Gary here. Thanks for stopping by!
It’s the weekend, after another week of social distancing here in northern California. We still don’t know when it might be safe to allow this process to end.
Several states have just begun experiments to ease restrictions and to open their economies for business. This easing is done in the face of warnings by nearly every medical scientist that relaxing now will lead to unnecessary deaths, and that a return to some new normal needs to be preceded by other steps—much more extensive testing and contact tracking.
As some politicians stand at their microphones, cell phones in their pocket, I’d like to be the reporter asking the questions: What part of science don’t you believe in and why the distinction? Do you have any concept of the mathematics of exponential? How many lives are you willing to bet on pet theories, not backed by science or anything beyond a gut hunch?
In California, we will continue with a cautious approach. Let others, sadly, rush forward. We’ll watch, feeling badly for them.
And now, let’s all take a deep breath, and try to relax. Here are a few moments to spend with the bees.
Be well, and stay calm.
We all have many journeys. Gary’s began in a small Midwest town, where he could play unfettered in the woods, finding an early love for nature and learning self-reliance. The space program and the night skies hooked him on astronomy. After finishing college, the wide world beckoned, and his fascination with science drew him to California to participate in the booming tech industry. Now he still stares upward, wondering what it all is about.