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Andreas

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Nice to hear that you found such a pleasant and quiet place to live in.
And hell, yes, the fucking leaf blowers! I don't know when they showed up first over here, maybe a decade ago, but I've been cursing at those dirty and noisy blowers ever since.
 

mjp

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Funny thing is, Los Angeles made using a gas powered leaf blower illegal in 1991! But no one had the foresight to understand that for a law to work, maybe you need some kind of enforcement. There is none.

Wait, that's not true. Santa Monica has the most strict leaf blower laws in Los Angeles. They have issued...let's see...six citations in the past two years.

Which is all proof that if the people don't agree with a law they'll just break it and if everyone breaks it, what can you do?

It's why herb possession was about the same as getting a traffic here before it became completely legal. Too many people used it, the laws were unenforceable. It's still against the law, federal law, but the law is not enforced (unless your skin is brown).
 

Hosh

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I have to say, there's a palpable note of pleasure...dare I say it, even joy...in your voice for the most recent episode. Sounds like the move came along at exactly the right time! Congrats!
 
mjp, have you read A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey ? Great book about the wilderness in the western american desert, not your new place but still.
 
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mjp

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I read a lot of those Edward Abbey books a long time ago, yes.

As far as the Joshua Trees going extinct, I've been reading about that too. But the temperature increases they're talking about - 5 to 9 °F - would cause problems that I think might distract us from the death of the Joshua Trees. Like, you know, Los Angeles and New York City being underwater, things like that.

The death of a lot of the Joshua Trees (and animals and insects and other plants) would suck, but it might be hard to drum up sympathy for them if the polar ice caps were all melted...
 

Hosh

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The death of a lot of the Joshua Trees (and animals and insects and other plants) would suck, but it might be hard to drum up sympathy for them if the polar ice caps were all melted...
I can't bring myself to "like" the post, as the death of the desert (and the world) seems like such a nightmare that people would be terrified and act accordingly... Will we? I don't have much faith...

But I agree: it won't get much press.
 
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PhillyDave

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yet another great podcast. A bit relaxed & still with humor & insight. Congrats on the new digs as well.
 
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mjp

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the death of the desert (and the world) seems like such a nightmare that people would be terrified and act accordingly... Will we?
Well no one is acting - accordingly or otherwise - now, so I assume everyone will just roll over and die when the time comes. But at least the stockholders in the giant corporations that the Trump voters are supporting will be happy. Right up to the end.

But honestly, I think those people, those Trump voters, will be waving their confederate flags right up until the water or the dust covers them, and they'll be screaming "LOCK HER UP!" and "FAKE NEWS!" as they wither and die. Because that's the world the politicians have made, and they can't reverse it now.

But who knows. I probably won't be here to see it, so I don't care anyway. I've never believed that it would be such a terrible thing, the end of our particular little blip of life here and now in this time and place. And I still don't. I don't have kids though, so it's easy for me to say goodnight moon...

Besides, the Andromeda galaxy is on course to collide with the Milky Way anyway, so it's a moot point.






Okay, that's in 4 billion years, but still.
 

zobraks

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I never thought I would be around to witness the end of the planet Earth, but lately (with the geometric progression of the global disaster) I'm not so sure.
 

Hosh

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Mankind: invented all manner of imaginary religions, borders, countries, gods, and money then used each as some dip-shit, slap-dash justification to keep what they actually needed from each other...until they destroyed the only real thing they had -- their planet.

Or:

"Humanity, you never had it
from the beginning."


Say, someone should put that on a statue...
 

mjp

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Come Fly With Me

https://thisisnotatest.com/come-fly-with-me/

Let's talk about air travel, airplanes, and people, and maybe also the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, Palm Springs in the summer, LAX, a deep, hacking, ugly cough, Pringles, pretzels, vodka, pasta salad, La-Z-Boys, Mountain Dew, nuns, flowy peasant blouses, iPods, Tunis Air, half-price fajita night, tuberculosis, and the joys of a good mani/pedi.


 
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