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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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Can Meghan and Harry Truly Go Their Own Way?

One of the truths of life and love is that who one falls in love with is unpredictable.

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married in the spring of 2018, it seemed like a modern fairy tale. The marriage of a biracial, previously divorced American actress and a high ranking member of the British royal family was every storybook romance brought to real life.

Nearly two years later, Meghan and Harry’s decision to step down from their royal duties seems to have shaken the royal family to its core.

To be fair, Harry will never realistically be King. Which frees him and Meghan to create a life of their own choosing (well, as much as they can).

Some have pointed to the overt racism that Meghan received from the British tabloids and the lingering trauma of Princess Diana’s death that guided the couple to make their decision. If those are their reasons (in addition to giving their son as normal a childhood as possible), then I can respect that.

The reality is that they will be never be completely divorced from the British royal family. Harry is and always will be a member of the House of Windsor. I’m sure that this decision was not made out of spite, but because Harry and Meghan felt that it was right for them.

The other reality is that the lifestyle they are used to is not exactly poor. They will also need to hire security, but the question is, who will be funding their new life? I’m not a British or Canadian taxpayer, but given their soon to be new life, I would not be happy if my tax dollars were given to fund their lifestyle.

Only time will tell if Harry and Meghan will be able to go their own way. Whatever happens, I wish them well in their new life and for many years to come.

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Don’t Blame the US for the Plane Crash in Iran

The conflict between the United States and Iran goes back decades.

The latest addition to this conflict is the plane crash that killed 176 people just minutes after the plane took off from the airport last Wednesday. After going back and forth, the Iranian government took responsibility for shooting down the plane, killing everyone aboard.

However, while accepting that his people were responsible for the crash and the unnecessary loss of life, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif  stated the following:

“Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,”

The loss of 176 people is heartbreaking. I can only imagine the grief that the loved ones of those who were on the plane are feeling.

The fact that Iran finally fessed up should not have taken as many days as it did. However, what bothers me more is that they are quick to blame the United States for the crash. Granted, the US Government has not always made the wisest decisions when dealing with Iran. However, in this case, the United States is blameless. The blood and loss of life is firmly on the hands of Iran.

May the memories of those on the plane be a blessing and a reminder of the cost of war.

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The Fires in Australia are a Warning

There are some who deny climate change. They say that it is a hoax. They say it is not as a bad as it is made up to be. They say the fires and the storms and the changing coastline are isolated incidents.

In light of the damage that the fires in Australia have caused, I would hope that those who deny climate change would see the error of their ways.

The fires in Australia are a warning. Climate change and global warming are real. It will take months, if not years for the region to recover. The loss of life, both human and animal is incalculable.

We have one Earth. Instead of nourishing, cherishing and respecting her, we have, used, abused and taken advantage of her. But Earth and Mother Nature have fought back.

The message is clear. We must do something now. Otherwise, I fear that humanity may not exist in the future as we know it to be today.

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Will the Killing of Qasem Soleimani Start World War III?

For some, an eye for an eye begets justice. For others, an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

Last night, the news flashed around the world that Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force was killed by a US airstrike in Baghdad.

I would love to shout and cheer that the big bad is dead. Our world can finally be at peace.

The truth is that I cannot. Though it is without a doubt that this man and the forces he led did some truly heinous acts, I fear that this assassination will start World War III.

Adding to the mess is our so-called President, who used the excuse of so-called “bone spurs” to get out of serving in Vietnam. He never served in the military (which is not entirely a bad thing). That being said, it would behoove him and us to listen to those who have served in the military. He is akin to a little boy playing with his plastic soldiers. The problem with that is that he is not playing with six-inch plastic toys, he is playing with people’s lives.

Only time will tell if World War III starts or this is just another scuffle. No matter the outcome, yesterday’s actions make me more than a little nervous.

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Does You Know Who Really Care About American Jews?

I think that it’s pretty fair to say that the subject of Israel and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict cannot be boiled down to a quick soundbite or a headline. There are deep nuances and shades of grey that go well beyond what the news media tells us.

This past weekend, you know who spoke at the Israeli-American Council’s annual conference in Florida. He touted his record as pro-Israel and pro-Jewish. He also said the following:

“We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more, I have to tell you that. We have to do it. We have to get them to love Israel more. Because you have people that are Jewish people that are great people – they don’t love Israel enough,”

While I have to agree with him (as much as I hate that), I still feel like he is as disingenuous as he has always been. He can argue that he has a Jewish daughter, a Jewish son-in-law, Jewish grandchildren, Jewish friends, and colleagues, etc. But he is also known for speaking out of both sides of his mouth and sending out numerous antisemitic dog whistles.

He is a top-notch salesman. He knows what to say and whom to say it to so he can close the sale. In the world of real estate, one needs to be a top-notch salesperson to professionally survive.

In the world of politics, one also needs a touch of the salesperson to professionally survive. However, when one lives in a Democracy and a politician sells the voters a false bill of goods in order to get elected, the voters have every right to kick that person to the curb.

It would be nice if I had a crystal ball to predict the outcome of the Presidential election and the impeachment trial. But I don’t. I can only hope that common sense, decency, and mutual respect will take us back to where were before the chaos started.

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