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Re: “Living on Lava

"To geologists, 1,300 years is not a significant amount of time."

Actually, it's quite significant when one goes by what is observable in nature vs. what is taught in the university. For example, in just 20 years' time, I noted more than 15' of erosion of a basalt dike on both sides of Highway 99 at Siskiyou Summit. The granodiorite of the Mt. Ashland Pluton, as well as the various other granodioritic plutons of the Klamaths and Sierras at middle and high elevation decays very rapidly, with changes evident in less than ten years' time. The reason is freeze-thaw like that of concrete. What happens is that water gets into cracks and pores in the rock and then freezes. It produces ~30,000 psi and breaks the rock. In middle elevations, that often means several times per year. I've seen strong concrete become sand and gravel in the freeze-thaw testing tank after as little as 8 repetitions. The same happens to rock.

Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 01/31/2019 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Waiting on Urban Renewal

What is the photo of?

The M&H property is single story and mostly white or grey on the outside.

Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 08/29/2018 at 4:47 PM

Re: “The War Wages On

One of the things that jumps out at me is that no real distinction is made between the illegal use to get high of drugs like heroin and morphine, versus the person in acute or chronic pain.

The opiate problem is not going to be solved unless those two issues are dealt with separately.

Oregon surrendered to drugs in 1973 when I was a child. This isn't the first time that Oregon's had an opiate-based epidemic that I've seen. Nor will it be the last.

One thing apparent back then and now is that it's extremely rare for a person to get addicted to painkillers if they are using them for pain. Some try to lump in chronic pain as addiction, but that's not very honest to do so.

I've known a considerable number of people over the years who got addicted to heroin and other street drugs used to get high. In every instance, they got high at a party and got addicted.

It may sound strange, but I've noticed over the years that when a person is using a painkiller for pain, they normally don't get addicted and it normally doesn't change their personality or morals.

By contrast, in every case where I've known or known of a person using drugs to get high, there is a marked personality change that I call a moral slide where the person's morality goes. First they start lying, then stealing, then lose all other morals as time goes on. The family and friends lament the change. They can't trust the drug abuser.

What is weird is that this moral slide is independent of a drug's pharmacology, as one saw the same effects from euphoriants, stimulants, depressants, and so on.

One can argue why this is, but anyone who has dealt with drug abusers knows that happens. Something about the motive for the drug use is of primary importance.

An example is the pornography field. Having known six women prior to their going into the porn "industry", the change in personality by drugs made it possible for them to do so, the morals of their life having been eclipsed by the desire to party, do drugs, fornicate, and they eventually decided to make their chosen lifestyle pay for itself. But without the drugs I doubt any of them would have done so.

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Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 07/20/2018 at 2:15 AM

Re: “New Rooms at the Inn

re: Social worker/disability advocate

If there is such going on, then it should be investigated. However, from my time as a Federal regulator who dealt with all sorts of groups from public to private, I have to state that your comment simply doesn't ring true.

I suggest you request an investigation.

Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 07/13/2018 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Deschutes Brewery Closes VA Land Deal

That will free up a lot of good water from the watershed for the residents.

It never made sense to me to use such enormous amounts of our limited water supplies on such a water-hungry industry. The same with the 1000+ pot farms in town. They use an absurd amount of water.

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Posted by Nabuquduriuzhur on 07/01/2018 at 7:08 PM

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