Friday night once again in beautiful smokey Los Angeles. A suburb of LA to be clear. Did you know there was a war going on? War about what? Suburbs? Have you lost your marbles Mr. Carl Jasper? Maybe. Or perhaps just advancing my current fears on the state of our nation. Suburban fears. It appears there is a disagreement between the two hopefuls running for President of these here United States. Although, that’s not entirely true. The part about UNITED.
But before I get sidetracked, the title of this post “emmetropia” means perfect or 2020 vision. That’s a superpower which in the lifetime of the United States of America, has never been endowed to any politician. One can hope. It’s like the covid joke that’s been going around for months now:
“I’d tell you a killer covid 19 joke, but 99.9% chance you wouldn’t get it”
With fires raging across the western states, smoke filling the air and for some, untenable, wild theories are dancing across the pages of internet widsom. Here’s a clip from reuters:
California fire conspiracy theories have been around since 2018. They include the ideas the fires are caused by huge lasers, and that aliens or the United States government are igniting them ( here , here ). Business Insider addressed these theories here&IR=T .
The photograph on the left shows the Falcon 9 rocket launch by Elon Musk’s SpaceX on May 22, 2018, not the current wildfires ( here ).
The lower photograph in the middle column shows a forest fire in California that took place on May 24, 2018, not 2020 ( here ). The description on the Twitter post by Klamath National Forest reads: “Good Morning. Here is a photo of the Noland Fire, discovered earlier this morning near Carter Summit on the Salmon/Scott Ranger District. Fire suppression resources are currently walking in to this incident.”
Most if not all of these fires were started by lightning. Although a few were accidental by careless humans, and some on purpose by not-so-careless humans. Before you get excited and think, “well, I’m wearing a mask for covid so cool, I can get double the bang and wear for the unhealthful air quality”. A respirator, or N95, P100 mask are about the only ones that may filter the smoke particles from the air. Those surgical masks are once again, useless. Better to stay indoors. If you have a hepa filtering fan, you’re ahead of the curve.
Me? Well, I’m inside drinking a mushroom coffee, enjoying my pups, watching a few shows, reading and of course posting my ramblings.
What are you doing?