Link Love

It’s been a bit of a rough week here.  It started with learning that one of DH’s cousins died last week of a drug overdose, but he was five years younger than DH and DH hadn’t seen him since he was a kid.  Then my uncle died … he was 92 and had had a massive stroke two years ago, but I can’t help but wonder if Covid had something to do with it.  While trying to make sure the addresses I had for my cousins were correct for sympathy cards, I discovered that one of them who had gone off my radar has mugshots and a bankruptcy and an ex-husband’s suicide in the past 3 years.  She was much older than I growing up, so really the last time I talked to her was when I was a teenager and she’d just gotten married, but apparently her husband was not a good person.  In the end I couldn’t find her current address and don’t want to ask her brother who is the one having to deal with everything to do with his father’s estate.  The brother’s wife is awesome (immigrants make the US stronger!) and they’re doing very well on all fronts (we spent time with them while on leave one year– their oldest is the same age as ours).  It’s strange how people from the same family can have such different trajectories.  Then my nephew on the other side of the family, a 7 year old (and DC2’s favorite cousin), jumped off a large glass aquarium, breaking it and shredding parts of his foot with broken glass.  The prognosis is at least a month long recovery after surgery and he may lose permanent sensation in parts of the foot.  We sent a bunch of national geographic books off his amazon wishlist and offered DC2’s facetiming services for when he’s well enough to get bored.  The hospital, of course, had Covid patients.

This thread about how anyone with a cable subscription can help Fox News lose bargaining power so it has to answer to advertisers instead of Murdoch seems really important.  There’s some other super interesting stuff about how Fox News gets overpaid by cable companies.

this take-down of the NYTimes by an epidemiologist is (ironically) brutal.

This week in fascism:  Aircraft carrier commander relieved of duty after writing a memo warning Navy leadership that decisive action was needed to save the lives of his ship’s crew.

xykademiqz with an important observation about how corporations react to public health outbreaks relates to class.

What everybody is getting wrong about the toilet paper shortage.

7 Responses to “Link Love”

  1. Middle class revolution Says:

    That is a lot to go through with family in one week. Hope the next few weeks are better!

  2. Debbie M Says:

    So sorry about the bad news in your family. I love Amazon wishlists for telling us how to get things for people that they actually want. (Sickening how they treat their fulfillment center workers, though.)

    I liked the link on Class. I wonder if you can pass out of a copy of that entry, attributed to “Anonymous Blogger” with the date of publication? It sounds like a good way to start discussions.

    You comment on that, “We talked in class today about why some companies are behaving well (Four Seasons, HEB) and why some are behaving poorly (Hobby Lobby, Instacart, Amazon) and why we can’t trust companies to do the right thing even when it directly affects public health.” I still don’t get it. Class again? I mean with a pandemic, it’s your actual customers you are killing off.

    When I was a typist for Zoology professors, someone told me that, for example, streets were maintained better in the richer parts of town because the people living there write letters. (And maybe also vote and bring lawsuits.) And of course poor people are spending most of their time surviving.

    I have three favorite stores: HEB, a local chain that’s above-average decent; Trader Joe’s, very decent; and a local food coop that’s quite decent (except news has come out that they don’t treat their employees right). All three of them are doing the right things, but the HEB (in the lowest-income neighborhood of the three, and with the lowest prices of the three in general) has way more customers coughing and not keeping their distance, so we don’t go there as much and try especially hard to get there early when they are less crowded.

    On the toilet paper, I suspected their theory, but never realized how separate the home and business TP industries were.

  3. Miser Mom Says:

    What Debbie said. This is indeed rough time. Some friends our ours from church, their oldest son just died of a heroin overdose two days ago. Another friend has cancer(s), and is undergoing treatment . . . I imagine it’s hard to know whether to be more terrified of what’s inside of her or what’s going on outside. And it’s just a miserable time to be isolated from others when what you really crave is the comfort a community can bring.

    My own city, the local paper has been running regular features on the homeless situation as regarding the pandemic. I’m glad that our city has found ways to bring people inside during the day, and have places where people can wash their hands and get meals and masks and such. It’s bad, but it could be so much worse. In spite of it all, I am heartened by many small stories of compassion around me.

  4. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    What a rough week 😣

    I would agree about sibling trajectories but I of all people shouldn’t be at all surprised by that. Yet I always am. Weird.

  5. becca Says:

    OK first, that sounds like a really rough week. I winced especially at the 7 yo. Sending you all the comfort possible!

    The “what everyone is getting wrong about TP” was really good. I think it’s interesting to speculate about how various issues (like dairy farms not being able to sell milk vs. supermarkets having limits on how much you can buy at once) are related to different aspects of our Covid19 disruption (schools closed = a lot of milk in cartons with no where to go and more milk in jugs consumed). I’m sure some of them can be readjusted reasonably (like the TP suppliers for public restrooms can just sell direct on amazon- people will buy it to ensure they’ve got some!). But some of it is tricky because it’s hard to know how long this is going to last. One of the econ-lite podcasts had a lovely take on how a distillery pivoted to hand sanitizer. It was clear it won’t be permanent (it is less lucrative), but sounds like they’ll be able to make payroll for a while!

    Most of my twitter is science twitter (I’ve found lots of great virologists and epidemiologists to follow!). Are you (and readers) able to find enough good info? I’ve been using “outreach” as a coping mechanism. The ASM (American Society of Microbiology) provided a nice Covid19 toolkit, including slides, that I gave to my Toastmaster’s group. I’m happy to help people look up answers to questions. There is also this:

    Sending you guys, and Grumpeteers, all the best in these difficult times. Also, if there is any thought toward a Grumpeteer zoom happy hour, I’d be in ;-)

  6. Cloud Says:

    What a rough week. Sending you sympathy and hoping next week is better.

  7. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    The kid we were going to pay college tuition for at a 4 year school has run away from home and they don’t know where he is (probably with the much older woman who was abusing him). Since he’s 18 they can’t do anything.

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