Year 4, Week 12 (April 5-12)


Quick news about the news: I can’t make the current cycle better, but I can reach out about how I can help–which is why I’m beginning to seek weekly feedback, launching topic-based polls on Sundays and collecting answers until Saturday. We’re kicking off with a coverage poll that can be answered at the link above or via the NNR answer box (if you are not a Patreon user or prefer to stay anonymous).

The COVID crisis is looming large again for the umpteenth week in a row, and I think I can safely say this is the most terrifying monotony I’ve ever experienced. Speaking as a social worker: Now might be a time to think about emotional first-aid, your personal coping strategies, and stages of loss. (Speaking as a lawyer: I know, Social Worker Kara can be really annoying. Sadly, that doesn’t make her suggestions incorrect.)

Standard standing reminders apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a resignation!–but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. And, of course, for the things that are within my lane, I’m offering context that shouldn’t be considered legal advice. Okay, I think that’s about it for the disclaimers.  Onward to the news!   

Constitutional Crisis Corner:

This week it’s just Disregard of Governing Norms all the way down, and I honestly can’t decide if that’s an improvement or not. Here’s what happened:    

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • New Tracing Technology.* Apple and Google announced this week that they are working on new technology that would trace coronavirus contact, allowing people to receive warnings about recent exposure. The proposal is for new smartphone software that could be easily added to people’s phones, and it won’t be ready for several months, but that window would still cause it to arrive before vaccines. Though there is obvious potential for abuse, it also has great potential for expanding testing and tracking infection vectors, so I’m tentatively excited about it.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve this predictive text haggadah and these lovely forest photosand an eventual better government.  I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully better) news, and I hope you will be back as well–but in the meantime, feel free to ping the National News Roundup ask box, which is there for your constructive comments.  Send me questions! Send me feedback! Send me extra closing links, because we’re moving to two per week!

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