Embrace The Face Mask As A Cultural Symbol Of 2020

It has become nemesis of Karens across America during this pandemic – the face mask: a piece of cloth covering your nose and mouth that at the very least can cut down the number of respiratory droplets you expel, and in turn dramatically cut down the chance of transmission of viruses like COVID-19. Seems likeContinue reading “Embrace The Face Mask As A Cultural Symbol Of 2020”

The COVID Testing Debacle Shows America Isn’t Great Again, It’s Flailing

Last week, my uncle went to the hospital. He tested positive for COVID-19 after having had the virus in March and recovering. He had no symptoms and we assumed it was just a false positive or one of those “we picked up the remnants of virus” situations that we’ve been hearing about. It was. HeContinue reading “The COVID Testing Debacle Shows America Isn’t Great Again, It’s Flailing”

Relax, The Black Death Isn’t Returning

OH NOES! THE BLACK DEATH IS BREAKING OUT IN CHINA! F*CK YOU 2020! You’ve probably seen the screaming headlines by now, joining the ranks of “murder hornets” and “new pig flu” among the proverbial second shoes that will drop this year. An outbreak of the bubonic plague was reported in Northern China, leading to aContinue reading “Relax, The Black Death Isn’t Returning”

How The NYPD Manipulates The Media Into Backing Off Accountability

In 2009, I got hired to my first newspaper reporting job at the Queens Tribune. Part of my job included putting together the weekly police blotter. It was a fairly easy task. You just gather all the email releases from the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, or DCPI, the New York City Police Department’s pressContinue reading “How The NYPD Manipulates The Media Into Backing Off Accountability”

Facing Your Phobias in Quarantine:

I have a paralyzing fear of isolation and loneliness, this was my worst nightmare. Back in March, on day two of our lockdown in New York City, and after several days of anxiety attacks and feelings of panicking, I wrote about how the impending lengthy (at the time, open-ended) quarantine and social isolation was forcingContinue reading “Facing Your Phobias in Quarantine:”

Musings On A Muted July 4th

It’s fitting I think that we are unable to celebrate Independence Day this year in ways we would usually, and that doing so would put our lives and the lives of everyone else at risk. The universe is telling us something. There is nothing to celebrate this year. No matter how many of America’s KarensContinue reading “Musings On A Muted July 4th”

Growing up a New Yorker, COVID, Donald Trump, etc.

This past Tuesday, June 30, I joined Gayle Nicholson on her show Summer Spotlight to talk about New York City, the Coronavirus, Donald Trump, social distancing and all they all relate to each other. I had an opportunity to discuss how New York is recovering, or living with, the COVID-19 Pandemic and a bit ofContinue reading “Growing up a New Yorker, COVID, Donald Trump, etc.”

1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic: FACT vs. FICTION

The current COVID-19 pandemic has often been compared to the 1918-1919 pandemic of the H1N1 flu, known in history as the “Spanish Flu.” The pandemic killed 675,000 Americans and millions around the world, perhaps as many as 50 million, in three waves in 1918 and 1919. In the United States, social distancing regulations and “lockdowns”Continue reading “1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic: FACT vs. FICTION”

Hi Everybody! I’m Nick And I Have Thoughts!

Hello~ My name is Nick Rafter and I was the kid in college who LOVED term papers! In fact, I changed my majors just so I can do more of them. I know it sounds weird, but the research process gave me such a rush. Learning new information, connecting to stuff I already knew, wasContinue reading “Hi Everybody! I’m Nick And I Have Thoughts!”