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Web site and blog for Maria Langer, commercial helicopter pilot, freelance writer, beekeeper, and serious amateur photographer.



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Comment on Snowbirding 2017: About the Campsites by Bob F.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:29:26 +0000

I think you have this BLM thing refined to an art. And your new rig must be a lot easier to haul than the 'mansion'. My only advice would be to anyone trying to get into Yosemite or GC South Rim in the late summer to book roughly a year ahead. We have sometimes had to drive another sixty miles to get any sort of accommodation, at that time, in these 'hot spots'. Can you still get a phone signal in all these wild spaces?



Comment on Learning about Milk Fat by Sean C

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:21:24 +0000

So many food related issues turn out to be counterintuitive when you get the full story. The September issue of Nature has an interesting article on artificial sweeteners, such as saccharine. It looks pretty certain that complex interactions with our communities of gut bacteria actually promote high glucose levels (associated with diabetes) when fed diets high in artificial sweeteners. Artificially sweetened diet soda may actually be making people fat and leading them towards diabetes, rather than being the better choice because it's sugar free. The irony would be palpable, if the consequences weren't so dire.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Bob F.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:07:41 +0000

Norm. When did these signs disappear? Are they the 'originals' with a new lick of paint or fakes? If the latter, that is a very odd commission! The U.K. got rid of that sort of 'in your face' prejudice years back, but London has now a higher rate of 'white flight' than New York ever did.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Sean C.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:23:02 +0000

No accounting for taste, or tastelessness. Makes you wonder where all those signs will end up, in a drawer as yet another useless souvenir, or on somebodies wall as a not-quite "joke" that they can blow off or not, depending on who is calling them on it? Obama is far from being the spotless saint that some portray him as, but he and his family are a far sight classier than the Cinnamon Hitler ever will be. I believe that his legacy will be largely erased by the ideologues on the far right, an unfortunate consequence of his repeatedly attempting to bypass Congress through the executive order process. Not all his fault of course, he faced a stronger headwind than most presidents have had to deal with for much of his two terms. With that said, every president has to face the fact that any legislation that isn't a true compromise is doomed to eventual repudiation or reversal when the political wind changes. No president leaves office without dragging along the baggage of both the decisions that they did make, and the lost opportunities that could have been had those decisions been otherwise.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:17:00 +0000

Thanks. Wish I didn't have to write it.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:16:27 +0000

I miss the Obamas, too. It was wonderful to have such a thoughtful, dignified man in office. He and his wife are true role models for children of any color. The orange skinned buffoon is not the kind of person I'd want kids looking up to. When I saw those signs, I was truly startled. When I saw how many there were -- in number and variety -- I was horrified. I thought we'd come a long way, but apparently we haven't.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:10:40 +0000

They are all probably replicas of original signs. The molds may have even been made from originals.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:09:49 +0000

I'm hoping it's China. Someplace where the people making them have no idea what they say. But someone thought up the idea o make them. And "Henry" bought them to sell. No excuses there.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:08:28 +0000

I couldn't help it. :-(



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:07:49 +0000

I believe it. I remember when my grandmother referred to black people as "colored" and used an Italian word as a racial epithet. That was then, this is now. We need to stop pointing out differences and start accepting samenesses.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:05:47 +0000

The Confederate flag is part of their culture. But they don't think about what it truly represents: a divided nation, a fight over slavery. They need to think about that and if they still want to wave that flag, they need to stop calling themselves patriots and start calling themselves divisive racists.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Maria Langer

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:03:14 +0000

I'm very sorry I had to write it. I'm so tired of hate.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by NormC

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:19:09 +0000

My guess is the "L&N" in those replicas stands for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. A Southern railroad, chartered in Kentucky,and operated from 1850 to 1983.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Dan Cullen

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:32:34 +0000

Well said Maria. By looking at the sign out front it looks like they are ( my guess) being imported, probably from China.



Comment on Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ by Rowan TwoSisters

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:22:31 +0000

Thanks for documenting this Maria. I appreciate you speaking up.