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28 Apr 2020
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There was sooooo much interesting news today—from more on California’s reopening plans to the hubbub over Tupac Shakur’s unemployment (not joking!)—we shan’t delay in getting to the links: • Today’s big news: Gov. Newsom today laid out more specifics on the reopening of California, in a four-stage process. Right now, we’re in Stage 1. (But you knew that already.) He also suggested that the state’s schools could open earlier than normal summer. • From the Independent: Kevin Allman talked to the owners of Dringk, Bongo Johnny’s and Eight4Nine, as well as the executive director of the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, about the tough decisions restaurants have had to make during the pandemic. • From the Independent: Matt King is a student at College of…
27 Apr 2020
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Is anyone else out there having problems watching TV shows and movies—because you’re constantly being reminded of things the pandemic has taken from us? I’ve started often saying a new phrase (driving my hubby crazy in the process) while watching things from our comfy couch: Hey, remember when (insert word here) was a thing? One recent night, we were watching Mean Girls. (I, somehow, had never seen it before.) The movie was cute and genuinely funny at times … but watching all these kids having their high school experiences (as messed up as some of them were) broke my heart, given that current students had their experiences ripped out from underneath them. Remember when schools were a thing? Another night, we watched the Lady Gaga/Bradley…
24 Apr 2020
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It was a fabulous party. My house was packed with people. I decided I was hungry. I walked past a bunch of people and went into the kitchen. I opened the freezer, and a frozen-pot-pie box fell out; it skidded across the floor and came to rest under a bar stool. I jokingly chided my friend who was sitting on the stool about being a terrible goalie. I retrieved the pot pie and put it back. I pondered heating up a frozen pizza but decided against it, and instead went over to talk to some friends who were standing in front of the stove. Brad Fuhr was biting into a slice of another pizza that he’d apparently just pulled out of the oven. He started…
23 Apr 2020
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We here at Independent World Headquarters are careening toward the deadline for our packed-with-amazing-content 32-page May print edition. However, even though we’re very busy here, the news doesn’t stop—and, in fact, a lot of really fascinating news broke today. So, here are today’s Daily Digest news links: • The most fascinating story to come out today, at least to my eyes: Yet another preliminary antibody test shows a surprisingly high number of people may have already had COVID-19. This one is out of New York City, and showed that more than 20 percent of residents apparently have antibodies. There are a lot of “if’s” here—IF the antibody tests are accurate, IF the stats pan out, etc.—this is a big deal. On one hand, it means…
22 Apr 2020
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I would like to officially welcome you all to the toasty portion of the Coachella Valley 2020: Pandemic Edition. Starting tomorrow, and for the next week plus, we’re expected to hit triple-digits each and every day. And as far as sheltering in place, I am trying to decide whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. On the plus side: I won’t want to go outside as much during the day, and that’ll make staying at home less of an issue. On the minus side: I looooove summer evenings here—you know the kind, where you walk outside and think, “Gee, this doesn’t seem that hot,” and then you look at the weather on your phone, and it’s still 103 degrees, and you start…
21 Apr 2020
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Gina Nestande is the mayor of Palm Desert. She wants Gov. Gavin Newsom to open things up and let us all get back to work. She expressed this opinion in a piece published online yesterday—a piece that has gotten a fair amount of attention since. Sounds fairly straight forward, right? Nope. No no no no. Let’s break things down a bit, shall we? Before we get into the specifics of Ms. Nestande’s argument, I want to talk a little bit about the forum she used to make it. If you haven’t already, please, click on this link. Look around just a little. Take it all in. I hadn’t heard much about FlashReport.org before this, and I must say, I have become an instant fan. I…
20 Apr 2020
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All I can say is that I hope everything goes well with the various “reopening” maneuvers that are taking place around the country. Really. I hope Texas’ plans to start reopening businesses this week is not met by a serious COVID-19 uptick. Same goes for Georgia’s plans. Closer to home, I hope Ventura County discovers everything is hunky dory after it allows some businesses to reopen, as well as groups of five or more to gather again. And here in the Coachella Valley, if golf courses are indeed allowed to reopen tomorrow, I hope that causes no ill effects. Yes, and I really, really hope Dr. Anthony Fauci is wrong when he says all of this could backfire horribly. Oh, one other thing: I hope…
17 Apr 2020
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So … I was a little cranky yesterday, as regular readers of this Daily Digest know. Today, well, I am still cranky. I’d explain why, but part of it involves a boring story about a loan application that was rejected, apparently due to a glitch on the lender’s end, and when I called to figure out what happened, after a half-hour of gibberish, I was told I needed to call the Small Business Administration, even though the SBA has nothing to do with glitches on the lender’s end. It was right then and there that I almost started day-drinking. Almost. Anyway, in an effort to improve my mood, and perhaps yours, I am going to focus on some truly positive news that came out today.…