New UW study shows harm reduction really works: In most cases, it works even better than traditional 12-step programs or other abstinence-based treatments for alcoholism. Harm reduction is the idea that instead of asking users for immediate sobriety, you work with them to make their current consumption as safe as possible and try to address the root causes of their addiction. Programs like this are a lot more controversial when it comes to opioids, with safe-injection sites and needle exchanges often targeted for ridicule, but a new study from renowned UW psychologist Dr. Susan Collins shows that harm reduction for alcoholism works 20 percent better than sobriety-based methods.
Speaking of safe-injection sites: The interim director of Human Services wrote a memo to the Seattle City Council raising the topic that they still require $2.5 million to get the planned safe-injection site out of a mobile vehicle up and running for the year. They’ve already started the initial stages of developing the vehicle, which would be open 10 hours a day throughout the week and provide not only life-saving overdose reversals, but a multitude of other health services. This is harm reduction, people! Officials are also watching a lawsuit in Philadelphia against a proposed safe-injection site there that could derail plans nationwide.
One in four employees are high at work: In the three states where it’s legal. That’s right, folks: In Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, people said in an anonymous survey that they get high before or during work. So look to your left, look to your right, and then look a little further right—one of those people is high as a fucking kite. Oh, you don’t believe me? Well then that means you’re high and everybody knows it.
Manafort to be sentenced in second court case: He already got an unbelievably light sentence in round one of sentencing with a breezy 47 months jail, but this case for witness tampering and unregistered foreign lobbying could carry up to a 10 year sentence. Manafort is a pretty old guy, so a maximum 14 years in prison would likely be close to a life sentence. He’s allegedly always wanted the sweet kiss of a presidential pardon from Donald Trump, but the president isn’t exactly in the business of sticking his neck out for people. That train goes only one way.
Not sure whether to be grossed out or impressed: A 16-year-old just set the record for solving a Rubik’s Cube with his feet. This very zoomed in video is proof. He said, “If you practice enough, you can do anything.” Okay, how about now you practice literally anything else.
"If you practice enough, you can do anything": 16-year-old who broke Guinness World Record for fastest time to solve Rubik's Cube using only feet demonstrates how it's done. https://t.co/EiaRYYtnXz pic.twitter.com/A4vUrUmhp4
— ABC News (@ABC) March 13, 2019
Washington State Senate passed a bill requiring presidential tax returns: That means if you want to be on the ballot in Washington, you're going to have to release five years' worth of tax returns. If Governor Jay Inslee, who is running for president, signs it into law, it will almost certainly get challenged in the courts. But if it's found to be constitutional, it could lead to an avalanche of other states following suit.
Do you feel it, Mr. Krabs? We’re going to have sun and 60-degree temperatures. Or at least that’s what they tell me.
Expect dry & partly cloudy skies Wed. Weak weather systems bring a chance for showers for some Thu thru Sat. Dry weather returns Sun. Highs for the next 5 days gradually warming from mid 40s - lower 50s Wed, to mid 50s - mid 60s Sun. #WAwx pic.twitter.com/3M69VBd6N1
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) March 13, 2019
Democrats are setting up their next major piece of legislation: It’s a revival of the DREAM Act that also includes a path to citizenship for people living in the United States under temporary humanitarian protections. All in all, this could allow 2.5 million people to apply for citizenship, many of whom are young people who came to this country as children. The reality is that it won’t ever pass the Republican-controlled Senate and it sure as hell won’t get Trump’s signature. So it’s a nice statement of beliefs, but don’t hold your breath.
Britney Spears is going to Broadway: Well, she’s not—but her music is! The musical Once Upon a One More Time is opening in Chicago before making its way to New York City, and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited. I had to look her up on Spotify just remember all the absolute bops she’s put out over her career.
Tucker Carlson’s endless series of unearthed douchebaggery continues: In the third installment of clips from an old radio shock jock’s show, Carlson is heard making explicit, insulting comments toward a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. He once again comments on statutory rape by insinuating he’d like to marry a 17-year-old contestant and that Mario Lopez probably had sex with her after the show. Just listen to it. This guy is trash. I don’t need to hear any more of these tapes.
Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: Philly experimental rockers Man Man, a whole bunch of chances to eat special flaky treats for Pi Day, and a memior reading of Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution with Amber Tamblyn.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post stated that 1 in 4 workers are high at work. That was incorrect. We are obviously high at work. One time one of our workers was so stoned that he or she (not naming names here!!) forgot to put any links in a story. So crazy! Okay. That's all. Write stoned, edit sober, you know?