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Sep 16, 2020 at 07:00. 24 comments

Moving Truck Prices In LA And San Francisco Are Skyrocketing Due To Demand

Moving Truck Prices In LA And San Francisco Are Skyrocketing Due To Demand
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

A decent barometer Americans’ movement in real-time is to check on the cost of moving trucks in their area and, oh man, are people getting the heck out of cities in California.

To spot the trend, look for one-way travel from the largest west coast cities. Let’s say you’re fleeing Los Angeles for the sunny freeways of Houston, Texas, for instance. One of the...

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Sep 15, 2020 . 1 comments

How to Fireproof California's Electric Grid

How to Fireproof California's Electric Grid

California isn’t equipped to handle the emerging hotter, drier climate. That includes its electric grid.

This past week, utility company PG&E shut off power to some 172,000 households, forcing people to bear triple-digit temperatures without air conditioning. It mirrors

choices the utility made last year in an attempt to stave off electric infrastructure sparking fires, something that...

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Sep 14, 2020 at 04:45.

While the West Coast Burns, NOAA Welcomes a Climate Change Denier Onboard

While the West Coast Burns, NOAA Welcomes a Climate Change Denier Onboard

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently hired David Legates, a climate change denier who’s previously maintained that the sun is to blame for global warming and that the ocean’s rising CO2 levels are fine because it means we get

bigger crabs , for a top position at the agency. Meanwhile, millions of acres on the West Coast continue to be incinerated by so-called “climate...
Sep 13, 2020. 16 comments

Facebook Finally Cracks Down on Bogus Propaganda About Oregon Wildfires

Facebook Finally Cracks Down on Bogus Propaganda About Oregon Wildfires

As emergency responders in Oregon struggle to contain a record 900,000 acres of wildfires across the state, local police have been fighting to contain a torrent of

bogus rumors spreading online. Throughout Thursday and Friday, tens of thousands of users shared posts blaming extremists on both sides of the aisle (but mostly antifa) for setting the blaze. The bulk of these falsehoods coalesced...

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Sep 13, 2020.

California Passes Law to Help Inmate Firefighters Pursue Professional Careers in the Field

California Passes Law to Help Inmate Firefighters Pursue Professional Careers in the Field

Amid the flames ravaging the state, California on Friday finally took a step to recognize the important contributions made by incarcerated firefighters over the years. A new law removes barriers that block inmates from pursuing professional firefighting careers after completing their sentences, giving them a second chance at life after prison.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 2147 on Friday at the...

Sep 12, 2020.

The Most Apocalyptic Photos From the West Coast Fires This Week

The Most Apocalyptic Photos From the West Coast Fires This Week

The West Coast is burning, and it’s

still not under control . There are now three states—California, Washington state and Oregon—battling raging wildfires, which have left a trail of destruction in their wake and, in some cases, have literally changed the color of the sky.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate in these areas, and there have been at least 15 deaths so...

Sep 11, 2020. 15 comments

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

After Sen. Ed Markey won his primary in Massachusetts earlier this month, he had a message: “The age of incrementalism is over.”

He was talking about politics, but he may as well been talking about

the events of this week . Half a million people are on the run in Oregon alone as fires engulf the state. The most modern metropolis in California is encased in smoke from fires burning far away....

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Sep 11, 2020. 12 comments

Chinooks To The Rescue After Wildfire Traps Hundreds In National Forest

Chinooks To The Rescue After Wildfire Traps Hundreds In National Forest

The wildfires currently consuming large swaths of California and turning the skies of the American West an apocalyptic orange are so bad that the state’s National Guard is out rescuing stranded people by the Chinook-full.

Campers in the Sierra National Forest, northwest of Fresno, over the Labor Day holiday were taken completely by surprise by the blaze, encircled by fire before anyone saw the...

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Sep 11, 2020. 6 comments

California's Red Skies Aren't Just a Glimpse of Our Future—They're Past Mistakes Come to Life

California's Red Skies Aren't Just a Glimpse of Our Future—They're Past Mistakes Come to Life

Apocalypse has arrived on the western landscape. The Bay Area is shrouded in a layer of smoke so thick, it broke everything from

camera sensors to weather models.

The situation has sparked comparisons to the future, real and imagined. Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 have both been

touchpoints for the scenes of a futuristic city bogged down in haze. Others referenced The Martian, a...

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Sep 10, 2020. 3 comments

People are coping with the nightmare of the West Coast's latest wildfires through Blade Runner jokes

People are coping with the nightmare of the West Coast's latest wildfires through Blade Runner jokes

Last November marked the month when Blade Runner’s future was supposed to become a reality.

Writing about it then , we said that 2019 hadn’t managed to get the most dramatic aspects of its science fiction setting right, but that we still had until 2049 to turn our world into a miserable place that looks like Denis Villeneuve’s sequel. At the time, we believed there were 30 years to get this...

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Sep 09, 2020. 16 comments

An Incomplete List of the Past 72 Hours of Unprecedented Weather-Related Calamities

An Incomplete List of the Past 72 Hours of Unprecedented Weather-Related Calamities

You may have seen our earlier a piece on the

swing between fire and freezing in the West, but that only told a small portion of the wild weather Americans have experienced over the past few days. While your humble correspondent included what he deemed a “fair” amount of facts, stats, and other things to otherwise make the reader understand the gravity of the situation facing the region, a...

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Sep 08, 2020. 11 comments

The West Is a Song of Ice and Fire

The West Is a Song of Ice and Fire

I have never watched Game of Thrones, but I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s about what’s going on out West right now.

In the past 48 hours, the region has swung through a series of record-setting weather extremes. The West Coast is a fiery mess as toxic smoke blankets California and Oregon. But residents of the interior parts of the West from Wyoming to Colorado are waking up to...

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Sep 08, 2020. 6 comments

The Influencer Responsible for Gender Reveal Parties Has a Few Regrets

The Influencer Responsible for Gender Reveal Parties Has a Few Regrets

After a gender reveal party held at Yucaipa’s El Dorado Ranch Park was found

to have triggered one of the many devastating wildfires currently raging across California, the woman credited with popularizing the gender reveal party format, blogger Jenna Karvunidis, has denounced the parties for destroying the planet. Seeing as this is not the first time a gender reveal party has left...

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Sep 08, 2020. 17 comments

A Gender Reveal Party Sparked One of the Many Wildfires Raging Across California

A Gender Reveal Party Sparked One of the Many Wildfires Raging Across California

One of the many wildfires raging across California right now was apparently sparked at a gender reveal party held on Saturday in Yucaipa’s El Dorado Ranch Park, about an hour east of Los Angeles.

“Law enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party,” said the...

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Sep 05, 2020. 5 comments

A new California law allows for at-home restaurants

A new California law allows for at-home restaurants
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While the restaurant industry across the United States has been impacted by COVID-19, few states have been hit as severely as California, where infection rates continue to climb, unemployment is high, and ongoing stay-at-home orders continue to devastate restaurants. But now, a newly passed law in Riverside (a small LA-adjacent city...

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Sep 04, 2020. 8 comments

There Are Two Very Different Reasons Why People Are Spending More On New Cars

There Are Two Very Different Reasons Why People Are Spending More On New Cars
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

Don’t expect many deals on new cars even though it’s Labor Day weekend, Ferrari is trying to get its shit together in Formula One, and Elon Musk. All that and more in The Morning Shift for September 4, 2020.

1st Gear: New Cars Are Pricier Than Ever Even Though Sales Are Down

This Wall Street...

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Sep 04, 2020. 8 comments

California Is About to Get Its Second Major Heat Wave in Less Than a Month

California Is About to Get Its Second Major Heat Wave in Less Than a Month

It’s going to be hot as hell in California—

again . The state, as well as Arizona and Nevada, are expected to see a record breaking heat wave this Labor Day weekend.

These extreme temperatures are expected to blanket the Southwest just two weeks after the region saw

another heat wave smashed records. The intense heat and accompanying lightning storm sparked more than 900 wildfires in...

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Sep 02, 2020. 13 comments

California court dismisses lawsuit linking coffee to cancer

California court dismisses lawsuit linking coffee to cancer

Great news, everybody! The California Superior Court has officially closed the book on a 10-year-old legal battle over whether or not coffee causes cancer. Is this ruling reliable? I don’t care! Even if coffee has been mutating each cell in my body with every warm, glorious sip, I’m never going to give it up. (And I’m a cancer survivor, too, so I am 100% aware of how having cancer sucks. This...

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Aug 27, 2020. 2 comments

California wildfires are making wine grapes taste like barbecue

California wildfires are making wine grapes taste like barbecue

The wildfires currently burning across 2,000 square miles of California are some of the worst in the state’s history. One of the major fires is in the state’s beloved Wine Country, and while many vineyards are outside the reach of the flames themselves, the fires are still wreaking havoc on the grapes grown throughout the region.

The San Francisco Chronicle spoke with Noah Dorrance, owner of ...

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Aug 26, 2020.

A Black Professor Asked by Police to Prove She Belonged on Campus Talks About the ‘Surreal’ Experience of Racism in Higher Ed Spaces

A Black Professor Asked by Police to Prove She Belonged on Campus Talks About the ‘Surreal’ Experience of Racism in Higher Ed Spaces

Danielle Fuentes Morgan had been looking forward to the reunion with her brother for months.

The assistant professor at Santa Clara University was hosting her younger brother, Carlos Fuentes, a composer and music teacher, at her home last weekend. Though he lives in nearby Sacramento, the siblings hadn’t seen each other since last Christmas due to the coronavirus pandemic. Morgan’s children,...

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