📷 Pedicularis densiflora

I came across a blooming patch of ‘indian warrior’ (pedicularis densiflora), a.k.a. ‘warrior’s plume’, on the Sawyer Camp Trail this afternoon. These flowers did not have as many petals as the examples I see when I search Google. Since I didn’t see any petals littering the ground, I suspect that the local deer have been snacking on these plants.

The indian warrior is a parasitic plant native to Oregon and California. While it is capable of living on its own through photosynthesis, if given the opportunity the plant will attach its root system to other plants to obtain water and nutrients. Indian warrior particularly likes to grow on manzanita and madrone, and can sometimes be found near chamise. When the plant is not acting as a parasite it does not grow as robustly, which makes indian warrior relatively difficult to cultivate in gardens.

The following interesting fact comes from the book California Plants by Matt Ritter: “Pedicularis comes from the Latin pediculus, a louse, which refers to the widely held belief at the time of Linnaeus, who named the genus, that sheep sharing a field with Pedicularis would be infested with lice.”

🌐 The Red Line


Given the actions of the Republican party, it is clear that they have more loyalty to the Russian government than to the people they represent. Luckily, there’s a service to help you with this situation:

The Red Line is a free voice calling service that connects you with a Republican Senator. However unlike a normal phone call, this service translates your message into Russian so that there’s a stronger change the Senators will actually listen to you.

The Red Line [website]

🤬 Modern schooling is a joke

Elementary school, junior high, and high school are near complete wastes of time. Classes such as English and theology are wholly useless in the society we currently live in. Almost nothing taught is applicable outside of the classroom. Hell, even history class, the story of how we got to where we are today, is mostly useless considering that no history after World War I is ever studied.

That being said, it looks like someone finally pulled their head out of their ass and realized that kids might need to know something about the world they live in before they graduate.

California May Require High Schools To Teach Financial Literacy As Part Of Economics Course [CBS13 Sacramento]

Heaven forbid they ever start teaching kids other useful subjects such as how to use a computer and the internet, how to engage in healthy sexual relationships, how to spot bias and false information in writing and video, how to successfully work in a company setting, how to assess political candidates and engage in our democratic system, or how to survive financially in a world where over 50% of your income goes towards rent.