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Are you the 20%

Are you the 20%

Yesterday I read an article about a recent survey of Arizonans willingness to go out to eat or see a movie.  According to the survey only 1 in 5 Arizonans polled said they will be going out in public when the stay at home order is lifted.  How do you feel about going out in public with the knowledge there are people with the coronavirus that are asymptomatic?  The virus is not going away.  It will be in the environment affecting humans and cats until there is a viable vaccine developed.

Is being infected a bad thing?

There is a school of thought that as a society we should let all of the teenagers and twenty-somethings go out to become infected.  They are the age group that spreads the virus the most.  If they would contract the virus and recover that would reduce the exposure to people over 50.  This is not to say no one over 50 would contract the virus only that there may be less potential exposure if certain groups have already developed immunity.

Cleansing the gene pool.

About every 100 years there is some type of pandemic that kills a certain percentage of the world population.  There are various causes of pandemics from killing cats in the middle ages to eating species of animals not fit to eat.  The ignorance of the peasants pushed along by the church blamed cats because they were thought to be agents of the devil. After all they had to be from the devil because their eyes glowed and they were active at night.   There were sporadic outbreaks of cholera,  small pox, and most recently in the in the last century polio and measles.  nature does what it wants when it wants with no regard for humans.

Cleansing the Gene Pool

What is next?

For the time being humanity will be at the mercy of the coronavirus.  There is very little anyone can do until medical science finds a vaccine or we develop herd immunity.  Please be smart about what yo do, where you go and who you are with.  The only person that is looking out for you is yourself.  Are you the 20%

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Baby it’s cold outside

Baby it's cold outside. 

Baby it’s cold outside.  Cold is relative.  Here is Arizona anything under 60 has the natives looking for their parkas.  If you watch the weather you may have noticed a pattern over the years pertaining to Arizona and winter. The reason for a warm or cold winter has a lot to do with the Jet Stream.

The Jet Stream is a river of high speed air that circulates around the globe.  It keeps the frigid arctic air in Canada and the northern tier states.  A normal winter this is exactly what happens.  Arizona is usually warm and dry when the jet stream stay in the north.  Years when the Jet Stream drops into the southwest we enjoy a cold winter.

The last time the jet stream dipped this far south parts of central and southern Arizona experienced hard freezes. This freeze killed my 25 year old Ficus tree.  Many other people in my neighborhood also lost plants and trees to the hard freeze.  One benefit of a hard freeze is it kills insects including disease carrying insects that thrive in Arizona.

Arizona is not the only state to suffer when the jet stream drops to the south.  Many of the severe winter storms in the midwest and the east coast happen because of the change in the jet stream.  On the bright side it may be cold for Arizona but at least there is no black ice, freezing rain or feet of snow.    So that some solace that your friends and family back east can see the abundant sunshine Arizona is know for even in our cold winters.Baby it’s cold outside.