Monday, May 06, 2013
What’s the use?
What’s the use?
I invented a religion in 1971,
I called it the Church of the Holy Dawn.
We had dogma, scripture, liturgy and abuse,
But after a while I said what's the use.
I can't make promises,
I don't know the truth.
Worse and Worse. As of today, the war in Syria is getting worse.
Firefighting Skills Improve. The Springs fire in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, consumed 28,000 acres of brush with no loss of life or destruction of homes.
They're getting smarter about handling these blazes. Somehow a spark got it started on Thursday morning, a day of strong winds, high temperatures and very low humidity.
The fire quickly built up and began a race across the Santa Monica Mountains to the sea, twenty miles away.
It was that hot desert wind blowing off shore and pushing the flames -- it couldn't be stopped.
That's where the firefighters got smart -- they didn't try to head it off with a frontal assault. That only endangers and exhausts the fire crews and it rarely works.
Instead they dropped back and worked the sides of the fire to keep it on a narrower path -- steer it a little bit rather than try to put it out. They also ran defensive lines around a few housing developments.
The brush fire raged for two days. Then the weather changed. The wind died down, it got cooler, the humidity increased and the flames abated. With these more favorable conditions, crews were able to contain and extinguish the blaze.
It's just brush up there, it will all grow back. It's amazing how empty that country is and so near to Los Angeles. But you see why it's not a good place to live -- because of these brush fires, among other hazards.
Tampering with Nature. I support most human efforts to tamper with nature. It's just that once you start "fixing" things, you gotta keep fixing things.
When it comes to environmental issues, my belief is that every solution creates another problem.
So I favor whatever you propose as a mean of combating climate change. But I know your solution will create more problems, and the work will never be done.
This is not a discouraging message, not at all. It's just that we're always going to have work to do and we need to keep making adjustments. We can certainly control some of it, but never all of it.
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