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26 May 19

The Logic of Kat’s Plans in Kid vs Kat Kat’s invasion plans actually are really rare (only tried to do it 3 times), so you probably don’t think those other plans are so bad for him or the town. Wrong, and ironically, they would all, too, have horrible consequences… for Kat. Take his plans to […]

16 May 19
21stC Thinking | Chas. Malloy

Joe Sandler Clarke is a reporter for Unearthed. @JSandlerClarke This article originally appeared on VICE UK. Recent climate protests have been met with a wave of dangerous cynicism that needs to be defeated. excerpt: The majority of Britons now believe that climate change could end the human race, according to a poll published this month by ComRes. Combine […]

02 May 19

Yesterday I dropped the first of a two-parter on my big question for the 2020 Democratic Party: whether you should spend this election betting on the Favorites (Biden, Bernie, Kamala) or the Field (everyone else). Check out the case for betting the Favorites here. Today’s topic is why it would be a total alpha move […]

21 Apr 19
The Impractical truth

Are our fossil fuel alternatives still damaging the environment more than we like to admit? As global warming and climate change become ever increasing threats, the prospect of renewable energy is becoming more and more appealing. Companies are investing in ‘greener’ energy sources and manufacturing methods in an effort to reduce carbon emissions while governments […]

16 Apr 19
JP Robinson | Unforgettable Drama | Undeniable Truth

The Illyrian Chronicles are a fun, kid-friendly collection of short stories that I’m dedicated to my own heroes— my children. Typos are all my own! 🙂

10 Apr 19
The Impractical truth

Are our fossil fuel alternatives still damaging the environment more than we like to admit? As global warming and climate change become ever increasing threats, the prospect of renewable energy is becoming more and more appealing. Companies are investing in ‘greener’ energy sources and manufacturing methods in an effort to reduce carbon emissions while governments […]

22 Mar 19
Philly Talks Climate

This show aired on Friday March 22, 2019 on PhillyCAM’s radio station WPPM 106.5 FM in Philadelphia. Hear the audio on PhillyCAM’s podcast site on Soundcloud. The script is below. Meenal: Hello and welcome to Philly Talks Climate — where we talk about the climate crisis, how it affects Philadelphia, and how we solve this […]

16 Mar 19

Feature Writer: Lilith Archivist / Feature Title:  The Modern Prometheus / Story Codes: Demonic / Synopsis: Never steal a demon’s fire / Author’s Notes: This is my entry for the Literotica Halloween contest, my first contest entry ever! I really wrote the story more for me than the contest, but I think everyone will enjoy […]

05 Feb 19
Mark David Welsh

‘The sand dunes, like vast creeping monsters, kept travelling around.’ A scientist discovers some strange, glowing rocks in a tidal pool by a lake. The stones attract a huge fireball that incinerates a postman. Could these strange events be linked to a meteorite that fell into the lake three hundred years earlier? Ultra-low budget science […]

07 Dec 18

2 Hours Later “Haaaahh!” Davídrius smashed his foot over a giant boulder, shattering it to pieces and revealing a path forward through the crevice in which he stood. “Do you always do that?” “Huh?” The Velocitechnic took a moment to adjust the audio level of his comms connection with Christeané before jumping over the stone […]

01 Dec 18

“Come at me!!” Strén wasted no time at all — as soon as the words left Siyuakén’s mouth he pounded the ground with his fists, shattering the rock and throwing up a thick debris cloud. Siyuakén immediately launched two lightning bolts into the debris cloud but was caught off-guard as Ind leaped out at her, […]

27 Nov 18
Hidden in the Crag

“They are using their light to bring everything to ashes. Order out of chaos” I started to look at some articles from the paradise fire the last few days and see if the information was still lining up. Obviously in these types of stories everything changes on a daily basis. With that said, the stories […]

23 Nov 18
Snapping for Sanity

The eternal question: “Where do you get the ideas to everything you write in your books?”… We can never quite answer it, can we? At least I can’t, not off the top of my head. But today, as a special treat as I kick off my blog again (yay! streamers and party horns!), I’m going […]

11 Nov 18
The excellent blog 0175

Electronic Cigarette Evaluations & Comparison Of Top Brands Generating the selection to switch from classic tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes all starts with what else… a starter electronic cigarette kit. Various things work for different folks and, specifically if you have already attempted other approaches of quitting smoking without good results, you may want to give […]

10 Nov 18
A fierce wildfire in Northern California incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Nine people died in what quickly grew into the state’s most destructive fire in at least a century. Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 140 square miles (362 square kilometers), had destroyed more than 6,700 structures — almost all of them homes — and was burning completely out of control. “There was really no firefight involved,” Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, explaining that crews gave up attacking the flames and instead helped people get out alive. “These firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday.” With fires also burning in Southern California , state officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at about 250,000. Evacuation orders included the entire city of Malibu, which is home to 13,000, among them some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds for Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. When Paradise was evacuated, the order set off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot. People reported seeing much of the community go up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement center. Rural areas fared little better. Many homes have propane tanks that were exploding amid the flames. “They were going off like bombs,” said Karen Auday, who escaped to a nearby town. McLean estimated that the lost buildings numbered in the thousands in Paradise, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. “Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed. It’s that kind of devastation,” he said. While the cause of the fire wasn’t known, Pacific Gas & Electric Company told state regulators it experienced an outage on an electrical transmission line near Paradise about 15 minutes before the blaze broke out. The company said it later noticed damage to a transmission tower near the town. The utility’s filing was first reported by KQED News. The massive blaze spread north Friday, prompting officials to order the evacuation of Stirling City and Inskip, two communities north of Paradise along the Sierra Nevada foothills. The wind-driven flames also spread to the west and reached Chico, a city of 90,000 people. Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, Cal Fire Cpt. Bill Murphy said. There were no signs of life Friday on the road to Paradise except for the occasional bird chirp. A thick, yellow haze from the fire hung in the air and gave the appearance of twilight in the middle of the day. Strong winds had blown the blackened needles on some evergreens straight to one side. A scorched car with its doors open sat on the shoulder. At one burned-out house, flames still smoldered inside what appeared to be a weight room. The rubble included a pair of dumbbells with the rubber melted off and the skeletons of a metal pullup bar and other exercise equipment. The grass and elaborate landscaping all around the brick and stucco home remained an emerald green. Red pool umbrellas were furled near lounge chairs and showed not a singe on them. Evacuees from Paradise sat in stunned silence Friday outside a Chico church where they took refuge the night before. They all had harrowing tales of a slow-motion escape from a fire so close they could feel the heat inside their vehicles as they sat stuck in a terrifying traffic jam. When the order came to evacuate, it was like the entire town of 27,000 residents decided to leave at once, they said. Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked. Some crashed and others left their vehicles by the roadside. “It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us,” police officer Mark Bass said. Officials said all the victims were found in Paradise, including four who died inside their vehicles. A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning, telling her she had to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and flee Paradise immediately. Miller jumped in her boyfriend’s rickety pickup truck, which was low on gas and equipped with a bad transmission. She instantly found herself stuck in gridlock. “I was frantic,” she said. After an hour of no movement, she abandoned the truck and decided to try her luck on foot. While walking, a stranger in the traffic jam rolled down her window and asked Miller if she needed help. Miller at first scoffed at the notion of getting back in a vehicle. Then she reconsidered, thinking: “I’m really scared. This is terrifying. I can’t breathe. I can’t see, and maybe I should humble myself and get in this woman’s car.” The stranger helped Miller pack up her mother and took them to safety in Chico. It took three hours to travel the 14 miles. Concerned friends and family posted anxious messages on Twitter and other sites, saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone. About 20 of the same deputies who were helping to find and rescue people lost their own homes, Sheriff Kory Honea said. “There are times when you have such rapid-moving fires … no amount of planning is going to result in a perfect scenario, and that’s what we had to deal with here,” Honea told the Action News Network. Kelly Lee called shelters looking for her husband’s 93-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Herrera, who was last heard from Thursday morning. Herrera, who lives in Paradise with her 88-year-old husband, Lou, left a frantic voicemail around 9:30 a.m. saying they needed to get out. “We never heard from them again,” Lee said. “We’re worried sick. … They do have a car, but they both are older and can be confused at times.” For one desperate day, Dawn Johnson anxiously waited for news of her father Richard Wayne Wilson and his wife, Suzanne, who lived in an RV park in Paradise that burned. The couple moved from Texas to the California foothill town about a year ago and was probably not prepared for wildfires. They lived in an RV park in the California foothill town and were unlikely equipped to evacuate. He has late-stage cancer and she is mostly confined to her bed, she said. Johnson, of Independence, Oregon, relied on fellow members of the couple’s Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation to check local shelters. By Friday afternoon, she learned they had been found in nearby Chico. “They are fine,” she said. ___ Associated Press writers Paul Elias in Paradise and Jocelyn Gecker, Janie Har, Daisy Nguyen, Olga R. Rodriguez, Sudhin Thanawala and Juliet Williams in San Francisco contributed to this report. ___ This story has been amended to correct the last name of missing couple.