Archive for April 2020

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...

Trump Still Expected to Win Re-Election, Despite Coronavirus Chaos

Trump Still Expected to Win Re-Election, Despite Coronavirus Chaos

It's what some social scientists call the "rally around the flag" effect. In times of crisis, the leader sees a bump in their approval ratings, regardless of how that ruler is actually performing at his/her job. There are many different ways to try and explain this phenomenon, but at least partially, the simplest explanation is the best.

In times of great uncertainty and high anxiety, like what we're living through right now with the coronavirus pandemic, people like to believe that whomever is in charge is extremely competent- it's a lot easier to sleep at night with such a belief. Also, that some of the approval is just a misguided, distorted version of sympathy. It's basically, "hey, I'm glad I don't have to work on cleaning up this mess- good luck with that."

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Kamala Harris Emerging as Strong Favorite to be the VP Pick

Kamala Harris Emerging as Strong Favorite to be the VP Pick

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, received an official endorsement from Senator Bernie Sanders today, thus healing the major divide within the party. It's extremely significant just on face value alone, but becomes all the more important when you consider the timing of this decision.

When Sanders ran for President in 2016, he waited until July to drop out and endorse Senator Hillary Clinton. His expression of support for the nominee much earlier in the cycle this time is very advantageous for everyone involved on the left. Now his army of "Bernie Bros" will have additional time to do their sociopolitical soul-searching. With this drama essentially done and dusted, it's time to focus on the next major question. Who will be the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate?

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Gretchen Whitmer Emerges as Darkhorse Democratic VP Candidate

Gretchen Whitmer Emerges as Darkhorse Democratic VP Candidate
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is everywhere right now, conveying just how much of a rising star she currently is in the Democratic Party. On Wednesday she appeared on The Daily Show, wearing a shirt emblazoned with "That Woman From Michigan," an obvious clapback at President Trump for his egregiously unprofessional and overtly condescending remark about her last week. On Saturday, she teamed up with the Detroit Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers to release a call to action video encouraging nurses and doctors to bring their skills to Michigan as a way to volunteer and help bolster the number of health care professionals fighting on the front lines against the COVID-19 pandemic. Her public profile has risen so high that she's now in the mix to be the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. Whitmer now has the third best odds of assuming the position, behind only the favorite Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar. ...

Fox News Channel and Asian Wet Markets: Both Must Be Abolished Now

Fox News Channel and Asian Wet Markets: Both Must Be Abolished Now

Once the coronavirus pandemic is all over, and the world recovers from the plague of COVID-19, a lot of stock will be taken of all that we have lost. There will be hundreds of thousands of lives lost, and millions more altered for the worse, many of which irreparably so. We don't make the timeline for when this recovery period arrives, the virus does, and because of that, it's all unknown.

What we do know is that there will be a lot of institutions that just can not exist anymore, simply because they're way too dangerous to public health. Two examples are FOX News Channel and the wet markets in Asia. Half a world away from each other, and existing in completely different spheres of influence, both are getting people killed due to their complete recklessness. We'll start with the latter, as that's where this all (and by that our current hellscape within which we're all currently inhabiting got started.

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