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“It has been four decades since Stephen King wrote The Stand, his acclaimed novel about a deadly influenza pandemic wiping out most of human civilization. So the bestselling contemporary horror novelist has difficulty understanding why authorities did not see the coronavirus crisis coming, or take the necessary precautionary steps.”
‘Impossible to comprehend’: Stephen King on horrors of Trump and coronavirus, by Richard Luscombe, The Guardian, 29 March 2020

“To cement their social status, wealthy landowners and movie moguls modeled their homes after Southern plantations.”
Temples to white supremacy, by Hadley Meares, Curbed, 30 March 2020

“DK is one of the few publishing brands that is recognized by consumers, so when the company set out to give a new look to its logo as part of a brand redesign, executives didn’t want to stray too far from tradition. ‘DK is a heritage brand,’ said Rebecca Smart, managing director, publishing for DK, in an interview at the company’s New York City office in February. ‘But it needed to be freshened up.’ The rebranding campaign, announced in late January, will see the logo appear on reprinted and new DK titles beginning in the middle of the year.”
A New Look for a New DK, by Jim Miliot, Publishers Weekly, 27 March 2020

Am I the only one who’s never heard of DK before? Huh.

“The scholarly publishing community in the United States is being asked to help reduce the nation’s shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.”
Scholarly comms community asked for help in Covid-19 fight, by Research Information, 26 March 2020.

“Personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to more than 4.9 million people from the country of Georgia – including full names, home addresses, dates of birth, ID numbers, and mobile phone numbers, including that of dead people – was published on a hacking forum on Saturday.”
Data on almost every citizen of Georgia posted on hacker forum, by Lisa Vaas, 31 March 2020.

“As Americans settle in for what may be a months-long national shutdown in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, several indies have launched, with varying degrees of success, GoFundMe campaigns designed to help them pay bills and their employees. As several of these booksellers noted in their respective GoFundMe appeals, while many indies have been deluged with online orders these past weeks, it’s not enough to sustain a business model based on walk-in traffic.”
Indies Launch GoFundMe Campaigns to Survive Coronavirus Shutdown, by Claire Kirch, Publishers Weekly, 31 March 2020

“In Taiwan, a man who had traveled to Southeast Asia was fined $33,000 for sneaking out to a club when he was supposed to be on lockdown in his home. In Hong Kong, a 13-year-old girl, who was spotted out at a restaurant wearing a tracking bracelet to monitor those in quarantine, was followed, filmed and subsequently shamed online.”
Why Asia’s New Coronavirus Controls Should Worry the World, by Motoko Rich, NY Times, 31 March 2020

“Marriott International has today announced that it has suffered a data breach affecting up to 5.2 million people. The hotel chain says it uses an application to help provide services to its guests. Beginning mid-January this year, the login credentials of two employees at a franchised property were used to access guest information on this app. When the breach was discovered at the end of February, Marriott International says it disabled those login credentials and began its investigation.”
Marriott International confirms data breach of up to 5.2 million guests, by Anna Brading, Sophos blog, 31 March 2020

“Earlier this week, President Trump said he is considering taking steps to roll back restrictions that businesses and state governments have put in place to contain the coronavirus. Citing the economic impact of measures like social distancing, Trump floated Easter Sunday as the date he’d like the nation back at work.”
Americans Are Worried About The Coronavirus. They’re Even More Worried About The Economy., by Likhitha Butchireddygari, FiveThirtyEight, 27 March 2020

Quotes:

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Abraham Lincoln

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Jean Giraudoux

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Woodrow Wilson

The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.
Stendhal

The secret of happiness is something to do.
John Burroughs

The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.
Sally Ride

The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Samuel Johnson

The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.
Martin Buber

There is a role and function for beauty in our time.
Tadao Ando

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
Victor Hugo

There is nothing new in art except talent.
Anton Chekhov

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