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March 10, 2015


Here's an article alleging that the words "climate change," "global warming," "sea level rise," or "sustainability" have been banned from official communications in the state government. I find it somewhat believable, only because it is Florida. In lieu of these terms, state employees were directed to refer to "God's fever," "God's chilblains," or if the temperatures were wildly variable, "God's change of life."

Filed under Nutjobs | permalink | March 10, 2015 at 11:46 PM | Comments (0)

L.A. Sheriff Deputies Are No Longer Empowered To Be Photo Critics

The LAPD, Long Beach police and the LA County Sheriff had adopted guidelines saying that taking photos with "no aesthetic value" was sufficient to stop a photographer for questioning. I would dearly have liked to sit in on the class where every cop in those agencies were trained to appreciate the aesthetic value of photos they couldn't even see. But now, L.A. County has come to a settlement with the ACLU in which they agree to stop doing that. The ACLU will provide training material for the Sheriff.

The training, supplied through a newsletter detailing the LASD policy and given to all new recruits and to all deputies assigned to patrol, states that members of the public "have a First Amendment right to observe, take photographs, and record video in any public place where they are lawfully present" and prohibits deputies from "interfering, threatening, intimidating, blocking or otherwise discouraging" photographers from taking photos or video unless they are violating a law.

Filed under Libertarianism,Photography | permalink | March 10, 2015 at 11:29 PM | Comments (0)

Is That A Pink Backpack I See?

Why yes, yes it is. Anndee Laskoe hikes and picnics in the Mission Creek Preserve for the benefit of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. She forgets to mention it's just west of Desert Hot Springs, but the city is at least mentioned in the title of the video.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,Travel | permalink | March 10, 2015 at 09:36 PM | Comments (4)

Did A Miracle Happen? No.

It's another one of those worthless lists comparing crime rates between cities using their statistics as reported to the FBI. Even though it has been shown over and over and over that this is an invalid comparison because every police department counts things a little differently, when Desert Hot Springs was in the top 3 everybody who wanted to get elected to any position in this city would run around, hands in the air, pushing the hysteria button.

So now that we're not even in the top 10, will we all have a big celebration to announce the end of crime in Desert Hot Springs? I bet not. I just hope people begin to understand that the purpose of a list like this is only to sell newspapers - figuratively.

BTW, I've been in Emeryville and I felt as safe there as in DHS - which is really, really safe.

Filed under California,Desert Hot Springs,Public Safety | permalink | March 10, 2015 at 12:32 PM | Comments (2)

March 3, 2015

Stay Over At Leonardo DiCaprio's Place

The Dinah Shore house (by Donald Wexler) that was purchased by Leonardo DiCaprio can be rented starting at $4,500. Here's where you can make your reservations and learn all about the house.
432 Hermosa Place, Palm Springs, California
The Google map view

Filed under Architecture,Coachella Valley,Film/Movies | permalink | March 3, 2015 at 10:43 AM | Comments (0)

Not Missing It

Boston Virtual Imaging sent someone out with a drone and a camera to document the snow in Boston. They made a tour of some of the major tourist highlights in central Boston:

In order of appearance:

  • Charlestown (Bunker Hill)
  • Public Garden
  • Boston Common/Beacon Hill
  • Commonwealth Avenue/Back Bay
  • Fenway Park
  • Beacon Hill or maybe Charlestown again - hard to tell when you're up that close, although the unusual house one sees on the left will identify it for someone who knows Boston better than I - but I'm betting heavily on Beacon Hill
  • Charles River/The Esplanade (Hatch Shell)
  • Waterfront/Harbor Hotel/that thing that used to be an elevated highway which is now called the "Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway"

Filed under Architecture,Cities/Urbanism,Photography | permalink | March 3, 2015 at 10:18 AM | Comments (1)

March 2, 2015

We Must Suffer For The Sake Of The Bunnies

Do you suppose the DEA is getting a bit desperate when one of its agents testifies that legal medical marijuana could suppress a rabbit's instinct to run from danger. You might think it's funny, but consider how hungry the poor coyotes will be if rabbits become extinct.

[DEA special agent Matt] Fairbanks said that at some illegal marijuana grow sites he saw "rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana. ..." He continued: "One of them refused to leave us, and we took all the marijuana around him, but his natural instincts to run were somehow gone."

I think the only wildlife that will actually be endangered are the DEA Special Agents.

Pat Robertson's warning that we have become slaves to vegetables is sort of tangentially related. Perhaps we should let the bunnies be the slaves to vegetables. After they eat the marijuana we can scoop 'em up and eat 'em as medical rabbits.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | March 2, 2015 at 03:03 PM | Comments (1)

Aerial Photos

Burning Man Aerial 2014
Black Rock City 2014 - I don't think I've seen it like this with such saturated color!
I don't recall it all being as bright as this photo. The dust does tend to soften the colors, you know.

This photo comes from this page of 21 brightly colored straight-down aerial photos of human made structures.

Filed under Architecture,Burning Man,Photography | permalink | March 2, 2015 at 10:46 AM | Comments (1)

March 1, 2015

The Wednesday Holiday

Burner Year 2014-15
Here we have the Burning Man calendar with all of the holidays highlighted
. Those are the Burning of the Man (red dates) and the Burnal Equinox (green date) which comes halfway between the red dates. IOW, this is your alert, if you haven't started preparations for your Burnal Equinox celebration, you still have a little time. Traditional celebrations usually include putting some shit together and then burning that shit up. If you add Kraft processed cheese food it's even better.

March 5 is when you can begin to panic for this year's burn.

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | March 1, 2015 at 10:51 AM | Comments (0)