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coterminous. Use the word coterminous to describe things that are equal in scope. ... The adjective coterminous derives from the Latin word conterminus, meaning "bordering upon, having a common boundary." When something is coterminous, it has the same boundaries, or is of equal extent or length of time as something else.

bri·co·leur
/ˌbrēkōˈlər,ˌbrikə-/
noun
plural noun: bricoleurs
a person who engages in bricolage

paratactic

(ˌpærəˈtæktɪk )

ADJECTIVE
1. of, relating to, or involving parataxis: also ˌparaˈtactical
2. designating or using a style in which sentences or elements within sentences are set down successively with little or no indication of their relationship

soph·ist·ry
/ˈsäfəstrē/
noun
the use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
"trying to argue that I had benefited in any way from the disaster was pure sophistry

pyr·rhic1
/ˈpirik/
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adjective
(of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor

im·mis·er·a·tion
/i(m)ˌmizəˈrāSHən/
noun
economic impoverishment.
"rapid modernization had an impact on the level of urban immiseration"

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"Anomie" or a condition of normlessness

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From Wikipedia:

Anomie (/ˈænəˌmi/) is "the condition in which society provides little moral guidance to individuals".  Anomie may evolve from conflict of belief systems  and causes breakdown of social bonds between an individual and the community (both economic and primary socialization). In a person this can progress into a dysfunction in ability to integrate within normative situations of their social world - e.g., an unruly personal scenario that results in fragmentation of social identity and rejection of values

Anomie In literature, film, and theatre 

In Albert Camus's existentialist novel The Stranger, the bored, alienated protagonist Meursault struggles to construct an individual system of values as he responds to the disappearance of the old. He exists largely in a state of anomie,[21] as seen from the apathy evinced in the opening lines: "Aujourd’hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas" ("Today mum died. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know").

Fyodor Dostoyevsky expressed a similar concern about anomie in his novel The Brothers KaramazovThe Grand Inquisitor remarks that in the absence of God and immortal life, everything would be lawful.  In other words, that any act becomes thinkable, that there is no moral compass, which leads to apathy and detachment.

18 Lessons of the Quarantine

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From Benjamin Bratton

It is impossible for any serious person not to see parallels between the inadequate governing responses to both the coronavirus crisis and climate change. Where effective planetary-scale planning and governance should reside, there is instead a screeching void. The various national and regional Green New Deals all imply a shift in the role of governance. Instead of just reflecting the general will, governance is now also the direct management of ecosystems (inclusive of human society)

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Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango

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Just look at the supporting artists on this track:

  • Bass – Robbie Shakespeare
  • Bata, Bells – Daniel Ponce
  • Drum Programming – Nicky Skopelitis
  • Drums [Simmons Drums] – Sly Dunbar
  • Guitar, Bass – Bootsy Collins
  • Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
  • Piano – Herbie Hancock
  • Producer – Bill Laswell
  • Production Manager – Michael Knuth
  • Recorded By [Recording Assistant] – Peter Sturge
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Bob Musso
  • Saxophone, Vocals – Manu Dibango
  • Synthesizer – Bernie Worrell
  • Turntables – D. ST

This  represents some of the finest musicians of the 80's, a time often belittled by critics.

God Bless Manu Dibango taken by the COVID-19 virus. His musical legacy blesses all of us.

From an Interview With Jonathan Lethem

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JONATHAN LETHEM

 

My parents were Vietnam War protesters; I grew up in the era of Watergate; the first president I remember is Nixon. I remember being instructed as a child that I shouldn’t go to school and blurt that Nixon was evil. Not that we didn’t know he was evil at home, it just might not be such a good idea for me to say it. I felt he was evil like Dracula. It was like being taught not to curse when you go to your grandmother’s. So when I found that Rod Serling and Philip K. Dick and Thomas Pynchon also agreed with me that the president was probably an evil robot programmed by a computer, it was merely a matter of pleasurable recognition that someone was naming the world.

 

In that sense, I’m a native. When you say I don’t appear paranoiac to you, I figure you mean I don’t traffic in the thin membrane of social paranoia. Why bother? We live in a fallen universe. We can at least be kind to one another and not jump on one another’s slightest errors or moods. In a desperate situation, pick your battles.

 

From: The Paris Review 

Island County Washington Covid19 Announcement

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Press Release: March 23, 2020 

Island County Public Health is investigating a potential cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with a long-term care facility on Whidbey Island. Two cases have been confirmed and test results are pending for other residents and employees. These cases are the first confirmed cases associated with a long-term care facility in Island County. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are now spread widely throughout Island County. All residents must take urgent action to help minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. Mandates and public health recommendations apply to our entire community, in all locations, on both Camano and Whidbey Islands.

Everyone should assume that anyone they come into contact with could have COVID-19. Limit movement outside the home to essential activities only. All citizens should take appropriate cautions to limit public contact. Everyone's cooperation on social distancing is needed in order to preserve critical healthcare resources. If too many people are sick all at once, there will not be enough medical resources to go around. The healthcare system is planning for surge capacity, but that plan is dependent on us staying home now.

Anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed case should quarantine themselves at home for 14 days. People experiencing symptoms need to stay at home for at least 3 days after their symptoms resolve or at a minimum 7 days, whichever is longer.