DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME
Is democracy at risk if voters are at risk? Wisconsin voters cast ballots during the primary election on Tuesday. (AP photo by Morry Gash)
Don't Stand So Close To Me
We have a friend here who is so happy that we are still in the US, and is completely baffled that we don't want to hang out. "You're free tonight, aren't you?" He's always calling to report that he's heard of another shop that's open. "They've got Ben and Jerry's! I'll pick you guys up and we'll go!"
Until these past weeks, I never would have believed that it was possible to so completely extinguish the social life of a community. Or, for that matter, my own.
Wait for it:
Forge: Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting by Julio Vincent Gambuto
This will be over soon—and when it is, every brand in America will come to your rescue, dear consumer, to help get life back to the way it was before the crisis.
You heard it here first:
Librivox: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (Audio, 129 min)
“But it seems that the Government had a true account of it, and several councils were held about ways to prevent its coming over; but all was kept very private. Hence it was that … people began to forget it as a thing we were very little concerned in, and that we hoped was not true; till the latter end of November or the beginning of December 1664…”
Or read it here: A Journal of the Plague Year on Project Gutenberg.
Rolling Stone: The Coronavirus Is Also Attacking the Ballot Box by Jamil Smith
Republicans have long tried to disenfranchise the voters least likely to elect them, and now the coronavirus is here to help.
Winners and Losers:
Salon: These are the industries that are thriving in spite of the pandemic by Nicole Karlis
The pandemic-spurred economic slowdown hasn't hit all industries equally — and some are doing better than before
Just for fun: Fact-intensive
Voting in a Pandemic Year
Read the plan to ensure that the 2020 election is free, fair, accessible, and secure, from the Brennan Center for Justice
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