Wednesday, November 30, 2016



Tomorrow is World AIDS Day 2016.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


World AIDS Day 2016 is Thursday, December 1st.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November, National Blog Posting Month

The two things I learned via a discarded copy of the Chief/Civil Service Leader, a weekly newspaper (November 18, 2016): (1) November is National Blog Posting Month and (2) the Social Security
Administration has a blog called Social Security Matters.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Concentration Camps For People With AIDS?

The following brief transcript is from a tape recording I made off the radio of an interview that New York talk show host Barry Gray did with Dr. Stephen Caiazza, on WMCA, in June 1989. Dr. Caiazza (pronounced ky-ay-zah) specialized in caring for people with AIDS and died in 1990 of complications from the disease himself at the age of 46.

Barry Gray: "We are coming close to what someone suggested to me a couple of years ago. I thought he was just kidding. He said we're going to wind up where everybody with AIDS is going to be behind barbed wire in a concentration camp."

Dr. Stephen Caiazza: "Fortunately--unfortunately, I think, the numbers are so astonishingly high that will never happen. The jails in the city of New York are already running at a hundred and four percent of capacity. And that's for convicted felons.

"Where are we going to put these concentration camps? In your backyard?"

Barry Gray: "In Gracie Mansion [the New York mayor's official residence]."

We've come a long way from the days when it was suggested that people with AIDS be tattooed to easily identify them or be put in concentration camps.

Today such sentiments would be considered ridiculous, barbaric, and inhuman.

However, we should keep in mind that in Donald Trump's America anything is possible.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

My Presidential To-Do List

On the editorial page of the New York Times (November 8, 2016), readers were asked "to list three things the new president should do in the first 100 days in office," in 150 words or less.

Here is my presidential to-do list:

1. Nominate a Supreme Court justice so the court can get back to being fully functional with nine justices.

2. Improve the nation's transportation and infrastructure systems.

3. Promote programs that encourage the use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar and thereby minimize the effects of climate change.

Thursday, November 10, 2016



Happy Veterans Day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Working The Polls In Upper Manhattan

Yesterday I worked as a New York City Board of Elections poll worker for 17 and a half hours. We started one hour before the polls opened at 6 am and finished an hour and a half after the polls closed at 9 pm. The polling site where I was assigned, in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood in Upper Manhattan, was non-stop busy. Fortunately we had two one-hour breaks.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016