“States like New York and California have made gig workers eligible for jobless benefits and sick days. But the companies have resisted complying.”
Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Are Blocking Unemployment Pay, by Noam Scheiber, NYT, 24 March 2020
Plus ça change…
“Renowned scientist Terry Hughes says huge swathes of reef have been affected in a ‘severe’ situation.”
Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass coral bleaching event in five years, by Graham Readfearn and Adam Morton, The Guardian, 25 March 2020
“On Sunday, Trump was asked if he had changed his personal investments in advance of the pandemic. He gave a bafflingly rambling answer that, once transcribed, ran to more than 850 words. An excerpt: ‘George Washington, they say he was a rich man, supposedly. Relatively rich. And he ran the presidency and he also ran his business. They say he had two desks. Nobody complained until I came along. I got elected as a rich person, but nobody complained until I came along. So it cost me billions of dollars to be president and I am so happy I did it. Because who cares? Who cares?'” Y’know, I just can’t get used to this. Is it November yet?
Are Trump’s coronavirus briefings the new 2020 campaign rallies?, by David Smith, The Guardian, 25 March 2020
“Facilities thought to be 75% full with Saudi Arabia due to ramp up output as demand falters amid coronavirus shutdowns.” Well, that’s… unusual.
Oil price may fall to $10 a barrel as world runs out of storage space, by Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian, 25 March 2020
“The shock to the global economy from Covid-19 has been faster and more severe than the 2008 global financial crisisand even the Great Depression. In those two previous episodes, stock markets collapsed by 50% or more, credit markets froze up, massive bankruptcies followed, unemployment rates soared above 10% and GDP contracted at an annualised rate of 10% or more. But all of this took around three years to play out. In the current crisis, similarly dire macroeconomic and financial outcomes have materialised in three weeks.”
Coronavirus pandemic has delivered the fastest, deepest economic shock in history, by Nouriel Roubini, The Guardian, 25 March 2020
“The digital conferencing tool has taken off thanks to physical distancing across the globe. Just watch out for the 40-minute limit and pornography trolls.”
Zoom: the $29bn video-call app you’d never heard of until coronavirus, by Pass Notes, The Guardian, 25 March 2020
“Folding@Home, a distributed computing project that’s using its might to battle COVID-19, is now twice as fast as Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer. In fact, it now has more brawn than the world’s top seven supercomputers – combined. Folding@home’s director, Dr. Greg Bowman, told Twitter on Friday that the project’s now working with about 470 petaFLOPS in its quest to help scientists better understand how the virus’s proteins fold and bind and to hence be able to find a way to block them from attaching to human cells”
Your unused computer could help find a COVID-19 cure, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos blog, 25 March 2020
“A lack of preparation, deep-rooted dysfunction and a reckless president – now the US faces being the center of the pandemic.” We know, we know. Gah
Coronavirus in America: why the US has struggled to tackle a growing crisis, by Oliver Milman, The Guardian, 24 March 2020
“What you need to know about how the virus is transmitted.”
Surfaces? Sneezes? Sex? How the Coronavirus Can and Cannot Spread, by Heather Murphy, NYT, 19 March 2020
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Clare Boothe Luce
Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.
Every burden is a blessing.
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
Fortune favors the prepared mind.
He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.
Thomas a Kempis