In this edition: the bus, black women, anti-vaxxers, autistic kids, governors, FilAm nurses, television production, first responders, trick photography, protests, Lithuania, Parks and Recreation, nightmares, slow streets, nannies, and retail.
Your daily look at links I’ve saved to my Link Log (RSS) over the course of each day but didn’t necessarily address or highlight here on the blog. These are the links I logged yesterday, and not necessarily links to things published yesterday.
As a naturally anxious person who has lived through many of Metro’s ups and downs, I have rehearsed a fair number of transit disaster scenarios in my head. But never, not even in my worst anxiety spirals, did I imagine the current reality: that the bus would become a vector of a global pandemic, that anyone with the option to stay home would be asked not to ride, that loving your community would mean not riding the bus.
Mungin’s condition worsened, and because she was too weak to take the subway to the nearest hospital, she called 911. When the ambulance arrived, the EMTs were convinced it was a panic attack, not COVID-19. One of them sat with Mungin, who is Black, asking her questions to help her calm down. When he asked her about her long-term dreams and goals, she replied through labored breath, “My goal is not to die today.”
“One of the hallmarks of the anti-vaccine movement is this sense of selfishness and lack of concern for other people’s health,” Pan says. “They like to talk about rights and freedom. But what they really want is freedom without consequences.”
I don’t blame my son or his autism for these disruption-triggered meltdowns, but I wonder if he would have better self-regulation and coping abilities if he had not spent so much of his childhood in autism therapies that forced him to suppress his innate autistic needs under the guise of ‘intervention.’
The rise of the governors has prompted a long-overdue political conversation about the realities of government funding. Since the 1980s, Republicans have attracted voters by harping on the “takers” in Democratic areas. But when McConnell last Wednesday said he would never agree to a “blue state bailout,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded: “We’re one nation. We put into the pot what we need, you take what you need… but if you want to call for an accounting, you’re making a mistake because you lose.”
As the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll on health care workers, death notices published in recent weeks starkly show that it is hitting Filipino Americans—who make up an outsized portion of the nation’s nursing workforce—especially hard.
Now that a smaller staff of television crews are developing new skill sets and being innovative about how to get their shows made, Ghalayini, the Full Frontal With Samantha Bee producer, said she thinks the industry might change “in the sense that we’re learning that you can make something with less.”
“Yeah, give me a rubber band and some paper clips,” Willett said cheerfully. “That is kind of what we’re doing. You know, with limited resources coming up with solutions.”
This has caused photographer Ólafur Steinar Gestsson and a colleague to take a trip around Copenhagen to take pictures of people enjoying the good April weather – and although the two photographers pressed the camera button pretty much at the same time, the motives were quite different.
In our current pandemic, vehicular protest has emerged as the go-to direct-action strategy. It’s a tried-and-true model that predates the coronavirus: Taxi drivers in Mexico City staged car sit-ins against Uber; commercial truck drivers have used “slow roll” demonstrations to critique industry regulations. For years, large groups of urban bicyclists have staged monthly Critical Mass rides to advocate for the rights of non-automotive road users.
Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, has announced plans to turn the city into a vast open-air cafe by giving over much of its public space to hard-hit bar and restaurant owners so they can put their tables outdoors and still observe physical distancing rules.
In terms of logistics, the special—like NBC’s Saturday Night Live and CBS’ forthcoming scripted drama All Rise—was produced remotely. Actors were sent rigs with a tripod and iPhone, lights and microphones, all of which were disinfected. The cast filmed themselves using iPhones while Schur and other members from the Parks creative team looked on from other angles via Zoom.
Experts say humanity has rarely experienced “collective dreaming” on such a broad scale in recorded history—and certainly never while also being able to share those nightmares in real time.
“The new strategy will repurpose streets, including closing them to car traffic, to make it easier and safer for Portlanders to practice physical distancing as the city recovers,” reads a statement just released by PBOT by way of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.
They don’t seem to be worried, even though when I started coming into the Hamptons, I had a cough. The dad seems to be a germophobe. He’s freaking out all the time about my kids washing their hands, but if we’re FaceTiming someone and I’m coughing in the background, he’ll say, “Oh, it’s just the nanny.”
By obliterating the face-to-face economy, the coronavirus will return Americans to a blend of virtual commerce and home prep that is reminiscent of the late 19th century. In the 1890s, Sears, Roebuck delivered a bible of goods to the doorsteps of families who cooked at home. In the spring of 2020, Amazon and its ilk deliver an infinitude of stuff to the front steps and mailrooms of families who couldn’t dine out even if they wanted to.