Month: March 2020

Death by President – Headline – Best of TREMR

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Whether or not Edward R. Murrow warned, never knowingly put an untruth on air, absent reliable presidential leadership, in a world racing, with time itself clinched to its accelerating heart, from an ever increasing tsunami of Coronavirus – we need the truth and nothing but the truth – not the high and mighty utterances from a fake messiah mesmerizing masses – whose press conference dishonesty portends for global economies, governments and human life, chaos and unnecessary demise.

Time, we choose how we shall allow the age of Trump’s and Covid-19 to define us.

Shall we be card-carrying members of a nonsensical rambling me first commander, endorsing himself as sole oversight, without oversight, for $500B?  Or is our gold standard, the 40,000 professional RNs, doctors, PAs, Nurse practitioners & anesthetists, respiratory therapists, LPNs (many coming out of retirement) and medical students volunteering their lives to be America’s frontline safety net to, like Protestant Medical Missionaries, heal the sick.

Are we now warriors in grocery stores, crossing the aisle to fight over toilet paper and purposely sneeze on produce, or shall we choose to emulate overworked stock clerks restocking shelves raped by hoarders, to soothe the worried suddenly unemployed, rather than emotionally obsessing the stock market into a stomach churning experience for those determined to climb over the weakened by pandemic ignorance, and leave behind our elderly – including WWII Veterans – or shall we stand tall like cashiers at checkout frontline, feeling fear but risking their lives so our families can survive.

Will we operate hotlines or cower in silence?

Will we retarget our military proficiency in war, to give structure to the needy, and facilitate construction that feeds, houses and provides hospital beds for the sick and protections for the healers honoring their Hippocratic Oath?

Who better for a command performance in our war with Covid-19 than those who’d never allow bone spurs to keep them from putting themselves in harm’s way, so that we are safe from all harm?

Not Wall Street, K Street, Publix or Wendy’s CEOs, nor boardroom directors, but those like, Immokalee Workers and delivery truck drivers, are our coast-to-coast highway through Covid-19.

Months before the global attack on humankind by the Coronavirus, a goldrush of warnings were not prospected by the self-proclaimed, chosen one, nor his Acting Administration, perhaps because, for the unwise, even tens of thousands of words, fail to penetrate.

Yet, there exists among us, consequences more devastatingly dangerous than those who have ears but choose not to hear.  Yet, choosing to know and understand the facts, is the beginning of our journey beyond immediate threats and Faustus solutions.  We must envision, plan and choose what we are to be on the other side of fear, panic and hoarding.

Since October 2019, I’ve been especially busy, working in New York City and Washington, DC; developing two new theatre projects in NYC, connecting me with Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport; in DC directing several on-camera projects – but hearing Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for Coronavirus, writing, podcast producing and voiceover work became new priority in my home office/studio.

Nineteen years after the unlearned lessons of 9/11, we are again globally inducted in a manmade war, but unlike world wars, the level of political self-deception, Party denial and the spreading of contagious misinformation are allied with this new viral enemy.

So, let’s also heed lessons from 2008, and tell Cruise Lines, bankers like Goldman Sachs whose response after inflicting the Great Recession on us:  abort We the People with, we’re too big to fail.

Remind Boeing and all flying high on forgotten graves of 737 Max, those who float atop are no more vital than those who board every day to serve.

Yet without rancor or recrimination, let us recognize the tentacles of our own failure to listen to the voices of hungry school children, USDA evicted scientific reason and governors deserted by national power – then euthanize forever, our indifference.

Unlike America’s new champion of reason, New York Governor Cuomo, I didn’t know Terrence McNally; just an occasional hallway nod and smile, as we passed each other at Manhattan Theater Club in October 1994.  Yet, when I was informed of his death, I was devastated.

Reading later that Covid-19 was the cause, I was livid – not at the virus, but at a president who both eliminated America’s Global Health Council, logical spear tip against pandemics, and continues to impede the free flow of medical and scientific truth, to save lives.

Putting reelection and Wall Street CEO manipulation of Easter before human life, you are done Mr. Trump:  Get Thee Behind us – and depart from us in the wake of destruction you have wrought on Homeland Security.

May God have mercy on reckless trumped, because the survivors of Covid-19 probably won’t.


No Tests, No Cases? Gatherings’ Numbers Shifting! Oblivious POTUS!?! – Headline

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Yes, Beware the ides of March, but don’t choose to barhop as sacrificial lambs for green beer, when your being socially distant could spare all you hold dear.

We need get past the me first tribalism grip of pretend patriots believing only what someone we believe, in our tribe, believes.

So, to successfully reach and hopefully inspire all to wash our hands of the Coronavirus, please consider the following human stimulus, and unite:

Newt GingrichTed CruzTom Hanks

Absent any rancor, let us recalibrate our knowing what to believe, who to trust, when to turn off TV/Radio news coverage – while welcoming back the Fourth Estate by supporting media televising answers from medical and scientific professionals, to our pressing questions.

Being such public stewards of truth, timely information and educational updates transformed talking heads into keepers of the flame – most unlike leaders in the midst of abject failure, sending their supporters autographed charts showing fleeting stock market gains, after finally pendulum swinging from, the new hoax to, declaring the Coronavirus a National Emergency.

Results, however, bloom neither from trumped denial nor believing the president is the root of all our current evils.  Solutions are found in the middle of reason, at the center of clear thinking, from the core of wisdom – for Covid-19  is but preamble to what a declining planet has yet to teach us.

Donald Trump did not cause the Coronavirus, but his Trade Wars, disregard for his oath of office, and apathy for the wellbeing of others, has divided and, at least for The Right, conquered our effective response to a life-threatening pandemic.

Nevertheless, neither past sins nor present social distancing are the only or best defense against a virus imposed new world order, sans access to movie theaters – for no matter what hue, gender or sexual persuasion, now the only politics of survival is, United We Stand.

Additionally, devices formerly contributing to our human disconnect, are now, aided and abetted by the Arts, the best assurance that we rise above closing America’s borders to humankind, while opening our doors to the monsters within – not only at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but worse, minds closed to rational thought, the intelligence of science and the loving potential of an elbow bump.

With social distancing from Covid-19 saturation of mind, body and spirit and those too big to fail in commerce, finance and federal government, succeed at failing us, trust cooler health care R&D heads, and offer thanksgiving for their being our front line.

While recently some have failed to, beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves, let us concede, every generation has its collective face-to-face with what seems an insurmountable nemesis, and every person, a turning point in life.

So, let us remember, heed and stand atop our triumphant truths snatched from the jaws of defeat:  Pearl Harbor, sixties’ assassinations, Vietnam War, HIV/Aids, 9/11, bankers’ induced Great Recession, Pharma induced Opioid addictions – for with resurrected courage, we will survive, indeed thrive after the trials of Trump/Pence/McConnell and tribulations of Covid-19, if rising recommitted to victory over our prejudices, fears and hate.

Of course, at some point we must acknowledge, there was a White House pandemic office, until Trump/Bolton closed it.  For those who believed this was best for America’s national security, I beg of you to ask yourself, without recrimination:  what about now.

Travel bans were always more self-deceiving than even believing America can victoriously sail the ocean blue anchored to a divided Democratic Party.  Before American soil was invaded by Covid-19, we were a house divided, adrift and vulnerable to Wall Street pirates,  Needing to disentangle from a trumped Ship of State, let’s dissolve all viral bewilderment.

We must now be America’s checks and balances, because the powers that a National Emergency give a president, must never be bestowed on one who, unlike, the buck stops here Truman, vows, I don’t take responsibility at all.

So, let’s commit to helping each other.  Even if not able to lift every voice and sing, at least whistle a happy tune, knowing each individual melody, may be the perfect chord for those composing the harmony of hope.

What Coronavirus offers through our computers, cells and iPods, is the best way to fulfill our need for true unity of purpose, eye-contact communication and admitting the reality of each other.

Nevertheless, not even Global pandemic can be allowed to consume our thoughts, dreams and lives:  there will be a tomorrow, if we replace banning others with banding together.

Covid-19 will challenge both personal and national balance of power, but social distancing and self-discipline will jumpstart our health care readiness and catapult our character on the wings of reason, courage and human-kindness.