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Well, I was quoting another freelance writer who had that experience when the economy tanked. For me it's always been tough, in the Great Recession and after. Always a struggle to pay the rent, but though the money is poor it's much more soul satisfying than a corporate job I had in the past.
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And thank you so much for your participation Sonia! It's so heartening, I cannot tell you.
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A couple of comments from friends and relations deserve mention: "Is your dad living in the post-apocalypse?" "You look like you've just been captured by the Taliban and under interrogation in Afghanistan."
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It's true that Class II injection wells, such as operated in Ventura County by Anterra, are not in and of themselves the same thing as hydraulic fracturing. But it's also true that these Class II wells are licensed to accept fluids from frack jobs by the EPA. http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/class2/ Re: accurate data, I think it's clear that the data that Anterra reported to the CA Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources, which shows the injection of millions of barrels of fluid, greatly exceeding the permit they received from the county for reinjection of oil-field fluids fifteen years ago, has set off their dispute with the Planning Department of the County of Ventura. But what is driving the county's criminal investigation of the firm?
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Meant to say..."makes oak wood brittle."
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That's the really troubling thing. They looked great. Vibrant and green. Heard -- I think from arbologist Mike Inuba -- that mature oaks send down taproots that can feed the leaves and encourage growth even in the most adverse of conditions, but the combination of growth and weight and extreme heat makes oak wood. The tree that just fell did not have any apparent heart rot, as did the other two big oaks that fell. It's upsetting. Thanks for your kind words. We do have younger trees that appear to have died in the past month or so, just to add to our concern.
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Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I hear from Julia Brownley, a Democratic Congresswoman in this area, that 60-70% of the children crossing the border this year were found to be intent on re-uniting with a known family member in the U.S. , usually a parent. I would put that in the category of "good plan," but it does raise questions about the other 30-40% One possible point on which both sides might be able to agree would be around the expectation that every child immigrant have a plan -- such that if it didn't work out, there would be a procedure to follow, for the sake of fairness to them and everyone else. The LA Times had an excellent story in today's paper in which a photographer followed up on a kid he tracked from Honduras years ago on a great story. What happened to this kid, who did make it into the U.S., but ended up going back to Honduras? Find out here: http://www.latimes.com/world/great-reads/la-fg-c1-taming-the-beast-20140822-story.html#page=1 I
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Hi DD, To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you have to work a certain number of weeks at a old-fashioned (non-1099) job. I can't remember how many weeks that is. (It's been years since I've been eligible myself.) But let's assume you are eligible. In that case, no, don't list all your 1099 side jobs together, because that might confuse the system. They might think you were working a salaried position, but trying to hide something, such as benefits. EDD actually wants to pay you all the benefits you deserve, but literally cannot stand it when people hide income and take unemployment benefits they do not deserve. So even if all the side jobs seem piddly and not worth the trouble to list separately, you'll be better off painstakingly putting them down one by one. Best wishes -- Kit
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A little background on Beccario's work from Slate...not long enough! May have to try and remedy that. http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/12/18/global_wind_map_cameron_baccario_s_visualization_of_world_weather_patterns.html
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Note too that the lo-fi availability of the record has been removed from the web (and the post above). Oh well. Young did make available a spectacular rendition of Bert Jansch's Needle of Death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H47jI6xanA Can't wait for the album, I confess.
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Thanks for the factual and troubling note. I wonder if we will look back on our blithe acceptance of acetaminophen today much the way we look back now on our blithe acceptance in the 50's of DDT...except that in this case we're dosing ourselves, instead of our lands and wildlife.
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Note: from reading reviews I learn that Young in fact is speaking to his late mother in the above remarks. This odd conceit adds a personal tone to the spoken-word prologue to the record, but doesn't change the fact that Young is pretty obviously talking about global warming, and all but daring us to "get it." So Neil, you can stop testing us. Yes, we're awake and paying attention. I think.
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Agree completely. A little anecdote about the creation of that great line...apparently when Williams was living, utterly broke, in New Orleans, twenty years into his writing career with precious little to show for it, he would go out in the morning and ask passers-by for cigarettes, because he couldn't afford to buy his own. This is what he started to calling that, in his poeticizing way. (I believe I saw that in the wonderful collection of his notebooks put out by Yale University Press, though I've looked for the detail, and haven't yet been able to footnote it.)
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How cool! I love coming across rock art in the backcountry -- here's a striking example I found in the watershed above Fillmore last fall:http://www.achangeinthewind.com/2013/11/sexy-rock-art-in-the-sespe-wilderness-2013.html
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2014 on I heart the Sespe Wilderness at A Change in the Wind
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Not me, but a fellow I was with. Went on a weekend trip with a couple of guys, one of whom was a graphic artist, and got ahead of us on the trail, and put it together while waiting for us to to catch up. Thank you for asking --
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Hi Nancy -- happy to talk. The Google Voice button on the site actually does work, or you can email me (kitstolz@gmail.com). Will likely delete this soon so as not to be targeted by junk mail.
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We agree -- and so would Bill Patzert I believe. He's being provocative to make a point about our water consumption -- and to make sure we didn't fall asleep during the presentation. He said it other ways too -- pointing out that much of Ojai (not to mention Beverly Hills) looks like a rain forest, even though this region has little or no rain six or seven months a year. Making a point. But poking us for loving trees is more likely to get him "gasps" as the reporter said.
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Thinking about it a little, the two thinkers -- past and present -- quoted extensively by the essayist both call for thinking beyond the horizon of the personal and the temporal, as opposed to focusing intently on ourselves in the present moment (looking at you, Facebook). Does this make sense, as a way to decide what is helpful/good about digital information, and what is not? Hope so.
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Ever hear of using headlines provocatively? Next time you might want to read the whole thing before you comment on it.
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Interesting...has your perspective been written up, may I ask, in the press? Since I've been exposed to your work I've started to see the narrow-mindedness in the government's anti-tamarisk efforts, but I'm not sure how widespread that perception is, if a picture of a government scientist happily pulling a salt cedar out of a creek bed in this recent High Country News story on the issue is representative: http://www.hcn.org/issues/45.18/new-hope-for-the-delta
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Well, you're not the only one who doesn't blindly trust Google, as this amusing cartoon shows. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/11/03/207265/mcclatchy-cartoons-for-the-week.html I'm gullible when it comes to the big G and admit it.
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Thanks for the comment...groundwater "pumped out for use and plate tectonics?" Groundwater being pumped out for use I understand, but don't know what is meant by "plate tectonics" in this instance. Curious.
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I so hope the troubles with blockbusters will lead to more good indy movies, but when good independent movie people like Steven Soderbergh are throwing in the towel and moving to television you gotta wonder,
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Jeez...away on a vacation with the family...anyhow, the link above takes you to "a news from around the Arctic" blog with a story that leads: "If you wanted hot weather this week, you should have been in Greenland." At the bottom of the story it is mentioned that the 25.9C temperature was amended by the meteorological institute to 24C, which was not a record breaker. On the other hand, the warming trend in the Arctic is undeniable, and -- for many scientists -- beyond alarming. Here's the start of a recent post on the question of warming in the far north from the Arctic Sea Ice Blog: http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2013/07/arctic-time-bombs.html#more "While keeping an eye on day-to-day data and speculating about whether 2013 is going to overcome the odds and break last year's records, one tends to forget about the wider implications and what this actually is all about. A tree is incredibly interesting, but in the end it's all about the forest. It's important to remember that the situation isn't looking good in the Arctic. Not good at all. We're witnessing things that were supposed to happen decades from now. Instead we're looking at a change that is hard to fathom, but takes place during our lifetimes, not on a geological timescale." Is the story that matters the tree, or the forest? The exact number for that day in that location, or the trend?
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Really an interesting comment, Michael. Essay worthy, I'd say. Or perhaps you're thinking of your own experience at San Francisco's Civic Center and symphony/opera? http://sfciviccenter.blogspot.com/
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