It’s been a week, hasn’t it? On the global scale things aren’t great. Everyone’s experiences are different and several people I know, including my extended family (as I’ve mentioned) have suffered loses due to this pandemic. But you know what all of this means? It means we don’t give up.
I know we want to. I’ve seen it all over Twitter and Facebook. RBG’s death has really hit a lot of people hard, myself included. But we cannot let this tragedy (for that’s what it is) stop us from fighting. We must donate money to Democratic candidates and to bail funds and abortion funds. And most important, come November 3rd, all American citizens must vote.
The only way this country is going to make it is if we vote Biden/Harris. And, if you can, give some money to them. But please, VOTE and keep fighting.
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The Wrong Fires (On the Media)
What happens when minor stories detract media attention from urgent crises.
The Glorious RBG (Intelligencer | NY Magazine)
I learned, while writing about her, that her precision disguised her warmth.
In 1971, newly assigned to cover the Supreme Court, I was reading a brief in what would ultimately be the landmark case of Reed v. Reed. It argued that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause applied to women. I didn’t understand some of the brief, so I flipped to the front to see who the author was, and I placed a call to Rutgers law professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Here are a three Ginsberg related things to watch. I’ve seen RBG and it is fantastic. The UMS newsletter shared the 2015 interview.
- RBG (Hulu (free w/sub) & Amazon)
- On the Basis of Sex (Showtime (free w/sub) & Amazon)
- 2015 Tanner Lecture on Human Values: A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg – YouTube
Easily one of the country’s finest (adopted) actors and certainly among its most admired, Sam Neill has also spent four decades as one of its most prolific. But as the film industry ground to a halt, we caught up with Neill to discuss this new age of uncertainty, the future of the arts and his recent foray into social media stardom.
Note: These next two articles go together. Read the short story first, and then the response essay.
“How to Pay Reparations: a Documentary” by Tochi Onyebuchi (Slate)
In this new short story, a city tries to use an algorithm to pay reparations.
Racism Cannot Be Reduced to Mere Computation by Charlton McIlwain (Slate)
No amount of A.I. can save white America’s soul, or restore Black Americans’ long-foreclosed-upon and deferred dreams.
Note: Two related articles from Vice by James Clifton
Scientist Peter Turchin’s work suggests that the next state of upheaval in the US is set to hit in 2020 based on historical violence cycles.
Catching up with Peter Turchin, whose theory predicted a period of political violence starting this year.
Why Every City Feels the Same Now (Atlantic – $$)
Glass-and-steel monoliths replaced local architecture. It’s not too late to go back.
Let this video inspire you.
Have a good weekend, everyone!