Subduction Zone Blog

Trying out yet another new theme today. This time one called Stargazer. I am hopeful that it will handle WordPress Post Formats well. So far I have not been all that happy with other themes that I have tested. Expect to see a test of various formats over the rest of the day. This post is an Aside.

I am working with a new them called Enlightenment and expect to be throwing up some number of test posts of various kinds.  Apologies in advance…i may take them down later.

Circular Fire Arguments

The Eugene  Register-Guard editorial board discussed the impact of forest fire suppression on the Oregon State budget and some mechanisms for mitigating this impact. No surprise that this is their big suggestion: A longer-term approach would be to address a primary reason firefighting costs are so high — the buildup of flammable material in many forests. Thinning, but so is fighting fires. Sorry, the buildup of flammable materials is not primary. First, the high cost of firefighting is due entirely to the fact that they fight the fires. Many years of unnecessary suppression is the prime reason for the buildup of...

Quote Test Post

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Seattle Traffic

Danny Westneat has noticed that traffic in Seattle appears to be getting worse: People who study the psychology of commuting theorize that once daily travel times reach an upper limit, people start to break. Other than a few hardy super-commuters, most people will move, change jobs or begin loudly agitating for political change rather than keep up with the self-torture. Is Seattle about to break? Feels like it. If so, would we finally try to do something about the traffic? Surely no one is surprised. The good news will be if, yes, people are about to break and start moving...