Let’s talk about the tragic story of Spencer Smith, a Maine sophomore at Brunswick High School, and how his parents attribute their situation to the pandemic restrictions. Also, Elon Musk moves to Texas and says California has been winning for too long.
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Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, depending on when you are tuning in. My name is Jonathan Torres Herrera and you are watching or listening to The JTH Show today. Let’s talk about a morning mother blaming isolation due to COVID for her son’s death and Elon Musk, relocates to Texas. But at first of all, the intro
All right. Thanks for tuning in. If you’re a new here to the show, I, this is my show where I do a kind of like some stories that I find interesting that I want to share some thoughts on with you guys. So I appreciate you guys being here. I also had the Show available and any of the episode on Spotify, Apple podcast, we’ll do a podcast or radio a public. So I appreciate you if you actually listen on there as well. And if you don’t mind, one more little thing, and then if you hit that like button, it really helps us. Show okay. Let’s start with the first story for today. And that is an article that I found on a daily wire there, it was published of course, on other sites as well, but it was very detailed in a, a, in the daily wire. And that is a headline, which reads Maine teen feeling isolated from restrictions, commit suicide mother says this remote learning is crap, and it is a very unfortunate story, but I felt the need to cover it because now more than ever, I think it is crucial that we all look at our mental health, look at our family’s mental health and really stopped.
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And, you know, seeing if there’s anything that we can do for each other, write an essay now more than ever, because we’re going into a season. In fact, some might say, we’re already here, right? And the month of December, where many people, for some reason, you know, they, they get a little bit more sensitive. You might say, right? Which is not necessarily a bad thing. I know a lot of the times we feel that, you know, being sensitive, it means being a week and it’s not, not the case, at least not in my opinion. And in this case, you know, we have a teen Spencer, Smith a sophomore at Brunswick high school that felt increasingly isolated as a result of this thing.
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This is Learning and, and opted to take his life. Now in a social media post on Facebook, his mother, Angela Smith is that the following this remote learning is crap. I just lost a son because he couldn’t be with his friends. You are strapped in the house. He felt like he had lost his friends and had a hard time with the schoolwork. He felt he had no future. He hated what society was becoming. So we took the easy way out parents, please take everything your kids are saying, seriously, give them a huge hug and don’t let it go. You never know if we’ll be the last time this house is so quiet. Now I want to give anything to have the noise.
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You know, it’s, it’s extremely, extremely sad. You know, that that is a tragedy like this can happen. I think it’s easy to sit, you know, when it hasn’t happened to you, right. And the judge, and maybe, you know, pass some kind of harsh judgment as to, you know, why someone chooses to take, you know, their own life. But I think if you take a moment, you know, and humble yourself and, and really find the empathy to understand that while you may be dealing with something fantastically, as hard as it can be, you know, not, not, everybody’s like you do, you know, not everybody feels the same way, accepts things the same way.
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You know, we’re all different, we’re all human. I don’t think it really makes anybody stronger or weaker. It’s just, you know, it’s the thing about being human. You’re unique to whatever it is that, you know, you’re receiving in how you’re dealing with it. And I think the more importantly is that many people don’t start to understand really that we need help sometimes, right. To be able to deal with with tough situations. And again, sometimes asking for, for help, for many people may feel like, Oh man, that’s that’s beneath me. Or, or, you know, it, it makes me less, it makes me weak. And it’s, and it’s, and it’s hard because in many cultures, right, again, asking for how makes you look week saying you have, you know, some kind of a mental issue makes you look weak and it’s not the case, right?
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It’s not the case at all. And again, I insist on and now more than ever, I think we should reach out to family members. Now, the boy’s father also has some stuffs to say a, in the same article, he said the social Distance ain’t working for the kids. I mean, the kids are having a hard time. And Missy also a publish an article, you know, relation to at the same story, maintain, dies by suicide. After struggling to cope with the pandemic. Father says in this article, the father goes on to add, we knew he was upset because he had, he was no longer able to participate in school, activities, football. We never guessed it was this bad.
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You left a note behind the telling his struggles with being isolated writing, that he felt like he was locked in his house. He says, looking back, now we could see little things that we should have caught, but we didn’t realize his mental health was deteriorating bad. So let me say that I, I personally have set of things in the past, like, Hey, I’m not affected by many things that are happening out there because I’m always in here right inside of that many times in the Show. And you know, when I, when I read the story, you know, I, I, for some reason I immediately immediately thought of those words, right. My own words. Let me start, you know, by saying that I never intend to, to minimize anybody’s struggles out there just because I’m in here, that’s not my intention and never has been and never will be.
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Umm, you know, I, I do feel like, you know that perhaps now I’m looking at air from a different point of view and saying that, do you know people that are warring used to being home all the time? Maybe like Me our having a harder time. Hi, my name Justin. Right. I don’t believe, you know, I don’t see myself as a social butterfly. Right. Or even for that matter, even my family. Right. We’re just not like that. So Barra us adjusting to having to be inside of the house, you know, call, you know, call it like, you know, in the article is saying locked in. It’s not a problem for us. Right? Because again, this is just, you know, our lifestyle.
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It appears here that unfortunately for the teen, it was right. He feeling locked in, you know, and unfortunately in drove him, you know, to take his own life. And you know, I think a lot of people feel like that, you know, feel that perhaps they were social butterflies, right. As a column and there are so used to their activities. And now that they, you know, completely had to do a one 80, you know, I, I can understand how depression can sink in faster to be fair. It’s not to say that I haven’t gone through some level of depression, you know, and, but nowhere near right enough to unfortunately, you know, drive, drive a the same consequence. Now, another interesting thing that I found out on the national center for biotechnology information or N CBI, a headline, again, similar with the article or where the story that we’re talking about, that I found something very, very interesting.
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And they said in their article that I lost of routine for many students, social isolation and feeling of loneliness increased the risk for mental illness. So again, it goes back to what I’m saying, write about, you know, that for, for kids, especially that they had a completely different routine prior to all of the lockdowns, I can understand where I can see it from a different point of view other than mine. And in seeing that, yeah. I mean, it’s a shame. It could be a shell shock kind of situation, you know, where you feel like, do you know, or at least they probably feel like, you know, what is this? You know, I’m used to having a routine where I got up in the morning, you know, even the, the gathering for some students at the bus stop or being driven to, to school and maybe carpooling to school, whatever that is even walking right with some friends, The all of that.
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Even those little, you know, the gatherings activities and whatnot there it’s gone right now, let alone the, the, all of the other stuff, right? Like in this case, it sound like the team was playing a football football, excuse me, as well. So yeah, I can definitely see it, I guess at the end, you know what, at least a school that Brunswick is trying to do a, according to a statement by the superintendent, Phil <inaudible>, he said, or he’s advising the parents that a suicide should not be an option. I’m including some information that may be helpful to you and discussing suicide with your child. And it’s, you know, terribly side of that. He has gotten to the point where some parents, you know, are going to have to start having these conversations with her and with their child, you know, and, and really having a conversation of, of mental health, you know, again, removing hopefully a whatever a Sigma you might say that, that those conversations may carry, you know, I think they are important because we should check on each other’s mental health.
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Right. I think a it’s at least we can do right now. And, you know, I think it’s going to be worth more, by the way, then some materialistic Christmas, do you know, maybe a phone call this holiday season, right alone, you know, in depth, you know, a phone call, you know, a conversation, my Maine and then sending someone, something you buy on Amazon for 20 bucks, that’s just my point of view. All right. And with that, let’s move on to something a little bit more lighthearted. And that is a, some curious news that I saw. And I think many of you guys might’ve seen it if you guys are fans of Elon Musk or even follow anything around tech, and that is a Elon Musk, Musk joins other businesses and moves to Texas totally and be very, very, very interesting to see, I guess, how his companies and himself develop over the next a few years, but on the wall street journal, there was, you know, of course the article Elon, Musk moved to the Texas takes job at Silicon Valley, the Tesla Tesla incorporated chief executive Elon Musk said he has moved to Texas taking aim at Silicon Valley and becoming one of the highest profile executives yet to leave California during the coronavirus pandemic, he said a relocating made sense with Tesla’s new factory being built in Texas.
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So on his way out, you know, a, of course he had his remarks. Now what, the funny thing is that Elon has been a resident California for about 25 years from when I saw it. And you know, he, after, you know, I guess a lot of internal deliberation decided, know what screw it. We’re outta here now, although Mr. Musk and he’s continue to maintain an extensive operation and tech and California, excuse me, you will no longer be there. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, by the way, Welcome Mr. Musk on a tweet. He put out, he said, welcome to Texas at Elon Musk.
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Right. Texas loves jobs. And we’re very glad to have you as a Texan. He or she is what I will say. Okay. High they recently relocated to Texas right. At some of you guys that are, I’ve been following this show a while. And let me tell you that it is one of the best things that I feel personally I could of done only for myself, for my family. Now I’m in California you can kinda say born and raised, right? Some of you guys all know that I, I relocated for a while to Oklahoma, and that was nice. And I got to see a different world. Not only just a perspective, right? Just a different world when it came to comparing, living in California to living outside of California.
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Right. A of course, as a, as a family, man, I can tell you that the first thing that jumps out at you besides the financials, right? The, the, the tranquility. Yeah. A lot of people think it’s always, it’s always about the financials. Not necessarily for me and my family. It was more about the tranquility, right. Of feeling like, you know, you’re not, and, and eight in a city now you live in San Diego by the way, which is not an LA, but some will tell you that it’s getting just as bad. That was the tranquility of, you know, that having literally a momentary traffic, not a living in traffic, right.
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That you go to a store and it’s not, you know, it doesn’t feel like a black Friday every day. I where there’s lines out the door or you’re waiting in line. And, you know, there’s, there may be tons of people working there, but there’s only for some reason, two lines or three lines at the grocery store, you know, or the checkout open. It’s just a different feeling. And that will tell you that here in Texas I found that again, just like in Oklahoma, right. It just felt differently. All right. I will tell you as well, that for some reason you can argue that maybe is in my head, fine people, at least here where I am are actually nicer.
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I don’t know if this, maybe that pack that the fact that they are going through the less stress as well, but I felt, you know, and actually I even mentioned, I remember, and one of my videos, a goner, I hope you remember what year it was, but where I talked about going and asking, you know, someone like at a taco shop for side of sour, ordering your food and you know, they’re always adding anything else and anything else that is always there. So edgy, you know, I’m sure you can argue and say that it’s just someone that’s ill mannered, but it always, always, at least for me, felt like that was a common thing, you know, from, from service providers and many different levels, right? Whether you are talking about a restaurant or even when I used to work, you know, I was a technician.
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I felt like other fellow technicians without calling anybody by name had a really piss poor attitude. Right. And, and they didn’t care about really doing their job. I wanted to check and whine to get out like being cordial. It was like the last thing, like, what is that? Right. It just feels differently here now for financials. Right. Or speaking in financial terms like, you know what most people will care about. Yeah. You save a ton of money, right? This is from a business owner perspective. I’ve saved tons of tons and tons of money. I’ve also shared with you guys before that I, I paid $38,000 in taxes last year as a business owner map.
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No, maybe you don’t want you to think, Oh, you mean throughout the year? No. That’s just what I was liable for at the end of the year. I don’t want to hear from anybody saying this because you don’t know the loopholes, that’s going to be a different conversation right now. Is that in California if you make more money, you are punished. How do you still feel it’s like that. Right. You know, here in these articles, as an example, going back to, to Elon Musk, right? There’s one example where Musk, who has clash with regulators in Fairmont California this year. And in, in Germany this week said he be, government has a monopoly that cannot go back to that.
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And that’s true. That’s very, very true. Right. He also said, if a team has been winning for too long, they tend to get a little complacent Elidel entitled and they don’t win the championship anymore. California has been winning for too long, also very true, you know? Yeah. And, and this was coming from my guy that is not necessarily the biggest fan of Elon Musk. Right. I don’t agree blindly with everything he says, I’m not, you know, one of his, what do you call them? Simps O to me he’s just another, you know, a rich dude and whatever. Right. I’ll leave it at that. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that what he’s saying on here, it’s, it’s, it has a lot of truth to it.
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Right. It may be just that the California has been winning for a long time. So a lot of its residents have become very complacent. Right. And it’s just like, do this for me to do that for me. So, you know, those are the, you know, those are some of the point of views there, right? The last thing on here from Fox business, it is that they said to him, a friend, a Texas poise for a flood of corporate relocations in the biggest year, yet experts, you say corporate relocations to tax friendly Texas are on the rise. And one of the industry experts predict 20, 21 could be the state’s biggest year yet.
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It’s very, very interesting, by the way, we had many other companies, including Tesla and a Our also are, are, are, are the ones are the ones that are explaining to the lone star state, but also including Apple, Facebook and Google have all recently expanded operations to Texas. So listen for anybody that’s altering California right now, you know, I’m not trying to make you feel bad for being out there of if a, if suits your needs, if you can afford it and have you really have no problem with it, then, Hey, listen, nobody’s telling you to relocate. I would be the last person to tell you to get out of there. Right. Again, when I’m speaking with someone that it says, I can’t afford everything, not here, you know, I’m, I’m not in any kind of crazy debt.
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Yeah, no problem. Or if you have the people that are like, man, I don’t care being in debt as long as I can have. I dunno, 80 ish degree weather all year round, as long as I can go to the beach every day, Hey, as long as it looks like, at least for the rest of the world that I live a Hollywood quote, unquote LIFE congratulations. You know, again, I’ll be the last person to try to convince you otherwise, but to the rest of you, right. That may be out there that you’re like, yeah. I mean, it’s tough out here, man. I’m living definitely paycheck to paycheck and a, even a worse, you know, and crazy amount of debt because everywhere I go, you know, what takes, you know, for a family of even three or four people, you know, upwards of a, a a hundred dollars just to go out and get a burger.
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And I will tell you, you might need to start looking elsewhere. Right. Because a, you know, one thing that is true is that is while it’s not easy, you can always relocate back right here. Are you talking by the way, what someone that did it right. And you know, it you’ll never know until you try for yourself, I can see it here and telling you all about it. You can talk to anybody else that has done it. You can talk to people that have done it and regretted it. You can read blogs, you can watch YouTube videos, but one thing that’s true. You have to live it for yourself. And if you think that relocating is something that is going to be a good for you, going back a little bit into the, the first story is going to be a good for your mental health.
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You know, take the plunge. That’s what I’ll say, you know, do it because a human never know that might be, you might feel like Me, am I going to be the best thing you ever did for yourself? So with that said, I’ll leave it there. And until the, actually the first to have a hold on, hold on, hold on. Well, how do you have the rest of the great rest of your day? Take what I said serious, you know, I hope you are doing okay. You know, for sure. And then speaking and yeah, until next time. See ya. Hey, thanks for watching. The JTH Show remember, you can catch all the episodes full episodes on Spotify, Apple podcast, Google podcast, or radio public. You can also visit www.thejthshow.com to catch episodes there and to catch anything that we have a blur out because of YouTube or any of their platform.
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