There is nothing new in blogging except the news

“Demolition is clearing the way for a flashy new building.”
LACMA is being torn down right now, by Bianca Barragan, Curbed, 8 April 2020

I think LA County will be wishing very soon that they still had the money they put out for the new LACMA. Me, I liked the old LACMA.

“When you have a state that’s larger than the populations of 21 plus states combined, it gives you a sense of the magnitude and scale of the nation’s largest state, the world’s fifth largest economy, the most diverse state in the world’s most diverse democracy, over 27% of us foreign born. Our purchasing power allows us to do things, so it’s in that spirit. I think people have taken a little liberty of being a little literal and trying to create wedges. There’s a little bit of politics being played on all sides in that frame, but it’s a point of pride and spirit that California has, for decades, seen itself and that light as again, our nation’s largest state with all the power and potential that it has, all the resources that reside within it. More scientists, more researchers, more Nobel laureates, more patents, more venture capital than any other part of the globe to find a system of higher education, public higher education anywhere in the world, higher education, more broadly. Define it’s again, points of pride, but it also a point of principle that we collaborate. That’s in our DNA. That’s part of our spirit and that we recognize, one size does not fit all. You can’t manage a state this large, this diverse in every way, shape or form, ethnically, racially, religiously on the basis of geography without recognizing a bottom up construct. Localism so often is determinative and we extend that consideration to the partnerships we form to seek in other states, large and small, but with humbleness always in our heart, but with an eye always on the future where we are always or have long always been pointed.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom California COVID-19 Briefing Transcript April 13, by, 13 April 2020

“Small business owners impacted by coronavirus have told me they’re having a tough time applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, the federal loan program designed to help them. Fortunately, there are organizations that can help: Small Business Development Centers.”
Small Business Development Centers Answer Your Questions About Getting Coronavirus Help, by Emily Guren, LAist, 8 April 2020

“A court run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has sentenced four journalists to death after their conviction on spying charges, their defence lawyer has said. The four were among a group of 10 journalists who were detained by the Iran-backed rebels and accused of ‘collaborating with the enemy’, in reference to the Saudi-led coalition that has been at war with the Houthis since 2015, Abdel-Majeed Sabra said.”
Four journalists in Yemen sentenced to death for spying, by AP, The Guardian, 11 April 2020

“It was once a byword for boring, but it seems stamp collecting is finding a new – young – audience, despite the fact that some hobbyists have never actually posted a letter.”
Post modern: why millennials have fallen in love with stamp collecting, by Nicole Mowbray, The Guardian, 11 April 2020

“Perhaps the last thing we needed in this hyper-partisan election year was another reminder of what divides us as a nation. Then the COVID-19 crisis arrived and gave us one. The virus is affecting everyone, in one way or another, but in terms of actual sickness and death, it is disproportionately afflicting people of color. So far, at least, it is afflicting primarily those people of color who live in the most densely populated core of our metropolitan centers.”
What If We Aren’t All In This Together? What Coronavirus Exposes About America’s Political Divide, by NPR via LAist, 12 April 2020

“Facebook has stepped up efforts to stop the promotion of baseless conspiracy theories linking Covid-19 to 5G, after research highlighted a “toxic cocktail” of far-right-influenced groups pushing the idea alongside incitement to attack telecommunications infrastructure.”
Facebook acts to halt far-right groups linking Covid-19 to 5G, by Ben Quinn, The Guardian, 12 April 2020

“During World War II, hundreds of buildings across Southern California were drafted into service for Uncle Sam. Today, we’re doing much the same thing to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The L.A. Convention Center and Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona have been transformed into field hospitals and COVID-19 testing centers while some local hotels have become hostels for homeless people. It echoes the Southland’s history of responding to crises. WWII wasn’t the first time the region encountered life-altering events that required the emergency repurposing of buildings.”
SoCal Drafted Its Buildings To Help Win WWII — And We’re Doing It Again To Fight Coronavirus, by Hadley Meares, LAist, 13 April 2020

“COVID-19 can be mild enough that some people who have it don’t know they have it. It’s also easily spread, can be transmitted by presymptomatic people and is severe enough to kill a significant share of those who have it. All combined, the novel coronavirus has led to an outbreak that is unusually difficult to track and control. The seismic shift in our everyday lives is happening for a reason.”
Why Did The World Shut Down For COVID-19 But Not Ebola, SARS Or Swine Flu?, by Kaleigh Rogers, FiveThirtyEight, 14 April 2020

“Iconic San Francisco store that published Allen Ginsberg’s Howl announced on Friday it was in crisis, and quickly drew ‘outpouring of love’ on GoFundMe”
City Lights devotees give $500,000 to help bookshop survive coronavirus, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 14 April 2020


“Consider the Lobster” by DF Wallace


“Freud” on Netflix (very slow and creepy, but can just be listened to while doing other things)


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

There is a role and function for beauty in our time.
Tadao Ando

There is no blue without yellow and without orange.
Vincent Van Gogh

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
Victor Hugo

There is nothing new in art except talent.
Anton Chekhov

There is only one Marceau.
Marcel Marceau

To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.
Marcel Marceau

To hold a pen is to be at war.

To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.
Alphonse de Lamartine

Today, my heart and soul lives peacefully for the hope that the 21st century will have to face a great challenge, a peaceful struggle for the enlightenment of humanity.
Marcel Marceau

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