Every So Often Links #6 | COVID-19, Nuclear Weapons, Chaos, and Hope

So this has all been crazy, hasn’t it? Hopefully you’re staying safe and well, because who knows when all of this Coronavirus stuff will end. In the midst of all this chaos, I wanted to send out a couple of internet findings I’ve found over the past weeks – hopefully it will bring a little distraction and comfort to everything going on right now.

I though 1917 was one of the better war movies I’ve seen. It might not have been the best, but it was the most immersive. You really feel the danger soldiers found themselves in and the constant state of fear of being killed at any moment. A large part of the immersion was the entire movie being shot as one take. Vox made a cool video on tricks they used to make it seem like a continuous shot and the history behind those tricks.

This deepfake stuff, man. It’s getting too good. In this clip, YouTuber EZRyderX47 made a deepfake of Robert Downey Jr and Tom Holland as Doc and Marty McFly in Back to the Future. I had a hard time fully seeing Holland as Marty, but RDJ as Doc was spot on.

And this is simply wonderful from a history perspective. YouTuber Denis Shiryaev took old footage shot in 1911 New York and updated it to 4k 60fps quality. When we see footage from the early 20th Century that stutters and skips, it’s easy to disconnect from it as something that was “back then”, like a black and white photo. But seeing it like this, it might as well been taken yesterday.

What happens when a plane encounters a headwind as fast as its airspeed? 0 mph.

 

I don’t have great feelings with nuclear weapons. I think there’s an argument to be made about how they’ve stopped conventional wars, but just thinking big picture, I don’t think I have enough faith in humanity to have a weapon that can end its existence. And Episode 10 of Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: Addendum has only reinforced those feelings.  Dan Carlin speaks with author Fred Kaplan on his new book The Bomb and the greatest threat to humanity we never really talk about.

The biggest lesson I think Americans can take away from the COVID-19 pandemic is how many parts of this country are broken. We have an administration more concerned with the optics of the outbreak than the outbreak itself, a Congress still deciding now is a good time for political games, a health care system that’s grossly ill-prepared and an economy that’s on the brink of recession. Founder of UBtheCURE, LLC and speaker Ulysses Burley III writes a piece in The Salt Collective explaining how these problems have always been present – we’re just now paying their price.

Many of us will be exposed to COVID-19 over the next 18 months. Most of us will make a full recovery. Many of us will not fully recover from the mental, emotional, and socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19 as a result of the extreme social inequities that existed before the pandemic.

If we gain nothing else from this moment, I hope it’s the understanding that the real dis-ease killing us is inequality – and until we deal with that, infectious diseases like COVID-19 will be the least of our worries (which seems pretty scary right now).

I’d like to end on something uplifting, because I think we could all use it right now. With everyone at their respective home, the Chino Hills HS Chamber Singers recorded their rendition of Over the Rainbow and put it all together. It’s beautiful and captivating, and it’s just the bit of hope we can use.

Stay safe out there.

 

 

Photo by Philipp Katzenberger on Unsplash

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