May, 2020 archive
Werner Herzog’s Bear does not want to go back to “normal.” A snippet:
Our “normal” was a nation where the life expectancy was going DOWN due to overdoses and suicide. “Normal” was police murdering unarmed black people and getting away with it. “Normal” was workers completely under the thumb of bosses. “Normal” was poison water in Flint. “Normal” was immigrant families being broken apart at the border. “Normal” was people going bankrupt due to healthcare emergencies.
Follow the link for the entire piece.
Steven M. is darkly optimistic.
Methinks he has a point; his prediction is consistent with precedent.
Demonstrate politeness to those doing honest labor.
The worker was bleeding from a wound, and police initially wondered if he might have injured himself with a nail gun or another worksite accident, Vainuku said. After investigating, however, they realized Martinez had been shot.
Vainuku said the arrested man was “next to the house where the work was being done” and had previously complained about noise because of Martinez’s work. Martinez had performed jobs at the home several times before, Vainuku said.
Betty Cracker (nom de blog) at Balloon Juice:
After examining what percentage of tweets about the coronavirus contain misinformation and downright falsehoods (hint: far too much), Phil Reed, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, moves on to examine why others pick them up and spread them. His answer will not bolster your faith in humans as rational creatures (but, these days, what does?). Here’s the nub; follow the link for the evidence and citations (emphasis added):
So the question is – why do people do it? Why do they spread misinformation, stress, and anxiety through the community, and bring more danger to all, including themselves? Clearly, some of this is malicious, and some political, but most is probably generated by people with no particular thought or purpose. In fact, a clear candidate for why they unthinkingly spread misinformation is, unsurprisingly, that they do not think about what they are doing.
Be polite to your neighbors.
The bullet? Shot through her ceiling.
The man living above her was arrested. Police say he was putting a gun down, when it accidentally went off and shot through the floor.
And another gun that fires on its ownsome . . . .
Read the Robert Reich piece that Mike refers to.
Words fail me.
My first inclination is to put this down to an elaborate hoax, but, given the current state of our polity . . . .