Netflix Explains COVID-19

Netflix has a new documentary on what is COVID-19 disease.  It’s a nice synopsis of everything the scientists currently know about the disease COVID-19 as well as the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes this disease.  And… there’s still a lot the scientists do not know.  If you still don’t think this pandemic is not “really that bad” and you want to “open up for business,”  this should be a mandatory watch for all of you.  I hope you change your mind after this.

However if you insist on still wanting to get out and open for business, please do everyone a favor and decline ANY AND ALL medical attention.  If you openly defy sound scientific advice, then naturally you should also not seek these scientific based medical attention that could save your life.  After all, the limited resources should be going to those essential workers (healthcare, grocery, restaurant workers) who were taking all the necessary precautions and were infected by the dummies who believed their freedoms were being “trampled on.”

There is no freedom from death.  There is no freedom when dead.

Netflix’s J-Style Trip

Jay Chou… musician, songwriter singer, actor, entertainer… and now a travel show host on Netflix.  Jay Chou certainly is using his leverage and star power to invite a lot of the Taiwanese guest entertainers to his show (so far up to episode 4).  What’s fun about the show is the guest will show Jay around a city (usually their home city) and the local attractions.  In addition to the guest, he also has a group of friends that tag along with him and act as the targets of his antics.  And of course the crowds that follow them trying to take a picture or autograph.  He has also has

What I didn’t know is Jay’s fascination with magic tricks and competitive nature.  In just about every show so far, there’s a competition with a punishment associated with losing.  Of course, Jay “has to not lose” every time and will stack the cards in his benefit.  Even his friends know that and are willing to play along.  In those interviews afterwards, you can tell they don’t take it him too seriously and it’s all in good fun.

In the Taipei episode (episode 4), Jay saying he’ll treat everyone at the restaurant is a good PR move.

Netflix’s Tiger King

If there’s a trainwreck documentary to watch, Netflix’s Tiger King would be very high on that list to watch.  There’s just so many things that’s crazy and wrong about the show that it’s hard to stop watching.  I really don’t know how to describe it.  It’s also a top ranked Netflix show.  Even President Trump was asked about it (clip from Twitter) .  Talk about crazy…

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…

Netflix’s Love is Blind

I understand the premise of Netflix’s Love is Blind show. But man… through the use of TV magic, it feels like the “singles” are bonding really fast.  Although I think it’s possible to understand a person within a few days of non-face to face interactions, the real challenge comes from the future face to face interactions.  How much of how their initial connection is pure adrenaline/oxytocin rushing through their systems?

As the episodes go on, they start showing a lot of  very common real world situations.  They all seem to reveal some very personal situations…

  • Self sabotage of self.
  • Not being supported after an abortion
  • Insecurity of  age gaps in relationship
  • Abandonment issues

This show has a lot to take in.



Netflix’s Two Popes

Ever since Pope Francis was elected to replace Benedict XVI, I always hear about the news that Pope Francis is stirring up whether it be about Trump, climate change or poverty.

Netflix has a movie regarding these two popes.  It’s a pretty riveting movie to watch that gives some (hopefully historically accurate) account of why Francis became the natural successor to Benedict.  It touched upon Francis’ history, his fall from faith and rebirth into who he is now.  Sprinkled throughout the movie, the writers somehow managed inject dry humor into a fairly serious movie.

Interestingly enough, the two actor’s are nominated for best actor and supporting actor roles as well.  I certainly hope one or both win.

Plant Based Diet?

This Netflix documentary “The Game Changers” makes a very compelling case why switching to a vegetarian diet is good for general health, sports performance and recovery, and even the environment.

The evidence presented throughout the documentary makes a compelling case as to why a plant based diet is significantly better.  Some of the people promoting the rationale as to why plant diet is better include…

  • Blood test of subjects that ate meat one meal, then plant based the following day.
  • Firefighters on a 1 week program with average cholesterol drop by 20 and average weight loss of 6 pounds.
  • Weightlifters (Schwarzenegger), football players (select players from Titans), Olympians (a American track cyclist, Australia sprinter)
  • Doctors and specialists who talk about the evidence (of course!)

I have to admit… what the documentary is saying is pretty convincing.  But what about a diet full of fruits and plants compared to just plants only?

The K2

So I heard of the Korean drama called The K2 because of my Google news feed on Yoona. Yes, the Yoona from Girls Generation.   This girl group was my first foray into the Kpop.  Specifically, after I heard Gee, I’ve been a fan of their music.  I mean… with such an up-beat tune it’s easy to love the song.  Then you have other fun upbeat songs like Vitamin, Dancing Queen, Mr. Taxi, Genie… ok… you get the picture.

I will also admit that Netflix has been importing quite a lot of Kdramas to US.  I’ve watched my fair share of these dramas to know that they are much more riveting than the single episodic US TV dramas.  I think one of the main issues with US dramas compared to foreign dramas are the fact that the US storylines are all contained within one single episode.  I don’t need know what happened in the past episodes to know what is going on in the current one.  Seriously… do these TV production people think we’re stupid that we can’t follow the plot line through multiple episodes?

Look at Game of Thrones?  Part of it’s popularity is the fact that each season is one long story arc that seemingly ties many plots intricately together at some point during its 8 seasons.

American Factory

This Netflix documentary about a Chinese glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass opening up a factory in US is fascinating.  Aside from the “alternative translations” peppered throughout the documentary, it’s a socio-economic lesson about the various forces at work in a manufacturing setting.

To start, Fuyao took over an old GM manufacturing plant in Dayton, OH that closed during the great recession.  If you recall, the great recession hit the car industry pretty hard.  It forced car manufacturers to lay off workers which caused a ripple effect that affected many communities that supported the automotive industry (think tires, leather/tannery, carpeting, electronics, and other smaller car parts manufacturing) as well as the workers (think restaurants, hair salons, grocery stores, and places to spend discretionary income).  Unfortunately, many of these manufacturing sites were also located in the Midwest due to the close proximity to Detroit, MI.  After all, Detroit is the “car capital of the world.”  The situation was so dire that the US goverment did negotiated a deal to bailout the car makers.  If you’re interested in some more reading, try this link or this link.

But this documentary is fascinating to me because it tries to present this factory from both the Chinese management perspective and the American workers/middle management perspective.  If you strictly look at the two perspectives, there’s definitely a cultural clash between the Chinese and Americans.

There are a few scenes about the documentary that I thought was interesting to point out…

  • In one scene where the management workers were wondering if American’s can work overtime… and the room erupted in laughter.  I assume the assumption was that you couldn’t get the American’s to work overtime without more pay.  In China, the workers work 12 hours shifts and through the weekend.  Part of what makes China such an enticing place to set up manufacturing shop is the work “ethic” (I can’t think of a better word).  Given how pay is much lower than the average American pay, one can see why China has become the manufacturing country of the world.  What do you think will happen if the Chinese government starts mandating certain expectations of working hours and pay?  
  • A scene where an American worker commented how he saw a Chinese worker dump chemicals into the drain and acting as if the laws didn’t apply to them.
  • In another scene, a conversation between an American supervisor and a Chinese counterpart really highlighted another difference that working only 8 hours per shift is an ingrained work culture from. 
  • Finally someone had made a comment that the difference between American workers and Chinese workers was that American’s only care about the pay.  I don’t know if that’s true.  In China, many Chinese workers are leaving their homes and taking these manufacturing jobs because the pay and opportunities are better.  Many leave their families behind for this opportunity knowing that a better life comes from better pay.  Is that not a reason as to why Americans work?  They find jobs where they get better pay.  I don’t know if the Chinese manufacturing workers find their jobs any more meaningful than American manufacturing workers.  Furthermore, I think any worker will gravitate to jobs that pay more.  So I don’t think the comment is accurate.

This last scene however got me to think about how satisfying Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs is a factor that companies need to consider when it comes to employee satisfaction.  How you meet these needs is as important as what these needs are… because everyone has needs they need to be met.