Astrid Kirchherr, Artist/Photographer friend of The Beatles, dies 81

German newspaper Die Zeit confirmed Kirchherr’s death, noting the photographer died of a “short, serious illness.”

“Intelligent, inspirational, innovative, daring, artistic, awake, aware, beautiful, smart, loving and uplifting friend to many,” Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn tweeted (via NME). “Her gift to The Beatles was immeasurable. She died in Hamburg on Wednesday, a few days before turning 82.

Chinese state media releases animated propaganda video mocking US coronavirus response

A Chinese state media outlet has released an animated video using Lego pieces to mock the United States’ coronavirus response and the Trump Administration’s claims of an initial Chinese COVID-19 coverup.

The coronavirus pandemic exposes the truth about right-wing ‘individualism’

For decades, conservatism has preached a gospel of “individualism,” disdaining the idea — which is backed by considerable scientific evidence — that humans are deeply interdependent pack animals whose survival depends more on cooperation than on individual striving. That right-wing gospel is being rapidly exposed as not but silly, but meaningless and even dangerous in the age of coronavirus.

Scott Johnson death: Australian man arrested in gay hate killing cold case

The body of Scott Johnson, 27, was found at the bottom of beach cliffs in 1988. Police ruled it a suicide.

However, later inquiries concluded he had been killed in a hate crime. This also drew attention to other cases of homophobic killings around Sydney’s beaches in the 1980s.

Scott Price, 49, was arrested at his Sydney home on Tuesday.

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

Here I am, stuck in the middle with you. I was astonished to find that my tea party prepper brother and new age sister shared the same anti-science, anti-government beliefs. Yes, the tea party brother owns a ton of guns while my new age sister does not. But both share the same world view that government is hacking our brains, whether it’s Bill Gates and vaccines or a pandemic hoax designed to frighten the masses into conformity. Both reject science and quote vague conspiracy theories ranging from the obscure to the downright laughable. 

Little Richard, Founding Father of Rock Who Broke Musical Barriers, Dead at 87

Little Richard, a founding father of rock and roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday. He was 87. The musician’s son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was unknown.