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For the daily Brush Burning Index, 165 or higher is extreme. The value of that index tomorrow (Thurs) in Los Angeles is an incredible 296, the highest it's ever been. These scenes from the 405 today are unbelievable (CNN has some intense video as well). That's my daily commute -- seeing those hills completely engulfed in flame looks terrifying. That major artery serves some 500,000 vehicles per day (and it feels like at least 450k of them are *definitely* during my commute) -- the one other time it's been closed since I've lived here was such a citywide event that it had an official name: Carmageddon. In actuality, it was a breeze to drive on Carmageddon -- especially going east to west on the 10. No one was out that day -- we got from Culver City to downtown in about 10 minutes. Today was a different story -- I can only imagine that, in addition to looking like a literal hellscape, it was a severe nightmare to be getting anywhere in the city today. I'm grateful that our office...
Just to lighten up your day Is apparently already underway well, that's sobering | Earth's 6th mass extinction has begun, & there are no signs that humans will be spared http://t.co/CXD4qHrAAA— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) September 24, 2015
The sixth major extinction event on planet Earth is apparently already underway: "The relationship between species diversity and ecosystem function is very complex and not well understood. There may be gradual and reversible decreases in function with decreased biodiversity. There may be effectively no change until a tipping point occurs. The analogy here is popping out rivets from a plane’s wing. The aircraft will fly unimpaired if a few rivets are removed here or there, but to continue to remove rivets is to move the system closer to catastrophic failure." https://theconversation.com/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-has-begun-new-study-confirms-43432 Echoes something I've been thinking about lately (as one does, on late nights thinking about the apocalypse), which is that our popular depiction of the End of Days befalls us quite swiftly, within the timespan of a meteor's catastrophic strike or a nuclear war destined by its nature to proceed through utter destruction at a healthy clip...
We’re kind of like Wile E. Coyote in this area, imagining that "if we can just out-think those pesky Liberals" we can relieve the world of the burden of dealing with the natural distributions we find in nature, and keep continually trying to stuff cats into bags for the remainder of the human existence. If we have the power to say it’s so and be believed, then is it so? Turns out that in some cases, yes — this is actually how the functional creation of reality works. That is how it still observably works in places like Russia and Syria and Iran and so on, where “what happens" is merely a function of what the government tells you is happening. Being told what’s happening is a comforting thing. It is literally the childhood we all grew up in, with some exceptions — regardless, there is a fundamental desire to know The Truth, i.e. What Is. This is the primordial journey — the fundamental narrative, a story of a human being overcoming the basic obstacles that confront everyone who is a...