Coronavirus: Time to Hit the Reset Button

With much of the world at a standstill, it’s really time to hit the reset button. Globally. Now is the time to fix the broken, stop the environmental destruction, oust the lobbyists whose orchestrated efforts have destroyed our lives on so many levels. Will it happen? Of course not. While people and the economy are fast dying, the special interests are alive and feverishly (no, not from the virus) planning their next attack.

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Donald Trump and his minions are continuing to roll back environmental regulations, allowing the fossil fuel industry to continue to plunder and pollute with gleeful abandon and he’s rolling back automobile fuel standards put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. And those are just a few of the things he’s done in the past few months.

Trump was responsible for dismantling our country’s pandemic preparedness department (also put in place under Obama). In California, under its previous Governor Jerry Brown, the state’s massive stockpile of medical equipment and supplies was never maintained and was eventually decimated. The shortsightedness of these idiots in power is astonishing, which is precisely why America has never maintained its infrastructure.

A pandemic is ravaging us. Millions have no health insurance. Trump has refused to reopen the health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act so people can try to buy insurance during this time. Of course the Affordable Care Act was an Obama accomplishment and Trump has vowed to destroy everything Obama did, whether it worked or not, was good for the country or not, saved peoples lives or not. If ever there was a time for universal health care, it is now. Now … when millions need to be tested and countless others will need acute care in the ICU of hospitals that currently have unregulated billing systems and you could end up being charged many thousands of dollars that could cause you to go bankrupt.

So much is wrong with our social systems in this country, a country that prizes corporate interests over people. We have no safety nets or certainly inadequate ones. The proof is all around you. Nearly four million people have applied for unemployment insurance this past month. How much higher will that number go? What then?

Now is the time to hit the reset button. Cancel all debt for those earning under $100,000 a year. Maybe small business debt has to be higher, I don’t know. Let the economists figure that one out. Institute universal health care. Make education affordable. Give people a living wage. Income equality now. Tax fairness now. Get the homeless off the street. Give people who most need it a stimulus that actually means something. A one-time $1,200 payment isn’t going to cut it. Grow a backbone and the political will to do what needs to be done. Make people whole again. Make our environment whole again. Heal the planet before this pandemic increases in intensity much as our fires and floods have.

It’s great that states are saying landlords should stop evicting people for the time being. But how do you pay back rent/mortgage when you’ve earned nothing for weeks/months at a time? Hit the pause and reset. Do it now. But more important is to fix the things in our society that are broken. The list is miles long. Get rid of the special interest lobbyists in federal and state governments.

Shortsightedness is death. Now is the time. Hit the reset button. We know what to do. Hard work, yeah. Necessary work, definitely. But now is the time.

by: Ginger Marin

Government, Business Ethics and a Simple Brain Boost

by Ginger Marin

I came across an interesting article about studying the use of brain mapping (an FDA-approved procedure) to enhance leadership skills in business executives.

I know a little bit about brain mapping.  It really is a fascinating technology that can pinpoint brain dysfunction at various levels.  After the mapping is done, a neurofeedback or neurodevelopment training program is then designed based on an individual’s needs.

The goal of the program is to boost the brain’s ability to perform better at different tasks. So it helps with cognitive function, memory and concentration and the brain’s processing/learning abilities.  It would be a useful tool for anyone concerned with optimizing brain function.

The idea that it could be used to enhance leadership skills in business executives is especially  enticing.  I can’t help but wonder if it could also boost ethics.  After all that’s the single most important thing many business execs lack or so it would seem these days.  It’s also the thing most lacking in government officials.

The more I read about brain mapping and neurodevelopment, the more convinced I am that everyone in government, in the banking industry and on Wall Street should be required to get their brains mapped, tracked and hammered into shape.  At least, then, maybe the rest of us would have a fighting chance.

This is not alien technology and there is no anal probe involved — just a few well placed electrodes around the head.  Certain people need all the mental help they can get, especially in this ongoing government-induced anti-intellectual, anti-common sense, rotten financial climate.  A simple brain mapping program seems to be an all gain and no brain drain event!   Maybe Congress can take up the issue as part of their health care reform bill debate.

Author Ginger Marin is an actor, freelance writer and storyteller.  You can also find her on Google+

Think Tank – A Ginger Marin Film

It’s “torture” by bingo in this kickass political satire where three women, who have kidnapped the President, give him a piece of their mind on some hot political issues. Stars Ginger Marin (as Diana), Anna Ommanney (as Jane), Melissa Martinez (as Alejandra), Preston Dupri (as “V”).

 SYNOPSIS of  “THINK TANK”

Three women activists from the secretive Think Tank have managed to kidnap the President and a member of Congress in order to instill in them a sense of accountability for their actions while in office.

The story begins in the Think Tank torture chamber which is really an empty Bingo Hall. The ladies are happily enjoying their American apple pie as the first victim, code-named “V”, as in “victim” and “vendetta”, is readied for his part in their great power play. On cue, the ladies approach the stage where V is on display.

DIANA, the group’s leader is a serious businesswoman. She’s had enough of all the banks’ mortgage and foreclosure fraud and Congressional insider trading. She approaches the leader of the “free” world, threatening him with her apple pie server while at the same time informing him that “we have your wife and daughters” and if he doesn’t do what she says, his whole family will be wiped out. Strong words for sure, but, Diana knows she obviously has to become one of those “special interests” in order to be heard. She goes on to tell V that he’d better put the fraudsters in jail “or else”.

After a short respite, JANE, a concerned school teacher, awakens V to new issues like job losses and the need for universal health care. She wants to be civil, sort of, but she can’t control herself. She has a wicked bingo card in hand, which she uses to good effect, before losing all sense and sensibility and leaping onto his lap to literally shake some common sense into him. V is left in a stupor.

Then ALEJANDRA goes at him. She’s an exotic dancer who cares more about animals and the environment than she does herself. “What about the polar bears and the walruses”, she innocently asks before intimidating him with a stuffed wolf pup and telling him this isn’t the “eighteenth century” anymore when slaughtering wolves was an acceptable practice, even though, in Alaska and a few other states, it’s apparently common. Finally, to drive home her point, she smacks him hard in the head before storming off stage, sobbing and spewing curses in Spanish.

After the ladies finish expressing their views, they regroup at the pie table and await their next victim. Who’s that second masked figure awaiting his fate?

Author Ginger Marin is an actor, freelance writer and storyteller.  You can also find her on Google+

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