Archives for category: Weak Minded Culture

Colorado

ABC News Video: Long lines at new Colorado burger place.

From comments:

It’s Quarantine Time! There’s not much else to do, but sit in line, polluting the environment, and waiting for a hamburger. Why do things, like clean up your neighborhood, checking on the elderly and deliver meals, or just help those that are forgotten. Because “We” became “Me”.

I think people feel locked up and there is a list of things they are not supposed to do. Heading out and joining a random group to wait in the line wasn’t on the don’t do list. Looks like a nice weather day.

What if a person owned a hot air balloon and enjoyed taking it up for a few hours. They could be accused of wasting energy or having too much time on their hands.

Americans do not live in a one size fits all society. It’s a good thing.

 

WA

KING 5 News Video

Whatcom County rally highlights frustrations with new COVID-19 restrictions

“The group voiced their frustrations with the governor, and the impact the increased restrictions are having on businesses and holiday gatherings.”

From comments:

A mask is better than a ventilator…

It’s not a mask protest.

Bars, restaurants, grocery stores and fitness centers had mask and sanitation protocols in place a month ago. They are not trying to toss masks. They are trying to stay open the way they already have been in recent weeks.

The mask guilt trip is for people who have run out of things to say in discussing this.

Related:

Americans do not live in a one size fits all society. The US does not function like one, giant military base.

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here and people who opt out on attending services.

One Size Fits All Society Experiment

More here:

If I was Governor

Not Real News Roundup? – The Press Is Weak

A one size fits all society?

One Size Fits All Society

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

 

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Early winter morning-Point Wilson, Washington

 

Love to see the mainstream press establish a better reputation for asking questions.

 

I follow several newspapers on Twitter. Yesterday, a couple of them helped us out with this:

Nov 20, 2020 The News Tribune

Not real news roundup: Debunking theories on dead people voting, mob boss ballot fraud

These stories were all shared widely on social media this week. That doesn’t make them true. Here are the facts.”

Across the nation, several newspapers have gone with this theme. View them here.

 

I would love to be able to go to the mainstream press and see newspeople asking questions and doing more in the way of investigative stories.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local newspaper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments (this is the trend in the Puget Sound area) also works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

 

Newspeople have stopped asking questions.

Puget Sound area papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Newspeople post whatever press release is handed off.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Reporting The News by Press Release

Senator Cantwell claims that local press is a policeman on the beat against misinformation

WA COVID – Press Release Style of News Reporting

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

 

Newspeople are cheerleaders for telling everybody to get out and vote

People could do a better job of voting if they were better informed.

Newspapers are suppressing online comment sections, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

 

The Press Is Weak

People go to alternative media because the family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks have moved away from asking questions.

Image above: 11/21/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Click image to enlarge.

 

Living on an Island near Puget Sound, there seems to be great concern for salmon, orca, eagles, recreational shellfish and clean water.

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

 

Coupeville – just west of Captain Thomas Coupe Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

More here:

Not Climate Change

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

“…talking to officials at the Town of Coupeville…”

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

 

Zero Questions/Zero Curiosity from Newspeople

Local press:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

The press release style of news reporting means that statements are prepared by whatever agency was involved in the latest bust/federal grant money award, news conference, etc. Newspeople post these statements without asking any questions.

Cartels Respond to General Milley’s Big DOD Crackdown

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

Cartel Moves Product Past General Milley, CBP & Into The Puget Sound Area – Newspeople Remain Silent

Spokane – Opioid Lawsuit Update

 

5:50

The web can be used to spread truth.

Misinformation has been around since before the internet.

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam to stay safe.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

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Point Partridge

Local info:

Two Bluff Trails

 

Koko’s Bartini in Kennewick, WA

November 18th 2020 KOMO News

Local bar refuses to shutdown, holds dine-in peaceful protest

“They have taken to social media to ask customers to come dine inside, peacefully protest, and bring a protest sign with them. The owner, Dana Slovak, says his business will not comply with the shutdown.”

“The crew wants to stay open so we decided we either fight for it or we don’t. It is our constitutional right to stay open. This mandate is not constitutional law and we have the right to do this,” explained Slovak.

Not A Mask Protest

“Slovak tells Action News his business is following safety and cleaning measures, and everyone is wearing masks. “I am willing to go to jail for it. We are really sick and tired of the closing, opening, closing stuff and it is impossible for our employees to make any money,” said Slovak.”

Many comments here.

 

Americans do not live in a one size fits all society. The US does not function like one, giant military base.

All Americans are not attending something like Army boot camp together at the same time.

Americans were never meant to agree on matters of a personal nature. This is why we have so many different churches here and people who opt out on attending services.

 

Guilt tripping your neighbor

A 75% reduction in access to retail grocery services has been mandated for WA.

Shopping will become more competitive.

People will now need much more time for shopping.

People need to shop no matter what.

People will be waiting in long lines, in bad weather just to enter a grocery store.

What is the medical advantage here?

I’m seeing many comments blaming people for panic buying, hoarding, being selfish, etc.

If I was Governor, I would let grocery people run grocery stores. For sure, this would calm the urge to do any panic buying.

 

Austin Jenkins N3 Olympia-based Statehouse Correspondent

“I have been asking @GovInslee and @WADeptHealth why WA has a 25% cap on grocery stores (OR has 75%) and what the science is to justify. I think they’re done with me.”

We’ve done our best to address your question with the information we have … We have nothing further to add.”

 

Selfish people?

12s waiting in long lines for chance to grab Seahawks tickets today

Hey, your family went to the games last year, you should be giving others a chance. Don’t be selfish.

 

You bought gas already this week. Don’t be selfish.

Gas Lines Evoke Memories Of Oil Crises In The 1970s

 

Past Black Friday good deals available for a limited time only.

People being selfish?

Long lines for Black Friday shopping in the Tri-States

 

Various Comments Online

Reading comments online, many go something like this:

“It’s your fault for not wearing a mask in previous months.”

“I hope the anti-maskers are happy now.”

“A mask is better than a ventilator!”

“A mask is better than a grave.”

Since first required, I have worn a mask each time I have entered a post office, bank, grocery store, retail outlet, etc.

Not disputing the mask requirement, but telling us that COVID-19 is a life and death concern requiring regular people to stay home from work and designating marijuana and booze sales as essential, may have made people wonder about the science here.

 

May 12th, 2020

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

 

Some comments and editorials have mentioned The Greatest Generation and how they all pulled together during WWII.

I feel like a man on the moon in 1969 was a proud American moment.

Since that time, both major parties have taken turns in power and have squandered credibility that would help in the current situation.
A wide variety of political personalities have occupied the White House.

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam to stay safe.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Some may have become skeptical along the way.

The press seems to support whatever is handed down by elected officials. Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

 

WA National Guard deploys to Jordan.

Any newspeople available to ask if there is a military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war, linked to this movement of troops?

More here:

If I was Governor

A one size fits all society?

One Size Fits All Society

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

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AM rush hour – Port Hadlock

 

Watching to see if the current lockdown lines up with a request for more DOD medical services.

10 Apr 2020 Military.com

Army’s Seattle Field Hospital Closes After 3 Days, Without Treating a Single Patient

 

Not disputing a WA mask requirement.

Telling us COVID is a life and death concern requiring regular people to stay home from work & designating marijuana & booze sales as essential, may have made people wonder about the science here.

 

Guilt tripping your neighbor

A 75% reduction in access to retail grocery services has been mandated for WA.

Shopping will become more competitive with a 75% reduction in access to grocery store services all across WA.

People will now need much more time for shopping.

People need to shop no matter what.

People will be waiting in long lines, in bad weather just to enter a grocery store. What is the medical advantage here?

I’m seeing many comments blaming people for panic buying, hoarding, being selfish, etc.

If I was Governor, I would let grocery people run grocery stores. For sure, this would calm the urge to do any panic buying.

 

Selfish people?

12s waiting in long lines for chance to grab Seahawks tickets today

Hey, your family went to the games last year, you should be giving others a chance. Don’t be selfish.

 

You bought gas already this week. Don’t be selfish.

Gas Lines Evoke Memories Of Oil Crises In The 1970s

 

Past Black Friday good deals available for a limited time only.

People being selfish?

Long lines for Black Friday shopping in the Tri-States

 

More here:

If I was Governor

Does the science still say WA marijuana and booze sales are essential?

WA COVID – Press Release Style of News Reporting

75% reduction in grocery store services all across WA

Hey Grandma

Leavenworth COVID And Beer Drinking Oddities

WA Voting – Did the science say marijuana jobs were essential?

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

 

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October 19, 2020 Washington Examiner

There’s no reason for Trump to keep troops in Somalia

“The U.S. has about 7,000 troops in Africa, and there are troops in 50 of 54 African countries. Combat missions are ongoing in about 20 African countries.”

“Unfortunately, influential voices in Washington are presenting a false choice between staying in Somalia forever or empowering evil terrorists. Al Shabab is a clear threat, but it is a regional threat that presents no direct threat to the American homeland.”

If US action in Somalia is keeping bad people/evil terrorists from coming here to do bad things, how did 2,224 pounds of meth tied to the Sinaloa cartel enter Riverside County?

Riverside County shares no border with Mexico.

 

Nov 17, 2020 Responsible Statecraft

Trump demands Afghan withdrawal and Washington panics. But it’s time to leave, now.

 

Are US Troops in distant lands defending American rights and freedoms?

The press plays along by not asking any questions. The press makes no effort to block unverified claims.

May 28, 2020 WMAR

Salisbury Mayor deploying to Africa with Maryland National Guard

I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”

Several news sources published this quote. View them here.

The idea that sending hometown troops to Africa would be linked in any way with keeping the people of Salisbury Maryland safe and free calls for more discussion.

Mayor Day,

While the troops were deployed, federal law was signed prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to adults age 18-20.

Can you help us to understand the militarized version of freedom here?

December 21st 2019 KOMO News

Legal age to buy cigarettes, vapes raised to 21 nationwide

“Signed into law by President Donald Trump Friday as part of the new $1.4 trillion spending bill, a new measure prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.”

More here:

Defending The Constitution With Decades Of Undeclared Wars

Veterans Day Nonsense

18-20 year old adults are seen as 2nd class citizens:

Liberty And Justice For All?

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Goodbye Armistice Day

 

How Do The Troops Defend The Constitution?

Not asking about the oath of enlistment. Asking about what happens after the oath has been taken.

 

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Watching the waves at Fort Casey

 

The Governor’s office tells us what to expect in the way of new COVID restrictions. The Puget Sound area press passes along whatever the message is from the Governor without asking any questions for clarification or to attemp to keep the public better informed.

Questions for newspeople:

How did the science tell us that a 75% reduction in grocery store services was required?

People will be waiting in long lines, in bad weather just to enter a grocery store. What is the medical advantage here?

Does the science still say WA marijuana and booze sales are essential?

Social distancing rules have been in place and have been followed in grocery stores for months now. I have not seen any retailer that let up on mask wearing and social distancing protocols. If grocery stores have been doing their part, why pound them with a 75% reduction in grocery store services?

 

Various Comments Online

I have been reading comments online. Many comments go something like this:

“It’s your fault for not wearing a mask in previous months.”

“I hope the anti-maskers are happy now.”

“A mask is better than a ventilator!”

“A mask is better than a grave.”

Since first required, I have worn a mask each time I have entered a post office, bank, grocery store, retail outlet, etc.

Not disputing the mask requirement, but telling us that COVID-19 is a life and death concern requiring regular people to stay home from work and designating marijuana and booze sales as essential, may have made people wonder about the science here.

Special construction projects are approved:

May 12th, 2020

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

Love to see the press go and ask some questions.

Related:

75% reduction in grocery store services all across WA

Hey Grandma

Leavenworth COVID And Beer Drinking Oddities

WA Voting – Did the science say marijuana jobs were essential?

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

 

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It seems like the plan is to cause meaningless inconvenience.

If you notice the inconvenience, maybe you will think that the establishment is somehow going out of its way because it cares about protecting you.

 

Plan to spend more time to do your shopping.

It will become more competitive with a 75% reduction in grocery store services all across WA.

People will now need much more time for shopping.

 

Social distancing rules have been in place and have been followed in grocery stores for months now. I have not seen any retailer that let up on mask wearing and social distancing protocols. If grocery stores have been doing their part, why pound them with a 75% reduction in grocery store services?

Nov 15, 2020 KUOW

Indoor gatherings, dining banned in WA as Covid-19 cases spike. Grocery stores limited

25% indoor capacity for all retailers, including grocery stores…”

 

Nov 15, 2020 Governor Jay Inslee

One thing we don’t need right now is hoarding.”

A 75% reduction in grocery store services all across the state will encourage people to stock up and hoard items.

From comments:

When was the last time you went to a grocery store. At 25% you’re asking for total chaos. Expecting people to stand outside in the rain waiting to be let in?

Questions for newspeople:

How did the science tell us that a 75% reduction in grocery store services was required?

People will be waiting in long lines, in bad weather just to enter a grocery store. What is the medical advantage here?

 

Marijuana and Booze sales

Same regime that warned us of life and death COVID-19 concerns requiring regular people to stay home from work while telling us that marijuana and booze sales are essential.

March 25, 2020 The Seattle Times

In coronavirus closures, Washington state pot and liquor stores can stay open; sales have spiked for a while

 

Special construction projects are approved:

May 12th, 2020

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

 

At 7:00 Dave Smith speaks about curfews and lockdowns:

Related:

Does the science still say WA marijuana and booze sales are essential?

Hey Grandma

Leavenworth COVID And Beer Drinking Oddities

WA Voting – Did the science say marijuana jobs were essential?

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

 

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First concerns related to COVID-19

Here in WA, we were told that COVID-19 is a life and death concern requiring regular people to stay home from work while marijuana and booze sales are essential.

March 25, 2020 The Seattle Times

In coronavirus closures, Washington state pot and liquor stores can stay open; sales have spiked for a while

 

May 12th, 2020

The construction project wasn’t delayed by the coronavirus pandemic; it was considered essential since it was state funded.”

Got it.

The state took money from some people, and gave it to some other people.

If your construction crew is working on a project based on any sort of voluntary exchange or honest demand for services, you might have to stay home for a while.

 

Updated Restrictions

Seems like mask and social distancing rules have been in place and have been followed in grocery stores for months now. I have not seen any retailer that let up on mask wearing and social distancing protocols. If grocery stores have been doing their part, why pound them with a 75% reduction in grocery store services?

Nov 15, 2020 KUOW

Indoor gatherings, dining banned in WA as Covid-19 cases spike. Grocery stores limited

25% indoor capacity for all retailers, including grocery stores…”

 

Nov 15, 2020 Governor Jay Inslee

One thing we don’t need right now is hoarding.”

People will now need much more time to spend shopping with a 75% reduction in grocery store services all across WA. For sure, this will encourage people to stock up and hoard items.

From comments:

When was the last time you went to a grocery store. At 25% you’re asking for total chaos. Expecting people to stand outside in the rain waiting to be let in?

Questions for newspeople:

How did the science tell us that a 75% reduction in grocery store services was required?

People will be waiting in long lines, in bad weather just to enter a grocery store. What is the medical advantage here?

Related:

Hey Grandma

Leavenworth COVID And Beer Drinking Oddities

WA Voting – Did the science say marijuana jobs were essential?

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

 

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Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

Party of Two

There is a nice spot in Leavenworth to stop in for a beer and something to eat. I went to visit this location last week. It was the first time during COVID that I entered and sat down in an eating/drinking establishment.

 

Old Way

Walk in and select a seat from the large outdoor seating area. Server takes your beer order on a mobile device. Before server has a chance to leave the table, electronic order is received by bar staff. Your beer is tapped and out to your table like magic. We sit and eat and drink for an hour. During this happy hour, we never get up to leave the table. When it’s time to go, we pay and leave.

Would not change a thing. Really enjoy this place.

 

COVID Way

Everyone wears a mask.

You enter and are offered a table outside or inside. We selected an outside table. We are told that our order for beers and food must be placed with the cashier inside the restaurant by the bar.

Partner goes in to place order while I wait. Establishment now requires a credit card to start order. My turn to pay, so I say I’ll get it all on my card when I go in to order a second round.

Beer and food is still delivered to table, same as old way.

I go in to order a second round. I am unfamiliar with this part of the restaurant. Staff prompts me toward waiting to order/pay holding/staging area. Ordered another round and requested entire tab to be placed on my card. This is an extra step that would not be at all necessary pre-COVID.

If we wanted still another round, one of us would have to get up and return to waiting line to order/pay holding/staging area. We did not want another round after we had two beers and some food. Went back in to waiting to order/pay holding/staging area and used card to pay.

 

Any Medical Advantage?

How does requiring customers to migrate back and forth into a possibly unfamiliar part of the restaurant each time they want to order a beer or cash out serve any medical purpose Re: COVID?

It seems like the plan is to cause meaningless inconvenience.

If you notice the inconvenience, maybe you will think that the establishment is somehow going out of their way because they care about protecting you.

Still will plan to return to this location in the future.

 

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Completely unrelated to location described above.

 

Many social media posts are encouraging people to get out and vote.

I understand making an issues-oriented case for voting to elect a candidate or why to vote yes or no on a ballot initiative.

I don’t get the idea of simply encouraging bulk voting.

I am not against voting. I make no effort to tell people to vote or stay home. I do not tell people how to vote.

It makes sense to me that people will want to choose one candidate or another. It also makes sense to me that people would lose interest in voting.

I’d like to see people reach for an honest understanding of what the major political parties believe in.

I’d like to see people take a look at what stays the same no matter what political party or personality enters the White House.

Both major parties are good with undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, and an ongoing glorification of military service.

Newspeople play along by not asking questions.

Much voting has led to where we are now.

A man on the moon in 1969 was a proud American moment.

Much has changed.

Over the past 50 years or so, both major parties have taken turns in power and have squandered credibility that would help in the current situation. A wide variety of political personalities have occupied the White House.

We were told we needed to send troops to Vietnam to stay safe.

Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

Even in a big election season, the press avoids digging into issues. Coverage is more about political personalities/teams and telling people to be sure to vote.

Related:

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Maybe Get Away From The Bragging About Freedom?

WA Voting – Did the science say marijuana jobs were essential?

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

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Shorter days at Point Partridge

 

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local newspaper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments also works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

October 28, 2020 The Seattle Times

Report released by Sen. Maria Cantwell slams Google and Facebook for decimating local news outlets

“Local journalism has been the policeman on the beat against misinformation,” Cantwell said in an interview Tuesday. “Keeping local news is too important to let these unfair market practices continue.”

 

Misinformation or just avoiding reports on various topics?

 

Zero Questions/Zero Curiosity from Newspeople

Local press:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

Image above: 10/29/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Click image to enlarge.

 

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Coupeville – just west of Captain Thomas Coupe Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

More here:

Not Climate Change

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

“…talking to officials at the Town of Coupeville…”

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

 

Newspeople need to step up their game.

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Manage it, don’t ban it. Online comment sections

Ready to Support Local News on Whidbey Island

WA Voting – Did the science say marijuana jobs were essential?

 

 

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Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island-no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

“Keystone terminal gives way to ‘Coupeville’ ferry”

“The name change will help eliminate confusion visitors may find when they research ways to travel to Whidbey Island.”

Don’t book a bed and breakfast stay in Coupeville and plan to walk from the ferry terminal to your accommodations.

Ferry Traffic Leaving Coupeville Terminal Routed Away From Coupeville

 

November 12, 2020 ABC 7 Chicago

Black Friday 2020: From Walmart to Best Buy here are the deals for holiday shopping

 

Nov 12, 2020 WCBD News 2

NATION & WORLD NEWS

Did you make Santa’s 2020 naughty or nice list? Check here

 

Nov 11, 2020 Fox 8 News Cleveland

Free Popeyes Chicken Sandwich? This is how you can get one

 

November 10, 2020 The Sun

Farmer Boys adds fried chicken sandwiches to menu

 

Oct 28, 2020 News 5 Cleveland

Hard seltzers for the holidays? Bud Light hopes so

 

Oct 22, 2020 Bellingham Herald

The much-maligned mullet is back. And there’s a national contest to find the best one

 

Oct 28, 2020 Fox News

Wendy’s is giving away new chicken sandwich for free for 2 weeks

Wendy’s just released its new ‘Classic Chicken Sandwich’ last week

 

Oct. 30, 2020 KBTX News 3

McDonald’s to bring back the McRib nationwide

 

Giant grocery chain update:

Oct 30, 2020 WKRN

LOCAL NEWS

Kroger releases list of top-selling Halloween candy in Middle Tennessee

 

Looking for a story to report on update:

Oct 30, 2020 KUOW Public Radio

What are your plans for Election day–or the day after? Are you taking the day off work, getting out of town? And would you be willing to share your story with KUOW? Let us know and a KUOW reporter will get in touch.”

 

Senator Cantwell is concerned for local news organizations:

October 28, 2020 Seattle P-I

Senator Cantwell calls out big tech companies for hurting local news organizations

The report predicts that local newspaper revenue will be down 70% by the end of the year compared to what it was 20 years ago.”

“Broadcasting is facing similar losses, with advertising revenues down more than 40% in the past two decades.”

 

News Tip/Story Idea:

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

Image above: 10/29/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Click image to enlarge.

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Coupeville – just west of Captain Thomas Coupe Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

More here:

Not Climate Change

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

“…talking to officials at the Town of Coupeville…”

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

 

Related:

The Press Is Weak – Newspaper Revenue Down Compared To 20 Years Ago

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

 

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October 28, 2020 The Seattle Times

Report released by Sen. Maria Cantwell slams Google and Facebook for decimating local news outlets

“Local journalism has been the policeman on the beat against misinformation,” Cantwell said in an interview Tuesday. “Keeping local news is too important to let these unfair market practices continue.”

 

October 28, 2020 Seattle P-I

Senator Cantwell calls out big tech companies for hurting local news organizations

The report predicts that local newspaper revenue will be down 70% by the end of the year compared to what it was 20 years ago.”

“Broadcasting is facing similar losses, with advertising revenues down more than 40% in the past two decades.”

 

The Press Is Weak

People go to alternative media because the family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks have moved away from asking questions.

Sept. 28, 2020 FOX 7 Austin

Friends, family say goodbye to Texas National Guard soldier deploying overseas

During the Vietnam War, US troops were sent to Vietnam.

Today, the Texas National Guard is sent to the U.S. Central Command Area in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Newspeople post whatever press release is handed off.

A 5th grade book report would require more in the way of asking questions.

Is there any military emergency, national emergency, draft, or declaration of war, linked to this movement of troops?

Journalism Needs Our Support Now, More Than Ever

 

The press is also good for telling everybody to get out and vote.

People could do a better job of voting if they were better informed.

 

Both Whidbey papers have stripped away all comments from past articles, and removed the opportunity to post comments to new articles.

Various newspapers in the Puget Sound area have gone with this trend.

Newspapers are suppressing online comment sections, getting away from asking questions related to public policy and telling us they need more support from subscription and advertising sales.

Got it.

I’d be more interested in paying (again) for a local paper subscription if there was more in the way of newspeople asking questions.

Elimination of reader comments works against the idea of paying for an online subscription.

Ready to Support Local News on Whidbey Island

 

Independent/alternative media

We are big fans of Independent/alternative media here at Oak Bay Starfish.

The family friendly, hometown pride-oriented local small town papers and TV news folks are more welcome to do interviews related to public policy. Unfortunately, they seem to have moved away from asking questions.

Alternative media is also good about keeping an active comment section up & running. There’s always something to learn or think about from the points others make in the comment section.

 

Mainstream Press

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA

An upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility. Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin and meth in the community, rare and mysterious cross-border arrests, fraudulent overtime claims, 1,200-horsepower interceptor boats and zero questions from the press.

If you run a government operation-these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Comments are turned off.

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

More here:

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

 

Years ago, reader comments were also a feature of TV news web pages. That seems to be all gone now.

 

Zero Questions/Zero Curiosity from Newspeople

Local press:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

Military Town – Hometown Pride

 

Several Whidbey beaches remain closed all year long for recreational shellfish harvest because of sewage treatment outfall.

Sewage treatment outfall. Not stormwater.

Reporting on this topic appears to be completely off limits to the press.

Image above: 10/29/2020

Source: Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Safety Map

Click image to enlarge.

 

Has anyone ever seen the Puget Sound area press ask questions about Whidbey water quality impacted by sewage treatment plant outfalls?

Has anyone ever seen any government agency, elected official or volunteer organization seeking answers related to one or more sewage treatment plants sending unsafe product into the waters near Whidbey Island?

Coupeville – just west of Captain Thomas Coupe Park

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

 

North side of Penn Cove at Monroe Landing

“Clams, mussels and oysters CLOSED year-round.”

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Source: WDFW

More here:

Not Climate Change

Whidbey Waters – Mixed Signals of Concern

“…talking to officials at the Town of Coupeville…”

 

Distance learning idea:

Podcast 4 Another Month With An R – Whidbey Sewage Treatment Plant Outfalls

 

WA voters approved enhanced background checks for firearms back in 2014.

The new requirements have had time to take hold.

Newspeople, please update us on this.

Oct. 26, 2020 The Seattle Times

Homicides, assaults with firearms spike in King County, reflecting national trend, prosecutors say

 

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Asking questions related to public policy takes a lower priority.

Are newspeople forbidden to ask questions related to Homeland Security funding and performance?

Billions of dollars are spent every 12 months to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

 

Has General Milley’s big DOD/cartel crackdown played any role in keeping fentanyl, meth or heroin from entering the Puget Sound area?

April 1, 2020 C-SPAN

Newspeople remain silent.

Spokane – Opioid Lawsuit Update

Miss America & The DEA vs. Drug Cartels

Cartels Respond to General Milley’s Big DOD Crackdown

Port Angeles CBP Staffing and Infrastructure

Cartel Moves Product Past General Milley, CBP & Into The Puget Sound Area – Newspeople Remain Silent

CBP Social Media Posts

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger–a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions: Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

Social Media Feelings Are Weak/Group Identities Are Favored As Long As What You Are Thinking Is Agreeable

No hate speech, insults, threats, foul language, attacking other commenters, etc.

Still not good enough:

October 29, 2020 DAVID CRARY AP National Writer

Girl Scouts tweet, then delete post about Amy Coney Barrett

American popular and political culture insists on dividing people up into groups-then assigning a separate value to each group.

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

 

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Welcome Visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

Man on the Moon in 1969.

All sorts of voting concerns in 2020.

It feels like both the left and the right have set up doubts Re: confidence in voting.

People will say there was less voting during the primary, so it was easier to manage. Seems like that was a great time to spot weak areas and make a move to prevent any future problems.

Whatever state you live in, there are 49 others that perform similar government functions Re: DMV, liquor sales laws, voting, etc. Why not pick one of the states that are most efficient at managing voting and go with their methods.

 

Oct 27, 2020

Wisconsin election officials say today is the last day you can mail in your absentee ballot with any confidence it will count. Even now, it’s safest at this point to return it in person in light of the @Scotus ruling

How does a proper postmark apply here?

 

Voting is highly emphasized in American culture. Does the process involve reaching for an honest understanding of what the major political parties believe in?

The two major parties will not fight about:

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end, wasteful Homeland Security spending, the drug war, federal prohibition of marijuana, treating 18-20 year old adults as 2nd class citizens, an ongoing glorification of military service, and newspeople who take a pass on asking questions on these issues.

 

People could do a better job of voting if the press worked to keep them informed.

4 Stories The Puget Sound Press Will Not Question Or Report On

Censorship – Newspapers Suppressing or Eliminating Online Comment Sections

 

Group Identities

American popular and political culture insists on dividing people up into groups-then assigning a separate value to each group. Surely, members of a specific group would think, act & vote as one?

Veterans Support All Candidates 2020!

 

Primary Season

Glorification of military service / total nonsense:

WA Secretary of State

Our right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.”

If a right to vote has always been protected by the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

If a right to vote is protected by the US Armed Forces, what becomes of that right when the US leaves Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc., without a victory?

Men Died For the Right to Vote?

Right To Vote Linked To Military Operations/US Troops in Distant Lands?

 

Related

Went to vote the other day. No hassles about ID, proper postmark, waiting in lines, bad weather, protestors, people wearing shirts with political messages, curfews, people operating video cameras in a public place, flag burning, law enforcement response, surveillance, intimidation, Russian interference, any other sort of interference, or exit interviews.

I never saw any TV news people.

Voted – Won’t Be On The News

Growing Up In The Cold War Era

Dystopian Leanings

 

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Asking a few questions here is not to defend furnishing alcohol to minors or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or marijuana.

Went to take a look at award winners Re: The Great American Beer Festival.

Tried to follow them on Twitter. May not follow unless I add my birth date to my Twitter profile first.

Random thoughts:

I am not asking to purchase beer or any beverage containing alcohol.

Not interested in updating info on Twitter.

When I was in high school, we were able to obtain beer anytime we wanted it. We were able to accomplish this without the assistance of the internet, any web page, or Twitter.

A federal minimum drinking age is in place. If this works to prevent the sale of alcohol to adults age 18-20, why make everyone place a birth date in Twitter to look at beer related pages?

This strange honor system does what to prevent an 18-20 year old adult from entering a fake birthdate in order to look at beer related pages on the web?

Related:

Port Townsend and the Sound of Freedom

Liberty And Justice For All?

Green/Clear Beer Bottle Myths?

Beer

 

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Illegal beer drinking at Kingston

 

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Washington State Ferries

Oct 6, 2020

Good morning ferry friends! Don’t forget that our onboard food galleys remain closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of employees and customers from COVID-19.”

If standard fast food restaurants are operating all over WA-how are the ones located on ferries more of a risk?

 

Mask wearing at any restaurant:

In a restaurant, is COVID-19 risk different while standing and walking than it is while seated, eating & speaking?

 

Fast food drive-thru:

It seems typical that the cashier, who handles cash, coins and cards-also places napkins in the to-go bag.

This really doesn’t seem to make sense even before current concerns Re: COVID-19.

Food handler card? Cross-contamination? Health Department? State of the art protocols practiced by global corporations, restaurant management professionals, etc. No one seems to notice.

More here:

No Contact Drive Thru – Magic Tray Update

 

 

Various states set a last call time for seving alcohol at bars and restaurants Re: COVID-19.

Rules are easier to follow if the reason for them is well understood. What time zone does the coronavirus operate on?

When and how does the sale of alcohol impact public safety?

July 23, 2020 Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Inslee tightens restrictions on restaurants, bars across Washington as cases rise

 

Public Safety Deal Breaker

Washington State Patrol yields the right of way to protests on I-5.

July 5, 2020 KIRO 7

Death of I-5 protester sparks end of nighttime freeway protests

“But the Washington State Patrol looked the other way, even setting up barriers during the nearly three weeks of nighttime protests on the freeway.”

 

Public Safety/Routine Stuff

WSP knows that more people are out drinking and driving during the holidays. WSP gets involved to promote public safety before lives are lost.

Why did protests on I-5 go on for 19 nights?

 

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Port Hadlock

Happy Hours

 

Same country that will stage a big celebration of smaller government each July 4th.

Is this a weak-minded culture?

When I was a child in the 1970s, local authorities, elected officials and newspeople played no role in telling families when trick or treating would begin or end.

2019

In the news:

Gallipolis, Ohio

Sept 10, 2019 GALLIPOLIS DAILY TRIBUNE

Trick-or-treat in Gallipolis

Still six weeks out and local authorities dictate a one hour window for trick-or-treat time 2019. For some reason, Halloween will be observed exactly one week in advance of October 31st.

Your family will start at 5:30 and be done for the year at 6:30 p.m.

“The Gallipolis Police Department recently announced times for Trick-or-Treat set for the Gallipolis.”

“The annual event will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24. All drivers are reminded to be cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.”

Much of the article above includes detailed safety tips such as dressing the kids up in reflective gear so they look like a county road maintenance crew. It’s clear that most of the WWII generation is gone now.

 

2020

Sept 21, 2020 GALLIPOLIS DAILY TRIBUNE

Trick-or-treat scheduled for Oct. 29

Uniformed authorities, not Moms and Dads make the call:

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin, Gallipolis Chief of Police Chief Jeff Boyer and Rio Grande Chief of Police Josh Davies have released details pertaining to trick-or-treat for Gallia County, including the City of Gallipolis and the Village of Rio Grande.”

Halloween falls on a Saturday.

You and your family have been notified:

Trick-or-Treat is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

When did families in Hometown, USA start to wait for “The press release from the above mentioned law enforcement agencies…” Re: routine Halloween activities?

 

Not a celbration specific to the town square, dental clinic, Hallmark store, etc.

“We want to remind all drivers to be cautious and drive slowly through our communities while our families are out during this event.”

Current news Re: COVID-19 is no excuse because the same level of control was in place last year.

 

More from 2019 & prior:

Stay in your homes and wait for further instructions.

X-Ray Your Halloween Candy – 2019

Killing Halloween – 2018

Local Authorities Work to Crush Halloween

Scary is OK for Halloween-

Halloween Safety Tips 2019

Scary?

 

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I enjoy the occaisional trip to get fast food. I’m glad these places are open.

Normal food handler protocols are OK with me, even now.

A new TV ad campaign promotes touch free service at the drive thru.

Old protocol:

Staff member hands over a sack of food to customer, after customer pays with cash, coin, or card.

New protocol:

Staff member places sack of food on tray and extends tray towards customer, so that customer may take sack of food from tray.

Does the tray kill germs?

In some cases the person who placed the sack of food on the tray is also the cashier.

The cashier is constantly handling cash, coins, and credit or debit cards.

None of this will keep me away. Just wondering how many TV viewers see the magic tray as a plus.

 

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