Stephen Michael Kellat email@example.com
Amateur Radio Operator (General Class). Basic Trained ICS Staffer. Lapsed Podcaster. Former GS-8 Bureaucrat. Occasional Domestic Missionary. Information Specialist. An oddity in the Stone-Campbell world. Ubuntu Member. TeX User Group Member. Comrade Academician in hiding.
This is out in the area of @Stephen Sekula so all I can say is that it is an interesting story: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/churchs-phony-covid-19-cure-sold-from-north-texas/2372339/
Tabs To Open
Eventually I will get to opening up these tabs:
Ars Technica / Maryland reopens—and quickly sees its largest COVID-19 spike / https://arstechnica.com/?p=1677525
Ars Technica / Here’s why NASA’s chief of human spaceflight resigned—and why it matters / https://arstechnica.com/?p=1677418
Ars Technica / Recovered COVID-19 patients test positive but not infectious, data finds / https://arstechnica.com/?p=1677343
AthletesVoice / You know what’s best for you – so back yourself / https://www.athletesvoice.com.au/you-whats-best-for-you-so-back-yourself/
BBC News - Australia / Coronavirus: Universities fear fall in lucrative overseas students / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52508018
BBC News - Australia / Coronavirus: 'I'm doing my university year abroad in Australia online' / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52710137
BBC News - Health / Coronavirus: 'Wash hands at least six times a day' / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52720089
BBC News - US & Canada / Coronavirus: All 50 US states move toward reopening / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52745050
BBC News - US & Canada / Coronavirus: What does it mean for natural disaster response? / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52539724
BBC News - US & Canada / Teenage boy charged in Canada's first 'incel' terror case / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52733060
CBC | Top Stories News / Spy agency flags possible security breaches at Canadian pandemic research facilities / https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cse-research-compromises-1.5577744?cmp=rss
Cleveland Scene / Lake County Judge Rules in Favor of Gyms That Sued Ohio Department of Health / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/20/lake-county-judge-rules-in-favor-of-gyms-that-sued-ohio-department-of-public-health
Cleveland Scene / Cleveland Cinemas to Offer "Curbside Concessions" Every Weekend, Now with White Claw / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/20/cleveland-cinemas-to-offer-curbside-concessions-every-weekend-now-with-white-claw
Cleveland Scene / As Ohio Debates Voting Reforms for November, Michigan Says It'll Mail Absentee Ballot Applications to Every Voter / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/19/as-ohio-debates-voting-reforms-for-november-michigan-says-itll-mail-absentee-ballot-applications-to-every-voter
DragonFly BSD Digest / Multiboot tutorial, updated / https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2020/05/18/24529.html
Fitness Volt / Joe Rogan Podcast To Stream On Music Service Spotify In Massive $100+ Million Exclusive Deal / https://fitnessvolt.com/joe-rogan-podcast-spotify/
Fitness Volt / Ms. Bikini Olympia Elisa Pecini Shares Inspirational Story Of Overcoming Eating Disorder To Become Champion / https://fitnessvolt.com/elisa-pecini-eating-disorder/
IEEE Spectrum Recent Content full text / Six Feet Is Not Always Enough: How Saliva Droplets Spread Through the Air / https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/imaging/six-feet-is-not-always-enough-how-saliva-droplets-spread-through-the-air
Inside Higher Ed / Student Success in 2020: How to Engage Retain Students in a Virtual Environment | Thursday, June 4 at 2:00 pm ET / https://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2020/05/20/student-success-2020-how-engage-retain-students-virtual-environment-thursday-june-4
Inside Higher Ed / Colleges start new academic programs / https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/05/20/colleges-start-new-academic-programs
Inside Higher Ed / College leaders shouldn’t waste this crisis, for students’ sake (opinion) / https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/05/20/college-leaders-shouldn%E2%80%99t-waste-crisis-students%E2%80%99-sake-opinion
Inside Higher Ed / How to turn this spring's remote courses into high-quality online courses for fall (opinion) / https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/05/20/how-turn-springs-remote-courses-high-quality-online-courses-fall-opinion
Inside Higher Ed / More Bad News on Women's Research Productivity / https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/05/20/more-bad-news-womens-research-productivity
Inside Higher Ed / Many four-years plan to reopen in the fall, but most community colleges plan a virtual semester / https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/05/20/many-four-years-plan-reopen-fall-most-community-colleges-plan-virtual-semester
International Liberty / New York vs. Florida, Round #4 / https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/new-york-vs-florida-round-4/
International Liberty / Using Coronavirus as an Excuse for More E.U. Centralization and Redistribution / https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/using-coronavirus-as-an-excuse-for-more-e-u-centralization-and-redistribution/
JSTOR Daily / One Parallel for the Coronavirus Crisis? The Great Depression / https://daily.jstor.org/one-parallel-for-the-coronavirus-crisis-the-great-depression/
JSTOR Daily / The Library That Walked Across Belgium / https://daily.jstor.org/the-library-that-walked-across-belgium/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-library-that-walked-across-belgium
JustOneMinute / If They Don't Indict, It's Alright! / https://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2020/05/if-they-dont-indict-its-alright.html
JustOneMinute / Something Must Be Shaking / https://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2020/05/something-must-be-shaking.html
Latest news / Cambridge University will stay online for another year / https://www.zdnet.com/article/cambridge-university-will-stay-online-for-another-year/#ftag=RSSbaffb68
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion / Supreme Court blocks release of Mueller secret grand jury evidence sought by House Judiciary Committee / https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/supreme-court-blocks-release-of-mueller-secret-grand-jury-evidence-sought-by-house-judiciary-committee/
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion / Michigan State Professor Warns of “Unconscious Bias” and “Microaggressions” in Virtual Meetings / https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/michigan-state-professor-warns-of-unconscious-bias-in-virtual-meetings/
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion / Open the States movement declares: “On Friday, the lockdowns end” / https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/open-the-states-movement-declares-on-friday-the-lockdowns-end/
Library Link of the Day / A Biblical Mystery at Oxford [The Atlantic] / https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/museum-of-the-bible-obbink-gospel-of-mark/610576/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Hulu Unveils Revamped Interface, Coming First to Apple TV / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/20/hulu-interface-redesign-apple-tv/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Apple Releases New 13.4.5 Software for HomePod / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/20/apple-releases-13-4-5-software-homepod/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.5 With Exposure Notification API, Face ID Mask Updates, Group FaceTime Changes and More / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/20/apple-releases-ios-13-5/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Apple Releases tvOS 13.4.5 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Models / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/20/apple-releases-tvos-13-4-5/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Spotify Signs 'The Joe Rogan Experience' Podcast to Exclusive Multi-Year Deal / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/20/spotify-signs-up-the-joe-rogan-experience-podcast/
Marginal REVOLUTION / Will Covid-19 expose the ghost firms? / http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/05/will-covid-19-expose-the-ghost-firms.html
Marginal REVOLUTION / Early distancing can be very potent / http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/05/early-distancing-can-be-very-potent.html
Marginal REVOLUTION / Does coronavirus mean the end of traditional education? / http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/05/does-coronavirus-mean-the-end-of-traditional-education.html
Moonbattery / A Taste of Homeschooling / https://moonbattery.com/a-taste-of-homeschooling/
NASA Watch / Annie Glenn / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/annie-glenn.html
NASA Watch / TV's Space Force Looks Like More Fun Than The Real One (Or Artemis) / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/tvs-space-force.html
News / The Bold And The Beautiful to continue being bold, beautiful for another 2 years, at least / https://news.avclub.com/the-bold-and-the-beautiful-to-continue-being-bold-beau-1843575358
News / Long hours reportedly the cause for Ruby Rose's Batwoman exit / https://news.avclub.com/long-hours-reportedly-the-cause-for-ruby-roses-batwoman-1843571737
News / Maryland bar respects social distancing by getting its patrons to wear inflatable rubber tables / https://news.avclub.com/maryland-bar-respects-social-distancing-by-getting-its-1843565244
News / Disney+ joins the puppet renaissance, announces new series Muppets Now coming in July / https://news.avclub.com/disney-joins-the-puppet-renaissance-announces-new-ser-1843565840
News / Ruby Rose is leaving Batwoman, The CW will recast the role for season 2 / https://news.avclub.com/ruby-rose-is-leaving-batwoman-the-cw-will-recast-the-r-1843551394
OMG! Ubuntu! / Windows 10 Will Let You Run GUI Linux apps “Soon”, via WSL2 / https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/05/run-linux-apps-on-windows-10-wsl-2
Power LinePower Line / Trump/Barr DOJ warns California against disfavoring churches / https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/05/trump-barr-doj-warns-california-against-disfavoring-churches.php
ProfessorBainbridge.com / Do employees have a right not to wear face masks even if their employer requires them? / https://www.professorbainbridge.com/professorbainbridgecom/2020/05/do-employees-have-a-right-not-to-wear-face-masks-even-if-their-employer-requires-them.html
RNZ Comment & Analysis Headlines / Covid-19 another example of too many mixed results for New Zealand's disabled / https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/417007/covid-19-another-example-of-too-many-mixed-results-for-new-zealand-s-disabled
RNZ Pacific Headlines / Probe says CNMI police justified in fatal shooting of hostage-taker / https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/417157/probe-says-cnmi-police-justified-in-fatal-shooting-of-hostage-taker
RNZ Pacific Headlines / American Samoan schools end year early / https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/417112/american-samoan-schools-end-year-early
RNZ World Headlines / Iran Supreme Leader says Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria / https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/416894/iran-supreme-leader-says-americans-will-be-expelled-from-iraq-and-syria
Samizdata / Samizdata quote of the day / https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/samizdata-quote-of-the-day-1305/
Samizdata / Samizdata quote of the day / https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/samizdata-quote-of-the-day-1304/
Samizdata / Samizdata quote of the day / https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/samizdata-quote-of-the-day-1303/
Samizdata / Samizdata quote of the day / https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/samizdata-quote-of-the-day-1302/
Samizdata / L’absurdité cruelle / https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/labsurdite-cruelle/
T Nation Articles / The Most Proven Sexual Performance Supplement / https://www.t-nation.com/supplements/the-most-proven-sexual-performance-supplement
TaxProf Blog / Taxation Of The Digital Economy: Adapting A 21st-Century Tax System To A Twenty-First Century Economy / https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/05/taxation-of-the-digital-economy-adapting-a-21st-century-tax-system-to-a-twenty-first-century-economy.html
TaxProf Blog / U.S. Department Of Education Extends Online Education Flexibility Through Fall 2020 Semester / https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/05/us-department-of-education-extends-online-education-flexibility-through-fall-2020-semester.html
TaxProf Blog / COVID-19 May Cause Higher Ed To Finally Confront Runaway Academic Spending, Including 67% Of Tenured Faculty Who Are Underproductive / https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/05/covid-19-may-cause-higher-ed-to-finally-confront-runaway-academic-spending-including-67-of-tenured-f.html
The Captain's Journal / Religious Useful Idiots Allied With The Almighty State / https://www.captainsjournal.com/2020/05/19/religious-useful-idiots-allied-with-the-almighty-state/
The Captain's Journal / Federal Judge Blocks NC Governor’s Restrictions On Religious Services / https://www.captainsjournal.com/2020/05/17/federal-judge-blocks-nc-governors-restrictions-on-religious-services/
The Continental Telegraph / US Tax Rates Are Too High, Well Over The Laffer Curve Peak / https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2020/05/us-tax-rates-are-too-high-well-over-the-laffer-curve-peak/
The Conversation – Articles (AU) / Why it is "reasonable and necessary" for the NDIS to support people's sex lives / https://theconversation.com/why-it-is-reasonable-and-necessary-for-the-ndis-to-support-peoples-sex-lives-138727
The Conversation – Articles (AU) / Plane cabins are havens for germs. Here's how they can clean up their act / https://theconversation.com/plane-cabins-are-havens-for-germs-heres-how-they-can-clean-up-their-act-134552
The Conversation – Articles (AU) / 7 ways to manage your #coronaphobia / https://theconversation.com/7-ways-to-manage-your-coronaphobia-138120
The Conversation – Articles (US) / What could replace the Electoral College? / https://theconversation.com/what-could-replace-the-electoral-college-138769
The Conversation – Articles (US) / 5 reasons students should consider taking a gap year now / https://theconversation.com/5-reasons-students-should-consider-taking-a-gap-year-now-138712
The Conversation – Articles (US) / Blocking the deadly cytokine storm is a vital weapon for treating COVID-19 / https://theconversation.com/blocking-the-deadly-cytokine-storm-is-a-vital-weapon-for-treating-covid-19-137690
The Conversation – Articles (US) / Sex talk: Common misunderstandings doctors confront about preventing pregnancy / https://theconversation.com/sex-talk-common-misunderstandings-doctors-confront-about-preventing-pregnancy-137759
The Conversation – Articles (US) / As collective memory fades, so will our ability to prepare for the next pandemic / https://theconversation.com/as-collective-memory-fades-so-will-our-ability-to-prepare-for-the-next-pandemic-137370
The Conversation – Articles (US) / COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing / https://theconversation.com/covid-19-is-eroding-scientific-field-work-and-our-knowledge-of-how-the-world-is-changing-137045
The Conversation – Articles (US) / US seeks to change the rules for mining the Moon / https://theconversation.com/us-seeks-to-change-the-rules-for-mining-the-moon-136665
The Conversation – Articles (US) / Here's how to stay safe while buying groceries amid the coronavirus pandemic / https://theconversation.com/heres-how-to-stay-safe-while-buying-groceries-amid-the-coronavirus-pandemic-138683
The Daily Signal / New York’s Mayor Goes After Jewish Residents Again / https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/05/20/new-yorks-mayor-goes-after-jewish-residents-again/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-yorks-mayor-goes-after-jewish-residents-again
The Daily Signal / WHO Is a Mess, but America Can’t Reform It Alone / https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/05/20/who-is-a-mess-but-america-cant-reform-it-alone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=who-is-a-mess-but-america-cant-reform-it-alone
The Daily Signal / Proxy Voting Lets ‘20 People Control’ Congress, Warns Kevin McCarthy / https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/05/20/liberals-proxy-voting-push-allows-4-5-of-congress-decide-what-bill-gets-passed-mccarthy-says/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=liberals-proxy-voting-push-allows-4-5-of-congress-decide-what-bill-gets-passed-mccarthy-says
The Daily Signal / Rotten Education Isn’t Preordained / https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/05/20/rotten-education-isnt-preordained/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rotten-education-isnt-preordained
The Federalist / Reality Check: Stomping Around Michigan Declaring Yourself A Militia Only Makes You Look Like An Idiot / https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/20/reality-check-stomping-around-michigan-declaring-yourself-a-militia-only-makes-you-look-like-an-idiot/
The Register / Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago? / https://go.theregister.co.uk/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/20/apple_siri_transcriptions/
The Register / Microsoft announces official Windows package manager. 'Not a package manager' users snap back / https://go.theregister.co.uk/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/20/microsoft_announces_official_windows_package/
The Register / DirectX comes to Linux (via WSL2): Microsoft unveils tricks needed to flash a GPU at a penguin / https://go.theregister.co.uk/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/20/directx_wsl_linux/
The Volokh Conspiracy / [Ilya Somin] Trump's Threat to Withhold Federal Funds from States that Expand Voting By Mail Highlights Growing Menace to Federalism and Separation of Powers / https://reason.com/2020/05/20/trumps-threat-to-withhold-federal-funds-from-states-that-expand-voting-by-mail-highlights-growing-menace-to-federalism-and-separation-of-powers/
The Volokh Conspiracy / [Jonathan H. Adler] Court Enjoins Enforcement of "Stay Safe Ohio" Order Against Gyms / https://reason.com/2020/05/20/court-enjoins-enforcement-of-stay-safe-ohio-order-against-gyms/
The Volokh Conspiracy / [Josh Blackman] Do Universities Really Expect to Treat their Students as "Pod" People? / https://reason.com/2020/05/19/do-universities-really-expect-to-treat-their-students-as-pod-people/
Variety / ‘The Masked Singer’ Finale Reveal: Here’s Who Won and the Stars Under the Masks / https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/the-masked-singer-season-3-finale-recap-night-angel-1234612655/
Variety / Music Revenue to Drop 25% in 2020, but Long-Term Outlook Is Good: Goldman-Sachs / https://variety.com/2020/music/news/goldman-sachs-music-revenue-forecast-drop-1234612683/
Variety / Corona Chronicles: Director Paolo Sorrentino Leaves L.A. for Italy and YouTube Chef Rents a Hotel for Ramadan / https://variety.com/2020/biz/global/coronavirus-paolo-sorrentino-nicolas-celis-roma-mattie-do-1234612320/
Weasel Zippers / Is Siri Listening To You Without Your Knowledge…? / https://www.weaselzippers.us/449131-siri/
Weasel Zippers / Virus Lockdown Rioting In Chile, Military Takes Over City… / https://www.weaselzippers.us/449143-virus-lockdown-rioting-in-chile-military-takes-over-city/
bigl.es / micro:bit Monday: Valenta Off-Roader / http://bigl.es/micro-bit-monday-valenta-off-roader/
bigl.es / TuesdayTooling: scrcpy / http://bigl.es/tuesdaytooling-scrcpy/
ctan-ann / CTAN update: NewComputerModern / https://firstname.lastname@example.org
flak / Postel's law in development / https://flak.tedunangst.com/post/Postels-law-in-development
fox8.com / Health director signs three new orders aimed at keeping Ohioans safe during pandemic / https://fox8.com/news/coronavirus/health-director-signs-three-new-orders-aimed-at-keeping-ohioans-safe-during-pandemic/
hogewash / You Went Full Karen. Never Go Full Karen. / https://hogewash.com/2020/05/20/you-went-full-karen-never-go-full-karen/
hogewash / Phone Calls With Foreigners / https://hogewash.com/2020/05/20/phone-calls-with-foreigners/
I fell behind on reading feeds
Sometimes I really do fall behind on feed reading. You can follow what I'm reading from the OPML stashed in this repository: https://code.launchpad.net/~skellat/+git/FeedReadingFeeds
Using newsboat and a little script I can put a file together of tabs I want to open later. It lets me winnow down a 1k+ articles backlog based upon whether the titles look interesting as well as peeking at a couple here and there if they seem marginal. I highly recommend newsboat as a great RSS reader especially since it interfaces with services like Inoreader and is ultimately extensible via scripts.
All that being said, these are the tabs I'm likely going to be looking at in the near term:
According To Hoyt / Panic Reaction on a National Scale by David Burkhead / https://accordingtohoyt.com/2020/05/15/panic-reaction-on-a-national-scale-by-david-burkhead/
Ars Technica / Charter tells court that its no-refund policy helps prevent price increases / https://arstechnica.com/?p=1676380
Ars Technica / From iOS to SQL: The world’s most incorrectly pronounced tech terms / https://arstechnica.com/?p=1676384
Ars Technica / When audio deepfakes put words in Jay-Z’s mouth, did he have a legal case? / https://arstechnica.com/?p=1676510
Ars Technica / Corkscrew light promises higher optical-communication data rates / https://arstechnica.com/?p=1676302
AthletesVoice / What happens when an athlete retires / https://www.athletesvoice.com.au/cam-carr-what-happens-when-an-athlete-retires/
BBC News - Health / New York Governor Andrew Cuomo takes coronavirus test live on TV / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52700344
BBC News - US & Canada / Hash oil factory blast injures 11 firefighters in Los Angeles / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52696269
BBC News - US & Canada / JC Penney: US department store files for bankruptcy / https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52691160
CBC | Top Stories News / Barring Taiwan from WHO is a serious health concern, Canada and allies say / https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/barring-taiwan-from-who-is-a-serious-health-concern-canada-u-s-and-allies-say-1.5573865?cmp=rss
CBC | Top Stories News / Why the Queen's isolation is rich in symbolism / https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/royal-fascinator-queen-elizabeth-isolation-harry-meghan-hollywood-1.5571936?cmp=rss
CBC | Top Stories News / Malls need major rethink to survive pandemic, retail consultants say / https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/doug-stephens-retail-tina-kerger-covid-shopping-malls-peter-havens-polo-park-1.5570089?cmp=rss
CBR - Feed / Rick and Morty FINALLY Admit They're Not Heroes - They're Careless Terrorists / https://www.cbr.com/rick-and-morty-admit-theyre-not-heroes/
CBR - Feed / Stargirl Interview: Christopher James Baker Introduces Brainwave / https://www.cbr.com/stargirl-christopher-james-baker-brainwave-interview/
CBR - Feed / Disney+ Wasn't Going to Include Gargoyles - Until It Did | CBR / https://www.cbr.com/disney-wasnt-include-gargoyles/
CBR - Feed / Batwoman's Rachel Skarsten On The Season Finale and What's Next for Alice / https://www.cbr.com/batwomans-rachel-skarsten-alice-interview/
CBR - Feed / The Flash: Godspeed Was Always Going to Be Season 7's Villain / https://www.cbr.com/the-flash-season-7-godspeed-villain/
Cleveland Scene / DeWine: Restaurants That Ignore Patio Guidelines Could Lose Liquor License / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/17/dewine-restaurants-that-ignore-patio-guidelines-could-lose-liquor-license
Cleveland Scene / You Better Tip Like Your Money Is on Fire as Cleveland Restaurants and Bars Reopen / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/15/you-better-tip-like-your-money-is-on-fire-as-cleveland-restaurants-and-bars-reopen
Cleveland Scene / Here's How You Can Stream Films from Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, and Toronto Film Festivals / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/15/heres-how-you-can-stream-films-from-cannes-sundance-tribeca-and-toronto-film-festivals
Cleveland Scene / Locally Produced Audio Fiction Podcast to Launch May 26th in Partnership With CPT / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/15/locally-produced-audio-fiction-podcast-to-launch-may-26th-in-partnership-with-cpt
Cleveland Scene / Good Government Groups Push for Ohio Voting Reforms Before November Election / https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/14/good-government-groups-push-for-ohio-voting-reforms-before-november-election
Daring Fireball / Chrome to Start Blocking ‘Resource-Heavy’ Ads / https://blog.chromium.org/2020/05/resource-heavy-ads-in-chrome.html
DragonFly BSD Digest / Lazy Reading for 2020/05/17 / https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2020/05/17/24511.html
DragonFly BSD Digest / In Other BSDs for 2020/05/16 / https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2020/05/16/24509.html
Fitness Volt / Gym-Goers In Florida Demand Gyms Reopening By Protesting With Push-ups / https://fitnessvolt.com/florida-protest-gyms-reopen/
Fitness Volt / How To Calculate TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) / https://fitnessvolt.com/how-to-calculate-tdee/
FreeBSD News Flash / FreeBSD participates in Google Season of Docs / https://www.freebsd.org/news/newsflash.html#event20200516:02
GB2RS / RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for May 17th 2020. / https://gb2rs.podbean.com/e/rsgb-gb2rs-news-bulletin-for-may-17th-2020/
IEEE Spectrum Recent Content full text / How Online Learning Kept Higher Ed Open During the Coronavirus Crisis / https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/at-work/education/how-online-learning-kept-higher-ed-open-during-the-coronavirus-crisis
Inside Higher Ed / Colleges seek protection from lawsuits if they reopen / https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/05/15/colleges-seek-protection-lawsuits-if-they-reopen
Inside Higher Ed / Academics lost to COVID-19 leave behind lessons about life and teaching / https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/05/15/academics-lost-covid-19-leave-behind-lessons-about-life-and-teaching
Inside Higher Ed / Wells College exemplifies which institutions stand to lose most in the pandemic / https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/05/15/wells-college-exemplifies-which-institutions-stand-lose-most-pandemic
Inside Higher Ed / Size of state budget cuts becomes clearer / https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/05/15/size-state-budget-cuts-becomes-clearer
Inside Higher Ed / Liberty University Collapses Philosophy Program / https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/05/15/liberty-university-collapses-philosophy-program
Inside Higher Ed / What Happened to the University of Everywhere? / https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/what-happened-university-everywhere
Inside Higher Ed / Senator Alexander Sounds Positive Note on Reopening Campuses / https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/05/14/senator-alexander-sounds-positive-note-reopening-campuses
International Liberty / Coronavirus Humor / https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2020/05/17/coronavirus-humor-5/
International Liberty / Restoring Fiscal Sanity, Post-Coronavirus / https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/restoring-fiscal-sanity-post-coronavirus/
International Liberty / Coronavirus and the Failure of Big Government: A Closer Look at the CDC / https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/coronavirus-and-the-failure-of-big-government-a-closer-look-at-the-cdc/
International Liberty / What Lessons Can the Country Learn from California’s Red-Tape Nightmare? / https://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/what-lessons-can-the-country-learn-from-californias-red-tape-nightmare/
JSTOR Daily / The Soup of British Colonialism / https://daily.jstor.org/the-soup-of-british-colonialism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-soup-of-british-colonialism
JSTOR Daily / Cytokine Storms: The Cruel Irony of an Immune Response / https://daily.jstor.org/cytokine-storms-the-cruel-irony-of-an-immune-response/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cytokine-storms-the-cruel-irony-of-an-immune-response
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Just In / Cinemas will be allowed to reopen soon, but will social distancing restrictions make it viable? / http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-17/cinemas-can-reopen-next-month-but-will-it-be-viable/12257032
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Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion / Anti-Lockdown Protests Surge Across Europe / https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/anti-lockdown-protests-surge-across-europe/
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion / China Throwing in with Democrats for November Elections / https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/china-throwing-in-with-democrats-for-november-elections/
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion / University of California System Will Not Reopen in the Fall / https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/university-of-california-system-will-not-reopen-in-the-fall/
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Library Link of the Day / Libraries have spent years reinventing themselves. Will they have to do it again? [Marketplace] / https://www.marketplace.org/2020/05/14/libraries-have-spent-years-reinventing-themselves-will-they-have-to-do-it-again/
Library Link of the Day / Open-Access Publishing and the Coronavirus [Inside Higher Ed] / https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/05/15/coronavirus-may-be-encouraging-publishers-pursue-open-access
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / All the iPad Trackpad Keyboard Cases You Can Buy / https://www.macrumors.com/guide/ipad-trackpad-keyboards/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Apple TV+ Show 'Mythic Quest' Airing Special Episode Shot on iPhones / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/15/apple-tv-plus-mythic-quest-shot-on-iphone/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Apple Promotes 'Everyone Can Create' Campaign With Series of Inspiring Videos / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/15/apple-everyone-can-create-videos/
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories / Leaker: Apple to Launch New Low-Cost iPad This Year With A12 Chip / https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/15/apple-plans-2020-new-low-cost-ipad-a12-chip/
Marcin Juszkiewicz / New toy arrived — RockPro64 / https://marcin.juszkiewicz.com.pl/2020/05/14/new-toy-arrived-rockpro64/
Marginal REVOLUTION / Why the FDA is banning the Gates-connected testing kits / http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/05/why-the-fda-is-banning-the-gates-connected-testing-kits.html
Marginal REVOLUTION / Is the coronavirus making UBI look better? / http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/05/is-the-coronavirus-making-ubi-look-better.html
Marginal REVOLUTION / The F.D.A. halts a virus testing program backed by Bill Gates / http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/05/the-f-d-a-halts-a-virus-testing-program-backed-by-bill-gates.html
NASA Watch / Where Are The Artemis-Inspired Advertisements? (2) / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/where-are-the-a-1.html
NASA Watch / National Space Council Updates / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/national-space-23.html
NASA Watch / Space Force Official Flag Presented To The President On Friday Because Of Course It Was / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/space-force-off.html
NASA Watch / Artemis Accord News From Jim Bridenstine This Morning / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/interesting-new.html
NASA Watch / Where Are The Artemis-Inspired Advertisements? / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/where-are-the-a.html
NASA Watch / Today's NAC Human Exploration Committee Meeting Went Off The Rails / http://nasawatch.com/archives/2020/05/todays-nac-huma.html
News / Hey, who wants to buy MoviePass' rotting, moldering corpse? / https://news.avclub.com/hey-who-wants-to-buy-moviepass-rotting-moldering-corp-1843486702
News / Defying all odds, the world's last Blockbuster thinks it can outlast the pandemic / https://news.avclub.com/defying-all-odds-the-worlds-last-blockbuster-thinks-it-1843484362
News / Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, and Ethan Peck lead new Star Trek series, Strange New Worlds / https://news.avclub.com/anson-mount-rebecca-romijn-and-ethan-peck-lead-new-st-1843483391
News / Adam Sandler called Jim Carrey in the movie theater while watching Sonic The Hedgehog / https://news.avclub.com/adam-sandler-called-jim-carrey-in-the-movie-theater-whi-1843481088
News / Seth MacFarlane to host at-home variety show on Peacock streaming service / https://news.avclub.com/seth-macfarlane-to-host-at-home-variety-show-on-peacock-1843401229
ProfessorBainbridge.com / Stanford Law Professor Michael McConnell on the Free Exercise Clause and COVID-19 / https://www.professorbainbridge.com/professorbainbridgecom/2020/05/stanford-law-professor-michael-mcconnell-on-the-free-exercise-clause-and-covid-19.html
ProfessorBainbridge.com / Daniel Rodriguez on the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on COVID-19 / https://www.professorbainbridge.com/professorbainbridgecom/2020/05/daniel-rodriguez-on-the-wisconsin-supreme-court-decision-on-covid-19.html
RNZ Comment & Analysis Headlines / No relief for under-pressure commercial media in Budget / https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/2018746497/no-relief-for-under-pressure-commercial-media-in-budget
RNZ Comment & Analysis Headlines / Mediawatch: Media merger saga turns into bitter court battle / https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/2018746524/nzme-s-play-for-stuff-goes-to-court-again
RNZ Media & Technology Headlines / What is the greatest threat to humanity? / https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018746735/toby-ord-what-is-the-greatest-threat-to-humanity
RNZ Media & Technology Headlines / RNZ wins eight categories at NZ Radio Awards / https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/416717/rnz-wins-eight-categories-at-nz-radio-awards
RNZ Media & Technology Headlines / Mediawatch: Media merger saga turns into bitter court battle / https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/2018746524/nzme-s-play-for-stuff-goes-to-court-again
RNZ Media & Technology Headlines / NZME files injunction over Stuff deal / https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/416662/nzme-files-injunction-over-stuff-deal
RNZ Pacific Headlines / Digicel denies deal to sell Pacific unit to China Mobile / https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/416730/digicel-denies-deal-to-sell-pacific-unit-to-china-mobile
RNZ World Headlines / House passes $US3 trillion coronavirus aid bill opposed by Trump / https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/416813/house-passes-us3-trillion-coronavirus-aid-bill-opposed-by-trump
RNZ World Headlines / 'It's un-Australian and heartbreaking': beer dumped due to pub closures / https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/416809/it-s-un-australian-and-heartbreaking-beer-dumped-due-to-pub-closures
RNZ World Headlines / Covid-19: Trump says US reopening 'vaccine or no vaccine' / https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/416772/covid-19-trump-says-us-reopening-vaccine-or-no-vaccine
Raspberry Pi – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! / Go back in time with a Raspberry Pi-powered Radio @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi / https://blog.adafruit.com/2020/05/15/go-back-in-time-with-a-raspberry-pi-powered-radio-raspberry_pi-piday-raspberrypi/
Raspberry Pi – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! / Play Random Video Segments from Archive.org’s VHS vault with Videodrome #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi / https://blog.adafruit.com/2020/05/15/play-random-video-segments-from-archive-orgs-vhs-vault-with-videodrome-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/
Samizdata / Wokeness is toxic to show business. And yet… / https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/wokeness-is-toxic-to-show-business-and-yet/
Samizdata / Covid-positive sex-mad Nazis and the Terminal Markets Act 1973 / https://www.samizdata.net/2020/05/covid-positive-sex-mad-nazis-and-the-terminal-markets-act-1973/
T Nation Articles / What Average Joes Don't Get About Lifting / https://www.t-nation.com/opinion/what-average-joes-dont-get-about-lifting
TaxProf Blog / University President Explains Why Faculty/Staff Pay Freezes And Layoffs Are Preferable To Dipping Into Endowment During COVID-19 / https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/05/university-president-explains-why-faculty-and-staff-pay-freezes-and-layoffs-are-preferable-to-dippi.html
TaxProf Blog / If Liquor Stores Are Essential, Why Isn’t Church? / https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/05/if-liquor-stores-are-essential-why-isnt-church.html
TaxProf Blog / Do Faculty Have The Right To Refuse To Teach In The Fall Due To COVID-19? / https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/05/do-faculty-have-the-right-to-refuse-to-teach-in-the-fall-due-to-covid-19.html
The Captain's Journal / Cops Don’t Get To Decide If The Law Is Correct Or Not / https://www.captainsjournal.com/2020/05/11/cops-dont-get-to-decide-if-the-law-is-correct-or-not/
The Captain's Journal / Maine State Police Illegally Create Their Own Gun Registry / https://www.captainsjournal.com/2020/05/14/maine-state-police-illegally-create-their-own-gun-registry/
The Continental Telegraph / Covid Windfall Taxes – Proof That The Public Are Idiots / https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/tax/covid-windfall-taxes-proof-that-the-public-are-idiots/
The Conversation – Articles (AU) / The costs of the shutdown are overestimated -- they're outweighed by its $1 trillion benefit / https://theconversation.com/the-costs-of-the-shutdown-are-overestimated-theyre-outweighed-by-its-1-trillion-benefit-138303
The Conversation – Articles (US) / Giving private schools federal emergency funds slated for low-income students will shortchange at-risk kids / https://theconversation.com/giving-private-schools-federal-emergency-funds-slated-for-low-income-students-will-shortchange-at-risk-kids-138503
The Conversation – Articles (US) / Who's in charge of lifting lockdowns? / https://theconversation.com/whos-in-charge-of-lifting-lockdowns-137972
The Conversation – Articles (US) / Megacity slums are incubators of disease – but coronavirus response isn't helping the billion people who live in them / https://theconversation.com/megacity-slums-are-incubators-of-disease-but-coronavirus-response-isnt-helping-the-billion-people-who-live-in-them-138092
The Corner | National Review / Justin Amash Drops Out of Presidential Race / https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/justin-amash-drops-out-of-presidential-race/
The Federalist / Read Mitch Daniels’ Poignant Virtual Commencement Address On ‘Antisocial Media,’ Loneliness, And Isolation / https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/15/read-mitch-daniels-poignant-virtual-commencement-address-on-antisocial-media-loneliness-and-isolation/
The Federalist / Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’ Could Have Been Great If It Wasn’t So Focused On Being Woke / https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/15/netflixs-hollywood-could-have-been-great-if-it-wasnt-so-focused-on-being-woke/
The Federalist / Mass. Governor Targets Churches For Shutdown Rules He Didn’t Apply To Home Depot / https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/15/mass-governor-targets-churches-for-shutdown-rules-he-didnt-apply-to-home-depot/
The Federalist / Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Governor’s State Lockdown Extension / https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/15/wisconsin-supreme-court-strikes-governors-state-lockdown-extension/
The Register / Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during the coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain / https://go.theregister.co.uk/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/16/70m_pints_of_british_beer/
The Register / If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam / https://go.theregister.co.uk/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/16/huawei_chip_ban_latest/
The Register / Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source / https://go.theregister.co.uk/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/15/microsoft_brad_smith_open_source/
The Register / You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit / https://go.theregister.co.uk/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/15/met_police_face_recog_facemask_thwarted/
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The SWLing Post / Lockdown Lunacy: QRP EME has now been added to the Social DX bucket list / https://swling.com/blog/2020/05/lockdown-lunacy-qrp-eme-has-now-been-added-to-the-social-dx-bucket-list/
The Volokh Conspiracy / [Eugene Volokh] Court Suggests That Lockdown Exemptions for Religious Institutions Violate the Establishment Clause, / https://reason.com/2020/05/17/court-suggests-that-lockdown-exemptions-for-religious-institutions-violate-the-establishment-clause/
The Volokh Conspiracy / [Eugene Volokh] More on the Ministerial Exemption and Religious Autonomy / https://reason.com/2020/05/14/more-on-the-ministerial-exemption-and-religious-autonomy/
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VentureBeat / China asks U.S. to stop ‘unreasonable suppression’ of Huawei / https://venturebeat.com/2020/05/16/china-asks-u-s-to-stop-unreasonable-suppression-of-huawei/
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hogewash / Fighting the Last War / https://hogewash.com/2020/05/16/fighting-the-last-war/
pleia2's blog / The Growing Frustration of Shelter in Place / https://princessleia.com/journal/2020/05/the-growing-frustration-of-shelter-in-place/
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We need to contextualize numbers here.
Ohio counties with the most coronavirus cases:
Franklin County is the state capital where you find Columbus.
Cuyahoga County is where you find Cleveland and its suburbs.
Marion County has a very, very large men's prison.
Pickaway County has a very, very large men's prison.
Hamilton County is where you find Cincinnati.
Ohio counties with the most coronavirus deaths:
Lucas County is where you find Toledo.
Cuyahoga and Franklin have already been addressed.
Mahoning County is where you find the notorious Youngstown.
Hamilton County has already been addressed.
Ohio has a mixture of urban, suburban, and rural populations. This has been hitting us hardest in our urban populations as well as in our confined populations such as prisons as well as nursing homes. Ashtabula County authorities don't like talking about how high a percentage of both the infections and deaths from COVID-19 here stem from just the nursing homes. 111 cases are linked to nursing homes in Ashtabula County out of our 212. That's 52% of our cases in just two care facilities and adding in Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut (LAECI) gives us another 25 infected.
What's not being listened to in Dr. Acton speaking? GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE! Being packed in together like sardines is not good for you and the urban densification pipedreams I've seen out there do have potentially adverse human health consequences regardless of their purported positive environment saving outcomes.
YikesI am looking at the logistics of relocating. It doesn’t seem too doable. Local municipal leaders were pleading again for a bailout by DC but it seems that most definitely will not be happening. The accelerating cash crunch is going to lead to terminations of public service functions in whole or part.
I wish I could say this bit was a conspiracy theory. Budget documents don’t lie. The muni government was already basically broke pre-coronavirus and this situation is making the matter go all Thelma & Louise off a cliff. That the city’s ward councilors feared 5G towers pre-coronavirus doesn’t help either.
The road ahead is long and filled with idiots.
Promo for the news on WOIO tonight: "Will you feel safe enough to travel by air?"
For me, sure. HOWEVER, I'll travel by air right now pretty much only if it is a flight operated by USAF, NASA, or USSF. At the very least they're SANE. There is too much crazy out there right now.
Somebody in the media noticed!
WEWS noticed that massage therapists are mostly benched in Ohio: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/massage-therapists-left-out-of-ohio-reopen-plan
My sister is trained beyond Swedish to do medical too. She's not currently attached to a medical office, though. She's on the rolls for a Massage Envy franchisee.
And another domino falls
Ohio’s state unemployment fund will likely run out by end of May, ODJFS directors say https://www.cleveland19.com/2020/05/06/ohios-state-unemployment-fund-will-likely-run-out-by-end-may-odjfs-directors-say/
I could seriously start spewing expletives worthy of a Nixonian White House staffer right now.
Well, here is the memo from Auditor of State Keith Faber indicating just how badly the budget situation is going for the public sector in Ohio: https://web.archive.org/web/20200506224418/http://ohioauditor.gov/publications/Advisory_Memo_Economic_Impacts.pdf
Essentially everything is on fire. There are consequences to shutting down an economy. The "budget stabilization" the Ohio Municipal League talks about is where local governments are running out of operating cash and are going to potentially collapse this calendar year: https://web.archive.org/web/20200506224557/http://omlohio.org/DocumentCenter/View/1363/OML-Policy-Requests-to-DeWine-Administration--Correct
I understand the desire of folks who want to keep the world shut down as long as possible so as to conquer COVID-19. I have relatives who were impacted by coronavirus so I know I am not immune. However as a former tax collector I am mindful that tax revenue doesn't come into existence out of thin air. If there is no economic activity to tax then governmental operations below the federal level simply don't happen. State and local governments are not like J.R.R. Tolkien's dragon Smaug sitting on huge reserves of cash. Since they operate front-line public health authorities instead of the federal government we'll ultimately lose in the COVID-19 crisis if state and local governments go bankrupt.
There is no amount of printing of money that the Federal Reserve can do to prop up state and local governments. There is also no political will in the Congress to try. The only legal way any state could seek "bankruptcy" protection is to surrender its statehood, revert to territorial status, follow the procedures in Public Law 114-187 which were drafted generally rather than specifically for just Puerto Rico, and pray it is allowed to be readmitted to the Union at a later date. Of course, it depends upon whose law review article you read as to the specifics but roughly it still boils down to that very broad outline.
Prior to Mike DeWine announcing massive cuts to the state's Local Government Fund the City of Ashtabula was going to merely cut 50% of the police force and do some cuts they wouldn't describe to the fire department. Now that plan isn't any good since they essentially lost their state funding. I shudder to think what they're going to come up with now. State law prevents them seeking a Chapter 9 bankruptcy restructuring and it isn't even runaway debt harming them. They're simply running out of cash and right now they're too small to get a loan from banks that are terrified of the risk.
Second-order effects from the COVID-19 crisis may end up causing more havoc than the disease itself. When I see the morning financial news and see the names of the companies going under that day I know many, many lives are going to be shattered. Norwegian Cruise Lines announced on Tuesday it was bordering on financial collapse and by Wednesday morning saw it surviving only due to a major private equity infusion. AMC Theatres was going to collapse in July but essentially took out a massive loan hoping it could make enough money in the second half of the summer so as to survive. The list of businesses that have been killed off by this keeps growing. Too many people think about the businesses as entities that perhaps deserved their fates but they fail to think about the workers who are being tossed into a hellish economy. What'll happen to those people?
I have living under my roof a licensed massage therapist who cannot practice her profession until further notice by order of the Governor of Ohio and the Director of the Ohio Department of Health. She has no other sources of income and her reserves are gone. The discussion earlier today was if she was ever going to be able to go back and if so what would that even look like. She has no clue and nobody will tell my sister a thing when she inquires of official channels. The Medical Board of Ohio hasn't determined if she can be slotted into other roles based upon her licensing so she is stuck and really, really, really cannot afford to go back to school a second time.
The economic carnage of this whole situation matters. My city will soon be having to choose if it wants to dispense with having a police department or dispense with having a fire department because it can't afford to operate both. My sister is out of work in her licensed profession after 12 years. Right now the coronavirus doesn't scare me nearly as much as what will be happening when the economic crunch hits harder later this month and in early June. The band is playing on while we look at a very big iceberg...Minnesota and Kentucky both of lists of companies hiring: https://www.lanereport.com/123460/2020/05/whos-hiring-in-kentucky/Probably Ohio has something similar.My company just posted 5 openings earlier this week.
» Doug Whitfield:
“Minnesota and Kentucky both of lists of companies hiring: https://www.lanereport.com/123460/2020/05/whos-hiring-in-kentucky/
Probably Ohio has something similar.
My company just posted 5 openings earlier this week.”
I'm still in therapy/reconstructive work so I can't go back to a regular salaried job yet. I have three medical appointments next week scheduled. This has been ongoing since early December 2019.
As to my sister, she just got odd e-mails from the Ohio Medical Board and her employer today. Resolving the two is going to prove interesting.
Why Saving The Economy Still Matters
I know Dr. Sekula has raised the point on his blog about the importance of the economy relative to COVID-19 response more than a few times. Although I have referenced Ohio's dashboard for coronavirus information it is important to note that Texas has one too that gives raw data files for download that Dr. Sekula can analyze independently. In this instance I want to paint the picture from the Ashtabula perspective. It is not pretty.
Ashtabula City was already broke heading into 2020. The general fund went into the red once already in 2019 and barely recovered. Due to the economic carnage brought on by the lockdown the city administration is losing roughly $1 million in revenue in current projections though that may rise. The city ended March with only $1 million in unencumbered cash on-hand across all budget lines. The city was expecting to bring in $9 million in revenue this year so losing $1 million means cuts will have to happen somewhere. So far it looks like the police department will soon be a vague memory for most people except when it comes to drug crimes while the fire department is going to be stretched way too thin to be effective.
This is part of the trade-off behind lockdowns and easing restrictions. There is no magic money tree that funds subnational units of government. Only the federal government in the United States gets to print money. State and local governments are dependent upon taxing functional economies to derive the funds to be able to provide services. The cruelest irony is that by inflicting so much economic destruction the city health department now lacks the funding to be able to hire the necessary contact tracers to provide for the testing regime everybody desires. The Ohio National Guard and Ohio Military Reserve could potentially help bridge the gap but Ashtabula is not the only city having a financial shortfall. Most cities and villages across Ohio are too small to receive financial assistance from the federal government under the currently passed legislation.
I've attached a screenshot from the state's dashboard showing the age breakdown for cases just in Ashtabula County. The sex crosstab is kinda odd as the overwhelming majority of our cases break female rather than male. Relative to case numbers and fatalities I am more worried about second order effects from the coronavirus crisis. Crime is a problem locally and effectively losing local policing may potentially lead to an increase in violent crime. Further increasing the understaffing problem at the fire department is likely to lead to one or more tragedies in structural fires. Not being able to staff the health depatment completely makes the public health response to the crisis less effective and we have no mutual aid resources to draw on to bolster matters while trying to fix funding for our health department. All three of those are pretty high risks especially considering the weird riders that are attached to my home insurance relative to the crime situation.
We have to save not just lives but also have a world for those people to live those lives in. We are apparently very good at wrecking economies. I'm not sure we're that great at building them back up. Only time will tell.They started doing curbside pickup here: https://www.kare11.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/minnesota-retailers-prepare-for-curbside-pick...
Early days, but it seems like a good idea.
Stephen Michael Kellat likes this.
We may have trouble here...
Many state governors need dismissal after this crisis. They’re liking the fit of jackboots and some are getting thuggish in their orders. Ballotpedia knows of ways to topple 19 of them. There is an obscure way to topple Ohio’s Governor which brings that to 20. There are no known ways to topple 30 of them.
All the thugs gotta go when we are done with this. My fellow Americans who in their hearts of hearts earnestly desire to be oppressed through martial law and the deliberate destruction of the economy probably need to consider if they really want to live in this country. LARPing the bad days of a second rate republic other than Russia in the USSR is getting old. I liked America pre-crisis.
Fall Back Plans
My laptop is dying. The fallback plan is depending upon my iPad and using it with a stand and a Bluetooth keyboard. Pictured are the four most essential apps on my iPad right now (clockwise: SFTP client, SSH client, RSS reader, TeX IDE). Due to the current crisis the sourcing of replacement parts is a wee bit complicated. The ordering of a replacement toner cartridge for the small laser printer here at home should not have been that much of an ordeal.
Sadly this blog post is not a joke and the media market is destabilizing further as even the Plain Dealer in Cleveland is down to a skeleton crew on staff: Considering Demobilization
This situation has a bit to go yet. There may be radio stations available for sale in short order, I think. I’m just not sure how to keep them operating once acquired...
Oh my word...
I resigned from the Internal Revenue Service on October 2, 2019. My health was failing at the time and I am still working on corrective measures. In looking at POLITICO I wound up seeing some shocking news tonight. Apparently all work sites are being evacuated: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/30/irs-orders-office-evacuation-affecting-most-agency-employees-155502
It is a good thing I abandoned ship when I did. I don't think I could have managed if I were still aboard now. Hopefully there is still somebody staffing the reconsideration branch in Boyers at OPM so we can get that medical paperwork straightened out yet...
This is not fun...
Yeah, I am stuck inside.
The TV receiver is still working as the captured frame is showing.
I wrote a blog post about the perilous situation I am in tech-wise out here in rural America. I mustn't break anything. I might not be able to fix anything for some time.
None of my family are sick from COVID-19. The constant bombardment of PSAs about the disease are driving me batty. I may start cranking up J.P. Sousa music and if I run out of that I am either going to find bagpipe music on Spotify or the choir of the Red Army on Spotify for as long as connectivity lasts. Broadband service is collapsing worse here than seen in major metros so Spotify may go away soon enough.
I need to conduct antenna repairs ASAP. I may be having to fire up radio equipment for mediumwave DX-ing. Rural infrastructure is being deemed expendable by the big companies as of late.
Yes, I was able to get in to the lab at University Health Hospital System's Ashtabula Health Center today. They drew blood for a renal panel test as well as an HbA1C test. My general practitioner should have the results by the end of the day. As far as I am aware my appointment is apparently still on for Monday.
I am only 38. Mom is 64 and had her appointment with the same doc canceled on her. How did I triage higher?
Well, what could possibly go wrong? A global crash couldn't possibly have disastrous consequences that could wreck everything...
Gold, H. (2020, March 19). Netflix urged to slow down streaming to stop the internet from breaking. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/tech/netflix-internet-overload-eu/index.html