We’ve all heard it. A lot of us have even said it. “Get out and vote!” We’ve been conditioned from a young age to be ashamed of low turnout numbers in elections. We swear to our school teachers that we won’t be someone who doesn’t exercise his or her right to vote. These days, a lot of us even feel obliged to post selfies on social media with a ballot in hand or an “I Voted Today” sticker, admonishing fellow citizens to “get out and vote.”
There are six citrus trees in the backyard of my childhood home. I remember one hot summer day as a young kid going out to repaint the white trunks of the trees. The white paint increases the albido (the ratio of light reflected off an object) and thus keeps the trees cooler. The fruit was not yet ripe, so the tree leaves and unripened fruit were all a uniform green at the time. [Read more…]
Japanese-made cars are all I’ve ever known. From the time I first started driving at the age of 15 until now, all the cars I’ve had were made by either Honda, Toyota, or Acura (the luxury vehicle division of Honda). Until my 20s, all of them were made in the 1980s. Born in 1986, those were rather old cars for someone to be driving. [Read more…]
Droughts in the land occupying the space between the 1850-drawn borders that today we call California are nothing new. Anyone who says otherwise is either uninformed or under the influence of an agenda. Armed with a measly 163-year old rainfall record, some are quick to reason that California’s most recent and widely published drought is the result of our own post-industrial revolution vices. They are dangerously wrong. [Read more…]
If you’ve picked up a newspaper anytime in the past decade, odds are you’ve heard about the United States’ world #1 ranking in rate of incarceration.
As in most, not least. [Read more…]