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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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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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Thank You, Andy Byford

Even if one has never visited New York City, most, if not all people know about the New York City transit system, known as the MTA. But, if you live or work here, you may be inclined to use certain phrases about the MTA that I will not be using on this blog.

Two years ago, Andy Byford accepted the role of President of the New York City Transit Authority. Yesterday was his last day on the job.

When he took over as President in 2018, he took on a Herculean task. The system serves millions of riders and is over 100 years old. In addition to dealing with the public, he had to work with the the local and state governments, and ensure that his staff had what they needed to do their jobs.

Under his tenure, there was real improvement. Unfortunately, due to rumored conflict with the Governor, Mr. Byford chose to step down.

Thank you Andy Byford, for your attention and your effort. The transit system will never be perfect, but the improvements are a step in the right direction.

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Mayor Bloomberg Took a Pounding Last Night

As the calendar moves us closer to the Presidential election in the fall, many of us will start to make decisions (if we have not done so already) as to which candidate we will vote for.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally joined the Democratic candidates on the debate stage last night.

To say that he took a pounding is an understatement.

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Unlike the other candidates, who have spent months, if not years on the campaign trail, Mayor Bloomberg is a recent arrival who has basically bought his way into the Presidential campaign. Spending millions of dollars on ads is one thing, but it is not enough to prove to the voters that you are the candidate to represent the party and lead the ticket in the fall.

To his credit, he did put up a dam good fight. He is obviously smart, tough and not afraid of standing his ground. One does not build a billion dollar company, govern a major city like New York for more than a decade or rebuild after an event like 9/11 without being having a brain and a backbone.

However, it is his record as Mayor that is troublesome. I am also questioning that after nearly four years of you know who, if America really wants another billionaire President who has bought their way into office?

Only time will tell who wins the nomination. But I have a feeling that it won’t be Michael Bloomberg.

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Meg and Jo Book Review

The relationship between sisters is both sacred and complicated. In the world of literature, the relationship between Meg and Jo March from Louisa May Alcott‘s classic novel Little Women is equally sacred and complicated.

Meg and Jo is a new novel by Virginia Kantra. Published at the end of last year, the book is a modern reboot of Little Women with Meg and Jo March at the center of the novel.

Meg Brooke (nee March) is a wife and mother who has put her career on hold to stay at home with her adorable and rambunctious toddlers. But while her focus is her children, she has an itch to return to work. She is also dealing with a marriage that maybe on shaky ground.

While Meg is doing to marriage and motherhood track in their hometown, Jo is living in New York City. After being downsized from her newspaper job, she is working as a prep cook while secretly blogging as a food writer on the side.

When their mother gets sick, all four March sisters return home and along the way, figure out what is important in life.

I’ve been a fan of Little Women for more than a quarter of a century. If there ever was a modern reboot of this beloved novel, this book is it. It has enough of the original novel to please Alcott fans while not relying on the all too easy 19th century novel to 21st century novel transition.

I absolutely recommend it.

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National Pizza Day & the Best Pizza in New York City

If New York City is known for nothing else, it is known for having the best pizza.

Today is National Pizza Day.

The best pizza in New York City is L&B Spumoni Gardens.

A staple of South Brooklyn for nearly a century, their pizza is old school, home made and absolutely amazing.

They serve more than pizza, but if you must eat one thing on the menu, order a slice of pizza.

Happy National Pizza Day!

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The Assistant Movie Review

The first job out of college is never what we think it will be.

In the new movie, The Assistant, Jane is a recent college grad. Living in New York City, she is working as an assistant to a well known and powerful Harvey Weinstein like movie executive. The lowest employee on the totem pole, she does the work of many low level assistants: she makes coffee, accepts the mail, answers the phone, etc.

But something is off about her boss. She sees a number of women come and go from his office. Her concerns lead to her to Wilcock (Matthew MacFadyen) in human resources. But HR is not exactly helpful. Can Jane continue to do her job or will her conscious get the best of her?

Written and directed by Kitty Green, the narrative is told in a real world, 24 hour narrative. The feeling of the film is very visceral. Lacking music until the very end, the sounds of an office fill up the space. Where music usually steps in to tell the story, the sounds of emails coming in, the phone ringing and typing takes the place of music.

If there was one thing that I noticed about the story is that the actions of the unseen but heard movie executive is not exactly a secret within the company. What is disturbing is that the employees either laugh it off or make side comments, but don’t do anything about it. Only Jane has the nerve to call out her the misbehavior of her boss.

This film is jarring, powerful and a seething indictment of sexism in the workplace.

I absolutely recommend it.

The Assistant is presently in theaters.

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Dracula Play Review

Over the past few years, actor and playwright Kate Hamill has adapted several beloved novels into stage plays.

Her most recent adaptation is Dracula. Based on the Bram Stoker novel, the play adheres to the narrative in the book. Jonathan Harker (Michael Crane) is sent on a business trip to help sort out the business affairs of the mysterious Dracula (Matthew Amendt). But there is something off about Jonathan’s host.

Back in England, a mysterious illness starts to affect the residents of the coastal town of Whitby. With the help of Doctor Van Helsing (Jessica Frances Duke), Jonathan’s wife, Mina (Kelley Curran) has to solve the mystery of this illness and the appearance of what may be an unholy visitor.

I’ve been of Hamill’s for the last few years. Her adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Little Women were fantastic. This adaptation is no less fantastic than it’s predecessors. I went in with the question of how she was going to adapt Dracula. Unlike her previous works, this book is not exactly what one would label feminist. But Hamill adapted it in such a way that the play retains the narrative of the book while highlighting the issues of women during the 19th century and in our time.

I absolutely recommend it.

Dracula is playing at the Classic Stage Company in New York City until March 8th. Check the website for showtimes and tickets.

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I’m Voting for Amy Klobuchar

With the Iowa caucuses starting next week, the 2020 Presidential election is no longer a thing that is far away. It is much closer than we think it is.

Among the candidates who are still in the running is Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). I’m voting for her and I hope that Senator Klobuchar is the one who wins the nomination.

The reason I am voting for her is that in order to defeat you know who, we need a Democratic candidate who is firmly left, but not so far left to push voters into the arms of the Republicans. I like the ideas of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but my concern is that their proposals are so far left that they alienate some voters. I respect that former Vice President Joe Biden has decades of political experience, but do we really want another old white man as President?

Former New York City Mayor Michel Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang, to be honest, don’t have a chance in h*ll of winning the nomination. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has youth on his side (compared to the other candidates), but will that be a help or a hindrance if he wins the nomination?

I like her because she is solidly middle of the road and speak to the needs of the average American, especially the average American woman. As a working wife and a mother, she understands the daily challenges of the woman on the street. She also understands and respects that America is not a monolith. In respecting the differences of Americans, she is paving the way for this country to become what its founders envisioned.

That is why I am voting for Senator Klobuchar.

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