One Potato, Two Potato
I love to cook and have spent much of the quarantine in my kitchen trying out new recipes. So it was dismaying to learn food distribution is ravaged by the pandemic. With restaurants, schools, and hotels closed, American dairies are tossing out 3.7 million gallons of milk a day, and smashed eggs, euthanized livestock, and ploughed-under crops are commonplace. When a microbrewery dumped 900 pounds of beer, Trevor Noah said, “All over America, fraternity houses’ flags are flying at half-mast.”
I got to thinking about what we can do at home to be more responsible consumers. Mashable’s 6 ways to reduce food waste, even during a pandemic suggests simple solutions involving inventories, lists, and placing perishables at the back of refrigerators where temperatures are slightly cooler. One of the wackier ideas was turning unused food into art. Before you laugh, check out the potato sculptures created by my sister-in-law Deb and her sister Cyndie. Yes, quarantine does inspire masterpieces!
You thought it was a joke, didn't you? Maybe this will get the mask skeptics on board.
We're Done Here
Congratulations, all you Resisters in Spain, on getting out of the house a bit this week! Here in the US, where we are taking a more Wild West approach to public health, many states are lifting restrictions and encouraging citizens to get back to work.
I felt that I was being reasonably cautious while I was confident that everyone else was being cautious too. I'm getting jumpy, though, as safety measures are increasingly seen as a partisan issue, and people leave off their masks to demonstrate their confidence in the president.
How It's Done:
NPR/Fresh Air: Compared With China, U.S. Stay-At-Home Has Been 'Giant Garden Party,' Journalist Says (Podcast, 37 min; text highlights)
Science reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. says China showed how to stop a fast-moving pandemic, using widespread testing and a strict quarantine. "We're reluctant to follow China, but they did it...They did it brutally, but brilliantly."
In the Mail:
The Guardian: Vote safely by mail in November? Not so fast, say Republicans by Sam Levine
Even as state-level Republican officials are seeking to scale up their vote-by-mail operations, congressional Republicans have staunchly opposed efforts that would make it easier to vote.
Should They Stay or Should They Go?
Politico: Mitch McConnell's coronavirus gamble by Burgess Everett and Marianne Levine
The Capitol’s attending physician released guidelines Friday for the Senate’s return, recommending but not requiring that staffers wear face coverings. Says Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, “… there’s no reason to bring the Senate back to make conservative radio hosts happy. That’s a dereliction of duty.” The House decided to delay its return by one more week.
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