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“Unfortunately, we are today condemned to be led by a president who has no conception of the national interest apart from his personal interest. Donald Trump is obsessed with his image and poll numbers and the Dow Jones average, but sadly none of the ambitious questions that inspired his predecessors — chiefly, how can we exit this crucible of death and hardship as a more decent America?”
It’s Not Enough to ‘Get Back to Normal’, by Susan E. Rice, NYT, 28 April 2020

“For the first time in the state’s history, California could lose a seat in Congress. That’s analysts predictions of a slowdown in the state’s population growth are cofirmed by the 2020 census count. The federal government is supposed to make that determination before the end of the year, but with COVID-19 delaying census door-knocking efforts, the Census Bureau is asking Congress for an extension until April.”
LA Could Lose A Congressional Seat — Here’s Why, by Caroline Champlin, LAist, 27 April 2020

“In reality, it’s hard to tell whether a candidate is strong or weak without knowing how he actually performs in the election. But one thing we can do is place Biden in the context of Democrats’ previous presidential nominees. So we picked four easily quantifiable, objective barometers of electoral prowess — primary performance, favorability, endorsements and fundraising — and calculated them for the past seven nonincumbent Democratic presidential nominees: Walter Mondale in 1984, Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992, Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004, Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Then we checked how Biden measures up.”
How Does Biden Stack Up To Past Democratic Nominees?, by Nathaniel Rakich, 538, 28 April 2020

“Gates put his money where his crystal ball was, contributing $100m to help establish the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi), a global alliance of public, private and philanthropic funding to develop vaccines and improve collective responses to newly emerging infectious diseases. Cepi was launched at Davos 2017, the annual gathering of global elites, and is now a key player in the race to develop a vaccine to halt the Covid-19 pandemic. So this seems a good moment to highlight philanthropy’s essential and distinct role. In the current crisis, we need it more than ever, despite the cynicism and derision it often receives.”
Don’t dismiss philanthropy: it’s crucial during the coronavirus crisis, by Beth Breeze and Paul Ramsbottom, The Guardiane, 28 April 2020

“Calls for literary organizations and individuals flush with money to support individuals suffering lost jobs and income from the coronavirus crisis are growing. A new one is a Change.org petition which has garnered nearly 1,500 signatures asking the Poetry Foundation to dip into its deep pockets—it holds in excess of $250 million in assets—to support poets and independent publishers who are struggling economically because of the pandemic.”
Petition Asking Poetry Foundation for Millions Gains Support, by Ed Nawotka, PW, 29 April 2020

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which owns the intellectual property rights to many of Theodor Geisel’s works, sued ComicMix in 2016 over its crowdfunded project. In March 2019, a federal judge ruled that Boldly made fair use of copyrighted material. Now, on appeal, the dispute has caught the attention of the Motion Picture Association, the studio behind Sesame Street and many intellectual property law professors.”
Appeals Court Reviews ‘Star Trek’/Dr. Seuss Mashup, by Eriq Gardner, Hollywood Reporter, 27 April 2020

“The coronavirus pandemic has raised a host of new questions about the 2020 election. What will the economy look like in November? How do voters think President Trump is handling the crisis? How will Americans physically cast their votes? And could the current moment be so extraordinary that it outweighs partisanship and causes Republican voters to abandon Trump in November?”
Could The Coronavirus And Economic Crash Make Republicans Abandon Trump?, by Geoffrey Skelley, 538, 29 April 2020

“Food. Toys and books. Help with the rent. As domestic violence calls spike amid the stress of the stay-at-home order, a group that works on the issue is hoping that kind of concrete support will lessen the risk of domestic and child abuse. Staff at L.A.’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP) has started phoning people to ask what they need to relieve some of their stress. People have said they need deliveries of food and care packages with toys and books, as well as help finding assistance with their rent.”
As Domestic Violence Spikes In LA, This Team Delivers Food And Toys To Help, by Robert Garrova, LAist, 29 April 2020

“A form of sports competition using video games, esports pits professional video gamers from all over the world against each other in front of millions of fans. In March, NASCAR hosted its first ever iRacing invitational competition, featuring well known racers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Timmy Hill. Professional NASCAR drivers, sitting in complex rigs, controlled the speed and direction of their virtual cars. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series drew 903,000 viewers, shattering past esports viewership ratings, according to Sports Illustrated.”
Game On!, by Zach Ewell, Leader’s Edge, 28 April 2020

“An asteroid more than a mile wide is set to make a pass by Earth, although scientists insist it poses no danger. Known as (52768) 1998 OR2, the asteroid will come to about 3.9 million miles away on Wednesday – 16 times further than the distance to the Moon – when it makes its closest approach.”
Mile-wide asteroid set to pass within 3.9m miles of Earth, by Press Assoc, via The Guardian, 28 April 2020

“The House Judiciary Committee on Friday called on Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, to testify as part of its antitrust investigation into the country’s largest technology companies.”
Congress Calls on Jeff Bezos of Amazon to Testify, by David McCabe, NYT, 1 May 2020

Apparently COVID-19 isn’t slowing the DOJ down much. This is good, Rule of Law, Democracy, and all that jazz.

“While this world-wide shutdown didn’t happen to test out just how effective working from home is, it’s been a nice side effect. And some people have discovered that they hate it. Now, it’s important to remember that Coronacommuting is not the same as normal telecommuting. When you work from home in regular times, your kids are at school, the cafés are open, and you’re not concerned about you or your loved ones dying. So, don’t think this is how working from home has to be. It isn’t. But, even working from home during normal times isn’t something that works for everyone. On the flip side, while some people are finding that they hate working from home, some companies are seeing dollar signs (or Euro signs) in their eyes, as the thoughts of giving up expensive leased office space dances before them. If everyone works from home, then overhead costs drop. It’s not an insignificant expense.”
Why It’s Okay to Hate Working from Home, by Susan Lucas (Evil HR Lady!), AIHR Digital, 29 April 2020


A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Albert Camus

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man’s kiss is his signature.
Mae West

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Albert Camus

A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can’t be much good.
T.S. Eliot

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
Albert Camus

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