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Boris Johnson tests positive, and ducks into the isolation he’s brought to Britain

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Social distancing and self-isolation are not just a physical reality for the age of covid-19, but the reality we have increasingly endorsed. They are the natural end point of Britain’s drift toward going it alone, personally and politically.

Boris Johnson, as the man who became prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party by ending free movement, leading Britain’s retreat from the European Union’s community of nations and harnessing the Brexiteer slogan “I want my country back,” has been part of — perhaps even a cause of — that process.

Friday’s announcement that Johnson has contracted the coronavirus and is disappearing into quarantine and government-by-Skype for two weeks feels like the ending of a fairy tale about a prince who seeks perfect happiness. He walls more and more of the nasty things out, until, finally, he is completely alone. At this point, the prince would traditionally reach some sort of epiphany and see the error of his thinking. But what of the prime minister?

Like all of us, Johnson is a product of his time. The post-war generation he so successfully courted was brought up on the mythology of an island standing alone, proud in isolation and defiant in the face of invasion-happy Europeans. Britain’s story from the 1950s onward — much like America’s — has been of how it accommodated the changing attitudes of that bulge generation as it moved from youth to old age; from wanting teenage kicks in the 1950s and marching for demands as students in the 1960s to turning career-hungry 30-somethings in the 1980s.

It was these baby boomers, like Johnson himself, who heard as their call Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 catchphrase, “There is no such thing as society.”

That utterance — first landed by Thatcher in an interview for Woman’s Own magazine, the Middle England-targeting Facebook campaign of its day — became the foundational text for British Conservatism in the decades that followed. Privatize the national utilities and buy them for yourself. Keep more of your money. Have your own company, your own private pension, your own everything. And by 2016, in their 60s and 70s, Johnson and his baby-boomer audience wanted something else. Their country back. Out of Europe. An end to free movement. Blue passports as in the 1960s when we were young. Walk away. Proudly independent. Splendidly self-isolated.

As we sit in our homes, disconnected from one another, from the friends and neighbors we no longer see, or the colleagues many of us suddenly no longer have, or the public spaces of the hometown we can no longer walk or gather in, or the shops and pubs that have shut their doors to us — from even the skies, no longer crisscrossed by jets coming from or going to anywhere — that marvelous isolation is complete.

Of course, the reality of being left to ourselves often turns out to be somewhat different from the dream. Recent days have also brought us the stock market crash, a run on the pound that has seen it sink lower than at any time since 1985, and the news that the government appears to have caused Britain to miss out on an E.U. plan — for which it was invited to participate regardless of Brexit — to provide extra ventilators to cope with the crisis, as cases begin to overwhelm hospitals.

“There is no such thing as society” is surely the apocalyptic graffiti that 2020 is crying out for.

But Thatcher’s famous quote is only half the rallying cry she issued that day in 1987, and only half of the formula that became the Conservative Party’s credo, and Johnson’s inspiration, in the decades since. “There are individual men and women and there are families,” she continued. “People look to themselves first.”

Last week, British supermarkets were forced to clamp down on panic buyers walking out with every single last bottle of hand sanitizer and toilet roll in the store for themselves. Rationing of purchases has been reintroduced for the first time since that postwar period that the isolationists recall with such fondness. History repeats itself, as tragedy and as farce.

But Thatcher’s mantra does not just illuminate our trajectory, or that of the party that has elevated them to a dogma so keen that, were she to appear now, those Conservatives would almost certainly dismiss her as a centrist Remainer with no place on the frontbench. It is also the key to understanding, specifically, Johnson’s handling of the snowballing coronavirus crisis.

The prime minister’s initial reluctance to introduce a lockdown, even as covid-19 spread and Italian authorities and National Health Service doctors warned that Britain was on a rising curve that followed Italy’s, was born of his fervid commitment to Thatcher’s credo. On March 3, as the World Health Organization warned people off shaking hands and other countries enforced lockdowns, Johnson responded to a question as to whether he would follow suit with: “I was at a hospital the other night where I think there were actually a few coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everybody, you’ll be pleased to know, and I continue to shake hands. People can make up their own minds.” As late as last weekend, the Downing Street press office was forced to issue a “clarification” that when Johnson had breezily said he would still be “going to see” his elderly mother on Britain’s Mother’s Day last Sunday, he had actually meant he would “see” his mother on Skype.

And what of those other small-government libertarians? How are they faring? Well, Sir Richard Branson, the quintessential ’60s hippie turned ’80s yuppie, who in 2017 sued the NHS through his health-care company Virgin Care, which itself was revealed in 2020 to have paid not a penny in tax on tens of millions of dollars in NHS contracts, is preparing a demand for a government bailout of his airline Virgin Atlantic. Meanwhile, Tim Martin, the 64-year-old millionaire Johnson ally who owns Britain’s largest chain of pubs — who bankrolled a mass-mailed pro-“No Deal Brexit” magazine last year and rails against interference — first resisted the shutdown like Johnson, claiming that “No standing at the bar” signs would do well enough to stop the virus spreading in his pubs. Then, having temporarily closed the doors, he told all 40,000 of those pubs’ employees that, despite an annual turnover of more than $2 billion, he would not be paying them until the government gave a bailout to Wetherspoons. They should consider going to work at Tesco instead, he said, referring to Britain’s supermarket giant.

Strange times indeed. As the BBC’s Nick Bryant wrote of American political life last week, “As in 2008, ideological conservatives have overnight become operational liberals. Those who ordinarily detest government have come in this emergency to depend on it.”

But it is the prime minister — always a ready wit for all his faults — who has unwittingly provided us with not one, but two walking punchlines. The most libertarian leader in Britain’s postwar history has become the one to sign the most draconian curtailment of freedom in all that time. And the man who joked that he’d certainly continue shaking hands in hospitals, and that hand-washing was sufficient, has received his coronavirus diagnosis.

Now he has signed himself off and vanished, like some magician who, having stood before the cameras and made the historically strong pound, our international treaties, our European allies, our freedom of movement and our place in the ventilator scheme disappear, now pulls off his prestige trick, his piece de resistance.

This is a terrible pandemic, and a dark time. In Britain, it looks as if we’re in it for the long haul. Confirmed coronavirus cases have been doubling every three or four days — as of Sunday, there’d been more than 17,000 confirmed cases and 1,019 deaths. The story of the government’s shambolic deployment in the face of the crisis — Johnson’s failure to take the threat seriously, then his about-face; the confusion as to whether he meant do or don’t stay home (“We are taking away the ancient inalienable right of freeborn people of the United Kingdom to go to the pub, and I can imagine how you feel about that,” he joked) — is not really a story about a virus at all. It is about how a political model shapes our response to it, and our fate. Like Camus’s plague, the coronavirus is a way of finding out who we really are.

Everyone says we should look after ourselves.

Tasting Wine Virtually With the Experts

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At lunchtime in California most days lately, Vanessa Conlin, head of wine at the San Francisco-based online retailer Wine Access, gets on Instagram Live with Amanda McCrossin, a master sommelier, to open a bottle of wine and share what they think about it with anybody who tunes in. 

Drinking a Hunter Valley Semillon from Australia on Friday while sitting in front of her “catio”—an enclosed porch for cats—Conlin swirls the glass, and says, “Where else (but with the Semillon grape) do you get this screaming acidity, light body, really low alcohol, and it has something that is specific to me on the nose.” 

She sniffs into the glass, and then says to McCrossin, “An herbal note….pine sap. Tell me if you get this?”

“Oh, for sure,” McCrossin says. 

“We call it ‘work-from-home wine pairings,’” says Conlin, who was named a master of wine last month. 

While watching someone else drink wine doesn’t replace sipping it on your own back porch, the livestreams are quick and fun to watch, and those who can tune in learn a little something from real experts. 

The effort is one of many Wine Access is playing with to draw in its community of buyers as the coronavirus pandemic drives everyone inside their homes. Although the company is an online retailer, before the Covid-19 crisis, it had been working to extend its reach beyond the computer screen with live events featuring winemakers and producers such as Saskia de Rothschild of Bordeaux’s Domaines Barons de Rothschild, producer of the famed Lafite, and Helen Keplinger, the winemaker at Keplinger Wines in Napa Valley. 

Last week, Wine Access turned to Facebook, creating a group that is providing a platform for online discussions and events—like a look into the personal cellars of winemakers and purveyors such as Keplinger and Matt Duncan at Silver Oak Cellars in Napa Valley. At 5 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, for instance, Bernard Retornaz, president of Louis Latour of Burgundy, will lead a tasting of the producer’s wines.  

“It was a pivot, a way to keep that mission or project going in spite of not being able to travel and gather in person right now,” says Conlin, who was named a Master of Wine last month. 

Wine Access’s Facebook events are among dozens of virtual wine offerings taking place among producers and retailers across the globe to keep their customers engaged, and to, of course, continue to sell wine. 

Adapting to a Virtual World

“A month ago if you told the Larkmead audience, a bunch of baby boomers, that they were doing a virtual online tasting, they wouldn’t know how to download the software,” says Dan Petroski, winemaker at Larkmead in Calistoga, Calif. But being shut inside has created quick acceptance of online tools by people in all demographics, which makes an online tasting possible. 

Larkmead will conduct virtual tastings later next month, but because Petroski doesn’t believe watching a tasting online can provide the same kind of experience, he expects the winery’s online events will be oriented more around a conversation between him and the winery’s new general manager, Jay James, a master sommelier and former director of sales at Chappolet, than a discussion solely of the flavors and aromas in each bottle they open.

“We’re not at the estate, and you’re not in a rocking chair six feet from the vineyard and it’s warm and the breeze is coming in and you have a glass of Cabernet in your hand,” Petroski says. The people who he expects will tune in “are connected to the brand and the idea of travel and tourism and Napa Valley—they aren’t studying for their master somm exam.” 

For Larkmead’s first tasting, Petroski and James will open the winery’s 2017 wines, one based on Cabernet Sauvignon, another on Merlot and a third on Cabernet Franc. Club members and others who have ordered the wines should have them by that point, and if they choose, they can drink along. But they can also watch and save the video for insights, should they want them, when they are ready to drink the wines. 

A second tasting in early May will celebrate Larkmead’s 125th anniversary. Petroski plans to open four or five wines connected to the producer’s Napa Valley history, and to talk about that history as well as the future for the winery and for Napa Valley, including research work Larkmead is doing into new grape varieties potentially more suitable to the region years from now. 

The Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards of Oakville, Calif., will be taking its one-on-one personalized wine tastings online. Before the coronavirus forced the shuttering of its tasting rooms, the winery enabled customers to book custom tastings at two of its four wineries: Far Niente, which produces premier Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Nickel & Nickel, which makes a single-vineyard 100% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Now, consumers can call or email the winery to set up a tasting on Zoom, the remote conferencing service. A Far Niente wine educator will help select wines to buy or a customer can pick something from their own cellar to drink. All of this for no charge.

“This is every bit about continuing to support and engage with our community, so no charge for the tasting,” says Mary Grace, Far Niente’s vice president of marketing and communications. The shipping is also free.

The producer is also doing what it calls “Wine Wednesdays,” an interactive session with its winemakers. 

“It’s definitely forcing us to be more creative,” Grace says, adding that it’s not such a bad thing. “Some of the things we are instituting now are actually good ideas that we may want to continue doing in the long-term when everything is back to normal.” 

Other producers and retailers are getting creative too. Here’s a sampling: 

Pressoir.wine , an effort by Daniel Johnnes, the sommelier and wine director of Daniel Boulud’s Dinex restaurant group that organizes fine wine dinners, tastings, and seminars, has planned a full slate of online wine tastings and conversations with French winemakers from Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhône Valley. 

The Zoom sessions will include an online guided discussion, a tasting of at least one suggested wine, and a moderated question-and-answer session, at a cost of $50. Half the proceeds will be donated to a selected restaurant or restaurant group that has suffered as result of Covid-19-related closures. 

Next Saturday’s “at home” session will be with Guillaume d’Angerville of Burgundy, and will feature Domaine Marquis d’Angerville, Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles 2017 and Domaine Marquis d’Angerville, Volnay 1er Cru Fremiet 2017. 

Todd Graff, winemaker at Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga, Calif.


Frank Family Vineyards

Inman Family Wines’s Kathleen Inman, the winemaker, is conducting “Meet the Maker” happy hours on Zoom beginning on Wednesday. Customers pick one or more of the Santa Rosa, Calif., producer’s three-packs, and 5% of the proceeds go to Meals and Wheels. Those who purchase the three packs are invited to the happy hours. 

Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga, Calif., owned by Richard Frank, the former president of Disney Studios, will have a virtual tasting at 12 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday with winemaker Todd Graff, and has plans to do more.

Sullivan Rutherford Estate in Rutherford, Calif., is partnering with Chef Daniel Gomez Sanchez to produce a five-part video series running from April 6-20. The “Chef Series,” will feature dishes created to pair with Sullivan wines. The cooking demos will be available on the winery’s Instagram and website. The winery will also ship wines for free this month, and will donate 15% of the purchase to the Napa Valley Food Bank.

The Right Mutual Funds For Baby Boomers

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If you are a baby boomer, time is not on your side. Many baby boomers see retirement age fast approaching with little to nothing in the way of retirement assets that will allow them to actually retire and live a comfortable lifestyle.

With the benefit of time in short supply, substantial investment performance in a shorter than normal time frame becomes strikingly important.

Mutual Fund Advice

A case could be made that a special type of mututal fund, an index mutual fund, in conjunction with careful market trend analysis (not predictive market timing) could be used to achieve higher returns faster than a standard mutual fund.

As to the specific type of index fund to consider using, investors would do well to “keep it simple” and use an index fund that tracks well known indexes like the S&P 500, Nasdaq100, and Wilshire 2000.

Index funds that track any of the major indexes are just taking advantage of the concept of diversification. The only remaining risk is whether the entire market goes up or goes down and one can switch to a fund that is designed to profit from a down market when such action is called for.

There are very few active investment managers that outperform index funds or exchange traded funds over a five year or greater period. This is why an index fund is recommended in the case of baby boomer-aged investors who need stellar performance over shorter time frames.

You can start with these three steps:

1. Mutual Fund Action plan: Create an action plan that fits your goals and objectives.

2. Mutual Fund Research: Research defines your universe. Narrow your universe down to a manageable number.

3. Mutual Fund Selection: Make you final selection.

Time may not be on your side but with the right strategy winning the retirement game is still possible.

Old Age Is a Bummer for the Baby Boomers

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The uncomfortable collision of a perilous pandemic and a boisterous battle for the presidency conveys an unwelcome but unmistakable message to aging baby boomers. The generation that has dominated pop culture and politics for nearly a half-century, that has loomed in the national consciousness as perpetually pre-eminent, may not be so ageless and invincible after all.

Joe Biden (who’ll turn 78 before Inauguration Day) and Donald J. Trump (who’ll be 74), would be the two oldest people ever nominated for the presidency by…

Baby Boomers – Massage Therapy Can Help You

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Massage therapy has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Each year, more people discover the benefits that a good massage offers. While most people enjoy a deep, relaxing massage, Baby Boomers are realizing a unique need for them. As the Boomer generation grows older, their bodies become more susceptible to muscle strains and fatigue. Massage therapy provides them with a solution. This article will describe the benefits that Baby Boomers can receive from a good massage and why they should consider getting one. These benefits include:

For healing bodily aches that result from physical activity and for increasing joint flexibility as the body ages. Massage therapy is also very effective for relieving chronic pain

Healing Body Aches

The Baby Boomers are growing older, but they haven’t lost their zest for life. They still enjoy doing many of the physical activities they have always enjoyed. These could include sports such as tennis, racquetball, running or jogging. Or, they may include other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or rock climbing. However, as they grow older, their bodies are able to withstand less stress. These activities take a greater toll than they once did. Massage therapy can relieve many of the aches and pains that result from such activity.

Increasing Joint Flexibility

It’s no mystery that as people grow older, their joints lose much of their flexibility. Because many Baby Boomers still enjoy an active lifestyle, this lack of flexibility can cause discomfort. It can also impair their ability to live an active life that fulfills them. Regular massages help to increase the flexibility in the joints. The older a person gets, the more attention they should devote toward restoring and maintaining this flexibility through a regular massage therapy program.

Relieving Chronic Pain

Baby Boomers often suffer from muscle soreness, arthritis, migraines and other chronic pain. Medical studies and literature have increasingly shown that massage therapy can help alleviate much of this pain. In addition, as we age, our bodies need more time to heal. Recovering from injuries or surgical procedures requires more time when we grow older. A regular schedule of massages can help relieve the body of the pain experienced during these events while accelerating the rate of recovery. Recent studies have shown that massage therapy can even take the place of prescription medications or physical therapy.

Taking Advantage of Massage Therapy

In the past, getting a massage was considered a luxury. Today, more people are beginning to understand how our bodies benefit from massages as we grow older. Baby Boomers, in particular, should consider getting a massage every now and then (if not on a regular basis). These massages can help relieve pain from strenuous physical activity, increase joint flexibility and alleviate many types of chronic pain. In addition, massage therapy can also improve circulation, reduce cramping and enhance the immune system. If Baby Boomers want to continue living an active lifestyle free from the aches and pains of old age, massage therapy may offer the perfect solution.

Could Millennials encourage bitcoin to rise in 2044 thanks to help from baby boomers?

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  • According to a new report, Generation X and millennials are set to inherit just under $70 trillion from the baby boomer generation over the next few years.
  • Looking at the reports, if millennials in America were to invest around 5% of the inherited wealth into bitcoin, they could drive the price of the digital asset up above $350,000 by 2044.

According to a new report, Generation X and millennials are set to inherit just under $70 trillion from the baby boomer generation over the next few years.

As many people all across the United States are currently self-isolating away from the coronavirus, the in-house research team at Kraken intelligence have released a report titled  “Inheriting USDs & Acquiring BTCs: How ‘The Great Wealth Transfer’ Will Fuel ‘The Great Bitcoin Adoption.’”

Looking at the reports, if millennials in America were to invest around 5% of the inherited wealth into bitcoin, they could drive the price of the digital asset up above $350,000 by 2044. This would give the generation of millennials almost $70 trillion of value from a $971 billion investment.

With the leading currency in the world of crypto gaining significant popularity over the years, there are many people that have shunned it. Many of these people include the older generations including the legendary investor Warren Buffett who has been one of the many names to turn their nose up at bitcoin.

The aforementioned report looks into data on such a divide in terms of generations. In expanding on the cultural profile of generation X and Millennials, we can see that there is a significant change in how the two were brought up. This has impacted their view on bitcoin and emerging technologies such as cryptocurrency and blockchain.

“…older generations possessed a less favorable view of bitcoin than Millennials and Gen Xers…. 81% of US adults were familiar with at least one type of cryptocurrency, bitcoin being the most popular at 75%, approximately 55% of Millennials and 41% of Generation X familiar with at least one cryptocurrency voiced their belief that cryptocurrencies will become ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ widely accepted for legal transactions before 2030.”

For more news on this and other crypto updates, keep it with CryptoDaily!

Viral TikTok shows how baby boomers leave restaurant table compared to Gen Z

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A waitress has filmed a viral TikTok video showing the difference between the way Gen Z customers leave their table compared to a table of baby boomers.

In the comparison clip, which was taken by 18-year-old Kaitlyn Brande when she worked as a restaurant server, she begins by showing what a table of five “boomers” looked like after they’d left. 

“Okay, here’s all I’m saying. This is a table of five boomers that I took some plates out of the way already,” Brande says as she shows a messy table covered with utensils, napkins and plates. 


Brande then turns the camera towards a table where six Gen Z customers were sitting, showing all of the plates stacked up and the surface cleaned.

“They did that,” Brande says. “Just saying.”

@katebrande

“They get paid to do that” VS “we know restaurant life is hard, here, let us help you out”

♬ original sound – katebrande

The clip, which was first spotted by BuzzFeed, has since been liked more than 995,000 times on TikTok, with some responding that they are unsurprised by the difference.

“Yeah, there’s absolutely no freaking surprise there,” one person tweeted in response to the viral video.

However, others have defended the baby boomer generation, explaining that they’ve spent “decades cleaning up” or likely left a better tip.

“In all fairness, the boomers have probably spent decades cleaning up after kids and grand kids and earned the right to leave a messy table at a restaurant, where someone’s being paid to clean up,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Who left the better tip? The only reason you stack your plates is because you’re a cheap tipper and making up for it.” 

As for what Brande thinks, the server told BuzzFeed that she posted the video because she thought it was “ironic”.

“I posted it because I thought it was ironic since older people always expect respect,” she said.

Baby Boomers – What Will We Do With Them?

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Surely Baby Boomers know what their doing, or do they? This is a huge topic for discussion that is in progress worldwide at this very moment. Why? Well governments, planning departments, housing, accommodation, health, researchers, policy makers etc are all concerned (at different levels) as to how "The Coming of Age" of baby boomers is going to impact on society both financially and socially.

So how will this affect Baby Boomers? Unfortunately these people will find themselves wanting a BMW lifestyle on a very limited budget. There are those of course that are planning and have planned for retirement. These are the minority not the majority. Over 50's that find themselves retrenched, or out of work for any reason, are finding it incredibly difficult to re-enter the workforce.

Instead of their experience being an asset to a company, it is being dismissed for the younger, so called, more educated person. Baby Boomers are having to rethink their options. Home-based businesses have become a very viable option. There are millions of people surfing the Internet on a daily basis looking for opportunities. If your first thought is, these people don't know about computers, you are very wrong.

Computer technology continues to be the most popular subject for people over 50 to study. Although these people have not grown up with computers, they see this area as very important for their ongoing education. These people are willing to adjust and take action to continually learn, and improve, to maintain their lifestyle.

The following are 7 reasons Why having an Internet business is very viable:

  1. Very little capital outlay
  2. Work from home
  3. Flexibility
  4. The potential for thousands of customers (potential buyers)
  5. Learn as you earn
  6. No special skills
  7. The potential for financial independence

What Have The Baby Boomers Left Behind?

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In any dysfunctional family, you got to have a scapegoat. Millennials are the scapegoat for the Boomers, a place to dump all their garbage. The truth of the matter is, the Baby Boomers inherited the greatest opportunity and became the most well-educated, most well-traveled, and most wealthy generation of people that have ever existed in the chronicles of humanity. What they are leaving behind, is a train wreck.

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