from Julian Assange. Also makes you wonder how Assange feels after being catfished.
Hannity obviously had something to say:
The epitome of #FakeNews. Literally a fake account, a fake persona, and this is what the destroy Trump media writes about? MEDIA IS MISSING THE BIGGEST STORY IN THE POLITICAL WORLD. Truth and facts tonight on Hannity 9 est Foxnews. Tick tock!! https://t.co/6APtqvn5MV
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 30, 2018
Pull an RBG and opt out of Trump's speech by going to these great events: Like tonight’s National Geographic Live: View From Above talk, Impromptu Evening with Joseph Keckler, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Kevin Buster, and Jason Cressey, and Consent Fest. Plus, ICYMI: The Hamilton lottery was announced yesterday and will begin this weekend.