The horror is just beginning

Even as people are still joking about the temporary pause in day-to-day activities because of the coronavirus, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and industries have been affected in ways that we cannot even imagine.

Just take a peek under the blanket of normalcy and see what’s really happening around the world. It’s bad enough that hundreds of thousands of people could die from this virus, but in the long term it’s the economic downturn that will be remembered. We are headed for another Great Depression, not a recession like in 2009.

Never before in modern history have so many industries closed. Never before in modern history have so many people been put out of work so quickly and abruptly. The economic effect of all of this can be nothing other than total catastrophe and financial ruination. It will affect not just some mom and pop restaurants in town, but it will affect every single person in the world. We are all about to get really poor.

Everybody knows that public gatherings are discouraged or even outlawed right now. Public dining, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, casinos, sporting events – all have been canceled or put on indefinite hold.

This is not going to end in two weeks time. This is going to last for a long time.

To see what effect this is going to have, let’s take a look at sporting events. Here in Amarillo, Texas, the city invested millions of dollars to construct a minor league baseball park downtown. Last year, the local team, known as the Sod Poodles, won the Texas division championship. Thousands upon thousands of people flocked to the stadium, purchased tickets, ate food, drank beer, and provided the baseball players themselves with an opportunity to get drafted into the major leagues. Now all that money has stopped. Who do you think is going to be affected by the sudden lack of cash flow? A lot of people, including the city of Amarillo itself.

Now look beyond our little baseball park in Amarillo to huge sporting events like the NFL or Major league baseball. The NFL is going on like the football season is going to continue. We don’t know that at all. Even if it does continue we don’t know if anyone will even show up for the games because of fear of the virus. Who do you think pays the baseball players or the football players? It’s the revenue generated from the ticket sales and advertisements. All of that is in suspended animation. All of that is lost. Along with all of that lost revenue is thousands of support businesses.

Earlier I mentioned casinos being closed. Well of course casinos are a place where a lot of people gather in tight spaces and play slot machines and gamble in other ways, right? Casinos on Native American reservations are closed. Now think about Las Vegas. The whole city is closed. How many people are unemployed, how many businesses have bills to pay but no revenue coming in to pay those bills? How many hotels are empty?

So now we’ve got all kinds of people on reservations sick with CORVID-19 and no employment because of the casinos NOT BRINGING IN ANY INCOME FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. Even the Grand Canyon is closed because you have to drive through the Navajo Nation to get to it and hundreds of people in the Navajo Nation are sick with the coronavirus. National Park workers at the Grand Canyon have fallen ill with the virus. So now we have no Grand Canyon to visit.

It’s not one sector of society that’s being affected, nor is it one country. This is the whole world, every nation on every continent being affected by CORVID-19. In some countries, like India, people are already starving. People will become homeless, hungry, hopeless, not just in third world countries but right here in America.

Think about religious institutions. Think about Krishna and Hindu temples that depend on the weekly donations from congregational members. Many churches, temples and synagogues also depend on weeklysupport and donations. Some of them will not survive.

The horror is just beginning. As we hide in place from this virus, the even more insidious financial collapse is taking place all around us. Get ready for what’s to come.

Retirement: Day 14

It’s been 14 days today since retiring. My life has changed a lot. I like the fact that I don’t have to get up at 3:30 in the morning to go to a prison that will likely soon be ravaged by CORVID-19.

I still have some hurdles that I have to overcome to finish the process officially, but I’m beginning to see the rest of my life in different terms than before.

I have more money than before, as I calculated. I haven’t even had a full month to realize how much better off I am financially, but already the figures are very encouraging indeed.

I’m still working for myself. I’m an independent contractor with my own hours. My wife comes along with me sometimes when I work. I can do what I want, when I want, and how I want to do it.

If we discovered an alien civilization 50,000 light years away, what do you think our top 3 priorities as a species should be?

If we discovered an alien civilization 50,000 light years away, we’d be looking at that civilization 50,000 years in the past, since that’s how long it took light and radio waves from there to reach us. They might not even be there by now. Will we still be here 50,000 years from now?

Also, it would create conspiracy theories. There would be those who say it was a hoax because it challenges the very idea that God created life on Earth alone. Discovering even a fossil of a microbe from another planet would be an enormous find for science in the age-old battle between science and religion.

It would revolutionize science, but from the average Joe on the street, it would mean nothing at all.

And that’s sad, but true.

So we would remain, as a species, not united as we are not united at present, and therefore we would remain without the ability, as a species, to come up with three top priorities. But if the scientists of the world came up with three priorities they might not be much different than they are now:

  • Save the planet
  • Find our origins
  • Feed our people

One False Move and I’ll Shoot

What is a false move? Is it the opposite of a “true move?”

My wife and I are watching an old 1954 movie called “The Snow Creature” on YouTube. Sometimes I like watching silly old time black and white science fiction movies. This one is also under the genre of “horror.”

At about 35 minutes and 40 seconds into it one of the men says, “One false move and I’ll shoot.”

So my wife asks the obvious question: What is a false move? Is it the opposite of a “true move?” Sometimes you hear this phrase in old Hollywood movies, but think about it… does it have any meaning? Would anyone ever really say it? If someone said that to you while having you at gunpoint, what would you be careful not to do? For sure, don’t do a “false move!” Only do “true moves,” I guess!

When is enough enough?

I’m not old. Sixty five. I look younger, but how much more time do I have? Eighteen years from now I will be the age my father died. Twenty-nine years from now I will be the age my mother died. I still have some time.

Right?

I notice, however, that I think about “the end” a lot more. I think about what I should do.

For example, I’ve loved computer programming most of my years since 30. Should I learn Python? I love amateur photography. Should I invest in a new camera? I like learning about the universe. When is enough enough? I was a religious leader. Should I go back?
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Did I reach the pinnacle somewhere back there and now I have nowhere to go forward, or do I have more to go forward?
Fortunately, probably because of anti-depressants (!) I’m not depressed. I’m positive about the future. But where do I go from here? Forward, or coast? Upward or level out? Should I learn Python, invest in a new camera and learn about the universe? (All stuff I love.)
I guess the answer to those questions is yes, because I love those things. I love my blog. I love Linux. I love programming. I love amateur photography. I do love the mysterious, religious side of life and I do love learning about the universe.

I guess I’m going forward. I answered my own question.

What is one of the weakest species on Earth?

Which is the weakest species? I shall refer you to the great Quora article by Abdullah T on this subject. He has written very nicely. He claims the dung beetle is the strongest species and that bacteria are the weakest of them all (although some argue that humans are the weakest of them all). Dung beetles can pull over 1100 times their own weight, which is comparable to a human pulling behind him six double decker busses.

Bacteria are the weakest life form because they have no defense system and can be easily killed.

So it seems we humans are in a class with bacteria in being the weakest on Earth.Humans are considered the weakest species because, despite our brains and collective achievements, we are quite defenseless left naked and alone in nature in a place like, say, Africa among the creatures that live there.

Where will people migrate when the planet becomes too populated?

Although some people will say people will migrate to another planet when Earth becomes overpopulated, I will say that people should stop having so many children. If we don’t do something to save this planet, what’s to stop us from wrecking the next place?
In reality, it’s not that we, as humans, are leaving too big a footprint as we stomp the Earth down, drive species into extinction and destroy the environment. We can live like kings and queens, enjoying all the great benefits of modern life. The problem is that we are already overpopulated. Couples need to restrict the number of their children to two or less. Sadly, though, that will never happen.

Why are you living your life?

Why are any of us living our lives?
As for me… Well, I was born, so I gotta live, right? Life is exciting. Lots of things to learn, to see, smell, hear, touch, lots of places to go, people to meet, philosophies to study, books to read, Avenger movies to go to, Facebook and Twitter feeds to follow, Quora to check out. Sometimes life is boring, too, but no matter what, time marches on. One day I was a teenage boy with beautiful brown hair and now I’m a senior citizen with beautiful white hair. I had a lot of adventures in between, but it sure seems to have gone by quickly now that I’m here. In any case, I was born – I didn’t choose to be born – but while I’m here I’m having a good ride.

Religion vs. Science – What it's All About

It’s all about proving each other is wrong. It permeates the entire political sphere. It determines policies of U.S. Presidents, the Environmental Protection Agency and so on. It’s about trashing Earth or saving it.
So who is wrong, who is right?
Philosophy 1: God created Earth – perhaps as recently as 4,000 years ago. With the creation the entire fossil record, stars, planets, life, life forms, species, were all created simultaneously.  God created Adam and Eve. We all descend from them.
Philosophy 2: The universe started with something like “the Big Bang” about 14 billion years ago. Life evolved from chemicals and is likely to be found on other planets than Earth.
Religion historically has found science a challenge and – for example – convicted Galileo of heresy for saying the planets orbit the sun. Science has proved religion – in this regard – to be wrong.
However, no one has proved that life has evolved from matter to date. No one has found life on anywhere than Earth. Religion says God created life. Science says chemicals created life. Neither has been proven.
To date – no one has found evidence of life developing on another place than Earth.
They would like to.
That’s what it’s all about.

How did life on Earth first get formed?

We don’t know. Some people think we know, but a real scientist will agree with my first sentence.
The theory, still unproven, is that life evolves from dead matter. We’re still searching for life on other planets to prove this wet-dream of scientists, but still we have no proof of concept – just a concept – to the chagrin of science. We are frankly disappointed we haven’t found life elsewhere than Earth.
Evolution starts with creation of stars that create elements like the ones we have on Earth. We think when conditions are right that the chemicals develop amino acids (this is proven), which are the basic building blocks of life.
From there, eventually by combination and permutation it develops into something that could be called life.
Again it’s not proven but widely accepted. We don’t know for sure, hence my first sentence.