[nonostantement #120] - pandemic & social status / commander arian / facial recognition & immunity passports

NOW with A LOT of links!

Welcome to nonostantement:
a weekly newsletter with 
light-hearted, uncertain and atypical stuff found all over the Internet.

Good morning, my name is Joele and I do things all over the Internet. For free, like this newsletter. But also for money, like brand strategies, social media management, online advertising and such.
I am stuck in Barcelona right now but, who knows.
As you wander through these links you could listen to Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Piano for the Isolated - Please let me know what you think of it.

Take your time, this mail is FULL of good stuff ;)

— Prima Donna, Brooke Didonato

  • Organ Transplants Down As Stay-At-Home Rules Reduce Fatal Traffic Collisions
    ”Freeways in Oakland, as in much of California, saw much lighter traffic — and fewer fatal traffic collisions — in the early weeks of the pandemic's stay-at-home rules.”

  • The pandemic is changing how human beings think about status
    ”During lockdown, the rich and famous look less heroic than scientists, medical experts, front-line workers, and folks who just have a little tech savvy.”

  • How U.S. Consumers are Spending Differently During COVID-19
    ”By leveraging new data from analytics platform 1010Data, today’s infographic dives into the credit and debit card spending of five million U.S. consumers over the past few months.”

  • 40% of multinational profits are shifted to tax havens each year
    ”Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Copenhagen estimate that close to 40% of multinational profits (more than $700 billion in 2017) are shifted to tax havens each year. This shifting reduces corporate income tax revenue by more than $200 billion, or 10% of global corporate tax receipts.”

  • The Joy of Deleting My Many Mediocre Photos
    ”Like Frankenstein’s creature, they trail us across time and terra. Let’s set ourselves free.”

  • Before the Internet, there was the 1960s Dial-a-Poem Hotline
    ”On any given night in 1970, a teen somewhere in rural America could dial a number and hear the radical wisdom of Patti Smith, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Bourroughs – the list of poets was long, and painfully hip.”

  • [Video] - Commander Arian. A Story of Women, War and Freedom.
    ”On the front line of the Syrian war, 30-year-old Commander Arian guides a female battalion towards the city of Kobane to release its people from the grip of ISIS in Alba Sotorra’s empowering tale of emancipation and freedom. When the war in Syria broke, a group of women from the Kurdish resistance assembled the YPJ—Women Protection Units. Arian, who witnessed at a young age the nefarious treatment of sexual assault victims, leads the unit and dedicates her life to battling ISIS. As the YPJ inches closer to their target, she implores her comrades to discover the true meaning of their fight: freedom for the next generation of women. With unprecedented access to the commander and her troops, including delicate scenes of her recovering from multiple bullet wounds, Sotorra brilliantly crafts an enthralling portrait of a woman on a mission.”

  • [In Italian] - Apocalisse Airbnb
    ”Il turismo si ferma e Airbnb nell'anno del debutto in borsa licenzia 1.900 dipendenti. I 200 mila host italiani dovranno fare affidamento sul turismo interno. Hanno paura di un futuro incerto e di perdere tutto quello che hanno investito. Così la pandemia scopre il tallone d'Achille di uno dei pilastri della sharing economy. Fare impresa è molto facile ma è tutto molto fragile”

  • Masks, Men, and the Exhausting Pursuit of Desperate Masculinity
    ”American men are opting to go maskless out of shame. Ironically, it's the weakest thing they could do.”

  • Forget sewing your own mask. Now you can grow one from bacteria
    ”At this point, it’s just a prototype, but it shows the potential of radically rethinking our materials.”


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