“Jeff Abraham is the president of Penguin Random House Publisher Services. Katherine Keller is a librarian at UNLV’s College of Education. Paul Levitz is a teacher, an award-winning comics writer, and former president and publisher of DC Comics.”
Abraham, Keller, Levitz Leave the CBLDF Board, by Calvin Reed, PW, 30 June 2020
“Going conless is a huge disappointment for fans, and it’s also an economic blow to comics publishers and creators, as well as to the economy of San Diego. In recent months the comics industry has had to focus on shoring up comics retailers financially undermined by lockdowns, but less attention has been paid to the drying up of the critical revenue stream generated by live comics events. It’s clear, however, that strategies are emerging that offer new ways to market and sell comics. Organizers are turning to virtual comic cons that are becoming more elaborate and sophisticated. SDCC has announced plans for Comic-Con@Home, which is scheduled for July 22–26, the original dates of SDCC, with a full slate of online programming—including fan-favorite film/TV panels from Hall H. David Glanzer, chief communications and strategy officer for Comic-Con International, the nonprofit organizer of SDCC and Anaheim’s WonderCon event, said that even after being forced to cancel WonderCon in March, there was hope that events could be held in the summer. But the spread of the pandemic dashed that hope.”
Comics Without Cons, by Heidi MacDonald, PW, 03 July 2020
“But the tide began to turn in the 1980s, when health care design researcher Roger Ulrich examined the medical records of 46 patients who’d been hospitalized for gallbladder surgery. He found that patients who’d recovered in hospital rooms that overlooked a small cluster of trees needed less pain medication and were discharged a day earlier than patients whose rooms stared out at a brick wall. Ulrich’s study, published in the journal Science, signaled the birth of a field known as ‘evidence-based design,’ which uses empirical data to improve patient outcomes through architectural design. Planners in Ohio put these principles into practice by building a new hospital, Dublin Methodist, based in part on designs laid out by architect Derek Parker and his colleagues in a conjured up “Fable Hospital” that used design features shown to improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction. During its first few years, Dublin Methodist Hospital posted ‘sky high’ patient satisfaction ratings, and problems like patient falls, hospital-acquired infections, and medical mistakes were rare, Anthes writes. It’s powerful stuff, but Anthes urges a dose of caution in interpreting the results, as ‘hospitals are complex environments, and it’s difficult to quantify precisely how much the hospital’s design contributed to its success.'” ~snip~ “Which leads to another important point: ‘Employees aren’t interchangeable cogs — we’re individuals with diverse desires, sensitivities, and needs,’ Anthes writes. ‘In general, women tend to be more sensitive to temperature than men and to prefer warmer workspaces,’ so it’s probably not surprising that there’s research showing that ‘women score best on cognitive tests at warm temperatures, while men do better at cooler ones.'”
Book Review: The Power and Pitfalls of Our Worlds Within Walls, by Christie Aschwanden, Undark, 2 July 2020
“Roberts struck again later in the month, vacating a Louisiana anti-abortion law on the grounds that the supreme court had vacated an identical law in Texas just four years earlier, before the arrival of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Roberts’ defection eliminated the law in a narrow 5-4 ruling. Daniel Goldberg, legal director at the progressive Alliance For Justice, called the victory on abortion surprising, but not because it demonstrated some unforeseen liberal bent on the part of the justices. ‘You know what surprises me, is that it wasn’t 9-0,’ said Goldberg. ‘What does it say that four justices were completely willing to ignore precedent just four years old?'” ~snip~ “Multiple analysts said Trump’s failure, despite having a sympathetic court, to deliver on his promises to dismantle Barack Obama’s healthcare law and roll back abortion rights, could lie partly with flaws in his own administration’s legal strategies. In a series of cases, Trump lawyers have advanced arguments that Roberts has found to be pretextual or beside the point, as when administration lawyers said they wanted to include a question about citizenship on the US census because they wanted better data to ensure protection of voting rights.”
US supreme court gives conservatives the blues but what’s really going on?, by Tom McCarthy, The Guardian, 04 July 2020
Perhaps Justice Roberts is merely fonder of the rule of law than the conservative agenda. And thank goodness for that, at least.
“Animal models, especially mice, have given scientists valuable insights into the mechanisms behind countless human diseases. They have been instrumental to the discovery of drug targets, metabolic pathways, and gene function. They’ve helped to lay bare the basic biochemistry of metabolism, hunger, cognition, and aging. Because mice are, to a certain extent, miniature facsimiles of human anatomy and genetics, science has an array of tools at its disposal to manipulate and visualize their bodily processes in real time, in highly controlled settings.”
Opinion: In the Future, Lab Mice Will Live in Computer Chips, Not Cages, by Lindsay Gray, Undark, 02 July 2020
But will the FDA go along with it?
“The Feminist Press wasn’t founded to respond to a demand, but rather to create demand. Discovering that the nearly all-male curriculums were discouraging female PhD candidates in American English and language departments, Florence Howe had an idea to publish biographies of deceased women writers, written by living ones, that could be taught in these programs. When no university would finance the project, the Baltimore Women’s Liberation group raised money on Howe’s behalf and Feminist Press was born.”
Verso, Feminist Press Turns 50, by Michael Barron, PW, 03 July 2020
“After a 13-hour marathon meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Education voted 4-3 to reduce the $70 million school police budget by $25 million, or about 35%. Less than 24 hours later, the district’s police department chief, Todd Chamberlain — who was appointed to the job in November — announced his resignation.”
For Advocates, $25 Million Cut To LAUSD Police Is Just The First Step. For Others, It’s Already Too Much., by Carla Javier, LAist, 02 July 2020
$25M will pay for a lot of counseling, training, and intervention. There might be a light at the end of the tunnel, and it might not be a freight train. Hopefully.
“On Nextdoor, some of my neighbors said that while they were frustrated over the nightly noise, they would not call the police due to nationwide accusations of police brutality and they did not want to subject others to potentially unfair treatment. Others say that summer fireworks are traditionally a time when communities come together around the glow of sparklers, and that this year is no different. However, illegal fireworks, like M-80s, which pack powerful explosives and pose a safety risk to users and bystanders, have been the focus of recent crackdowns.”
Why Are Fireworks Going Off Every Night?, by Marie Tae McDermott and Jill Cowan, NYT, 03 July 2020
“Google announced on Tuesday that it’s purchased a smart-glasses company called North and, notwithstanding its failure to bring Google Glass wearables to the masses, still plans to caress our vision with the vast tentacles of its helpfulness.”
Google buys AR smart-glasses company North, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos, 03 July 2020
“We work with artists, authors, designers, and makers who have products they want to sell, but don’t have the time or brain space to take care of all the details.”
White Squirrel 05 July 2020 Note for future reference GM
“Mayor Eric Garcetti today began his term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, his third term in this post. He succeeds outgoing Chair and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr.” ~snip~ “Achieve Transportation Equity: Mayor Garcetti is committed to leveraging Metro’s resources to advance racial justice and economic opportunity for L.A. County residents by restructuring the bus system through the NextGen Bus Plan; lowering fares; providing workforce development programs and pipelines to employment; making transformative investments in historically underserved communities; and maximizing opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses.”
Mayor Garcetti begins term as Chair of the Metro Board of Directors, by Steve Hymon, The Source, 01 July 2020
Don’t So Cal Mayors have enough to do without this? Guess they have good staffing. Or something.
“Speaking of Harris, she seems like a fairly logical choice to be presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate. But it probably doesn’t help her that some more liberal Black Democrats, such as Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, are publicly suggesting that they might prefer Warren for the VP slot over the California senator.”
Charles Booker, Jamaal Bowman And The 7 Competing Camps In Black Politics, by Perry Bacon Jr., 538, 01 July 2020
I adore Kamala Harris, but I think she’s got to much of a future in the Senate to take the VP spot at this time in her career.
“American presidents do not exist outside the systems or times that produced them. Great presidents—like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and, arguably, Lyndon B. Johnson—have emerged when the nation has risen to meet challenging circumstances. And, granted, most presidents are middling—which tells us something about the quotidian nature of much of political life in the US. But America’s worst presidents demonstrate something essential about what is most broken or troubling in the character of the country and the temper of the times. A dismal or dire US president is a symptom of great problems within society that weaken it or put it in peril.”
‘The Most Ignorant and Unfit’: What Made America’s Worst Ever Leader?, by David Rothkopf, NYR Daily, 03 July 2020
The Composer’s Advocate, by Erich Leinsdorf
I see you’re a man with ideals. I better be going while you’ve still got them.
I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.
I speak two languages, Body and English.
I think my politics are just inclined to be empathetic and humanistic. I grew up with so many different kinds of people with different politics, different religion, no religion, no politics, education, no education, and I was infatuated with all of them.
I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me.
Simone de Beauvoir
I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
I was always drawn to more the social-expression-of-culture types.
I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.