If you’ve been reading this blog you probably have realized that I am a big fan of science fiction, that I understand the concepts and the gaming strategy of Poker, along with the math, and I understand money in the best way that I can. So let’s go back to SiFy for a few moments and catch up on some current events. This time, I’m not going to be the purveyor of Doom and Gloom. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

The Original Series and the Next Generation, along with Deep Space Nine, in my opinion, are the three greatest sci-fi series in the history of television. Again, just my opinion of course, and my opinion is just that. The original series, was the most amazing predictor of the future. Gene Roddenberry was prescient in his thoughts, almost like he could see the future. There are so many things that he invented for the show that we use today. Sliding doors, handheld communicators that flip open.. today we call them cell phones. Phasers were simply a fancy word for lasers that our military has been using for years. All of the logs that the captain signed sure looked like they’re being signed on an iPad…. Everybody with their own computer, and one that talks when you ask it a question. And the computers were conversational!. Roddenberry envisioned AI 40 years before anybody thought to make it a part of our daily lives. The man was a genius.

As I write this blog today there’s one episode that sticks out in my mind. It was an episode of Star Trek the Next generation in season 2 and it was the last episode of the year. It was called The Neutral Zone. There were two intersecting stories in this episode one of which was about what would happen to three people if they were frozen in cryogenic sleep and woke up 300 years later? There was the mother who was worried about her long-gone children. The musician, laid-back and looking for a drink and a good time. Then the businessman who was worried about his money and constantly told Captain Picard that he needed to call his broker. After annoying everybody for a long time the captain finally explained to this man that in the 23rd-century people don’t care about material things like that anymore. The focus is on people. helping people and creating peace in the galaxy. I paraphrase Patrick Stewart of course, the actor who played Picard and still does, but the thing that I’m driving at here is that with all that science and technology has created today we still worry about money.

All of us do, myself included. If you’ve read this blog and have read some of my recent posts, I actually made some predictions that have come true. Just a couple of weeks ago I explained how the coronavirus could very well affect us all and it’s starting to happen. My last post was about shopping properly, saving money, and being able to stock up at the same time. It was about being in debt because there’s a good possibility we could lose our jobs for a period of time. Quarantines and isolating. That time seems to almost be here, yet this post is not all Doom and Gloom. I’ll tell you about the silver lining in a moment.

I live in Broward County, Florida. We’ve been declared a Virus hotspot so to speak, and the governor has ordered the National Guard into our county. My guess would be that they are here to maintain and oversee the implementation of his orders. It’s a surreal experience for me. As surreal as it would be if I was being beamed up to the Enterprise, and I say that with a smile. I never thought either one of these two things as a real possibility. There’s a silver lining in all this. If we follow the orders and the suggestions we are being given by the government, and the really bright doctors on television, most of us are going to be just fine. There’s an extra added bonus too. Yesterday, in one of the most dynamic news conferences I’ve ever watched our president outlined his plan that combines government and private business. This plan along with the bill that was passed last night is being put into place to help the citizens of our country. The plan is about health and the plan is about money. People need to check the internet to see exactly when all that was spoken about will be implemented. I’m sure they’ll be talking about implementation on TV. One of these plans is to make sure that workers get paid during the next two or three months. The president spoke of money being allotted to the workers who’ve lost their jobs due to their employer either closing or going out of business during these social isolation times.

The Federal Government has promised to supplement and help all citizens who are afraid, and rightly so about falling deeper into debt. How they’re going to do it, and how the money is going to be distributed remains to be seen but this is a work in progress and I don’t doubt for one moment that this will happen. I do know that the funds will be distributed by Social Security. How does this affect you? That’s for each individual to decide but I have a couple of suggestions that I thought of that I hadn’t thought of before. Obviously this Federal bailout will help floundering companies stay in business. Hopefully, you’ll be able to maintain your employment when the virus fades. I forgot to mention one thing and thats unemployment. Depending on your state you might very well be eligible. In addition, you probably need to take a look at this. It’s the bill that was passed last night. It’s called Families First. It was a bipartisan effort and after reading it I think it’s going to help everybody who needs it.

Here it is: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6810192-Families-First-Summary.html#document/p4/a556363

I truly hope it helps you if you need help. If you’re wondering what’s happening and why businesses will be shutting down or closing down completely here’s a brief synopsis. It’s like a trickle-down effect. If there’s no product coming out of China because they’re way behind, stores can’t stock shelves. If there’s no product in stores, customers walk in and walk out. This creates a lack of income for the retailer and puts them in a position where they neither need, nor can’t afford people to help them… And there goes a job!

That scenario can be translated to any business. I’ll give you one more. Movie productions are being postponed all over the world. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have coronavirus. They are in Australia right now preparing for a film. Now the studios don’t make movies. If they don’t make movies they have no product to release. If they have no product to release the theaters don’t get the films, but the theaters wouldn’t get the film’s anyway because public gatherings are being frowned upon and soon won’t be allowed. If that happens all the people that work in the movie theaters are out of a job. So it affects everybody, and every business has the same problem just in a different way. This bill will help your family if you meet the criteria which fortunately probably won’t be hard to meet. Please remember one thing.

I do believe the government is going to help and I do believe that unemployment will soften the blow. I also believe wholeheartedly based on what we’ve seen in China that this is a temporary situation that is handled properly can be remedied and rectified in two or 3 months. This has been confirmed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the national institute of allergy and infectious disease. So, what I’m trying to emphasize here is that help is on the way and panicking isn’t going to solve anything but only make things worse. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say in closing that you’re on a website that is geared to help people in financial distress.

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God bless to all, and God bless America.