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Antisemitism: The Original Coronavirus

While the world deals with the coronavirus and the toll it takes, the Jewish community is dealing with another disease: antisemitism.

Pastor Rick Wiles blamed the coronavirus not on the virus itself, but on the idea Jews have not accepted the Christian G-d as their holy parent and creator.

“Stay out of those things, there’s a plague in them. God’s dealing with false religions,” he said on Wednesday night on TruNews, which he founded. “God’s dealing with people who oppose his son, Jesus Christ. He’s dealing with the forces of Antichrist. And there’s a plague moving upon the earth right now, and the people that are going into the synagogues are coming out of the synagogues with the virus.”

Given what we are going through at this point in time, the last thing that is wanted or need is division. Especially division that is based on something as surface level as religion. The fact is that the coronavirus does not care about the religious faith (or lack thereof) of the person it makes sick. Everyone is an equal opportunity home for this disease.

This is not the first, or the last time that the Jewish community has been blamed for a natural phenomenon. I just wish that in 2020, we would be using our brains instead of half baked lies.

But I guess some things never change.

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What You Can Control: A Guide to Dealing With Mental Health in the Age of the Coronavirus

There is a lot in life that we can’t control. We can’t control the traffic on the way to work or school. We can’t control how long we will be waiting at our next doctors appointment.

But there are things that we can control.

In the age of the coronavirus, it feels like everything is out of control. Schools and work places are mostly closed and employees (if they are lucky) are able to work from home and still earn a paycheck. The number of sick, dead and dying rises every day. There is a spike in unemployment claims that has not been seen in decades, if not lifetimes.

But there are things that we can control . That is what I want to talk about today.

Over the past few weeks, I have found that knowing what I can and cannot control gives me peace of mind.

I cannot control the virus. But there are things that I can control.

I can control the fact that I still have a job (for which I thank G-d for every day) and I continue to work as hard as if I was in the office. I can control the number of hours that I am sleeping. I can control what I am eating. I can take advantage of the technology that allows me to keep in touch with family and friends. I can still write. I can still go out for fresh air, exercise and minimal errands. I can listen to the advice from the professionals and stay home.

Though I live with depression (as many of my regular readers know), it is ironic that it takes a pandemic to take a step in the right direction when it comes to my mental health.

To everyone out there, stay home, stay healthy (hopefully) and take it day by day. We will get through this.

Happy Sunday.

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While People Are Dying, You Know Who Makes it About Himself

Is it me or is you know who’s reaction to the coronvirus changing from the every day incredulous to downright scary?

As I write this post, the number of cases in the United States, there are over 100,000 Americans who are suffering from the virus. We now lead the world in the number of cases. Given what we are going through, a wise and prudent President would not be fudging the numbers or demanding that state Governors (especially Democratic Governors) kiss his a** to receive the badly needed aid.

But you know who is neither wise or prudent. According to an article in the Daily Beast, he advised Vice President Mike Pence that if the Governors who are coming to the Federal government for aid are not nice to him, Vice President Pence can ignore their calls.

In the article, you know who is quoted as stating the following:

“He calls all the governors,” Trump said. “I tell him, I mean, I’m a different type of person. I say Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington, you’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the woman in Michigan.” 

“If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call,” Trump said. 

What this moron ignores is that the virus does not care what political party one is affiliated with or who one voted for. It is indiscriminate in who it infects. He also ignores the fact that it is not HIS money that he is refusing to distribute. It is the money of every hardworking American taxpayer. We pay taxes so that if a catastrophic event (such as a pandemic) should occur, our government has the ability to take care of this country.

I don’t know if he saw the cover story of the New York Post, but if he hasn’t, he should.

What is happening in this video was preventable. I say was because had he acted appropriately back in January or early February, this video would not need to exist. But it does and it screams out what needs to be done.

That is, if he is willing and able to listen. But I doubt he will.

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An Ounce of Coronavirus Prevention is Worth a 100 Pounds of Coronavirus Cure

A wise person once said the following: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In terms of the coronavirus, I would like to amend that statement: an ounce of prevention is worth 100 pounds of cure.

According to a new report just released by Politico, the administration received a report in 2016 detailing a step by step process as how they should deal with what then a hypothetical virus. It should surprise no one that this report was ignored.

In my hometown of New York City, the 281 people have died so far. Over 20,000 people have been tested positive for coronavirus.

What bothers me to no end is that they knew about this disease is that we all knew about it months ago. Given what we know now, being over prepared and being accused of being over prepared is a hec of a lot better than what we are dealing with now.

What is worse is that you know who wants everything to return to normal by Easter. If (and this is huge if) the numbers were consistently falling, I would say re-opening the country in two to three weeks is a reasonable goal. But given the fact that our medical professionals and facilities are overwhelmed and severely lacking supplies, and that the number of those sick, dying and dead are rising, Easter is not even close to a viable date.

We need a President. We need a leader who steps up to the plate, listens to the professionals and cares more about this country than their personal needs.

Instead, we have you know who. G-d save us and get us to November.

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Thank You, Governor Cuomo

It has been said that when the sh*t hits the fan, one’s inability or ability to lead (especially in the corridors of power) is revealed.

While you know who and the Federal government have been wishy-washy in their response, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been the opposite.

Governor Cuomo is the political leader that we need right now, especially given the exploding number of cases in New York State and New York City. He is not looking out for himself (unlike you know who) and knows exactly what needs to be done. His ability to advocate for the residents of this state is refreshing and to be honest, absolutely f*cking necessary.

Given the severity of the need for PPEs and other life-saving equipment, you know who should not be expecting any Governor to kiss up to him. He and his administration should automatically be working hand in glove with the state and local governments.

But, given the child-like maturity of the man we call President, I don’t expect anything less.

To everyone out there, stay safe, stay home (if you can) and please wash your hands.

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Madonna Needs a Dose of Reality

If the coronavirus has done one thing, it has accentuated the differences between the 1% and the rest of us.

Over the weekend, Madonna posted a video to her Instagram and Twitter pages, claiming that the disease is the “great equalizer”.

To say that she got called out for her b*llsh*t is an understatement.

The clip starts at 4:15

While other members of the 1% in Hollywood are doing their part, Madonna sits in a bathtub as roses float by and does nothing.

I have nothing but respect for her as musician and a woman who paved the way for multiple generations of female musicians. However, instead of using her name and influence for good, she is only thinking about herself.

In short, she needs a dose of reality.

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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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Thank You First Responders

As the coronavirus ravages our country and our world, the message is clear. Stay home, avoid large groups and do everything that is reasonably possible to avoid becoming infected. But while most of are working or doing schoolwork from the comfort of our respective homes, there are people who cannot do that. To them, I say thank you.

Thank you to the doctors, the nurses and the administrative staff who are doing their best to keep the hospitals open and running.

Thank you to the pharmacies who stay open, knowing how important the medicines they dispense are to their customers.

Thank you to the police and firemen/women who are keeping us safe and alive in this time of utter chaos.

Thank you to the grocery stores that are still open, feeding us and providing a sense of normalcy.

Thank you to (most of) the politicians, who are doing everything they can to ensure that we, the public are kept in the loop.

It is because of you that we may survive the coronavirus.

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Idiocy During the Coronavirus

During a crisis, the last thing anyone wants is to let conspiracy theories, lies, half truths and general foolishness dominate the headlines. We need clear minds, experts who know what they are talking and politicians who are doing what needs to be done to end the crisis.

While most of us are dealing with the coronavirus are using logic and forethought, there are some idiots who are bending the crisis to meet their perspectives.

Idiocy #1

Some within the right wing believe that the virus is a hoax and a lie. Those who are making the accusations are not the average person on the street. They are the well known pundits with millions of followers who follow every word they say. What happens when one of these followers is told that they have the coronavirus by a doctor? Is is still a hoax and a lie?

Idiocy #2

People still going out to bars and drinking in close quarters in spite of the warnings from the CDC and government officials. I am all for going out to a bar to get a drink with friends, but given the circumstances, drinking at home is best.

Idiocy #3

Blaming the Jews, the Chinese or any other minority for the virus. Or better yet, claiming that it was created by the accused minority group to wreak havoc on the rest of the world. Do these people have nothing better to do with their time than create and spread lies?

My hope is that at some point, logic and truth will win out. But until then, the idiocy continues.

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