Monday, May 4, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Poppy Bloom is Social Distancing to Avoid Corona Virus





Much of California’s poppy population is currently displaying an impressive bloom.  But fear not, as the flowers are well protected during this Corona Virus pandemic – apparently to prevent the flowers from being exposed to the virus.  Because the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is practicing “social distancing” as it is closed to the public.  See:  Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve, at: http://parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627.

But..., no worries.  Because you can watch the live stream of the Antelope Valley bloom: 

AVT  (April 18, 2020)


See also:  “You can live-stream poppy fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve”

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Virus of the Young Persons’ Psyche




Given the limited social skills of many in our modern workplaces and society, I can’t help but to wonder about any long-term collective effect of the current Corona Virus threat (COVID-19 threat) on the minds of today’s young people - young people who will comprise the workplaces of the future.  Most of my concern includes the effect on the social abilities of young folks of a certain age with the intellect to perceive the threat but without the ability or wisdom to actually comprehend any such real-time viral threat.  Like…, what will be the overall effect on the social skills of young people who might be developing their cognitive and adult social abilities in a time wherein they are being warned that passing too close to another person could essentially kill both themselves and the stranger without anyone being the wiser.  My concern led me to blog, because I’m curious as to what the young are being told about these virus fears as well as what messages they are not hearing, given prior social trends of past decades which promulgated fear upon everyone and especially the young.      

During my middle-school years of decades ago, children of that era had to worry about the effects of warnings which included “six minutes to nuclear winter” – whatever that actually meant.  Throughout my impressionable years living in the suburban shadow of Washington, DC, young folks of that time more or less believed that such a stated threat of “six minutes to nuclear winter” meant that with the passage of any given six minute time span, the world might no longer exist as it had to that point in time – if not all human life to end in six minutes, at least in our geographic area.  Or so many of us young folks of the time learned and/or were led to believe. 

The apparent long-term effect on those of my ilk seemed to be that to envision or to work towards any long-term goals would likely be a waste of time and effort.  Hence, many of that era seemed to end up with no ambition to endeavor towards anything at all – as many seemingly never expected to live past the age of twenty. And, few adults explained anything to us to the contrary – as maybe the adults also were fearful of the unknown “six minutes to nuclear winter.” 


Then, about a decade later during the time of my college years, the faces of missing children began to be posted on milk cartons.  Such led to the apparent paranoia of mothers and parents everywhere regarding nearly every passing stranger.  Of course, that parental fear seemed to lead to limited social skills of the young children of that time when those children mentally matured and entered the workforce - as we found out later.  Much of the limited social abilities of those youths when they became adults, I hypothesize, was likely a result of childhood fears of strangers.  Because the children’s parents taught the kids to irrationally fear all strangers throughout those children's’ impressionable mental years.

It is true that, in my earlier years, children were also told not to speak to strangers – of course.  But we were not taught to have any irrational or excessive fear of someone just because that person was not personally known to us.  Yet during the 1980s, when missing children were being shown to every parent and child as those folks ate their morning breakfast, what could be expected to result other than an excessive fear of strangers?  Once the children of those years came to actually emulate the fear of their parents towards strangers, the stunted social skills of those matured children in the workplace eventually became readily apparent.  Because the young people never learned how to productively interact with strangers, as they were taught from an early age to fear all strangers. 

Those fears that were nurtured with the face of a missing child on every milk carton seemed to grow exponentially, particularly as the threats were compounded with the rise of the information age of the 1990’s and its sensationalized media outlets competing for viewers.  As we all know, the lacking social skills of the youth of that time were also exponentially compounded when our civilization’s electronic gadgetries immensely rose in popularity.  At that time and forward to the present, the young, as well as everyone else, were rarely required to actually deal with one another in a face-to-face and/or in-person manner.  In the end, as many in the workplace are aware, the social abilities of many workers are severely lacking, and particularly so with the younger workers – as they rarely had to practice social skills in their youth, say for example, on a long car ride with nothing but the others in the car with which to entertain oneself.   (That is to say, now everyone just looks at stuff on their phones during car rides.) 


And finally to the point of this blog, with the corona virus threat reportedly growing greater with every passing day, the young people might be learning to fear strangers outright – as strangers now harbor the ability to kill others with no one even knowing of the potential threat.  This surely will not bode well for the already stunted social skills of many in the nation.  
I am forced to wonder if children and young people are being taught that any modern virus threat is not due to the social nature and friendliness of individuals as compared to the infectious nature of the virus per se.  Maybe there is no real difference in the end.  But there is surely an inherent difference to which some young minds might not comprehend.  

I ponder this dilemma for many reasons.  Schools are closed for the indefinite future – even graduation ceremonies are being canceled.  Playgrounds, parks and beaches are closed.  The populace is being told to stay indoors and avoid all contact with everyone but “essential” businesses and persons.  The press, media, and politicians seem to remind everyone of the deadly virus threat to no end nearly every day. And we are personally reminded of our fears by having to wear masks whenever we go anywhere as if we are all in a hospital ward.  Moreover, the children are not even allowed to attend school classes other than to do so remotely over the internet.  As such, what could be the long-term effects of such a reminder of this death-laden fear of all strangers throughout every passing day on the impressionable minds of young people?   

Modernly with the Corona Virus fears ever present, when all are being told to “stay at home” and that merely to go outside and to breathe the air around us could pose a threat of death, such a threat could pose a mind-boggling prospect to an adult, let alone a child.  When this threat is extended to school children, school classrooms, playgrounds, and classmates, then such fears also surely has to affect the outlook of a child who may not understand the reasons for it all.

I fear that in the end, not merely may the upbringing of young people lead to the compounding of any stunted social skills which may have developed in days of yesteryear, I have to wonder if the social abilities of today’s young people will essentially be nonexistent in the future due to any youthful terror associated with strangers – in the vein of any long-standing social paranoia of lack of modern practice of socializing, as described above.   


My generalized fears of the effect of virus threats on the minds and social abilities of young folks could well become moot, if the virus pandemic threat passes relatively quickly.  And maybe I’m over-reacting with this blog entry, as a relatively short virus threat might not instill a long-term sense of fear in peoples’ minds after the Corona Virus / COVID-19 threat subsides.  But nevertheless, I am concerned with any long-term effects on social skills of those subjected to never-ending fears of this latest virus pandemic, regardless of the length of the threat.  Because my concern is of the effect upon those who may not really have awareness of how folks are expected to behave towards one another to begin with, anyhow. 


In the end, I would hope that folks who interact with young persons take the time to explain that this virus and its threats are not reasons to be rude or to maintain an irrational fear of strangers.  Because, as argued herein, the social skills of many people have already taken significant setbacks over recent decades for possibly less valid paranoia of those bygone days.  

In a world where common decency, friendliness, compassion, and tolerance towards others seems to be at a premium, maybe it's time to teach the young people how to be social again.  As an example, I would suggest, that we don’t merely think the lack of these simple human qualities only appears in others.  I would further suggest understanding how these issues appear in ourselves and try to inform our young people how we ourselves could be better towards others than we have been in the past.  Because I also know that people tend to blame others for their own shortcomings (a subject for another blog, no doubt).  

Instead of trying to close the minds of the youth with fear of strangers or fear of the virus or whatever – intentionally or otherwise, try to enlighten the minds of the youth to the benefits of better social skills, if nothing more.  The society of the future and its workplaces will likely be grateful to anyone for doing so now. 

Adam Trotter (COVID-19/Corona Virus type of April 2020.)

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Day a Virus Killed the California Democrats



The year was 2020.  For some, it was the best of times.  For others, it was the worst of times.  But for all it was a dangerous time with a deadly virus seemingly lurking around every corner.  

California Democrats on primary election day, nearly blinded with hatred of the seated Republican president, were oblivious to the lurking viral danger when they went to vote on that otherwise pleasant Tuesday in early March.  Many of those voters chronicled their hatred of the president upon speaking to the news reporters at the polls. Those voters came to regret any disregard of the danger, however.  Because the virus hit them like a really big ocean wave behind an even bigger ocean wave, they never saw it coming until it was too late – as they were unable to see beyond their common hatred of the incumbent Republican president, anyhow.  

While they stood in line waiting to vote and relishing in their combined hatred of the president, little did the Democrat voters realize the Corona virus was apparently there with them as well.  As the air crackled with negative energy being spewn towards the president in Washington, DC, so too was the atmosphere apparently alive with the spores of the latest deadly virus to come ashore from Asia.  As clouds of legalized marijuana smoke wafted aloft, additionally were those deadly spores also apparently inhaled by the would-be revelers.  (However, cigarettes were not allowed – as this was California, after all.  Cigarettes required a mile walk and a fee of $20.)


Good times or Bad Times, Vote One’s Opinion
For many, it was the first time in over a decade that jobs were available to the masses in California and the rest of the country as well – mostly due to the election of the Republican president and his policies.  For others not concerned about any employment, their only worry appeared to be that the growing economy and favorable employment numbers made the Republican president appear as competent and therefore likely to be reelected – much to their chagrin.  

Consequently, the hate-laden Democrats protested, moaned, and cried in never-ending efforts to prevent any success from being credited to the president.  Even the Democratic leadership in Sacramento (the “Sactown Socialists”) apparently did their darnedest to ensure no economic recovery would befall California for the same reason.  The Democrats in Washington, DC further tried to impeach the president with unattested hearsay witnesses and the like, in an apparent attempt to ensure the president would be unsuccessful and his legacy would be marred as well as the president would not be able to expose any more typical corruption of the political insiders, if he were impeached and/or removed from office.  

Either way, and regardless of one’s political opinions, the primary election day was sure to arrive.  Finally, the continual hatred spewed by the average Democrat could be officially counted in the form of a vote for the varying degrees of socialism and/or status-quo politicians being put forth by the Democrats – all of whom were vying for the opportunity to oppose the incumbent Republican president in the November general election.  And, after all, voting one’s disdain for the president was much safer and more socially acceptable than blocking freeways and city streets – protests which the Dems had repeatedly attempted in the past since the last general election which was won by this Republican president.


Exposure to the Virus
Behind the political landscape, however, the deadly Corona virus (COVID-19) with its 14-day incubation period was beginning to run rampant on the West Coast of the United States – as it already had in many other parts of the world.  Exposed Americans, particularly those who were weak and infirmed, were beginning to succumb to the virus.  While the young and ignorant could be infected and not even be aware of the fact and therefore merely they could carry the virus to others who were more susceptible.  All of which made for a deadly combination on a primary election day where the masses would wait in lines for hours to vote.  

State officials were surely aware of these facts concerning the spread of the virus prior to the primary election day.  Because, in keeping with its typically inept and behind the curve approach to solving problems, for example,  the day after the primary election was held, many state, county, and city government officials announced that public gatherings should be curtailed, and the populace should prepare for the closing of schools and the like – all to prevent the spread of the virus.  

But no such foresight was voiced prior to the California Democrats being allowed to convene en masse at the polls to vent their hatred of the incumbent Republican president in the primary election.  As to prevent such venting would surely appear as traitorous to the average hate-filled and malcontent Democrat anyhow – a shared viewpoint by the average Sactown Socialist and typical California politician on nearly every level.  

Even more ironic, this was the first time that California had its primary earlier in the year due to the spearheading of the advanced date by the California politicians.  It was believed that an earlier primary date would make California more “relevant” in the primary elections and in the determination of the final presidential nominees.  Had the primary election taken place in June, as it always had historically, any threat of the virus could have likely passed.  


New Voting Machines Added to the Pandemic
New computer tablet-type voting machines, apparatus, and procedures were available in much of the state and the populous counties of California.  But the apparatus merely helped to spread the virus.  Because the new apparatus gave a channel for the virus to be spread - as the apparatus surface merely collected the virus to which all the voters then touched and contacted to cast their votes.  

Furthermore, the malfunctioning of the new apparatus also lengthened the delay to which all the voters had to endure.  There again, adding to the voter’s potential exposure time to the deadly virus brought on by the masses and especially the ignorant and seemingly immune youth.  Again, a virus to which its exposure the typical Democrat voter was willing to risk in order to vote for their preferred status-quo / insider-politician candidate or their preferred socialist candidate.  The risk of exposure was justified to them as long as the Dem voters were able to voice their hatred of the Republican president, regardless.


Disgruntled Democrats Showed-up to Vote in Droves
So, when the primary election day finally arrived, the disgruntled Democrats naturally arrived in droves at the polls.  For nearly four years the Dems had waited to officially voice their disdain for the Republican president.  On-the-spot voter registration surely allowed for more desired voter fraud in favor of the establishment-preferred Democrats but concurrently again exacerbated the delay to vote for the masses of Democrats waiting in the lines to vent their hatred of the president.  Many waited for several hours in extremely long lines to vote.  Notably, it was unclear to the rest of us why the Dem voters didn’t merely vote in advance or by mail – which was widely advertised as available to all.  


Virus Took Hold, Few Dems Survived in Cal.
Subsequently, within weeks of the primary election, throngs of infected Californians began to succumb to the virus.  Alarmingly, as it turned out, many of the newly infected were Democrats who had voted at the polls on the primary election day.  As there seemed to be no other mode of exposure, it was eventually determined that exposure to the virus had likely occurred during the primary voting.  Government-sponsored health care was overwhelmed and over-run, of course, and unable to treat the numbers of afflicted.  

As the Republicans after the election were then firmly in control in Washington, DC, and as many of them resented the year-over-year hatred continually spewed their direction from the Democrats in California, national assistance may have been slow to come to the West Coast to aid in the difficulties with the virus.  Furthermore, since the old Democrat political machines and systems which had controlled California for several decades had done its best to run the Republicans out of the state along with the majority of the middle class, much of the rest of the nation were less-motivated and not so sympathetic to aid in the viral dilemmas that came to pass in Cal.  

And so it came to be that the once mighty California Democrats mirrored the fate of the fabled California grizzly bear.  That is, they disappeared and there is little to show that they were ever here.  Now, and in the years that followed that 2020 election year, there were not many Democrats to vote in any elections in California.  

Of course, in the end, it was all good for those who survived the virus.  Because with the departure of the tax-happy Democrat politicians in Sactown – politicians who seemed to know nothing of economics, California has since nearly returned to its gold-rush days relevant to economic opportunity in the state.     

So, one never knows what might come from anything.  And, if nothing else, the virus did leave us with lots of entertaining (yet somewhat violent) reality television-type viewing in the form of posted videos of big-box store customers fighting over who gets to buy the last package of toilet-paper in the store; something one would not expect to see in a typical day.

AVT  (A futuristic date after March 2020)