Chemicals are everywhere, which makes sense, since chemicals make up most everything. Some of those chemicals have nasty-sounding names, assigned in some laboratory, based on scientific nomenclature. We get afraid of things that start with syllables like chlor or di or fen, with suffixes like ide, or ate. We don’t want to eat that stuff.
Geologic catastrophe is mostly out of our hands, but if you want to know what you should really worry about you might want to read the excellent article by Kathryn Schulz in the July 20 issue of The New Yorker. It is titled, “The Really Big One: An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.”
After years of wrangling, the Washington Legislature has approved a $16 billion transportation package. It will build roads, fix roads and bridges, build bike paths and walkways, subsidize transit, and slap you with an 11.9-cent increase in the gasoline tax.
Today at 10 a.m. Eastern time the Confederate battle flag will be lowered “with dignity” and removed from the South Carolina State House grounds. This is done by order of the state’s Legislature, acting on the request of its governor.
It appears Washington’s Senate Democrats will give up their plan to bring the civilized world to a halt to defend an indefensible teachers’ union initiative many think deceptive and impossibly expensive. It was announced Wednesday that this obstacle to ending the interminable legislative session has been overcome. Democrats agreed to vote on suspending the so-called class-size-reduction Initiative 1351. Republicans in exchange agreed to delay the effect of the new pass-it-or-don’t-graduate biology exam too many high school students failed. The votes are set for this afternoon, the factions said.