YANSS 185 – Why the reason some people refuse to wear masks during a pandemic has little to do with the masks themselves, by David McRaney, You are not so Smart, 31 July 2020
Wear. Your. Mask!
COVID-19 deaths in Orange County. Credit: John Hopkins University
Why Not Just Party if the Cops — and Everyone Else — Are Doing it?, by Tony Pierce, Los Angeleno, 05 August 2020
Sobering. Wear. Your. Freaking! Mask!
“In the past month, hundreds of students have dropped out of their fraternities and sororities at Vanderbilt University. They have gathered, digitally, using group-run Instagram activist pages. They have written searing op-eds condemning their own organizations for the student newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler. And they have petitioned the administration to ban Greek organizations from campus. The mass action, which has taken place while students have been away from the Nashville campus for the summer and isolated because of the pandemic, has been accelerated by a handful of racist incidents that have been surfaced in videos and on social media. But students said their real reasons have deeper roots: that Greek life is exclusionary, racist and misogynist, as well as resistant to reform because of the hierarchical nature of the national Greek organizations, which control local chapters.”
War on Frats, by Ezra Marcus, NYT, 01 August 2020
“Why should we care when a water giant wants to buy a tiny water system for a whole lot of money? The issues resonate beyond Bellflower, its population of 75,000, and its 1,800 municipal water connection customers and a big investor-owned utility company dickering over a sale price. The issues story go to the heart of whether California can achieve its goal of providing safe water for all.”
A Small City Wants To Unload A Leaky Water System, But Regulators Say Not So Fast, by Sharon McNary, LAist, 04 August 2020
“Practice your posture as well, Ms. Amatangelo-Block said, because it’s important to communicate that you are engaged in the video conversation and excited about the opportunity. A tip she learned from newscasters is to ‘sit on the edge of your seat,’ which helps you to sit up straight. Pull your shoulders back to convey confidence, she said.”
How to Ace an Online Job Interview, by Julie Week, NYT, 03 August 2020
“The giant decreases in traffic we’ve seen during the pandemic – in some places 75 percent of traffic disappeared – cannot be explained by telecommuting alone. Since businesses and schools are largely closed right now, even shopping trips have been reduced or curtailed, and others are just gone for now. Also, the number of jobs that even have the potential for being done via telecommuting ranges from between one quarter and one half of all jobs, at most, depending on who’s measuring. But that doesn’t take into account home and family circumstances or worker and employer preferences.”
What Benefits Telecommuting May Bring Are Still Very Much Unknown, by Melanie Curry, StreetsBlog, 04 August 2020
“Los Angeles County voters will have a weighty fiscal decision on their hands November 3. (Add this to the slate of local candidates, a long list of state ballot measures and — oh, yeah — President of the United States.) County Supervisors voted on Tuesday to place a charter amendment on the ballot to require the county to spend a sizable chunk of its budget on programs such as housing, youth development, mental healthcare and criminal justice diversion programs. If approved, the county would be required to designate at least 10% of its locally-generated, unrestricted revenue to community investment initiatives. In the event of a budget emergency that threatens mandated programs, Supervisors could vote to reduce that amount.”
L.A. County Voters Will Decide Whether To Divert Over $110 Million From Sheriff’s Department To Community Investment Programs, by Libby Denkmann, LAist, 04 August 2020
Caliornia; we vote more than Switzerland.
“But so far, Trump’s idea of postponing the election isn’t very popular. Three new polls this week found that Americans strongly oppose postponing the election, even in the face of a public health crisis. Reuters/Ipsos found that 66 percent of registered voters opposed a delay, while just 23 percent supported it (11 percent weren’t sure). The Economist/YouGov found that 66 percent of adults opposed postponement, compared to just 15 percent who backed it (19 percent weren’t sure). Politico/Morning Consult also asked voters how they felt about delaying the election, giving them three choices: Postpone the election, hold the election as scheduled but with mostly in-person voting, or hold the election as scheduled but with most Americans voting by mail. It also found that most opposed postponing: Just 7 percent backed delaying the election, down from 16 percent in April when the pollster last asked about this, while 86 percent of respondents said the election should stay on schedule, one way or another.”
Trump Wants To Postpone The Election, But Americans Really Don’t, by Geoffrey Skelley, 538, 07 August 2020
“David Lacey, the husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, was accused of pointing a gun at a group of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles protesters outside the Lacey’s Granada Hills home in March. Now, Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra has charged him with three counts of misdemeanor assault. Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and other activists have been advocating for Jackie Lacey’s resignation and replacement for some time now. Their key complaints revolve around her unwillingness to prosecute law enforcement officers who have killed civilians in L.A. County as well as her handling of the Ed Buck case.”
L.A. County District Attorney’s Husband Charged for Pointing Gun at Protesters, by Juliet Rylah, Los Angeleno, 04 August 2020
People of California, please vote for George Gascón in November. People not of California, please donate to George Gascón’s election fund.
JumpStart, 14 August 2020
Even Jump Start.
“The F.C.C. approved the company’s 3,236-satellite constellation, which aims to provide high-speed internet service around the world.”
Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky, by Becky Ferreira, NYT, 10 August 2020
“In fact the dangers might be greater when the child really is a writer by profession. The poet Czesław Miłosz thought so: ‘When a writer is born into a family,’ he wrote, ‘the family is finished.'”
Mary Trump and the most shocking family secrets, by John Self, BBC Culture, 05 August 2020
“Resistance to eliminating it has long been connected to the idea of white supremacy.”
How Has the Electoral College Survived for This Long?, by Alexander Keyssar, NYT, 03 August 2020
Get. Rid. Of. It. Now. Thank you.
It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this, I have said all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is necessary to fall in love… if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.
It is normal to give away a little of one’s life in order not to lose it all.
It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
Simone de Beauvoir
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life’s parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.
Simone de Beauvoir
It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson