Daily Archives: May 2, 2020

RIP Dr. Lorna Breen

When we talk about health, we often talk about physical health. Mental health is likely to be ignored.

As Covid-19 continues its stranglehold on our world, we look to the doctors and nurses for support and help. But who helps them?

This month is Mental Health Awareness Month. In normal times, we would be talking about removing the stigma from mental health and allowing those who suffer to open up. But we, as we all know, are not living in normal times.

Last week, Dr. Lorna Breen, committed suicide after working for weeks on end to save the lives of as many Covid-19 patients as possible.

If nothing else, I think that loss of Dr. Breen’s life and every other medical professional reminds us that our health is more than our body. It is our mind as well.

Sometimes, the only way to change is to face a dramatic loss or upset. Perhaps when this is all said and done, we will finally recognize the important of mental health and treating it with the same respect as physical health.

May the memory of Dr. Breen and everyone who has died because of this virus forever be a blessing. Z”l.

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Joe Biden and the Sexual Assault Accusation: A Double Standard?

As the #Metoo movement forces our society to face our sexual assault and sexual harassment demons, it has revealed how both complicated and simple the subject is.

In 2017, former Democratic Senator Al Franken was accused of sexual harassment. The result of the accusations was swift and decisive. Franken resigned from the Senate after receiving pressure from female colleagues. Back in 2016, as that year’s election was heating up, you know who, who was then the Republican nominee was himself accused multiple acts of a similar nature.

As of today, it looks like former Vice President Joe Biden has all but sewn up that he will be the Democratic nominee come the fall. In an effort to capture the attention and the vote of American women, he has announced that his pick for Vice President would be a woman. Since that announcement, speculation of who he would choose has been rampant.

But now there is a chink in the armor. Tara Reade, a former congressional aide, accused the former Vice President of assaulting her when she worked for him in the early ’90s.

This is not the first time these kinds of accusations have been leveled against him.

The question is now, how will the Democratic leadership and voters respond? And more importantly, how will they deal with the claim of double standard from the right?

The simple answer is that sexual assault and sexual harassment is wrong and should be punished, no matter who is responsible. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. That being said, given how complicated American politics is these days, the answer to how this resolved will not be easy to obtain.

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Is China Truly to Blame for the Covid-19 Pandemic?

A pandemic does not start from nowhere. It starts with a virus that is at best not contained or at worst, ignored completely. With freedom to jump from host to host, it expands at alarming rate, spreading far beyond the place in which it came from.

According to recent news reports, upon discovering Covid 19, the Chinese government did everything they could do to bury the story. This included stopping Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who discovered the virus, from sharing his findings with his colleagues.

It is undeniable that Covid-19 started in China. That evidence is impossible to refute. That being said, it is also undeniable that China is not the only one to blame for the current pandemic. Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the following about the virus entering the United States:

“We closed the front door with the China travel ban, which was right,” Cuomo told a briefing. “But we left the back door open because the virus had left China by the time we did the China travel ban.”

I can’t agree more. Had the federal government (and the administration of you know who) acted quickly earlier in the year, we would not be in the predicament that we are in. But they didn’t and because they didn’t, our economy is shut down, millions are unemployed and over 50,000 Americans have died from the virus.

Speaking of, did anyone else hear that you know who blamed Barack Obama for the virus?

This continued accusation goes beyond anything that he has said before. It shows how incompetent he is. Instead of manning up and doing what he needs to do, he again blamed his predecessor for his lack of action. It was not Obama who disbanded the team that could have helped to stop this disease in it’s tracks. It was was you know who.

Back in 2014, Obama warned the nation that a future pandemic was coming. Back then, like all of us, he didn’t know when or how it would occur. But he knew enough to know that preparation was absolutely necessary.

Honestly, I don’t know how anyone could vote for you know who. His lies and half truths have become more than something to laugh at. They have become downright dangerous and life threatening.

If nothing else, this should be the reason why he must be voted out of office in the fall. If we don’t, this country as we know it to be will cease to exist.

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