“‘Should I go to the supermarket for some Doritos? Or is that dumb? But I really feel like Doritos. Do you think l’ll get the covi? Imagine getting covi because Doritos.'”
Goodbye panic, hello listlessness: welcome to the next stage of coronavirus isolation, by Brigid Delaney, The Guardian, 10 April 2020

This is… really weird because I’ve been eating A LOT of Doritos. There seems to be a Cool Ranch shortage, so I’ve switched to Natcho Cheese, but still… How spooky.

“About 1 in 3 people who become sick enough to require hospitalization from COVID-19 were African American, according to hospital data from the first month of the U.S. epidemic released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though 33% of those hospitalized patients were black, African Americans constitute 13% of the U.S. population. By contrast, the report found that 45% of hospitalizations were among white people, who make up 76% percent of the population. And 8% of hospitalizations were among Hispanics, who make up 18% of the population.”
CDC Data Finds African Americans — 13% Of U.S. Population — Account For 33% of COVID-19 Hospitalizations, by NPR via LAist, 8 April 2020

“Days earlier in Eagle Rock, Paola Mardo was leaving a Filipino grocery with a mask on her face when she heard a woman say ‘China brought this virus here.’
“As Mardo neared the woman, she ‘literally jumped back and said, “Oh my God, please don’t give me the virus.”
“‘I’m not even Chinese,’ said Mardo, who makes a podcast about the Filipino diaspora. ‘But we all look the same, I guess.””
Verbal Abuse, Assault, Shunning: Coronavirus ‘Hate’ Tracker Now Includes More Than 1,400 Reports of Anti-Asian Racism , by Josie Huang, LAist, 9 April 2020

“California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month that the state would work with local governments and hotel owners to arrange temporary lease agreements allowing homeless residents to isolate themselves in vacant rooms. It’s part of an effort dubbed Project Roomkey, in which up to 75 percent of the cost of the rooms will be funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hotel occupancy has plummeted since statewide orders went into effect mandating that residents stay at home unless engaged in essential activities. Rooms are already available in at least six hotels, with a total of 15 expected to open by next week. The first Project Roomkey hotel site in LA opened on Friday.”
LA trying to find 15,000 hotel rooms for homeless at risk from COVID-19, by Elijah Chiland, LAist, 8 April 2020

“We’ve seen a recent surge of concern about sextortion emails over the last few days. A sextortion or porn scam email is where cybercriminals email you out of the blue to claim that they’ve implanted malware on your computer, and have therefore been able to keep tabs on your online activity.” ~snip~ “These emails are scams, and are just a pack of lies to frighten you into sending money. Our advice is simply to delete the offending emails and move on, but you may have friends or family who have received one of these emails and are afraid of ignoring it.”
Sextortion emails and porn scams are back – don’t let them scare you!, by Paul Ducklin, Sophos blog, 10 April 2020

“On Sunday, April 19, Metro will begin running a Modified Sunday service schedule every day of the week. This schedule will provide an efficient and predictable level of service for those making essential trips. This service plan will keep Metro’s entire workforce productively employed. On weekdays, Metro will run its usual Sunday bus service plus some Rapid, Express and Local bus lines that normally do not run on Sundays. On weekdays, most trains will run every 12 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and every 20 minutes at other times with last trains leaving terminal stations around midnight. On weekends, Metro will run its regular Sunday service on bus and rail lines. All Metro bus and rail timetables can be found here — please scroll down each timetable until you see the page for ‘Sunday’ service.”
Metro adjusting bus and rail schedules beginning April 19; plan will keep Metro’s entire workforce on the job, by Steven Hymon, The Source, 8 April 2020

“Because they have the power to institute ‘stay at home’ orders, buy hospital equipment and coordinate other vital tasks in their states, governors have been at the forefront of the governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. They’ve been getting credit for their leadership, too. In the past month, for example, The New York Times called New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, the ‘politician of the moment’ and ‘the Trump whisperer.’ Ohio’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine, has received accolades for acting early to curtail the spread of the virus while President Trump was still downplaying its risks.”
Most Americans Like How Their Governor Is Handling The Coronavirus Outbreak, by Dhrumil Mehta, FiveThirtyEight, 10 April 2020

“People frequently typecast Montana as a red state. In reality, it’s a state that votes based on the candidate over the party. Democrats win by very slim margins here. And Mr. Bullock — looking to a Senate run later this year — has to walk a fine line between criticizing the president and getting what he needs for his state. And yet the governor has taken the relatively progressive steps of issuing travel directories with 14-day quarantines and airport screenings, expanding unemployment services and, unlike states like Wisconsin, instituting an all-mail election for Montana’s June primaries.”
What It’s Like to Run a Rural State During a Pandemic, by Charlie Warzel, NYT, 10 April 2020

“‘Where is all the help for the undocumented back-of-house workers in L.A.?’ This realization by Aaron Melendrez, Othón Nolasco, and Damian Diaz of Va’La Hospitality during the beginning stages of the coronavirus economic onslaught on L.A.’s hospitality industry was sobering. Melendrez, in particular, noticed something: ‘I started scrolling through all the different GoFundMes out there and I noticed that there was not a single brown face in any of the photos, just pretty bartenders.’ Nolasco had the same thought. A few days later, the three of them created No Us Without You to attempt to remedy this ASAP. To this day, it remains to be the only DIY charity organization aimed specifically toward providing aid for undocumented back-of-house workers in the bar industry in the country.”
How These Boyle Heights Bartenders Made Sure L.A.’S Undocumented Back-Of-House Workers Didn’t Go Hungry During The Pandemic, by Javier Cabral, LA Taco, 8 April 2020


“Weapon Brown” by Jason Yungbluth


The best way to know God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh

The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.
Jim Fowler

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Vincent Van Gogh

The great problem of humanity is life and death. Every person dreams of becoming invisible one day.
Marcel Marceau

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

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Vincent Van Gogh

The more things change, the more they are the same.
Alphonse Karr

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

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

The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.
Mary Shelley

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