Don’t look away: The New York Times tasked their visual journalists with capturing the new information about the Proud Boys released during the January 6 hearings, and boy did they deliver. Listen, I know that bearing witness to a very nearly successful violent seizure of power is viscerally uncomfortable. But as hard as this footage may be to watch, living with the aftermath of not taking this seriously will be orders of magnitude worse.
For parents of young kids still trapped in the pandemic: Public Health — Seattle & King County wants you to know that they see you. They see you experiencing intense FOMO as all your friends without kids recklessly risk long COVID by partying maskless at the club/concert venue/grocery store. And they want you to know that they’re doing everything they can to be ready for your toddler to get the jab now that the feds have said it’s safe.
In case you’ve forgotten the brief trip to hell that was the heat dome: Think twice before you whine about our blissfully cool weather this weekend.
made this meme for anyone in the PNW who needs it pic.twitter.com/M7u2aCCeq0— Jen Monnier (@JenMonnier) June 15, 2022
Someone finally said the quiet part out loud about crypto: A Good Samaritan filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk yesterday in Manhattan, seeking $258 billion in damages for Musk's alleged fraud in driving up the price of Doge coin. The suit accuses Musk of manipulating the price of the meme coin for “profit, exposure, and amusement.” Do billionaires have any other reason for doing literally anything?
Hawai’i proves a better world is possible:
📣 BREAKING— Hawai’i State Commission on the Status of Women (@HawaiiCSW) June 16, 2022
There are zero incarcerated girls in Hawai’i. For the 1st time in the history of the Hawai’i Youth Correctional Facility, it is empty of girls. This is no fluke or accident. HYCF has been empty for weeks after years of work to replace handcuffs with healing.
If you’ve got the day off on Monday, it’s for a reason. Check out the South Seattle Emerald’s guide to Juneteenth events throughout the Sound and educate yourself a little while enjoying the long weekend.
School’s out for summer: But the learning loss and mental health challenges from the isolation of the pandemic will be with Washington’s students for a long time, the Seattle Times reports. The Education Lab reporters at our region’s paper of record collected some takeaways from students and educators about the lessons learned from the past few years that can help inform how to best support students in the coming years.
More unpacking of 2020’s public safety failures: A new lawsuit from a Seattle resident who was seriously injured while marching on I-5 on July 4, 2020 seeks to hold city and state officials accountable for their alleged failure to protect protesters. According to the complaint, government officials should bear at least some responsibility for the plaintiff’s injuries after they met with demonstration organizers prior to the march and subsequently failed to close off all access to the highway for motorists.
Amazon faces accountability for alleged union-busting: In a rare example of the Biden administration doing something useful, the National Labor Relations Board seems to have had enough of Amazon's bullshit in its latest attempt to deny workers power in their workplace. The NLRB’s general counsel has brought a complaint against our capitalist overlords to force the company to cease interfering with workers’ unionizing activities by promising to address long-ignored complaints if employees rejected unionization. Amazon, of course, denies the allegations.
The moment of the January 6 hearings that’ll stick with me: A bunch of clowns who would never have made it to the Oval Office in the first place without a bullshit email scandal now face potential criminal charges over a legit email scandal. Just delicious levels of irony.
move through life with the confidence and joie de vivre of a man who emails someone: "I've decided I should be on the pardon list"— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) June 16, 2022
Here’s a fun flashback to the ’90s: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has remembered that Microsoft still possesses enormous market power and confirmed yesterday that the antitrust watchdog will closely examine our other capitalist overlord’s proposed merger with video game developer Activision. Microsoft has largely escaped FTC scrutiny in the last couple decades after a messy showdown over the pre-installed nature of Internet Explorer exposed the company’s desire to bury Netscape’s competing browser (RIP). There’s a certain poetic justice to the timing of the FTC’s investigation, as Microsoft finally retired Internet Explorer yesterday.
Speaking of retirements: Washington Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig called for Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to follow IE’s example and skedaddle after Kreidler reportedly fired a whistleblower who raised concerns about his allegedly abusive treatment of employees.
Now that’s what I call creative problem-solving: The city of Malmo in Sweden repurposed talking trash cans originally installed to remind pedestrians to socially distance at the start of the pandemic to erotically encourage people to avoid littering. The dirty-talking rubbish receptacles reward residents for disposing of their trash with phrases like “Ooooh, right there, yeah,” “Aaaah, that was crazy good,” and “Hmmm... a little more next time” each time someone disposes of a piece of garbage properly.
I’ve hidden my Sports Guy identity for long enough: I get it, few (if any) of you come here for sportsball news. But the NBA Finals concluded last night, and as a proud son of a Philadelphian Sports Dad I could not have been more excited to see our rival Celtics’ championship hopes die an embarrassing death in front of their home crowd. And for those of you rolling your eyes, I’d argue that having a totally pointless outlet for our tribal instincts to revel in others’ suffering is actually a Good Thing in a society tearing itself apart at the seams. Let’s enjoy some of the finer moments in their collapse: