The Empire of the Internets

“Hiu Kit David Chong knew what it took to get into USC. He worked in the university’s admissions office as an assistant director focused on graduate students from China. He himself had attended USC as a business school student, according to his lawyer. ‘He’s a big booster of USC,’ said attorney Stanley Friedman. ‘He thinks it’s a great school for the local youth and also for international students.’ USC does not return the compliment, instead calling Chong a “rogue former employee” who federal prosecutors say defrauded the school by helping mediocre Chinese students cheat their way into USC.”
Ex-USC Admissions Official Admits He Helped Chinese Nationals Fake Their Applications For Money, by Josie Huang, LAist, 2 April 2020

“In the latest blow to direct market comics shops and to publishers, Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of comics in North America, announced that it will not pay publishers and other vendors this week. The distributor blames cash flow problems caused by disruptions in the supply chain as the reason for withholding the payments.”
Diamond Comic Halts Payments to Publishers, by Calvin Reed, Publishers Weekly, 1 April 2020

“The pandemic’s lockdowns threaten bookstores in many markets. In the States, S&S is working with Bookshop.org (as HarperCollins is doing). And in Britain and Ireland, the Books Are My Bag program has Charlie Mackesy’s artwork for this year’s limited edition.”
US S&S Partners With Bookshop.org; UK ‘Bag’ Campaign Has Mackesy Designs, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 31 March 2020

“What the article doesn’t state outright, but I read in the subtext, was that the virus is more likely to be deadly to black people. Most black people in America still live in the South. The states with the highest percentage of black people are in the South.”
The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 Crisis, by Charles M. Blow, NY Times, 1 April 2020

“A rolling list of grants accepting applications, where to find work and free resources for journalists.”
Resources for Freelance Journalists During the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Folio, 1 April 2020

“Five organisations define, describe, and share their thoughts on a subject that has become something of a hot topic in recent times.”
Growing share for preprints, by Research Information, 2 April 2020

“The new T-Mobile will have over 100 million customers and plans to take on AT&T and Verizon.”
T-Mobile Closes Merger With Sprint, and a Wireless Giant Is Born, by Edmund Lee, NY Times, 1 April 2020

“The third is called Password Monitor, a feature that will tell Edge users when usernames and passwords they’ve entered on a website have been found on the dark web.”
Microsoft’s Edge browser to get breached credential alerts, by John E. Dunn, Sophos blog, 1 April 2020

“One is a top-ranked research hospital in West Los Angeles, with buildings named after Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand. Its hallways are hung with works by Picasso, Miro and Warhol, part of a 4,000-piece collection of donated art. Hollywood celebrities and royalty vie to recover in its first-come, first-served luxury suites. The other is a community hospital in South Los Angeles, surrounded by fast-food chains, liquor stores and discount shops. It, too, is a state-of-the-art institution, albeit one with far more limited resources, serving one of Los Angeles’s most vulnerable communities, home to the working poor and the uninsured as well as homeless tent encampments, where a significant portion of the population has underlying chronic health conditions.”
How 2 Very Different Los Angeles Hospitals Are Facing Coronavirus, by Jo Becker and Tim Arango, NY Times, 1 April 2020

Quotes:

We have deep depth.
Yogi Berra

We must return to nature and nature’s god.
Luther Burbank

What I didn’t know was I was deeply attracted to the big space.
David Hockney

What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.
John Wooden

Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.
Thomas a Kempis

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
John Wooden

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
John Wooden

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
John Wooden

You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate.
Bryant H. McGill

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