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Pre-emptive drug regimen shows signs of preventing HIV

Posted by at Jul 16, 2011 10:40 AM |

SamBloggingHeadresized.jpgIt's not a cure - not even close to it - but  new evidence shows that taking a daily regimen of antiretroviral drugs can significantly reduce rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. A series of simultaneously released studies, performed on heterosexual couples in which one partner was infected and one was healthy, showed between 63 and 73% effectiveness.

The regimen in question is a daily pill known as Truvada, a combination of two drugs called "Tenofovir" and "Emtricitabine". Both drugs work by blocking the virus' ability to produce an enzyme called "reverse transcriptase" which allows HIV to replicate  itself in a human host.

This curly thing is a tangled polypeptide polymer. A reliable target in the fight against AIDS.

A study in Kenya and Uganda performed by the University of Washington was actually cancelled because it was deemed "unethical" to continue giving out the placebos instead of the real drugs.

However, it is important to consider that this level of efficacy is only shown when the drugs are taken every day. The regimen in the study was given to those people at extremely high risk for contracting the disease, and is not an efficient way to prevent HIV in the general population.

Still, major strides are being made. Although a 100% effective method of prevention is still quite a long way away, a vaccine tested in Thailand in 2009 showed an encouraging 30% reduction in infection rates. These recent developments have shown that feasible answers to one of the world's most gravely important problems do exist, and dedicated researchers are hard at work trying to fund them.

Jose Antonio Vargas on Colbert

Posted by at Jul 15, 2011 04:03 PM |


And if you haven't read it already, check out his story in the New York Times.

An Evening on a Boathouse, Memories for a Lifetime (and other potential titles for our upcoming soft-rock ballad)

Posted by at Jul 15, 2011 01:40 PM |

Last night, the Bus family put on it's fancy pants and convened at a sold-out Chihuly Boathouse to celebrate good work and the good people who make it happen (you, perhaps?). Thanks so much to the generosity of Dale and Leslie, Billy O'Neill, the Boathouse staff, our awesome boards of directors, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, and, of course, the infamous 2am Posse for providing music for the night.  Pics below!

2am Posse holding down the tunes.

Folks were greeted by these shining faces.

Carlos and Mikeya


The avant vote.


Baller, baller, and more baller.



Summer Fellows looking good!

Enter the Vortex.

Andy, Alma, Awesome.

There were many heartwarming moments.


Legends of their time.

A momentary glimpse into the future.

And good times were had.

What a beautiful night! Cheers to Caffe Vita, EJK Accounting, WinPower Strategies, Northwest Passage Consulting, Pacific Continental Bank for sponsoring!  And, most of all, thanks to the boathouse full of rad people who came to support the Bus! We'll see y'all very soon.

Good Morning

Posted by at Jul 15, 2011 09:29 AM |

Happy Bustille Day!

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 04:58 PM |
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Happy Bustille Day!

In honor of this esteemed holiday, we would like to recognize our brethren at La France Bus. Merci.
Courtesy of the Chair of the Hella Bus Pun Comittee - Mallory Gitt
Graphic by Stacy Buell

Prince and Joe Mauer Banquet Crisis Averted

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 04:40 PM |


BREAKING NEWS... Minnesota has avoided the worst possible outcome of its government shutdown: the Gopher State will not run out of Coors (the Banquet Beer) as some analysts had predicted. Liquor licensing and permitting will continue as normal tomorrow. Thank goodness. I was pretty worried for them. What other beverage could Joe Mauer and Prince drink at their weekly Minnesotans of High Quality Banquet/Sunday pickup basketball game? Nothing, that's what.

Eat Your (Dwindling) Veggies

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 04:32 PM |

GabeBloggingHeadResized.jpgThis months issue of National Geographic features a study from the Rural Advancement Foundation International on our drastically declining biodiversity in the vegetable and fruit spheres. The below chart shows the cornucopia of species in 1903 versus the rather dismal amount by 1983. Beyond giving me an excuse to post an awesome chart, this study gives some background on why the human race is facing so many food issues right now, and in the coming decades.


CHBP Artist Series - Beat Connection

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 04:28 PM |

GabeBloggingHeadResized.jpg Last week, I featured upcoming Los Angeles up and comer Baths (playing at 10:45 on the Vera Stage) in the CHBP artist previews. This week, I'm bringing it back to the cloudy Northwest, and giving you a little taste of local duo Beat Connection. Over the past year or so, Beat Connection have shared the stage with groups like Fresh Espresso, Phantogram, Toro Y Moi, and Holy Ghost!. They've played at house parties, on college campuses, and at major festivals from the cloudy Northwest to the romantic streets of Paris. I was lucky enough to see


Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger perform at my school's annual music festival, and their relaxed melodies were one of the major hits of the two day festival. Beat Connection are slated to play at the Vera Stage at 9:30 on Saturday, as well as at Bumbershoot in September before embarking on another tour throughout the United States and Canada. While it may seem like the duo spend all their time on the road, they somehow found the time to record one of the best EP's of the year (Surf Noir released April 11). The EP is in the vein ofNorthwest mainstays like Starfucker and USF, but with a cleaner less dance-oriented sound. Surf Noir is perfect for your next BBQ, but also sounds great when they perform it live. Listen to Surf Noir at the groups Soundcloud page and be sure to hit up their set at Block Party. Just one week away!

Gillard Throwing Down On Carbon Emissions

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 03:18 PM |

GabeBloggingHeadResized.jpgWhen people think about Australia, images of stately kangaroos, the Sydney opera house, or Steve Irwin (too soon?) generally come to mind. What doesn't come to mind is a country with one of the highest obesity rates, and highest rates of greenhouse gas emissions per head in the whole world. Fortunately, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is taking steps toward solving one of those problems. Starting next July, Australia's 500 worst polluters will be taxed $23 (in Australian) for every ton of carbon they release. The carbon tax has been projected to cut Australia's carbon emissions by 5% by 2020, the equivalent of removing 45 million cars from the road. The tax should also create $10 billion in revenue, which will go towards a number of initiatives, including energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Here in the United State we have no such nationwide carbon tax, and continue to be one of the worlds worst polluters. A few municipalities (Boulder, Colorado was one of the first) have instituted similar taxes on carbon emissions, but a widespread effort to lower carbon emissions and promote renewable energy has not been made in a meaningful way on the state or federal levels. Hopefully, we will soon have more things in common with Australia beyond are weight and rough approximations of the English language.

ACLF Forum on the 23rd!

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 02:50 PM |
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The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) is hosting a sure to be awesome forum this weekend on strengthening the API community during this nasty recession of ours.

It's going down on Saturday, June 23rd from 10am-12pm at the Asian Counseling and Referral Service
(3639 MLK Jr. Way S.).  More info and list of awesome panelists below:


Muggles? It's Time.

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 12:35 PM |

-courtesy of Leah "Footnotes Turn Me On" Menzer

Great moldering Voldermorts friends and fiends,  the hallow’d day appraocheth! Either you can pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about, or you are finishing the dragon-whisker hand embroidery of your Dobby*-skin Greatcloak just in time for this glorious night.  I’ve personally been brewing up bathtub mandrake tinctures all week to pass out in line so people will stop picking fights with me when I tell them what house I would be in.**


Now the point of all this gibberity-gab is that if you are going to the midnight showing at Cinerama Theatre tonight, the Summer Fellows will be there as well! If a raven with a pledge to vote card starts pecking at your shoe, don’t worry, it just means our polyjuice potions went as planned.

Sick of all these references to books we started reading in third grade? Or maybe you just thought I was making up words. Well, hot damn, there is more in store for you! The sumptuous Summer Fellows will also be taking a Scruff McGruff-sized bite out of (cyber) crime this Sunday.


Oh huh, I mean, Bite of Seattle***. Regale your senses with 60 restaurants worth of tongue-trouncing wares, $9 corndogs, and a free all you-can-eat-buffet of young, supple DEMOCRACY. At the Seattle Center Saturday and Sunday.

Start your jaw exercises now,  mortals and muggles, see you there.


* Too soon?/ stop sending me threatening owl messages, SPEW, I’m never going to respond.

** Slytherin 4 life!!!!!!1!!!11

*** Whatever, same thing.

Cheers to Central Washington Progress!

Posted by at Jul 14, 2011 10:10 AM |

-courtesy of summer fellow Andy "Photographer to the Stars" Montes

For three epic years, Central Washington Progress has been changing the way the Yakima Valley does politics. And for those of you looking around in confusion, the Yakima Valley is located in the heart of  Washington and is  one of the most fruitful (ha!) apple producing areas in the world.

Along with helping the U.S. Census get a more accurate count of Yakima residents, C.W.P. has helped pass school bonds and is currently leading the fight to change the way that Yakima elects its city council members, which has long disadvantaged Latino members of the community.

Check out what C.W.P. has been up to lately in this fantastic article from the Yakima Herald, and look for a stunning guest appearance from Bus board member E.J. Juarez!


Today in Turning Your World Upside Down

Posted by at Jul 13, 2011 05:06 PM |
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North Dakota may not be a real state. Constitutionally speaking.

Let's Talk About the August Primary

Posted by at Jul 13, 2011 04:35 PM |

Unlike the video I've posted above, this post is something that you wouldn't be uncomfortable talking about with your parents in an adult way. Consider the contrast between these two conversations:

Conversation 1: "Hey, mom, did you know that the Position 1 race is the most contested race for Seattle City Council this year?"

"No, [offspring], I didn't. Wow! You know so much about politics now."

Conversation 2: "Hey, mom, are you familiar with Salt 'n' Peppa's beloved 1991 hit, 'Let's Talk About Sex?'"

"No, [offspring], I'm not. Are you having sex?"

See? Conversation 2 is much more awkward.

Anyhow, it's true, what you just said to your parent about Position 1. That's one thrill-ride of a primary race. But, before we get into that, let's go big picture. Big picture: there are 5 races on the ballot this year. Speaking in large-scale generalizations, Seattleites seem reasonably content (tunnel business aside... but let's just not get into that) with their City Councilmembers. That means most challengers have a tough test to unseat the incumbents.  We'll, of course, be pitting them in no-holds-barred matchups on July 27th at Candidate Survivor - but here's a primer.


The focus of this post is the race for Position 1, the seat currently held by multi-term incumbent and long-time public figure Jean Godden. Some Godden critics argue that she's too old and out of touch to be effective in office, which doesn't seem quite fair (doesn't seem much different than knocking someone for being too callow, but whatever), especially since most of her opponents have similar political positions. Anyway, this is what's up with each candidate:

Jean Godden (incumbent): Jean Godden is 79 years old; that's the main reason why the race for her seat is the most competitive local election this year. Before she was elected to the Council in 2004, Godden was a columnist for the P-I and the Times. On the Council, Godden is the Budget Committee chair. According to her campaign website, Godden "restored" funding for "community health clinics, domestic violence programs, and neighborhood programs". Godden supports the tunnel. Godden has chosen to emphasize the fact that she's the only woman running for the seat. She's not too different from her opponents, really, except she's already served time on the Council—and there's the age thing, too.

Maurice Classen: Maurice Classen is a deputy King County prosecutor (he works the domestic violence beat) and part-owner of two bars. Classen supports the tunnel. Classen's main criticism of Godden is that she responds to the mayor's agenda rather generating her own proposals. On his website, Classen spends a lot of time talking about technology. In that section, Classen declares his support for Seattle city government apps for his phone, because apps are cool, right? Classen has a number of public safety proposals, including stronger police performance reviews and changing SPD investigates the use of force by its officers (due to the John T. Williams shooting). He's a legitimate wonk/expert on the subject because of his prosecutorial background.

Bobby Forch: Forch is a longtime employee of various City agencies. This is his second race for Council; last time out, he ran against Mike O'Brien to replace Richard McIver. Forch has a few transportation proposals—he'd like to "[put] a city-wide transportation proposal on the ballot", according to his website, though he doesn't write what the proposal would entail. Forch has made police reform his central issue; it's the only issue on his website with a full plan, but their are many interesting and worthwhile proposals. Still, some have questioned whether Forch has realistic strategies to implement his proposals.

Michael Taylor-Judd: Taylor-Judd is a community activist from West Seattle. T-J ran for the Seattle Monorail Project's board and was elected as President of the supporter group - Friends of the Monorail. T-J is an active member of the 34th District Democrats—he's been elected to leadership positions in the group—but he didn't garner their endorsement for the primary. T-J is definitely the dark horse of the race. He's the only candidate for the seat who opposes the tunnel.*

So that's what's up with the City Council so far. Make sure you hit up Candidate Survivor on July 27 at Neumos—all of your favorite candidates will be there. They might get a little pugnacious.


*This post was edited to note that T-J ran, but was not elected to the Seattle Monorail Project Board and that he does have a campaign staff.

The Connected States of America

Posted by at Jul 13, 2011 11:40 AM |
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Extra-super-neato interactive map to see how often folks in your county talk to folks in other counties courtesy of MIT.  Turns out King County and pretty much all of Montana never talk -


Side question - is this sort of thing what they do all day at MIT?

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