Netflix’s Dirty Money

Netflix has this fascinating documentary called Dirty Money that describes in detail some of the ways Americans cheat other Americans.  The show is in season 2 and episode 5 about Guardianships absolutely sickens my stomach. The greed of individuals who are “managing” the estate of people knows no bounds and then using the court systems to “enforce/force” the older population into such an arrangement.  

I have to admire the older population who have been responsible and managed to amass a significant amount of wealth.  They worked, saved and managed to finally live a comfortable life including a bright retirement future with little need to worry about finances.  They are still in good health and have sharp, lucid mind.  Many of them are more than capable of living alone with perhaps a person to check on them every day/few days.  Truly a person able to enjoy their golden years with little monetary worries is something to admire.

When it comes to guardianships, I understand why there is a need for it.  There will be times when people are unable to make decisions let alone take care of themselves.  Yet from the documentary, there seems to be a system that seeks to take advantage of the court system to strip the elderly of the right to have a voice in the matter while assigning them to people who’ll manage the assets for a percentage of the total assets.  Not only that, the management could have special kickback relationships with other companies who provide services to the elderly that end up charging exorbitant prices.  Free reign over a person’s financials with no checks and no balances… egads…

Minimizing COVID-19 spread

In just a matter of a few days, after Bay Area’s announcement, LA County and LA City has also initiated similar “Safer at Home” order.  LA also has a website that provides advice and information for residents.  Shortly after, California also issued a similar “Stay at Home” order as well.

So… what is “Safer/Stay at Home”? Vogue has an article you can read.  It’s fairly informative and very California-centric.  Let’s all do our part to minimize the effects of spreading COVID-19.

 

On a lighter note, if you work from home and use Zoom or similar teleconferencing software:

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Greater Goods Coffee Roaster

February’s Angels Cup comes from Greater Goods Coffee Roaster.  The beans are from Ethiopia’s Guji region which I’ve had the pleasure of tasting from various different roasters.  Each roaster tends to roast the beans differently imparting a slightly different flavor profile.  Greater Goods is no different.

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Opening the bag, I’m greeted with a very floral aroma.  It’s one of the most floral smells ever that lingers in the nose.  After mixing the beans a bit though, a subtle toffee aroma emerges with the floral smell.  Once I grind it, the aroma transforms into this nutty earthy smell.

Making my latte and with the first sip, I taste blueberry/blackberry flavors intermingling with this citrus-y aroma.  The flavor gradually morphs into a subtle sweet chocolate milk after the latte coats my tongue.

WP Statistics…

When I log into WordPress, the default page I see is the statistics page… Logging in today, I see this map of China.  And it got me thinking if any of my posts are being censored.  There would be no way for me to know is there…

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But I also started to wonder what the breakdown of total visits since this website was started on WordPress.

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Now that’s interesting… Hong Kong is its own little entry.  The “renegade” province of Taiwan isn’t represented.  Based on the map of countries that WP has below, it seems like people are clicking from around the world.  That’s pretty cool.Capture11.JPG