Good news for young people. The rest of us can pound sand or something.

“Two years later, in 2017, I wrote an article for Leader’s Edge predicting the climax to a crisis sometime between 2019 and 2021. It’s not magic, and I’m not a futurist. My predictions come from an understanding of the cycles of history. Over the past four centuries, America has repeated the same four distinct periods, or “turnings,” over an 80- to 90-year time span: a High, an Awakening, an Unraveling, and finally, a Crisis. Each turning is about 20 years, and they mimic the four seasons. The high of spring brings rebirth and renewal. The awakening of summer brings prosperity and abundance. The unraveling of fall brings cold, portending air. And the crisis of winter freezes life all together. Right now we are in the winter of history—the fourth turning of a crisis. It started with the Great Recession of 2007-09 and is likely to last toward the end of the decade—between 2027-2030, which means we are not out of the woods after the coronavirus. If history repeats itself, as it has for the last three centuries, we still have a bumpy road for the next several years.”
The Fourth Turning Is Here, by Warren Wright, Leaders’ Edge, 31 May 2020

So there is something to look forward to.

Although reading this on an insurance industry blog seems odd to me, I’ll take good news (even for young people) wherever I can find it.

“Further, the committee directs Metro to report back on a plan to implement fare capping, so riders who do not have enough money up front for a pass do not pay a penalty. With fare capping, a rider who takes a lot of trips during a certain time period would not need to pay any more once they have reached the cost of a pass. For more information on fare capping, see explanations at Transit Center and Mass Transit.”
Metro Motion Proposes Cutting Fares in Half, Introducing Fare Capping, by Joe Linton, Streets Blog, 26 May 2020

“Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, this week in Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department shot and killed a man in Westmont, the LAPD shot a man in North Hollywood and later that day a CHP officer plowed into a group of protestors. These are the most recent use of force incidents in Los Angeles County and the week isn’t even over yet.”
Murder, Shootings, and Excessive Force: Tracking the String of Police Violence that led to CHP Plowing through Protesters in L.A., by Lexis-Olivier Ray, LA Taco, 28 May 2020

“A former top deputy to L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar has agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering charge, while the FBI says he played a central role in a “criminal organization” at City Hall. George Esparza, who worked for Huizar until the end of 2017, is now the chief of staff to California Assemblywoman Wendy Carillo, whose district represents parts of northeastern Los Angeles and East L.A.”
A ‘Criminal Organization’ At City Hall: Former Top Aide To Jose Huizar Agrees To Plead Guilty, by Libby Denkmann, LAist, 27 May 2020

“The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), together with four community organisations based in the US state of Illinois, has brought a civil suit that states as its purpose to ‘put a stop to [Clearview’s] unlawful surreptitious capture and storage of millions of Illinoisans’ sensitive biometric identifiers’, and to ‘to remedy an extraordinary and unprecedented violation of Illinois residents’ privacy rights’.”
Clearview AI facial recogition sued again – this time by ACLU, by Paul Ducklin, Sophos Blog, 29 May 2020

“Trump’s nonfeasance goes far beyond an absence of leadership or inattention to traditional norms and roles. In a time of national trauma, he has relinquished the core duties and responsibilities of the presidency. He is no longer president. The sooner we stop treating him as if he were, the better.”
Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over, by Robert Reich, The Guardian, 31 May 2020

“Some Democrats are worried about former Vice President Joe Biden’s ability to appeal to younger voters. After all, the presumptive Democratic nominee struggled immensely to win young voters in the primary: From the Iowa caucuses through the March 17 primaries, Biden won just 22 percent of the vote among those younger than 45 years old, according to the exit polls,1 compared to 51 percent among those 45 and older. Yet for all the concern, Biden isn’t actually doing that much worse among younger voters than Hillary Clinton did in the 2016 election. Looking at data from about 90 national polls conducted since April 1, Biden’s margins among different groups of younger voters is about the same — or just a tad worse — than Clinton’s margins were four years ago. (Pollsters don’t use the same age brackets, so there is some overlap in the different age groups.)”
Biden Doesn’t Really Have A Young Voters Problem, by Geoffrey Skelley, 538, 3 June 2020

“We have trouble coping with uncertainty and complexity. In recent months, policymakers have pressed scientists for predictions of infection rates, reproduction numbers, and other epidemiological data in a vast effort to minimize uncertainty. But as historian and philosopher Lara Keuck has noted, every political decision occurs in a multidimensional system shrouded by uncertainty about biomedical knowledge, regulatory measures, and even our own existence. The decision to put a country under lockdown has implications for social stratification, domestic violence, the emotional lives of children, and a myriad of other concerns. Factoring all this in does not make the decision any easier, but it is necessary.”
Opinion: Science Alone Can’t Solve Covid-19. The Humanities Must Help., by Anna Magdalena Elsner & Vanessa Ramption, Undark, 4 June 2020

“Hours after Twitter covered Trump’s tweet, the official White House account quoted the tweet in its entirety, escaping Twitter’s efforts. Twitter has done nothing to change how it presents the thousands of earlier dangerous tweets from Trump. And everything Trump tweets ends up on Facebook, which has seven times the number of American users that Twitter does. So this all could be futile anyway.”
Well done, Twitter. You’ve finally figured out how to deal with Trump’s tweets, by Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Guardian, 31 May 2020

Futile or not, it’s a start, thanks be for Elvis, it’s a start.

“The big adult fiction title of this past fall was Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. The sequel to the author’s 1985 bestseller The Handmaid’s Tale was unveiled with a 500,000-copy first printing. At the time, The Handmaid’s Tale was benefitting from a surge of interest in its wildly popular TV adaptation on Hulu, and from a renewed interest in dystopian tales following the election of Donald Trump. Now, with the globe seized by a pandemic and millions of Americans hunkered down because of shelter-at-home orders, editors say they are interested in lighter fare—mostly.
In Pandemic, Dystopian Fiction Loses Its Luster for Editors, by Rachel Deahl, PW, 15 May 2020

“Arizona has filed suit against Google over tracking users’ locations even after they’ve turned tracking off, claiming that the advertising-fueled tech titan has a “complex web of settings and purported ‘consents’” that enable it to furtively milk us for sweet, sweet ad dollars. On Wednesday, State Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a release that opting out of location tracking is a fool’s errand, given how sneaky Google is at playing bloodhound.”
Google sued by Arizona for tracking users’ locations in spite of settings, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos Blog, 29 May 2020

“Jon Whitfield QC of Doughty Street Chambers in London, who co-edited the collection Lockdown Lawyers said the 50-plus poems – including haikus, parodies and extended ballads – cover ‘falling revenue, falling ceilings, the fear of infection in dirty courts, police stations and prisons with no PPE, the despair of clients in custody or facing huge challenges with cases postponed indefinitely’.”
Lawyers’ poems deal with trials of delivering lockdown justice, by Owen Bowcott, The Guardian, 31 May 2020

“Roberto Escobar’s company has reportedly filed a $2.6 billion lawsuit against Apple for purportedly having lame-o security – security so bad, his address purportedly got leaked through FaceTime and has led to subsequent assassination attempts. According to TNW and TMZ, former accountant and co-founder of the Medellín drug cartel Roberto Escobar, brother to the now deceased drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, is claiming that his iPhone X nearly killed him. According to the lawsuit, Escobar bought an iPhone X back in April 2018. One year after the purchase, Roberto claims he got a life-threatening letter from someone named Diego who claimed to have found Roberto’s address through FaceTime.”
Pablo Escobar’s brother sues Apple for $2.6b over FaceTime flaw, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos Blog, 28 May 2020

Reading:

The Scar by China Miéville

A Black Theology of Liberation by Reverend James H. Cone

Quotes:

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every burned book enlightens the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.
T.S. Eliot

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and that is its whole secret.
Albert Camus

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It will be evident, therefore, that this book is written primarily for the black community, not for whites. Whites may read it and to some degree render an intellectual analysis of it, but an authentic understanding is dependent on the blackness of their existence in the world. There will be no peace in America until whites begin to hate their whiteness, asking from the depths of their being: “How can we become black?” I hope that if enough whites begin to ask this question, this country will no longer be divided on the basis of color. But until then, it is the task of the Christian theologian to do theology in the light of the concreteness of human oppression as expressed in color, and to interpret for the oppressed the meaning of God’s liberation in their community.”
Reverend James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, preface to the 1970 edition

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