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Everything posted by smltwnrckr

  1. Yea, they are actually quite striking things. And if you're a healthy adult without an allergy, a single bit won't do a ton of harm apart from some uncomfortable effects. I generally try to let them be if they're in places that our out of the way because of it. But because I have a little one, and where we are if you're not careful they'll straight up take over, They can really hurt young children. I work hard to keep them out of around the house and out of the yard. But word to the wise... be more carful now. My understanding is that the impacts can get worse with another bite or two.
  2. That's wild. Like I mentioned earlier, the Valley is widow country. I could walk out to my backyard and find 4 or 5 widows right now, and I'm fastidious about keeping them out. I've heard of them getting into shoes, or like getting into an article of clothing if you left it out in a garage or something, but I've never heard of one just crawling into a laundry basket in a house. I'm sure it happens, but that is like lightning strike stuff. That hard, high strength web is completely unmistakable to me. So it must not have been in there long enough to spin a wed. My mom got bit twice over the years from gardening without gloves. I've had some big ones crawl onto me on multipole occasions, but I've never been bit. I effing hate those things.
  3. I live in black widow country, and my understanding is that when people have reactions they're body-wide like really bad cramps or flu-like aches. interesting with the rashes and hives. If you're not allergic, you should be OK. But be careful from now on, as the bites get worse generally if you get them again. BTW, how the hell did you get a widow in your shorts? You leave them on a wood pile or something? You got a pic of the spider? How big was it?
  4. Either have I when i made the correct call. Just pointing it out to the same resident dipshits who lol'd the last times it happened, some.of whom have a weird and unexplainable hatred for 1960s organists.
  5. Still throwing your fit, are you? What did you drive by my house and hear me playing some Charles Mingus or something? #triggered
  6. Lol. You know you've got problems if people likkng Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Charlie Christian and Thelonious Monk makes you throw a little fit at 1 in the morning.
  7. I mean he's right that this law was abused to restrict the first amendment. But that jurisprudence was reversed years and years ago. This case has nothing to do with 1a. So rand is being more of an idiot than he is being unhinged.
  8. I don't think a massive flood and insurance payout would do it at all. What has to happen is those farms that have put trees in places where they never grew trees before a few years ago, and those orchards funded by international capital and hedge funds that are running off groundwater for (relatively) short-term returns, need to fail. Like, not enough water for a year, treed dead, so sad, fail. They've been growing almonds in the valley for generations, through multiple brutal droughts. It can be done on a limited scale. It's possible, but it is not sustainable with the growth we've seen since the early 2000s... really, after '08. It's why you're seeing more pistachios, too. Those trees can live better on saltier water, and I believe they can also hold over better in short water years. Almonds cannot.
  9. Yea, there are a bunch of drawback to drip, most notably lack of slack in the system, less recharging of ground water, and frankly efficiency has ultimately just enabled expansion of crops that probably shouldn't be expanding in parts of the valley. Drip has made farming more efficient, but it hasn't helped overall ag water usage as much as people say it does.
  10. He's such a challenging liaten, but so rewarding. I studied music and was in classical ensembles in college. Listen to a lot of jazz. He is uniquely interesting, frustrating and pays off. Reminds me of Stravinsky in that way you have to listen and think at the same time.
  11. That's cool. I've read he was notoriously contemptuous of his audiences. But maybe less so as he got older. I've been lucky to see a few greats: sonny Rollins, herbie Hancock and Wayne shorter and Mccoy tyner
  12. Now that they don't do flood irrigation anymore, I deeply miss driving through the country on a summer night feeling the temperature drop and the air get a little balmy right when you start driving between flooded orchards.
  13. I've been more and more getting into finding wetland and grassland areas in the valley and visiting in spring and winter. Underrated cool places out there.
  14. The traditional intro to the genre is Miles Davis' album Kind of Blue. Both very listenable but also groundbreaking for the genre. They say if you don't like it, you won't like jazz.
  15. Well, first of all... Not a third trimester abortion if she was 25 weeks. Not sure where they decided 25 weeks was the third. That is right on the edge of viability, and the one crazy abortion example that you found is still before the 27 weeks / third trimester level that I asked for. Second... Show me the data that there are as many third trimester abortions aS there are gun deaths. It doesn't exist. Good job finding one example in one of like three existing studies ever to include abortions after 20 weeks, even if it fails to reach what I asked for. I knew there would be one out there somewhere. But how hard did we have to search to find immediate examples of how anti abortion laws hurt and threaten the lives of women at her gestational age? Not. Third... Your example tacitly is bad for the a anti abortion position. If that woman had access to actual reproductive health care, she would have been able to make her choice earlier and would have known easier. It's why I laugh when I see people saying they have 'stricter' abortion laws in Europe because they have gestational limits. Yet they allow access to health care and health education for all long before that, so the comparison is silly. Edit: Actually it's unclear if that last paragraph is true. Since she claims she was having some kind of bleeding in sync with her period over that time. But even still, I have a hard time believing a woman in the South was getting good care and education to help her prevent unwanted pregnancies. On the other hand, this example would also be such an anomaly that it seems like the worst one to use for the case that she's a good example of a 25-week abortion. Again, remember that the anti abortion myth of the 7 month pregnant woman getting an abortion is that she carried the pregnancy knowingly and then just wanted it out of her. This is a woman who didn't know she was pregnant, and thus was completely failed by the health care system. I'm surprised your first question here wasn't "Wtf, where does she live and why is their reproductive health care so shitty?!?!"
  16. The whole "to sell" thing is speculation. I personally think he kept them to Jack off to. Or something as dumb as that. Still a crime. Just a dumber one.
  17. True, tho there are some. pretty gnarly accounts of how close things got to being overwhelmed on the American River system at folsom and elsewhere in 1997. So catastrophic failure would change the calculus.
  18. Right. I have quoted this as well. In fact, many of the procedures that are now illegal because of acti-abortion activism in many places, including the hospitals where they take place, are characterized as miscarriages and/or stillbirths. So the number is virtually impossible to ascertain. But it still doesn't answer the question I asked. "Late term" studies typically look at abortion after 20 weeks, some after maybe 22. States have had laws pre-Roe to regulate and restrict abortions after that point, which is around viability. I am interested in this example of someone having an abortion after 27 weeks, or in this mythical 7th or 8th month of pregnancy, because they just decided to have one all the sudden. That is now the line that the anti-abortion activists draw to make their positions seem reasonable. I have yet to see one example of this. Whereas, even if you accept that instances of anomolies or health of the mother are rare, we've already seen a bunch of examples of these laws harming the women who do experience them. In like the last couple months.
  19. An event like that impacting the Southern sierras would fill Tulare and Buena Vista lake basins first. For the people outside of those basins, it would be the upside of the environmental desecration that came out of draining our lowlands.
  20. I'll take a look at this study more carefully soon. But one of my main questions is how the lower volume of snowpack squares in all of this. These huge flood events happen when you get a very cold, snowy early winter which builds up the snow pack in the sierras, and then an extended series of warmer atmospheric rivers coming through which not only drops a sh*tload of rain but also melts a sh*tload of snow very quickly below like 6000 or 7000 feet. You need both for these mega floods to happen. But if we are going to have diminishing snowpack below 6,000 feet or so, you're taking an important part out of that equation.
  21. Wildcard... if said flood happens in the next 10 years or so, how do the huge fire scars in the sierra magnify the impact with increased erosion?
  22. I hate to be that guy... But, actually, the flood of 1862 followed and then was followed by some of the most brutal drought years in the history of the state.
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