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A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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breakingnews:

Obama vows ongoing support of Washington mudslide recovery
NBC News: President Obama vowed continuing support of recovery efforts in Oso, Wash., after touring the site of the deadly mudslide that hit the area.
“We’re not going anywhere, we’ll be there as long as it takes,” Obama said at a firehouse after taking an aerial tour of the destruction site and meeting with families of victims and first responders.
Obama also praised the strength of Oso as it mourns the loss of more than 40 people killed in the slide.
Follow updates at BreakingNews.com. 
Photo: Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Washington, the site of the deadly mudslide that killed more than 40 people in March. (Carolyn Kaster / AFP - Getty Images)

breakingnews:

Obama vows ongoing support of Washington mudslide recovery

NBC News: President Obama vowed continuing support of recovery efforts in Oso, Wash., after touring the site of the deadly mudslide that hit the area.

“We’re not going anywhere, we’ll be there as long as it takes,” Obama said at a firehouse after taking an aerial tour of the destruction site and meeting with families of victims and first responders.

Obama also praised the strength of Oso as it mourns the loss of more than 40 people killed in the slide.

Follow updates at BreakingNews.com. 

Photo: Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Washington, the site of the deadly mudslide that killed more than 40 people in March. (Carolyn Kaster / AFP - Getty Images)

Toll in Washington state mudslide rises to 24

breakingnews:

Q13Fox: The official, confirmed death toll in Washington state’s devastating mudslide rose to 24 Monday, with a total of  17 of those bodies positively identified.

Thirty people were listed still listed as missing Monday. The previous number of confirmed fatalities had been 21 on Sunday night.

Victims families have to be notified in person before the list is made public. The full list of victims is available at the bottom of this story. Jason Biermann, program manager of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said 7 others were awaiting identification.

Shooting accidents soar; state gun laws remain unchanged

Highest Minimum-Wage State Washington Beats U.S. Job Growth

The Case for Suing That Homophobic Florist

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manifestingwomanist:


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Washington could be next state to enact ban on ex-gay therapy

gaywrites:

The Washington state House has passed a bill that would ban “ex-gay” therapy for minors, meaning it could be the next state to officially protect youth from this dangerous practice. The bill goes next to the state Senate.

House Bill 2451 would make it an act of “unprofessional conduct” to perform the certifiably harmful practice of attempted conversion therapy on a minor. Mental health professionals found guilty could face anything from a fine to having their license revoked. 

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, said regardless of personal beliefs, all youth should be protected.

“As a Christian person, I can’t stand by and watch someone be put through a tortuous practice to change a behavior,” he said.

As the article points out, more and more states are beginning to consider similar laws, and some have already succeeded in passing them. We can only hope that Washington lawmakers do the right thing, and that the momentum keeps building. 

The Happiest and Saddest States of 2013

Results from the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 

Top 10 States in Well-Being in 2013 (scores out of 100):

1. North Dakota – 70.4

2. South Dakota – 70.0

3. Nebraska – 69.7

4. Minnesota – 69.7

5. Montana – 69.3

6. Vermont – 69.1

7. Colorado – 68.9

8. Hawaii – 68.4

9. Washington – 68.3

10. Iowa – 68.2

Bottom 10 States in Well-Being in 2013 (scores out of 100):

50. West Virginia – 61.4

49. Kentucky – 63.0

48. Mississippi – 63.7

47. Alabama – 64.1

46. Ohio – 64.2

45. Arkansas – 64.3

44. Tennessee – 64.3

43. Missouri – 64.5

42. Oklahoma – 64.7

41. Louisiana – 64.9

Washington coming in at #9!

effyeahwashingtonstate:

newsweek:

Bitcoin ATMs are coming to Seattle and Austin.

isnt the point of bitcoin to be fully online?

bleck

effyeahwashingtonstate:

newsweek:

Bitcoin ATMs are coming to Seattle and Austin.

isnt the point of bitcoin to be fully online?

bleck

Bill banning gay conversion therapy for minors somehow passed house today, not decades ago

seattlish:

TVW has the scoop on House Bill 2451, which just passed the Washington State House — and bans gay conversion therapy (sometimes gay aversion therapy or reparative therapy) for minors. Adults continue to be able to do whatever floats their boats, but if this bill becomes law, parents and…

Study: Seattleites go for causes but don't connect with neighbors

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to retire

mostlyjudson:

Bill Nye lived and worked in Washington. Reasons why Washington is better than your state.

(via effyeahwashingtonstate)

breakingnews:

Washington governor suspends death penalty in state
AP: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state.

According to a draft statement obtained by The Associated Press, Inslee said that the use of the death penalty is inconsistent and unequal.
"Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility," he said in the written statement. "And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served. The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the budget of the county where the crime occurred." …
Inslee’s moratorium means that if a death penalty case comes to his desk, he will issue a reprieve, which isn’t a pardon and doesn’t commute the sentences of those condemned to death.

Photo: Lethal injection execution chamber, Washington State Penitentiary. (AP via KING 5)

breakingnews:

Washington governor suspends death penalty in state

AP: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state.

According to a draft statement obtained by The Associated Press, Inslee said that the use of the death penalty is inconsistent and unequal.

"Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility," he said in the written statement. "And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served. The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the budget of the county where the crime occurred." …

Inslee’s moratorium means that if a death penalty case comes to his desk, he will issue a reprieve, which isn’t a pardon and doesn’t commute the sentences of those condemned to death.

Photo: Lethal injection execution chamber, Washington State Penitentiary. (AP via KING 5)