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“Pop-up shops, student accommodation … ICUs. Two-bed prototype for a fraction of the cost of other options being built in coronavirus-hit Italy.”
Architect in Italy turns shipping containers into hospitals for treating Covid-19, by Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian, 27 March 2020

“With lagging political leadership, local community groups like Reclaiming Our Homes are taking the lead, especially during this crisis, by housing unhoused people in state owned vacant houses. Other community organizing groups like Ktown for All, Street Watch L.A., and LA CAN have stepped up to provide hand washing stations to unhoused communities when the city itself has been unbearably slow at even getting basic hygiene necessities to unhoused communities, and Governor Gavin Newsom has yet to materialize a plan to work with motels and hotels across the state to at least temporarily house the unhoused. In the Governor’s list of “essential critical infrastructure workers” released on March 19 before the state’s stay at home directive, along with grocery store workers, plumbers, daycare providers, health care workers, public health officials, construction workers, and laundromat workers, reporters were listed as necessary services during this unprecedented crisis. It’s in that vein of service, and solidarity, with the community that we serve that L.A. Taco will continue to report on important community-oriented news that serves and strengthens our community’s bonds to each other during this crisis.”
A List of Coronavirus Resources because our Political Leaders have Largely Failed Us, by Samuel Ribakoff, LA Taco, 25 March 2020

“In a few months, the Covid-19 coronavirus has spread all around the world, sending billions of people into lockdown, as health services struggle to cope. Find out which countries are experiencing the steepest growth in cases and where the virus has been most deadly.”
Coronavirus mapped: which countries have the most cases and deaths?, by Pablo Gutiérrez, The Guardian, 27 March 2020

“‘And you look at automobile accidents, which are far greater than any numbers [of potential COVID-19 deaths] we’re talking about,’ the president said at his March 23 press briefing. ‘That doesn’t mean we’re going to tell everybody no more driving of cars. We have to do things to get our country open.’ Trump’s comment followed an equally jaw-droppingly callous statement by Wisconsin Senator and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson a week earlier. ‘We don’t shut down our economy because tens of thousands of people die on the highways,’ told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on March 18 in a discussion about the impact of coronavirus on the national economy. ‘It’s a risk we accept so we can move about.'”
Trump Says COVID-19 Deaths May Be the Price We Pay For A Strong Economy — Just Like Traffic Deaths, by Kea Wilson, Streetsblog, 24 March 2020

“It’s the third piece of bipartisan legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic this month, with two emergency stimulus bills already signed into law. But this latest deal eclipses the earlier packages in scope and spending and amounts to what could be the most ambitious economic rescue effort in American history.”
Senate Strikes Deal For $2 Trillion ‘Wartime Level Investment’ To Rescue Economy From Pandemic, by NPR, via LAist, 25 March 2020

“With many states banning all but the most essential business in order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, booksellers are making the case that they, too, are essential. The effort is paying off. Bookstores in numerous states are facing a crush of online sales, offering delivery and pickup to customers, and applying for waivers to keep doing so as public health orders grow more strict. Riverstone Books in Pittsburgh, Pa., applied for an exemption from a March 19 statewide order to close all businesses that are not “life-sustaining.” On Monday, the bookstore received that exemption and is continuing to take orders while offering curbside and home delivery, along with free shipping. ‘We believe books are essential to life,’ owner Barbara Jeremiah wrote to customers, informing them of the exemption. Jeremiah said employees remain healthy and are practicing social distancing while fulfilling orders during store hours.”
Bookstores Seek Essential Exemptions, by Alex Green, 26 March 2020

“Metro is one of 10 public transportation providers seeking $25 billion in aid from Congress to cover financial losses related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.”
Projecting $700M in losses, Metro asks federal government for help, by Elijah Chiland, Curbed, 25 March 2020

“So what’s the answer? A full shutdown in the US. For three full weeks. Why three weeks? Because the virus has been known to run its course in about 14 days – at least, that’s the amount of time our doctors are telling us to isolate. So I say give it another week just to make sure. Our grandparents were asked to fight world wars. We can handle 21 days of watching Netflix.”
To beat the coronavirus slump, shut us down now, Mr President, by Gene Marks, The Guardian, 25 March 2020

“The cult 60s TV show followed one man’s attempts to escape existential horror. Who better to heed for the times we live in?” I think the Guardian is trying to help us or something.
More than just a number: what The Prisoner can teach us about life in lockdown, by Matt Charlton, The Guardian, 25 March 2020

Quotes:

I believe I can even yet remember when I saw the stars for the first time.
Max Muller

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?
Jean Cocteau

I can speak Esperanto like a native.
Spike Milligan

I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.
Marcel Duchamp

I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota.
Gustave Courbet

I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
John Wooden

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.
John Galsworthy

If government were a product, selling it would be illegal.
P. J. O’Rourke

If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.
Brendan Behan

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