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le 12 novembre 2018


California Wildfires Have Already Claimed 31 Lives and Displaced 150,000 People

This story was originally published by the Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The Camp Fire in northern California has become the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history, incinerating the town of Paradise, and displacing more than 50,000 people, as other blazes continued to rage further south.

At least 29 people have been killed in the Camp fire, making in one of the most deadly in California’s history. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Monday the Camp fire had grown by three sq miles to 177 square miles and was 25 percent contained.

Two people have also died in the Woolsey fire, a major blaze around Los Angeles, bringing total deaths in the state to 31.

On Monday officials said the Woolsey fire had burned 91,572 acres and destroyed 370 structures. It was 20 percent contained. On Sunday evening, some neighborhoods allowed evacuees back in and the US 101 highway west of LA was reopened.

Statewide, 150,000 people have been displaced and more than 8,000 fire crews are deployed. Authorities have said 228 people are unaccounted for.

High winds and dry conditions threaten more areas through the rest of the week, fire officials warned.

Read more at MOTHER JONES


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Found it in a box of Cracker Jacks

Posted on 2018.11.12 at 20:48
It's always interesting when I come back to my jnl and it shows a sudden large spike in readership, out of nowhere.  That happened today.  It involves both LJ peeps and non-LJ peeps, but not a rise in RSS readers.  So, I think one of my posts got plastered in a search engine or somewhere.  Like the post where I cursed 'the rich bastards' - people seem to click on swear words, not on substance.  Or, who knows.  Although, the stats also showed that each visitor viewed an average of 5 posts, so I dunno what is going on.  Refreshing though, esp. whilst I didn't feel like posting much today.  Oh, if only hits were dollars.  They kinda are in China.

So - I just now finished watching an excellent movie.  Guess what it was.  It was a combination of these:

Edward Scissorhands
The Notebook
Flowers for Algernon / Charlie
Atonement
The Age of Adeline
A Portrait of Dorien Gray
Forrest Gump

Based on a 1922 book.  Includes Elle Fanning.  Reminds me of me, in that Wall-E way.

My bad tooth is on me, as they say in Olde Eire.  The gums are swelling and red.  I should have to do something about this.

However, I have been thinking of going on a fast, which I haven't done for a few years.  That would help my CFS, since no food means no bad gut bacteria.  Ketones, not carbs, are good for me.  And maybe that would also solve the tooth problem, but probably not.  Probably, my face is going to swell up again and I will walk to the emergency room in a CFS-drunken haze, scaring children who walk by.  I am not an animal!

But this tooth prob is making my heart lose control.  It is jumping and doing somersaults madly.  And, you know:

The heart never sleeps.

This (FreshAir) was great:

Counting The Bugs And Bacteria, You're 'Never Home Alone' (And That's OK)

Ecologist Rob Dunn's new book describes the tiny life forms, helpful and risky, that live in different parts of the home, including on floors and in water faucets, basements and heating systems.

(Image credit: Basic Books )


A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

Social anxiety is a perception that there is something embarrassing and deficient about us, and, unless we work hard to conceal or hide it, it will be revealed and we will be judged or rejected for it.

We can all relate to the experience of looking in the mirror and zooming in on a perceived flaw like a zit. There is a sense of wanting to hide that perceived flaw and that leads you to, say, throw on some tinted moisturizer. That feeling — that urge to hide — is the exact same feeling that one gets with social anxiety, except with social anxiety it’s about our internal self, about our personality or our social skills or simply who we are as a person.

The one thing I always like to add is that social anxiety is a package deal, and it often comes bundled with strengths like high standards and empathy and being helpful and altruistic. People who have social anxiety are often good listeners and conscientious and they work hard to get along with fellow humans. And those are all really amazing strengths that won’t go away even as people work on their social anxiety.

See full article HERE

NOTE: I, myself, can no longer, "Go forth and do."  This has nothing to do w/ anxiety or introversion, but, even now, people assume it does - and so they offer all kinds of worthlessly helpful advice, missing the fact that this is an actual physical illness.  Of course, there are the majority of strangers who assume I am a malingerer, or a welfare queen, etc.  Even if they tell themselves that I am sick - or that I am well - they paradoxically, subconsiously hate me for being well - or being sick.  People are nuts.  And that's not social anxiety talking, lol.

(World Cafe plays my favourite Elton John  song: "Amorina")

Eastern Grey Kangaroo - Macropus giganteus

Posted on 2018.11.12 at 21:54
Current Location: New South Wales
Originally posted by sirterrywatts. Reposted by madman101 at 2018-11-12 21:54:00.

The Eastern Grey, is one of Australia's large species of kangaroo.

Found on the east coast of Australia, we estimate that there are about several million living in forests and bushland. Kangaroos are completely herbivorous and mainly eat the vegetation growing in the bush. Alongside people farms and gardens too. Due to the increase of water via irrigation for farms kangaroo numbers are actually increasing. Making it likely that you will find one in Australia hopping around the countryside.

On approach, they will quickly hop away, so if you need to photograph one, you need to sneak up on it.

When you do they sometimes look surprised!



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