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  1. On 8/14/2022 at 11:05 PM, IanforHeisman said:

    I’ve only seen one before in my 20+ years in Boise and that was in my garage.. They’re really beautiful creatures actually, never seen that perfect of a black color on anything else. I always assumed they were really dangerous and can kill your so I freaked out a little, but now I know their bite is relatively mild for a venomous spider.

    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. On 8/14/2022 at 10:50 PM, IanforHeisman said:

    I’ve had a fever ever since, but mild and doesn’t bother me. Rashes on one side of my body only. No pain really other than the bite, just annoying itches.

    I live on the river so we get creatures I didn’t even know lived here. My shorts are in a basket on the floor of my closet, probably just the easiest place for it to find shelter. Unless it was already on my ass before I put my shorts on, I guess I’m not 100 percent sure it was in my shorts. Either way I sat on the poor lady. Sorry no pics, it was smooshed pretty good. But the hourglass was still recognizable.

    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. On 8/14/2022 at 11:43 AM, kingpotato said:

    Dude, 4 years in a row I've picked the surprise team in the conference and that team went from a losing season to double digit wins and I've never, not one single time, ever crowed about it. Have some humility, bruh.

    BTW, SJSU is the surprise team this year and Air Force will win the SEC Mountain.

    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. On 8/13/2022 at 8:35 AM, Wyobraska said:

    Agree.  Hopefully the Valley could be built back with better planning and newer tech to reduce water usage.  

    Also would be a great time to use insurance money to pay off a bunch of almond farmers so they plant something different.  

    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. 

  6. On 8/13/2022 at 2:36 PM, CPslograd said:

    The Valley uses drip and other modern methods.   Drip has drawbacks too, it salinates the soil a lot faster than flood irrigation 

    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. 

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  7. On 8/12/2022 at 7:24 PM, SJSUMFA2013 said:

    I would say this is true for me too. My tastes were pretty generic mid-2000s suburban white guy rock (I thought Shinedown was the greatest band I’d ever heard and my highlight concert experience to that point was Creed at a large, stale outdoor venue) prior to hearing Monk. I was never a musician so I don’t know exactly what I mean when I say this, but I started looking for different things in music. A lot of what I liked before sounded boring and without substance after Monk bent my mind into a pretzel. Like I said I never really went back to jazz but I likely never would have waded into hip-hop (and certainly not the kind I listen to now) if it weren’t for being exposed to his music. 

    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.

  8. On 8/12/2022 at 7:28 PM, crixus said:

    I saw Miles Davis at the Concord Pavilion back in the late 80's. It was an outstanding performance! B)

    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

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  9. On 8/12/2022 at 6:59 PM, CPslograd said:

    On the other hand, when you drive through the Mojave for hours, then come over the hill and drop into the tree and row cropped San Joaquin Valley it takes my breath away too

    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. 

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  10. On 8/12/2022 at 6:45 PM, azgreg said:

    I have tried a number of times over the years to get into jazz but I just can't. I can listen to it OK but it just isn't there. Sucks having a tin ear.


    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.



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  11. On 8/12/2022 at 5:28 PM, NMpackalum said:

    Veronica, a 21-year-old Latina woman in the South, also did not realize she was pregnant until she was in the third trimester of pregnancy. Veronica was dating someone new and wanted to get tested for sexually transmitted infections before commencing a sexual relationship with this man. The clinic also ran a pregnancy test, which was positive. Veronica was shocked. She explained that she had no recognizable pregnancy symptoms and had been having a regular period: “It seemed to me like regular periods because it lasted the same amount of time that they would usually last […] and I never got morning sickness. I wasn't lethargic.” Veronica was immediately clear that she did not want to continue the pregnancy and took the first available abortion appointment at the clinic. When Veronica presented for her abortion appointment, the ultrasound worker determined that she was 25 weeks pregnant. Veronica needed an abortion in the third trimester because the fact that she was pregnant was new information to her when she was already 25 weeks pregnant.

    From the Turnaway study. While we all wish the majority of third trimester terminations were due to fetal or maternal indications, there's more evidence that the majority are not for medical indications.  Everyone keeps quoting how rare third trimester abortions are, but from a numbers perspective, there are close to the same number of gun related deaths as there are third trimester abortions. I'm against the new laws and I wished Roe v Wade weren't overturned but while most will find the scale favoring abortion rights, we should at least acknowledge that there are inconvenient truths.

    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.


    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.


    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?!?!" 

  12. On 8/12/2022 at 4:45 PM, mugtang said:

    If Donald Trump stole nuclear secrets and intended to sell them to our enemies he is a traitor to the United States of America and should be executed.  If he took those docs with the intent to sell them and people still support him then they should forfeit their American citizenship and go live somewhere else.  People who support somebody who attempts to sell our most guarded secrets are not people who deserve to be Americans.  They are members of a cult and should be shunned as such. 

    This goes beyond politics. 

    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.


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  13. On 8/12/2022 at 5:00 PM, sactowndog said:

    Not to mention the state has significantly upgraded their reservoir infrastructure to be able to handle more extreme precipitation events.   Folsom Dam protects much of Sacramento on the American River and it has been significantly updated with the ability to release water in anticipation at a much higher rate.   

    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.

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  14. On 8/12/2022 at 4:34 PM, NMpackalum said:

    What percentage of abortions performed at or after 20 weeks of gestation is due to fetal anomaly or the health of the mother? According to Diana Greene Foster, the lead investigator on the Turnaway study (described above) and a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, “[t]here aren’t good data on how often later abortions are for medical reasons.”14 Based on limited research and discussions with researchers in the field, Dr. Foster believes that abortions for fetal anomaly “make up a small minority of later abortion” and that those for life endangerment are even harder to characterize.15 Many of the women whose lives are at risk would be treated under emergency circumstances at a hospital rather than at a dedicated abortion clinic, making numbers more difficult to obtain, according to Dr. Foster.


    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. 

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  15. On 8/12/2022 at 4:01 PM, CPslograd said:


    Largest lake by surface area west of the Mississippi.

    Build more water now to prepare for the 100 year flood.😀

    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. 

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  16. 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. 

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