A fascinating (Marxist!) perspective on Daniel Quinn’s “takers versus leavers,” focusing on carnivore versus vegetarian eating:
The history of colonisation is the history of the conquest of lactose-intolerant peoples by lactose-tolerant populations, and of non-grain eaters by grain-eaters.
The case for red meat – Redline by @puddleg
In yet another dispatch from the productivity journal “Duh!”:
“Other research shows that one of the best ways to reduce transmission [of illness] in the workplace is to provide paid sick leave that encourages ill employees to stay home.”
— New York Times
The Innocent Pleasure of Trespassing: a delightful essay by Nick Slater.
“Trespassing is an act of resistance against this slow strangulation of our living spaces. Human beings should be free to wander where they please—indeed, for much of our history, this has been taken for granted. Nomadic and semi-nomadic civilizations like the Plains Indians or the Turkic tribes of the Eurasian steppe weren’t the only ones to prize freedom of movement; those who insist such a concept is incompatible with the property-loving values of Western civilization may be interested to know that ‘the right to roam’ has been ingrained in the cultures of many Northern and Central European countries for centuries.”
“The plan is to have no plan, to let daily deaths between one and three thousand become a normal thing, and then to create massive confusion about who is responsible”
https://pressthink.org/2020/05/the-plan-is-to-have-no-plan/ by @jayrosen_nyu
“Carnival says it plans to restart cruises in August.”
Oh, yeah. That’ll work.
Source: Live Updates – The New York Times
Thanks to Srikanth Perinkulam for the very useful worked example of Self-hosting Jitsi video conferencing. Like everyone, I’ve been spending too much time in Zoom and Google Hangouts, and am looking for a secure, open alternative.
This article makes a good point:
“Ultimately, we the public will decide when the economy reopens, not the government.”
If people decide not to fly, not to stay in hotels, not to eat at restaurants, and to wait and see how things work out before making major purchases, it doesn’t matter if the “stay-at-home” orders are lifted or not.
Source: It’s Ugly Out There | Tim Duy’s Fed Watch
Happily, except for playgrounds, outdoor public spaces are still open where I live.
The outdoors and sunshine are such strong factors in fighting viral infections that a 2009 study of the extraordinary success of outdoor hospitals during the 1918 influenza epidemic suggested that during the next pandemic (I guess this one!) we should encourage “the public to spend as much time outdoors as possible,” as a public-health measure.
Source: Closing the Parks Is Ineffective Pandemic Theater – The Atlantic
I signed up.
“researchers hope users will volunteer their medical information through the Oura Ring app, which has a link to the UCSF study.”
Source: Predicting coronavirus? SF emergency workers wear state-of-the-art rings in new study
Always true, just now laid bare by the pandemic:
In transit conversations we often talk about meeting the needs of people who depend on transit. This makes transit sound like something we’re doing for them. But in fact, those people are providing services that we all depend on, so by serving those lower income riders, we’re all serving ourselves.
Source: In a Pandemic, We’re All ‘Transit Dependent’