Saturday, December 2, 2017

Emma Cline about Teenagers

She wrote a book about two teenagers involved in a Charles Manson-like cult and sold it for two million dollars. Now her own bizarre sex life is coming out, which for this old Jew is quite shocking. She had been actively seeking porn adventures and casual sex for years, all registered in her computer. She had planted the spy program on her own computer to spy on her boyfriend who occasionally used it. 

In the pic she looks like an angel. I hope she is not Jewish, although she may be because writing successful porn books is a Jewish trait. 


  1. J, you are back! I was worried.

    Professional question: on the East slope of the Shomron mountains, steep wadis drain the highlands. Water runs off after a rain. Is it feasible, engineering-wise, to build a series of reinforced concrete or ferrocement pools in such a wadi to turn it into a cachement area for irrigation? Say, five pools, 3X3X1 meter each, in a series? I am doing a reforesting project with a friend, and would like to make it water-independent.

  2. Hi B. My 4th. grandchild was entered in the Brit yesterday, so I am quite busy. Regarding the Eastern slope of the Shomron, the rain-carrying winds come from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Atlantic, so the Shomron blocks the clouds and gets most of the rain. The high Eastern slope receives about 400 mm per year, decreasing to 100 mm in the Bikah. Most of the annual rain falls in two or three storm episodes creating strong streams for a short time. Another obstacle is the interannual variation, there are years with little rain. You can catch the surface runoff using the Nabatean technology, but for forestation the best technique is to create small "micro-catchment areas" like the KKL is doing in the Negev. That is to plant small groups of trees in depressions - natural or artificial - that get water a few times a year. Artificial irrigation would be expensive, and there are no usable aquifers in the Eastern slope.

    If you pass Barkan, look at the slopes and see very nice eucaliptus plantations. They are a fast growing species that can be harvested for wood in ten years. But it is irrigated (the plan was to use treated wastewater). The saplings had to be protected against animals...I mean, meandering cows and gazelles. I think the treated wastewaters of the area (maybe Ofra, but I am sure others thought about it before) could be used for forestation. It was promoted by Shibi from the Histadrut HaZioni. He is not there anymore.

    There are also desert plants that require little water that succeeded in the Negev, like the jojoba (pronounced ho - ho -bah) and the argan.

  3. Mazal tov!

    I'm talking about the area right off Tzir Gidon, downhill from Yeshuv Hadaat.

    Kochav Hashachar uses wastewater for their forestry projects, and does so nicely. Yeshuv Hadaat does not yet have a wastewater treatment plant, or a central scheme (septic tanks for now.)

    Eucalyptus are good for firewood and furniture, but a bad firehazard and bad for biodiversity. Nothing grows under them, and their leaves are full of oil.

    The area is full of ruined terraces, and the thorns grow to the height of a grown man. This suggests that stuff CAN be grown very well there. The only question is water.

    1. Yes, the area was probably an olive growing area in the Second Temple era, but rebuilding 2000 years old terraces is expensive. The Barkan project was for furniture or pulp or both. Ownership is 99% possession, so that the project may be a present to your grandchildren!

    2. As they say, they are not making more land, so the forest may be valuable in the future!

    3. BTW I know well the place and it is NOT in the Eastern slope of the Shomron mountains. It is in the very top and has excellent rainfall and clean air. I recommend you to buy pine trees and plant them protected by plastic tubes. It has the potential to become like Switzerland or Lebanon Mountains.

    4. I hate pine trees with a passion. Garbage wood, kill everything around them, you can't eat them, they don't burn well (fast, not long.) Look at Eli forest-the only good part is down in the river bed.

      I use 200 liter barrels with chicken wire for protection.

      The idea is to see what actual quality trees can thrive.

      I want to bring some black locust, Robinia Pseudoacacia, for the firewood and nitrogen fixation. Right now, I've put 10 each fig, plum and pear in there. More on Tu B'Shvat.

      But need to solve the water issue. Maybe rock piles for dew condensation?

      For instance, Caffa in the Crimea got all its water by lining a dry riverbed with flat stones; water would condense and flow into the city.

      This guy says he uses gabion check dams for his wadi and gets water seeping out the bottom, which is an idea:

      Anyway, if you're in the area, swing by the red house, have some coffee.

    5. Thanks for the invitation. The gabion idea is feasible. What about sheep and goats?

    6. Sheep and goats should be an integrated part of the overall strategy; they can be used for controlled grazing and fertilization. I think we can also use them to plant grass in different areas after rains by scattering the seed; they will trample it into the ground.

      A neighbor has a farm/herd, so we can use his.

      As for maintaining our own herd, neither I nor my partner have the spare time-we both work full-time and more.

    7. Do you think a rock pile by each tree can condense adequate water?

    8. I dont think that rock piles will work. Gabions aka micro-catchment basins are the proven, conventional system. I think that the Kever Gideon highlands enjoy enough rainfall for afforestation, you should look what trees prosper in the area including your autochthonous temporary neighbors.

    9. I had gabions in mind for checkdams in the wadi, to filter and catch runoff.

      You mean using gabions as a replacement for terraces?

      What prospers in the area now-lots of olives, garbage pine, eucalyptus, figs, almonds, pomegranates, carob, prickly pear.

      What I want to plant-figs, pears, plums, pomegranate, black locust (a good replacement for carob vis-a-vis nitrogen fixation, and much better for firewood and furniture, plus it reproduces on its own,) prickly pear, giant river cane in the wadi bottom when it silts over (and maybe vegetables seasonally.)

      Terraces may also work for dew condensation, now that I think about it.

    10. Gabions cutting the wadi will work well. most decidous trees will prosper in the Shomron. I think it has the conditions for becoming an important wine producing area. Ancient wine lines should be collected and studied, specially old Greek varieties. Israel is a paradox in the sense that we are a Mediterranean country and population (like Italy, Greece) that does not drink wine. There is a large potential for the wine industry here. That the Palestinians dont drink is an anomaly, they will return to themselves as soon this Muslim craziness evaporates. Wine is better and more social than keff.