Psychedelic pioneers Pink Floyd are getting ready to release a massive new box early next month that spans the earliest stages of their career (when Syd Barrett was still at the helm) through just before the release of their seminal album The Dark Side of the Moon. The 27-disc, 130-track compilation, titled The Early Years 1965-1972 dives deep into the band’s archives including full albums, previously unreleased tracks, demos, studio outtakes, rare live footage, and more–totaling 12 hours of audio and 15 hours of video content.After Barrett’s departure from the band, the band worked on the soundtrack for the independent film More directed by Barbet Schroeder. The band has just released a new official music video for the breezy tune “Green Is The Colour” from the More soundtrack, featuring footage of crashing waves and clouds blowing in the wind with early live footage of the band. You can enjoy the video below, as premiered by Rolling Stone.The Early Years 1965-1972 will be available for purchase on November 11th on Amazon and iTunes.
Since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, Bob Dylan has been notably unenthused about the honor. After the award was announced last year he spent weeks more or less carrying on as usual, refusing to acknowledge his prize. Eventually, he did go on to accept the award during a very intimate proceeding in Stockholm with a dozen or so people, sending proxies in his place for the public celebration gala.As with all Nobel laureates, in order to accept the prize money attached to the award, Dylan was required to give a lecture on literature–a requirement to which he begrudgingly acquiesced earlier this month with a thirty-minute-long online speech focused on three classic literary works: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Eric Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and Homer’s The Odyssey. However, since the speech’s publication on Monday, June 5th, some irregularities have appeared in his acceptance speech, making Bob Dylan either the worst-ever Nobel Prize in Literature holder or the best troll of the institution of the Nobel Prize in the award’s history.Listen To Bob Dylan’s Long-Awaited 30-Minute Nobel Lecture In LiteratureYesterday, these doubts came to a head with accusations by Slate’s Andrea Pitzer that Dylan had plagiarized parts of his speech from SparkNotes, an online service that summarizes commonly-read books for time-pressed high school and college procrastinators everywhere. Pitzer’s investigation began after Ben Greenman noticed that Dylan may have inserted a made-up a Moby Dick quote into his speech — “Some men who receive injuries are led to God, others are led to bitterness,” which the singer-songwriter attributed to a Quaker priest onboard — and could not find the phrasing or the explicit sentiment directly within various editions of the classic Melville novel.While Greenman was unable to find a quote about injuries and bitterness directly in Moby Dick, Pitzer found that the verbiage in question was found more-or-less directly in a SparkNotes summation of the novel, with the character list describing the Quaker preacher as “someone whose trials have led him toward God rather than bitterness” (emphasis Pitzer’s). Off this hunch, the Slate journalist began to compare Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture to the SparkNotes for Moby Dick, finding a number of eerily similar passages across them (though some seem more damning than others) and noting, “across the 78 sentences in the lecture that Dylan spends time describing Moby-Dick, even a cursory inspection reveals that more than a dozen of them appear to closely resemble lines from the SparkNotes site. And most of the key shared phrases in these passages . . . do not appear in the novel Moby-Dick at all.”However, whether Bob Dylan lifted lines from SparkNotes intentionally or not, the former would not be entirely uncharacteristic for the musician who has long made clear his stance on the legitimacy of stealing for art, particularly considering that Dylan has frequently covered a great range of classic tunes and made them his own. According to the Slate article, “When he started out, Dylan absorbed classic tunes and obscure compositions alike from musicians he met, recording versions that would become more famous than anything by those who taught him the songs or even the original songwriters. His first album included two original numbers and 11 covers.”His view on the close ties between art and theft was made all the more explicit with Dylan’s 2001 release, “Love and Theft”, whose name (aside from being abundantly clear in its message) was quoted most probably as a direct reference to Eric Lott’s noted work, Love & Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class.Within his speech itself, Dylan warns to not dig too deeply into the meaning of texts, musical or otherwise, noting “If a song moves you, that’s all that’s important. I don’t have to know what a song means. I’ve written all kinds of things into my songs. And I’m not going to worry about it — what it all means.” However, this has always seemed like a bizarre note on which to end his speech, especially when considering that in order for something to evoke emotion in a listener or reader, there has to be some sort of inherent meaning that resonates.Rather than parsing through the implications born of believing that this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature is so unfamiliar with a classic like Moby Dick that he needed to rely on SparkNotes to write his speech on the book–conjuring familiar grade school memories for many of us of the “studying” process ahead of a report on a book that we had not read—it seems simpler and more believable to view Dylan’s lifting from the SparkNotes summary as intentional.A few sentences earlier, Dylan notes that “Melville put all his old testament, biblical references, scientific theories, Protestant doctrines, and all that knowledge of the sea and sailing ships and whales into one story.” Considering that Moby Dick is the only one of the three novels called out during Dylan’s speech that seems to teeter on the brink of plagariasm, the musician may have intentionally made direct references to the SparkNotes and then noted Melville’s inclusion of many disparate texts to parallel this phenomenon. When paired with the fact that Dylan has been a hesitant literary hero, particularly following his receipt of the Nobel Prize, this seems more likely, with Dylan effectively deconstructing the implicit weight of classic renowned texts by outlining their influence and repeated archetypal tropes while simultaneously declaring them meaningless both directly and by SparkNotes’ ability to present the text without ever reading them.You can check out the similarities across the SparkNotes summation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature lecture compiled by Andrea Pitzer below and decide for yourself whether it’s likely that Dylan’s plagarism is intentional or not.[Comparison chart via Slate]
In 1836, Frank McWorter founded the town of New Philadelphia, Ill. McWorter, who owned a large farm nearby, used the sale of lots in the town not to enrich himself, but to buy his family out of slavery in the nearby South.McWorter, who was a former slave, purchased the freedom of 16 family members. Even so, the town he founded eventually failed due to what archaeologists believe was a racially inspired diversion of a proposed railroad from the town, making it a backwater whose residents eventually left.In an effort to understand more about McWorter’s extraordinary story, archaeologists are engaged in digs at the town site, incorporating new technology and driven by the enthusiasm pervading the field, according to Christopher Fennell, a University of Illinois archaeologist who spoke Monday (Sept. 20) at the Knafel Building as part of the Harvard Africa Seminar.Fennell is leading efforts to uncover New Philadelphia’s remains beneath 18 inches of soil churned by decades of agricultural use. He told students that studies of enslaved Africans and their descendants should focus on such areas as the fields of Illinois, as well as the plantations of the South, the sunken wreckage of slave ships that made the horrific Middle Passage, and Africa’s own history.Recent decades have seen major growth in the field of what in the 1960s was descriptively called “plantation archaeology,” whose focus was on understanding the life of slaves through the conditions in which they lived. That focus has gradually broadened to encompass their journey out of slavery, including locations like McWorter’s tiny community.Today, Fennell said, the field is at an interesting point. Breadth and complexity have continued to grow, spawning questions about whether there should be separate studies of the African diaspora and of African history, or whether they should be merged.Typically, he said, researchers studying the history of today’s African Americans pursue particular topics in the United States and trace them back to relevant events in African history. But he said that those going into the field might be better served if they first build a foundation of African history — allowing them to understand the cultural background that enslaved Africans brought with them — and then move forward to examine what happened in this country.As the field widens, it is becoming African-Atlantic studies, encompassing the African continent and the dispersal of people to the Americas through slavery, as well as more focused studies of what happened to Africans after they arrived here.There’s a great deal of energy in the field today, Fennell said, as well as new technological tools. The remains of African slaves in Campeche, Mexico, for example, were traced to their homeland in Elmina, Ghana, using unique chemical isotopes locked in tooth enamel during childhood. That finding, announced in 2006 and dated to the 1500s, provided evidence that African slaves were brought to the New World not long after it was discovered.Similarly, Fennell said, the 1991 uncovering of the New York African Burial Ground during construction allowed DNA analysis of more than 400 bodies that had to be moved. Analysis of mitochondrial DNA extracted from 32 individuals allowed the tracing of their mothers’ line back to Africa.“This actually is a period of tremendous energy and tremendous questions being asked,” Fennell said.
A cacophonous clang resonates from an old Nash Rambler hubcap, followed by some nifty bluegrass picking off an old Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs tune. It’s Saturday morning at 9, and host Lynn Joiner ’61 welcomes listeners to “Cambridge Country” and the weekly “Hillbilly at Harvard” radio show on University station WHRB (95.3 FM).The show, unknown to many in the Harvard community, has a devoted following in New England and beyond thanks to the advent of live streaming on the Web. Old-time music, bluegrass, traditional country, and contemporary artists such as John Prine and Iris DeMent (“We’re not the jet set; we’re the old Chevro-let set”) all get airtime in the eclectic but discriminating mix that characterizes the show.Cousin Lynn, as Joiner calls himself on air, co-hosted the show with fellow Harvard alumnus Brian Sinclair ’62 from the 1970s until Sinclair died in 2002. Between queuing up songs, the two talked musical history, swapped anecdotes about artists, and bantered good-naturedly about what constituted true country, all with an infectious down-home humor that endeared them to their listeners.Now Cousin Lynn hosts the show himself, though local musician Larry Flint lends a hand now and then, and other members of the extended Hillbilly family come by to play live or to add their particular perspectives to Joiner’s panoramic view of the country scene. The show is anything but scripted; Lynn’s enthusiasm, coupled with the unrehearsed, offhand comments of guests, makes for a spontaneous atmosphere that informs and entertains simultaneously.On a recent Saturday, Mike Preston, a young singer from Maine, performed a few songs in the studio, accompanied by Bucky Mitchell, veteran member of the Bayou Boys band. Later, another acquaintance stopped in, Mike’s guitar started strumming, and suddenly the place was jumping, with backslaps and hugs all around at song’s end.As the show neared its 1 p.m. end, Joiner read off a listing of upcoming concerts and benefits featuring local artists, punctuated with personal asides describing their music. Then he queued up a closing bluegrass number, clanged the old Nash hubcap with a metal church key, possibly from his Harvard student days, and signed off with, “Y’all stay Hillbilly now, hear!”
CVPS provides $50,000 grant for solar projectSPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Making its second foray into solar energy in a month, Central Vermont Public Service today announced a $50,000 solar donation and a partnership to learn as much as possible about large-scale solar potential in Vermont.CVPS President Bob Young symbolically handed a large photovoltaic panel to Christian Craig, executive director of the non-profit Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, in announcing the grant. The grant will help pay for a 73.5-kilowatt system containing 420 solar panels.”CVPS is committed to learning all we can about solar potential on a utility scale,” Young said. “Working with the Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, we expect to get some real-world experience with solar generation in an urban Vermont climate.”This will complement our own solar project planned for rural Rutland Town. Together, these systems will provide us with extensive data on costs, generation and maintenance of large-scale solar in Vermont’s at-times-challenging conditions.”The CVPS grant will help pay for up to 420 photovoltaic solar panels, each 3 by 6 feet, at SVHRC. The recreation center already has an extensive solar thermal heating system that heats some of its pool water, and will build the solar electric system on an adjacent building.The total cost of the project is $587,000. The CVPS donation brings fundraising to $300,000. SVHRC hopes to begin construction this fall, with plans for completion in June 2009.As part of a partnership to fully understand the project’s performance, SVHRC agreed to allow CVPS complete access to the solar array, generation data and maintenance records.”We’re a major energy user,” Craig said. “We believe this array will produce about 20 percent of our electricity annually, but equally important, it will provide CVPS with a real-world laboratory to study solar performance.”CVPS has already made major strides in developing new renewable technologies, and our project will provide keen insights into solar potential in Vermont.”Young said solar PV is significantly more expensive that other electricity sources, but advances in concentrating solar and other ideas may help solar play an increasingly important role in Vermont in the years ahead. Larger systems provide some economy of scale, and solar component prices appear to be headed down generally, but one key will be understanding, based on real data, how effective solar arrays can be for utilities, Young said.”CVPS has among the lowest rates in the Northeast and one of the cleanest power supplies in the nation,” Young said. “Those are tremendous advantages for our commercial and industrial customers, and important to all of us. Our goal, as we face the end of major power contracts in the years ahead, is to protect those competitive advantages to the greatest extent possible. Solar may play an important role in that effort.”
Horseback riding is one of few great American past-times still popular today and can be a great way to discover trails and other natural areas throughout the mountains. Taking a family trip to a stable and seeing children experience the thrill of riding a horse for the first time is a priceless moment. It’s gives them a way to connect with animals while learning a new skill, and it can be a great workout- only it’s not just a physical work out.In a study published in February 2017, researchers were able to prove that riding horses improves the cognitive ability of children, making it a workout for the brain as well. To sum up their results, it was found that the vibrations produced by the horses while riding can activate the sympathetic nervous system, which enhances learning in children. This brain boost in cognitive ability relates to the brain-based skills of improved learning, memory, and problem-solving.As previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of horseback riding with respect to enhancing physical health and the mental effects, a member of the research team, professor Mitsuaki Ohta said, “Few studies have addressed the effects of horseback riding on children and the mechanisms underlying how riding affects humans.”The team’s conclusion was the result of conducting tests with the willing participation of 106 children from the ages of 10-12 in Sagamihara City, Japan. The testing included a simple test before and after riding, heart rate monitoring, and rapid fire computerized questions. While the majority of reactions led to the conclusion, results in other children can vary based on the horses or breeds as vibrations vary from horse to horse.For more detailed information, you can take a look at the published study.
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Oct 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued eagerly awaited recommendations on pandemic H1N1 infection control in healthcare settings, which affirms its earlier guidance on N-95 respirators but spells out other options for when the respirators are in short supply.New features in the 17-page report include criteria for identifying suspected influenza patients, suggested isolation periods, methods for balancing isolation precautions, and a more detailed hierarchy for prevention controls.On Sep 3 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) affirmed the CDC’s original guidance that healthcare workers caring for H1N1 patients wear fit-tested N-95 respirators, not surgical masks, as protection against the virus. The IOM report also called for more research on flu transmission and the efficacy of different respiratory protection methods.Today’s CDC guidance came with a caveat that the recommendations will be updated if new information becomes available.N-95 use in pandemic H1N1 settings has been somewhat controversial; some professional groups oppose routine use of N-95s in flu settings because research on their efficacy has been inconclusive, and many workers find them uncomfortable to wear for long periods.Recent research has not exactly settled the score. One unpublished study conducted at a hospital in Beijing found that N-95 respirators greatly outperformed surgical masks in protecting workers from flu viruses.Another study published earlier this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed mask protection as rivaling that of N-95s. Some experts, though, have pointed to shortcomings of that study, such as a lack of a control group to account for health workers becoming infected outside the workplaceHierarchy of preventive stepsIn today’s guidance the CDC advised facilities to use a hierarchy of controls to prevent flu transmission, starting with eliminating potential exposures such as postponing elective visits by patients who have influenza-like symptoms.Engineering controls were next, which might involve installing partitions in triage areas or other public spaces. Administrative controls included employee vaccination and enforcing rules about working when sick and implementing respiratory or cough hygiene strategies.Personal protective equipment (PPE) was ranked lowest on the hierarchy list, because it is the last line of defense when other measures can’t be controlled.The CDC emphasized that focusing on the three other prevention levels could reduce the reliance on PPE. “This is an especially important consideration during the current year, when shortages of respirators have already been reported by many healthcare facilities,” the guidance states.Specifics on N-95s, isolationThe CDC based its N-95 recommendation on several factors, including low levels of population immunity to the new virus, the rise of virus activity before the vaccine is available, and the increased risk of complications in some healthcare personnel, such as pregnant women.Given that the respirators are likely to be in short supply, the CDC recommends reserving them for situations when protection is most important, such as during aerosol-generating procedures.When shortages exist, the CDC urges facilities to consider prioritizing respirator use, keeping in mind workers’ intensity and duration of exposure, personal risk factors for complications, and vaccination status. Workers who don’t receive N-95s should receive surgical masks.Because patients with more severe illnesses are likely to shed the virus longer than those with milder infections, the CDC recommends a longer isolation period for hospitalized patients.It says isolation precautions for those with flu symptoms should continue for 7 days after illness onset or 24 hours after fever and respiratory symptoms subside, whichever is longer. Longer periods may be needed for certain patients, such as those with severe immune system compromise or those who may be shedding antiviral-resistant viruses.Some opposing viewsToday’s release of the CDC guidelines drew a mixed reaction from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).Though SHEA praised the CDC’s call for a multipronged approach for preventing flu transmission in healthcare settings, it knocked the N-95 respirator recommendation. SHEA said in a press release that it had urged the CDC, based on clinical and scientific evidence, to replace its N-95 recommendation with surgical masks for routine care of flu patients.Mark Rupp, MD, president of SHEA and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in the statement that N-95s aren’t necessary or practical for protecting healthcare workers and their patients against the H1N1 virus. “The best science available leaves no doubt that the best way to protect people is by vaccinating them,” he said.When the IOM issued its report last month, the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) also criticized the recommendation to wear N-95s, saying that the guidance fails to take into account many practical and logistical problems linked to their use, such as discomfort, costs, shortages, and the difficulty of fit testing.The World Health Organization recommends only standard and droplet precautions for healthcare workers who have routine contact with flu patients. Canada recently called for N-95 use only during aerosol-generating procedures.SHEA suspects that the CDC was pressured by labor unions to recommend N-95 respirators, despite evidence that they don’t offer any extra protection in droplet transmission diseases such as pandemic H1N1.Continuing to recommend N-95s for routine care of flu patients might have unintended consequences, Rupp said in the statement. “We could actually put healthcare workers at greater risk by further reducing an already short supply of a device that is needed for high-risk procedures such as bronchoscopy by using it for routine care.”He said the N-95 debate has distracted hospitals and clinics from attention toward investing in other measures for controlling the spread of the virus, such as rigorous application of basic infection control tactics and rapid identification and separation of patients who have the virus.”We understand the role of the CDC in providing reassurance during a period of evolving evidence, and we urge the CDC to continue to revisit its recommendations as new data becomes available,” Rupp said.See also:Oct 14 CDC interim guidance on infection control measures for pandemic H1N1 in the healthcare settingOct 14 CDC Q&A document on above guidanceSep 3 CIDRAP News story “IOM affirms CDC guidance on N95 use in H1N1 setting”Sep 17 CIDRAP News story “Study on respirators versus masks hailed as landmark”Oct 2 CIDRAP News story “Study suggests masks rival respirators for flu protection”
La Liga is now also considering translating the comic book into English to net a wider readership.“We are thinking to have half the comic version in English and [also] probably in Spanish,” Gallego said. “It is always important to keep innovating. It’s interesting to create this project as it gives us a different perspective. We will keep trying to innovate through new outlets.”Starting as a comic strip on Facebook some nine years ago, Si Juki has appeared in comic books, merchandise, toys, a YouTube animation series, a mobile game app and an animated film.Read also: ‘Si Juki The Movie’: Big budget animation at workThe comic’s author Faza Ibnu, famously known as Faza Meonk, said he did not find any difficulties in creating the new comic book. In 2018, Faza flew to Spain for two weeks to carry out research for Si Juki’s adventure in the land of the matadors.“I put a new character called Hugo in the comic who helped Juki while he was in Spain,” he said. “In the comic, I also included statues resembling those found in Spain.”During his research trip, Faza said he was quite impressed with soccer culture in Spain, as good soccer facilities could easily be found across the country.He also recalled his experience of seeing the Spaniards’ love of soccer, including when soccer matches were about to start, many families flocked to the stadiums.The collaboration between La Liga and Si Juki is also a part of La Liga’s efforts to encourage soccer fans to stay at home and practice social distancing during the pandemic to slow the spread of the virus.As of Monday, the number of COVID-19 infections in Spain had reached 169,496, with 17,489 deaths according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Indonesia, meanwhile, had recorded 4,557 confirmed cases with 399 deaths as of Monday.Read also: La Liga, BOLA promote values of soccer to marginalized children of IndonesiaRodrigo said his organization was adamant about its social commitment in Indonesia through ongoing and past cooperation, such as a project with nonprofit group BOLA to raise awareness about the values of soccer and promote equality for marginalized children in Indonesia.BOLA is a collaboration between Sahabat Anak, a nonprofit organization focusing on marginalized children, and the Kampus Diakoneia Modern (KDM) foundation.With the league postponed as a result of the pandemic, La Liga’s managing director for Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Australia Ivan Codina said the league was working closely with the broadcasters, knowing the distribution of the television rights was their main business.Topics : The league is now setting its eyes on its international fans, including those in Indonesia, following its success in organizing numerous virtual events in Spain during the outbreak, including the online music concert La Liga Santander Fest, which raised more than 1 million euro (US$1.09 million) for alleviating the impact of the pandemic.La Liga said the collaboration with Si Juki was a good tool to interact with fans in Indonesia, which is widely considered a mouthwatering market for world leagues, particularly since La Liga has been postponed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Read also: E-sports provide solace for Indonesian sports fans during COVID-19 quarantine“Si Juki was selected because it is famous, creates exciting content and has a similar passion as us. Through the comics, readers can understand more about La Liga, its teams, culture and gastronomy,” La Liga global network’s representative to Indonesia, Rodrigo Gallego, said recently. It started from a sudden phone-in quiz that was first received by his father Babeh Mamat, Si Juki has now managed to land his feet in Spain, visiting the headquarters of Spanish soccer clubs Real Betis and Real Sociedad and tasting local food bocadillo de calamares (squid sandwich).The adventure of beloved Indonesian comic character Si Juki in Spain is portrayed in the new comic book “Si Juki Jelajah Spanyol bersama LaLiga” (Si Juki exploring Spain with La Liga), which has been available for sale in bookstores across Indonesia since last month. Fans can also buy the digital version of the comic on Google Play.The new comic is a collaboration between Spanish soccer league La Liga and Si Juki’s creator as part of La Liga’s efforts to engage with soccer fans in Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Topics : Some reopenings ‘very soon’ Facing a tough reelection in November, the Republican president is eager to get the world’s biggest economy back on its feet as quickly as possible.But a threat on Monday to invoke his “total” power to force state governors to follow his directives on reopening prompted an outcry.”We don’t have King Trump, we have President Trump,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on CNN.Equally combative, Trump responded on Twitter by likening skeptical governors to rebellious sailors in the movie “Mutiny on the Bounty.”At his press conference, Trump backpedalled, clarifying that governors would take the lead on when and how to ease the restrictions paralyzing the US economy.”I’m not going to put any pressure on any governor to open,” Trump said.The president indicated that numerous states with less dense populations could open “very, very soon, sooner than the end of the month,” while places like New York could take longer.”We’ll open it up in beautiful little pieces,” Trump said.The president had been expected to unveil a new task force on Tuesday for managing the national reopening. That did not happen.Instead, Trump announced he would be talking to large groups of business leaders, Congress members and all 50 governors in conference calls this week.”Our country has to get open and it will get open,” he said. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that swaths of the United States could lift coronavirus shutdowns “very soon” and made peace with state governors after being accused of acting like a king.While defusing an extraordinary domestic row, Trump however opened a new front on the international stage when he announced a freeze in US funding to the World Health Organization because he said it had been biased to China.According to Trump, the WHO prevented transparency over the COVID-19 outbreak when it appeared in China, costing other countries crucial time to prepare, delaying decisions to stop international travel. No ‘King’ Trump On Monday, Trump had insisted that he can override state governors to determine the reopening schedule.”When somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total,” Trump said. Trump’s claim — disputed by constitutional experts — took long-running confusion over who is in charge to a new height.Having previously argued vociferously that he is not responsible for managing the crisis, Trump was now accused of seeking monarchical powers to impose his will.”We ran away from having a king, and George Washington was president, not King Washington. So the president doesn’t have total authority,” Cuomo told CNN.”If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn’t do it,” he said.Trump fired back on Twitter, comparing the situation to “Mutiny on the Bounty.””A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain,” he tweeted. California caution For weeks, Trump has veered between supporting a sudden, large-scale reopening and a cautious, case-by-case relaxation of mitigation measures.In the end, Trump has bowed — often reluctantly — to advice from medical experts who argue that relaxing social distancing and allowing people back to work prematurely would spark a coronavirus second wave.Reflecting the sense of instability, economic powerhouses California and New York, both led by Democrats, are developing their own reopening plans, insisting that Trump will not set the pace.California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, who has joined forces with Oregon and Washington states to coordinate the transition, said he would not announce any concrete timing for at least another two weeks.”We can’t get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “I don’t want to make a political decision that puts people’s lives at risk and puts the economy at even more risk.”Talks are underway for eventual reopening of California restaurants, schools and businesses but many social distancing procedures are likely to be retained, including wider spacing at meal times and wearing of masks, he said.”Normal, it will not be,” he warned. “Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death,” he said.”The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above life-saving measures.””We have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” he said, adding that Washington would now “discuss what we do with all that money that goes to the WHO.”