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    China Calls on ‘Little Inoculated Warriors’ ...

    China Calls on ‘Little Inoculated Warriors’

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/06/business/china-covid-vaccine-children.html?smid=url-share

    China has embarked on an ambitious campaign that it says...
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    Are you planning on insulating and building out...

    Are you planning on insulating and building out the interior? If so, would love to see photos when finished. Can't find many built out Tufport photos on the net, although I know they are out there....
  3. A rare WROD experience in the PNW. Skiing was...

    A rare WROD experience in the PNW. Skiing was pretty nice with a few new on top of the WROD.
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    PNW version of WROD
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    Looking a lot better this morning and looks like...

    Looking a lot better this morning and looks like mother nature might chip in a bit tomorrow morning:
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    Even if the parents get charged, it is super hard...

    Even if the parents get charged, it is super hard to get a convictions on these types of cases. Below is a case from Washington where a cop left his gun under his car seat for a brief moment and his...
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    Come on, do you really think WHO should have...

    Come on, do you really think WHO should have called it Xi? Think of the optics of the Omicron spreading throughout the world sending us back to square one? WHO may be China's bitch but I don't think...
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    Hasn't been cold enough to make much snow yet....

    Hasn't been cold enough to make much snow yet. But looks like mostly below freezing temps for the foreseeable future. Not much natural snow but good snowmaking conditions. Check back in on Saturday...
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    This is above my pay grade, but on this specific...

    This is above my pay grade, but on this specific issue he says, "Note that these estimates of current fitness advantage of Omicron are very likely to get lower in the coming days as bias from...
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    Trevor Bedford addresses this question on his...

    Trevor Bedford addresses this question on his twitter. Rt relies on both transmissibility and immune escape. In other words, just because Omicron is spreading fast does not mean it is more...
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    Getting close to the end of the Greek alphabet...

    Getting close to the end of the Greek alphabet with all this letter skipping. So what alphabet comes up next to name the variants? I vote for Basque so we don't have any confusion with world leaders....
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    Rejoice those jealous of the WROD thread. Western...

    Rejoice those jealous of the WROD thread. Western WA will have it's very own WROD this weekend at Crystal:

    https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/media/news/limited-opening-december-4-5?v=1.0
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    If you are training from Paris to Amsterdam with...

    If you are training from Paris to Amsterdam with a detour to Bruges you will be changing trains in Brussels (Paris to Bruges) and Antwerp (Bruges to Amsterdam). Easy to schedule in a few hours to...
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    You are insane to compare someone opposing travel...

    You are insane to compare someone opposing travel bans with someone opposing a seat belt. There are very legitimate arguments against travel bans (for fucks sake, the WHO is still against them)....
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    The 8 to 14 doesn't look awful. This is the...

    The 8 to 14 doesn't look awful. This is the nature of being a snow sports enthusiast in the PNW. It can go from nothing to fully open better than anywhere else on planet earth.
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    Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School...

    Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, echoes a lot of what I said in an opinion column in today's NYTimes.





    And from his twitter:
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    It's been a few season since I skied the in...

    It's been a few season since I skied the in bounds, patroled back bowls or the true backcountry at Alpental (i.e. Pineapple Pass area) but from what I can tell, they are now requiring backcountry...
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    Early data suggest Omicron is as transmissible...

    Early data suggest Omicron is as transmissible (or more) than Delta and it is not contained to the Southern African continent. So what is your response to leaders of Southern African countries who...
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    The source lake route to areas outside the ski...

    The source lake route to areas outside the ski area special use permit area is still allowed when lifts are spinning. So why is anyone pissed about this? Are people really hiking up the in bounds...
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    The Belgium women with Omicron traveled to Egypt...

    The Belgium women with Omicron traveled to Egypt via Turkey. She never went anywhere near South Africa. In other words, the variant is already global. Travel bans are meaningless.
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    That's my understanding as well. And as South...

    That's my understanding as well. And as South Africa now contends, they are being punished for having robust genetic testing and alerting the world to this new variant. Better to be like the US and...
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    That's not what I said. While the current...

    That's not what I said. While the current vaccines have proved effective this does not guarantee they are effective against all future variants. The pandemic is not over until it is over on every...
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    Is Sweden doing that bad? We're still in the...

    Is Sweden doing that bad? We're still in the middle of the game but it is plausible when it is all said and done scientist will point to Sweden as the country who best handled this pandemic....
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    Is there any evolutionary purpose of disease? One...

    Is there any evolutionary purpose of disease? One hypothesis as to why some are so effected by COVID, and some are asymptomatic, is because of previous exposure to corona viruses. What's better,...
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    In the PNW, I can't think of any meteorological...

    In the PNW, I can't think of any meteorological events that could be labeled an "atmospheric river" that did not originate in the tropics. So I think the two terms are synonyms, at least in the PNW....
  26. The restitution to Aspen is the amount of Aspen's...

    The restitution to Aspen is the amount of Aspen's deductible ($250k). It's in the article. Aspen isn't double dipping here, although that happens a lot.

    Here's how it works in basically every...
  27. "Any order for restitution entered pursuant to...

    "Any order for restitution entered pursuant to this section is a final civil judgment in favor of the state and any victim. Notwithstanding any other civil or criminal statute or rule, any such...
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    A prosecutor can always charge lesser included...

    A prosecutor can always charge lesser included charges, below what the grand jury approves of. For instance, if the grand jury says Theft 2nd Degree (more than $750), the prosecutor can,...
  29. The reason the criminal plea agreement did not...

    The reason the criminal plea agreement did not involve consideration of the insurance company's loss is the insurance company is not viewed as the victim in the criminal case. Further, prosecutors...
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    The reason attorneys recommend people be silent...

    The reason attorneys recommend people be silent and request an attorney is your request for an attorney, and your silence, will (most likely) not be used against you at trial. Then, when the...
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    Johnson & Johnson breakthrough cases had a higher...

    Johnson & Johnson breakthrough cases had a higher hospitalization rate compared with other COVID vaccines

    A study of nearly 2 million people vaccinated against the coronavirus has found that those...
  32. Elon Musk Is Building a Sci-Fi World, and the...

    Elon Musk Is Building a Sci-Fi World, and the Rest of Us Are Trapped in It

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/opinion/elon-musk-capitalism.html?smid=url-share

    Weirdly, Muskism, an extravagant...
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    French health authority advises against Moderna...

    French health authority advises against Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for under 30s
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    Kids (and adults) aren't doing jail for simple...

    Kids (and adults) aren't doing jail for simple drug possession, at least in more progressive places, like the Seattle area. Maybe for repeatedly getting caught dealing, but not just possession. I am...
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    I didn't say that. You are putting words in my...

    I didn't say that. You are putting words in my mouth. I would need to know the unbiased facts of the case, the defendant's criminal history, and any other mitigating or aggravating factors before I...
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    This post sums up everything that is wrong with...

    This post sums up everything that is wrong with the criminal justice system. We are talking about a 16 year old. You, I, and everyone else did some dumb shit when we were 16. We just got lucky. If...
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    What makes you think the parents will continue to...

    What makes you think the parents will continue to take care of the kid's financials after he hits 18? Statistically speaking, most criminal defendants are broke. Even those driving F250s.
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    Why would the 21+ passenger have any liability?...

    Why would the 21+ passenger have any liability? If they are not a parent or custodian, who says they weren't just along for the ride?

    No way to hold parents criminally liable unless they are...
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    Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to ask federal...

    Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to ask federal regulators to clear their boosters for all adults.

    The Food and Drug Administration is considered likely to grant the request, perhaps before...
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    So what's an appropriate sentence for the 16 year...

    So what's an appropriate sentence for the 16 year old defendant?
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    Even when they choose a place like Vancouver, BC,...

    Even when they choose a place like Vancouver, BC, which has some of the snowiest mountains on earth nearby, the actual venues are down low where it doesn't snow and they have to truck in snow. They...
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    Houston is the 25th most densely populated metro...

    Houston is the 25th most densely populated metro region in the US. Dallas is 19th. Both are more dense than other supposedly well-planned urban areas; Seattle (27), Minneapolis (31), Portland (84),...
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    Bezos new pad on La Pérouse Bay, Maui aint bad....

    Bezos new pad on La Pérouse Bay, Maui aint bad. $78 million, 14-acres, 4,500-square-foot house, 1,700-square-foot guesthouse, and a 700-square-foot swimming pool. Last sold for $4.2 million in 1996....
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    90-year sentence tossed in 2019 Mardi Gras...

    90-year sentence tossed in 2019 Mardi Gras bicyclist deaths; A Louisiana appeal court has thrown out the 90-year prison sentence for a drunken driver who struck nine bicycle riders near a Mardi Gras...
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    In Washington, the longest a person can be held...

    In Washington, the longest a person can be held after an offense, but before they are criminally charged, is 72 hours. I assume other states have a similar rule (only at Guantanamo Bay does the US...
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    Even Texas has regional development planning, and...

    Even Texas has regional development planning, and geographic restrictions like streams and flood plains. But even if you assume Texas has unlimited buildable land and a desire to fill it, economics...
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    PSA survey: The Recreation and Conservation...

    PSA survey: The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is updating the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Plan and Statewide Trails Plan. These plans set priorities for funding trails,...
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    Not true at all. Because of urban growth...

    Not true at all. Because of urban growth boundaries, restrictions on development near streams and steep slopes, and lands that are already set aside for preservation, there is actually very little...
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    Kids should get vaccinated for COVID just like...

    Kids should get vaccinated for COVID just like kids should get the flu shot, but to put those CDC stats above in perspective, here's some data from the CDC regarding flu related deaths in children:
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  50. Interesting article, although I don't think the...

    Interesting article, although I don't think the conclusion was having kids leads to unhappiness. More that the happiness a kid brings is harder to quantify. I also liked the discussion of memory...
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