Thursday, March 17, 2011


      Geologists, energy officials, and levels of government are all weighing in on California vulnerabilities in the wake of the Japanese disaster.
        Scientists says California's faults are unlike those in the Pacific off Japan.  Ours are strike slip faults while those that unleashed the disaster are thrust plate faults.  Here the plates slide past each other, like knuckles of both hands interacting, while the thrust plate faults are like chunks of the planet diving under each other.  We are being told the California plates produce less energy and thus destruction.
       Governor Brown, our US Senators Boxer and Feinstein, Congresswoman Lois Capps, County Supervisor Gibson and a host of others are asking for investigations, further information, accountability and greater scrutiny of nuclear plants.  Pardon my skepticism, but it seems no manner of projection, scientific or otherwise, is really anything more than guess work, intelligent and historically determined guess work in some cases, but still a guess.
        We are ingenious, but
       You have to marvel at the brainpower that can develop the technology and systems that account for internal combustion engines, the finding and refining of petroleum, the splitting of atoms and so forth. BUT what about considerations of consequence?  How did that part of the equation get lost?  When the first industrial plant started dumping toxic byproduct into a river, didn't someone think about where it would go, what it do, the eventual impact?  Didn't someone wonder about the carbon byproducts of burning fuels? Is there anything in human history that leads you to believe we will properly handle, maybe even remember, where we have stored spent atomic byproduct?  We may be clever, but we have yet to prove we are intelligent.
Photo by Orville Myers/Monterey Herald
This is California Highway 1, near Monterey at Hurricane Point.  A 40 foot stretch of road simply caved in after the recent rains.  You may recall we posted a couple of dispatches from our recent drive up the coast when we drove this portion of road. The state is experienced at repairing the incomparable Pacific Cost Highway.
       I didn't know Clark Russell Emmons, but I admire him.  Clark was a real cowboy and by all accounts a remarkable man.  He was called a hero.  Born in California he started "cowboying" as a young man.  That was interrupted by WWII and service in Saipan, Tinean and the Marshall Islands.  He cowboyed again after the war.  He went to work at Rancho La Vina in 1957 and he worked and lived there until last year.  That means he was a cowboy until he retired at age 90.  
       He was given many honors and was recognized for being the real thing. It is said he mentored many, teaching "ropin', ridin' ranchin' and life."
       Those who would know say he represents the best of an honorable life- where hard work, and your word were the code-the best of the code of the west.  He died at 91, in his daughters home, surrounded by friends and family.
Clark Russell Emmons
" heroes have always been cowboys..."


and today's echium update
Getting larger,
a different bush, with a different hue
and all with increased bee visitations!
See you down the trail.

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