Quick Links for June 2020

Sun Ra's Full Lecture & Reading List From His 1971 UC Berkeley Course, "The Black Man in the Cosmos"  openculture.com
The CDC: "The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to bring it under control."  cnbc.com
The Climate Strike license is "a software license that developers can use to prohibit the use of their code by applications or companies that threaten to accelerate climate change through fossil fuel extraction".  github.com
"A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists." (Note: This is not about Covid-19. It's a new thing, Huzzah!)  bbc.com
In order to curb its Muslim population, the Chinese government is forcing Uighur women to undergo pregnancy checks, IUD insertion, sterilization, and abortions. "They want to destroy us as a people."  apnews.com
The Golden State Killer, a former police officer, pled guilty to 13 murders and dozens of rapes, home invasions, and burglaries.  latimes.com
The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says that although we're six months into the pandemic with 500,000+ people dead worldwide, "the worst is yet to come".  bbc.com
Reddit is cracking down on harassment & hate speech. Way too little and way too late.  nytimes.com
A list of 86 Angelic Troublemakers to Reset America, including climate activist Xiye Bastida Patrick, Ava DuVernay, Jameela Jamil, Stacey Abrams, AOC, Wesley Lowery, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Colin Kaepernick.  ozy.com
What Activities Are Safe As the Coronavirus Spreads? "It's going to be particularly challenging in a place like the US, which seems to have some of the least tolerance of any place in the world for the pain brought by the lockdowns."  newyorker.com
Some advice from health experts on travel and vacations during the pandemic. "I'm following the public health guidance from [the CDC] to stay at home and limit non-essential travel in order to slow the spread of Covid-19."  cnn.com
There's been unusual volatility in the cheese market.  nytimes.com
Legendary designer Milton Glaser has died at the age of 91. He designed the “I ♥ NY” logo, among many other things.  nytimes.com
As of August 1, it will be illegal for adults to wear a face mask in North Carolina. The state's anti-mask law, intended to target the Klan decades ago, has been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.  wral.com
What We Know About the Killing of Elijah McClain. "I was just going home. I'm an introvert. I'm just different. That's all. I'm so sorry. I have no gun. I don't do that stuff." This is straight-up murder of a black man by police.  thecut.com
The average person who's died of Covid-19 has lost ~11 years of their life.  twitter.com
Americans Are Actually Drinking Less During the Pandemic. Unfortunately, I have not personally found this to be the case.  bloomberg.com
It's time to change the way the media reports on protests. "We weren't looking at a stream of videos of violence erupting or clashes breaking out. We were looking at cops, attacking people."  niemanlab.org
Remember Brexit? Still a terrible idea. "Brexit is set to have cost the UK more than £200 billion in lost economic growth by the end of this year". The UK only paid £215 billion into the EU budget since 1973.  thelondoneconomic.com
Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person. "It's not your fault that you were born with white skin and experience these privileges. But...you do benefit from it, and it is your fault if you don't maintain awareness of that fact."  huffpost.com
Man finds a bunch of caterpillars in his supermarket broccoli, decides to keep them as pets w/ predictable and charming results.  twitter.com
An economist explains why we need to reopen the economy. "Think of our veterans. They went over to other side to fight for yummy yummy oil and you're not honoring them by staying away from Red Lobster."  twitter.com
Juan Villanueva resigned from the board of directors of the Type Directors Club and renounced his membership. "I'm stepping down because the TDC is a racist organization."  medium.com
The White House ordered the NIH to cancel research funding for "a long-standing, well-regarded research project on bat coronaviruses" because of a conspiracy theory (and probably xenophobia and racism).  arstechnica.com
Rhode Island may change the state's name. "The official name of the smallest U.S. state is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."  npr.org
Nicole He created this helpful tutorial on how to build your own SMS bot (without coding) that uses Google Sheets to send and receive responses.  docs.google.com
Why is East Africa experiencing the worst locust outbreak in decades? Climate change -> record-setting rainfall -> locust explosion.  youtube.com
Good (by which I mean maddening) thread on how the economic incentives for police officers (overtime, guaranteed pensions) result in dangerous and wasteful outcomes for our communities. "It's the money. Follow the money."  twitter.com
CERN has approved plans to build a 62-mile-long super-collider called the Future Circular Collider. Price tag is $23 billion, which sounds high but several individuals (Bezos, Gates) could easily afford this.  engadget.com
Aardman Animations and Netflix are teaming up for a sequel to Chicken Run  aardman.com
American travelers may be barred from visiting Europe when it reopens to visitors because of our clear failure to contain Covid-19 within our borders. Good job, everyone. So embarrassing.  nytimes.com
Finding it hard to reconcile the stuff Cards Against Humanity puts into their offensive party game ("Relax! It's just a joke!" Etc...) with their concerns about creating a more respectful, mindful, inclusive, and equitable workplace.  cardsagainsthumanity.com
Anthony Bourdain: The Last Interview And Other Conversations  bookshop.org
Novak Djokovic, the world #1 men's tennis player, has tested positive for Covid-19. He "organised a tennis tournament where adherence to social distancing has been minimal" because "the players went out clubbing...after the tournament finished".  twitter.com
Photos of last weekend's annular "ring of fire" solar eclipse that was visible from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  theatlantic.com
Archaeologists have discovered "the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Britain", a ring of massive shafts 1.2 miles in diameter encircling a henge monument in its middle.  theguardian.com
The Gaps Between White and Black America, in Charts. "In many parts of the country, black and white Americans continue to live in very different worlds. [This is] a result of policy choices."  nytimes.com
COVID-19 is ravaging America's vulnerable Latino communities. "About 65% of positive tests in the county that is home to Chattanooga, Tennessee, are Latinos, even though they make up just 6% of the population."  apnews.com
The debate among elite players about the use of racial slurs in Scrabble  slate.com
1 of the 3 police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor is in the process of being fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department. Not enough.  npr.org
Jelani Cobb reflects on the meaning of Juneteenth. "Emancipation is a marker of progress for white Americans, not black ones."  newyorker.com
5 Radical Schooling Ideas For An Uncertain Fall And Beyond.  npr.org
For whatever reason, director Shane Carruth can't get a movie made in Hollywood, so he's posting online the scripts, unfinished music, and concept trailers for his two unrealized projects, A Topiary and The Modern Ocean.  thefilmstage.com
"Just because a growing number of Terminators have ignored their AI programming and begun slaughtering humans left and right doesn't mean we should take the dangerous and radical step of defunding the Terminator program."  mcsweeneys.net
When it reopens next week, Barcelona's Liceu opera house will play to an audience of over 2000 plants. (Humans will have to watch on YouTube.)  matadornetwork.com
In an important victory for immigrant rights, the Supreme Court rules that the Trump administration can't shut down DACA.  nytimes.com
Rick Astley got rickrolled on the internet yesterday.  digg.com
Have seen this meme going around on Instagram – here's the debunking: boxer Jack Johnson did patent a type of wrench, but he "did not invent what we now call a 'monkey wrench,' nor did that term originate as a racial slur."  snopes.com
Beekeeper Bioni Samp makes electronic music using audio samples from his beehives and custom-built equipment.  youtube.com
A photographic tour of London achieved by visiting the locations on the UK version of Monopoly, from the £60 Old Kent Road to £400 Mayfair.  twitter.com
The excellent 13 Minutes to the Moon podcast is back for a second season about the Apollo 13 mission.  bbc.co.uk
Lovely bit of internet sleuthing: where did this heart honeycomb image originate and how was it made?  twitter.com
The Worm is a forthcoming book about NASA's iconic modernist logo. "The Worm showcases over 300 images from NASA's archives chosen with one simple criteria: each photograph must feature 'the worm'."  standardsmanual.com
"In the era of COVID-19, the Magical Negro reappears on the news and in mass media as an economic and moral foil otherwise known as the Essential Worker."  electricliterature.com
The military crackdown on protests in DC reminded Abdallah Fayyad of his experience as a Palestinian living in Jerusalem. "Being in the streets of Washington reminded me of the occupation I endured as a Palestinian."  bostonglobe.com
During the most intense days of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, nursing homes in some US states were forced to keep accepting residents w/o testing. In NY, 6% of their nursing home residents died of Covid-19. And New Jersey lost 12%. 12%!  propublica.org
Millions of dollars have been raised for "The Black Lives Matter Foundation", but that organization is not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and its goal is "bringing the community and police closer together".  buzzfeednews.com
Matt Webb compiled a list of some of the more unusual ways that people are keeping in touch with each other during the pandemic (spreadsheet parties, virtual conferences, business meetings in Red Dead Redemption 2).  interconnected.org
Jelani Cobb writes in 'An American Spring of Reckoning' that the demonstrations against police violence have "laid bare the contradictory and partial democracy that the United States holds before the world as exemplary".  newyorker.com
"One of the biggest social changes that the Bubonic Plague did cause was a rise in racial violence."  medium.com
City Enters Phase 4 Of Pretending Coronavirus Over. “I’m happy to say we’ve reached the final phases of completely deluding ourselves into thinking that this pandemic has somehow stopped spreading and that we’re safe.”  local.theonion.com
A profile of NYC's Gender and Family Project and some of the trans children and families they've helped support.  theguardian.com
"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination, handing the movement for L.G.B.T. equality a stunning victory."  nytimes.com
Mariame Kaba: Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police. "The surest way of reducing police violence is to reduce the power of the police, by cutting budgets and the number of officers."  nytimes.com
A white woman starts getting pulled over by police with unholstered guns despite obeying all traffic laws. Then she realizes: the racially profiling cops are mistaking her large black poodle for a Black man.  franklywrite.com
A previously unpublished short story from Ernest Hemingway. "That year we had planned to fish for marlin off the Cuban coast for a month."  newyorker.com
The role of superspreaders in transmitting SARS-CoV-2. "It's very difficult to identify an individual superspreader. It is not difficult to identify events that bring a very large number of people together in a small, enclosed space."  arstechnica.com
The Virus Will Win. "Americans are pretending that the pandemic is over. It certainly is not."  theatlantic.com
The Unmistakable Black Roots of Sesame Street. "Since its inception, 'Sesame Street' has been rooted in African-American culture, more specifically the historically black community of Harlem."  smithsonianmag.com
"The term BIPOC stands for 'Black, Indigenous, People of Color,' it is meant to unite all people of color in the work for liberation while intentionally acknowledging that not all people of color face the same levels of injustice."  sunrisemovement.org
Spurred by climate change, a rare but deadly mosquito-borne illness is on the rise in the US Northeast. "The mosquito is still the deadliest creature on the planet for our species. In 2018, it killed approximately 830,000 people."  onezero.medium.com
Tulsa Race Massacre. "White mobs invaded [the prosperous African American community of] Greenwood intent on burning, looting and killing. This is what happened in the 1921."  tulsaworld.com
This is very good – lots of recommendations. "A critical review of films on the Civil Rights Movement and institutionalized racism, with dozens of recommendations of films to watch and those to avoid."  zinnedproject.org
IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology, citing its use in "mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms".  theverge.com
Along with other sports stars & entertainers, LeBron James is forming "a new group aimed at protecting African-Americans’ voting rights" called More Than a Vote.  nytimes.com
"Over the last two weeks, support for Black Lives Matter increased by nearly as much as it had over the previous two years."  nytimes.com
Daniel Radcliffe: "Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations."  thetrevorproject.org
A typology of Lego computers  blog.presentandcorrect.com
NASCAR is finally banning the Confederate flag at their events.  nascar.com
What happens to all the unhugged hugs? (I miss hugs.)  newyorker.com
A criminal justice expert's guide to donating effectively right now.  vox.com
The NY Times has built a coronavirus vaccine tracker to track the status of the 125+ vaccines currently in development worldwide.  nytimes.com
Dystopia and postapocalyptic are typically thought of as words that may apply to a possible future, but Native Americans have long been a postapocalyptic people.  thenation.com
How the Coronavirus Compares With 100 Years of Deadly Events. The excess deaths caused by Covid-19 are higher than from hurricanes, 9/11, bad flu seasons, etc. Excess mortalities compared to normal: Stockholm 2.2x, London 3x, Madrid 4.6x, NYC 5.8x.  nytimes.com
16 straight minutes of Michael Jordan highlights? YES.  youtube.com
More on that study that indicates that Covid-19 emergency health measures prevented *half a billion infections* in just 6 countries in 3 months. "I don't think any human endeavor has ever saved so many lives in such a short period of time."  news.berkeley.edu
Advice on the preservation of racist bronze statuary from a museum curator: chlorides can cause irreversible bronze disease. So, definitely do not "throw a ton of tomatoes at a bust of a genocidal racist".  threadreaderapp.com
Wow, the TV show “Cops” has been cancelled after being on the air since 1989.  hollywoodreporter.com
Regarding "a few bad apples": How Apples Go Bad. "The closer an apple is to rot, the more rot it spreads – one spoiling apple...speeds the rot of every apple it touches, and even of ones it doesn't touch."  newyorker.com
Great thread on how to prepare to have the Why-You-Should-Care-About-Other-People talk w/ family. "The values that you raised me are inconsistent with the ones you're demonstrating, and that makes me respect you less, and causes me to pull away from you."  twitter.com
A recent study estimates that Covid-19 countermeasures deployed since the start of the pandemic have prevented 4.8 million confirmed cases in the US (and up to 60 million total cases).  nature.com
Some misconceptions about the civil rights movement & protests. "Sorry, guys. MLK wasn't about going to protest in a designated area and playing by the rules. His goal was to make people uncomfortable and cause chaos. He ADVOCATED breaking the law."  twitter.com
"Because they are unable to stop the new robot editor selecting stories from external news sites...the remaining human staff have been told to stay alert and delete a version of this article if the robot decides it is of interest..."  theguardian.com
This is not the last pandemic. "We've created almost a perfect storm here for the emergence of pandemics."  bbc.com
A story about going on a ride-along with a police officer. "That was the night: a full shift devoted to manufacturing crime — desperately searching for reasons to pull people over and then harassing people until they snapped."  twitter.com
Epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves: "We've all been put at far more jeopardy during this pandemic by our political leaders than by the people on the streets over the past week or so."  twitter.com
A map showing the 2100+ towns and cities where Black Lives Matter protests have happened in the past two weeks.  creosotemaps.com
The Case for Black With a Capital B. "When speaking of a culture, ethnicity or group of people, the name should be capitalized. Black with a capital B refers to people of the African diaspora. Lowercase black is simply a color."  nytimes.com
Physicists are organizing a Strike for Black Lives on Wednesday. "All ordinary meetings of classes, research groups, and seminars should be cancelled or replaced with discussions with colleagues about anti-black bias in the world and in academia."  particlesforjustice.org
Minneapolis City Council Members Announce Intent To Disband The Police Department, Invest In Proven Community-Led Public Safety. An absolutely incredible decision, unthinkable just two weeks ago.  theappeal.org
America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic.  theatlantic.com
Dr. Akilah Jefferson Shah: "While I have had several family members, family friends and acquaintances who have fallen ill with and died of COVID-19, my colleagues have had none. The single obvious difference between my colleagues and me? I am Black."  huffpost.com
Mamadou Tall: Is This the Last Straw? "Emmett Till should have been the last straw, Rodney King should have been the last straw, Amadou Diallo should have been the last straw..."  medium.com
Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser commissioned a massive mural that spans two city blocks spelling out "BLACK LIVES MATTER". She also sent a letter to Trump requesting withdrawal of federal troops from the city.  thisiscolossal.com
Tiffani Ashley Bell: It's Time We Dealt With White Supremacy in Tech. "Why do so many VC firms behave as if investing in Black entrepreneurs is a risk they can neither manage nor take?"  marker.medium.com
Huge thread of over 300 instances of police violence against protestors caught on video over the past week. The police are rioting on America's streets – and getting paid for it! This is sickening, immoral stuff. (Content warning: police violence.)  twitter.com
The audiobook version of Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning is available for free on Spotify. It won the National Book Award in 2016.  open.spotify.com
The oldest "nearly complete" HIV genome was recently found in a tissue sample from 1966. "Based on genetic sequencing of samples of the virus, scientists think that HIV first found a foothold in humans in Central Africa sometime in the early 1900s."  livescience.com
The Black Plague. "Public officials lament the way that the coronavirus is engulfing black communities. The question is, what are they prepared to do about it?"  newyorker.com
Some reading for the tech community: Charlton McIlwain's Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the Afronet to Black Lives Matter. "The story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know."  bookshop.org
"Of course technology perpetuates racism. It was designed that way."  technologyreview.com
Ibram X. Kendi will join Boston University's faculty and launch the BU Center for Antiracist Research.  bu.edu
A guide to keeping yourself and others safe while photographing protests. "Some people are risking their jobs by showing up at protests. Even if they're wearing a mask, employers can still identify them."  wired.com
A thread of stories about being stopped by police for driving and walking while black. "One time i got pulled over, the cop said i wasn't speeding but 'it looked like i was about to pick up speed.'"  twitter.com
Three Brothers, a short film by Spike Lee that edits together scenes from Do the Right Thing with footage of Eric Garner and George Floyd. (Content warning: police violence.)  twitter.com
Protests against police violence are happening all over the US (and the world), not just in the big cities.  twitter.com
"You can download these books about police violence for free right now."  lithub.com
A thread by educator Erica Buddington detailing the long history of oppression and racial violence in America.  twitter.com
Sweden's once-lauded "herd immunity" approach to tackling Covid-19 has badly backfired. "Too many old people have died here." <-- That's exactly what most public health experts predicted.  reuters.com
During the pandemic, black men are being targeted for wearing masks and also for not wearing masks. "Which death do they choose? Covid-19 or police shooting?"  statnews.com
"If you want to stop white children from growing up to be white police officers who murder Black people, you have to tell them the truth about white supremacy."  stevelocke.com
Ella Jones has been elected as the first black (and female) mayor of Ferguson, Missouri.  nytimes.com
"This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture which show up in our organizations."  cwsworkshop.org
Reminder: if you attend a protest with your phone, law enforcement (or anyone else really) can track you back to your home using readily available "anonymized" data.  twitter.com
Letters for Black Lives is a collection of multilingual resources geared towards explaining the Black Lives Matter movement to members of immigrant communities. Basically: "Dear beloved elders, we want to explain BLM to you and why it's important..."  lettersforblacklives.com
A list of anti-racism resources, including books to read, movies to watch, resources for parents, etc.  docs.google.com
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