108 thoughts on “Arbor Days

  1. From the | Guardian: | About 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister.
    The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings.

    Here we have an impoverished developing African nation that's just gone through drought, crop failures, economic crises, a civil war, much domestic unrest, a coup attempt and they managed to get *everybody* together to not only plant trees but to bust through the all time record (The previous world record for the most trees planted in one day stood at 50m, held by India since 2016.).
    It's not a one-off thing either. This is part of a reforestation and management process called the "Greening Ethiopia Initiative" that plans to return the county to it's original 1/3 forest cover this century. They are taking Climate Change seriously because they have to.

    Just imagine what this country could do if we didn't have a purported "leader" who spends his communication time in front of a noisily idling helicopter yelling lies at reporters and later has his staff Tweet sophomoric and racist insults at anyone who criticizes him. I can.

      1. I do hope they have a management plan for that. The soil in those pics looks pretty nice, though.

        I saw an ecological estimate that, as the U.S. southwest and west experiences increasing desertification, the western Canadian boreal forests will transition to savanna grasslands. Canuck lions, anyone?

        1. The soil in my yard is beautiful, black, rich, and wormy. If I don't water it, the organics blow away and leave me with sand. I removed a lot of lawn recently, with water conservation in mind, but not the primary reason. To save the soil I still need to irrigate it, but to a lesser extent. It's pretty complicated, this climate stuff.

      1. Got it.

        Slowly, the idea of a Great Green Wall has changed into a program centered around indigenous land use techniques, not planting a forest on the edge of a desert. The African Union and the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization now refer to it as "Africa’s flagship initiative to combat land degradation, desertification and drought." Incredibly, the Great Green Wall—or some form of it—appears to be working.
        https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gre

      1. "All of these people that have made allegations are very well taken care of," Opus Bono co-founder Joe Maher said in a radio interview, contending that many abuse accusations lodged against priests are false. "The priests are not at all very well taken care of."

        We must take pity on the poor, poor abusers.

        1. Ha! This is BEAUTIFUL.

          "To stay silent in the face of such rhetoric is for us to tacitly condone the violence of these words. We are compelled to take every opportunity to oppose the indecency and dehumanization that is racism, whether it comes to us through words or actions."

          And I notice that unlike the Catholic bishops, they not only mention Trump by name, including in huge font right in the headline, they also put his photo right at the top. They are not messing around.

          In this corner: The Catholic bishops shelter unspeakable criminals, protect their institution and tell their victims to pipe down.

          Meanwhile, in this corner: The Episcopal bishops, the ones who supposedly just "phone in" religion for the social connections, who supposedly protect patrician society and the ruling class, instead publicly shame the president of the United States for inciting violence against the poor and downtrodden and fuckin' draw a line in the sand.

          :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    1. Of course, there’s always the possibility that any bishop saying Trump’s name is taking an existential risk of the lightning-bolt variety.

      If anyone knows the dangers of idly invoking evil beings, these guys do. Perhaps they're on to something.

      1. I am so glad I'm not Catholic.

        Yesterday a friend of mine, someone who is in his 70s, was telling me stories from his childhood of the indoctrination he got in Catholic school and Catholic church, very much lighting bolt stuff that still is a shadow in his mind to this day.

    1. Tucson Today
      T-storms Likely
      High: 92°F

      Blue's analysis : My ass. Midtown has had just enough sprinkles to create urban mosquito habitat.

          1. I have friends in Florida who built on stilts. Later, they walled it in and made a garage and an apartment.

    1. RWNJ's have been freeping the polls towards Williamson for ratfucking reasons for some time. They're pretty open about it and it's probably a big reason she's still onstage.

  2. Well roll me over in the wet spot. Might get some rain here at Rancho 4th Street that's worthy of the name.

        1. BSofD . Those were the days.
          This is literally the middle between the three mt. ranges around the valley.[ and one further away south ] I should be used to it by now but still annoys me. So the storms build up in the high places, then the bottom drops out the farther they get into the valley. Get some spit.

      1. This is a great sentence. Paragraph of the column, really.

        It’s unclear whether those who reported injuries were in the area to observe the jets. Taylor said the area also provides a parking lot and a restroom

        1. It's true, though. I've stopped there countless times for a break when I had to travel between my place in Pahrump and here. Sometimes I'd get lucky and catch an airshow, other times just a stretch and bathroom break. In March of this year, I stood on the rim directly above the point of impact today.

          Word is, those injured caught burning fuel.

        1. Yikes.

          The thing is, they are all going to squabble over each other's health care plan, claim flip-flopping and sniff about each other's details. BUT, they are ALL talking about getting every American covered and it is now a given that this is a thing that should happen. If we win the White House, in one way shape or form the person in that office will make it their day-one primary mission to get that done.

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