“‘The American healthcare system is a leading example of an institution that, under political protection, redistributes income upwards to hospitals, physicians, device-makers, and pharmaceutical companies while delivering among the worst health outcomes of any rich country,’ the economists write.”
Deaths of despair: why America’s medical industry explains working-class suicides, by Chris McGreal, The Guardian, 19 March 2020
“They were bold, badass – and brief. But Batman’s short-lived female sidekicks give us hope that women in comics are good for more than just sticking in a fridge.”
80 years of Robin: the forgotten history of the most iconic sidekick, by Julia Savoca Gibson, The Guardian, 18 March 2020
Hat tip to Gail Simone for creating the Women in Refrigerators website.
“The North American comics market continued to weather an ongoing industrywide transformation in 2019. Changing distribution models, outreach to promising new customer demographics, and an increasingly aggressive speculation market for comics periodicals presented challenges that kept retailers on their toes throughout the year.”
A Look Inside the 21st-Century Comics Shop, by Shannon O’Leary, Publishers Weekly, 20 March 2020
Not my comic book shop, but they did hire more women, so it’s a little nicer for me to go there.
“It was once a sideshow to the American military in Afghanistan and later became one of the largest diplomatic missions in the world. Now, as the United States Embassy in Kabul transitions to its newest role, its future is tied to a fragile peace process, one that will withdraw American troops even as violence continues. American diplomats in Kabul must tiptoe between two rival Afghan leaders — President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah — who have each declared themselves the winner of national elections held last fall. The United States Embassy sees helping to resolve the political dispute as a core mission, but Afghan officials have soured on the State Department and its negotiated peace agreement with the Taliban, signed last month.”
As U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan, Diplomats Are Left to Fill Uncertain Mission, by Lara Jakes, NY Times, 22 March 2020
“Deer, raccoons, turkeys and other creatures have made their way into urban settings they might normally avoid.”
Emboldened wild animals venture into locked-down cities worldwide, by Maanvi Singh, The Guardian, 22 March 2020
Brazen bold as paint urban wildlife prading through the city streets? I’m guessing this journo has never had to back down from an encounter with a Los Angeles raccoon.
“The top-line numbers are sobering. The most recent survey, taken on March 16 and 17, found that, as a group, the experts think that as of March 15, only 12 percent of infections in the U.S. had been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They think there’s a 73 percent chance of a second wave of hospitalizations this fall. And they expect approximately 200,000 deaths in the U.S. by the end of the year.”
Infectious Disease Experts Don’t Know How Bad The Coronavirus Is Going To Get, Either, by Jay Boice, FiveThirtyEight, 20 March 2020
“The YouGov/The Economist poll also gave us a glimpse into how the coronavirus is changing Americans’ behavior. While 53 percent said they were eating out less and 48 percent said they had been planning to attend an event that was canceled by the coronavirus, only 27 percent said they were working from home, and only 9 percent said they had worn a medical face mask in public. Oh, and despite the reports of people buying out all the toilet paper, just 22 percent said they had bought extra toilet paper.”
Americans’ Views On The Coronavirus Are Shifting Fast, by Nathaniel Rakich, Five Thirty Eight, 20 March 2020
Are those 22% all shopping at the Los Feliz Costco?
“On Sunday at 7 a.m., I decided to take a socially-distanced stroll to my favorite coffee shop. This was the morning after Spain and France shuttered all nonessential businesses, a policy destined to cross the Atlantic. When I got out on the street, there was no one. Not even the minimum head count for a Bob Dylan album cover. There were no customers in the coffee shop either, no one to distance myself from. …”
Someday, We’ll Look Back on All of This and Write a Novel, by Sloane Crosley, NY Times, 17 March 2020
“Marie Kondo, the tidying expert and best-selling author, has a new book, “Joy at Work,” that takes her trademarked method to the workplace and encourages readers to find joy there by cleaning their desks, among other things. Of course, the terrible joke right now is that the coronavirus is the new KonMari, having scoured most businesses more thoroughly than any decluttering plan could by sending its messiest elements — people — home, a turn of events unlikely to lead to much joy, professional or otherwise.”
As Economy Is Upended, Marie Kondo Drops a Workplace Book, by Penelope Green, NY Times, 20 March 2020
“To help protect Metro bus operators and be as safe as possible during the COVID-19 crisis, all Metro Bus riders will be asked to board and exit only the rear door of all buses beginning Monday. The front door will only be available to riders who use wheelchairs or who need the wheelchair ramp.”
As safety precaution, all Metro buses must be boarded in rear starting Monday, by Steve Hymon, The Source, 22 March 2020
Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.
Love can do much, but duty more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Filmmaking can be a fine art.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.
No one can figure out your worth but you.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
E. B. White
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
When you doubt, abstain.
The love we give away is the only love we keep.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
The more refined and subtle our minds, the more vulnerable they are.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.
Charles Dudley Warner
Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.
The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.
The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.
Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
Who, being loved, is poor?
An empty canvas is full.
It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
Henry David Thoreau
A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.