We Need a Test For Those Who Had the Virus and are No Longer Infectious!

My question:

Is there a test that can tell us that someone had the virus already, and can no longer communicate the disease to others? This, for any who had symptoms, or had no symptoms at all. These would then be safe to join the workforce. Some official certification, like a pin or badge, could indicate to others that they were safe. The consequences of such a test that reveals to us those who are safe are vast.

We will know who is safe!

These will not have to sequester themselves, and therefore be available to help others. This especially applies to heath care and other essential personnel. These would be safe to congregate, among themselves and with others. We would know who can join the “emerging return to society” and hasten its return.

At the moment there are more pressing needs for testing and allocation of resources, but the time for this test SHOULD come.

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Should the Democratic Candidate Accept Mike Bloomberg’s Help?

Mike Bloomberg will support the Democratic nominee through to election day, even if he is not the nominee. Should the nominee accept his help? This question applies to any of the candidates, but is of particular significance to the “anti-billionaire” candidates, Sanders and Warren. Would accepting Bloomberg’s help be ethical?

The answer depends on understanding “Capital P” Pragmatism. It is not the pragmatism of “pragmatically” using a screw driver to screw in a screw. In Pragmatism, in difficult ethical choice situations, the two famous formulas, “The ends justify the means,” or the abjectly amoral, “If it works it’s good,” apply. In dire situations like ours with Trump, the question is addressed in an original Star Trek episode, “Does survival cancel programming?” The answer depends on our understanding of “P” Pragmatism. If we survive, can we forgive ourselves for the heinous thing we had to do to survive? In “P” Pragmatism, we have no problem, we cancel programming, because either amoral formula escapes ethical scrutiny.

If, for example, Elizabeth Warren, believes that she will lose without Bloomberg’s help, should she take it and be able to look at herself in the mirror. The key question: Whether or not she cares, can we look at ourselves in the mirror after voting for her?

If she, or we, don’t care, we have excused ourselves for doing an awful thing by taking the Pragmatic off ramp into the universe of amorality. It is “the caring” about the ethics of our choices that distinguishes the ethical world of morality, from the ethical void of Pragmatism. Observing the actions of others will NOT inform us of this difference, because we cannot be in the minds of others to know whether or not they care.

But we CAN know within ourselves. If we don’t care, we will excuse ourselves and go on to excuse ourselves in likewise fashion for the next “survival” action that would trouble us if we cared. That’s Pragmatism!

If we care, we will say to ourselves, “Oh my God! What I had to do! I will never forget what I had to do! And I will live my life going forward, to NEVER be responsible for getting myself into any situation where I felt I could not forgive myself for what I had to do. That’s ETHICS!

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The concept of “P” Pragmatism and its implications draws heavily on my readings of Any Rand on the subject.

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How Does Ukraine’s Helping Trump Jeopardize our National Security?

Our media needs to incorporate into their presentations a retinue of mantra issues. Take note: That is exactly what Trump’s choir does all day long. We must help the public to understand and appreciate key issues in depth. There are many issues left adrift. Often mentioned, but hardly ever explained, is that Trump’s solicitation of a Ukraine investigation of the Bidens damages our national security. But how does it do that? I have heard the “how” just two, or perhaps only three times.

If Ukraine helps Trump to avoid impeachment, or to get re-elected, Ukraine will lose the support of Democrats. Ukraine is fighting a hot war with Russia right now. Given the “coincidence” that most everything we have been doing in international affairs benefits Putin, losing Democratic resistance to protecting Ukraine will jeopardize Ukraine’s independent existence. Losing Ukraine to Russia would be a disaster!

There are other critical issues that should be brought up every day AND explained. Here, reiterating, however often, that Ukraine working on behalf of Trump is bad for national secutity has little power without explaining how. The power of understanding is in the HOW: Losing Democratic support could lose Ukraine to Russia and Putin. This knowledge MUST be kept in the public mind.

This, and all other KEY elements to a crystal clear BIG Picture sense of what is happening, must be brought home to all of us – especially to those who without it would have muddled impressions – and must be brought home each and every day!

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Yesterday, I got lost in Prospect Park

I was on my way home from visiting with my wife Janet in the hospital. My route not only took me alongside Prospect Park, but to a miraculously available parking spot. The park was very busy, with families of the Orthodox all over the place, celebrating Sukkot. I waved the lulav and etrog for my first time.

I decided early on in my walk that I would take every path or stair that went up. There were many.

Prospect Park is spectacular. Since the park is roughly a huge square, you have no sense of the city surrounding, because you never see it. The possibilities of wandering around and getting lost are limitless. And I did. I ended up at the diagonally opposite point, Grand Army Plaza, from where I started my walk at Park Circle, at the foot of Ocean Parkway.

Along my way I passed a gorgeous lake, a monument to George Washington – “GOOD GOD! WHAT BRAVE FELLOWS I MUST THIS DAY LOSE”

A monument to Lafayette, and horse back riders, a taste of Autumn, and many paths and stairs going up and down. All this while listening to Bach’s Art of the Fugue and Cantatas.

Today I got lucky again and parked at the Ocean Avenue entrance. Prospect Park is wonderful!

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Please Media, Don’t Shortcut the Facts – Trump Broke the Law – He Did NOT Admit To It

Dear Media,

Stop saying that Trump admitted that he broke the law. He did NOT do that. He admitted that he DID the things that ARE against the law. But these are not the same.

Please! Say what he did, explain the law and the significance of that law, and then say that he acknowledged doing those things.

Saying that Trump admitted that he broke the law can be countered successfully with a plain denial. Reiterating what he did, making clear the wrong, and then his admission to that, will keep the whole story in context. When you raise the subject, the public will be fully informed. It is the whole story: what he did; that it broke the law; that it was a critical law; that he said he did that thing, that will have the best chance of being understood, appreciated, resonate, and be remembered!

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Trump Did Not Admit That He Broke the Law

Dear Media,

Stop saying that Trump admitted that he broke the law. He did NOT do that. He admitted that he DID the things that ARE against the law. But these are not the same.

Please! Say what he did, explain the law and the significance of that law, and then say that he acknowledged doing those things.

Saying that Trump admitted that he broke the law can be countered successfully with a plain denial. Reiterating what he did, making clear the wrong, and then his admission to that, will keep the whole story in context. When you raise the subject, the public will be fully informed. It is the whole story: what he did; that it broke the law; that it was a critical law; that he said he did that thing, that will have the best chance of being understood, appreciated, resonate, and be remembered!

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It’s Time to Own Up to “What America Does,” When America Does Wrong!

Last night on Bill Maher, Amy Klobuchar said, “I would never leave those Kurds, have left [those Kurds] for slaughter, like this guy has done. That’s not what America does!” WRONG! Unfortunately, that IS what America does.

When I was a teenager my father explained to me that in international affairs – not to mention any affairs – it was of paramount importance for America to KEEP its word! That America be trusted!

So many times we have broken trust over the years: Pakistan after the Soviets were defeated in Afghanistan; the Kurds after the first Gulf war; Gaddafi, after he gave up his WMDs and nuclear weapons program; … ; and now the Kurds again.

No problem can be addressed that isn’t recognized, or worse yet, denied. Our Democratic candidates are in the best position to carry this message. They should all make the restoration of respect in the world for America a key issue. They must commit America to “Keeping its Word!”

Amy! All of you! Everyone! Please say, “Unfortunately, we must restore “Keeping our Word” to what “America Does!”

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