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  • Reflecting on life before and after the pandemic is sending people on journeys such as these: “The pandemic has forced me into the present. It’s the meditation I never wanted but have come to appreciate. That said, last week I kicked a hole in the bathroom door.”
  • But before we get to the end of this pandemic, we have to reckon with a little more COVID scolding: "it appears that the pandemic will end not with a bang, but with a bicker."
  • Q: When will Yahoo Answers be shutdown forever? A: May 4th.
  • The new B.1.1.7 COVID variant is apparently being spread among children at alarming rates. "Anywhere you look where you see this emerging, you see that kids are playing a huge role in the transmission of this," said Dr. Michael Osterholm is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
  • Oh God no: there may be a ketchup package shortage happening.
  • According to new research, Republican control of government is bad for democracy and everyone.
  • The NY Times Magazine had a very good piece about how the pandemic made one woman reconsider consent and a lifetime of unwanted touch: "The phrase 'skin hunger,' the state of longing that results from touch deprivation, has become newly familiar to many, but we still don’t have words for the receiving of touch we don’t crave but commonly endure and even consent to because we don’t feel entitled to resist it."
  • Attorneys for Harvey Weinstein have appealed his rape and criminal sex act convictions in New York, claiming he was deprived of a fair trial because "the judge and prosecutor were influenced by sensational media coverage as well as public and political pressure."
  • NBC News writes about how the Pennsylvania town of Chippewa Township, because it has no newspaper, turned to a local Facebook group for news, which ended up causing a constant panic about murderers and crimes that weren't real.
  • Pitchfork talked to 36 independent music venues from around the country about surviving COVID and when they may reopen.
  • Watch the newest trailer for Loki, in which Owen Wilson enters the John Slattery phase of his career.
  • It's the 10th anniversary of Bill Callahan's masterful Apocalypse, so crank up the album because all this leaving is never ending.
  • And finally, an interspecies friendship between a gentle dog and a brave chick: