The evidence in regards to controlling Covid-19 is obvious. Approximately half to a third of the population needs to be vaccinated (otherwise known as herd immunity) for the virus to lose it’s potency. The question is, what measure are governments around the world taking to stop it in its tracks?
While the United States is floundering in its attempt to get the shots into the arms of Americans, 20% of the Israeli population has received the vaccine as of last Wednesday.
Granted, Israel is a much smaller country in both population and size. That being said, it comes down to planning, coordination with the government at every level, and assistance of the medical industry. The problem in the United States is two fold. Thanks to you know who, the system that is supposed to transfer the vaccine from the federal government to state and local governments can only be described as a hot mess. The issue compounded by the American healthcare system, which has been problematic for many years.
Back in 1947, a smallpox outbreak hit New York City. Via a coordinated effort between the city and the Public Health Service, millions were vaccinated in less than a month. Only twelve people were infected and of that number, only two people lost their lives.
The fact is that it is possible to end this plague and return to some semblance of normalcy. But we can only do that if those in the halls of power work together.
There is an old saying: where there is smoke, there is fire.
Since January 2017, there has been smoke coming out of the White House. Now there is fire.
In what can only be described as a pathetic attempt to steal the election, you know who called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend. To make a long story short, he both threatened and cajoled Mr. Raffensperger to find just enough votes that would swing the results to his favor.
In addition, in a move that is typical of the brownnosers around him, several Republicans defended the conversation. Once more they have put their careers and the priorities of their political party over the needs and the wants of the country.
While all of this is happening, there is a tiny little bug called Covid-19 going around. It has killed over 300,000 Americans and is predicted to take more than 400,000 lives by March. It is also not a surprise that you know who lashed out and blamed advisor/son-in-law Jared Kushner for both the election loss and the mess that is testing for the virus. This man would throw his own mother under the bus if it helped him in some way.
Thank G-d January 20th is in 16 days. It can’t get here soon enough.
I think that we all agree that 2020 has been a shit show of a year. Between Covid-19, the election, and everything else, I am ready to see this year in the rear view mirror.
I don’t know about anyone else, but after everything that has happened, I can’t help but feel grateful.
I have breath in my body, food in my belly, a roof over my head, and employment that comes with a decent paycheck and benefits. Though the turning of the clock does not mean that our troubles will go away, we will have the opportunity to move on.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this year, I wish nothing but the best for you in 2021. Happy New Year!
These days, it would be obvious to anyone who is not living under a rock that the United States is the middle of a economic and health crisis that has implications to change this nation for generations to come.
After months of partisan disagreements, Congress has finally agreed on a stimulus package. Though the $600 check that Americans will soon be receiving will not go very far, it is still better than nothing. The final step is the President’s signature.
Instead of just signing the bill and sending Americans the help we desperately need, you know who threw a bomb into the process (as he is wont to do). Demanding that the amount be raised to $2000, he refused to sign the bill and sent it back to Congress.
In theory, I agree with the increase (a once in a lifetime event that will likely never happen again). However, given the extreme time crunch (and the threat of once again shutting down the government), it is imperative that the bill be signed.
But I doubt that you know understands or genuinely cares about the American people.
’Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes.
To make it on Broadway (or in show business in general) requires grit, talent, and perhaps, just a little luck. But not every newbie who gets that first big break will have a career. The late Rebecca Luker was one of the lucky ones.
She passed away yesterday after a year long battle with ALS.
I saw her in a number of productions over the years. She was one of those performers whose abilities were so effortless, it made you believe that she was the character.
Earlier this year, Luker and her husband, fellow actor Danny Burstein, spoke to Fresh Airhost Terry Gross. They spoke of their careers, Luker’s bout with ALS and Covid-19, which both Luker and Burstein caught.
My heart goes out to her now widower, their children, and everyone who loved her.
There are millions of front line workers who need to be vaccinated to do their jobs and save American lives. These are the people who should be at the front of the line. The rest of us, especially those who downplay or deny the virus can wait a little bit. I would go as far to say that if you believe that it is complete hoax or it is nothing more than a bad flu, you should be at the back of line. That person (if their beliefs are genuine), might also refuse to take the vaccine, believing it to be unnecessary.
The fact that they jumped the line tells me that they are hypocrites. If the Senators genuinely believed their own rhetoric, not getting the vaccine would be an obvious choice. But because they got it, that tells me that they know it is real and they know how dangerous it is.
I am going to end this post with the following tweet, because it simply says it all.
At some point in the future, the Covid-19 virus will be a thing of the past. But that does not mean that the economic and financial side effects will also fade into the background.
After months of back and forth, the second stimulus bill is finally on the way to being passed. Among the terms of the bill, Americans will receive a check for $600.
Now granted, there will also be another $300 added to the unemployment checks. But $600 is still pitiful, regardless of how the news is spun.
There are millions of Americans who are either just barely treading the financial waters or they have drowned completely. $600, if they’re lucky may only be good for a month or two.
What bothers me more than anything else is that the only reason the bill passed both houses is that Christmas is coming up at the end of the week. If there was no deadline, who knows how long we would have had to wait?
I wish that, for once, those in the halls of power would remember who they are responsible to and who pays their salaries. But until that day comes, the partisan b*llshit and the constant back and forth will continue on.
If nothing else, the United States is supposed to be the land of freedom and democracy. We are bound to disagree on many topics. which is perfectly fine. But the consensus that the laws and norms we hold dear are not dependent upon who is in office.
According to news reports, a group of unscrupulous advisors (Michael Flynn among them) and you know who, suggested a military coup to prevent the Biden Administration from taking office in January.
Politically, the time between a Presidential election and the inauguration of a new President is a lame duck period. Most outgoing Presidential administrations during this time normally continue to do their jobs while preparing for their successors.
But this administration, as we have learned over the last four years, is unique for the wrong reasons. With all legal avenues exhausted, the bloodsuckers around him are putting forth ideas that are un-American, anti-democratic, and immoral.
There is only one solution to end this madness. Politicians at every level of government and the average citizen must come together and say enough is enough. The problem is that there are many in this country who genuinely believe that the election was stolen and/or rigged. Until we say as a nation to stop, this nonsense will continue.
To be completely honest, he is not the reason that I go out to the movie theater (when they were open). The last movie of his that I saw was A Few Good Men.
All of that aside, I can’t disagree with him. There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people whose salaries come from the making of movies and television shows. Frankly, given the current economic climate, those of us who are still employed and earning a decent salary should not be looking a gift horse in the mouth. If keeping that job and that paycheck means abiding by the recommendations, I would rather make those adjustments than be out of work.
Some of those responding to the recording said that Cruise could have made his point without cursing. Honestly, if I was in his shoes, I would have dropped a few f-bombs of my own.
If we are to defeat this virus and return to a state of semi-normalcy, we need to take it seriously. Unfortunately, there are some people who have to learn the hard way.
Journalism at its core, is supposed to be non-partisan and non-political. But sometimes, those who work in that industry have no choice but to be partisan and political. Especially when the future is at stake.
The new book by respected journalist Bob Woodward, Rage, was released back in the fall. The follow up to his 2019 book, Fear: Trump in the White House, the reader is taken into a world and a presidency that few have ever seen. Using 17 on the record interviews as the back bone of the narrative, the man he portrays on the page is arrogant, in denial, and believes that he knows it all.
Reading this book, I thought I had a good idea of the man whom we unfortunately refer to as President. I could feel a chill down my back as I delved into the story. Between his inability to stop the destruction that Covid-19 is wreaking on us and the delusional idea that he will have another 4 years in office, it was as if I was reading a fictional political thriller.
The one thing I was struck by is that not everyone who works or worked in the administration is either related to him or got the job by becoming a brownnoser. There were and still are many who genuinely believe in the work they are doing because they understand the importance of this country and the constitution.
This hobby blog is dedicated to movie nerdom, nostalgia, and the occasional escape. In the late 90s, I worked at Blockbuster Video where they let me take home two free movies a day. I caught up on the classics and wrote movie reviews for Denver 'burbs newspapers and magazines. Today, I continue to revisit the old and discover the new on the screen. Comments and dialogue are highly encouraged. This year, I'm excited to collaborate with other writers via SLICETHELIFE in which we will share our movie genre favorites in our 2021 Movie Draft!