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The Pandemic Is Still Real… Still Here In Full Force

I saw this about Covid-19’s resurgence in the most populous states in the United States on LinkedIn.

This is not a political issue. Heck it’s being talked about widely on the biggest business social network. It’s a health issue. It’s about our health.

There is no vaccine for Covid-19. There isn’t even a good treatment for it right now if you get the virus really bad.

I, just like everyone else, want the world to return to normal, but I also want to be around to see my kid graduate high school/college, get married, have kids etc.

So it’s only been 4 or so months. Not even a year. I get that I’m fortunate enough to have a business that is thriving during this time. But regardless a dead customer isn’t a customer. It’s a body count.

This is serious folks. Let’s treat it as such.

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Covid-19… I Get It

Seriously, I get it. We’re all sick of being stuck in our homes and not interacting with other people as much as we used to.

We want to get out. As humans were social beings — we want to be around each other and hang out.

But there is a deadly killer out there. There is no vaccine. there’s not even an effective treatment to make sure you don’t die from this virus.

I get it. I want to go back to my office. I want to go back to happy hours in person. I need a break from my house and my immediate neighborhood.

I missed the space between home and work. Yes, I worked from home from time to time. But having office space 10 minutes away helped exponentially.

But the virus is still out there. It’s still fucking killing people. I just saw a stat that the virus has killed more Americans then World War I. That freaks me out. And it should freak everyone else out as well.

People have stayed home for 3 plus months and haven’t gotten the virus, only to go out to the bar once and get it.

People are working on a vaccine as fast as possible. I don’t think it’s going to take 4 years. I think, just my opinion, we’re going to see if vaccine early next year. That’s when life can and should get back to normal.

Keep in mind, Covid-19 will most likely become a yearly thing, like the common flue, with vaccines having to be gotten yearly. But, like with the flu, we’ll have a jumping off point in the future.

Let’s all not forget that we’re still not out of the woods yet. Covid-19 is still a threat — a major threat.

Also, it’s not just about you and how you make it through it without much of anything. It’s the people around you they might not fare so easily.

Be be smart. Be safe everyone.

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General

Our History… The Statues… Our Checkered Past

There’s been a lot of animosity surrounding statues lately. And in many cases rightfully so.

Christopher Columbus statues across the country are coming down or being boxed up, in a case of Philadelphia.

It is a time of reckoning about our past in this country. Symbols of oppression and hate need to come down.

But this is where I have trouble. I’m a history buff. I was a history major in college, along with journalism. I grew up going to see Civil War battlefields with my dad. I grew up amongst the remnants of the American Revolution.

Our past is spotty. There is no arguing that. I agree with taking down statues whose only reason is to remind people of white power and racism.

But I get concerned when history gets erased.

Being Jewish the Holocaust is burned into my brain at an early age. There are many who want to erase that past, but there are many reasons why we should not and cannot. But this post isn’t about that past. It’s about America’s history.

Today in the New York Times there was an excellent article about the statues coming down across the country. The author made a good point. Put many the statues in museums with documents detailing why they’re not erected outside anymore and about the history of these people. So that we can learn from the past, not erase it.

When some people in Philadelphia turned up with bats and firearms to protect a Christopher Columbus statue, we know we’ve got a problem. That’s taking your heritage way too far.

It’s a statue. If anyone knows a good Italian family, you know you can’t take that culture away from them. Nor would you want to.

Yet I’m the same breath, I struggle with taking down statues especially at historic places, like Gettysburg and other battlefields. I feel like the statues help explain what happened on these hallowed grounds. But having a Robert E. Lee statue from the 1950s in downtown Richmond is inappropriate.

Having Confederate statues in our nation’s capital building is ridiculous.

I’m not saying destroy these monuments. I’m saying put them somewhere where we can learn about the history behind the people depicted.

I guess where I stand is, take down these monuments, but preserve them so we can learn from them — our past.

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On Defunding The Police…

Where to start. I have family that are police officers and in law enforcement. To my knowledge they are upstanding and honorable. That’s why defunding the police is such a hard topic for me.

Watching how the police deal with protesters angers me. Seeing how they are dealing with the press makes me seethe in anger.

I’m a recovering reporter, who covered the police as part of my beat when I worked for a variety of newspapers. I had a good relationship with those in blue, with whom I covered. But watching the interaction across the nation between police and the public makes me wonder if it was all just a show.

Lately, I find myself, when I see a police officer somewhere interacting with the public, reaching for my phone to record. Thankfully, I have yet had a reason to pull it out. But I know it’s only a matter of time.

I really don’t know how to form an opinion about defunding the police. I think there are times when the police are needed, but many of the times when they show up first, when they should be the last to be there. There are other services that should be responding first.

We have an Iraq War veteran with mental health issues (PTSD etc.) on our street. The police have shown up numerous times to his house. Mental health providers should be the ones showing up not the police.

I know this is a ramble, and hopefully it make sense.

This is where I stand, the police departments and the culture of policing have got to reform and evolve. The mentality of shoot first, ask questions later needs to stop. Police officers need to be held accountable for their actions. End of story.

No one should be above the law, not even those sworn to protect it. Police need to be held to a higher standard.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Keep the civil please.

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I don’t know where to even begin #riots2020

I don’t even know where to begin. Covid-19 is still a real threat, but we can’t sit idle and not fight back against a police state taking hold.

The death is George Floyd is just one more example of the police being out of control.

I’m not saying that all police are bad, the majority, I hope, are good. But what we’ve seen over the last few days with the riots is that many of the police are showing their true colors.

Arresting Journalists Is NEVER Okay

Police arresting journalists who are filming them and the riots, even when the journalist identify themselves as press. This is unacceptable. Not only does it go against the 1st Amendment it goes against the Geneva Conventions.

Having been a reporter in my past profession, this treatment of the press has got to stop. But it won’t as long Trump is calling the Forth Estate the enemy. The press is not the enemy. It never was and never will be. What scares those in authority is that journalists hold them accountable, and they clearly don’t like that.

This Isn’t New

What’s happening to our country isn’t new. It’s been going on for awhile. It’s sparked up since Trump was elected and has only gotten worse.

Our country is in pain. Our country is in need of healing. The only way this can happen it’s those bad actors in authority are held accountable for their actions.

Sadly, I don’t think many of the bad actors in a place of authority caught on film are going to be held accountable for their actions.

We have a long way to go for healing. Changes are going to have to be made or we will never recover from this.

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Quarantine Life A Challenge For Sure

Quarantine life is definitely challenging.

The kiddo is obviously home and has to learn, wife has to find a job (she’s a real catch for any company looking for a business manager or biz ops person, hint hint), and I have to keep Goldstein Media well oiled and moving.

So far it’s being done, but not without a lot of stress.

I wish I could say that this extra time with my family is fun and relaxing, but it’s only the former sometimes and never the latter.

By the way, I refuse to call this “The New Normal!” There is nothing normal about this. It’s “The New Not Normal!”

How is everyone else doing?

(This was originally a status message on LinkedIn. Thought I’d post it here as well.)

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Finding The Right Balance

With the majority of the globe on lock down/quarantine. I’ve seen a trend toward more online interaction. While this is good, we need to remember to not only take time for ourselves, but also our family that is with us in real life (IRL).

Last weekend I attended WordCamp San Antonio virtually. It was so much fun, but it took a toll on my 7 year-old son. He missed me.

This weekend there is yet another WordPress/digital conference. Though I’d like to attend, I’m going to only make one or two sessions and spend the rest of my time getting some work done and spending time with the family.

It’s all about priorities. And my family is #1.

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More Social Now?

Before the Covid-19 corona virus pandemic, I was in a flow. It was regular and comfortable. Now that we’re all stuck at home, I feel that there are more things going on and that I’m being more social than I was before.

Yes, we are home schooling our 7 year old son. That takes time and changes stuff up a bit. Yes, my wife is now on furlough from her job. That’s making things much more stressful. But on the whole, I’ve been busy — connecting, reaching out, communicating.

Is that possible? Seriously? Did it take a global deadly pandemic to make the world come together? More people are reaching out and doing Zoom and other video chats on a regular basis.

I’ve gone to a WordCamp virtually, last weekend, and today there is an online conference (10 hrs of content), about the WordPress Block Editor.

I’m in a Zoom call at least daily if not multiple times a day. I’m connecting with my tech community much more than I did before.

I’m loving it. But why did it take a freaking pandemic for this to happen? I can’t answer that, I don’t think anyone really can.

Have you found yourself becoming more social online? Let me know in the comments.

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It’s Been A While

Hey. Yea You. It’s been a while since I’ve posted over here on this site. I’ve been busy. Yea we’re all “busy.” I’ve been building out a tech site called Insights on Tech. Check it out. I’m really proud of it.

So reality struck and I’m now out of my co-working space for at least two weeks because of Covid19. I’m back to working in my basement. This time with a proper standing desk and a nice foot pad.

The kiddo is home for these two weeks and the wife is doing reduced hours at her job.

I’ll admit I’m a bit freaked out. Yes a little about the actual Covid19 virus, but more about what it’s going to do to our healthcare system, that already has issues.

I’m scared because if someone gets sick, not necessarily with Covid19 but with something else that takes them to the emergency room, how that might work. Our resources are thin at best now. Hell, doctors can’t even get gloves and masks. You’d think we’re in a 3rd World country. To be honest, I think 3rd World countries have more supplies than we do.

I don’t have to worry about my 7 yo getting it, he’ll just give us Covid19. I’m really worried about my parents and my in-laws. They are in the zone where it’s deadly.

I know I’m rambling, but I needed to get this out.

How are you doing? Let me know in the comments. We’re all in this together. Together we can get through this.

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Side Hustles Are Not Just For Desk Jockeys

So I’m starting up a side hustle. It’s in stealth-mode right now, so I’m not going to reveal anything here right now. But in doing this side hustle, I realized something… side hustles are not just for desk jockeys who have 9 to 5 jobs. Even if you’re an entrepreneur, having a side hustle is a good thing.

Side hustles are great. Exploring other opportunities is healthy and keeps you on your toes. It allows you to iterate and improve your bottom line.

If you’ve ever started a side hustle, you know that you have to figure out the balance between the main hustle and the side hustle. This is the same for when you own your main hustle. In fact it’s even more important.

Do you have a side hustle?

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