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July 9, 2016 – The Daily Orbit

Troubles of Mammoth Proportions

Straight out the gate we went through the Border Patrol checkpoint just south of Temecula and were flagged over to the inspection area. We had about a quarter ounce of pot I had gotten from my mother for the trip, and we were being pulled over for inspection. That was the first time I felt that sinking feeling in your gut when you’re holding, and about to be searched. Looking back now I totally understand why they pulled over a group of guys like us. Within minutes the whole contents of that trunk had been pulled out and strewn across the inspection area. They searched everything, even sent the dog through that monstrosity of a car, but nothing.

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Win Lose or Draw: Tradeoffs of the Industrial Revolution

Man has always desired material and wealth, and greed has always existed. However, we have never seen humankind act the way it has over the last couple hundred years. Our species is capable of more calculated, malicious, and incomprehensible cruelty than any beast of the field or demon from a horror novel. This same desire for wealth and progress has led us to the destruction of our planet.

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Vernal Issues: San Diego in Jeopardy?

Vernal pools are seasonal depressional wetlands that occur under the Mediterranean climate conditions of the West Coast and glaciated areas of northeastern and midwestern states. They are covered by shallow water for variable periods from winter to spring, but may be completely dry for most of the summer and fall (Dexter n.pg). Although they seem small and insignificant, they are an important part of our region’s ecosystem. If continued development wipes out the Vernal pools, it will destroy ecosystems, lead to extinction of indigenous life, and forever alter California’s wetlands.

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