“Fear, tension and confusion are sweeping our prisons almost as fast as COVID,” say unions representing correctional officers and public defenders. RS
Seven months after 15 women alleged sexual misconduct, Chef Edouardo Jordan says it’s time to reopen JuneBaby Seattle Times reported. That’s what former business partner Ahmed Suliman said Just He found Jordan’s announcement “disgusting” and said he still had to apologize to dozens of people.
You know shit’s gonna go bad when The Public Defenders union and the Correction Officers union agree the shit is getting worse. In Slog AM this morning, Hannah mentioned the appalling conditions caused by the Omicron outbreak in our county jails, but it’s worth highlighting a few claims in this letter from these unions to Executive Dow Constantine and Bruce Harrell.
“Fear, tension and confusion are sweeping our prisons almost as fast as COVID,” write the unions in the letter. They describe a third of the jail being locked down on COVID logs, 50 guards sick and some “sleeping in jail because they can’t come home between one double shift and their next”, a lack of “fresh meals”, borders Meetings with lawyers and late drug deliveries. They call on leaders to immediately stop booking people accused of nonviolent crimes, stop issuing arrest warrants for people on misdemeanor and nonviolent crimes, develop a plan to release all misdemeanor and nonviolent offenders, and improve staffing levels.
Following arson and community outbreaks, the Lumberyard Bar is set to reopen ahead of Pride: Bar owner Nathan Adams told Westside Seattle as the new location evolves, with one side of the bar “modeled after the original Lumberyard” and the other side reserved for dance and drag.
COVID-19 hits the State House: Despite the largely virtual session, COVID-19 cases continue to pile up. Today Rep. Mari Leavitt tested positive. Five state senators contracted the virus last week.
A member of the House Democrats has announced he has tested positive #COVID-19. To be clear, it’s up to individual lawmakers to decide whether to issue a press release if they test positive. pic.twitter.com/ZW9Hx1gmF4
— Austin Jenkins N3 (@AustinJenkinsN3) January 15, 2022
We now turn to Jas for an update on the NFT protest in SLU: Take it away, Jas:
A protester with a sign in front of the Seattle NFT Museum. JK
Posters began popping up on Capitol Hill last week she promoted a protest in front of the Seattle NFT Museum, which is slated to open tonight (tickets — which are sold out — range from $175 to $200). “FUCK NFTs, FUCK ECOCIDE,” the poster boomed, citing the devastating environmental impact of NFTs (non-fungible tokens). When The Stranger arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the protest actually started, there were only two people outside: one actual protester and another who wasn’t protesting but was just downstairs to chat.
The only protester who asked for anonymity came out because they have a strong dislike for NFTs and NFT culture in general. Their dislike stemmed from the tokens’ negative impact on the environment and the energy waste involved in mining for Bitcoin, calling NFTs a “money laundering scheme” and “power-intensive receipts”. When asked about the NFT museum in Seattle, the protester said he has nothing against the artists but believes NFTs are an extremely untenable way to support the arts. “I don’t think we need to have that as a city [Seattle NFT Museum] Promoting this ecological negligence,” they said.
Unrelated to the protest, someone apparently threw an object through the front windows of the museum. (I’ve reached out to the museum for confirmation and will update when I hear.) When The unknown before the opening tonight, crews put plywood over the broken window and painted it black. The protester said he expected more people to show up and intends to stay until guests arrive. More news coming soon…
Thanks Jas! We look forward to checking out the lovely receipts they issue in the “Gallery”.
U.S. public health experts arrive for Joe Rogan: 270 “doctors, scientists, health professionals and professors” asked Spotify to host the bullshit from Joe Rogan’s hugely popular podcast, reports The Guardian. One epidemiologist called him “a public health threat” for promoting anti-vaccine ideology.
Fill Netflix & Company Pockets: According to Shadow and Act, the streaming service increased its monthly rate from $13.99 to $15.49. Heck, I was JUST hooked on the new season of CHEER. One day I swear I will do a streaming purge right after I finish this season of The Bachelor, Attack on Titan, CHEER, who am I.
CDC finally admits that cloth masks aren’t as effective as other masks: Critics said the agency originally advertised cloth and surgical masks because of a shortage of N95 respirators, but now says there is no shortage New York Times. Although many experts recommend N95 for everyone, the CDC’s new line on N95 is that “in certain situations and by certain individuals, a respirator may be considered where greater protection is needed or desired.”
Four free at-home COVID tests coming soon to a web near you: The government’s website portal, where you can order the tests, will open on Wednesday. I only foresee success.
Hmmmmmm: An anonymous US official told Reuters that Russia is planning to launch a “false flag” operation as a pretext for invading Ukraine, Al Jazeera reports. Russia has dismissed the accusation as “unfounded” despite having 100,000 troops stationed on the county’s border, and has repeatedly urged NATO never to accept Ukraine.
Goodbye Brockhampton: Perhaps the most commercially successful rap group ever formed in a Kanye West fan forum will call it quits after Coachella 2022, Pitchfork reports. One summer I spent a week trying to figure out why the kids liked this band and I ended up liking a few songs: