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  • The Times reports that researchers believe that swifter action to close down New York early on in the crisis could have prevented the spread of coronavirus around the country: “New York acted as the Grand Central Station [sic] for this virus, with the opportunity to move from there in so many directions, to so many places,” said David Engelthaler, head of the infectious disease branch of the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona.
  • A 17-page report by the CDC with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the pandemic has been shelved by the Trump administration.
  • Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose and United States Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are involved in the best Twitter beef this week.
  • Vox spoke to a philosopher about why time feels so weird right now: "We feel that time is dragging, but it’s also flying by...We’re out of our routine. We’re out of our structure. We’re out of doing tasks that we would normally feel productive and good about. It’s more like we’re treading water or trying to deal with situations we don’t want to deal with. And then in our retrospective judgment of the passage of time, it seems like things went by really quickly because we didn’t really accomplish anything."
  • A college student in Maryland who asked her professor for an assignment extension after her father died from complications related to COVID-19 was told to "try to get it done in time" via email.
  • Watch the newest Neil Young Fireside Session while you can—he plays gems including "Through My Sails," "One Of These Days," “Daddy Went Walkin’," “After The Goldrush,” "Good To See You," "Are You Ready For The Country" and more. (It's great to know Young appreciates the Silver & Gold album as much as I do!)
  • It's quite disturbing that Trump's reelection team actively identifies with the bad guys from Star Wars—Trump's campaign manager Brad Pascale literally tweeted, "For nearly three years we have been building a juggernaut campaign (Death Star)."
  • I really like the wording of the lede of this NY Post article: "Some morons are hosting 'COVID-19 parties' in a boneheaded effort to intentionally catch the deadly virus."
  • The city has suspended its composting program because of the coronavirus—the Times offers an alternative odorless process "that’s easy, clean and good for the climate."
  • In case you haven't been listening, Oh, Hello: The P’dcast is wonderful—it's a parody of all the major podcasts with your old pals Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland.
  • The military has reportedly banned people who had COVID-19 from enlisting.
  • Listen to another new single from Westerman's upcoming debut album, and watch Randy Newman perform his new song "Stay Away" on Colbert.
  • And finally, this is a delightful way to let your dog see what's going on on the other side of a fence: