Humankind cannot bear very much blogging

“The heritage site where author wrote all her novels says it could be forced to close for ever because all of its operational budget comes from visitors.”
Jane Austen museum under threat due to coronavirus, by Richard Lea, The Guardian, 11 June 2020

“Los Angeles is in a housing crisis. Yet up to 100,000 units, many of them luxury apartments, sit empty. City lawmakers think a vacancy tax could help. At today’s council meeting, they voted 13-0 to ask City Attorney Mike Feuer to draft a ballot measure. But before landing on ballots in November, the proposal would have to survive another council vote by July 1, and then garner two-thirds support at the polls.”
LA Takes Step Towards Taxing Vacant Units, Aaron Mendelson, LAist, 16 June 2020

“In a construction victory made possible by the countywide COVID-19 “Safer at Home” order earlier this year and subsequent street closure approval by the city of Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has completed decking for its planned Purple Line Extension subway station at Wilshire/Rodeo seven months ahead of schedule.”
Metro completes decking for planned Beverly Hills subway station seven months ahead of schedule, by Dave Sotero, The Source, 15 June 2020

“Video of police in riot gear clashing with unarmed protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filled social media feeds. Meanwhile, police surveillance of protesters has remained largely out of sight. Local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations use an array of surveillance technologies to identify and track protesters, from facial recognition to military-grade drones. Police use of these national security-style surveillance techniques — justified as cost-effective techniques that avoid human bias and error — has grown hand-in-hand with the increased militarization of law enforcement.”
Police Use of High-Tech Surveillance Amplifies Bias and Overreach, by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Undark, 16 June 2020

“Community-focused cybersecurity website abuse.ch has warned of a malware spreading campaign that is using “Black Lives Matter” to draw victims in.”
Crooks hijack “Black Lives Matter” to spread zombie malware, by Paul Ducklin, Sophos Blog, 11 June 2020

“Dexamethasone is available from any pharmacy, and easily obtainable anywhere in the world. Investigators said the drug was responsible for the survival of one in eight of the sickest patients – those who were on ventilators – in the Recovery trial, the biggest randomised, controlled trial of coronavirus treatments in the world.”
Steroid found to help prevent deaths of sickest coronavirus patients, by Sarah Boseley, The Guardian, 16 June 2020

“Bookstore sales took an unprecedented plunge in April, tumbling 65.3% compared to April 2019, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.”
April Bookstore Sales Tumbled 65.3%, by Jim Milliot, PW, 16 June 2020

“For 48 years, visitors to this city’s Asian Art Museum have had to pass the bust of Avery Brundage, its towering patron, an industrialist and former president of the International Olympic Committee. The museum, a jeweled attraction at Civic Center Plaza, was established in 1966 to house his nearly 8,000 art pieces. But Brundage was also dogged by accusations that he was a Nazi sympathizer and a racist — something that has not escaped critics.”
Asian Art Museum to Remove Bust of Patron. That’s Just a Start., by Carol Pogash, NYT, 15 June 2020

“Following Friday’s fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks – a 27-year-old Black man who fell asleep in a fast-food drive-in lane in Atlanta and was shot while running from police who tried to tase him – hackers affiliating themselves with the Anonymous hacktivist collective may have briefly taken down the website for the city’s police department. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the APD’s site was down for about 3 hours on Sunday morning. The AJC reports that the outage happened around 8:30 a.m., following an announcement from a Twitter account branded Anonymous USA.”
‘Anonymous’ takes down Atlanta Police Dept. site after police shooting, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos Blog, 16 June 2020

“‘I’m obsessed with dentists because, if the only thing we’re doing is putting the economy on pause, and then going back to normal, all of them should be coming back,’ Ms. Stevenson said. ‘We’re not really recovered until all the dentists are back to work.'”
How’s the Economy Doing? Watch the Dentists, by Sarah Kliff, NYT, 10 June 2020

“But as the death of George Floyd continues to spark a national reckoning over police violence and an avalanche of videos has shown militarized officers brutalizing protesters, city leaders are facing mounting pressure to recognize that those incremental reforms have not addressed systemic harms and, as some studies show, have not diminished bad behavior by police.”
‘It’s not about bad apples’: how US police reforms have failed to stop brutality and violence, by Sam Levin, The Guardian, 16 June 2020

“But the moment was deeply instructive. I had been on the receiving end of the power I’d discussed many times over the years with my students in cases and hypotheticals that presented similar situations. The event encapsulated for me many of the issues that have been raised in recent years and have come to a head in the past two weeks, about the nature of policing in America and the second-class status of black citizenship in the United States.”
The Problem of Police Powers for People Living While Black, by Annette Gordon-Reed, NYR Daily, 13 June 2020

“I commend the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen Bass, the chair. She’s also the chair of the crime subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, which held that hearing yesterday and the leadership of the chairman of the committee, Mr. Nadler and Congresswoman Bass. And yesterday, when I chatted with the family before the hearing, George’s brother said to me, ‘I have a question for you. Is this going to happen? Is there going to be a bill that is passed? And why do you think so?’ It’s a question that many of you have, but coming from him, it had power. And I had an answer. Yes, it will be passed, because the public insists upon it. I, as usual quoted Lincoln, ‘The public sentiment is everything. With it you can accomplish almost anything. Without it, practically nothing.’ But in order for public sentiment to prevail, people have to know. And more than anything ever before, people do know what the challenge is, what the solutions are in this legislation and what the obstacles are to its passage.”
Nancy Pelosi press conference, Rev.com, 11 June 2020

Quotes:

He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heroism is accessible. Happiness is more difficult.
Albert Camus

He’s the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.
Mae West

His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.
Mae West

Hitch your wagon to a star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Home is where one starts from.
T.S. Eliot

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
Albert Camus

I always say, keep a diary and someday it’ll keep you.
Mae West

How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!
Albert Camus

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
T.S. Eliot

“Growing up in America is an absurd experience for blacks. At first, they do not know what is going on. They cannot figure out what they have done to merit the treatment accorded them. But then they realize that white brutality is not related to their particular actions. It is white society’s way of telling blacks that they are not persons. Now they must make a decision: either accept their place or resolve to call down upon themselves white indignation by revolting against the world as it is.

“It is important to note that the absurdity arises not from black persons’ perceptions of themselves, but only from the attempt to reconcile their being with the white world. It is analogous to Albert Camus’s philosophical analysis of absurdity. The absurd is the “strangeness of the world” when the wronged try to make sense out of it in relation to their existence. The absurd, writes Camus, is “the confrontation of this irrational and wild longing for clarity whose call echoes in the human heart.” There is suffering because there is no hope that reconciliation will be possible, and the only authentic response is to face the reality of the absurdity in rebellion. ”
Reverend James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, Chapter 5, p 99, 1986 edition, 1st ed. 1970

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