LBN Examiner 5/10/2020

*WELCOME TO ZOMBIE LAND – STUDY REVEALS AMERICANS WATCHING FAR MORE NEWS, DRAMAS, DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK:

Millions of Americans have adopted new routines and changed their habits in response to the coronavirus shutdown. Since people are spending all day at home, it’s no surprise that they’ve been using more of their time to watch TV. To that end, Comcast recently analyzed “TV watching” data to identify how viewing habits of Americans have changed in response to the lockdown. The average American home has been watching an additional 9 hours of TV per week. Before the shutdown began in mid-March the average household consumed about 57 hours of TV over the span of a week. That number has increased to a whopping 66 hours! The amount of streaming and web-video consumption has also increased by 35%. Not only have Americans been watching more TV, but people have been changing when they tune in to the TV. More people are staying up later to catch up on their favorite shows or binge something new. There’s been a 40% increase in the amount of TV being watched between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Researchers also found a slight decrease in the number of people that tune-in during the early hours of the morning. Since people don’t need to commute, they can sleep in a little longer — resulting in a 6% decrease in the amount of programming watched between 6 and 8 a.m.

*HOMEOWNERS RAISE A STINK OVER POT-SMOKING NEIGHBORS:

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. As more states legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, some neighbors and neighborhoods are divided over pot’s, particularly pungent odor. That divide will likely grow as many residents continue to stay at home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.  In Augusta, Maine, adjacent condo owners are currently locked in a battle between one owner who uses marijuana for a medical condition and another owner who says the secondhand smoke aggravates her medical condition. So far, a civil suit filed by the nonsmoking condo owner and her husband in 2018 has been dismissed by a judge in Superior Court, as was their complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission. Most recently, the couple took their case to the federal level. In a housing-discrimination complaint filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, they argue that the condo board has denied them “reasonable accommodation” by allowing the downstairs neighbors to smoke. That matter is pending.

*HOW ISRAEL PLANS TO RESTART ITS ECONOMY:

Listen, we’re like you—we’ll read anything that provides a blueprint for getting life back to 10% of normal. One interesting guide comes from Israel, where the country’s National Security Council has reportedly finalized a plan to slowly lift stay-at-home restrictions. The plan consists of four phases and focuses on opening more lucrative sectors first, Haaretz reports:   Phase 1: Tech and finance, plus slices of trade-oriented industries. These sectors employ more than 10% of the population. 

Phase 2: Commerce and retail stores. 

Phase 3: Restaurants and hotels. The NSC expects most of the education system will be back at this point, too.

Phase 4: Recreational sectors like sports, air travel, and entertainment. If that seems like a straightforward process, consider these caveats: Each phase will have a two-week buffer to review whether the next can proceed. All of the public health guidelines we’ve been subject to (social distancing, face masks, etc.) will be required for reopening industries. None of these phases applies to people over 60 and other at-risk populations.

Bottom line: Coronavirus restrictions will almost definitely extend into the summer.

+ While we’re here: NY, NJ, and a few other northeastern states have formed a task force to coordinate reopening their economies. So have some West Coast states.

*BOB DYLAN ANNOUNCES FIRST ORIGINAL ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS: ‘ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS’:

As the years rolled by since Bob Dylan’s last album of original songs, 2012’s Tempest, some questioned if we’d ever hear new music from America’s greatest songwriter ever again. In typical fashion, the elusive rock star teased fans with a few song releases over the past few weeks before confirming early Friday that he would indeed be releasing a new album next month. The album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, will be released June 19. The announcement came alongside the release of a third song in recent weeks—“False Prophet.” It’s described by Rolling Stone as a “slinky striptease-blues groove, powered by a downright filthy fuzz-guitar riff.” It ends with the line: “I can’t remember when I was born—and I forgot when I died.”

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES: WALKING

  • Brisk walking helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and increase high-density lipoprotein.
  • The longest walk around the world was completed by a former neon-sign salesman, Jean Beliveau. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years.
  • Racewalking has been an official Olympic sport for over 90 years. Distances vary from 1 mile to 95 miles. Racewalking usually is not the most popular sport of the Olympics.
  • The United States walks the least of any industrialized nation. The average Australian takes 9, 695 steps per day (just a few short of the ideal 10,000), the average Japanese takes 7,168; the average Swiss: 9,650; and the average American just 5,117.
  • Given that the world is about 25,000 miles in circumference and that the average walking rate is 3 miles per hour, it would take a person walking nonstop approximately 347 days to walk around the world.

Firewalking is both about physics and a state of mind

  • Fire walking, or the act of walking over hot stones or embers with bare feet, is a religious ceremony practiced in several parts of the world, including the Indian subcontinent, China, Fiji Islands, and New Zealand. It was also practiced in ancient Greece and India. Fire walking is said to help guarantee a good harvest or purify the participants.
  • It would take about 225 million years to walk one light-year at the pace of a 20-minute mile. It would take 95,000 years to travel one light-year on NASA’s Mach 9.68 X-43, a hypersonic scramjet that is the fastest aircraft in the world. One light-year is about 5.9 trillion miles.
  • It would take, on average, 1 hour and 43 minutes of walking to burn off a 540-calorie Big Mac.
  • Humans became bipedal three to six million years ago. Scientists believe that humans started walking on two legs to better carry goods and to use energy more efficiently.[6]
  • On average, a person would need to walk seven hours to burn off a Super-Sized Coke, fries, and a Big Mac.

*ACTRESS ELIZABETH STANTON & BUCA DI BEPPO TEAM WITH ELLIS ISLAND HONORS SOCIETY TO DONATE 10,000 MEALS TO HEALTHCARE HEROES:

Following on the heels of a successful campaign of donating 5,000 meals to Los Angeles area organizations feeding the hungry and vulnerable, Elizabeth Stanton has set her sights on supporting our frontline healthcare heroes. Now Elizabeth is taking her campaign coast-to-coast, teaming up with NYC-based non-profit Ellis Island Honors Society. This alliance is making an even bigger impact with a donation of 10,000 meals provided by the restaurant company Buca di Beppo. The campaign launched on May 6th, Nurses Day, and will continue through Nurses Week and beyond. This goal is to show support and appreciation for our courageous frontline healthcare workers who are facing tremendous challenges during this pandemic.

The meals for frontline healthcare heroes will be distributed to hospitals from Burbank to New York. New York City hospitals, the hardest hit in the country, will receive 8,000 meals with the vast majority being delivered to hospitals within the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital system. To thank the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces who are fighting on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, actress Elizabeth Stanton donated 800 meals to the USO of Metropolitan WashingtonBaltimore for distribution to military hospitals located in the National Capital Region. Additionally, 700 meals will be distributed to various Boston area hospitals. In Burbank, California, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center will also receive meals in support of their frontline heroes.

Elizabeth’s goal is to set an example with her charitable campaign and inspire others who are in a position to donate to do so immediately. “We started our initiative last week in LA with 5,000 meals provided to vulnerable communities and have now reached across the country to thank frontline healthcare workers. We hope to inspire others to join us as together we provide another 10,000 meals to hospitals on the East Coast.” The Ellis Island Honors Society is the sponsor of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, which recognizes philanthropic Americans for their humanitarian activities. Deliveries will start on Nurses Day, Wednesday, May 6th and the timing could not be better as this whole week is about appreciation and giving back starting with Tuesday, May 5th, #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement.

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*KEEP OUT! – CHINA BLOCKS THE WHO FROM PARTICIPATING IN INVESTIGATIONS OF COVID-19’S ORIGINS:

China has refused repeated requests by the World Health Organization to take part in investigations into the origins of COVID-19, the WHO representative in China has told Sky News. “We know that some national investigation is happening, but at this stage, we have not been invited to join,” Gauden Galea said, adding that this was despite having made requests to participate to the health commission and other authorities in China. “The origins of the virus are very important, the animal-human interface is extremely important and needs to be studied. The priority is we need to know as much as possible to prevent re-occurrence,” Galea said. Asked by Sky News whether there was a good reason for China not to include the WHO in its investigations, Galea replied: “From our point of view, no.”

*PETA URGES MILITARY TO STOP DRINKING COBRA BLOOD IN SURVIVAL EXERCISES:

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging the Pentagon to stop using live animals in its military exercises, one of which includes U.S. troops drinking cobra blood. In a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and sent Monday, PETA asks him to stop the “crude killing of animals during the annual Cobra Gold military exercise,” which includes the consumption of cobra blood, live scorpions and tarantulas, and geckos.

The animal rights group argued that the consumption of live animals puts the troops at risk of contracting zoonotic diseases. “Considering the danger zoonotic diseases pose to the troops — and indeed to all humanity — it is imperative that you end the use of live animals in Cobra Gold and instead use more effective and ethical non-animal training methods,” the letter reads.

*U.S. MARRIAGE RATE PLUNGES TO LOWEST LEVEL ON RECORD:

The share of Americans getting married has fallen to its lowest level on record, according to government figures released Wednesday that reflect how economic insecurity and changing norms are eroding the institution. The U.S. marriage rate fell 6% in 2018, with 6.5 new unions formed for every 1,000 people, according to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics. That was the lowest rate since the federal government began keeping data in 1867, said Sally Curtin, a statistician at the center and lead author of the report.  

“Millennials are in peak marriage years, their 20s and 30s, and it’s still dropping,” Ms. Curtin said. “This is historic.” The new report shows how marriage rates plunged near the start of the Great Depression in the 1930s, then rebounded sharply after World War II, hitting a high of 16.4 marriages per 1,000 people in 1946. The marriage rate began a near-steady decline in 1982 that lasted until 2009, then remained near flat before inching upward in 2014. Ms. Curtin said there was no clear reason for the sharp marriage decline in 2018.

*MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER TO BE PLAYED OVER MAJOR U.S. CITY FIVE TIMES A DAY:

A Minneapolis neighborhood, which lies in controversial Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district, will begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer five times a day over outdoor loudspeakers throughout the month of Ramadan, reports say. The move is “believed to be the first publicly-broadcast call to prayer in a major US city,” al Jazeera English said in a post on Twitter.

*CORONAVIRUS HANGS AROUND IN THE AIR OF CROWDED SPACES:

The novel coronavirus appears to linger in the air in crowded rooms that lack good ventilation, according to a new study from China. Bloomberg News reports that researchers, led by Ke Lan of Wuhan University, set up tests in and around two hospitals in the city where the outbreak began. Using so-called aerosol traps, they reportedly found bits of the virus’ genetic material floating in the air of rooms including hospital toilets, supermarkets, and residential buildings. Especially high concentrations were reportedly found in hospital rooms where medical staff were removing their protective gear. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Research, didn’t conclude whether or not the floating particles can make people sick. The researchers said their findings show the importance of ventilation, limiting crowds, and meticulous cleaning.

*AMERICAN COUPLE QUARANTINING IN MEXICO GUNNED DOWN WHILE DRIVING:

A Syracuse-area man who had been quarantining in Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic was fatally shot along with his girlfriend when gunmen opened fire on their Jeep, according to reports. Pat Landers, 32, of upstate Baldwinsville, and his gal pal, Karla Baca, a physical education teacher, were driving along a street in Juarez on Monday in the vehicle with New York plates when at least 20 bullets were fired at them. Police in the border city just south of El Paso, Texas, are investigating the shocking attack, which left Landers’ son, Cameron, fatherless. Despite a stay-at-home order since March 23, more than 100 killings have been reported in Juarez this month, according to the Daily Mail. Police have attributed most of the violence to drug cartels.

*MEET THE OUT-OF-WORK WOMEN STRIPPING ON INSTAGRAM FOR CELEBS DURING PANDEMIC:

Over the past five weeks, more than 26 million people have filed unemployment claims owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. And on Monday, White House senior economic adviser Kevin Hassett warned that the U.S. economy could contract to levels not seen since the Great Depression. With stay-at-home orders in place and millions of folks out of work, those in industries greatly affected by the coronavirus crisis—from retail to the restaurant sector, where an estimated 8 million jobs have been lost nationwide, or two out of every three restaurant jobs—are looking for new ways to earn money, given that many Americans have yet to receive their meager stimulus check from the federal government.

For Munni, a 23-year-old Manhattanite, things were looking particularly dire. She was laid off from both of her jobs—cashier at a bagel shop and hostess at a Japanese restaurant—in mid-March, and had just $60 to her name. “I was late on my rent and got laid off from my job a few days before the pandemic really hit New York,” she says. “It was really scary for me, and I was stressed out about how I would make ends meet.” Then a friend told her about Demon Time, a roving virtual strip club on Instagram Live, where women could dance anonymously (in a ski mask, or by leaving their head out of the frame) for an online audience of thousands, including celebrities ranging from The Weeknd to Kevin Durant, and rake in thousands of dollars a night.  “I went on and got paid so much money,” says Munni. “The most I ever made was $6,000 in a week. I was able to pay off my bills, buy myself food, and get myself things that I needed. It was really a blessing. I know people have their judgments but it helped so much.”

Demon Time, also known as the Respectfully Justin Show, was the brainchild of Justin LaBoy, a 28-year-old social-media entrepreneur and strip-club connoisseur. First reported by The New York Times’ Taylor Lorenz, LaBoy was no stranger to amassing large social-media followings, having operated a number of popular meme pages on Instagram. On the night of March 12, he went on Instagram Live, beckoning his female followers to go Live with him. “The girls start going crazy,” he recalls, with a chuckle. “So I’m like, What is going on? I told them to let me post their Cash App so users can donate to them.”  Each show began with the same image: a Christmas glass of red wine and two bottles of Trader Joe’s water resting on a table, while Pop Smoke’s “Shake the Room” blared. Then, a dancer (usually masked) would appear and let it rip.
LaBoy hyped them up, flashed their Cash App handle to the audience soliciting tips, and then moved on to the next performance. Each one lasted about eight minutes. The first “episode” of Demon Time attracted about 800 viewers. The next hit 5,000. “Then Shaq tuned in and it just blew up,” says LaBoy, with shows peaking at around 40,000 viewers.

  *EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES: VINCENT IMHOFF AND SHANNON LEIS OF IMHOFF & ASSOCIATES, EXAMINE CORNOAVIRUS WREAKING ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

The novel coronavirus is creating devastation not only to an individual’s health, but also to the entire criminal justice system. According to legal experts, the pandemic will have repercussions for a criminal defendants’ right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution. If that right is found to be violated, a defendant’s conviction or sentence can be set aside. Most states have statutory speedy trial limits, however the impact of the virus is going to overwhelm dockets in courthouses all over the country. Vincent Imhoff, Managing Director of Imhoff & Associates, and Shannon Leis, Managing Attorney at Imhoff & Associates, certainly are frustrated by the current state the criminal justice system is in. They too agree that some constitution violations are most certainly being enacted as we speak. The two co-authored an article detailing such specifics in the Imhoff & Associates Newsletter.

“In California, the Chief Justice and the Judicial Council voted unanimously to extend what qualifies as a speedy trial during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, criminal defendants now face longer waits in pretrial detention and for key hearings. Deadlines for a felony defendant to appear in court extends from 48 hours to 7 days, for a preliminary hearing to be held from 10 days to 30 days, for a speedy trial for an additional 60 days. These changes are to remain in effect even after the emergency ends for an additional 90 days. Imagine being arrested and sitting in jail for an entire week before seeing a judge regarding release.”

Many federal and state courts have suspended or postponed criminal jury trials. Among the states most seriously affected by the pandemic is New York, where state courts responded by ordering courts to finish pending criminal and civil trials while delaying new trials until further notice. In Washington state, multiple courts suspended or delayed trials.

Due entirely to the pandemic, there still seems to be more breaches to be aware of than solely Sixth Amendment rights. The pandemic is resulting in compromised Fifth and Eighth Amendment rights of defendants in custody as well. At a time when the government is urging Americans to follow CDC guidelines, almost every single guideline is being violated in its jails and prisons. The crowded and shared living spaces make social distancing virtually impossible. Detainees are not provided masks, and living spaces are not properly cleaned and sanitized. COVID-19 is spreading through jails and prisons like wildfire and deaths are already being reported. The Fifth Amendment forbids any form of punishment for those held in pretrial detention and the Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Although all might seem hopeless, Vincent and Shannon believe that the system can turn around with a serious dedication to preserving rights and that a solution is on the horizon

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Social distancing at a White House press briefing.

*EXAMINER – MUSIC:

  On her new album, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” Fiona Apple seems to regard her music as a device to process trauma.

*EXAMINER – INVESTIGATES:

20 percent of pediatric practices in the U.S. will not take on anti-vaxxers as patients.

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  “I learn that ten percent of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harnessing, disfiguring, or totally destroying the other ninety percent?” –Annie Dillard, author (b. 30 Apr 1945)

*EXAMINER – CARTOON:

“ … and it was at this point that I realized we made the same mistake before.”

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  Welcome to Episode 3, of the revealing TV interview show, “Without Notes,” Rabbi Asher Gottsman “The Rabbi” and Robert Sanchez “The Rascal”. The story of a reformed gang member and his spiritual mentor, a Jewish Rabbi, and how they have affected each other for the better. In episode 3, we delve into how the two men formed a brotherly bond.
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*TOTAL FILTH! – ‘THEY ARE TRANSPORTING THIS VIRUS’: MTA SUBWAY CONDUCTORS SAY TRAINS ARE FILTHIER THAN EVER AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:

The New York City subways are only supposed to be for essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, but conductors say the trains are filthier than ever. The MTA says only about 5% of its regular ridership is taking the subway during this pandemic, and that’s made up of people who work in hospitals, grocery stores, and every other essential service. But conductors say the subway has become a homeless shelter and social distancing is nearly impossible. Cell phone video shows subway cars lined with people passed out, using shoes as pillows, not wearing masks, with trash piled in shopping carts. “There is an astronomical amount of homeless people now in the subway,” MTA train conductor Tramell Thompson said. “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now the Metropolitan Transmission Authority. They are transporting this virus.”

*COVID-19 DISINFECTING SHOE MATS TO THE RESCUE…NEW WAVE OF PROTECTION:

It started with wash your hands … and it’s now going to be WIPE YOUR FEET!!! That’s the route many businesses are looking to take in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Center for Disease Control reporting that coronavirus particles can live on shoes and not just on handrails and other surfaces. Enter the disinfecting shoe mats. Several companies who offer them said business is boomin’ … as several industries ramp up measures to prevent spread of the virus. The concept of the mats is pretty simple — you wipe your feet on the, it sanitizes and disinfects the shoes. One of the big brands is SaniStride, which says its product is 99.99% effective … and they’ve seen a jump in sales of over 500% since the middle of March. That CDC report about shoes gave the company another sales boost. So far, the Oregon-based company has mailed out THOUSANDS of mats with continuing inquiries from nursing homes, hospitals, office buildings, markets, restaurants and rental car companies. And, there’s this … SaniStride says a few major cruise liners reached out a few weeks ago. It’s no secret the cruise industry is taking it on the chin lately … with multiple coronavirus-related deaths on ships, which have triggered several lawsuits. The “new normal” is also pushing sales through the roof for an Illinois-based company called allMATS, which says it’s backed up on at least 100 orders. We’re told customers are ordering in bulk — 50 to 70 mats at a time. Likewise, Mat Supplier in Washington state says its sales have tripled compared to last year.

*RICHARD BRANSON
“I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS”:

“Over the five decades I have been in business, this is the most challenging time we have ever faced,” billionaire Virgin Group founder Richard Branson admitted in an open letter to employees. As Branson notes, his constellation of companies operate in some of the sectors hardest hit by virus containment policies: leisure, travel, aviation, hotels, and cruises.  A desperate Branson asked the U.K. government for a loan to keep his Virgin Atlantic airline afloat.  He even said he’d offer up his famous Necker Island estate in the Caribbean as collateral to “save as many jobs as possible around the group.” Branson spent a good chunk of the letter playing defense against critics who point out he hasn’t paid income taxes in the U.K. since decamping for the British Virgin Islands, yet now wants money from British taxpayers. Branson countered that he’d pay back any government aid and has already promised to pour $250 million of his own money into Virgin Group. Virgin Australia, 10% of which is owned by Virgin Group, entered voluntary administration (aka bankruptcy protection) this morning.

*CHIPOTLE TO PAY 3.6 MILLION BURRITOS IN NOROVIRUS CASE

On Monday, LA federal prosecutors smacked Chipotle with a $25 million criminal fine to settle charges related to norovirus outbreaks at some locations. Norovirus = a highly contagious virus that’s easily transmitted by workers handling food.

The charges: Prosecutors said Chipotle served food that made over 1,100 people sick in the U.S. from 2015 to 2018. That’s the largest fine ever in a food safety case, according to prosecutors. As part of the settlement, Chipotle pledged to strengthen its food-safety policies and write “I will not make people sick” 30x on the blackboard. Chipotle isn’t a stranger to the courtroom. It’s faced class-action and shareholder lawsuits over its sanitation practices in recent years. Chipotle also reported better-than-expected earnings yesterday, with digital sales growing 81% and same-store sales up 3.3%.

*FACEBOOK LET ADVERTISERS TARGET MILLIONS OF USERS INTERESTED IN ‘PSEUDOSCIENCE’:

Facebook allowed advertisers to target and profit from 78 million users who the social-media company believed were interested in pseudoscience, according to a report from The Markup.Mark Zuckerberg has been keen to stress his company’s efforts to clamp down on misinformation about COVID-19, saying last week that it had pulled “hundreds of thousands” of misleading posts. But The Markup found that it was able to specifically target a database of users that Facebook believed was interested in “pseudoscience.” The Markup paid to advertise posts targeting those people on Facebook and Instagram—both of which were approved. After the nonprofit raised the issue with Facebook, company spokesperson Devon Kearns emailed to say it had eliminated the pseudoscience category.


*HAPPY 15th, YOUTUBE:

It’s been 15 years since YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the platform’s first-ever video, 18 seconds of him pontificating about elephant trunks at the San Diego Zoo.

Here’s a brief timeline on what’s happened since:

2005: YouTube launches its public beta in May, and with $3.5 million from Sequoia Capital it goes beyond beta by the end of the year. 

2006: Google acquires YouTube for $1.7 billion.

2007: “Charlie bit my finger” becomes the first viral video, proving babies are cuter than cats, and YouTube goes mobile-friendly the same month the first iPhone hits stores. 

2008: “Evolution of Dance” gets a record-breaking 100 million views.

2009: Justin Bieber. Vevo. The music world is never the same. 

2012: Psy’s “Gangnam Style” gets a historic 1 billion views.

2014: Susan Wojcicki becomes YouTube’s third CEO.

2017: The “Adpocalypse” and “Elsagate” throw the platform under public scrutiny.

As of last year, 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube…every minute. There’s no sign of that number going down, especially amid COVID-19.

*NO ONE IS GOING ANYWHERE:


If the Wright Brothers time-traveled to April 2020 they’d look up and say, “What have you guys been doing for the last 117 years?” 

The number of travelers that passed through TSA checkpoints… April 15, 2020: 90,784 A year ago on the same weekday: 2,317,381 That’s why United Airlines said travel demand was “essentially zero” and going nowhere fast.

*TRACEE DUNBLAZIER, RENOWN SPIRITUAL COUNSELORS, GIVES 5 TIPS ON PROCESSING EVERYDAY GREIF IN TIMES OF TRAUMA:

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe has not only left many anxious about life and death issues, but it’s also left people struggling with a host of less obvious, existential losses as they heed stay-home warnings and wonder how bad all of this is going to get. Left unrecognized and unattended, grief can negatively impact every aspect of our being; physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. Many people are facing difficult battles and might not know where to go or who to turn to.

Well, there are professionals in the world who care about the mental state of people during this tough time. One such professional who has great advice in this area of expertise is renown spiritualist and award-winning author, Tracee Dunblazier. Tracee details a list of 5 tips on processing everyday grief in times of trauma and everyone should read it, especially if you find yourself struggling emotionally. She shares her thoughts on why it’s important to acknowledge the grief you may be feeling, how to manage it, and how she believes we will find meaning in it.

1. It is normal to experience multiple episodes of crying, anger or maniacal laughter in times of cultural trauma.

2. Let yourself let go of shame about feeling strong emotions. (Many people have been taught that showing emotion is unacceptable or a sign of weakness.)

3. Feeling strong emotion does not mean you are out-of-control or crazy.

4. When strong feelings arise, move yourself to a location that allows you to feel them, safely.

5. During times of cultural trauma, it’s common for grief to be triggered by situations one cannot control. Be patient and honest with yourselves and others. Be clear about your boundaries with loved ones.

*EXAMINER – OUR NEW WORLD:

  • Scientists are collaborating at warp speed: They’ve published around 3,000 papers on COVID-19, which is 20x the published research of other infectious diseases at the same point in the public health response.
  • Zoom has made history: Its surge ranks among the most remarkable growth stories in the internet age, outpacing even Instagram and Fortnite
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