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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:41 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


This is posted just to flip the website page counter.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:56 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Don't feed the faggot, Kiki.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Is there anybody or anything besides whites you aren't bigoted against? First you exposed yourself as being a racist when Rep. Elijah Cummings died. Now it's anti-gay.

Good grief


T

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I've got nothing against gay people.

I don't like faggots or faggoty behavior.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:00 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Jack,

WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYyyyyy back - from when I was a kid mumble mumble decades ago in NYS ... the Thanksgiving song ... Over the river and thru the woods, to grandmother's house we go ... the part about bright and drifted snow made sense. Then over the years the snow came later and later, got skimpier and skimpier, until there were a few Christmases that weren't really white. So your snow and cold isn't that out of line, depending on your reference point!

Hey, let us know how your water-proofing holds up, OK?

And YAY for the plastic on the attic window!



Will do. Been great so far. But it's very early.


Hope your house is built better than mine is. Sounds like the Wrath of God is coming down on Cali.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:25 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hey Jack!

Still here, but ready to check out soon.

My house was built in 1915ish, but it wasn't one of those under-designed, over-built homes, before they had everything engineered to the last psi and lifespan year, and started using particle-board. I think it was a cheap kit home. So it was cheap-and-under-built. When I was redoing the interior walls - removing fire-and-water-damaged moldy lathe-and-plaster, and replacing it with mold-free, glass-wool-faced drywall - I saw that some interior LOAD-BEARING walls were made of scrap wood - even an old door! And over they years I've seen that the stones in the rubble-foundation - literally stones stacked on top of each other on the bare dirt - have cracked during earthquakes. I mean that literally. Stones are cracked.

AND, after my first big 'quake here a few decades ago, I called in a structural engineer to evaluate my house. He had a couple things to say: 1) earthquakes cause 'hidden damage' in wood structures, as nail holes get bigger and bigger when the structure sways, and 2) "it's a good thing there are no heavy members up there", meaning, a large beam or set of beams in the roof would literally tear the house apart as they swung with substantial inertia during a quake. And then - well, you can't tie the house to a rubble foundation, and the structure is wood and great kindling for a fire. (There's also all the lead paint, plus all the lead-contaminated dirt around the house from the paint flakes, but that's another story.)

My plan was to tear it down, scoop off the dirt, and rebuild an old-fashioned-looking, but well-engineered-and-built new 1.5 story home, with a basement. I had planned a universally-accessible, reasonably fire- and earthquake-safe home. But I found out between my purchase and home design (that I designed myself and took to 3 architects for review), that it had been designated a city historic home. Sigh. No tear-down possible. And in my city, 'historic home' means I can't - for example - take off the old, lead-contaminated, fire-kindling, clapboard wood siding, and replace it with non-toxic, identically-appearing, fire-proof cement-board siding.

Nope. The city seems to want all the toxic, hazardous, cheap, historic crap preserved. Every single bit of its god-awful construction. EVEN BOSTON - noted for its centuries old homes - is OK with replacing old crap with similar-appearing but better-functioning construction and materials.

Anyway - ASK ME HOW I KNOW ABOUT CRAPPY BUILDINGS!

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:20 PM

THG


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
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Originally posted by THG:
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Don't feed the faggot, Kiki.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Is there anybody or anything besides whites you aren't bigoted against? First you exposed yourself as being a racist when Rep. Elijah Cummings died. Now it's anti-gay.

Good grief


T

Deep state describes dedicated, educated professionals.




I've got nothing against gay people.

I don't like faggots or faggoty behavior.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



You're just too funny Jack. Trying to insult someone by saying they are acting like a faggot, when the word faggot is associated with being gay, is bigoted.

It reflects negatively on your ability to reason not to know that.

T


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:28 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Stop acting like a faggot and I'll stop calling you a faggot.

I don't see how this has anything to do with anyone's sexuality.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:44 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Hey Jack!

Still here, but ready to check out soon.

My house was built in 1915ish, but it wasn't one of those under-designed, over-built homes, before they had everything engineered to the last psi and lifespan year, and started using particle-board. I think it was a cheap kit home. So it was cheap-and-under-built. When I was redoing the interior walls - removing fire-and-water-damaged moldy lathe-and-plaster, and replacing it with mold-free, glass-wool-faced drywall - I saw that some interior LOAD-BEARING walls were made of scrap wood - even an old door! And over they years I've seen that the stones in the rubble-foundation - literally stones stacked on top of each other on the bare dirt - have cracked during earthquakes. I mean that literally. Stones are cracked.

AND, after my first big 'quake here a few decades ago, I called in a structural engineer to evaluate my house. He had a couple things to say: 1) earthquakes cause 'hidden damage' in wood structures, as nail holes get bigger and bigger when the structure sways, and 2) "it's a good thing there are no heavy members up there", meaning, a large beam or set of beams in the roof would literally tear the house apart as they swung with substantial inertia during a quake. And then - well, you can't tie the house to a rubble foundation, and the structure is wood and great kindling for a fire. (There's also all the lead paint, plus all the lead-contaminated dirt around the house from the paint flakes, but that's another story.)

My plan was to tear it down, scoop off the dirt, and rebuild an old-fashioned-looking, but well-engineered-and-built new 1.5 story home, with a basement. I had planned a universally-accessible, reasonably fire- and earthquake-safe home. But I found out between my purchase and home design (that I designed myself and took to 3 architects for review), that it had been designated a city historic home. Sigh. No tear-down possible. And in my city, 'historic home' means I can't - for example - take off the old, lead-contaminated, fire-kindling, clapboard wood siding, and replace it with non-toxic, identically-appearing, fire-proof cement-board siding.

Nope. The city seems to want all the toxic, hazardous, cheap, historic crap preserved. Every single bit of its god-awful construction. EVEN BOSTON - noted for its centuries old homes - is OK with replacing old crap with similar-appearing but better-functioning construction and materials.

Anyway - ASK ME HOW I KNOW ABOUT CRAPPY BUILDINGS!




Jeez... that sounds terrible.

I can't even imagine how much it would cost to get lawyers involved to fight that.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:51 PM

THG


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Stop acting like a faggot and I'll stop calling you a faggot.

I don't see how this has anything to do with anyone's sexuality.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Faggot definition is - —used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a male homosexual. So, not only doesn't it apply to me, it shows you to be a bigot.

T


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:13 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Jeez... that sounds terrible.

I can't even imagine how much it would cost to get lawyers involved to fight that.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

In between business ...

Eh. What can I say. Assuming all get out fine, my heart would not be broken if this place fell to the ground, or burned to the ground!

Demolition - accomplished!

Let the rebuilding begin! (You can read that as either maniacally optimistic, or deeply cynical.)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:52 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by THG:
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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Stop acting like a faggot and I'll stop calling you a faggot.

I don't see how this has anything to do with anyone's sexuality.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Faggot definition is - —used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a male homosexual. So, not only doesn't it apply to me, it shows you to be a bigot.

T


Deep state describes dedicated, educated professionals.



I don't recognize that definition of the word. It's not even the original definition of the word, so it's not as if I'm the first person to have that marvelous idea.

I don't think any gay man goes around calling themselves faggots. Maybe you could find some who do? It's a free country, and you're free to call yourself whatever you want to.

I certainly don't call a man a faggot if he happens to like sucking dick. That's not so say I wouldn't be quick to call a man who just so happens to enjoy sex with other men a faggot if he was acting like a faggot.


So stop acting like a faggot in this thread and I'll stop calling you one.

You're more than welcome to join us in talking about projects you're working on, or hobbies, or really anything going on in your life that doesn't revolve around politics here.

Kiki and I have demonstrated on more than one occasion that although there are certain subjects we have vastly differing opinions on about things that we're grounded here in the Garden thread and remember that we actually do like each other here when politics isn't involved.

Do what you'd like, but you're always welcome. I think we'd all be a lot more civil to each other when you remember there's an actual human being on the other side of that rectangular screen that you're talking to.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:05 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Jeez... that sounds terrible.

I can't even imagine how much it would cost to get lawyers involved to fight that.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

In between business ...

Eh. What can I say. Assuming all get out fine, my heart would not be broken if this place fell to the ground, or burned to the ground!

Demolition - accomplished!

Let the rebuilding begin! (You can read that as either maniacally optimistic, or deeply cynical.)



Trust me. I feel you more than you probably know...

On Halloween (before the power went out and I was bailing the sump well to save the house), I had already had it up to here when seeing how wet the snow was making the interior walls and I finally got a real good look at how poorly the entire thing was constructed. I called my brother up and the first thing I said was "Do you have any C4 or know anywhere I could buy some?". Sometimes I think I could just make more money off of this house by doing a badass no-look walk away from it while I hit the button on the remote detonator and the whole thing just explodes in a great fiery mushroom cloud behind me as I walk off into the sunset... and then upload that video to YouTube where it goes viral and I get a billion views.






Speaking of all getting out fine though... Did I mention how my oldest and best friend who I just talked to for the first time in years at the party almost died last year? (I think I did). Goddamned building fell on him at work.

That was his and his wife's 2nd birthday party of the night, and they were looking pretty wasted by the time that Uber came to pick them up. I hope he remembers the chat we had about it though. Twice in my life already I've lost somebody I cared about and I've had to live with the fact that I bailed on what would have been my last opportunity to ever see them before it happened. That kind of thing tends to haunt you for the rest of your life.

He just laughed and said "Yeah. Me too buddy." when I said "I'm glad your still alive". But I hope that I got across the fact that it means a lot to me that I still have a chance to talk to him... maybe make up for disappearing out of everyone's lives not once now but twice.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:15 PM

BRENDA


Rain, rain and more rain for the rest of this week.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:37 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Eh. What can I say. Assuming all get out fine, my heart would not be broken if this place fell to the ground, or burned to the ground!

Demolition - accomplished!

Let the rebuilding begin! (You can read that as either maniacally optimistic, or deeply cynical.)

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:

Trust me. I feel you more than you probably know...

... Sometimes I think I could just make more money off of this house by doing a badass no-look walk away from it while I hit the button on the remote detonator and the whole thing just explodes in a great fiery mushroom cloud behind me as I walk off into the sunset... and then upload that video to YouTube where it goes viral and I get a billion views.

My thoughts aren't quite so cinematic. I'd have to be really unlucky for a wildfire to get the house. And though it's certainly within the range of possibility and haunts me every fire season ... ... what's probably going to take my house down is an earthquake. And I have no sense of how that would go. Sometimes they start with a huge JOLT!!! that gets even more intense and violent. But sometimes they start with a few little nothing-quakes as a prelude. Or they can start with a little rumbling that builds and builds and builds ... ... and if the quake doesn't take the house down, it could always go by gas-line fire/explosion. I have an automatic shut-off at the gas meter, but that doesn't help if the line ruptures before the shut-off. So, I have no particular scenario in mind. Other than I want everyone safe.
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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Twice in my life already I've lost somebody I cared about and I've had to live with the fact that I bailed on what would have been my last opportunity to ever see them before it happened. That kind of thing tends to haunt you for the rest of your life.

Kind of a long time ago, I came to the conclusion that if there were such a thing as perfect knowledge, no one would ever make any mistakes.

We do the best we can with what we know, and what we're capable of.

You did as much as you knew to do, as best you could, at the time you did it. Try not to feel guilty for being merely human.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:39 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


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Originally posted by Brenda:
Rain, rain and more rain for the rest of this week.

I hope you stay cozy and dry Brenda.

But I really think that's the kind of weather for sheltering, and for rest.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:45 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Eh. What can I say. Assuming all get out fine, my heart would not be broken if this place fell to the ground, or burned to the ground!

Demolition - accomplished!

Let the rebuilding begin! (You can read that as either maniacally optimistic, or deeply cynical.)

Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:

Trust me. I feel you more than you probably know...

... Sometimes I think I could just make more money off of this house by doing a badass no-look walk away from it while I hit the button on the remote detonator and the whole thing just explodes in a great fiery mushroom cloud behind me as I walk off into the sunset... and then upload that video to YouTube where it goes viral and I get a billion views.

My thoughts aren't quite so cinematic. I'd have to be really unlucky for a wildfire to get the house. And though it's certainly within the range of possibility and haunts me every fire season ... ... what's probably going to take my house down is an earthquake. And I have no sense of how that would go. Sometimes they start with a huge JOLT!!! that gets even more intense and violent. But sometimes they start with a few little nothing-quakes as a prelude. Or they can start with a little rumbling that builds and builds and builds ... ... and if the quake doesn't take the house down, it could always go by gas-line fire/explosion. I have an automatic shut-off at the gas meter, but that doesn't help if the line ruptures before the shut-off. So, I have no particular scenario in mind. Other than I want everyone safe.



Gotta admit, that sounds like a pretty terrifying way to live, Kiki.

Is that really where you find yourself dying (of old age)?



My house problems probably aren't going to actually physically kill me. At least the chances are slim to none. Although, the idea of something terrible happening to it before I can fix it up and sell it and having to go to work full time doing something I hate for whatever is left of the rest of my life might make me wish that I were dead. (No joke... As you know, I just got over a scare like that)

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Twice in my life already I've lost somebody I cared about and I've had to live with the fact that I bailed on what would have been my last opportunity to ever see them before it happened. That kind of thing tends to haunt you for the rest of your life.



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Kind of a long time ago, I came to the conclusion that if there were such a thing as perfect knowledge, no one would ever make any mistakes.

We do the best we can with what we know, and what we're capable of.

You did as much as you knew to do, as best you could, at the time you did it. Try not to feel guilty for being merely human.



Yeah... If only you could flip that switch off. I mean... it's not as if I'd learned my lesson the first two times. Nice to have a second chance on the third one. I guess I'll see if I've learned the lesson by now.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:51 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Rain, rain and more rain for the rest of this week.

I hope you stay cozy and dry Brenda.

But I really think that's the kind of weather for sheltering, and for rest.



Yeah. 10 degrees here right now. Low of 7 tonight. :(

Just about out of food unless you count the 30 or so lbs. of brown rice I've got in a pail and a few boxes of offbrand cheerios without any milk.

It'll get me through till tomorrow when it's back up to 28 degrees.



Strange weather pattern we're having for sure. It gets to 7 degrees in an hour or two, then starts climbing all night and morning long for the next 24 hours straight.

I guess the bright side is the coldest weather for a while will be behind us 3 hours from now.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:50 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
This is posted just to flip the website page counter.



Kiki, thank you for trying to get us past the dreck that invades every so often. I appreciated it.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:52 PM

BRENDA


Dry right now and I am soon out the door to donate a coffee pot.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3:21 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Gross...

That nice warm weather we were supposed to be getting early next week just disappeared. At least by Wednesday they're saying we should be back up near the historical averages.

It's 26 right now and it sucks. I guess it beats 7 degrees though.



I know I shouldn't be surprised. Chicago winters and all... I just prefer to ease my way into it is all. I don't even want to know what my power bill is going to be.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:32 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


This is interesting to me
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https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-13/ridgecrest-earthqu
ake-ruptured-dozens-of-faults


Biggest California earthquake in decades ruptured on at least 24 faults



New research shows that the Ridgecrest earthquakes that began in July ruptured at least two dozen faults. It’s the latest evidence of how small faults can join together to produce a large earthquake, and how those quakes can cover a wider area than expected.

The findings are important in helping understand how earthquakes can grow in the seconds after a fault ruptures ... In areas blanketed by a crisscross pattern of faults, an earthquake on a smaller fault can destabilize bigger ones, beginning a process that leads to a much stronger earthquake.

In the case of Ridgecrest, some follow-up earthquakes came seconds after; the largest one came some 34 hours later.

Researchers discovered the Fourth of July Ridgecrest temblor was actually three distinct earthquakes — magnitudes 6.1, 6.2 and 6.2 — on a trio of faults. Added together, they produced enough energy to create a magnitude 6.4 temblor, said Zachary Ross, Caltech assistant professor of geophysics, the lead author of the paper. The first two quakes ruptured at right angles to each other, forming the shape of the capital letter L: the first to the northwest and southeast, the second to the southwest. The third quake also ruptured to the southwest. The faults ruptured over 12 seconds.

The second large quake, on July 5, was actually made up of four smaller events that ruptured over 22 seconds, producing a magnitude 7.1 event, the most powerful in California in the last 20 years. In that same event, at least 20 smaller faults that intersected the main faults also ruptured, according to the study, making the zone of land atop moving faults wider than might be expected.

“The geometry of this fault network is just incredibly complicated,” Ross said. “These faults are unmapped ... many of them are at right angles to each other; they’re cross-cutting each other. In the central portion of it, they are spaced a few kilometers apart, like dominoes. There’s 20 of them in a row. This 7.1 ripped through all of these.”

So instead of earthquake strain being relieved by many magnitude 6 temblors over a number of faults, “you could just do it in one magnitude 7 by having the rupture travel up and jump from one fault to the next,” Hauksson said.

A modest fault that begins to move in a quake can make it easier for a neighboring fault to rupture, Hauksson said. In Ridgecrest, the Fourth of July earthquakes probably kept on hammering strong spots along seismically strained faults until the larger magnitude 7.1 ruptured on July 5, Hauksson said.

As I was looking at the quake pattern on the USGS website, I noticed three separate clusters forming lines, and two of the lines were at right angles to each other.
And that they seemed to be extending at the ends.
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It has only been in recent decades that earthquake scientists have understood how smaller faults in California join together to create a more powerful earthquake.

After the 1992 Landers earthquake, scientists were astonished to find that the magnitude 7.3 temblor in the Mojave Desert had ruptured on five separate faults.

As the years have gone by, more evidence has accumulated that earthquakes can and do happen on multiple faults — such as the magnitude 7.1 Hector Mine earthquake, about 20 miles east of the Landers quake, and the magnitude 7.2 quake on Easter Sunday 2010 near Mexicali.



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Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:46 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I ran across this headline: "Mysterious Cocaine Bonanza Draws 'Treasure Hunters' And Cops To French Beaches", And it got me to musing.

Lots of something VERY VALUABLE washes up on the beach. But ... I can't take advantage of it. I don't do coke, so it's not like I'd have a stash for life. And I don't do any drugs, or know anyone who does drugs, or sells drugs, or anything, so I can't sell it either.

Dang.

If that were to happen here, in So Cal, it's be a great lifestyle or income boost, FREE for the taking! ... completely unavailable to me.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:59 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Yeah... I wouldn't know how to flip it either. The only guy that I've talked to in a decade that even did it back in the day is a cop now and hasn't touched the stuff since the early 2000's.


I heard about Doritos washing up on shore a few years ago. Now I could have got some use out of that.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:47 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I like Doritos ...


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Thursday, November 14, 2019 11:05 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Heh...

That's probably the most Simpsons I've watched in 20 years now.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, November 15, 2019 1:22 AM

BRENDA


Long Thursday.

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Friday, November 15, 2019 1:29 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I'm sorry to hear that, Brenda.
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Long Thursday.


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Friday, November 15, 2019 1:17 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
I'm sorry to hear that, Brenda.
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Long Thursday.




Thursday is early morning start. Mah jong first which is 2 hours then I have to have lunch then another 3 of 4 hours at work and sometimes a little longer. Little bit of heavy lifting there and waiting on my boss to bring home something she needed for one of her recipes that I told her she was out of last week.

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Friday, November 15, 2019 1:18 PM

BRENDA


Out in the rain got some stuff to do today. Later peeps.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019 3:05 PM

BRENDA


Raining and I didn't get up until before noon here. Just a lazy Sunday. Good thing I got no where to go today.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019 3:18 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I got nothing to post about there. Just trying to move forward faster than my schedule is moving me backward.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:11 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


I got tired of flogging myself thru all my aches and pains and nasal congestion/continuing infection and spent all day yesterday sleeping and DAMN it felt good!

Not that I'm any more productive today (altho I did fix a couple of sprinkler heads) but I sure feel better-rested and less achy. I should do that more often!


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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:09 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


This reminded me of somebody explaining how innocuous cleaning agents are:

https://ca.style.yahoo.com/buffalo-wild-wings-chemical-death-what-caus
ed-it-192154278.html

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:45 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


So hey - I just want to keep this closer to the top.

I know most of us can be somewhat irregular posters ... but Brenda, you're usually here. How 'ya doing? Well, I hope.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:08 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Rain, rain and more rain for the rest of this week.

I hope you stay cozy and dry Brenda.

But I really think that's the kind of weather for sheltering, and for rest.



Cozy I can do when my chores outside are finished.

No rest for the wicked as the saying goes. Got some more donations to make before the snow comes if we get any this winter. But that is a good thing.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:11 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
So hey - I just want to keep this closer to the top.

I know most of us can be somewhat irregular posters ... but Brenda, you're usually here. How 'ya doing? Well, I hope.



I'm doing okay. Sort of semi looking forward to Christmas and getting things done for that.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:12 PM

BRENDA


Suppose to be dry until the weekend.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:19 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Thanks for posting back, Brenda! I'm glad you're well - and that it's holding off raining.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:21 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Made some meals that the family liked (and they're a picky bunch!). Today ws chicken and dumplings ... hubby hates chicken unless it's almost unrecognizable but today he asked for seconds, and there were no leftovers.


Yesterday was bbq pork with Greek-style salad, which usually begins with cucumber, celery, red pepper, cauliflower bits, and garbanzo beans but I had all kinds of other yummy things to throw in like kalamata olives, leftover tomato, leftover green onion, and avocado from the tree.

The day before that was hot and sour soup with tofu and spinach and green onion. (That's where the leftover green onions came from)

The day before than was vegetable lasagna, which dear daughter prepared. It's quite a complicated recipe and she did such a nice job!

Tomorrow it's beef and bean burrito, taking into account everyone's food allergies/sensitivities, of course ... no beef or red salsa or olives or lettuce for me (all allergies); no beans or salsa for dear daughter (sensitivities); no sour cream or olives for hubby (preference).

After that, chicken gumbo with Christmas limas from the garden (chicken bits for dear daughter) and okra, celery, turkey sausage, tomato bits, and leftover corn and whatever leftover vegetables I think will fit in with the soup.

I still can't taste anything, but I really like making food that others enjoy, and that's good for them.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 2:31 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Wow, Lady Rain, such a tease in these parts.

The 10-day weather forecast predicted rain for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, totaling something like 0.7". But the closer the storm got, the more it evaporated until we were at 0.13" scattered thunderhowers for this AM.

Well, the scattered thundershowers came and went ... barely disturbed the dust on the car. But then there was rain ... a LOT more rain than they predicted after the thundershowers went away. I put out my "rain gage" (it's just a flat-bottomed, straight-sided acrylic pencil holder) and it looks like we got 0.3" - not as much as originally predicted but a lot more than they finally thought. The first rain of the rainy season: YAY!




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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Thursday, November 21, 2019 1:47 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I was noticing that as well @ wunderground for my zip code. As I was checking over 3 days (sometimes a few times a day) it went from 95% chance of rain, to 80%, to 75%, to 70% ... and the predicted amounts kept dropping as well from about 0.75" to about 0.33". MOST of the rain was predicted to fall at night. So when I got up an saw barely a half inch of rain in my "rain gauge" (a somewhat less accurate straight-sided ball canning jar) I sighed a disappointed sigh. But about 10:00 I heard thunder in the west. And shortly thereafter we got some on-and-off thunderstorm downpours through about 14:00. My "rain gauge" now sits at about 1.75".

As I recall though, the many years of drought started with November rains ... and then ... nothing. So based on these rains I have no anticipation for what the future will bring.

Do you know of any long-term forecast? The only one I have is the Dallas Raines one I stumbled across from about 6 weeks ago where he was predicting another drought year at about half normal rainfall.

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Friday, November 22, 2019 10:06 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


There are several three-month and six-month forecasts out there that say the southwest in general should expect a slightly warmer and drier (20% less rain) than average. El Nino/La Nina neutral. HOWEVER, they then go on to say that about 75% of rain comes as "pineapple expresses" which are very hard to predict.

Anyway, it's a good thing I harvested my lima beans when I did (I like to let them dry on the vine) because the rain would have turned them moldy. If anyone wants to know what productive plant to grow it's "Christmas limas" (pale green with dark purple blotches). Last winter I just cut them back because they had twined over everything including the roses, and this year they gave a terrific crop. I think now is the time to cut them back again since the weather will be too cold for them to produce for the next few months.

I see that the wunderground forecast is predicting almost 3" pf rain over Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with a wee bit possible on Saturday. My gutters were cleaned and my "rain gage" is at the ready!!!

Yesterday I decided to tackle the paperwork chores that I've been putting off. Hubby had to take RMD so I had to sign and get notarized a spousal waiver and upload the documents (and find the USB stick formatted to be compatible with our scanner/photocopier).

I have to get the latest odometer readings for our auto insurance which means I have to jump start the battery on my "project car", which meant I had to charge up my jumpstarter battery which meant I had to find the charge cable.

I have to move an account over which means I had to re-activate the account, locate the new bank branch, get the wire transfer/account closure forms and get hubby to sign them and once that's done upload the docs.

Yep, in order to do this I had to do that, but in order to do that I had to do something else. Not finished with that yet but I have an early ayem appointment with my ENT surgeon today to see if SHE can figure out why my nose is so intolerably stuffy. I've tried everything I know what to do. I thought it was the Santa Anas so I saw my allergist and I'm rinsing my nose four times a day and avoiding the myriad of foods I'm allergic to (including coffee ... sigh) and have hardwood floors and air cleaners etc etc ... and I have an appointment with the immunologist, but that's all the way in late January and I can't wait that long. I hope the ENT doc has something to offer, because this is really killing my sleep.

One LAST thing: I have not posted about That Parking Lot Tree in a long time. Even tho I haven't gone to the Farmer's Market in quite some time dear daughter and I were watering it faithfully to previous summer. Then we had a bonanza of rain last winter so water wasn't necesary. I kept checking it thru this summer, even watered it a few times but someone else must be taking care of it because it has stayed green thru the summer, and here we are into the rainy season. The Parking Lot Tree has a few dead branches from its near-death experience several years ago, but otherwise looks robust and healthy. Its leaves should be turning soon and then the tree will be safely asleep for the winter, such as it is in So Cal!

That's all the news from Lake Woebgone.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Friday, November 22, 2019 10:15 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Oh BTW while I'm at it, this belongs in the "recipe" thread but while I'm here ... PictSweet does package frozen turnip greens but alas they aren't available at any stores near me. They used to, but I guess not any more. It must be a southern thing, like low-gluten flour (Swan White) for tender biscuits.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Friday, November 22, 2019 1:04 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Thanks for posting back, Brenda! I'm glad you're well - and that it's holding off raining.



Weather reports were calling for rain today but it is a gorgeous Friday even for a few chores.

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Friday, November 22, 2019 1:19 PM

BRENDA


Seems my boss's husband dislikes what I read. And last night he asked me what I have been reading. I answered that I had just finished reading a book based on Dune written by Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert's son and another man Kevin J. Anderson. It wasn't a bad book but of course being science fiction, I had to explain to them what it was about. Disapproval came when I started talking about the universe of "Dune". Then I said I had started reading a Star Wars book, one of the newer ones and of course that got the stink eye as well.

They had just watched the live action version of "Aladin" and thought it was great. Said I wasn't into fairy tales. Husband's reply, "But science fiction is fairy tales."

Answer, "Yes, but some of those are becoming science reality."

Then I told them I was waiting on a copy of "Good Omens" by Neil Gaimin and Terry Prachett. Anywho more disapproval because it talks about god and a angel and demon being best friends. Which of course led to a discussion about the subject.

So funny to sit there and watch then try to convert me. I just sat and listened and internally rolled my eyes.

My boss who I think I have mentioned is a medical doctor talked about how the universe is a perfect place and there must be. I sat there thinking no the universe isn't a perfect place as black holes serve no real purpose. No light and they suck things into them. I didn't mention the danger of asteroids or meteories.

Speaking of metoeries, I missed them what was falling last night. Couldn't see from my place. Have to see on the news where they were headed.

Probably thought they had a captive audience since I was asked to stay to supper.

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Friday, November 22, 2019 3:30 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Jeeze Signy - every time I think I have a stack of things to to get unburied from, I read your posts.

I count my successes at one or two paperwork things per week (not totally completed but at least addressed for now), but with my ADHD I'm form-challenged, and I have a lifetime history of scrambling paperwork, plus decades of inattention while I was too busy/consumed elsewhere. So everything involves a lot of outright anxiety (what buried landmine could THIS possibly be?), and procrastination, plus getting my nerve up to tackle another anxiety-provoking thing.

Well, I do what I can.

Have you tried a bed wedge to address any reflux you might have? It could help. I raised the entire head of my bed and I think it's helped considerably. I no longer wake with an asthma cough. Another thing I do is wash my pillows every time I wash the linens. But if you can't do that, perhaps an allergy-barrier cover might help. But I'm truly sorry about your nose problems.

THANKS for checking out the turnip greens! I did look online and SUPPOSEDLY Walmart has them. But in the past I've found that that kind of information is usually not right, like when I was trying to find yuba. At least I know now not to run from store to store because you looked where you did!

GREAT NEWS about the Callery pear tree!! YOU AND DD DONE GOOD!!!! YAY!!!!

I hope everything goes well for you and your family.


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Friday, November 22, 2019 5:09 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Jeeze Signy - every time I think I have a stack of things to to get unburied from, I read your posts.

I count my successes at one or two paperwork things per week (not totally completed but at least addressed for now), but with my ADHD I'm form-challenged, and I have a lifetime history of scrambling paperwork, plus decades of inattention while I was too busy/consumed elsewhere. So everything involves a lot of outright anxiety (what buried landmine could THIS possibly be?), and procrastination, plus getting my nerve up to tackle another anxiety-provoking thing.


HAHAHA! You've described me perfectly!!

Do you want to know WHY I'm so pleased with myself for starting all of that?

Do you want to know HOW LONG in I've been putting it off???



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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

You idiots have been oppressing the entire sexual spectrum as long as you have existed. I can't wait for the day your kind is dead - WISHIMAY

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Friday, November 22, 2019 7:05 PM

BRENDA


Found some family information today when I was doing a bit of clean up. It's from my mom's side. And ACK!! Republicanism is there. >>shudder<<. Thank goodness it is back several generations.

Even had some work for the pony express.

One of my mom's aunts come up and visited when I was in high school. She told me a bunch of stuff and I wrote it down. Thought it was in with some of my dad's information. Discovered I was wrong.

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Friday, November 22, 2019 11:11 PM

BRENDA


prediction of snow where I am for next Wednesday. we shall see.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:26 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hey Brenda - you don't know how happy I am that this winter, you have a prayer of being warm and dry !!!

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Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:38 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Onion, kale, egg, and cheese bake

Signy, this should probably be in the recipes thread but here it is ... I do this in the oven because it has a cook-time alarm that's REALLY LOUD!! ... so because of that, all my instructions are for the oven. But this would work on a stove top as well.

Get a medium (2qt or so) saucepan with cover. Mandolin a HUGE onion or 2 medium onions into the bottom - try not to get rings b/c they're messy to eat. Get some pre-made kale and heap it all the way to the top, it'll cook down substantially. Add a T of oil, cover, put it in the cold oven and set it to bake (convection) at 400F, and set the cook time to 15 minutes. You only need 15 minutes at temp because it cooks as the oven is pre-heating. When the alarm goes off, take out the saucepan, stir the onions and kale together, make a couple of wells (not all the way to the bottom, that keeps the eggs from sticking to the bottom) and crack a couple eggs into them, cover with cheese of your choice, cover, and repeat - convection cook at 400F, but this time the cook time is 8 minutes. The onions cook up sweet, the kale is tender and savory, and what's not to like about eggs and cheese? I salt and pepper at the end. It's no fuss, tasty, and nutritious! Perfect of you're going to fix a meal for just one or two (if 2, get a larger saucepan and double the amounts).

ETA: at TJ's they were trialing mashed cauliflower which was delicious - very fluffy and creamy like mashed potatoes. But I'm curious if I can make it at home with a lot less salt and chemicals, and if I can, does it survive freezing. I'm really hoping to make a credible chicken and gravy with 'mashed potatoes'. Now I know DD can't eat cauliflower, so for her maybe she could have actual mashed potatoes and the grown-ups could have the low-carb mashed cauliflower substitute. I personally am not interested in it also having mushrooms, I'm just looking for simple comfort food for winter. But if it sounds like something you might be interested in, and if you'd like mushrooms, I could try them out in the gravy.

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