Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge (via Los Angeles Times)

Protesters in Chicago on Saturday. (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)

The main concern of black people right now isn’t whether they’re standing three or six feet apart, but whether their sons, husbands, brothers and fathers will be murdered by cops.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Living With the Virus

People management at Costco to help regulate the number of shoppers at one time and to maintain social distancing.

It’s been just over two weeks since our daughter called us – I should say lectured us – about taking the virus threat more seriously.  Since then, we’ve stayed inside except to walk the dog and to quickly run essential errands.

It’s a strange feeling.  I’m retired so I don’t really HAVE to be anywhere. Through the wonders of Medicare,  I have a free gym membership which I was enjoying several times a week.  I play golf.  I have several volunteer activities and I was finding my retirement days were busy and full.

Until it all shut down. 

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Lithuanian independence

Kovo 11 means March 11, the day 30 years ago when Lithuania declared its independence.

I took this photo in June 1992 in front of the Lithuanian Parliament building. 

The barbed wire was from 1990-1992 when leaders of the newly independent State of Lithuania barricaded themselves in the building which was the “heart of Lithuania” and political center of the country. 

“Kovo 11” means March 11, the day in 1990 when Lithuania became the first Soviet state to dare to declare its independence from the Soviet Union.  “Islandja” refers to Iceland, the first country to recognize Lithuania’s independence. 

The Soviets grudgingly accepted Lithuanian independence a year and a half later in September, 1991.  The barbed wire and other signs of the barricades were still there when I took this picture 9 months later in a symbolic protest of the Red Army troops that were still stationed in the country.

How a fire in the Inland Empire could spell doom for the worldwide vinyl LP boom

A fire at Apollo Masters in Banning, Calif., on Feb. 6 has disrupted the supply chain for lacquers essential for making vinyl albums. (Cal Fire)

Some experts fear that a fire last week at a lacquer manufacturing plant in Banning, Calif., could lead to a worldwide shortage in vinyl LPs.

Source: Los Angeles Times

You See Pepsi, I See Coke: New Tricks for Product Placement

Mirriad, a digital product placement company, incorporated Pepsi into an episode of Univision’s “El Dragón” after it was filmed.Credit…Univision, “El Dragón”

The streaming services have data on viewers’ spending habits and brand preferences, and they’re looking into new ways to use it.

Source: www.nytimes.com

If the Chargers Score and No One’s There to Cheer, Does the Owner Care?

The Chargers have the lowest attendance in the N.F.L., more than 14,000 fewer fans per game than the next-closest team.Credit…Kelvin Kuo/Associated Press

With a proud history in San Diego abandoned and a new home filled with opposing fans, the Chargers are a cautionary tale for rapacious N.F.L. ownership.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Update: Sick of those long paper receipts? California lawmakers are weighing a bill to ban them

4 1/2 foot CVS receipt received in December.

California lawmakers are mulling a bill that would require retailers and other businesses to give customers e-receipts by default, replacing the paper printouts that consume resources and are difficult to recycle. The bill will have its first hearing on Monday at 2 p.m.

Source: latimes.com