Class action lawsuit filed against car-tab tax: People apparently still hate transit and still hate ST3 even though they voted for it. Well, at least seven angry Puget Sound-region residents have grabbed their torches and their pitchforks to lambast the Sound Transit car-tab taxes. The lawsuit is being filed on the basis that a Senate bill Gov. Jay Inslee signed to allow voter approval for funding was unconstitutional. Their reasoning is that it referenced “a motor vehicle excise tax and valuation schedule that state legislature had repealed 15 years prior,” reports KING5. The lawsuit was organized by Republican Senator Phil Fortunato from Auburn.
UW starts direct admit for computer science: Next spring, high school seniors will know right away whether they’ll be getting into that oh-so-coveted computer science major at UW. The university will set aside 200 spots for incoming freshman. The idea is to take the stress and uncertainty out of the process for a major that breaks so many young software engineers’ fragile hearts. Some students will still be admitted if they don’t get in — after all, there are like, at least two back up computer science majors (looking at you informatics and human centered design and engineering). Soon, UW will be graduating twice as many comp sci majors — 450 of them — thanks to Paul Allen’s new computer science building that’s currently under construction.
Amazon warehouse workers want better working conditions: A group of East African employees at a Minnesota warehouse say they experience “exhaustion, dehydration, and injuries while working without air conditioning,” reports the Associated Press. It’s especially hard for those celebrating Ramadan.
Live footage of an Amazon warehouse worker on break: Finally, someone gave this worker some water. It’s exhausting out there.
THIRSTY WORK: This parched squirrel casually reached out for a Grand Canyon visitor's water bottle and drank every last drop. https://t.co/swdH5yYmzQ pic.twitter.com/R3W78jtyDn
— ABC News (@ABC) June 6, 2018
Homeless student gets college scholarship: Kicked out of his house and living alone in Lacey, a high school senior is now headed to Eastern Washington University. His work with foster kids, at risk youths, and special needs kids helped earn him a $10,000 scholarship from the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. His new dorm room will be his new home.
Federal Way SUV explodes: The vehicle exploded in a driveway of a Federal Way neighborhood. A man has been arrested in connection with the crime. No one was injured. The Federal Way police, the FBI, and ATF are all investigating. They haven’t released word on what caused the explosion. If I had to guess, this looks pretty similar to a screenplay my mom wrote 10 years ago. It was called Sigalert and it had to do with exploding nanobots in gasoline that really wreaked havoc on Los Angeles traffic. It didn’t sell but maybe I should send a copy to the FBI.
Some weather for you: I know how much you love the weather. What else would you talk about with your coworkers?
Today will be warm and sunny across the Western Washington interior, but the coast will be mostly cloudy with some light rain in the morning. We can expect a transition to cooler and wetter weather Friday through the weekend. #wawx pic.twitter.com/P8zS677PxH
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) June 6, 2018
Jeff’s Balls get a little gayer this month: Happy Pride, Amazon has washed its balls in rainbow lights.
So-called “identitarian” from WSU now an elected GOP official: Jame Allsup told me at the UW Patriot Prayer rally in February that diversity was a weakness and that the United States was a country founded by Europeans for Europeans. He said some other fucked up shit but that’s not the point. The point is he is now an elected official in Whitman County. Allsup, who attended the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, has pretty much the same views and belief system as a white nationalist but, as Rich Smith points out, he’ll sue anyone that calls him that so I’m using Allsup's word for it — identitarian. We can also go Rich’s route and call Allsup an anti-semite since he's definitely one of those. Allsup is also now a precinct committee officer for Whitman County.
California votes out judge who sentenced Stanford rapist to just six-months: You remember Brock Turner, the golden child of the Stanford swim team who was found guilty for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster? The crime could have locked Turner away for 14 years in prison. Instead, he got a lenient sentence of six months in county jail because of Judge Aaron Persky. Now, because of that light sentence, Persky is the first California judge to be recalled in 86 years.
The Eagles fan celebration at the White House yesterday was weird: First of all, were any Eagles fans even there? Eagles fans climb telephone poles, topple awnings, and literally eat shit to celebrate a Super Bowl win. So, it’s fishy that none of them were wearing any Eagles merchandise let alone anything green yesterday at the White House. Also, according to Tim Furlong from NBC in Philly, out of six people he asked, none of them could name who the quarterback was.
Not exactly sure who these @Eagles “fans” are but I have counted exactly one item of clothing with an eagles logo on it at the White House. #Eagles #EaglesNation @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/XAo9u6L2F2
— Tim Furlong (@tfurlong) June 5, 2018
Trump doesn’t know the words to “God Bless America”: C’mon, every first grader in America knows that one.
Trump unable to remember words to "God Bless America" at replacement event he commissioned to prove his patriotism: https://t.co/LrMPaCEnen pic.twitter.com/oCcWMX9g39
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) June 5, 2018
Happy middle school graduation, here’s a bullet proof shield: Eighth graders in Pennsylvania got bulletproof backpack plates as a graduation gift. Nothing says ready for high school like taking precautions for a school shooting.
Facebook gave flagged-Chinese company access to data: At this point Facebook should just tell us who didn’t have access to our data. Huawei is a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by the U.S. as a national security threat. Huawei was one of the companies that was allowed private access to Facebook user data. Apparently that partnership will be dissolved this week. I can't wait for the next Facebook apology ad!
Deb Haaland could be the first Native American woman in Congress: Haaland won the Democratic nomination for the New Mexico primary yesterday. Haaland also supports defunding ICE, likely another first for Congress.
Scott Pruitt tried to use his EPA chief status to get his wife a job at Chick-Fil-A: Ah, how the mighty wield their power. Pruitt made one of his aides call Chick-Fil-A to schedule a meeting with the brand’s chief executive officer. He wanted his wife, Marlyn, to run a franchise. She started the application but never finished it. Pruitt may have violated ethics laws by using his position to get a Chick-Fil-A franchise.
Jeremy Renner’s arms are made of CGI in new comedy: Renner broke both of his arms three days into filming the comedy film Tag. He had to wear green casts during the next 40 days of filming so that they could fix it in post. I don’t want to see this movie. I do, however, want to see how bad CGI arms look. Remember when Warner Bros tried to remove Henry Cavill’s mustache in Justice League with CGI? It looked pretty bad. (Clarification: Cavill couldn't shave the stache because he had to keep it for filming Mission Impossible 6).
Now, what you're eating for breakfast:
Zach forgot his bacon at home.
According to Aaaron, "this was very recently a pea-protein and almond milk liquid breakfast. Now it is water." Do we believe him?
Andrea, who is my mother, is in Eugene, OR visiting my older brother. Andrea: That’s a leftover pancake from last night’s “breakfast for dinner." I thought I might throw it in the toaster.
Looks gross, mom.
Jim: Made scones this morning. Also a less ripe banana than the one I had in a previous photo that a commenter said was too ripe. Plus coffee.
Don't bow to their whims, Jim! That's how they sense your weakness. But, also, less ripe bananas are a personal preference of mine, too.
An update to this post was made at 9:25 a.m.