Found In A Front Yard In Oakland, California.
Week Of July 26, 2012.
Cause officially unknown at this time, of course.
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The woman who took these pictures, an amateur herbalist, botanist, and avid gardener, has lived in Northern California for over twenty years, is keenly observant, and thoroughly familiar with phenotypical standards. She had never before seen a dahlia so fucked up. (This is more than I can say for the gnarled lemon leaves and fruit I encountered a few weeks ago. Having seen pesticides wreak similar havoc, I did not think they warranted a post, and now unfortunately the specimens are rather degraded.)
Healthy dahlia blooms are of course necessary for reference. To this end, the first page of Yahoo Image Search results, keyword 'dahlia.' Please disregard the occasional irrelevant image:
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But what, might the Gentle Reader ask, of research anomalies such as may be generated by search personalization algorithms,
temporal or geographic context, the sudden disappearance of major search engines, computers, or electricity, ELE's, etc.?
Ah, well, here you may have an archive of the specific results retrieved for my particular search (PDF).
Print it out with waterproof inks on acid free paper, and perhaps it will survive long enough to be of use to future historians.
Unlike almost everything else from this, the Post Postmodern age. I rather prefer to call it 'Preapocalyptic.' By a hair. Perhaps.
By early February, nearly a year had passed since the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. During that time I fought a creeping helplessness, a feeling I could do nothing but listen and watch and read the news in horror, as lies were slowly and painstakingly fabricated to placate the public. And I suspect I am not alone. Although I am not in Japan, I am on the West Coast of the United States. Milk here, that continued to stock grocery shelves, including those of such health-touting moneymakers as Whole Foods, had reached one of the limits set for its allowed radioactivity and passed it by half:
Best Buy Date of 02/16/2012:
0.167 Bq/L of radioactive cesium = 4.526 picocuries/L (1 Bq = 27.1 picocuries)
The EPA Maximum Contaminant Level for radioactive cesium in milk is 3 picocuries/L:
“EPA lumps these gamma and beta emitters together under one collective MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level], so if you’re seeing cesium-137 in your milk or water, the MCL is 3.0 picocuries per liter; if you’re seeing iodine-131, the MCL is 3.0; if you’re seeing cesium-137 and iodine-131, the MCL is still 3.0.” -Forbes.com
These are the highest cesium levels detected by UCB since at least August 2011 (As the MDA was higher over the summer, it’s hard to be sure of the exact levels at that time)...
Are you still putting cream in your coffee? I am, although I avoided it till September of last year. I am uncomfortable with that. It is no endorsement. In fact, let me make myself clear: Find out whether your food is safe. Find out how safe. We still have an Internet. Let's use it.
Radioactive Cesium detected in Palo Alto yard
posted Sunday, July 15, 2012 by Johannes
UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Air Monitoring Station, July 13, 2012: We measured a sample of sand from a yard in Palo Alto in the Bay Area. As we have seen in the various soil measurements we have made in the Bay Area, very tiny amounts of Cs-134 and Cs-137 can be detected by our very sensitive germanium detectors. [...
Food Chain Sampling Results: “Cesium 134 [...] is a signature, it is a fingerprint for the radiation coming out of Fukushima” -Source
IF YOU LIVE IN AN AFFECTED AREA,
DO WHAT YOU CAN TO PREVENT
THE CONSUMPTION OF
(LIKE DAIRY, SEAFOOD,
OR DARK GREEN VEGGIES)
BY BABIES, CHILDREN, OR TEENAGERS.
Courttesy of the Center for the Post Apocalyptic Renaissance. Used with permission.
Be seeing you.