Washington Senate votes to ban plastic bags: For us Seattleites, this won’t change anything. We’ve had a ban on single-use plastic bags since 2012, but for the rest of the state, this could make a real difference in decreasing the amount of plastic we throw away. Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen called it a “socialist method” because apparently we’re calling anything liberal politicians do socialism now. I don’t exactly remember Fidel Castro jailing people for not bringing canvas bags to the market, but maybe Erickson read some Karl Marx literature I haven’t. The ban wouldn’t go into effect until 2020 to give stores a chance to use up their existing stocks.
Trade deficit hits highest level in history: Yep, that’s right. All of history. Trump’s promises to shift the trade deficit back in our favor turned out to be empty, but it’s not entirely his fault (although those tariffs didn’t help). Trade deficits are when a country imports more than it exports. We currently have a deficit of almost $900 billion and it rose by $70 billion from last year. The strength of the U.S. Dollar and a global economic slowdown are mostly to blame, but Trump’s trade war with China exacerbated the problem for U.S. manufacturers.
Some of the largest cranes on the west coast motor toward their new home: Great, as if we didn’t have enough fucking cranes. These 434 foot behemoths will live in Tacoma’s port among an already impressive collection of cranes. But remember, it’s not the size of the crane, it’s how you use it.
The largest cranes on the west coast arrived at the Port of Tacoma on Tuesday after a month-long trip across the Pacific Ocean from China. A few people stopped by for the show. pic.twitter.com/KbB3hCwd7G
— Tacoma News Tribune (@thenewstribune) March 6, 2019
Billionaire announces he’s NOT running for president: Michael Bloomberg, the ninth richest person in the world and former mayor of New York City, announced he will not seek the presidency. Thank the goddess. Also, take a fucking hint Howard Schultz. Instead, Bloomberg is launching Beyond Carbon, a campaign to transition the economy away from oil and gas to renewable forms of energy. That’s a good billionaire. Well a relatively good billionaire.
In case you’re as confused as I am about the Democratic candidates: Here’s a handy little list with emojis my millennial brain can understand.
2020 Democratic presidential candidates
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 5, 2019
Washington House votes to end personal exemptions for vaccines: But the House didn’t quite go far enough, they only ended exemptions for measles, mumps and rubella vaccines. The Senate bill goes much farther and ends all personal exemptions for childhood vaccines, which is where we need to get to. Religious and medical exemptions still exist, so there is a possibility that the most fervent anti-vaxxers will simply claim religious exemptions they don’t, but this is at least a step in the right direction. I didn’t get a flu shot this year and now I’m sick. Don’t be like me, get your vaccines. They’re probably the greatest invention of all time.
An increase in border crossings: 76,000 migrants crossed the southern border without authorization in February, the highest number in 11 years. Border Patrol and humanitarian services at the border say they are overwhelmed and can’t move fast enough to accommodate the migrants, many of whom are families from Central America. The large percentage of these families are presenting themselves at ports of entry and applying for asylum. There is a emergency at the border, but it is not the same one President Trump declared and it definitely won’t be fixed by a wall.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen faces tough questions from House Democrats: Specifically, they want to revisit the absolute atrocity that was Trump’s child separation policy. There are so many loose ends to tie up with that dark chapter in our recent history and Republican congressmen didn’t do anything about it at the time. She is testifying in front of a house committee today.
You need this: Admit it, it’s been a tough week and the only cure is cute rodents.
HAVING A BALL: A group of meerkats couldn't handle the excitement of playing in a box filled with colorful balls at a wildlife park in Australia. https://t.co/0N9BXE44vp pic.twitter.com/y7kaogjXXn
— ABC News (@ABC) March 6, 2019
First all-female space walk scheduled: Forget breaking the glass ceiling, these pioneering astronauts are breaking the glass atmosphere. That analogy got away from me. Anne McClain and Christina Koch will perform the first ever space walk with an all-female crew. Not only that, much of the support crew will be women as NASA transitions away from the racist boys club depicted in Hidden Figures. I guess you could say this is one small step for women, and one giant fuck you to the patriarchy. Okay I’m done.
Here's my favorite song to write Slog to: Tell me your foot isn't tapping. It is!
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: The annual gender equity panel Be Bold Seattle, a show with Julia Holter (who sounds like "Laurie Anderson with more range," as Dave Segal has it), and Leigh Calvez's reading from her "well-researched, thoroughly beautiful book" The Breath of a Whale.