Homes destroyed as Valley Fire rages to 5,350 acres

Homes burned overnight as the crews continued to battle the Valley Fire.

Source: Homes destroyed as Valley Fire rages to 5,350 acres

And there is yet more to burn. Last I checked we were at 100 degrees on the coast, with inland being even worse. And I believe very low humidity. The last I heard Northern California was burning up, now we may well see Southern California going as well. When the fires start in the central and western county you’re going to see a lot of damage and a lot of people evacuating. Things are going to change in California because the greedy are endangering us.

‘One Billion Americans,’ by Matthew Yglesias: Book Excerpt

A population of a billion would (maybe?) solve all the country’s problems.

Source: ‘One Billion Americans,’ by Matthew Yglesias: Book Excerpt

Problem, our population is going to fall whether we like it or not. The way things are going now what we’re going to see is not population growth, but population redistribution. And that includes China. Last I heard the Chinese may well lose half her population, and that means the Chinese are going to see an effective decline in a lot of areas. Anybody want to see any sort of economic growth they are going to need to see economic growth where the individual is concerned, and not in the aggregate. A billion Americans? Let’s try a couple hundred million, maybe even just 100 million, and that’s going to mean a Detroit on a national scale.

That Adorable Pet Bobcat Isn’t “Showing His Love” – The Dodo

The Dodo serves up emotionally and visually compelling, highly sharable animal-related stories and videos to help make caring about animals a viral cause.

Source: That Adorable Pet Bobcat Isn’t “Showing His Love” – The Dodo

What you see in this story is one man’s interpretation of what a cat is doing. Which is pretty much what most any cat does when showing affection. House cats do it, pumas do it, even Bengal tigers and servals. Yes, a cat does scent mark things by rubbing up against them, but they do it in large part as a way to demonstrate affection.

You get right down to it what the author of the article was doing was exhibiting prejudice and a blatant bias. He was being a small minded bigot and was really not to be trusted. Trust the cat. Trust the wolf, the rhino, even the wolverine, for animals can show affection for human beings.

Black Troops Were Welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow Wasn’t: The Race Riot of One Night in June 1943

Black American GIs stationed in Britain during the war were given a warm welcome by their hosts but treated harshly by their white US Army comrades.

Source: Black Troops Were Welcome in Britain, but Jim Crow Wasn’t: The Race Riot of One Night in June 1943

There was a time when a segment of our population was being oppressed. During the war the black community learned a very important lesson, that they couldn’t hide away from white abuse, that they had to stand up for themselves. Marching for their rights, speaking out in their defense was dangerous and had the potential for really bad things. The potential for race riots that could have seen thousands killed and entire black communities wiped out.

But something changed after the war. Hell, a number of things changed. Among them was blacks becoming aware of their need to speak out, to become a part of the larger community for their self imposed separation just wasn’t working. And then you had the Federal government starting with the Roosevelt administration and continuing through the Truman, Eisenhower –even Eisenhower–, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations. Men who saw that they owed the black community men and women a lot for what they did during the war. We owed them and it was damn well damn they got repaid for their service.

But now we’ve slacked off. Now we’ve let things slide and let the reactionaries push back against civil rights. For as long as we have those who just won’t let anyone enjoy what they have earned we’re going to have this bigotry, this oppression.

My caregiver Roxanne is a black woman. She’s also a Filipino, and she was just recently called a nigger by one of the residents here. Roxanne is a good, decent person. She is a trained nurse and a caregiver with a number of client she cares for; one of them being me. Roxanne is my friend and she has made a huge difference in my life. Without her I’d likely be in a nursing home by now and I’m just not ready for that. So let me say this, fucking right black lives matter. Press on, fight on, and let’s keep the struggle on until the small and the haters are but a memory.

Bad Science

Source: Home – Sasquatch Genome Project

Even bad science can teach us a lot. Over all the science in this site is pretty bad. That said, it does start off with a good bit of scientific work, that being the analysis done on hairs gathered from Eurasia and North America of a possible bipedal ape. Depending on where from exactly known as the yeti or the sasquatch.

So what have they found in those hairs? Well, at least in the hair roots they have found genetic material apparently from primates most closely related to the great apes. You know; the orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, and man. The bad part comes into play when you consider how the information gained is presented on the site –it could be better organized and much clearer–, and in the main conclusion reached, that being that the animal in question is a hybrid of ape and man.

Now back some years ago when this material was first presented to the world a skeptic who’s name I forget actually analyzed the material independently. In short he found a lot of gorilla dna in the samples. At least that was his conclusion. From what he said my conclusion was –and still is– that the animal in question has a common ancestor with the gorilla, and correspondingly with man.

But then you get those who keep insisting that the Yeti/Sasquatch can’t be possible because primates are only supposed to be tropical or sub-tropical animals. And that largely because for the most part primates seem to be restricted to tropical and semi-tropical regions. This despite the fact one species of primate is commonly found in temperate, sub-arctic, and arctic environment, an animal we given the scientific name Homo sapiens. If humans can why not bigfoot?

And with the Bigfoot the protest is made, they couldn’t get here from Eurasia in the first place. A claim which seems to disregard the migration of tyrannosaurs and humans in one direction, and horses in another. Now it is true the we could have made it by boat, but at one time it appears all we needed to do was walk. As for the tyrannosaurs and horses, at no time did they ever have the technology or the ability to create and use it.

My point here is that any complaint that an event is not possible is just wrong. Especially when we actually do have evidence that it is possible. Photographic evidence in some cases, physical evidence in the case of hairs from which we have gotten DNA from. Primate DNA, anthropoid DNA.

There’s more to be said here, but that means my doing some research into a certain party who basically fed us a line of bull shit on the subject of the Patterson-Gimlin film of 1967. At the moment I’m pooped, so that can wait form a later day.

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