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February 26, 2016

DARE Drops "Gateway Drug" Label For Marijuana

Even DARE found it had to face reality, at least a little bit. Now they list the only two gateway drugs I know of: alcohol and tobacco.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | February 26, 2016 at 07:07 AM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2016

Great Los Angeles Walk Photos

I winnowed my photos from the Great LA Walk (November 21, 2015) down to the 1,930 best ones that you can see here. Blut I think the easiest way to see them is via this video slideshow which is only a little more than half an hour long, if you watch all of it. Most of the photos are from my GoPro, but I shot some with my pocket camera.

Filed under Architecture,Cities/Urbanism,GoPro,History | permalink | February 20, 2016 at 09:32 PM | Comments (2)

February 18, 2016

Dreamscope Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills electric

Filed under Photography | permalink | February 18, 2016 at 09:41 PM | Comments (0)

February 17, 2016

Drives Right Into A Funnel Cloud

The driver said he didn't see it. You can skip the first 1:15, unless you like sitting in stopped traffic. Florida.

Filed under Science | permalink | February 17, 2016 at 09:04 PM | Comments (0)

L.A. Parcels

There is a bot that is identifying a Google street view image for every parcel in Los Angeles and posting them to Twitter in order by Tax ID! Here's the Twitter feed.

Filed under Cities/Urbanism,Photography | permalink | February 17, 2016 at 01:17 PM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2016

MSWD Approves Water & Sewer Rates

At the 218 Public Hearing tonight, after listening to comments from many residents of the district, the MSWD board approved the proposed new rates for both water and sewer by a vote of 4-0, John Furbee being absent for health reasons. One commenter railed against the folly of fluoridating the water. MSWD board President Nancy Wright explained that MSWD does not fluoridate.

One complaint heard repeatedly was that the board was going to "double the rates." This began with, I think, one person who had pointed out the very low per gallon rate and didn't consider all the numbers after the decimal point before rounding.

From 2016 to 2020 the residential rate for 13 units of water (the average amount used in this district) will go from $28.94 to $43.40, a 50% increase, not a doubling. The cost per gallon will go from 0.3¢ to 0.45¢. Again, a 50% increase, not a doubling. Half of that increase will go to pay for chromium 6 abatememnt, which is a complete waste of money, but mandated by the state.

Residential sewer will increase from $31.23 to $50.16 over the same time period. That's a 61% increase.

Filed under California,Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | February 16, 2016 at 07:52 PM | Comments (0)

Naked Festival Via GoPro

A couple of guys take a GoPro camera into the Hadaka Matsuri.

Filed under GoPro,Naturism-Nudism,Photography | permalink | February 16, 2016 at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

February 15, 2016

Competition For MJ Dollars

Adelanto, like DHS, permits cultivation facilities in its industrial zone. The article says 27 marijuana cultivators have been approved in Adelanto, but the voters haven't approved a tax yet. So if that new tax is too high, or if it doesn't get approved, things may not go swimmingly. One city planner there is suggesting the cultivation tax be a straight $25/square foot/year.

Filed under California,Marijuana | permalink | February 15, 2016 at 08:24 AM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2016

"10 Terrible Secrets Behind the 'Burning Man' Festival That Sodomites and Socialists Don’t Want You to Know!"

The terrible truths come out.

At the end of every summer, a secret cult gathers in an obscure corner of the Nevada desert. They're young, they're old, they're from nations across the world. They say they're celebrating artistic creativity and old-fashioned self-reliance. Maybe they're even planting a seed that could change our culture forever… Yet what really happens behind those 6-foot high gates and armies of security guards? Does this scene pose a clear and present danger to America's youths? Why does this celebration of sodomy and socialism look so much like the worst of End Times Bible prophecy?

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | February 14, 2016 at 04:31 PM | Comments (1)

Discounts On MacBooks

B&H Photo is selling various MacBooks at $300 to $350 off.

1.1 GHz, 256 GB, $999.

1.3 GHz, 256 GB, $1,249.

1.2 GHz, 512 GB, Space Gray, $1,249

Same model, but Silver or Gold, $1,299

1.3 GHz, 512 GB, Silver, Space Grey, $1,399

Same model but in grey, $1,449

Filed under Shopping,Technology | permalink | February 14, 2016 at 03:40 PM | Comments (0)