Ari Herzog

Click This to Vote Online

Ari Herzog

That’s the idea. Jacob Weisberg, for Slate, wrote about online voting in 1999: “[Online voting] makes it easier for some people to vote – especially the handicapped, people living abroad, and frequent flyers – without inconveniencing anyone else.”

The Mister Machine

Ari Herzog

The Denver Broncos are the latest owners of a “misting booth” to disinfect players with a nontoxic spray. When players walk through the booth, resembling X-ray machines in government buildings, they get misted. Shared on the NFL team’s Twitter page , the gut reaction was disbelief.

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The Kennedy Kerfuffle

Ari Herzog

Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels. Massachusetts Primary Day arrives on September 1, 2020. The Democratic ballot has a 2-way race for the U.S. Senate and a 9-way race for a U.S. House district, and Joseph P. Kennedy III is the reason for both races.

The Kennedy Kerfuffle with U.S. Senate and House Races

Ari Herzog

Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels. Massachusetts Primary Day arrives on September 1, 2020. The Democratic ballot has a 2-way race for the U.S. Senate and a 9-way race for a U.S. House district, and Joseph P. Kennedy III is the reason for both races.

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Thinking About Disabling Blog Comments

Ari Herzog

I remember when commenting was a feature at the bottom of every newspaper and media website article. Initially, anyone could add a comment without a profile. That led to vulgarity and incivility, which in turn began moderation with publishers employing a mix of robot algorithms and human checkers.

Symptoms of Infection

Ari Herzog

The #1 symptom of COVID-19 infection, evident in about 88% of patients, is a fever over 100.4 (F) F) degrees. This is usually accompanied with a dry cough and fatigue.

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Heroes are Always Heroes

Ari Herzog

Ask a child for his or her favorite hero and you’re likely to hear Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Black Panther, the Hulk, Elsa, Leia, or Harry Potter. Maybe someone else. Ask an adult for his or her favorite hero and you’re likely to hear the same. Once a hero, always a hero.

Blogging Every Day

Ari Herzog

This is the 1,526th blog post since May 2007. Granted, some of those were written by other people who contributed guest posts. The vast majority are mine. Suffice to say, I like blogging.

The Digital Gap

Ari Herzog

Whether an adult is working from home or a child is engaged in remote learning, the process is the same: Use a computer or mobile device, connect to a website, log into a system, and submit data. Maybe the instructions involve listening to a sound file.

Pandemic Realism

Ari Herzog

“People have their opinion about my reaction to things. I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN. I know what he means. I’m also a realist. I accept life for what it is.

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Realism and Pandemic Self-Help

Ari Herzog

“People have their opinion about my reaction to things. I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN. I know what he means. I’m also a realist. I accept life for what it is.

The November Choice

Ari Herzog

Vote for America or vote for Hell. The choice is yours. Which will it be? P.S. Please register to vote. Related Stories Keisha Lance Bottoms for VP Secession Reform. Political election

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The Bahamas Bans America

Ari Herzog

Photo by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels. The Commonwealth of The Bahamas closed its airports and seaports to international visitors on March 24, 2020. It reopened ports to everyone on July 1. As of July 19, the government is closing its borders again — but only to Americans.

Wear a Mask When Outside Your Social Bubble

Ari Herzog

Miles Cobia , a neurologist in Alabama, tweeted that he and his pregnant wife, also a physician, were tested positive with COVID-19. Their 2-year-old daughter is symptomatic and is probably also positive. The husband and wife physicians worked in a hospital.

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How Pandemics End

Ari Herzog

Pandemic is defined , according to Merriam-Webster, as: “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population” This is the noun. There’s also an adjective which I never considered using but I digress.

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7 Predictions for Post-Pandemic Life

Ari Herzog

From the workplace to education to music concerts to more, here are seven predictions about our post-pandemic life from expert sources. Work: Gartner suggests nine workplace trends that could change after the pandemic, such as humanizing employees.

7 Predictions for Post-Pandemic Life

Ari Herzog

From the workplace to education to music concerts to our daily lives, here are seven predictions about our post-pandemic life from expert sources. Work: Gartner suggests nine workplace trends that could change after the pandemic, such as humanizing employees.

Follow the Mask Wearing Protocol

Ari Herzog

I work part-time as a delivery driver. I have entered a lot of restaurants in recent weeks and there is an observable trend of staff of all ages covering their mouths but not their noses. Worse, some wear masks over their chin — whether making pizza or ringing up customer orders.

Follow the Mask Wearing Protocol

Ari Herzog

I work part-time as a delivery driver. I have entered a lot of restaurants in recent weeks and there is an observable trend of staff of all ages covering their mouths but not their noses. Worse, some wear masks over their chin — whether making pizza or ringing up customer orders.

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The Digital Gap

Ari Herzog

Whether an adult is working from home or a child is engaged in remote learning, the process is the same: Use a computer or mobile device, connect to a website, log into a system, and submit data. Maybe the instructions involve listening to a sound file.

Celebrating Days and Months

Ari Herzog

There is a website that details every national day — from the serious World Hepatitis Day on July 28 to the fanatic National Ravioli Day on March 20 to the silly Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day on October 23.

If the Coronavirus Stays In Our Language Forever

Ari Herzog

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “ coronavirus ” was first used in 1968 and “ pandemic ” in 1666. The population is smart enough by now to know what the words mean. Further, they grasp socioeconomic ramifications beyond the words themselves. They know what a case means.

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Beyond the Pandemic

Ari Herzog

Four months ago, Ed Yong, a staff writer at The Atlantic , wrote a 5,453-word essay about the end of the pandemic. While many of his medical, scientific, and economic perspectives likely need updating (such as the President’s then-popularity), there are two concepts that struck me.

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Keisha Lance Bottoms for VP

Ari Herzog

Back on April 30, I explained why Keisha Lance Bottoms is the best VP choice for Joe Biden. Today is July 7 and I was curious if anything changed. The Washington Post has a 13-question quiz. I took it. Based on my policy opinions, Keisha remains the top pick with 28 points.

Vacilando

Ari Herzog

John Steinbeck and his French poodle, Charley, embarked on a road trip across the United States in 1960. He wrote about his travels in a 1962 book, entitled, “Travels with Charley: In Search of America.” ” It’s one of my favorite books.

The Dap

Ari Herzog

Shortly after the coronavirus made itself known in the United States and there was ambiguity about its transmission, I read a Boston Herald article. The article profiled a 2014 report in the American Journal of Infection Control about an educational experiment with gloves and E. coli bacteria.

The Significance of Six

Ari Herzog

How do I know thee? Let me count the ways. On the sixth day, God created Man, and not too long afterwards, the number 6 became known as the atomic number of carbon, based on some part I am sure by the numeral’s octahedral and hexagonal properties, not to mention its divisibility by 1, 2, and 3.

Hancock

Ari Herzog

Nestled in the western wilderness of Berkshire County and several miles from the New York border, the town of Hancock, Massachusetts is a hamlet of serenity.

Mask Wearing Timeline

Ari Herzog

In the fight against the coronavirus and COVID-19, it’s worthwhile to recap some key dates: March 28, 2020: I blogged about the importance of wearing a mask. April 3, 2020: The United States CDC recommended wearing a mask. April 8, 2020: The European CDC recommended wearing a mask.

Adapt and Adjust

Ari Herzog

With nine albums over their rock music career, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is the only Guns N’ Roses song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It happened in 1988. Many bands and musicians have tried, and many failed, to produce epic covers of the song.

Signals and Noise

Ari Herzog

We spend a lot of time echoing what other people are saying instead of finding signals in the cacophony, extracting data we want, and saying that with meaning and context. Creating original thought is hard work but it has a greater payoff.

People of Color is a Racist Term

Ari Herzog

Academics in this paper and that paper and likely other papers argue for eliminating the term “people of color” because of racial divisiveness and inclusivity.

White With a Capital W

Ari Herzog

The Associated Press announced on June 19, 2020 that it is capitalizing Black “in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense,” said John Daniszewski, the AP’s Vice President of Standards. “The lowercase black is a color, not a person.”

7 Inspiring Articles This Week

Ari Herzog

Here are some articles I enjoyed reading this week: Black Privilege is a Concept That I Never Knew Existed : This 2016 expose on CNN is eye-opening. I learned about a movement that I didn’t know about. What If We Don’t Fix the Broken Economy?

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How Our Coronavirus Normalcy is Redefined

Ari Herzog

Three months ago on this day, I resurrected my 13-year-old blog with a focus on our global landscape as humanity went to war with a germ. I wrote the headline, “ The Coronavirus is Here and Our New Normal Begins.”

Delurking

Ari Herzog

Lurking is easy. That involves reading something on social media or elsewhere on the internet and neither liking, commenting, nor sharing. The content creator rarely knows if someone lurks. Starting in 2009 and many times since, I asked blog readers to delurk. Here’s an archive of those posts.

What Grade Were You In When You Had a Black Teacher?

Ari Herzog

Someone asked this question two days ago on Twitter. It already has over 45,000 replies. Perusing them, I see a lot of nevers and nones. And me?

39 Years Ago Today

Ari Herzog

Today is June 5, 2020. On June 5, 1981, the CDC published a report that indicated five men in Los Angeles contracted a “cellular-immune dysfunction related to a common exposure” and a “disease acquired through sexual contact.”