Silence is the mother of truth… even in cyberspace

“The renewable-energy business is expected to keep growing, though more slowly, in contrast to fossil fuel companies, which have been hammered by low oil and gas prices.”
Oil Companies Are Collapsing, but Wind and Solar Energy Keep Growing, by Ivan Penn, NYT, 7 April 2020

“We continue to update our sharable, free web pages on resources and measures the publishing community is taking.”
Free Resources: More Updates, by Erin Somers, Publishers Lunch, 10 April 2020

“Sometimes people ask me what it takes to be a writer. The only things you have to do, I tell them, are read constantly; write for thousands of hours; and have the masochistic ability to absorb a great deal of rejection and isolation. As it turns out, these qualities have prepared me well to deal with life in the time of the coronavirus.” ~snip~ “Even if America as we know it survives the coronavirus, it can hardly emerge unscathed. If the illusion of invincibility is shredded for any patient who survives a near-fatal experience, then what might die after Covid-19 is the myth that we are the best country on earth, a belief common even among the poor, the marginal, the precariat, who must believe in their own Americanness if in nothing else.”
The Ideas That Won’t Survive the Coronavirus, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, NYT, 10 April 2020

“This was supposed to be a big health care year for California. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in January unveiled ambitious proposals to help him achieve his goal of getting every Californian health care coverage. Though it was far less than the single-payer promise Newsom had made on the gubernatorial campaign trail, his plans, if adopted, would have expanded the health care system as no other state has. His $47 billion health care agenda, fueled by a once-booming economy and pressure from legislative Democrats, sought to expand the pool of undocumented immigrants covered by Medicaid, enable California to manufacture its own generic drugs, pour billions into the Medicaid program to address chronic homelessness and dramatically increase mental health and addiction treatment statewide.”
Newsom’s Ambitious Health Care Agenda Crumbles In A ‘Radically Changed’ World, by Angela Hart, LAist, 9 April 2020

Nice photo op, Gavin; still love ya.

“Jennie Allen is #1 on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list with Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts. As the founder of the If: Gathering series of conferences for women, the host of the Made for This podcast, and the author of Nothing to Prove (WaterBrook, 2017), Allen has over 300,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where the book is being promoted. Further, each purchase of Get Out of Your Head comes with a free book club kit, and the book received blurbs from authors Lysa TerKeurst, Christine Caine and Anne Voskamp.”
March Religion Bestsellers: Jennie Allen Tops; ‘One Little Lie’ Takes #4, by Emma Wenner, PW, 8 April 2020

“The singer joined with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to provide shelter, meals and counselling for families at risk in coronavirus pandemic.”
Rihanna gives £1.67m to support LA domestic violence victims in lockdown, by Laura Snapes, The Guardian, 10 April 2020

“As the faithful around the world celebrate Passover and Easter, religious and spiritual institutions are adapting and changing in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Diane Winston, associate professor and the Knight Center Chair in Media & Religion, answers questions about how religious groups are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with virtual services and calls to help the most vulnerable, and why others are defying orders not to congregate and calling the outbreak God’s judgment.”
How are religious groups responding to the coronavirus pandemic?, by Jenesse Miller, ASCJ house organ, 10 April 2020

Probably not God’s judgement (we’d all be dead by now if it was), but maybe more like natural selection if you’re stupid enough not to STAY THE FUCK HOME. Hey, you, outta the gene pool, now! Sorry, folks, I don’t think I’ve had enough coffee yet.

“French publishers working in the scientific and scholarly sector are responding to ministry calls for open content, as Canada’s copyright agency makes another donation to authors in need.”
Coronavirus: France’s Scientific Publishers Mobilize; Access Copyright Funds Authors, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 9 April 2020

“There was just one problem: For the past year, Lee has been unable to access her massive bank of 200 computers at Georgia Tech, where RealOpt can run models and mitigation protocols for dozens of cities simultaneously. Lee has been on administrative leave since last April, locked out of her university email account and unable to interact with her students. In December of last year, she was charged in U.S. District Court with two felonies — one involving falsified information on an annual certification required for an ongoing $40,000 National Science Foundation grant, and the other accusing her of lying to a federal agent that was investigating the falsified information.” ~snip~ “The National Science Foundation has also barred Lee from serving as a reviewer, adviser, or consultant for three years. Under a plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has recommended that Lee serve a sentence of eight months of home confinement, though that is awaiting a May 21 decision by U.S. District Judge Steve Jones, who could opt for jail time instead.”
Sidelined by Scandal, a Top Disease Modeler Watches and Worries, by Jill Neimark, Undark, 9 April 2020

That possible sentencing seems harsh to me, but otherwise I don’t know how I feel about this. If she lied in her grant management, why should her other work be trusted? Yes, I know they’re not the same thing, (and where was Georgia Tech’s grant management team in all this?), but it’s worrying. Also, are there no other disease modelers working on this? Also also, could Dr. Lee not share her work with someone who’s working on similar things? How annoying this all is. And to all you Federal grant awardees, next time you tell your grant managers ‘You’re not the boss of me,” please remember what happened to Dr. E. Lee.

Reading:

“Both Flesh and Not” by DF Wallace

Watching:

“Shadow” on Netflix.

Quotes:

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
Edward Steichen

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt

Silence in the turmoil of the theater world made me survive 50 years without speaking on a stage, only to say ‘No’ in Mel Brooks’ film, ‘Silent Movie.’
Marcel Marceau

Silence is the mother of truth.
Benjamin Disraeli

Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them.
Sitting Bull

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
Robert Collier

Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people!
Mary Shelley

The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food.
Mary Shelley

The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.
George Sand

The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
Wilson Mizner

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