The Hammer, Vol. LXI
April 20, 2023 at 5:05 a.m.
This Just In: So Fox News settled its defamation lawsuit, brought by Dominion Voting Systems, for $787 million. Lunch money for Rupert Murdoch. And tip surely not included.
Keep Those Corks On Hold, Though: The fake news network still faces resolution of a $2.7 billion suit by another voting machine company claiming defamation, Smartmatic.
Best Satirical Twitter Comeback on Same: “Fox News has learned its lesson.” – Sen. Susan Collins.
Just In Case: You think the Op Page editor was exaggerating or making stuff up in his other, marginally more-legit column this week: DOT crews were working to clear a snow slide on the upper reaches of Mount Baker Highway at deadline time on Tuesday afternoon.
Dare We Say It: Actually, we long have been, but still: CDN’s report this week on the need to update the Pacific Northwest power grid to stave off near-future blackouts and brownouts is another sober warning for governments to offer up something better than vague assurances about “green” energy supplies from various suppliers before shifting the entire world to electricity. You’d hate to see them accused of putting the cart before the horsepower.
Pipes, It's All Pipes! (And Backups): B. Hammer has a bad, bad feeling about this months-long project in the city of Bham to replace sewer pipes on Woburn Street. Big backups, hot cars, short tempers. What could possibly go bad?
Get in Line, Folks: Lots of doin’s locally for Earth Day starting Friday, including many hands-on public works projects. Note to newbs: Whatcom County is a place where many of these activities fill up well in advance, with folks literally lining up to volunteer. If you want to put in some sweat equity, you might need to plan in advance.
And Finally, Something In The Air: One word for news of this potential class-action lawsuit by people living within 5 miles of SeaTac Airport, pollution from which they contend has affected health and life spans: Whoa.
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