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If you haven't been keeping tabs on the outrageous phone-hacking scandals that have embroiled Rupert Murdoch's UK tabloid News of the World - and spread scandal to the Metro police and the prime minister's office, then check out this timeline on the BBC.
The latest news opens up a new chapter in this increasingly enthralling saga. One of the prominent whistle-blower former reporters for News of the World, who was the first to allege that the phone-hacking was far more extensive than the paper had admitted, was found dead this morning.
From the police: "The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious."
Hmm. Sounds pretty damn suspicious to me.
Here's my theory: Mr. Hoare's death was part of an elaborately executed cover up job gone wrong and that one of his gorgeous former colleagues - accompanied by a churlish, but principled detective - are on the case as we speak (and in the throes of a budding romance), despite the police calling off the investigation. How do I know this? Because this is totally the kind of story that would appear IN NEWS OF THE WORLD.
This case just seems to go deeper and deeper. The richest irony being that the whole story has effectively fulfilled the public's desire for morbidly-fascinating storylines left in News of the World's absence.
Marilyn Strickland (AKA all-star mayor of Tacoma) was sighted at Tacoma Pride helping some awesome Tacomans Pledge to Vote at Pride. Heartwarming photos below!
Pledge to Vote is everywhere we look these days! More awesome events coming up on our events calendar. Check it out and come join us! And if you happen to be a celebrity, you are still welcome.
Coffee Strong is a coffeehouse/non-profit situated just 300 meters from the gates of Fort Lewis. It's location is particularly notable because it is owned and run by veterans who identify themselves as "Pro Soldier, Anti-War". The non-profit organization provides a space for both active soldiers and veterans to address and discuss the effects of war and offers numerous resources from internet access, to referrals for counseling, to post traumatic stress disorder assessment and treatment. They also put on movie nights and concerts and feature articles that address military related issues. Check out their website here.
It'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.
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)
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.
Happy Bustille Day!
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.
This 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.
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!
When 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.
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:
-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.
-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!