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The Belgian Antisemitic Rally & Death’s Head Revisited: Drop Them into Auschwitz for the Night

In a certain sense, humans are stupid creatures. We are well aware of the failures that exist in our collective history. But instead of learning from those mistakes, we make them again and again.

Earlier in this week, a pro-Palestinian rally in Belgium turned antisemitic. Which should be a surprise no one.

Back in November of 1961, The Twilight Zone aired an episode called Death’s-Head Revisited. The premise of the episode is as follows: a former SS officer smugly decides to visit Dachau, where he was responsible for the deaths of innocents. To say that he receives his comeuppance is an understatement.

To those who would deny the Holocaust or advocate for the murder of Jews today, I would recommend that they be dropped into Auschwitz (or any concentration camp) for the night. Let the ghosts of those murdered teach them a lesson they will never forget.

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There is no Equivalent Between George Floyd and the Palestinian “Cause”

When George Floyd was murdered two weeks ago, it was more than the taking of a life. His death is sadly the personification of everything the things that humanity needs to fix.

That being said, there is a difference between protesting injustice and taking advantage to promote one’s personal crusade.

The most recent Palestinian lie is to link their “cause” to George Floyd and the protests that have erupted around the world in the last two weeks.

If there was a legit issue, that would be one thing. Not that everything the IDF or the Israeli government does is perfect. But they have at least attempted to live in peace with their neighbors. I cannot say the same for the Palestinians.

What happened to George Floyd, I would not wish on anyone. I would also not wish for his memory to be co-opted for a deliberately created falsehood.

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Mental Illness is Not an Excuse for Sexual Abuse

Mental illness and it’s various forms affect countless people around the world. But unlike physical illness and it’s many variations, mental illness does not get the respect it deserves.

Back in 2008, Malka Leifer was accused of sexually abusing several students at the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked as a teacher. But before she could be brought into the courtroom to face her accusers, Ms. Leifer left Australia for Israel. Twelve years later, she faces extradition back to Australia. Her lawyers and supporters claim that she is mentally ill.

I have a huge problem with this claim. The problem is that her claim (if it is not true) is not only foolish, but it could also have life-shattering consequences. Millions of us wake up every day with mental illness. I wake every day with depression hanging around my neck. Does that mean I will commit such a heinous crime as sexual assault on a minor?

No.

It’s hard enough to admit that one is living with mental illness and needs help. The last thing those of us who live with this disease need is for someone to use it as an excuse for moral failings.

Mental illness is NOT an excuse for sexual assault and never will be.

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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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Thoughts On the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Buchenwald

As the world focuses on the coronavirus and the destruction it leaves in its wake, there are other pieces of news that deserve the spotlight.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Buchenwald.

The clip above is from the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers. Though some may say that the Holocaust is in the past and we no longer need to talk about it, I disagree. The lessons from this time in history are as relevant as they ever were.

If there is one thing the coronavirus has done, it has revealed the fractures and the major societal issues that continue to plague us. My hope is that when this is all said and done, we will live in a better world and finally learn from the past.

May the memories of those who perished within Buchenwald be a blessing.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-SOCIAL DISTANCE – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

If there is one word to define 2020 so far, it is social distancing. As annoying as it is, its the only way to stop the coronavirus.

Randy Rainbow released his newest video this morning, entitled SOCIAL DISTANCE – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody. It is based on the song Go The Distance from the 1997 Disney movie Hercules (1997).

As much as we all know how important social distancing is, it is frustrating. Human beings by nature are social creatures. Staying indoors all day with only limited periods of going outside for only the basics can become emotionally and physically frustrating. We need fresh air, we need exercise and we need to see other people in person, not just on the various screens that we have.

To everyone reading this post, I hope that you are healthy, staying home and keeping busy. We will get through this, but to do so, we need patience and understanding.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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What We Took for Granted Before the Coronavirus

Dear Reader,

How are you?

I’ve been working from home for my day job for a little more than a week. Working from home has its advantages, but I miss the office. Getting up before dawn and taking the train to work is not easy. But if I am to be honest, I would go back to commuting tomorrow if we were told that life will be back to normal.

I realized today the things we take for granted. It’s not just the big things, like getting together with friends or going on vacation in another country. It’s the little things. It’s the ability to go out for dinner because you don’t want to cook or see a movie at a theater instead of streaming it from one of the various streaming services.

Whenever this ends and we return to a version of normalcy (whatever that is), I hope that we all will have an appreciation for what we have instead of routinely kvetching about everyday problems.

Sometimes it takes a shakeup to remind us to count our blessings. If nothing else, this virus is a shakeup.

Loves and kisses,

Writergurlny

P.S. Hit me me up on Twitter at Writergurlny if you need to talk. We are all in this together.

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In the Wake of the Rapidly Expanding Coronavirus, We Have to Work Together

There is nothing like a crisis to force normally opposing sides to work together.

The coronavirus is more than a crisis. To say that it is a crisis is an understatement. It has the ability to stop life as we know it to be.

As far as I am concerned, at the moment, I don’t care if you vote red, blue or any color in between. I do care that you are working with your colleagues in the halls of power to do what needs to be done to stop this virus in its tracks.

In New York City, where I live, the institutions that are part and parcel of this city’s reputation are closing. Broadway theaters will be shuttered until next month. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be closed for cleaning. Opening day for the 2020 baseball season is pushed back (as of now) to sometime in April. Though the schools and the MTA have not shut down yet, I suspect that it will only be a matter of time before they are shut down. I also suspect I will be working from home for longer than previously expected.

It does not help that when you know who addressed the nation last night, he provided conflicting information. Given the gravity of what we are facing, I don’t think it would be too much to ask that just once, he is honest with us.

It has been said that in times of crisis, one’s true colors are revealed. I hope that this virus reveals that we are able to pull together in spite of our differences. If we don’t, our differences may be the one thing that destroys us.

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The Coronavirus: Will it Make or Break the Current Administration?

Every President and Presidential administration has a moment that defines their time in office. The question is, will they rise to the occasion or will they forever be defined by their lack of action?

The coronavirus is more than just the daily headline. It is a serious risk that if not treated properly, could take the lives of millions.

It would behoove our political leaders to take this disease seriously and do all they can to ensure that they and their administrations are ready for the outbreak. It should surprise no one that the current Presidential administration is not reacting as they should.

What you know who does not realize (or care to know) is that it’s not about him or the upcoming Presidential election. It is about ensuring that this country is prepared for the outbreak and doing everything possible to save lives.

What is even scarier that is Vice President Mike Pence has been tasked with managing the coronavirus crisis. Given his reaction in 2015 to an HIV crisis in his state while he was Governor, I’m not exactly hopeful that he will be able to do the job.

We as a country, need to take the coronavirus seriously. That includes our political leadership. But they are unwilling or unable to do what needs to be done to save lives, then we have no choice but to vote them out of office.

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For Sama Review

A mother’s love is endless. She will do almost anything in her power to ensure that her child is happy and successful. In a time of war, that includes nearly doing the unthinkable.

In the Oscar nominated documentary, For Sama, is the story of an ordinary woman who is merely trying to survive the Syrian civil war. As the war starts, Waad al-Kateab is doing what we all do. She goes to school, gets a job, falls in love, marries her husband and has a daughter, Sama. But the world that Sama is growing up in is not ordinary. Told through the perspective of Waad’s camera, this documentary takes the viewer into a Syria that few of us outside of that country will ever see.

Directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, this documentary is both personal and hard hitting. In telling the story of this woman and her family, the western audience is given a vantage point that only someone who is on the ground can provide.

I absolutely recommend it.

For Sama is available for streaming on Frontline.

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