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« Reply #40 on: December 07, 2017, 02:05:44 am »

^No!  I was alone then.  My husband hadn’t fulfilled full requirements to leave his job so I was on my own until March 2004.  I was scared to death and had just started my appointment at Salk in September.  It was a huge huge mess.  I remember the ceiling fans had to be thrown out.  And we were given one hour’s notice by loud speakers to get supplies before driving was banned. 

I evacuated for only one day to a shelter so was lucky. At least my house was still standing.  Unlike so many others. 
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« Reply #41 on: December 07, 2017, 01:12:36 pm »

I didn’t know that YM.

I’m so glad you’re safe and your home not destroyed. Even if it is a mess inside.
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« Reply #42 on: December 07, 2017, 01:18:36 pm »

^Thank you, LL!  It was no fun.  That Cedar Fire stands as the largest in CA history.  Maybe that's unfortunately changed now.

My heart just aches for those in the one now especially the firefighters and animals who seem to take the worst hits.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/07/southern-california-wildfires-force-mass-evacuations-in-los-angeles.html

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The relentless wind-whipped wildfires ravaging Southern California are expected to worsen Thursday, as dangerous winds are forecast to fan the flames in different directions and force new evacuations around the second-largest city in the U.S.

Winds on Thursday topped 50 mph already in the greater Los Angeles area, keeping residents across the region wary as more than 200,000 people have been forced from their homes and nearly 200 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fires broke out late Sunday.

“We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event,” Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), told the Los Angeles Times. “There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds.”
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« Reply #43 on: December 07, 2017, 10:09:10 pm »

^ You were very lucky!

Hope you're all safe from the current fires in LA, saw it on the news. Just wow!
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« Reply #44 on: December 17, 2017, 02:30:05 pm »

^Thank you!  So many I know are affected but San Diego still spared the brutal brunt of it.  Air quality is abysmal, though. 

And it's still rockin and reelin in LA County/Santa Barbara:

http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_31532108/flames-threaten-rich-california-enclave-residents-flee

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MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters trying to prevent one of the biggest fires in California's history from consuming homes in Santa Barbara and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito were hoping less powerful winds would help them after they managed to stop it from burning thousands of residences.

After winds roared at around 30 mph (48 kph), with gusts to about 60 mph (97 kph) on Saturday, they were expected to ease Sunday with gusts of up to 35 mph (56 kph) on Sunday.

But even the lower intensity winds are still extremely dangerous, said fire spokesman Jude Olivas.

The fire that started 12 days ago has burned at least 700 homes and killed a firefighter, but Olivas said firefighters saved thousands of homes from being destroyed on Saturday.

The winds "will go down a little bit, hopefully we can do the same job (Sunday) that we did today," he said.

Earlier Saturday, residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into what one resident called "a ghost town."

There were mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland came as firefighters sprayed water onto hot spots sparked by wind-blown embers. They also drove to the historic San Ysidro Ranch in yellow firetrucks as heavy smoke rose from the coastal hills, blotting out blue skies.

A portion of Santa Barbara was under mandatory evacuation. At the city's zoo, workers began putting some animals into crates and kennels, to ready them for possible evacuation.


California's Thomas Fire Grows, Triggers New Evacuations


Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_31532108/flames-threaten-rich-california-enclave-residents-flee#ixzz51Wq0FIiM
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« Reply #45 on: December 17, 2017, 09:03:58 pm »

Apparently you can see the smoke form "outer space."

Well from Google Earth anyway. It's millions of square miles. So huge, I cannot even fathom that size of fire.



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« Reply #46 on: December 18, 2017, 12:38:42 am »

^Yes, that’s true.  It’s hard to fathom just how enormous California is for that matter.  Terrible thing. 
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« Reply #47 on: January 15, 2018, 04:10:41 pm »

It snowed in one of the hottest places in the world

It's quite a time for weird weather, and it doesn't get much weirder than snow falling in one of the hottest places in the world
On Sunday, Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria known as the "Gateway to the Sahara," experienced a substantial amount of snow for reportedly the third time in 40 years. Some reports say parts of the area got nearly 15 inches of snow, but Ain Sefra officially reported less than one inch http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/09/africa/sahara-snow-trnd/index.html
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« Reply #48 on: March 01, 2018, 10:01:13 am »

Denmark plans double punishment for ghetto crime

The Danish government plans to double the penalties for crimes committed in deprived "ghetto" areas, where immigrant numbers are above-average.
It is part of a drive to have "no more ghettos by 2030", Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.
The government lists 22 areas as "ghettos", where more than 50% of residents are non-Western immigrants.
The plan would let local police chiefs impose double punishments for some crimes, such as vandalism or theft.
Justice Minister Soeren Pape Poulsen, who leads the Danish Conservative Party, explained the initiative to Danish DR news.
"If there has been more vandalism, violence, threats and so on, then the local police chief can say that this is now a harsh penalty zone, and the penalty will be doubled when you commit a crime there."
He denied that harsher penalties in one area could simply drive criminals into other areas.
"It has to be safe to live anywhere in Denmark," he stressed.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43214596



Danish Government: Double Punishments in 'Ghetto' Areas
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark's center-right government wants to double the punishment for crimes like vandalism and theft committed in areas with larger number of immigrants and higher unemployment, in an attempt to eliminate so-called "parallel societies" by 2030.

In December, the government presented its "ghetto" list, highlighting 22 places where the proportion of immigrants and their descendants is above 50 percent, unemployment is high and there are a high number of penal code convictions, among other things.

The three-party, minority government said Wednesday its already criticized plan would be formally presented Thursday.

No date for a final vote has been set. Denmark's largest party, the opposition Social Democrats, have said they back the plan, as do the anti-immigration and populist Danish People's Party, the country's second-largest party and a government ally
https://mobile.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/02/28/world/europe/ap-eu-denmark-crime.html
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