Elsewhere for Sunday May 31, 2020

You should read this for 5/31/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletVia NPR: The Countermelodies That Changed Us: A Lifetime Of Loving Indigo Girls
decorative leaf bulletWho Framed Roger Rabbit: An Oral History

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bullet“Prior assumptions about our business no longer apply”: Cuts pile up at Vice, Quartz, The Economist, BuzzFeed, and Condé Nast
decorative leaf bulletTechdirt: How A Feud Among Wolf-Kink Erotica FanFic Authors Demonstrates What The Copyright Office Got Wrong In Its DMCA Report
decorative leaf bulletVia Twitter and @angrennufuin an absolutely fabulous, funny and amazing live tweet thread about Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletVia NPR: Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Researchers culled through more than 200 million tweets discussing the virus since January and found that about 45% were sent by accounts that behave more like computerized robots than humans.
It is too early to say conclusively which individuals or groups are behind the bot accounts, but researchers said the tweets appeared aimed at sowing division in America.

decorative leaf bulletMore evidence emerges on why coronavirus is so much worse than the flu

Researchers who examined the lungs of patients killed by covid-19 found evidence that it attacks the lining of blood vessels there, a critical difference from the lungs of people who died of the flu, according to a report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

decorative leaf bulletWhy Native Americans took Covid-19 seriously: “It’s our reality”
decorative leaf bulletFrom TechDirt: Florida Government Decides To Fire Its Data Chief Rather Than Be Honest About Its COVID Numbers
decorative leaf bulletVia Science Magazine: Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 This is a summary of extant data rather than new research, but it’s well worth reading.


decorative leaf bulletA Plan for Resisting Zoombombing
decorative leaf bulletWhat the CDC’s “Guidelines” for Reopening Schools Actually Say

As we wrap up this school year with virtual graduations and drive-by celebrations, parents everywhere are asking: What will school look like in the fall? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weighed in this week with a list of recommendations school leaders should consider as they reopen during the pandemic—but its advice reads more like “just do your best” than “here’s what you have to do.”

Food and Drink

Via Smitten Kitchen: Rhubarb Cordial Fresh rhubarb, gin, citrus peel, sugar; the perfect spring-into-summer tonic.
decorative leaf bulletHoney pot: how to brew mead at home

Here are two of our favourite versions: a sweet, young, fizzy and non-alcoholic mead that’s like Ethiopian tej, and a drier, more alcoholic mead that requires a little longer to ferment.

Sour dough bread loaves
Image: Chris R. Sims (Simsc) Wikimedia Commons

decorative leaf bulletVia King Arthur Flour: Sourdough Baking: The complete guide This really is an excellent guide.
decorative leaf bulletLost recipes resurface on Facebook, and now we’re eating like crazy

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletStoke-on-Trent Minton tiles found under Jersey City Hall floor vinyl
decorative leaf bulletAncient Roman mosaic floor discovered under vines in Italy
decorative leaf bulletThe meteoritic origin of Tutankhamun’s iron dagger blade

Since its discovery in 1925, the meteoritic origin of the iron dagger blade from the sarcophagus of the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun (14th C. BCE) has been the subject of debate and previous analyses yielded controversial results. We show that the composition of the blade (Fe plus 10.8 wt% Ni and 0.58 wt% Co), accurately determined through portable x‐ray fluorescence spectrometry, strongly supports its meteoritic origin. In agreement with recent results of metallographic analysis of ancient iron artifacts from Gerzeh, our study confirms that ancient Egyptians attributed great value to meteoritic iron for the production of precious objects. Moreover, the high manufacturing quality of Tutankhamun’s dagger blade, in comparison with other simple‐shaped meteoritic iron artifacts, suggests a significant mastery of ironworking in Tutankhamun’s time.

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bullet“We’ve never seen this”: wildlife thrives in closed US national park

Earlier this month, for the first time in recent memory, pronghorn antelope ventured into the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley national park. Undeterred by temperatures that climbed to over 110F, the animals were observed by park staff browsing on a hillside not far from Furnace Creek visitor center.
“This is something we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” said Kati Schmidt, a spokesperson for the National Parks Conservation Association.

Video: Rare white grizzly bear sighted in Canadian Rockies


decorative leaf bullet“I’m not a quitter”: lobstermen turn to kelp farming in the face of climate crisis
decorative leaf bulletRoe v Wade plaintiff admits abortion rights reversal ‘was all an act’ in new film
decorative leaf bulletSICK DAYS “Instacart promises a safer way to shop, but workers tell a different story”
decorative leaf bulletVia Twitter With growing alarm, I’ve watched armed white men protesting around the US. But, as a Hawai’i resident, I’ve wondered specifically about the reoccurring presence of aloha shirts. Here is a THREAD explaining the odd and concerning story behind it
CNN reporter covering protests gets arrested on live TV See also: decorative leaf bulletCNN crew released from police custody after they were arrested live on air in Minneapolis

CNN disputed the state police characterization in a statement on Twitter.
“This is not accurate — our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists. We thank Minnesota @GovTimWalz for his swift action this morning to aid in the release of our crew.”

“We have a white reporter on the ground, and we have a brown reporter on the ground. They are a block apart. The brown reporter is arrested and the white reporter is telling us what’s happening,” Sellers said.


decorative leaf bulletVia Ryan Duffy and Emerging Tech Morning Brew: The COVID Traffic Report
decorative leaf bulletWatch two neighbors make the most of social distancing with a beer catapult

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletPandemic Makes Evident ‘Grotesque’ Gender Inequality In Household Work

“There’s been a lot of invisible labor that women have done, that people, particularly men — even in the same household — haven’t been aware of or haven’t paid attention to,” she says.

decorative leaf bulletFrom Gurgaon to Bihar, 15-Year-Old Girl Cycles 1,200 km With Injured Father

When the history of the present times of this country is written, not only will it record the failure of the current regime in managing a crisis but will acknowledge the struggles of common people, the labourers, children and women who covered hundreds of kilometres on foot to return home in the absence of any help from the government.
One of many such stories of indomitable courage and persistence is that of Jyoti Kumari, a 15-year-old native of Bihar’s Darbhanga, who travelled on a bicycle carrying her wounded father and covered more than 1,200 km from Gurgaon in Haryana to her village.

decorative leaf bulletCampaigner Ruth Hunt on straightwashing and erasure of LGBTQ history

She is credited with transforming Stonewall from an LGB charity to a fully trans-inclusive LGBTQ charity during her tenure.
Stonewall was founded in the UK as a response to Section 28 — a law passed in 1988 by Margaret Thatcher that stopped councils and schools “promoting the teaching of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” Section 28 was repealed in 2003.
In a new episode of Mashable podcast History Becomes Her, Hunt discusses how this law affected people who went to school during the time this legislation was in effect. She also reflected on her own experience growing up in that era.

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletTrump’s Weekend of Scandal Was Hiding in Plain Sight

Here are some of them:
(1) The president of the United States quote-tweeted an avowed alt-right account that flirts with Holocaust denial,
(2) The president also texted supporters false allegations that he had been illegally spied on by the previous vice president.
(3) The president also fired another independent inspector general without providing cause.
(4) The official American death toll from COVID-19 inched close to 90,000 souls while the president spent his time live tweeting cable TV.
(5) One of the president’s large adult sons grotesquely suggested that Joe Biden is a “pedophile.”
(6) Another of his large adult sons claimed that the virus was a hoax perpetrated by the left and the media and that it will disappear after the election.

And there are more.
decorative leaf bulletTwitter needs to remove 🤥🤥👖🔥’s access He’s a malicious, lying, troll.
decorative leaf bulletTwitter labels Trump tweets as ‘potentially misleading’ for the first time

The label was imposed on two tweets 🤥🤥👖🔥 posted Tuesday morning falsely claiming that “mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent” and would result in “a rigged election.” The tweets focused primarily on California’s efforts to expand mail-in voting due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, the Republican National Committee sued California Governor Gavin Newsom over the state’s moves to expand mail-in voting.

See also: Twitter just fact-checked Donald 🤥🤥👖🔥 see Inside Twitter’s Decision to Fact-Check Trump’s Tweets
decorative leaf bulletDonald Trump’s executive order is ‘plainly illegal,’ says co-author of Section 230

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Video: IKEA has designed a DIY bee home you can build at hom
decorative leaf bulletBy Jamie Mason: The Same Gift Twice

I can almost remember what I used to keep in the little painted box. Seeing it now pulls at eight-year-old me, still there, deep in my memory under every day that has piled layers over that little girl out there in some quantum eternity, stashing her treasures in an empty candy tin her father sent her.

decorative leaf bulletToni L. Kamins via The Washington Post : Stop taxing unemployment benefits

Weekly unemployment benefits vary by state, ranging from $190 in Puerto Rico to $823 in Massachusetts. Even the most generous isn’t enough to make ends meet anywhere in the country — with or without the pandemic stimulus supplement. When you subtract federal and state withholding taxes, the amount left over to take care of bare minimums — rent, food, health insurance and job-hunting expenses — just doesn’t add up.

I want to recommend two free email newsletters: Emerging Tech Brew and Morning Brew, a more general business/economy news letter. Both are well-written interesting, and not over-the-top marketing drivel. I’d suggest trying Morning Brew first, which, by the way, might result in me getting some nifty stickers or even a coffee coup.

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletVia @MarkRober on Twitter, this video: Some squirrels stole my bird seed, so I’ve basically been spending the whole quarantine engineering my revenge 🙂 Here’s a Short version I love watching the birds, and ordinarily, I’m even a little fond of squirrels in the great outdoors. But they were not only hogging the feeders, chasing the birds, and consuming seeds at exhaustive speed, they were damaging the feeders. I’ve taken three feeders down for the time being, but do not underestimate their intelligence, tenacity or greed.
decorative leaf bulletSo my Dad made good use of his time in lockdown and built a huge laughing Kookaburra.
decorative leaf bulletVia NPR: “Quaranzines” Bring Readers Together Despite Distancing

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Internet has become home to a growing number of these self-published chronicles, comics, and how-to guides for everything from cutting your hair to building emergency hand washing stations. Often published on Instagram with hashtags such as #quaranzine and #stayhomemakezines, they draw on a tradition first established in the 1930s, when self-published, hand-made “fanzines” provided a forum for sci-fi fans to reflect on the genre as well as the nature of fandom itself.

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