April 22nd – NPR, Another Day in Paradise & Hairless Monkey Butts on the Big Blue Marble


Wednesday, April 22nd …: Here in the lush ‘Burbs of Los Angeles this morning is bright and beautiful… Mockingbirds fill the air with a chorus of bird song and hummingbirds flit around the blossoms on the trees…another day in paradise marred only by the sound of traffic and leaf blowers. 


I hate waking up to the noxious noise of leaf blowers.  After my first smoke and cup of coffee, the Tylenol is starting to kick in to take the edge off my arthritic hangover and I’m beginning to feel half human. 

…NPR…: The local news is all about the drought and the implementation of tiered charges to encourage conservation.  Some years ago we passed Prop 218 and when pinheads in San Juan Capistrano recently took their water agency to court the judge ruled against the agency because generic arbitrary tiers are “unfair to households with large families” which makes sense.  A house with six people and four kids is going to consume much more water than the home with a retired couple next door.  Here in LA it’s back to the drawing board and the mayor is holding hearings.  Now the owners of apartment buildings are throwing another wrench into the works by threatening to sue if they can’t pass on the additional expense of tiered charges to their tenants.  The mayor says that’s a “no go” unless the owners install individual meters for every unit… and so it goes.

I have to wonder why no one is asking the obvious question, “Why are we watering lawns and golf courses in a desert?”

BTW: While water bills are public records for Joe Citizen, in cities like Beverly Hills and Palm Springs, the rich and famous can have their records of water consumption “concealed” from the public through a “security exemption”... can’t have drug gangs, ISIS kidnapers or irate customers knocking on your door because they can access your water bill.

…Another Day in Paradise Which happens to be the 45th celebration of Earth Day.  While listening to the news on NPR for an hour and a half, I’ve heard about politics, the arrest of a stock market manipulator, Turkish/Armenian holocaust tourism, gentrification in Boyle Heights, California city codes that require grass lawns in the Central Valley, the machinations in the Senate over the Attorney General nomination, the salvage of the South Korean Ferry, a new $1.7 billion NFL Chargers/Raiders Stadium approval in Carson, the vaccine bill in the State Legislature, Ben Affleck’s ancestral slave owner omission from Henry Lewis Gates PBS show, etc. etc. and for the first time KPCC has a mention of Earth Day in connection to a fund raising promo.  Contribute “x” dollars and we’ll plant tree “y”… sigh.


I’m shaking my head as I remember what I always said at the end of every meeting of the Santa Clara Greens, “We can’t save the planet.  Life survived just fine long before we set foot on the Savannah and it will keep on going long after we’re gone.  All we can save is our hairless monkey butts!”

Happy Earth Day from the Big Blue Marble!

Except for attributed photos and text, all content is copyrighted © 2015 JKM (an apparently ineffectual boilerplate joke?)

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Comment by Arthur James on April 22, 2015 at 10:34am


Plant Chaste Tree?

It is a 5- leaf Plant.

It look like Pot? Yup.

But it Not. Plant in Ya's

Pot Crop Plat. Cop think

Ya's Growing Monk Plant.


Monk Plant is also called

Monk Pepper. Nuns ask

Monks to curb a Libido.


It's a Beautiful Perennial

The Berry-Pepper in Blue.

The Leaf has Reddish Hue.




no sniff 


dog butts




no pee on

Maple or

Oak Tree.


Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 22, 2015 at 10:52am

and a happy earthDay to you. I recall the first one in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia!

Comment by koshersalaami on April 22, 2015 at 11:15am
Earth has a day?
Just kidding
Comment by Myriad on April 22, 2015 at 11:45am

The AI we create may survive.  We won't.

Comment by Dandy Lion on April 22, 2015 at 12:55pm

So Earth Day is like Black History Month only 27 days shorter.  No less effective in spite of that.

Comment by Jerry DeNuccio on April 22, 2015 at 2:00pm

Except for the mockingbirds, sounds like that paradise that they paved to put up a parking lot.  And that deserves a swift kick in someone's hairless monkey butt!

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on April 22, 2015 at 3:53pm

Pretty much captures my sentiments, JMac. When you pass the tipping point, as we think have, hang on. As for L.A.'s particular situation, residential conservation is basically only a gesture anyway since 80% of the water usage in California is for agriculture.

As for the larger picture--Earth Day and all--Elizabeth Kolbert, a marvelous writer on environmental issues, just won the Pulitzer Prize for her new book "The Sixth Extinction." When explaining how she became fascinated with the subject of the planet's current peril, she tossed this remark off at the end: "I can't understand why everyone isn't talking about this all the time." And I cannot either, Elizabeth.

Fasten your seatbelt.

Comment by Julie Johnson on April 22, 2015 at 6:20pm

Scary shit, and we did it.  

Comment by Abrawang on April 22, 2015 at 7:01pm

Water rationing isn't fair to folks who've already conscientiously cut back their usage.  Wastrels can comply by adopting measures that millions before them have already implemented.  The classic economics answer would be to price water, above a certain threshhold per household.  Absent metering in individual rental units, I'm not sure what the best solution is there.  As for golf and agriculture, water should be priced for them too though you'd need to phase it in to avoid to much sudden disruption.  Though agricultural economics is rife with distortions throughout the world.

Comment by cheshyre on April 22, 2015 at 7:28pm

Jesus said we're too stupid to survive and only by divine intervention be saved. Of course, that means weeding out all the bad apples in the process.


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