“Digital and human rights groups have joined in a rare worldwide appeal to governments to respect privacy when handling the COVID-19 crisis. As the number of known COVID-19 cases around the world exceeds 1.2m and the number of deaths reaches 70,000, more than 100 groups signed a letter to governments urging them to be measured in their response to the virus.” ~snip~ “Others have used cellphone data to take a more macroscopic view of public movements. Google has used anonymous location data from millions of Android phones that have location history enabled to determine how well people are abiding by shelter-in-place and similar orders. Last week, it released reports showing traffic in public spaces across 131 countries. The UK had seen visits to retail and recreational locations drop by 85%, the data revealed.”
Rights groups appeal to governments over COVID-19 surveillance, by Danny Bradbury, Sophos blog, 6 April 2020
“Concerted effort to protect religious freedoms is playing out as some states exempt houses of worship from stay-home orders.”
The US churches and pastors ignoring ‘stay-at-home’ orders, by Richard Luscombe, The Guardian, 5 April 2020
“As some nations scramble to find protective gear to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Finland is sitting on an enviable stockpile of personal protective equipment like surgical masks, putting it ahead of less-prepared Nordic neighbors. The stockpile, considered one of Europe’s best and built up over years, includes not only medical supplies, but also oil, grains, agricultural tools and raw materials to make ammunition. Norway, Sweden and Denmark had also amassed large stockpiles of medical and military equipment, fuel and food during the Cold War era. Later, most all but abandoned those stockpiles. But not Finland. Its preparedness has cast a spotlight on national stockpiles and exposed the vulnerability of other Nordic nations.”
Finland, ‘Prepper Nation of the Nordics,’ Isn’t Worried About Masks, by Christina Anderson and Henrik Pryser Libell, The Guardian, 5 April 2020
“Nightly cheering, clapping, and singing helped residents of Wuhan, China weather a long lockdown when the virus broke out there. The practice has been taken up in cities around the world, and formalized as a salute to frontline medical staff.”
Nightly applause brings Angelenos to their windows and balconies, by Elijah Chiland, Curbed, 6 April 2020
“Many Angelenos are facing difficulties getting their basic needs met as a result of the rapid changes brought about by the coronavirus. To help, we’ve compiled this list of places that are offering financial assistance, food for adults and kids, and more. We’ll be updating it regularly.”
Where To Get Financial Assistance, Food And More During The Coronavirus Crisis, by Jessica P. Ogivie, LAist, 5 April 2020
“Neo-Nazi groups in the US are looking for ways to exploit the coronavirus outbreak and commit acts of violence, according to observers of far-right groups, law enforcement, and propaganda materials reviewed by the Guardian. The watchdog group the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) raised the alarm last week about opportunism from far-right so-called “accelerationist” groups who believe sowing chaos and violence will hasten the collapse of society, allowing them to build a white supremacist one in its place.”
US far right seeks ways to exploit coronavirus and cause social collapse, by Jason Wilson, The Guardian, 5 April 2020
“The astonishment of riches includes up-close looks at our history in hundreds of films. And they’re all free.”
Film Treasures, Streaming Courtesy of the Library of Congress, by Manohla Dargis, NY Times, 3 April 2020
“Millions of Americans risk losing running water if they fall behind with bill payments in coming months, as mass layoffs triggered by the coronavirus pandemic force families to make impossible tradeoffs on paying household expenses. Around two-fifths of the country rely on water utilities which have not suspended the policy of shutoffs for non-payment, despite public health warnings that good hygiene – specifically frequent hand washing – is crucial to preventing spread of the highly contagious virus, according to data analysed by Food and Water Watch (FWW) and the Guardian.”
… water utilities … have not suspended the policy of shutoffs for non-payment, by Nina Lakhani, The Guardian, 6 April 2020
Hey, The Guardian, the title of this article, which I’m not using, is overly dramatic and you should be ashamed of your editorial team letting it get through. Assholes.
“When nonessential businesses were closed last month in Kansas City, Mo., where he lives, Mr. Schade, 26, lost his job at a carpet store and almost all of the shifts in his second job at a coffee shop. His girlfriend, Kaitlyn Gardner, 23, was laid off from a different coffee shop. The money they have in their bank accounts, just over $1,000, is enough to cover only this week’s $800 rent check — forget about his $300 student loan payments or the health insurance he was hoping to finally sign up for. The couple have spent their time at home applying for unemployment and fruitlessly looking for new work.”
Young Adults, Burdened With Debt, Are Now Facing an Economic Crisis, by Nathaniel Popper, NY Times, 6 April 2020
This is something our government can help with: forgive ALL student loan payments until the country gets the all clear on the COVID-19. C’mon, America, Wall Street and banks can afford it. And if not, fuck ’em.
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one’s distance from the problem.
If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
Vincent Van Gogh
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh
In a clown, we see what we do that makes us laugh and cry. I kept the white face, the tradition of the Pierrot. My clown became a romantic and stylized figure. I wanted to be an abstract and concrete figure, a symbol of humanity.
In fair weather prepare for foul.
In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people.
In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.
Vincent Van Gogh
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.
It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what is in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Vincent Van Gogh