COVID-19 & BLM

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June 2020  –  COVID-19, BLM (Black Lives Matter)

What’s spreading faster than coronavirus in the US? Racist assaults and ignorant attacks against Asians because of the origin of coronavirus. Lockdown created the worst economic crisis since 1930s depression. Trump admin. from the very beginning, this outbreak has really been mismanaged in terms of what the government response should have been.
We are appalled by Police brutality, racial injustice, and deep-rooted systemic racism. Trump made a bad situation so much worse.

This BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement accomplished a lot, got needed attention from citizens. Many organizations are removing confederate flags, big companies are pulling ads from Facebook because of hate speech, misinformation, and harassment on Facebook platform.
It’s very common that “one race is superior to other” mentality is deeply embedded, and it’s not going away.
People see the law treat Black and people of color without respect or as if their life is less than others, that sets the tone for the rest of America.

Trump politicized COVID-19, dividing nation, threatening use of brutal force to control BLM protest to show how strong he is. And using it as Trump’s re-election in 2020. What a coward he is?

Timeline of COVID-19 pandemic in the US

1/04: WHO Announces Pneumonia Cases of Unknown Cause
1/21: Washington State Announces First Case of COVID-19
1/22: Trump “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China … It’s going to be just fine.”
1/23: China shut down Wuhan, a city of 11 million
1/30: HHS Secretary Azar warned Trump about the “possibility of a pandemic.” Trump ignored, Republicans called it “HOAX” and just “flu.”
2/26: Trump – there were only 15 cases in the US, and “within a couple of days going to be down to close to zero”
3/31: The U.S.     4K total deaths, 189,000 confirmed cases
4/30: The U.S.   61K total deaths, 1.04M confirmed cases
5/31: The U.S. 104K total deaths, 1.77M confirmed cases
6/28: The U.S. 129K total deaths, 2.67M confirmed cases

June 2020 –  Photo Gallery

‘I’m just embarrassed as a white person to know that that can happen.’ — This NBA coach shared the emotional racial reckoning that he’s had in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

What a month it was!

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May – How will history remember this moment? 

What a month it was.
A wave of protests & riots sparked by black man George Floyd’s death by police, 2.5 months of COVID-19 shutdowns. The uneasiness of upcoming reopening of businesses, and a new era of space travel.

People are so angry about police brutality toward people of color, for their fight against social injustice and their lasting impact on the lives of all oppressed people. It’s a peaceful protest during the day. However, in the night many people, some are ANTIFA (Radical Left), Anarchist, White Supremacy (White race is superior to other cultures), and neo-Nazi (far right-wing). Those groups trying to incite violence; Many posted messages online that encouraged people to go loot and vandalize in Minneapolis and cause mayhem. First, I thought black people did all vandalizing and looting because some of them are uncivilized with a ghetto mentality. Sorry… Black leaders and black celebrities, where are you??? You could remind protesters to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent protests.

Racism = prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

Donald Trump should be in a mental hospital. He is extremely dangerous, he’d destroy this country, this planet. He doesn’t know the words empathy, humanity, and love. He is a mean, vulgar, and an evil person.

May –  Photo Gallery

 

 

Call it Corona-Shaming

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April – Call it Corona-Shaming 

I’m glad to have social media for venting. “I’m Home.”   Corona-shaming means give advice to someone who ignores the “stay-at-home” order. They are generally low I.Q and Extraordinary sense of self-importance. Here is my example: I replied to a man  “There is a cure for almost every disease except COVID-19 and idiocy.”

Too many people believe “this is America, we are free to do what we want.” They don’t obey mandatory orders. They have a conservative political stance. Trump administration and all Republicans reject the scientific consensuses on Coronavirus, climate change, etc, They have spread misinformation regarding the 2019–2020 coronavirus outbreak. It has drawn controversy for publishing racist content, including commentary and conspiracy theories about U.S. President Barack Obama, supporting neo-Confederatehistorical revisionism, and promoting Islamophobia. It’s frightening! A world without U.S. leadership. The pandemic has cost lives and livelihoods.

California’s Democratic leaders need to wake up. A utopian society is an ideal society that does not exist in reality.
Under Trump, dictatorship society called a dystopia. What a pity!   What a shame!

Why so many people in the U.S. think Covid-19 is a Hoax, a political ploy, or no big deal? Mostly under-educated and low-income people such as essential workers still on the job continue to get paid, but they risk exposure to the virus for themselves and their families. Many businesses closed because of the “Stay-at-home” order, they cannot survive without their weekly paychecks. However, many educated people falling for this false information too. Why? We think greater brainpower would help them to tell fact from fiction. Apparently not.
Wealthy is doing just fine. Wealthy small businesses get beautiful fat checks (Ruth’s Chris Steak House gets $20 million,) it’s called coronavirus relief package. I received it too. A drop in the bucket amount. But thanks anyway.

“Stay-at-home” was mandated 6 weeks ago. I’m nostalgic about life before the virus. I browsed my own blog, specifically “month of April” postings in all different years. I had fun, so vibrant, and fulfilled life – and some mood swings here and there. I’m a single woman. I have a certain level of freedom and independence that being able to live by myself.  I don’t know how long I can pretend my life is normal now. My Anxiety, mood swings, withdrawing socially, and all those things put me in the situation almost at breaking point. But, Shared Sacrifice will be needed to beat coronavirus.  A willingness to submit to the collective good. Out of many, one.

Bay Area Shelter-in-Place continues through May 31, 2020.  Oh dear!!!

April Photo Gallery

 

 

consumed by Coronavirus

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March – “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19

Mid-March, in the face of the global pandemic, SF and Bay Area counties have ordered nonessential businesses to close. California considers weapons and ammunition and Cannabis dispensaries are essential. Arizona considers golf courses and gun stores to be indispensable. Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance telling states that they should allow gun retailers and shooting ranges to remain open.
Stores that sell groceries and other non-grocery products and products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of homes are allowed to remain open.
SF & Bay Area counties extend stay-at-home order to May 3 with new guidelines. Children have no school to study, no playground to play. Many of the small businesses lost jobs. How are they going to pay rent/mortgage? No eggs, no toilet papers because of stockpiling by Panic shoppers.

I never rushed to the Grocery stores, COSTO or any other places. I don’t have a large family. Just kept calm. I’m used to solitary life (alone but I don’t waste my life) due to my depression. “social distancing” is “not” hard for me. However, I miss many cultural events that the City can offer.

March Photo Gallery

 

Obama Warned The U.S. To Prepare For A Pandemic Back In 2014

Bill Gates on the “TED Talks” show; 

If Bill Gates were President of the United States right now, he would prioritize keeping people across America in isolation to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gates’ comments come as President Donald Trump announced he would like businesses in America to reopen by Easter, which is April 12.  Gates emphasizes that it is important to prioritize the toll on human health over money.
“It is really tragic that the economic effects of this are very dramatic. Nothing like this has ever happened to the economy in our lifetimes,” Gates said. “But money, you know bringing the economy back and doing money, that’s more of a reversible thing than bringing people back to life. And so we’re going to take the pain in the economic dimension — huge pain — in order to minimize the pain in the disease and death dimension.”

APRIL 2, 2020 – The Interview: Bill Gates: on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show host Trevor discuss coronavirus testing, accelerating vaccine development, and how the world will rebound. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=223648262175403

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As governments fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we see/hear too many rumors and misinformation, true journalism has been threatened – democracy, civility, truth.

This (Trump) administration has cleared out science and scientists across all departments. Anger and cruelty disfigure public discourse and lying is commonplace. Truth is being chased away. -(thegurdian.com)

Here are a few of incompetent, arrogant, egotistical, and narcissistic Trump’s Tweets:  

Trump said, “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.” Is it?

Panama Vacation

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Panama Vacation Feb.25 ~ Mar.4  2020

Best known for the Panama Canal, rich rain forests. … Panama City is a city of easy cosmopolitan living, a combination of the historic and the ultra-modern. So many things are fascinating. People are nice too. You’ll see mostly white people on their TV and Advertizements. However, the reality is I saw mostly dark-skinned people. There is Panamanian mestizo (mixed race, especially one having Spanish and indigenous descent) and  Afro Panamanian (of African descent.)
Panama City, Panama is beautiful, and I can have everything I need. The only thing I don’t like is the 7-8 month rainy season.
Panama! Thanks for your kind hospitality.

 

Planned Travel Itinerary

Panama Vacation Photo Gallery

Panama Nature

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Panama Vacation – Nature

Beautiful rainforest and animals in the wild. Capuchin monkeys are greedy but very cute.   I took pictures of Panama’s nature, such as animals, flowers, and trees mostly around Gamboa Rainforest Reserve. Monkey Islands are fascinating, Ride the aerial tram,  after that visited the sloth sanctuary, the butterfly house, orchid nursery and frog habitat, which contained poison dart frogs. We are not young, so we did limited adventure. It worth it to be in nature.

Panama nature Photo gallery

 

Injustice & Redemption

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February, Day of Remembrance – Documentary films

I’m enjoying the warm spring-like weather in February – although, I worry about not enough rain.
I’ve done my annual physical exam and I’m generally healthy.

SF and Bay Area is a multi-ethnicity/multi-cultural community. Strong support for Cultural preservation.
I go see many events year-round. This month, more serious side of events I went to see.
Those are about “Japanese American” lived in the Pacific coast during WW II.
One documentary film “Norman Mineta and His Legacy – An American Story” A son of immigrants and forced into a U.S. World War II concentration camp as a child, Norman Mineta became the first Asian American mayor of a major city (San Jose, California); leading to a distinguished 20-year career in Congress; the first Asian American Cabinet member, serving two U.S. Presidents, a Democrat and Republican.
I now understand why they (children of Japanese Americans) had to deep mental involvement in the So-called “American lifestyle.” (abandoning Japanese language and cultural practices by assimilating into American society.)
The following day, I went to see another event. Untold Stories “Crystal City Pilgrimage,” and  “Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp.”
I chatted with people while I was in line for the theatre door to open, one “Japanese-American” man corrected me that he is “American” He is right! He is third-generation, he is indeed American.
Anyway, racism is real, discrimination is real. Cultural hegemony concept that deals with the dominance of a particular ruling/dominant social group over other social groups in a culturally diverse society. I have a deep respect for people who involved those fine documentaries. A film about injustice, redemption, and a burning desire for all people to be treated equally.
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2/01/20: Dinner at Fogo de Chao Brazilian – San Jose
2/04/20: MASTER CLASS: Robert Patterson, clarinet
2/07/20: Golf club banquet dinner
2/13/20: SF Ballet – Program 3 / Dance Innovations
2/14/20: Annual physical Checkup
2/16/20: Polyphonia, Music of the World. Presidio Theatre, SF
2/21/20: Norman Mineta documentary film screening. SF
2/22/20: Day of Remembrance.   SF
(Japanese internment camp prisoners remembered)
2/24/20: Get to the SFO around 10:30 pm
2/25/20: 12:30 am – Nonstop flights to Panama City, Panama

February Photo gallery

 

74 = Pre-old age

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January, New year and my Birthday

I celebrated my 74th Birthday this month. I’m not in the so-called “old age” yet (???). It’s true, I’m over a chronological age of 65. The 65, “senior” in legislation, the term applies to the age at which pensions, social security, and medical benefits for the elderly become available.

Last 30 years, the phenomenon of “rejuvenation” has been seen in which the appearance of changes in physical function as a result of aging, including gait speed and grip strength, have been delayed many, many years.

I have now become much more assertive, more determined, more stubborn, and more aware of the passage of time, and as I calculate how much of it I have left, I have made a firm decision not to waste one moment of it.

I’m physically healthy, even though, I have not practiced a healthy lifestyle. I don’t want to just add years to life, I want to add life to years. No thanks to prolonged misery.

For a long time, people compliment me that I have aged gracefully. However, I hate myself so strongly and deeply that I want to die. Why? I actually gained too much weight (over 10 lbs just last 7 months suddenly. 20 lbs prior to that, it happened gradually). I feel like fat f**king ugly pig! I think this is caused by binge eating and frequently dine out. The retirement itself was/is a scary experience. You got to manage and balance time/money/health(energy) intricately. I think the reason I binge is in an attempt to numb sad, hopeless feelings. On the contrary, I do have “A positive attitude” it’s hiding just now.

P.S.  Thanks to my friend for a wonderful treat for my birthday.

pre‐old age  from 65 to 74 years
old age  over 75 years
super‐old  over 90 years
1/01/20: New Year celebration at friend’s house in San Jose, CA
1/02/20: Santa Cruz day trip
1/10/20: Master Class – Deborah Voigt, voice. SFCM
1/12/20: Opera Recital – Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. Berkeley, CA
1/17/20: Master Class – Patricia Racette, voice. SFCM
1/20/20: My Birthday @ Claremont – Fairmont Hotel. Berkeley, CA
1/22/20: Movie “Just Mercy”. Pittsburg, CA
1/23/20: Dinner with a former associate. Concord, CA
1/24/20: Cancelled – LeAnn Rimes show – Postponed to 3/13. Campbell, CA
1/24/20: French Movie “The Intouchables” San Ramon, CA
1/30/20: Gen Korean BBQ House. San Jose, CA
1/31/20: Guided Elephant Seal Walks @ Año Nuevo State Park. Pescadero, CA

January Photo gallery