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Off the Record (September 16, 2020)

AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT, people evacuated from areas in and around Brooktrails because of the Oak Fire, were allowed to return to their homes. 

SHERIFF MATT KENDALL'S prompt evacuation order was crucial in keeping the Oak Fire chaos to a minimum, giving sensible residents of the imperiled and heavily populated Brooktrails-Sherwood Road subdivisions plenty of time and daylight to get out, thus averting what could have been ugly panic on the sole road out — Sherwood Road — when the fire moved ominously towards Brooktrails. More than 4,000 residents of the area heeded the Sheriff's warning and left the area in an orderly manner.

KENDALL ADDED LAST TUESDAY AFTERNOON, that he didn’t want to see anything like the Paradise fire two years ago when the evacuation order came too late and people had less than an hour to escape wind-driven flames rushing to destroy the town.

LAZ OF WILLITS on the smoke-in of last week: “I have no idea what the rest of the County is like but, Willits is dark. The sky is an orange mixed with dark reds. Very quiet, very creepy. To do anything you need a light, inside, or outside. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”

THE FIGHT BACK TABLE is a coalition of left groups organizing for what they envision as a post-Election Day political apocalypse scenario pegged to “mass public unrest.” The assumption is that Trump won't leave office if he either loses or the election result is close, igniting fighting between his supporters and the rest of us. As this calamitous year proceeds, events that would have seemed preposterous the first week of March are now common, including unprecedentedly intense wildfires, bizarre weather changes such as Denver's that went from 100 degree heat on a Monday to freezing and snow on Tuesday, and national clashes between Trumpers and BLM protesters that presage more violent clashes in more areas of the country in the days to come.

PERTH-BASED researchers used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in the Western Australian outback to verify that we are truly alone in our obscure speck of our obscure universe. The Aussies found no technological signs of alien life in a study of more than 10 million star systems.

SUPE’S CANDIDATE GLEN McGOURTY on the new County Courthouse:

“The proposed new courthouse has a nearly $100 million budget and would be the most expensive single building project in Mendocino County history. It would only house the court rooms and judicial chambers. The building would be funded by the California Judicial Council which at this point doesn’t appear to be concerned with local community needs or input. Presently, the Mendocino County Courthouse is a place where the judges, the district attorney’s office and other ancillary offices are housed together. Being in the same building has many advantages. Court dates and schedules are not exact, since cases are put on a docket in a sequential order with no absolute timed schedule. Therefore the lawyers need to be nearby when their cases come before the court. The DA’s office is presently conveniently located in the building so that they are literally steps away and can very efficiently step into court with their multiple paper files just in time. Many lawyers who represent clients have offices very closely located to court house in the down town and can also quickly walk into court when their client’s cases are being heard. The proposed new site is almost half a mile from the present courthouse and would make it much less efficient for these closely timed meetings. 

I visited the proposed site situated in a fairly large vacant area behind the old Ukiah Train Depot and tracks, which would remain on the site of the proposed new courthouse. While the present courthouse has multiple north, south and east west street access with good traffic flow, the new proposed site is in the Perkins Street corridor, an area that is already somewhat congested during peak traffic flow times. The main entrance would be on Hospital Drive. East Clay and Leslie Streets would be the other access points to the site. Parking would be difficult as there just isn’t that much space on site. There is also a small seasonal creek along Perkins Street that would have to be protected. 

Since the proposed courthouse would only house judicial staff, the DA and other county court services would most likely be housed in offices built by the private sector if the present courthouse was decommissioned. There are some older industrial and commercial properties on East Clay that could be removed and replaced with office buildings for the DA and other county court services. There is interest in the commercial real estate sector to do that if Mendocino County would become long term tenants. Regardless, that would represent a new expense to the County which presently is covered in the existing courthouse. 

If the new courthouse were built, Mendocino County would be left with yet another potentially unused space in the down town. The present courthouse anchors the down town and is critically important to the many restaurants and shops that are conveniently located for people who either work or have court business to conduct. If the courthouse were to be closed, there would be a serious negative impact on those businesses.

I don’t know how much thought has been put into redesigning and repurposing the existing courthouse. It certainly is not a graceful or well-designed building. Evidently it doesn’t meet all the needs of the users, and there is plenty that is awkward about it. But it also does have the attributes of housing many court offices and services together. The old Mendocino County Hospital on North Bush Street and Low Gap was repurposed to become part of the County Administrative Center. This has worked fairly well in bringing many county offices to one place. Before that, county offices were scattered around town in rented space. I like taking old spaces and repurposing them, as I live in a house that we reconstructed from a farmhouse built in 1899.

I hope that more time and energy will go into planning a space that will be a legacy building for many years to come. I also would like to see public funds invested wisely into a well-designed space that works well for the people needing to use it. I am not sure that the proposed new courthouse accomplishes that task. If elected supervisor, I would support a more thorough design process that considers our community’s needs as an important consideration."

TRUMP isn't always wrong. Yesterday when he suggested last week that the top military boys dispatched troops to war zones to feed military contractors he was at least half right. An unending parade of service brass retire with fat pensions and move directly into private employment with arms manufacturers. Which is just a fact, but not a fact you're likely to hear out of a president since Eisenhower's famous Cross of Iron speech: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

IKE AGAIN in his Cross of Iron address: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. These plain and cruel truths define the peril and point the hope that come with this spring of 1953.”

BUT TRUMP'S NOMINATION for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian fascist seems a little much. The Norski said Trump deserved the big one for helping to broker peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and for trying to cool out North Korea's little rocket man. Well, maybe. I never understood why Obama got it merely for good vibes and world gratitude that an adult was in charge of America for 8 years. And when Kissinger was celebrated by the Nobel committee as a man of peace the prize lost whatever luster it may have had, and it never had much for me anyway.

AL SHARPTON of all people said the other day that the only people who want to defund police departments are “latte liberals,” suburbanites who don't depend for their safety like urban people do on police forces.

TRUMP WATCHERS probably already know this, but dear leader confirmed today that he downplayed the threat of the coronavirus in order not to cause panic after excerpts from a forthcoming book by Bob ‘Watergate’ Woodward. Trump told Woodward that he knew how deadly the pandemic could be: “’I'm a cheerleader for this country’, Trump explained to reporters.’ I love this country. I don't want people to be frightened. I don't want to create panic. Certainly I'm not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We want to show strength, we want to show strength as a nation. That's what I've done.” Woodward himself could have spoken up, but better for book sales to lay it all on Trump.

CVS FORT BRAGG? A reader comments: “I am wondering if there is an agency that checks businesses to make sure they are maintaining sanitary conditions. I went to CVS today in Fort Bragg. What a nightmare. First I tried the drive-thru. There was a nasty phone receiver that had an old used piece of tape hanging from it. Luckily, I had on gloves because the person behind the filthy glass informed me they were doing Covid tests only, and I would have to go inside. Walking to the main entrance, I passed windows so dirty, they looked like they had not been cleaned in years. There was the usual trash on the sidewalk by the entrance that nobody bothers to clean up. While standing in line for 40 minutes, I watched the pharmacist have his mask hanging from his ear, and the other man that was working pull down his mask every time he talked to someone. They wanted me to sit down on one of two chairs that were not 6 feet apart and made out of fabric so they could not be sanitized. No sanitizer offered, nobody wiped the card machines. It was a nasty experience. Businesses should be held accountable for providing sanitary conditions."

SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN said Friday night that many local retail businesses find themselves in a bind with indoor activity restricted by the covid orders and outdoor activity restricted by the widespread unhealthy smoke. The prob with covid restrictions in Mendo, besides the Supes’ lack of initiative if not irrelevance, is its blind adherence to the state’s one-size-fits-all strictures, resulting in big boxes tardy mask orders while mom and pop businesses of all kinds were forced to close.

UBER-REALTOR Richard Selzer’s odd sense of priorities. As covid spreads, fires rage, property values plummet, the Ukiah salesman homed in on: “Although marijuana is legal according to California state law, cleaning up after an indoor grow is no fun. Start by cleaning all hard surfaces with hot water and soap. If necessary, follow up with a 50/50 water-vinegar solution. Then have the carpets professionally cleaned. If you notice a strange chemical smell that reminds you of nail polish remover or cat urine, your property may have been used to manufacture meth. Since meth is water-soluble, you can use the same cleaning techniques as those used for marijuana. Because processing meth can leave behind toxic chemicals, it’s best to hire a professional cleaning company to decontaminate the property. If you find any meth, call the police. PS. If you have to do extra cleaning after a tenant leaves, you may be able to charge the tenant for the expense. Be sure your lease agreement is explicit about what is allowed and what isn’t.”

CLIMATE CHANGE CONFIRMATION, so now what will the leadership do beyond lamenting the multiplying catastrophes therefrom?

AS WE ALL KNOW by now because most of us are cyber-connected, all kinds of odd messages waft into our intake boxes every day, all day. Why this one came to me, I have no idea because I never heard of Corolla, a podcaster apparently popular with the dudes, but it caught my fragged attention: “Comics have a shelf life...like milk. Eventually they get sour, then thrown out when you get a whiff after letting them sit for a while. Very few avoid this fate. The ones that resonate have an innate ability to manage their shtick, interpret the zeitgeist and put their spin on it. We all know who they are...we never miss them live, watch youtube snippets of them and remember their great bits. Corolla was never one of these comics. His audience, male, immature, angry, white and aggrieved are kind of the very bottom of shock jock Howard Stern's audience. They laugh at other people's pain, loss, and stupidity. And then, for a moment, feel better about themselves. Carolla is now, thankfully, obsolete. The only person who hasn't figured that out is Carolla.”

COMICS aren't the only people with a shelf life. I'm a decade or so past my pull date, but here I am, shouting into the void via the ava, socially distanced since 1984. I agree about comics, at least the few I'm familiar with. Howard Stern, to cite one painfully unfunny comedian I saw about ten minutes of once only, and was so repulsed I still shudder at the mention of his name. The only old time comedian who makes me laugh (still) is W.C. Fields. Not sure if it's simply a consequence of advanced age, but the simpering little ironies and preening self-regard of the late night boys leaves me cold. If I want laughs I go straight to Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, both of whom remind me of black guys I knew as a kid when I noticed, in a rare flash of insight years after everyone else, that my black friends were far more sensitive than the white boys; the white girls of the time seemed about as sensitive to people beyond themselves as beach sand. I concluded that black people were more alert, and hyper-attuned to absurdities, because they had to be, that reading the white wave wrong could be dangerous to them. Lenny Bruce was the break-through white comedian, and he was as attuned as any black comic.

MENTION of podcasts has me marveling at the sheer number of people out there clamoring for our attentions, tugging at our shirtsleeves round-the-clock. I get podcast recommendations all the time. I've never heard one and don't feel I'm missing anything. There just isn't the time. Or, in my case, the inclination to put down the books and mags that are my preferred info intake valves to listen to audio deliveries of the same information. 

RECENT EVENTS, if nothing else, seem to have taught the newly political how to spell fascist and apocalypse and socialist, but proper deployment of these terms remains hazy on what these terms actually mean. And here comes “Marxist” dropped into the mix  for even more befuddlement and incorrect weaponization by people who pronounce liberal as ‘librul.’ Marx wrote when little kids were working as coal miners which, by some quirk of his personality, he thought was wrong and got him investigating the social arrangements that made child labor and many other crimes possible. He found that deadly exploitation was the condition of most people because money, if you had a little, could become a lot if you got people to work for you real cheap, and the rest is history, although for a while in America, circa 1940, a fair system of taxation kinda evened things out. All the rest of the stuff the rightwing presently doesn't like has since been piled onto Marx as all-purpose  boogeyman. When the Trumpian hysterics talk about the non-existent takeover of colleges by Marxists, and how the Marxists are coming to get Whitey even in the suburbs and force rednecks to have sex changes, the scare has nothing to do with Marx. Marx showed us how the money moves relentlessly on up into fewer and fewer hands if it isn't fairly distributed. He suggested that working people revolt, throw out the money changers. Really, what's so scary about that to most Trumpians, most of whom have no money?

IT'S NOT OFTEN that I read something so startling I get to slapping myself and pacing around the room muttering, “Goddam! How come I hadn't heard that before?” But tell me if you knew that only Hitler's racism prevented the Germans from allying with the Japanese against the Russians in 1941, which, if they had affiliated when the Germans had the Russians on the ropes via Barbarossa, World War Two probably would have been lost by the good guys. Read all about it in “Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings.” 

LEAH SOTTILE: “As I'm packing up my home, preparing to evacuate, I'm thinking about how the eyes of the national media were on Oregon for one square block of protests. But now? When the state is actually on fire? Barely a mention by most media.”

FROM SUPERVISOR WILLIAMS: “We asked the state for temporary, limited indoor dining with safe distancing in consideration of air quality risks. California Department of Public health responded,

The state is not granting any exemptions or waivers for indoor dining or any other indoor activities that are not allowed in a county based on the Tier they are in. We know this is a difficult time for all, and we urge Californians, especially in areas where wildfire smoke has impacted air quality, to stay at home and remain connected but maintain physical distance.

Recent letter writing efforts have targeted the BOS. It should be noted, the county does not have authority to override the state order.”

ED NOTE: Yes it does. Just do it. The great unwashed probably write to the Supervisors out of their delusion that the Supervisors represent their ground-floor leadership, toughing it out like everyone else with an onerous schedule of two Zooms a month for 84 grand a year with full monte fringes that only a blessed minority of Americans enjoy as the other half watch their lives fly off never to return.  I suggest that the Supervisors place at least half their monthly pay into a HELP FUND, out of which the needy — local working people whose work has evaporated — could get some practical assistance. The crisis is here to stay, not that you'd know it from our Supervisors and their terrible-tempered, wildly over-compensated CEO they live in fear of. Put another way, elected people, and people in guaranteed public jobs, ought to at least pretend to feel the pain out there.

SYLVIA LODGE NOTES: “I visited a medical office (Ukiah Adventist) the other day. Some things have changed — walk in a different door, stand by a screen, wait to have temperature taken, answer some related questions, and have a seat in a designated chair. Wait. While waiting, I looked to the magazine shelves for something to read. No magazines. Shelves were empty. Risk of infection?, I ask myself. Wait a sec — one lone book. The Holy Bible. Immaculate.” 

DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO, as anybody who's been there over the last decade knows, has become an outdoor asylum for drug addicts, the insane, street predators, and the merely incompetent. But Frisco's ineffective government has again revealed its skewed priorities in suggestions that 16-year-olds get the vote, which is fine with me considering that millions of 50-year-olds don't recognize the Constitution of their own country and routinely elect morons and criminals to public office at all levels of government. 16-year-olds couldn't do any worse. (Us oldies will remember that The City used to confine the socially unacceptable to a few blocks of Third Street with the cops keeping them all south of Market. When the Beatniks — the exhibitionist wing — got going in North Beach tourists flocked to gape at a few people beating on bongo drums and swallowing gold fish, which is about as far out as things got until the hippies of '67, when exhibitionism became more prevalent and spread to the Haight. Moving north when hard drugs hit the city, the hippies landed up and down the Northcoast, and then came dope, Democrats and serene rustication.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG'S announcement that he'll spend $100 million in Florida to get Biden elected ought to beg the question: How does one American person have this kind of money to throw at an election? And why is he allowed to do it? You don't mean to tell me that our representative government is for sale, do you? Bloomberg is a walking example of everything wrong with this country at this time, but he'll buy Florida as a surety that no Democrat or Republican president will ever dare suggest a return to 1950 taxes, when the plutocrats got socked at 90 percent. (Well, in theory. Most of them worked around it while ballplayers and movie stars paid the 90.)

TRUMP DOES SOMETHING GOOD. “My Most Favored Nation order will ensure that our Country gets the same low price Big Pharma gives to other countries. The days of global freeriding at America's expense are over. Also just ended all rebates to middlemen, further reducing prices.” Back in July, Trump signed basically the same executive order that, among other things, would require Medicare to tie the prices it pays for drugs to those paid by other countries, but that one's still being worked out.

RUNNING UP and shooting a pair of young Compton transit cops is plenty low, but what happened at the hospital Saturday night shows protesters yelling, “We hope they die.” What were these protesters protesting? Life? But Trump wasted no time exploiting the disheartening episode:, tweeting, “ANTIFA ALERT: They’ll attack your homes if Joe’s elected.”

ANTIFA are flash mobs of young people probably containing rightwing provocateurs and definitely containing apolitical action junkies who lurk in peaceful demos until it’s late at night when they vandalize stores and set buildings on fire. Even government intelligence agencies consider right-wing white supremacists to be a far greater domestic terrorist threat. There is no organized left in America. There is an organized right whose leader is president.

ON LINE COMMENTS OF THE WEEK

[1] When the dogwoods lose their leaves in July, and the Oaks start turning brown in August, you know there is something very serious going on with our local climate. All you gotta do is watch mother nature. The local hills are drying out faster due to a thinner ozone layer which increase UV and Solar radiation thereby drying out the ground moisture earlier in the year. Not to mention our forests are no longer hundreds of feet tall with old growth that acts as insulation from the beating down rays of the sun. Old Growth trees like Redwoods and Firs don’t crown out during a forest fire either, the fire burns the chaparral under the trees and rarely crowns out in the tree. These fires are fueled by 120 years of brush growth since California Department of Forestry refused to let fuel loads burn for the last century. The regular “fire pattern” in this area is much smaller fires every 7-25 years. We better just hope these forests don’t end up in all that Herbicide Sprayed Tanoaks on Mendocino Redwood Con-pany lands West of this fire. There are literally millions of dead trees which were left standing after Mendo Redwood Company (Gap-Old Navy Fischer Family) sprayed and left standing as dead dry hillsides. Shame on Mendocino Redwood Company, they also REFUSE to stop burning wood pellets in Redwood Valley during these fires despite the air quality being at the very worst possible with smoke and ash falling : Mendocino Redwood Company are bad neighbors who do not care for our communities. Money is their bottom line $$$

[2] Biden’s continued exhibition of cognitive decline will, I feel, cause non TDS dems to really question their ability to vote for a cretin being pushed by their party. The majority of Americans want law/order, the ability to improve their lot in life and feel safe. This does not template well over Dem controlled areas, hence Trump landslide. To Trump supporters, this may NOT work out well for the country as Trump’s personal flaws seem to track too close to Cohen’s depiction. The lesser of two evils is STILL evil. Keep training, assess your perimeter to include the neighbors area and have a very flexible plan (Semper Gumby).

[3] Today is the first day of school for my 2 grandsons via virtual learning. They are 8 and 7 years old respectively. My extended family has been getting a blow by blow description and pics from my daughter-in-law of the preparations leading up to this momentous day.

Each boy’s bedroom has been outfitted with a nice desk and chair and an appropriate computer. Some kids were provided a computer while the parents of others had to buy theirs. I don’t know what criteria were used to decide who got theirs for free.

Anyway, my d-i-l reported by text “The last three hours were distasteful with capital D. I don’t even know how to juggle between two kids schedules. I had to lie down for lunch break because it is just too much! Hopefully the afternoon is not bad and tomorrow goes smoother”

And then she adds “Disastrous with a capital D”

I then asked if she thought the teachers were doing a good job. She replied “Yes they are trying so hard. I have to carry a portable charger at all times because I am communicating with their teachers and helping other parents”

I forgot to mention that my d-i-l recently won an election for president of the PTA so she’s very involved. She’s also a substitute teacher.

I then asked “Are the boys able to stay focused for a one-hour class?”

She answered “Sort of. I am taking turns and camping out in their rooms so I can listen to the lesson.”

Then came the best part that had me laughing MAO.

D-i-l reported that “People need to mute themselves. I am hearing kids screaming “I pooped!” “Where is my water?” Screaming kids my head is about to explode”

Then my son Thom chimes in with an anecdote horror story from HIS on-line class. He’s 43 years old and started Nursing School remotely a week ago Saturday.

D-i-l replied: “I hear you Thom! This is horrible! Theo missed math and gym! The whole website crashed on everyone. Poor teachers needed a break and so did the kids. I am sitting here cursing at the laptops and sent the boys on the trampoline to burn some energy. Dear God! I need to run away to a remote island! I am so done”

[4] I dislike conspiracy theories in general because most of them are presented without facts, but I can no longer Ignore them. Obviously, our country is falling apart. But why? Our government at many levels no longer represents the people, if it ever did before. Any differences between the Democratic and Republican parties are irrelevant. Trump or Biden is irrelevant.

What's truly lacking is an active opposition to the way things currently are. Most people just try to go about their business. It's not that people are dumb or oblivious. It's that people have been removed from the political process for such a long time that they think what's occurring now is just a phase we're going through. I don't blame them for feeling that way (even though I occasionally complain how dumb they are, but that's just me being angry).

What we need is for aware individuals to organize and educate the public about what's really happening; to speak to public groups and organizations, rationally, without appearing to be tinfoil hat wearers. It wouldn't require many individuals. Ronald Reagan won his election because he asked the public if they were better off now than before. People need to be asked those kinds of questions. Not lectured to. They need to have their worries and feelings validated. If the citizenry were put in a situation where they must answer questions, then they'll begin to act much more responsibly and effectively. It's all about suggesting, not demanding.

[5] In Southern Oregon there are THOUSANDS of people without housing as of three days ago. There is NOWHERE to rent and if one lucks out the monthly payment is astronomical. Mom and Dad's spare room was filled years ago and any space in the yard or out front on the street was spoken for by last April. One tiny spark from a passing car on I5 southbound and the entire facade is no more. One tiny spark we are all from the next bardo. Reno is CONSTANT smoke with only 3 clear days here since 2 August. So much for my great escape.

[6] I never had much use for the idea of America as an “empire” aside, that is, from that long and wide territory between the Atlantic and Pacific, a very large patch of dirt encompassing groups of people that don't play well together and never have as evidenced by that bloody dispute of the 1860s and the long cold war between North and South ever since. 

The wide world beyond, i.e. the one that the furrowed-brows in Washington's foreign policy elite presumed to – cough – control was never much more than a half-assed shambles of partially voluntary and partially involuntary association, tied together sometimes by mutual interest and sometimes by military force as in the case of Germany and Japan. Alliances of the unwilling and unable, led by an incompetent “superpower” that waged disastrous wars that bled its Treasury dry, most lately in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So, “stupidly inept” characterizes not only the recruitment of Crazy Joe, but American foreign policy since WW2 and its preposterous and calamitous economic policies of the past forty years. America's elites became possessed of the most cockamamie notions, nonsensical on the face of them, illogical at the core, ideas that nobody with an ounce of sense would subscribe to. Yet they were pushed as if they were the pinnacle of enlightenment, the height of humanity's achievement and the bald facts on the ground exposing their absurdity proving no barrier to those same thinkers defending their handiwork, and the work of their intellectual predecessors, defying reason and the most obvious, most visually available evidence. 

What the hell is going on in America? Dissolution is what's going on, that empire stretching from Atlantic to Pacific coming apart, its constituent parts refusing to be governed by the imperial capitol by people not of their taste or choosing, not just because of culture and ideology, but because economically the arrangement doesn't work, can't work, and can't be fixed. 

Black lives don't matter to those rioters in the streets, it's their own lives and prospects that matter, Black lives don't matter especially to the Democrats, what matters to the Democrats are their own fortunes which are tied to those of their billionaire paymasters. The billionaires screwed this thing up most handsomely and the only way I can see to salvage this mess is to let it come down and then re-build, but without the input of those screwing things up in the first place. 

(7) When we all grew respectfully this was not an issue. Never would a land owner clear cut to grow like they do now. They would tuck it in, work with their land. Once the mega grow technique became the trend it all went to hell in a handbasket. Our lands cannot sustain 1000s and 1000s of plants. The quality has gone way down as the quantity has gone up. Ole' English vs Narwhale folks. Ground chuck vs Kobe. B Bar S vs Nathan's. My son has been working on a LEGAL FARM. OH CRIPE. They cut 1000 plants dried em all in 3 days using heat and dehumidifiers. So crispy like glass. All at the direction of the east coast boys who finance it. They MANAGE it but obviously know nothing of growing. Too many foxes in the henhouse.

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