Response to threats to our economy like the coronavirus usually come in at least two waves. We are headed for a real mess - but we could give it a silver lining. To see the size of the mess, look at this chart, which shows the number of unemployment insurance claims filed last week compared to the history of claims filed going back to 1967.

All eyes are watching for the impact of one invisible threat to America. There are actually two threats coming.  Some food will become hard to get. America imports one third of its fresh vegetables and more than half of its fresh fruit from from countries that already have the coronavirus epidemic. Importing food is not limited to acquiring food from other countries - the majority of America's heavily populated east coast states import fruits and veggys from west coast states. [1]

Today, using cell phones, apps and the internet, there is a proven, innovative, locally implementable solution that we can use while working from home or elsewhere (using ‘physical distance’, of course).

It might surprise you to know that total healthcare spending in America is more than $10,000 for every man, woman, and child – annually.[1]    This total includes the money paid by private insurance companies, the Veterans Administration, Medicare, Medicaid, and the money paid directly by patients to doctors and hospitals, divided by the number of …

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The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction By MAIA SZALAVITZ for the New York Times, September. 29, 2016 Drug education is the only part of the middle school curriculum I remember — perhaps because it backfired so spectacularly. Before reaching today’s legal drinking age, I was shooting cocaine and heroin. I’ve since …

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TimeList Group’s Unique Approach to Rehab Keeps Parolees from Going Back Meet the Ex-Inmate Whose Successful Prison Rehab Program Goes Beyond Drug Treatment by Melissa Hellman posted on "Yes! Magazine" August 4, 2016 On a weekend afternoon about seven years ago, Yusef Wiley scanned the dining hall of California’s Avenal State Prison. Inmates in powder-blue …

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The Other Housing Crisis: Finding a Home in Rural America Thirty percent of rural Americans have substandard housing—and it’s expensive. But these communities are finding ways to give low-income residents homes of their own. by Melissa Hellmann posted on “Yes! Magazine” Sep 22, 2016 For Debbie Green, purchasing a home was a dream come true. …

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Longtime Friends Start Mobile Shower Facility for the Homeless in Fla. “For us, that’s where dignity and self-respect starts … with the ability to stay clean and be presentable,” says one of the founders of Live FRESH Palm Beach County. Angela Bronner Helm posted August 7, 2016 on The Root.com Chris Bentley and Carlos Miller, …

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How to Raise an Environmentalist Encouraging children to form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet’s future. by Jill Suttie as posted in “Yes!” magazine Sep 24, 2016 Originally posted by “Greater Good” We read it in the news every day. From climate change to overfishing to deforestation, it seems …

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A different kind of holler: Appalachia’s future is looking a lot more high-tech by Tom Eblen as appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader September 19, 2016 I have attended many conferences in the past two decades about creating a more diverse economy in Eastern Kentucky to replace the long-anticipated collapse of the region’s coal-mining industry. Most …

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