Thoughts & Essays

Pandemic Notes: 5/29/20

For a short week, it’s certainly felt pretty long, eh? Save this for your weekend reading.


George Floyd & the Minnesota Protests

  • The New Yorker: The Death of George Floyd, in Context – “Police responding to a call from a shopkeeper, about someone trying to pass a potentially counterfeit bill, arrested Floyd. Surveillance video shows a compliant man being led away in handcuffs. But cellphone video later shows a white police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for seven minutes, despite protests from onlookers that his life is in jeopardy.”
  • NPR: Minneapolis Police Station Set Ablaze As Protests Spread Over George Floyd’s Death – “Fire ravaged the 3rd Precinct police building in Minneapolis on Thursday night as thousands of people jammed downtown streets on the third night of furious protests over the death of a black man after an encounter with police.”
  • AP: Officer Involved In Killing Of George Floyd Has Been Arrested – “The Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder.”

Trump & His Flunkies

Other Stuff You Should Be Paying Attention To

  • NBC News: The NSA has a warning: Russia’s most infamous hackers are still active – “The same Russian intelligence unit that leaked Democrats’ files in 2016 is engaged in an ongoing email hacking campaign, the National Security Agency announced Thursday.”
  • Lifehacker: How to Vote by Mail – “Here’s what you need to know about voting by mail in a year facing both a contentious presidential election and a global pandemic.”
  • Bellingcat: The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think – “These exchanges offer a window into an extremely online update of the militia movement, which is gearing up for the northern summer. The ‘Boogaloo Bois’ expect, even hope, that the warmer weather will bring armed confrontations with law enforcement, and will build momentum towards a new civil war in the United States.”
  • Reuters: Britain may offer ‘path to citizenship’ for nearly 3 million in Hong Kong – “Britain is prepared to offer extended visa rights and a pathway to citizenship for almost 3 million Hong Kong residents in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony.”
  • Lifehacker: Don’t End Texts With a Period – “Even though many of us use periods all day, every day as we write emails, reports or articles, for some reason, adding that little dot at the end of a text message shifts the meaning from ‘this sentence is over’ to ‘maybe this friendship is over.’ But how could something so simple seem so passive aggressive?”

Okay, kids, it’s Friday. Good luck and stay safe out there.