When is it no longer an emergency?

Bookmarked How to Live With Covid by Jonathan Rauch (Persuasion)

The emergency is over. It’s time to pivot to preparedness.

I am not convinced we are yet out of emergency stage. The number of people getting sick, dying, and becoming disabled from Long Covid is a toll yet to be fully judged.

The number of people unvaccinated worldwide is appalling considering we’ll keep getting more and more strains as so many remain susceptible to infection, and that the death rate is much higher for unvaccinated. Together that makes the perspective that the emergency is past feel pretty America-centric.

Maybe it depends what it means to no longer consider something an emergency – but the word itself conveys and musters urgency that is hard to maintain for “normal,” even a “new normal.” Will we lose urgency… how much urgency do we even have now? Does it matter how urgent the public thinks something is as long as the public health folks are hard at it? I feel like it does since the public judges spending and priorities and what politicians will spend their political capital on. It will be a mistake to forget that pandemic means global, and this is a situation where the worst level affects everyone’s level. (Network effect?)

As soon as we accept that this is how it will be, that we’re ok living like this forever, we lose the chance for a cultural conversation about what we should change to acknowledge the return to endemic disease like we had pre-1950s. Smallpox, measles, polio – we knew then these were unacceptable and worked to eradicate them to protect our people.

To me, the bare minimum our society should have to live forever with a deadly endemic disease includes universal healthcare and paid sick leave requirements. To not offer those knowing the disparity in health coverage and access and outcomes between class and race is frankly horrifying. We sacrifice the poor, Black, Hispanic, and indigenous on the altar of capitalism in the shrine of toxic individualism.


Earthquake Safety Retrofits

Bookmarked Seismic Solutions (Simpson Strong-Tie Site)

Seismic Solutions | Simpson Strong-Tie

Washington resources: – online classes

Growing up in California, earthquakes weigh on me. I was really little for the Loma Prieta earthquake but I remember taking my duplos outside to wait for aftershocks.

My dad saw our crawl space and was horrified by the lack of earthquake safety, so it’s been on my mental to-do list to have a seismic retrofit done, but it keeps dropping to the bottom of the list.

We watched part of a documentary about The Big One that we’re due for in my lifetime. Living on a subduction zone is mildly disconcerting. Nothing much for a thousand years, then a magnitude 9 earthquake. I think winter storms have been a preview that we’re not ready for a disaster like that.

Would a seismic retrofit really protect us from a quake that big? Maybe…

House Self Care

Nesting as Prepping

Bookmarked siderea | Nesting as Prepping [domesticity, Patreon] (

There’s something I would propose is helpful to do in preparation against the disasters, various and still largely unknown, of the ensuing climate catastrophe, and it’s something you may already be doing. A lot of people started doing it in response to the pandemic.

They called it “nesting”. By that they meant doing things to make their home more comfortable, and a better place to spend all their time.

When I say “nesting”, you may think of throw pillows and pillar candles. You may dismiss it out of hand as concerning one’s self with trivialities.

But it’s not. The impulses people had in the face of the pandemic to do things to optimize their homes to stay in for long periods of time were not trivial.