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“Balmy days are coming, with temperatures forecast to reach 20C in some regions. The warm weather will bring welcome respite to lockdown Britain – and put pressure on authorities trying to control crowds and gatherings. However, scientists also believe warm weather could bring new insights into the virus by showing whether it reacts to the onset of spring. Flu epidemics tend to die out as winter ends; could sunshine, similarly, affect the behaviour of the coronavirus and its spread? It is a key question, and epidemiologists will be watching for changes very closely.”
Scientists ask: could summer heat help beat Covid-19?, by Robin McKie, The Guardian, 5 April 2020

“Armed with nothing but her sizzlin’ magnasword™, Vixxen, the future’s nakedest heroine, fights the hideously enlarged Covid-20XX virus in the moist caverns of Lungworld, source of the galaxy’s interplanetary oxygen supply!”
Vixxen Vaxxin cartoon (no minors allowed), by Jason Yungbluth, WhatIsDeepFried, 6 April 2020

“Peer coaching can be a powerful form of learning and development. In this article, we’ll zoom in on this type of coaching in the workplace. We’ll take a look at its definition, benefits, and share a couple of best practices.”
Peer Coaching: Benefits and Best Practices, by Neelie Verlinden, AIHR Digital, 6 April 2020

“Is it possible for a lone taquero in Whittier to do a better job at serving the community during a pandemic crisis than the local and federal governments combined? According to Masataco’s customers who have recently grown to include the FBI, at least eight different police departments, and medical personnel, it is looking like it. But their excellent vegan tacos aren’t the only thing on this neighborhood taqueria’s menu these days. Like many other businesses, they have adapted to the times. But the owner and lead taquero stands out from the rest for the numbers of face masks he has been able to obtain and distribute to the masses. Upwards of 1.2 million face masks, 40,000 pounds of rice, 25,000 pounds of pinto beans, 10,000 pounds of lentils, and 25,000 pounds of Peruvian beans…in just three days. In Los Angeles, where beans, rice, and tortillas are as essential and scarce as masks and toilet paper, this taco shop in Whittier is hustling to provide ridiculous volumes of them faster than stock dumped by politicians at the first sight of coronavirus. Folks and first responders from all over southern California, even other states, are driving to Masataco for tons of affordable food and millions of masks sold at cost instead of waiting for the upper ranks of government to come through or stores to restock.”
This Whittier Taco Shop Sold More Than 1.2 Million Face Masks To First Responders in Three Days, by Memo Torres, LA Taco, 6 April 2020

“The authorities say there has been a surge in fraud and cons seeking to capitalize on fears of the virus.”
Another Thing to Fear Out There: Coronavirus Scammers, by Sharon LaFraniere and Chris Hamby, NY Times, 5 April 2020

“They’re finding little comfort in measures designed to help them.”
Los Angeles tenants forced to make tough decisions about paying rent, by Bianca Barragan, Curbed, 6 April 2020

“Doctors, nurses, and other health workers are the acknowledged heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic. So why do so many online commentators apparently want Dr. Anthony Fauci dead? Fauci, the U.S. government’s top medical voice on the pandemic and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, now requires a personal security detail due to a torrent of threats to his safety. The anonymous online sources of those threats absurdly label him a Trump opponent and characterize his public health recommendations to contain the novel coronavirus as inaccurate and reflective of a politicized agenda. These allegations have prompted a stream of bilious online invective against Fauci, with hashtags like #FauciFraud and #FireFauci.”
Health Care Workers Face Anti-Science Abuse. This Has to Stop., by Phelim Kine, Undark, 6 April 2020

“As retail campaigning has become all but impossible amid the public health crisis, candidates tread carefully in an uncertain political environment.”
With Campaigns in Remote Mode, Pandemic Upends Battle for Congress, by Carl Hulse, NY Times, 5 April 2020

“Unless politicians strengthen emergency tenant protection laws to include forgiveness for back rent owed, experts and advocates warn that Los Angeles (and California) could see a huge surge in homelessness in the near future.”
Without Rent Forgiveness, Experts Say Homelessness Will Just Get Worse, by Matt Tinoco, 6 April 2020


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

I learn something every time I go into the mountains.
Michael Kennedy

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
Frida Kahlo

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
Vincent Van Gogh

I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
Vincent Van Gogh

I started under my master, Etienne Decroux, who taught me a new grammar for mime he called statuary mime. This grammar brings style creations. Without it, no art survives.
Marcel Marceau

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.
Rita Rudner

I was brought up in a Jewish home, but I was brought up to be human not fanatical, which is something that I don’t appreciate at all. I learned to become a humanist and not to dwell on the differences between Jews and Christians.
Marcel Marceau

I wish they would only take me as I am.
Vincent Van Gogh

I wouldn’t imagine I would become famous in America for my talk shows.
Marcel Marceau

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