A ‘Plague’ Of Californians

Some in Idaho want to stop ‘plague’ of Californians moving in

The Oregonian writes,  “At a candidate forum in late October, he had a terse answer for the question: “If you were king or queen for the day, what one thing would you do to improve Boise?”

“A $26-billion wall,” he said, laughing, drawing out each word for maximum emphasis. As in build one. Around Idaho.

California bashing is a cyclical sport with a long history in the heart of Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Growth spurts have more than doubled Boise’s population since the 1980 census. Four months before federal counters hit the streets here that year, a Washington Post headline crowed, “To Most Idahoans, A Plague of Locusts Is Californians.”

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California Burnin’

California’s Green New Deal Is Going Up In Smoke

A motorist on the way to work on the 405 freeway in southern California films a raging wildfire. Multiple blazes have erupted across the region this week, forcing thousands of people to flee and smothering cities in smoke.

The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’

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Paris Zoo Unveils Bizarre, Brainless ‘Blob’ Capable of Learning

—and Eating Oatmeal, says Smithsonian.

The Paris Zoological Park is home to some 180 species, many of which would be considered standard zoo fare: zebras, giraffes, penguins, toucans, turtles and the like. But this week, the Zoological Park will unveil a new exhibit featuring a bizarre creature that has surprised and puzzled scientists for decades. It’s formally known as Physarum polycephalum, but zoo staff have dubbed it the “blob.”

Sometimes these things just write themselves.

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