A woman in cyberspace can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be blogging

“Yes, transit is in freefall — but some modes more far than others.”
People Are Still Riding the Bus During COVID-19 — and We Need To Protect Them, by Kea Wilson, Streets Blog, 30 April 2020

“The Muslim holy month of Ramadan runs from April 23 to May 23 in 2020, which means that you may have co-workers who aren’t eating or drinking between sun up and sundown. Considering the days are quite long in the northern hemisphere this seems like it could be a long and miserable day. How should you act?”
Ramadan Etiquette in the Office, by Susan Lucas, Evil HR Lady, 22 April 2020

“In its World Intellectual Property Day statement, the International Publishers Association warns against ‘a pretext of emergency access.’”
IPA on Intellectual Property Day: ‘How Much Value Publishers Bring’, by Porter Anderson, Publishing Perspectives, 27 April 2020

“Taylor Lorenz has been writing for years about people who gain a following from their cooking shows on Instagram or sewing channels on YouTube, and then leverage their popularity to sell merchandise or promote companies’ products. Some of you must be thinking: People make money that way? And who cares? Yes, and you should. These ‘influencers’ are shaping our habits, even during a pandemic and even if we’re clueless about it.”
You Are Being Influenced, by Shira Ovide, NYT, 28 April 2020

“Despite requirements in business interruption policies that physical damage occur and exclusions for communicable diseases, legislators in four states are demanding that insurers pay business interruption claims.”
Breaking the Rules, by Russ Banham, 1 May 2020

“Ravaged by the pandemic, newspapers have taken millions in Paycheck Protection Program loans. Editors and publishers say they see no real conflict of interest.”
With Little Hesitation, Struggling News Outlets Accept Federal Aid, by Marc Tracy, NYT, 29 April 2020

“Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, leads President Trump in most national polls, and surveys conducted even this far out have tended to roughly resemble the eventual general election results, as FiveThirtyEight’s Geoffrey Skelley explained in an article this week. Of course, national polls measure the national popular vote, which is really only indirectly related to who will win the White House — Democrats have won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College in two of the last seven elections and could do so again in 2020. U.S. presidential elections are really a contest of states.”
We’ve Got Some Early Trump vs. Biden Swing State Polling, by Perry Bacon Jr., 538, 1 May 2020

Is polling quaint? I wonder.

“I cannot even begin to count the number of video conferences I’ve done since the beginning of March. I’ve worked exclusively at home for 11 years, and so I thought I was as up to date as anyone on remote communication. I teach a daily class via Skype and thought I was prepared for all my real-life meetings to replaced with video conferences–mostly Zoom. But, I find them exhausting. And today, after a particularly harrowing one that lasted an hour and a half, I had to walk into the living room and get my son back on his school video conference. And by then, I felt like a nap was in order. (Sadly, I did not do this.)”
Exhausted? Blame Zoom. Or Skype, by Susan Lucas, Evil HR Lady, 24 April 2020

“The novel coronavirus seems to be killing more men than women. The trend was first noticed in China, experts say, and the higher COVID-19 death rate for men has since been documented in 33 countries, including Germany, Spain and South Korea. But experts don’t know what’s causing the gap. Is it biological, some quirk of cells and hormones? Is it the result of gendered behaviors that have more to do with sociology than sex chromosomes? Let’s break down what’s going on, because experts say men’s risk level depends on what risks (and which men) you’re talking about.”
Why Are More Men Than Women Dying Of COVID-19?, by Maggie Koerth, 538, 30 April 2020

“They say one of the first signs of indoctrination is the inability to take into consideration any outside viewpoints. All news and information starts to be filtered through one ideological point of view, and the indoctrinated surround themselves only with people who share that point of view. I think, then, we can safely say that the media has been indoctrinated. Incapable of discussing the epidemic of loneliness and alienation that gets lumped in with “incel culture” (incel stands for “involuntary celibate”) it can only swing between hysterical condemnation – these young men are fighting a war against women – or soft-hearted (and -headed) pity: all these men need is a girlfriend and a better job.”
‘Incel’ culture has sparked panic and pity – but little thoughtful conversation, by Jessa Crispin, The Guardian, 1 May 2020

There’s a… name for this? Huh.

“Born and raised in Huntington Park, the man has paid his journalistic dues. He’s covered everything from Chicano culture in Japan to the albino community in Ghana for The New York Times and currently is working on a podcast for KPCC. Somewhere between all of that productivity, he’s found the time to release his first book which is out today on a subject that is close to his street-hardened heart: The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.”
‘Black people can be Cowboys, too:’ a raw Conversation about race with ‘Compton Cowboys’ author Walter Thompson-Hernández, by Jjavier Cabralapril, LA Taco, 28 April 2020

“Instead of focusing on credentials, let’s give candidates the chance to showcase their will and skill to learn.”
Job Interviews Are Broken. There’s a Way to Fix Them., by Adam Grant, NYT, 1 May 2020

“From the information here, I can’t say for sure whether this is age discrimination. There could be a zillion reasons why your coworker was called back and you were not. You may be a better overall employee, but she can do X better than you can and they really need someone to do X. Or, perhaps she has more availability than you do. Or, they only needed to call back ten employees, they put everyone name’s in a hat, and pulled out the first ten. All are possible. It’s also possible that it is age discrimination. They prefer younger workers or their unconscious biases make them discount your higher performance evaluations because naturally younger workers are harder workers.”
Age Discrimination or Protecting a Vulnerable Employee?, by Susan Lucas, Evil HR Lady, 28 April 2020

Quotes:

A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.
T.S. Eliot

A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love.
Mae West

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
Albert Camus

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.
Albert Camus

Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.
Albert Camus

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
Albert Camus

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face.
Albert Camus

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.
Mae West

All diseases run into one, old age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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