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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
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And I’ve been thinking how Covid-19 will permanently change things.
Bernie Sander just sent out an email criticizing lobbyists for asking huge asks for support. For example, ” International Council of Shopping Centers wants a guarantee of up to $1 trillion,” The reality is this is beating a dead horse. The Covid-19 virus is going to push retail sales even more online than ever before. Shopping malls are on the near extinction list. Giving them ANY money would be incredibly stupid. Let them die. Hopefully they’ll be replaced by a resurgence of mom-and-pop stores.
Schools are shut down. Kids are learning at home. College students are learning at home. What will happen to all those multibillion dollar campuses, shrines to big donors? I have a feeling education will never be the same again.
People have been sent home to work. My god. Their kids are home too. Families are together more. What a horror… not. Where stay-in-place orders are given, pollution has dropped massively. What a concept, the Covid-19 virus may be the way the world is saved from Climate change. My guess is that a lot of employers will figure out that they need less real estate, less spending on utilities, less spending on liability insurance if they don’t have workers come in to work.
But having workers work at home takes some trust– and probably some work tracking technology. Maybe after Covid-19, employers will trust workers more.
Even medicare for all denying Joe Biden says that when the cure is obtained, everyone should get it for free. Maybe Covid-19 will be the signal that wakes up
selfish boomerspeople who have not seen that medicare for all makes us all safer and that healthcare is a human right
Healthier eating. I don’t know about you but I am eating healthier. I want my immune system to be as strong as possible, so I am saying no to most sugary foods (except for 70% dark chocolate.) I even threw out a cake that I would have normally devoured. I’ll probably come out of this Covid-19 scenario weighing less.
The stock market is crashing and I don’t think it’s done yet. Fortunately, my meager savings were not in the market. But I wonder how investors will see the market after this massive drop. I’d be surprised if it doesn’t drop even further, maybe to levels as low as the lowest levels of 2008– which would put the DOW at 8,000.
We are seeing leaders arise in the time of crisis. Donald Trump, Mike Pence have proven to be disgusting, propagandists, using this disaster in the worst way to self-promote and excuse their death-causing incompetence and failed leadership. Joe Biden is a no-show explaining that it will take him four days for him to get his webcasting up and running. Even if he does show up on monday, reading from teleprompters for brief stints, his credibility is shot for anyone with a brain. He lost any chance of defeating Trump. Bernie Sanders has shown up and raised money for causes, rather than for his campaign. Andrew Cuomo has shown up and demonstrated how a competent leader functions.
We are not even close to being over this crisis yet. Trump has closed the borders and our farmers depend upon migratory workers to till and harvest the fields. Who knows how that will affect the availability and prices of foods.
The travel and entertainment industries are tanking– movies, casinos, theaters, travel, airlines, hotels, theme parks, dine-in restaurants. And I wonder how long TV will have advertisers if they lose too much revenue from those industries. It’s the weekend. What do you do when everything is closed. I’m probably going to go to a park today, for a walk, and yes, I will stay away from other people.
When I do go out, to a store, to get gas, I am thanking every worker who serves me in any way– because I really appreciate that they are there, taking the risk they are taking, even though they probably have to be doing it so they can afford to pay their rent. So I think that people may treat the workers they are in contact with better after this is over.
I’m watching what I touch more. I try to remember not to touch door handles. And I think that door handles are going to change so that you don’t have to use fingers to open doors.
I get annoyed every time I have to touch a touch screen at a store. It’s just stupid and has to be stopped ASAP. So we’re not going to be using our fingers to interact with touch screens anymore, the sooner the better.
The House and Senate are considering legislation. We can’t trust them. But we can tell them what they should and should not be doing. First, they should use a bottom-up approach as much as possible. Give the money to the people. Take Andrew Yang’s idea of universal basic income (UBI) and get some money out to the people who are hurting. Focus first on the most vulnerable. They are not home owners with mortgages. They are renters. They are paying for utilities. So pay the utilities for these people directly. Put a freeze on rent increases. If you’re going to help home owners with mortgages, and you want to help the banks, alot the money in the banks to help pay the mortgages– that way big payments can be made that are bottom-up based.
When it comes to big corporations, force them to propose bottom-up solutions that help main street, so any money they get
ends up must be based on helping end users. Remember Obama’s cash-for-clunkers program. It released billions of dollars, but helped end users.
Don’t allow corporations to use any of the money for stock buybacks. Better, make them sell some of their stock to match funds they get. If they want $10 billion in help, make them sell off $10 billion or $5 billion in their stock, and use it to help their employees, their suppliers and the communities they operate in. Make sure that any companies getting aid cut the salaries of executives a LOT. No executives get more than two million a year in pay.
Or even better, nationalize the companies needing help. Banks, airlines, hotels. Don’t give them anything. If they can’t survive without the government, take them over or take a portion of their equity.
There are some companies that are price gouging. They should be nationalized and their leaders should be jailed, just as the Senators who profited from advance knowledge should be jailed.
What is clear is that capitalism has failed humanity. People are dying because the form of capitalism that the leaders in both parties celebrate did not protect us. Capitalism probably made things a lot worse. The idea of giving everyone money to help them survive is socialist and based on a gift economy. We are on the cusp of shifting to a different economic model. That should be a part of the conversation.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media.
Check out his platform at RobKall.com
He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity
He’s given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world’s smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer– first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978– Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story– each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people’s consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com— which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up– The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more…)
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