I like blogging, if it doesn’t go too far.

“Trump is no student of history, but someone around him clearly is. But it is also true that Trump’s thundering ignorance does not mean he doesn’t understand the racist and fascist rhetoric he deploys. We need not argue that he is a mastermind plotting a fascist coup to recognize that Trump has a demonstrable sense of how white supremacism works in America, without ever having troubled to organize his thoughts, such as he has, about it.”
American Fascism: It Has Happened Here, by Sarah Churchwell, NYR Daily, 22 June 2020

“Digital technology’s insulation from the physical world might be the most durable aspect of this crisis. Online spending on food, furniture, and home appliances have increased in tandem with remote-working software, such as Zoom and Skype. That explains why a handful of tech companies—like Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Cisco Systems, and Adobe—have driven almost all of the stock market’s gains this year. But even cloud-based firms are tethered to the earthbound economy. Media layoffs and Big Tech hiring freezes show how the downturn could hurt a lot of white-collar workers.”
Three Reasons Stocks Are Rising, by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 4 June 2020

“The new Transit Public Safety Advisory Committee will work with a coalition of community leaders to ‘re-envision transit safety,’ according to the motion. That includes examining ways to scale back policing in favor of social workers and mental health professionals, as well as unarmed ‘transit ambassadors,’ who would be deployed on buses and trains, and at Metro stations.”
LA Metro Will Explore Ways To Replace Armed Policing On Public Transit, by Ryan Fonseca, LAist, 25 June 2020

“Exit interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. They’re important to ask since the answers can provide you with a wealth of information. In this article, we’ve listed 29 must-ask exit interview questions to improve your employee experience.”
29 Exit Interview Questions to Improve Your Employee Experience, by Neelie Verlinden, AIHR, 22 June 2020

With very little modification, these are good questions to ask at least annually. Or is ex-employee honesty and insight more valuable than the current wage slaves’s? If I ran the circus…

“So, now, when I encounter a Covid-19 conspiracy theorist, I approach the conversation like this: I empathize with them, acknowledging that Covid-19 is horrifying and that we all want our loved ones to be safe. I tell them that I don’t trust the conclusions of some of the conspiracy videos on the internet, and I offer to refer them to more trustworthy sources of information. Even if they don’t change their mind, they know that I take their concerns seriously. The conversation about Covid-19 will be an ongoing one, but in time, I hope that evidence-based views will win the conspiracy theorists over.”
Opinion: Medical School Taught Me How to Talk to Conspiracy Theorists, by Yoo Jung Kim, M.D., Undark, 18 June 2020

Doc– I… well, okay, never mind.

“Perhaps the greatest thing we have learned over the past three months is that change can happen very fast, if it needs to. During the pandemic, we have already seen changes in technology use that might have taken years have happened in less than a week: a mass shift to working from home; the mass adoption of video conferencing and collaboration tools such as Microsoft teams and the ubiquitous Zoom; call centres run from employees’ homes; and a massive shift in marketing and investment policy.”
What Comes After COVID?, by GIGAOM, 18 June 2020

“Here’s what research in psychology tells us about how people act in times of crisis—and how we can push people to act in more prosocial ways. Ambiguity inhibits action. People are far more willing to take action in the case of a clear emergency than in an ambiguous situation. This finding explains why people rush to donate blood following mass shootings and send food and supplies to victims of national disasters. We recognize what’s going on, we want to help, and we have tangible ways to do so. But almost everything about the current pandemic is entirely uncertain: what causes it? how dangerous is it? how long will it last? That leads most of us to feel simultaneously like we are overreacting (they are closing colleges because of the flu?) and underreacting (I need to buy enough food to last for three months). And this ambiguity makes it hard to know how to respond. Is it safe to work out at the gym? Go out to dinner with a few friends? Get my hair cut? In ambiguous situations, most of us experience evaluation apprehension, meaning a fear that our behavior will be judged by others. Our desire to do the right thing is therefore complicated, because we really don’t want to be seen as overreacting. So what do we do when we’re facing an ambiguous situation and we don’t know what’s going on or how to react? We look to how other people are reacting.”
Getting Through a Crisis, by Catherine Sanderson, Harvard University Press, 19 March 2020

“Meanwhile, Morning Consult/Politico asked respondents whether they supported “redirecting funding for the police department in [their] local community to support community development programs,” and just 43 percent of register voters said they supported it, while 42 percent opposed it. Still, this was a significant increase in support from the pollster’s question about support for the ‘movement to “defund the police”‘ (which, to reiterate, was 28 percent support vs. 58 percent opposition).”
How Americans Feel About ‘Defunding The Police’, by Nathaniel Rakich, 538, 19 June 2020

Branding; it’s all about branding.

“A distraction list is exactly what it sounds like; a notepad of some sort where you can write down all your distracting thoughts. Every time one pops into your head, take a moment to write it down on your list. It’s easier to get back to work after you do. This is because trying to remember a list of tasks, ideas, or assignments is stressful. It makes the brain anxious, which is counterintuitive to a productive mindset. By writing it down, you’re reassuring your mind that you’ll remember things. Eventually it’ll trust you and stop repeatedly throwing out random things you might forget.”
https://sacredspaceorganizing.com/blog/increase-productivity, by Sacred Space Organizing, Sometime in June 2020

“Continued interest in anti-racist and social justice books drove up unit sales of print books 9.1% last week at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The two top sellers in the week were How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, which sold about 138,000 and 107,000 copies, respectively. In the week ended June 13, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins was #1 overall, selling nearly 70,000 copies; last week, it sold almost 58,000 copies.”
Print Unit Sales Post Another Week of Solid Gains, by Jim Milliot, PW, 25 June 2020

“The L.A. County CEO is recommending hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts to make up for the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 on county resources. The plan includes eliminating thousands of county jobs, including cuts to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. The proposed budget revision, released Thursday, includes eliminating 3,251 positions. Most of those would be unfilled vacancies, but there are 655 potential layoffs that would be implemented after October 1. All county department budgets would be cut by 8%. Since law enforcement has by far the largest share of the budget, it also faces the most significant reductions: the plan scales back the Sheriff’s Department budget by $145.4 million and cuts 1,392 positions, including possibly laying off 346 personnel.”
County CEO’s New Budget Would Eliminate Thousands Of Jobs And Drastically Cut Sheriff’s Department, by Libby Denkmann, LAist, 25 June 2020

“By 8am I am being filmed putting books away and trying to ‘look natural’. When we are properly open there is a small flurry of customers. By 11am there are extremely polite but awkwardly elaborate dances going on as people try to maintain social distancing, even though no one is really in anyone else’s way. Customers apologising to each other unnecessarily in a small bookshop is probably the most English scene there has ever been.”
A bookshop reopens: ‘Customers are awkwardly dancing around each other’, by Tamsin Rosewell, The Guardian, 20 June 2020

“‘Everyone has the right for their voice to be heard,’ Ebbi said. “We need our voice to be heard. We immigrated from Iran. We came here because we had issues with the government of Iran, religious issues. So we know what the reason is. We know your voice needs to be heard. But the people that looted and they burned the store, they were not for Black Lives Matters. These are people that are taking advantage of other people.‘ The Harounians, along with many other small business owners on Melrose, continue to clean up the damage. They see a long road ahead for rebuilding, but would like to reopen and stay in the same location when repairs to the building are made — whenever that might be.”
‘We Know Your Voice Needs To Be Heard’: The Heartbreak Of A Melrose Shopkeeper, by Sabrina Fang, LAist, 30 June 2020

Quotes:

I have lost my mental faculties but am perfectly well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
T.S. Eliot

I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up.
Albert Camus

I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
Albert Camus

I like a man who’s good, but not too good – for the good die young, and I hate a dead one.
Mae West

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Lily Tomlin

I like restraint, if it doesn’t go too far.
Mae West

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The future is still the future. This means that black theology rejects elaborate speculations about the end. It is just this kind of speculation that led blacks to stake their whole existence on heaven—the scene of the whole company of the faithful with their long white robes. Too much of this talk is not good for the revolution. Black theology believes that the future is God’s future, as are the past and present. Our past knowledge and present encounter with God ground our confidence that the future will be both like and unlike the present—like the present in the encounter with God, and unlike it in the fullness of liberation as a reality.”
Reverend James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, Chapter 7, p 142, 1986 edition, 1st ed. 1970

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