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Special Issue: Upside/Downside
This issue below features Buji Banton, Michael Douglas, Jon Simonds, and a 3rd grade class from the upper west side.
The Best of Late Night, from Kevin Sheekey's newsletter, the Daily Read.
Buji Banton performing on The Daily Show from his album Upside Down 2020:
Michael Douglas on Democracy in the Time of Covid
First the downside:
General disrepair, a breaking down of the system.
A number of treaties have broken down.
Some countries are forming a more populist regime, less democratic.
Even with our elections, there were questions about manipulations.
We have this world crisis with the pandemic, which is affecting all the countries in the world right now, neutralizing them
to some extent. We have vulnerabilities in China, in Russia, the United States, I think it's 180 countries.
And now the upside...
by Jon Simonds
In the midst of the worst pandemic of the past hundred years, a growing group of American governors have refused
to mandate its citizens wear masks. A large group of Americans seemingly agree, arguing it takes away their freedom of choice.
Masks impair those of us wearing glasses. When wearing a mask, I constantly find myself bumping into things, as the breath I exhale fogs the lenses.
I'm no Brad Pitt, but I'm certainly not Disney's Dumbo, either. The strings on these masks tend to pull on my ears making them look more like airplane wings than ears.
I eat out a lot. With the current situation, dining in has been a thing of the past for quite some time, so I've been going the route of drive-through dining. If mask wearing
in public were required by law, how in the world would anyone eat? Try sipping soda through a straw.
And finally, my hearing isn't what it used to be. I can't understand a muffled word anyone says to me, so I kind of understand why people are so against wearing a mask.
3rd Graders in the Days of Covid
1. I have to be with my parents the WHOLE DAY
2. If you have a sibling you have to spend more time with them
3. You can't go anywhere fun
4. Camp is cancelled
5. You have to wear a mask
6. You can't hug anybody if you need a hug (that's usually why I want a hug)
7. I can't collect stickers for my sticker collection
8. You can't play in the playground 'cause it's closed
9. You stay in your room more than usual so it gets messier therefore, you have to clean up more
10. You can only shop online
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