The blogosphere

“Annual list of the most challenged books includes Alex Gino’s George, about a transgender girl, and John Oliver’s picture book about a gay rabbit, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.”
LGBTQ children’s books face record calls for bans in US libraries, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 21 April 2020

I TOTALLY WANT A COPY OF A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo! SQUEEEE! Or whatever it is. Prince & Knight looks pretty good, too. Ah, I was born either too soon or too late, or even sadder, I was born at just the right time. Oh well.

Covid-19 in the comics today, 27 April 2020.

“But the media has come up short in previous times of crisis, deferring too much to the administration to dictate the terms and frame the events, at the expense of including critical viewpoints. And the notion of a watchdog press has taken on a new meaning. In our fragmented media environment, viewers increasingly choose their news based on their politics and news outlets are incentivized to pick a side — tout the president’s message uncritically to cater to a conservative audience, or criticize the administration’s every move in order to appeal to a more liberal audience. This, in turn, creates a misinformed public. We see this play out with the coronavirus — Republicans and Democrats view the basic facts differently, and that threatens a functioning democracy.”
Some Americans Are Misinformed About The Coronavirus. How Responsible Is The Media?, by Meredith Conroy, 538, 20 April 2020

“Almost as soon as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Brooks Brothers announced earlier this month that they would be repurposing parts of their factories to make masks and hospital gowns, the memes and comments started flying.”

How stupid mean people are. GM

“None of the cracks were true, of course: The masks coming from luxury labels were unbranded and intended for front-line workers; they were not available for the general public to buy.”
Should Masks Be a Fashion Statement?, by Vanessa Friedman, NYT, 22 April 2020

Good. Maybe they should be branded. Front-line workers deserve the very very very top of the line best, don’t they? Where are you meme-maker jerks now? Assholes.

“In the three-minute-long video posted last Friday that has over 66 thousand views, a tattooed vato loco wearing a sleeveless hoodie addresses gang members “of all status” throughout Sur Califas: ‘If you are caught doing a drive-by shooting, you will be dealt with. Don’t worry about the police…worry about people in your own neighborhood putting you on check.’ His speech seems to indicate that there was already a truce in effect and that the order originated in San Diego.”
A ‘Mandatory Peace Treaty for all Gangs and Barrios’ in Southern California is now in Effect, According to this Viral Video, by Javier Cabral, LA Taco, 21 April 2020

“While the COVID-19 has sent the publishing house’s staffers to their home offices, Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel win still pushes the Wydawnictwo Literackie team to introduce emerging voices on the Polish literary scene.”
Coronavirus Worklife: Poland’s Wydawnictwo Literackie’s Mission Stays on Track, by Jaroslaw Adamowski, Publising Perspectives, 20 April 2020

“Bookstores were the first wave of institutions to turn to crowdfunding to weather the financial fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, publishers, distributors, and literary organizations are doing the same. Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, Tex., is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, but the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on the celebrations. While the company, which has six employees, managed to get a Small Business Administration loan to cover near term salaries and expenses, the pandemic has imperiled the mid-term viability of the company. On Friday, the publishing house launched a GoFundMe campaign asking for $250,000. Over the weekend, former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke posted about the campaign on social media, and as of Tuesday morning, it had raised $20,300.”
Publishers and Literary Organizations Seek Donations to Survive, by Ed Nawotka, PW, 21 April 2020

“Danny Kronfli is one of the lucky few. He and his brother own the Bacari restaurants in greater L.A. He applied for a PPP loan on April 3, the day the program opened. By April 8, he had received his money and was able to hire back more than 20 employees — which is exactly what the program is designed to do. ‘We just got really lucky that we didn’t bank with one of the major banks, we didn’t really have a line we had to wait in,’ Kronfli said. Kronfli uses a bank called Commerce West, which has just one location, in Irvine.”
Just 3% Of California’s Small Businesses Got Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Loans, by Emily Guerin, LAist, 20 April 2020

“Flattening the curve is now one of the most contentious issues in politics.”
How Abortion, Guns and Church Closings Made Coronavirus a Culture War, by Jeremy W. Peters, NYT, 20 April 2020

“The Financial Times estimated Disney’s current job cuts total 100,000 out of an estimated work force of 223,000, the vast majority of whom work in theme parks. The paper said Disney’s paycheck savings amounted to roughly $500 million a month. The Burbank-based company previously said its senior executives were taking pay cuts, and also asked its top commentators at ESPN to take a salary reduction.”
Disney Cuts Nearly Half Its Workforce, by John Horn, LAist, 20 April 2020


“An heir to the Walt Disney fortune has criticised the company for protecting executive bonuses and dividends of more than $1.5bn (£1.2bn) while cutting the pay of more than 100,000 workers to help weather the financial impact of coronavirus. Abigail Disney, an Emmy award-winning film-maker and a granddaughter of the company’s co-founder Roy Disney, launched a Twitter tirade against the world’s biggest entertainment group over its treatment of employees. Disney, who in the past has criticised the lucrative pay packages of the executive chairman, Bob Iger, said the $1.5bn in typical dividend payouts would keep staff paid for months.” ~snip~ “‘Salary is a drop in the bucket to these guys,’ Disney tweeted. ‘The real payday is in the rest of the package.'”
Disney heir criticises company over $1.5bn bonuses as it cuts pay, by Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 22 April 2020

Those bastards. You tell ’em, Abigal!


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