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As many of you know, I've been broadcasting my SiriusXM show from home each day at 3 p.m. I lucky to be able to work from home, and also to be able to connect with people across the country every weekday -- and help them connect with each other. Again, very lucky to do this, since so many have lost their jobs and/or are feeling much more isolated -- and that's one reason I got the newsletter started now, to help people connect more.

It is all a blur though, every day, one into the next-- not going into the studio, which I greatly enjoy, and seeing the team and the guests who come in-studio for the show. Even outside, when I look out the window in Manhattan, it's all the same, few people and cars -- except for 7 p.m. when everyone cheers, rings bells, play instruments and clang pots to thank the health care worker. I'm cooking more, making dough and then pizzas and focaccia. I'll make gnocchi this weekend maybe.

Have had friends and family who battled coronavirus -- luckily they're okay, didn't require hospitalization, but described quite a powerful blow. Others in extended family have been hospitalized, some doing better than others. So, it's definitely omnipresent.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

I am a nurse working for the military, working 4 10hr shifts. I am very concerned as the military is not aheering or unable to adhere to social distancing! It’s kinda blasé in their approach ! The barber shop is still open ! And soldiers have to continue with regulation haircuts.I am immunocompromised and worry a lot! I you and your broadcast help me make it through the day! Thank you Michaelangelo

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Regina, thank you for the work you do! Do important. And wow, the barber shop? Please take care of yourself.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Good Morning Michaelangelo ,

As another weekend approaches me and my mom in Queens NY will be spent trying to finish up reading the book "The City Game" and cooking cream of chicken and possible BBQ in the yard we have. I have come to love our private yard so much more in recent weeks with the whole covid and donald trump the mad clown of our current world events. Having a safe retreat to my yard with my 2 labs and soon to be 3 is a warm and depressurized location with no fear of germs infecting me has given me a comfy place of solitude. I have found myself shocked and sad and outraged by the current state of affairs in Michigan with the people protesting in the middle of a crisis it scares me how they are putting my life and others at risk for there own selfish needs. I am sensing we are entering a new phase of American life where each state will be like its own country and sense of values and its almost scary to a degree the level of ignorance in this country in the year 2020.

It seems like its 1950 again are we regressing as a country or is the hate and selfish needs alive and well thanks to Donald Trump and his evil machine.

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Yes, I was just reading about a french bakery in michigan where they asked asked people to where masks, or they wouldn't stay open, because someone in the home is immune-compromised, and people are coming in purposely to defy the rule. horrible.

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Having a backyard is a blessing!

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yes. i used to take it for granted but in the last few weeks its been fantastic.

The one thing this whole ordeal has made me contemplate is to cherish the day that we all take for granted like its a given. Nothing in life is a given to me the new day is more like a cherished gift.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Doing great! I hate Trump to my core so there is no room for any other hate for me. I am being extra nice right now. Even to the Trump supporters I know. 200 days and the king will be done!

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From your mouth to God’s ears

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Hi Michaelangelo...It's been a haul for sure. I own a small "boutique" yoga studio, which has been closed to students since mid-March. We're doing online classes and my teachers have been rock stars-- jumping in and just doing it. I'm home when I'm not taping the videos and working my second gig. Got laid off from the other one (yeah, I'm one of those "educated elites" working 3 jobs...). Hubby is working from home, which he's done for nearly 20 years, so he's used to it.

I'm frustrated at that Toddler who thinks he's running things; blatant power grabs, continuing to blame everyone but himself, the constant enrichment of his own family, lack of concern...I could go on. But I'm proud of our Governor here in IL who basically said, "Yeah, nope" and took control. There's a town a few miles over from me where some morons are holding a "Freedom Rally" - and I say, fine, but when you're dying alone, please allow the rest of us to say "I TOLD YOU SO."

My aunt, who has Alzheimer's, contracted a mild form of COVID-19 and she's now recovering at her nursing home. We have another relative who got tested, but it's a "good news/bad news" situation: no COVID, but a rare infection they can't get under control.

I can't watch the news conferences. I'll read it in the paper and want to scream. I'm afraid I'd toss a clog at the TV and break it. I'm knitting a lot and eating too much. I'm baking like crazy. Days are blending together and I wonder, "Is this what retirement is going to look like?" I know - not realistic, because hopefully we'll actually be able to DO THINGS.

What frightens me is that epidemiologists are saying that we are now ALWAYS going to have COVID-19, "like the flu." Except it's not. And I'm praying hard for a cure even though I'm pretty sure that that despicable mob family that's currently occupying the WH will benefit from any cure - which burns in me like an eternal flame of hatred. Which bothers me; I try to cultivate equanimity, but I can't. I cannot for the life of me figure out why people still follow that ignorant orange blob. And I'm scared for November. I want Dems to win and wash the place clean but I'm scared and afraid to actually articulate the exact fear. But I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling it.

Thank you for being you and being a voice in the wilderness. Stay safe, wash your hands, and wear a mask!

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Thank you Pat -- I'm glad your aunt is recovering. And yes, this will be with us for a long time. Stay well!

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Hi Michael, Thank you for all you do. I absolutely love your show, especially when you take down, the mouth-breathing, knuckle dragging, in-bred trumpers. My wife and I are doing well. Very grateful to have our jobs and health...so far. Working from home is strange and enjoyable at the same time. We are co-existing quite well. I believe he is purposely not testing, not because he's worried about the "numbers" (sick fuck), but he is setting this up to cancel the election. This monster is a part of a criminal conspiracy to maintain power. He and all his Republican enablers will stop at nothing to accomplish this. The media, outside of you, stephanie, john, dean, tom, randi, rachel, lawrence, et al, are lost and controlled by their corporate leaders. I want to believe we will crush his ass, but nothing will surprise me. Please stay safe and stay on the air!!!

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

did you hear Gov Cuomo rip trump a new asshole today/??? can't wait for the orange psycho's tweet storm now.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

i loved andrew today. hey trump go do your job.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

I’m the union president of local teacher’s association in Colorado. This has sadly given me a Birds eye view of how this has effected educators, students and families. It’s not good. We are doing our best with online schools but it’s a far cry from face to face interactions with students. Kids and parents are stressed. Our teachers are working diligently to make lessons relevant. But there’s no substitute for a face to face interaction. We also are seeing kids becoming depressed over the lack of interaction and seeing parents become sick or lose their jobs. We offer mental health services, but many are falling between the cracks because a good teacher can sense when a student is in distress in a classroom based on their disposition and interactions. I agree wholeheartedly with say in place orders. It’s the only way to mitigate this plague but there is a growing cost for our children and educators. Let’s hope we can get a vaccine on this scourge ASAP.

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Thanks for your hard work!

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Thanks for what you do. Just hang in there. We'll get through it, together.

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I've been trying to empty the shelves on my wine racks.

Whew. 🍷

Cheers

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Umm....me too.

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Cheers to you! 🍷

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

I live in Nevada and the crazy mayor Goodwin of Las Vegas has been losing her shit over the shut down saying "This is like using a shotgun to kill a fly"! She also said that the police and fire dept. have to take risks so why not everyone else? She's obviously insane. I know she's been battling breast cancer but, damn!!

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I'm in Las Vegas. Goodman is NOT helping things here. Between her and Michelle Fiore, they're riling up the trumpers with the belief that our response to covid is overkill. It's scary. Nevada has done pretty well with our shut down, but I fear we'll lose all the good we've done by pretending it's over.

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I agree completely.

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Was this the same mayor who decided to put all the homeless onto a hot parking lot with no shade? You'd figure they could have them stay in one of those Fremont casino hotels or Circus Circus. It's not like the residents are gonna make those rooms any worse, plus Circus Circus looks like it's about ready to be imploded a few years from now anyway.

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Apr 19, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Just have to say Mike, thanks for doing these newsletters. Look forward to them. You’re a light for all of us.

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Thank you Chris! Thanks for being here and connecting. it helps all of us.

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Apr 18, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Hello from Mn! Tnx for doing these threads! And thank you so much for continuing to broadcast M-F, the camaraderie is very uplifting when my partner and I listen to you each show.

We’re getting antsy. I’m a caregiver for my (physically) disabled daughter, Madison, who will be 20 on Monday. Adventuring out of the house pre-quarantine was a bit of a physical gauntlet just to get to and into the van 😜, so we figured this transition would be minimal for us. *Silly kids, the Universe doesn’t play like that.* 😂

In Mn, April is also the time everyone comes out from hibernation and can finally restore our depletions of Vit D and sunshine and fresh air. We plan a yearly/bday trip to our favorite spot up by Lake Superior for Madison’s bday and commune with nature and recharge. I guess it sounds like a first-world whine to complain about how we can’t do that this year, but Madison faces so much sh*t on a daily basis just to perform the basics the rest of us take for granted minute to minute, and has no socialization as it is, this trip is basically everything for her. She’s always been my little earthy-hippie girl who comes to life in nature and around water, so it’s a rough go this April without that and the constant background anxiety of getting this virus. She is young but has a trach now so it’s an extra access point to her lungs for this damn virus. If it didn’t overtake her lungs, her kidneys and neuro-systems are super fragile and apparently also targeted by Covid19, so yeah it’s the stuff of nightmares. Anyway, we will still go, of course, whenever it’s possible whether that’s in a few months or a few years, and savor the experience more than ever!

We also thought since she receives SSIDisability via direct deposit each month she’d be one of the first to receive her stimulus funds but as of today she still hasn’t received it. I guess since she doesn’t file taxes and receives “entitlements” due to her disability she doesn’t get a stimulus? Very Trumpy of this admin, not surprising.

The lack of knowing if/who contracts this thing adds an extra layer of This Sucks! We think maybe this virus might’ve run through our home a few weeks back, but with the milder symptoms and none of us had much of a cough. (Started w/ fever 100.5, sore throat from post-nasal drip, random bout of diarrhea in the middle there, massive fatigue for 3-4 weeks, mild shortness of breath, kept coming back, etc). Due to Madison’s medical fragility I was able to get tested on day 18 after onset of symptoms and that came back as negative, but you know, how accurate is that result so long after the fever and primary symptoms? Did we get this and beat it (this time 🤨) already or not? CDC says FLUs B and A were mostly done by then, but 🤷‍♀️. Fun times. 🙄

Anyway, thanks MichaelAngelo, and everyone else here, for giving a space to vent and communicate and connect. One of these days I’m gonna master my shyness and call-in and say hi! Just know how much you are appreciated!!!! Take care. 💜 Jen

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I thought of you again when I saw that others didn't get their checks even though that have serious issues, because they' didn't file taxes. My heart goes out to you with all the uncertainty, and Madison so lucky to have you. All be well!

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Thank you! And for connecting!

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Thank You for fighting the good fight!

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Hi Michelangelo,

I am trying to handle this day by day. My my husband and my children are doing well, so far. Two of my adult child are here in my home. One is able to work from home, the other is working on her online classes everyday. She is a senior in college so you can imagine the stress--- my husband and I are supporting her and trying to keep her positive. She is sad about not being able to participate in her graduation ceremony. It seems small in comparison to what others are dealing with with situation, but she has worked so hard on her major.

My oldest son lives in Brooklyn and is working everyday. (We live in Pennsylvania) We worry about his safety. Between Facetime, text messages and phone calls we try to stay connected with him everyday. I am so afraid for him and miss hugging him. My mother is 85 years old and I live about a mile from her, but I can't come in close contact to her.

I am grateful that I can work from home, although it is a day struggle.

I am an educator, and the work is tremendous. I miss my colleagues. Although we have virtual meetings to plan lessons and discuss how to support our students, it is not the same. I also miss my students. It can't be measured how much I miss them. The virtual classes at least allows me to see them during the week; but I worry about my students, their families and how they are coping with this.

Well, I am cooking more, reading books, working on puzzles with the family, organizing, playing the piano and working out with my daughter.

I am praying every day for our country and the world hoping that the day will come soon that this is all behind us. I am angry at this administration.

I'm trying to stay positive, but it is struggle everyday.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

Hi Michelangelo. I am just trying my best to get through each day. Some days are really stressful. My husband and I both work full-time. He is a postal worker and considered "essential" so he has to go into work, I am a Master Data Analyst so I can work at home with no problem. Since I am the only one at home during the day I have to try to focus on a extremely busy job, monitoring 3 kids schoolwork (one of which is on the autism spectrum and one with a learning disability), and 2 crazy dogs! It is so hard trying to work and make sure my son is staying on task and sometimes the other 2 need help with assignments too. I am so distracted sometimes get behind in my work. Not to mention having to try remember other activities. This past Tue my 14 yr missed her online piano lesson for the 2nd week in a row. I was catching up on work and totally forgot. She had it on her calendar too but just ignored it. My nerves were so shot at that point I screamed "You guys have to help me out here! You know the schedule too, I can't do everything!!" At that point I just went outside with a cup of tea to have a good cry and calm myself down. But I do put things in perspective though. Not everyday is super crazy and we have tried to have some fun and family time.

But with all the misery and chaos going on in the world I know that I have so much to be grateful for. 1. My husband and I both have jobs (hopefully he will still have one because Trump has a vendetta against the USPS) 2. My family is healthy 3. The company I work for, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in NJ, has just been granted emergency Use Authorization by the FDA for our total antibody test for COVID-19. This test will help determine immunity and who can responsibly be permitted to go back to work. This is one of the reasons I have been so busy! And this is great news! US launch first, then worldwide. and 4. I have the Michelangelo Signorile show to listen to :-) My faith in God is what is getting me through these tough days, may He continue to give us all strength to push through. I pray everyday for those that have died, those that are sick (which includes my co-worker in the UK), the hospital workers and their families. And I pray that God will rid us of the evil that resides in the White House come November. Be safe everyone, stay healthy and stay inside.

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Monica please thank your husband for his work, for all of us, as he is among those on the front lines. yes, we all do have each other -- sometimes a good cry is necessary and so is connecting with people.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

I wanted to call in yesterday when Noah was on and encourage everyone to please wear a mask! We are required to in our county (hot spot, but you are in NY too). Even before COVID people in Asia routinely wear masks and we need to get used to this until we get a vaccine. News this morning 60% of the crew on the air craft carrier that tested positive had NO symptoms. Had a runner come up behind me the other day and did NOT go more than 1 foot around me and heavy breathing with open mouth less than one foot from me. Many of us have pre-existing conditions and are at high risk. So please wear a mask!

Otherwise we are OK. In California in a house with a backyard so feeling quite lucky. Am an artist so that lends itself to working from home. Cooking and baking a lot. Worry about extended family—one nurse, one hardware store worker. Our governor and the state and our county health authorities are the ones I trust. Don’t listen to Trump and have zero confidence in anything he says.

Pondering how life can turn on a dime.

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Yes, a lot of people in NYC are wearing the masks, though i still see some without. I'm glad your art is providing a relief. That's a gift.

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Apr 17, 2020Liked by Michelangelo Signorile

We are doing okay. A lot of people are wanting to update their wills, which is what my husband does for a living, so he is quite busy. I don't understand why staying at home has become a political issue. Isn't survival common sense? I guess not. We may be seeing a revival of Darwinism with these idiots protesting stay at home orders. On the other hand, their stupid actions will no doubt affect a lot of innocent people.

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