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Marijuana: Know Thy Grower

Years ago I reasoned that some commercial pot growers would resort to insecticides if they were faced with losing an entire crop due, say, to spider mites. I thought of people buying organic produce at Whole Foods, then smoking marijuana that had been sprayed with toxic chemicals. A friend of mine said, "They're smoking paraquat."

Pot smokers, beware. Here is a Google search I did today on the subject:
https://www.google.com/search?q=pesticides+in+marijuana&num=100&newwindow=1&safe=off&source=lnt&tbs=qdr:m&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjTmfLKg8DRAhUpiVQKHVoJD-wQpwUIFA&biw=1402&bih=974

The big commercial operators have a way different modus operandi than people who grow outdoors, with untreated water, compost, organic supplements, and sunshine. No electricity for light or fans, no chemical fertilizers or insecticides, no soil-less, hydroponic wizardry.

AND -- I've had conversations with people about vaporizers, costing between $200-600. "Oh, way too expensive." Well, how much are your lungs worth?


Astonishing Athletic Feats

Mother's Little Helper -- Homeopathic LSD

Article in New York Times Sunday by Alex Williams “…'Mom, are you on acid?' her daughter asked sarcastically. Ms. Waldman froze. It was not yet the moment, she decided, to answer 'yes.' Ms. Waldman had discovered microdosing, an illegal but voguish drug regimen in which devotees seek to enhance creativity, focus and mental balance by ingesting regular, barely perceptible doses of hallucinogens like LSD or psilocybin mushrooms. Forget 'turn on, tune in, drop out.' To recent converts like Ms. Waldman, who recounts her microdosing journey in a new memoir, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf next week, it’s a new psychedelic era. For them, LSD is less a kaleidoscopic mind expander than a humble mood enhancer, as subtle and quotidian as Prozac.…" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/07/style/microdosing-lsd-ayelet-waldman-michael-chabon-marriage.html?_r=0

Amethyst Laccaria Mushroom

These are a beautiful shade of purple. Here's one illuminated, turns pink.

Trump, Trapped in His Lies, Keeps Lying. Sad!

From the NewYork Times, article by Lawrence Downes, Jan. 10, 2017: 

He hasn’t taken office yet, but Donald Trump is lost, wandering in a labyrinth of lies and trying to drag the country in with him.

Witness his reaction to being called out on Sunday by Meryl Streep. Speaking at the Golden Globes, she said she had been stunned and heartbroken to see him mock a reporter with a physical disability.

It happened at a speech in 2015 in South Carolina. Mr. Trump’s target was Serge Kovaleski, of The Times, who has arthrogryposis, a condition that leaves his right arm and hand bent and rigid. “You ought to see this guy,” Mr. Trump told his audience, flailing his own right arm and hand in the air, making spastic movements, disgracing himself.

The act was contemptible, and in a way unbelievable: a future president showing the maturity and schoolyard viciousness of an 8-year-old.

 “I still can’t get it out of my head,” Ms. Streep said, “because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” In early morning tweets, Mr. Trump attacked Ms. Streep and swore innocence:

"Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him......."3:36 AM - 9 Jan 2017 

 "'groveling'" when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!"

Lake Shasta is at 75% Capacity

Or 118% of what is usually stored at this time of year. See the comment below from Steve. Above chart is from: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/reports/DROUGHTSUM

Monterey Clipper with Christmas Lights

My brother Bob's Monterey Schooner, docked in Tiburon, Calif.
Description of these boats on Wikipedia:
"The Monterey Clipper has long been considered part of the local fishing fleet to the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area and east to the Sacramento delta. The original hull design was introduced into the area by Italians in the late 1860s. The design came from Genoese lateen-rigged sailboats, known as silenas, then later referred to as San Francisco feluccas.

The feluccas were at first used to gather shrimp in the SF bay, but when this fishery was abandoned to the Chinese, they gillnetted for local bay fish, trolled for ocean fish, and pulled up the famous Dungeness crabs. During this period, they made up about two-thirds of the 85 or so fishing boats that served the city. Later, as the fleet grew, about 50 boats serviced just the crab fisheries.By 1890, there were about 1000 feluccas in the wharf.

#bmw #i3 #electriccar


Red-Shouldered Hawk in Tree This Morning

It was giving the evil eye to the chickens. (They're safely enclosed by aviary wire.)

I think this is a young hawk. I climbed up a ladder with my telephoto lens, was maybe 10' away from him — he wasn't alarmed. Come to think of it, maybe predators are more in attack than flight mode.

Last night I saw 2 different coyotes on the highway. One is there pretty much all the time; I hope it's not due to people feeding him.

The Washtub Bass Persuasion and Irene Tukuafu

A few days ago, I got an email from Irene Tukuafu, artist, musician, musical instrument maker, and kindred spirit, now living in Illinois. Here's her email and my reply:

On 12/23/16 at 9:15 PM -0600, Irene Tukuafu wrote in a message entitled
Fwd: Washtub bass:

Dear Lloyd, I just finished this last night.  Well, I have some more fun painting I'm going to do on this, but thought you'd like to see it.  I did some research on the different kinds of washtub bass's and when a gal let me play her one that had the handle of an axe....that worked better and can control the sound pitch better.  At least it did when I played her one.

Sooooooooo I'm in the market to find a better string.  Living is just wonderful when filled with fun stuffs to do.  My next musical instrument will be a TENNESSEE MUSIC BOX.  It's a dulcimer that was used more for the dance hall, so had to be bigger.  Not much to look at...........soooooo I'm making mine to Look at too. ha.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE MAX to you and all.

aloha, irene

Irene online:
http://irenetukuafu.blogspot.com/
http://harp4you.blogspot.com/

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