Illinois vs Indiana: Comparing the two States COVID Response, Reopening Plans

Illinois vs Indiana: Comparing the two States COVID Response, Reopening Plans
Chicagoans, when they cross the border into northwest Indiana, are likely to experience a very visible ad campaign that the state aggressively pushes in that area. The marketing campaign stresses the lower taxes for both individuals and businesses in the Hoosier state, and how the cost of living in Indiana is lower.  However, comparing the Land of Lincoln to the Crossroads of America is sort of like apples and oranges, given how Illinois contains Chicago, the nation's third largest city and the absolute hub and de facto capital city of the Midwest. Having a major metropolis like this means Illinois has had to approach the COVID-19 pandemic in a completely different way than Indiana...

As Sports Move Closer to Return, Labor Issues Take Center Stage

As Sports Move Closer to Return, Labor Issues Take Center Stage
When it comes to the prospect of restarting sports again in this country, the health and public safety issues are at the forefront. That's just as first glance however. Upon further inspection, we're finding that beyond the issues of playing safely amid the world of COVID-19, the sports world of "office politics" take over. The more people involved in the sport, the harder it is to social distance, obviously, but it's also hard to get all the different stakeholders aligned on the same page. For the most part, it's the classic struggle of ownership/management versus labor- the conflict that defines capitalism to its core. And of course, labor issues are all about who gets what slice of the revenue pie. As Notorious B.I.G. famously told us: "it's like the more money we come across, the more problems we see." Let's take a look at where the current sports stand right now, in terms of restarting....

Analyzing the Presidential Election Swing States Polls, Odds, Projections

Analyzing the Presidential Election Swing States Polls, Odds, Projections
The United States Presidential election is certainly no popularity contest. In two of the last five elections, the popular vote winner lost the Electoral College, and thus the presidency. Donald Trump, despite losing the popular vote by about three million, won the 2016 election because he flipped four states that voted for Barack Obama in 2012: Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  He won the E.C. by the slimmest of margins, a total of about 77,000 votes in the states that made the difference. As we look ahead to November, let's take a look at who's projected to win in the swing states- Trump or presumptive Demorcratic nominee Joe Biden...
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Certain Apps Seeing Big Growth Amid Economic Shutdown

Certain Apps Seeing Big Growth Amid Economic Shutdown
Big tech is bigger than ever and in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they're only going loom larger. We're more reliant on giant tech companies than ever before these days, and in the era of social distancing, this reliance will only increase. We're currently in a world of working remotely apps, learning at a distance apps and socializing online apps. It's not going away any time soon either. Zoom is a company that we're all now familiar with. It didn't even exist until 2011, and wasn't profitable until just last year. By February, Zoom had gained 2.22 million users in 2020 — more than they amassed for all of 2019. Daily average users rose from about 10 million in December 2019 to about 200 million in March 2020....

Tax Revenue Shortfalls Could Speed Up Legalized Sports Betting

Tax Revenue Shortfalls Could Speed Up Legalized Sports Betting
It may seem counter-intuitive at first, but the lockdown orders currently in place all across the United States might actually provide a major boost of momentum for the sports betting legalization movement. State by state stay-at-home orders were put into place to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, allowing only the essential businesses to remain in operation.  It has led, expectably, to a major decline in tax revenue. With unemployment now already at Great Depression levels and very few people buying much of anything beyond the basic needs these days, we've seen a severe reduction in both income taxes and sales taxes. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, whose states borders the world's coronavirus epicenter in New York City, said last month that revenues “have fallen off a table.”...

Relaxing Music Helps Boost Immunity, Spirits During Trying Times

Relaxing Music Helps Boost Immunity, Spirits During Trying Times
Right now, COVID-19 has gripped the entire world in uncertainty, as the global pandemic has accelerated stress and heightened fear. As you know, stress is the enemy of the immune system, so any which way you can alleviate tension is always a good thing. Think of it as relaxing music for mitigation, and it's a genre that's being talked about much more these days. Streaming of classical music, along with folk and children’s music, has seen a surge in popularity recently. Classical music has always been a staple for accompanying studying or reading, but now more people are finding it can sooth frayed nerves as well...
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Digital Divide, Inequalities Could Be Exacerbated By Economic Shutdown

Digital Divide, Inequalities Could Be Exacerbated By Economic Shutdown
The digital divide is defined as the gulf between those who can readily access computers and the internet, and those who can not. During the coronavirus pandemic, and the economic shutdown that it has caused, there are worries that it will only get worse, becoming a "digital chasm." The stark divisions that already exist in society, in terms of educational attainment and income equality, could be exacerbated the longer the stay-at-home orders remain in place and most businesses are shuttered. With schools going to at home virtual learning, access to high speed broadband is key...

Joe Biden Racking Up Endorsements, Gaining Momentum in Polls

Joe Biden Racking Up Endorsements, Gaining Momentum in Polls

The "riding with Biden" bandwagon is growing by the day, sometimes by the hour, and it's triggering a major bump in the polls for the former Vice President. A USA Today/Suffolk University poll, which came out yesterday, showed Joe Biden with a 10% lead, head-to-head against the incumbent Donald Trump. Other polls show a tighter race, but still have the challenger with a lead in the high single digits, comfortably above the margin of error.

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Healthy Habits, Foods, Supplements for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthy Habits, Foods, Supplements for the COVID-19 Pandemic

You didn't get a cold this winter, did you? That's what my general practicioner asked me at our last appointment, which occurred eight days before every single large gathering of people in the month of March and April got cancelled. He's completely right, and what he was referring to was the Vitamin C and Vitamin D that he had prescribed me, months prior, to fight off a very stubborn plantar wart.

I haven't had a common cold, or anything of that variety since mid 2019, and that's a wonderful thing given how closely COVID-19 symptoms resemble those of seasonal flu or colds, and hence create high anxiety for anyone experiencing them. So what can you do to keep your immune system in tip top shape right now? Let's run through some habits and supplements.

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"I Believe" from "The Book of Mormon" as Written for the Covid19 Pandemic

"I Believe" from "The Book of Mormon" as Written for the Covid19 Pandemic
It's extremely strange how one human being, Weird Al Yankovic, is so transcendently gifted for the art of parody songwriting, and the rest of us...well not as much...but in varying degrees. Randy Rainbow and BradyFan83 are actually pretty amazing at this. All I know is this- the key is to retain the right lyrics when you can, and to strike the right balance between keeping/changing lyrics. I also know that being creative is the key to keeping your sanity during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. It helps you get through the monotonous days, which all bleed together at this point. What's today? Frednesday Smarch 34th? I realized my 2020 day planner was pointless weeks ago and burned it for heat...