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Old 10-29-2018, 02:37 PM
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"Whacky" is a polite way of putting it. "A hotbed of human rights abuses" is much closer to the truth, I should think.

Of course, the United States is its own hotbed of human rights abuses, so I'm one to talk, I suppose.
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Kanye West designs line of clothes for conservative Blexit campaign.

He doesn't know Republicans are doing their best to revive Jim Crow?
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:33 AM
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Fairly miscellaneous and medium length thought piece on:

Mr. Rogers's "Look for the Helpers" Is Bad for Adults - The Atlantic

Oversimplified nutshell: You're the grown up now, be the helper.
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:34 PM
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Tokyo garden loses fortune because ticket seller was scared to charge foreigners | World news | The Guardian

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An attendant [who is in his early 70s] at a popular garden in the heart of Tokyo has cost the facility millions of yen [at least 25 million yen ($220,000)] because he was “too frightened” to ask foreign visitors to pay the admission fee.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:42 AM
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:57 PM
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In basically a single day a raging wild fire destroyed the town of Paradise in California. With over 2000 buildings destroyed so far, and while some news has reported 'fatalities' there hasn't been any more details because there's none known yet and it's just a guess based on how fast the fire moved through the town.
Camp Fire at 70,000 acres, 2,000 structures burned, 5 percent containment – Chico Enterprise-Record

Here in the bay the sun is orange and it smells like campfire outside.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:30 PM
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Ayup, the further north you are in the greater Gay Area, the thicker it gets. At least today isn't insanely windy - should help the containment effort.
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Old 11-10-2018, 05:21 AM
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Now 9 officially dead and over 6,500 homes lost.
There's some potential evidence the cause of the blaze was faulty PG&E power lines but no one's sure yet. The wind blew it straight through Paradise.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:27 PM
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Some extended family and family of friends lost their homes in the Paradise fire but at least everyone that I know has made it out safely. Right now America's roadway system is saving the day. The wind is clearly driving the fire and it's finally run it into highway 99, an area that's not only easily defensible but some parts through fields that can easily be plowed down to stop the spread. It's still threatening Chico and a few other towns but as long as the wind doesn't blow it into any area it should be stoppable.
Cal fire has a cool map feature that lets you see fire areas.
Not to be outdone by its northern part, you can also see the southern california Malibu fire which destroyed the set of West World among other rich places.

It's becoming a mark of a native californian, 'have you had your childhood home town burned down or imminently threatened with fire barely feet away from structures?' Congrats you must be a native californian!

Part of the problem is california is just too hot and dry these days for some strange climate changing reason and small fires spread easier and faster becoming raging ones. Once the raging ones get going some interesting effects start happening where convection currents start driving along massive amounts of heat at miniature hurricane speeds and things just start combusting into flames. A lot of this though starts with the dryness, water is a great heat sink and even a slight amount of humidity and moisture in the air can keep these fires from growing out of control, but when everything is partway to kindling already, it's just waiting for a light.
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Old 11-11-2018, 11:52 AM
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I'd like to call attention to this young Syrian journalist.

muhammad najem (@muhammadnajem20) on Twitter
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Hot breaking news!




I mean, it would take a :surrender: :monkey: to be afraid of a little rain.
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Some bits on the history and anatomy of fake news.

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Some extended family and family of friends lost their homes in the Paradise fire but at least everyone that I know has made it out safely. Right now America's roadway system is saving the day. The wind is clearly driving the fire and it's finally run it into highway 99, an area that's not only easily defensible but some parts through fields that can easily be plowed down to stop the spread. It's still threatening Chico and a few other towns but as long as the wind doesn't blow it into any area it should be stoppable.
Cal fire has a cool map feature that lets you see fire areas.
Not to be outdone by its northern part, you can also see the southern california Malibu fire which destroyed the set of West World among other rich places.

It's becoming a mark of a native californian, 'have you had your childhood home town burned down or imminently threatened with fire barely feet away from structures?' Congrats you must be a native californian!

Part of the problem is california is just too hot and dry these days for some strange climate changing reason and small fires spread easier and faster becoming raging ones. Once the raging ones get going some interesting effects start happening where convection currents start driving along massive amounts of heat at miniature hurricane speeds and things just start combusting into flames. A lot of this though starts with the dryness, water is a great heat sink and even a slight amount of humidity and moisture in the air can keep these fires from growing out of control, but when everything is partway to kindling already, it's just waiting for a light.
I heard a firefighter on NPR today discussing that in one area, fire jumped a 12 lane highway. My thought, there really isn't going to be a better firebreak than that, unless it was a river wider than 12 lanes, right? Further, he says this location was just dry grass on both sides, so forest management had zero to do with it.

In my opininion, if you get 6 years of drought but with two years of heavy spring rains that promote vigorous brush growth that's only destined to wither, higher than normal summer temps, and then a fire starts under conditions of single digit humidity and high sustained winds after a month with no rain at all, you're going to get fires that are really hard to put out and spread like crazy, regardless of forest management practices. I mean, the fire propagated like crazy through straight up suburban terrain. That's how so many houses got burnt, right? It wasn't just lone dwellings way out in the sticks that burned down, yes?
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"To be honest, I don't do diplomacy or politics through tweets."

Emmanuel Macron hits back at Donald Trump, says France is not subservient to US - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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SF from Alkatraz, one week apart,
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Li'l Puppet's school has been sending regular updates about cancelling anything and everything outside, and say they'll let us know whether they're closing the school tomorrow entirely by 5pm.

The fire is easily a 3-1/2 hour drive from here.
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Seems Acosta gets his press pass back.
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Hey, Daniel Dale wrote in the Washington Post. :)

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