Modern American Enemy: The Lawn

Over the years, this publication has covered and extensive number of subjects that raise our ire or deserve public notice. One item that we have long held both distaste for and felt the need to alert people to is the insidious manufactured cultural phenomenon that is the suburban lawn.

Lawns and lawn care, widely depicted in popular culture as a staple of suburban home life and the subject of pride in many a homeowner, in reality is a construct of modern advertising (much like the rest of suburbanism). Most homes did not include a lawn until the advertising apparatus was up and running, depicting wealthy homeowners happily mowing large lawns on palatial estates.

This was, of course, kicked into overdrive in the aftermath of World War I, which saw the development of many large-scale methods of manufacturing public opinion and perspective stemming from psychological warfare experiments used on European populations to maintain morale on the home front. Advertising firms, staffed with returning members of the intelligence divisions of the various militaries, quickly jumped on many of the new techniques, and lawn care companies were among many various industries who saw the benefits of shaping a new society that was primed to purchase their wares.

From these advertisements came the image of the ideal suburban home, suspended like an island in a sea of perfectly manicured and hardy native grasses. That ideal image fell short of reality in many respects, the lawn first among them.

Far from being hardy, the grass itself is a lifeform that does not much care for living, especially in the tightly controlled confines presented by the boundary lines designated by local civil authorities. The plant needs near constant maintenance to sustain its luscious green and uniform coloration, and much of that maintenance comes at the expense of both the homeowner and nature.

Lawns can take up hours of an owner’s time and a great deal of their wealth, trying its best to die a dignified death while they try futilely to force it to keep on living. Weed killers, pesticides, fungicides, and all manner of artificial and chemical fertilizers are poured into the ground before the hundreds of gallons of water needed to keep the stuff alive washes it into local water tables to be slurped up by the various animals we eat.

We’ve talked extensively about these chemical fertilizers and pesticides before, so we won’t go further into the obvious effects this is having on our collective health. The bottom line is, lawns are terrible for us, terrible for the animals, and terrible for our natural environment. They are trash!

For a suitable replacement that still gives that dopamine rush provided by a lush green lawn without the nasty side effects of keeping it alive and tidy, we recommend looking into artificial turf. The fake stuff is beginning to look just as good as the real stuff, and you don’t have to worry about its effects on local amphibians after a rainstorm.

There are thousands of artificial turf installers around the country, but the ones nearest and dearest to our hearts here in California are NoMow Turf, a local company that’s been servicing communities here get rid of their chemical nightmares and replace it with quality synthetic turf for the better part of 15 years. Their installations are pitch-perfect, as evidenced by the numerous glowing testimonials on their Yelp page:

Read Kolt K.‘s review of NoMow Turf on Yelp

As with many things in modern life, lawns are a form of psychological warfare perpetrated by large advertising companies designed to turn you into a SLAVE. If you are tired of playing their games, get yourself an artificial lawn; your wallet and the water table will thank you

NoMow Turf

(866) 679-4863

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Reclamation

Consider this a public service announcement. It is about time the people of this country RECLAIM the label of environmentalism from the corrupt and EVIL hegemon that holds sway over the movement.

This force (which shall remain UNNAMED) who ‘protects’ the environment wants to convince you that it’s YOU who is causing untold environmental destruction, it’s YOU who are killing the creatures of the wilds, it’s YOU who is polluting the earth around us. All the while they use their power to enable the international conglomerates to ship their production centers off to countries with lax or no environmental protections and dump their toxic sludge into our beautiful oceans and spew their vile humors into the air we breathe!

Every day they develop new methods of poisoning us and our lands, making new chemicals designed to artificially increase food yields that make it as unfit to eat as rotten garbage and runs off into rivers, making them barren and unsuitable for life. They do this, and then turn around and tell you that your habits are the real problem, your habits are what is doing harm to our beautiful planet.

They are killing our forests, our oceans, our grasslands. THEY ARE KILLING OUR BEES!

Yes, it is time we took steps to reclaim the environmentalist movement. What is the first step, you may ask?

Why, buying used office furniture for your business, of course! Recycling furniture may not sound like it would do much, but hear me out while I make this pitch to you.

The massive cargo freighters that these items are shipped on are unimaginably terrible for the environment: just one of the enormous crafts emits as much cancer- and asthma- causing sulfuric agents as 50 MILLION cars, and there are 90,000 of the things in the ocean. If you can reduce the impact of that just a smidge, think of how much better off we could be.

With all that being said, if you’re looking for used office furniture in Los Angeles, we are spotlighting a company that provides high quality recycled pieces for a reasonable cost: Creative Office Design. Not only can they give you the means to help save our beautiful planet by giving you access to used furniture, they also provide a number of services to help maximize your office space: office planners, installation crews, the works.

Buying used may not be as glamorous as buying a shiny new office furniture set, but it can help offset some of the worst effects the modern global economy has on our environment. Plus, most of the time the furniture is sold due to a business going under or moving to a different location, meaning the furniture is in pristine condition at a far reduced price with no waiting time.

With the world churning in self-imposed chaos, now is a time for RECLAMATION. LA readers, visit one of Creative Office Design’s cubicle show rooms and start the process of taking BACK environmentalism from the phonies and crooks that run the movement!

Creative Office Design

17143287627

5230 Pacific Concourse Dr #105, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Stay And Play At Home

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived as suddenly as the change that came with it. Ever since the pandemic began, people have had to consider radical lifestyle changes. Many of us are still trying to get used to these changes. As millions have been become bound by stay-at-home measures to contain the spread of the virus, we are confronted with new realities.

Online shopping, videoconferencing, and online learning have are the new norm. Since all of this means we will spending a lot more time at home, we are also on the lookout for new ways to entertain ourselves at home. We are also seeking clever ways to watch movies and listen to music remotely with friends. 

More and more people find themselves lounging in their backyard nowadays. It can be the most refreshing activity of the day. Why not consider redesigning the backyard to spend more time outdoors while maintaining social distancing? This is one part of the home where it all happens: relaxation, recreation, entertainment, and being one with nature’s elements like vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fresh air. In addition to a new deck and patio, most yards could also do with some updated landscaping. It is important to hire reputable landscapers like Mission Hills’s Torrey Pines Landscaping, who will design and build a landscape design that suits your home.

Here are some landscaping tips and ideas to consider:

Elevate With Rock and Stone

Rocks and stones can be used in many ways all over the backyard. Some ideas include using them as elevation, decoration, and drainage. Larger stones can add texture to the landscape to support elevation changes. Smaller stones and decorative gravel can be used to add more character to the landscape and to create more drainage areas.

Create A Green Oasis With Trees & Shrubs 

The most basic elements of any landscaping zone are the trees and shrubs. Height variations create scale and flow in the landscape, and trees and shrubs can be great for scaling the house. Undersized trees are not a great choice as they can take longer to grow. Straight lines through a minimalist approach work well for formal and contemporary landscapes. For natural backyard landscaping, arrangements of shrubs offer a relaxed appeal. Trees and shrubs make for a great backyard addition as they act as shading from the sun.

Create Geometric Garden Structures

Landscaping with garden structures like pergolas and arbors offers several possibilities. Pergolas aren’t just beautiful decorative structures, but they can provide shade and privacy for the pool and dining patios or outdoor kitchens. San Diego homeowners can have Patio Covers installed by hiring Torrey Pines Landscaping. Using pergolas for landscaping create a unique transformation. Along with pergolas, arbors can be added to create a nice entrance to the herb garden or pool area. 

Surround Yourself With Water

A great addition to a landscape are water features like ponds and fountains that create a serene environment. Ponds are perfect on a natural landscape with more rugged open setting. The pond can be surrounded by lilies. Colorful plants can be used to offer a balance to the outdoor stone.

Aerial Photography of Body of Water

The COVID HOAX And Its Effect On YOU

Well, folks, the results are in: this worldwide pandemic is a SHAM created by the elites to get us used to meekly submitting to their authority. The closures have done nothing except help further degrade and DESTROY the American middle class, the elite’s greatest and most implacable foe, who has for generations resisted the gradual decline into servitude so desired by our rulers.

Now, they have moved on to their next tactic, instilling a general fear in us, making us afraid to go outside, to do business with one another, and to chain us to our desks in our own homes, reducing us to economic units under house arrest, always fearing the next wave of layoffs and unemployment to make sure we’re good and servile to our corporate masters. Now, my friends, we have to find ways of protecting ourselves, our property, and our income.

In the modern world, the best form of financial protection at all levels of society is insurance. While I’m no fan of insurance companies in general, you can’t avoid the truth that securing the right kind of insurance may make the difference between your life continuing as normal after an unforeseen event (like COVID closures) and you ending up on the street.

Insurance, of course, comes in a variety of forms in both business and personal realms, with business insurance covering assets that your business uses in order to generate revenue and personal insurance covering the assets that you personally own for your every day life. Landlord, Workers Comp, earthquake, fire, whatever your situation in life and what you do, there is more than likely a variety of insurances that would benefit and protect what you hold most dear.

For our southern California readers, we recommend two things. First, storm the beaches. There’s no way the police state can arrest or fine us all, and very little likelihood that those would hold up in court if you are caught by the authorities. The people of southern California DESERVE the beach, and we pay a hefty premium in order to have access to it. Sun and Steel protect our bodies, and the gyms and beaches must be opened to the public.

Second, get insurance that applies to you and your situation to make sure you’re covered during these wild, unscrupulous times. For that, we recommend you give our friendly State Farm agent in Santa Monica, a call. Arriving in Venice Beach in 2017, he’s quickly become a fixture of the community there, providing a valuable service with a friendly face and ensuring the residents of LA aren’t destroyed by the uncertainty and turmoil that surrounds us.

As time goes on and people become more agitated by the limitations to their freedoms mandated by an uncaring government, we can only expect things to become less stable by the day. Disruptions to the supply chain, no doubt planned ahead of time by the elite forces that guide our country in the shadows, are sure to rile up the population in the coming months and it pays to insure your property and assets now while things are still relatively calm.

To make sure your future is protected, give them a call:

Byron Galindo Insurance

(310) 823-5073

214 Pier Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405-5423

Investigate and exterminate—do not procrastinate!

For anyone living in the United States, one of the most common problems you should never overlook is a termite infestation. Plenty of skeptical homeowners might see it as a problem to leave to deal with for another day, but that is simply not the case. Without a doubt, termites are one of the most frustrating pests that you could have at home. That is why we implore you to stop procrastinating, and address the issue head on. We urge you take its potential severity with the utmost seriousness.

Typically, you will find three particular forms of termites living in your property. These include the drywood termite, the dampwood termite, and the subterranean termite. Naturally, all three can be quite a problem for the average homeowner. While the most common and arguably the most destructive are subterranean and drywood termites, all types are damaging in their own particular way. Sadly, many homeowners only begin to look into the problems that a potential infestation could cause when it is too late. 

How termites destroy your home

Many times, the damage can remain hidden until it is already going to cost you thousands of dollars in repair fees and costs. The problem with termite damage is that it usually cannot be spotted without having some kind of prior knowledge. That is why it is important for homeowners to understand the behaviours of termites.

The University of Florida found that it took just three weeks for a young colony of only 2,000 termites to eat through an entire small wooden replica of a home. The average colony consists of tens of thousands of termites, and they can eat through inches of your home in a matter of weeks. When a house’s structure is extensively damaged, it can become entirely unsuitable for living in.

Termites thrive on the moisture in your home, which means that they will keep on eating so long as there is moisture. Be sure to pay particular attention to any parts of your home that might have some kind of structural dampness. However, the overall conundrum is that termites damage your home by silently but significantly tearing through the foundations and eating them, making it hard to solve the problem affordably. 

Brown Wooden Panel Beside Concrete Board

Should you get annual termite inspections?

Yes, absolutely. One of the best decisions that you can make this year would be to invest in some kind of pest control protection against Sierra Madre termites. You should look to book your annual infestation examination immediately. Annual tests are useful as they can spot the problem year-in, year-out, making sure that any termites that are invading your home are found before they cause any kind of sizeable damage. The longer that you wait, the more likely it is that the problem will be severe. Annual investigations carried out by local experts are extremely important.

Are there some exterminators who are looking to fumigate the entire home (when a spot treatment will do just fine) simply to get paid by the hour? Sure—but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find a trustworthy exterminator who will give you an honest inspection and specialized spot treatment. We highly recommend Grand Oaks Termite Control for their excellent reputation and integrity. If you spot any signs of a termite infestation, make sure that you call in the experts and get the problem resolved right away!

Grand Oaks Termite Control
110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741, United States

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Crusaders

If you all know me, you know that I’ve had numerous personal issues with lawyers and the law in general for many years, with no abatement of this vendetta in sight. This vitriol is not directed at every single class of lawyer, just those who are bound and determined to make worse for the average man – divorce attorneys, corporate lawyers, etc.

When it comes to those lawyers who choose to help the common man instead, my views are much more lenient. If you are negatively affected by an accident or negligence, for instance, there are those who would crusade in your name.

For those readers in the Mira Mesa or greater San Diego region, for instance, I couldn’t recommend any firm more than Villasenor Law Offices for your personal injury attorney needs. The firm has been working tirelessly for 27 years to get people the recompense they deserve from unscrupulous insurance companies doing everything in their power to avoid a payout.

If you need proof of the professionalism, conscientiousness and efficacy of the firm, you can simply turn to their Google reviews for examples.

Kimberly Yow writes:

Over the last 10 years, Chris Villasenor has created several contracts for my company that protect me in case a dispute with a client or contractor crops up. He has also reviewed contracts from my potential clients or partners and made recommendations on ways they needed to be revised in order to protect my best interest. Chris was also very helpful and informative when my husband & I were faced with a real estate dispute while purchasing our current home. Chris is trustworthy, professional and a great legal resource in times of need AND he’s become my attorney of choice!

Marissa Sheppard adds to this, saying:

I am grateful Chris and Vicky for all the hard work they did in helping with my case. I appreciated the professionalism ,the honesty and integrity this law office represented from beginning to end. Chris is very knowledgeable in the field and comes w years of experience that shows in the way he handled my case. He was patient and kind in his communications of the process I would have to navigate. I am happy w the outcome and the process. trusting someone you don’t know isn’t always easy . If I needed this type of help in the future I would seek the help of Chris and Vicky again. Thank you both!!!

Lance finishes us off with a final note here:

Chris is an excellent attorney… Pragmatic in his approach, but also very personable. I feel I was given wise counsel in negotiating a partnership exit strategy that protected my interests in a fair and measured way. His involvement brought me a sense of confidence. He listened to what I needed, explained my obligations, and suggested a clear path to resolution. I recommend him to anyone in need of legal representation.

If you’re in Poway and are looking for an attorney that can help you get the compensation you deserve from consistently awful insurance companies, don’t hesitate to call Villasenor Law Offices.

Villasenor Law Offices

(858) 707-7771

12396 World Trade Dr Ste 211 San Diego, CA 92128

Boycotting Makeup

Folks, we know that today’s society is basically just a soup of toxic, microplastic and hormone disrupting chemicals waiting for your body to eventually weaken so they may target your spirit and reduce all of us into unthinking, unseeing human biomass, good for nothing but slaving for wages we immediately turn around and spend. You know that, I know that, heck, my grandma knows that, I tell her every day.

We have to do what we can to fight the powers that be in their crusade to turn us into lumps of undifferentiated jelly, and our first step in that is eliminating our reliance on makeup. I’m sorry to say this, ladies, but the chemicals in most common types of makeup is a horrifying mixture of toxic chemicals, not fit to put on the animals they test them on.

According to this article from simply organic beauty, cosmetic products with these harmful chemicals are pervasive:

“Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (or EDCs) can be one of the most difficult chemicals to avoid in beauty products. They cleverly elude most ingredient lists by hiding within a product’s packaging or an ingredient itself…

According to the UK’s BreastCancer.Org, an endocrine disruptor is any chemical that can interfere with normal hormone functions in humans or animals. While there are naturally occurring types found in plants, such as soy (known as phytoestrogens), most endocrine-disrupting compounds come from synthetic chemicals and can be avoided.

There’s seemingly no end to the adverse health impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Also known as EDCs, these tricky chemicals can imitate hormones and destroy others while creating internal signaling issues which causes premature cell death. Endocrine disruptors have also been proven to accumulate in hormone-producing organs, resulting in organ malfunctions and irreversible damage.

Permanent damage, folks! These people should be in jail, but instead they live the high life, boozing it up with the Hollywood celebrity and fashion crowds. Pretty annoying!

Our alternative is for you to look into one of two options: Either going no makeup at all, or going with a more permanent option that does not use the dangerous chemicals that typical cosmetics do. Enter our favorite permanent makeup company: Lift.

Lift Permanent Makeup is making the lives of women all across Orange County infinitely easier (and safer!) by offering a number of different permanent makeup and beauty care options, including eyebrow blading and permanent eyeliner. These girls are not only saving themselves a lot of time and stress by always looking ‘done up’, but they’re saving themselves a lot of problems with potential harmful chemicals and endocrine disruptors in their usual cosmetic products as well!

There are harmful chemicals, pesticides, and poisons all around us, in our food, in our water. The best we can do to fight for the health of our minds and bodies is to limit our exposure to these products of industrial society as much as possible, while still maintaining a normal life. Lift Permanent makeup helps you do that and more, with elegant and beautiful solutions to your cosmetic needs.

If you’re interest, please check them out at:

Lift Permanent Makeup

(949) 899-8507

24452 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629

Should You Litigate or Mediate?

When it comes to divorce, most people imagine the absolute worst to happen legally and emotionally. We hear about terrible divorces from our friends and the news, and we see stories in movies about heartbreak that typically involve a couple’s legal combat in the courtroom.

“Marriage Story” starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver has been praised by divorce lawyers for its realistic portrayal of real dynamics of litigation. In the movie, we learn that the legal system of divorce makes it difficult to reach a true win-win. It illustrates how divorce litigation is anything but just paperwork and facts. It shows why people who used to love each other eventually pursue the course of damaging one another’s reputation and credibility as much as possible in order to attain the settlement they are seeking.

3 Women in Suit Sitting

As such, audiences come away from the movie with being unable to pinpoint either person as the real villain or hero. Rather, the characters are recognized as being complicated and messy people who love each other but do not belong together. Despite the couple reaching many points of anger and exhaustion, it is evident that at no point does the couple ever truly hate one other. Rather, they are forced to their breaking point because of how challenging it is to navigate the difficult and convoluted process of divorce litigation. Moreover, we see how the combative nature of the litigation prompts lawyers to act overtly mean and invasive in order to win.

As you know, we write for the conspiracists and skeptics. We like to consider new and better alternatives to the norm. So this article is to question the narrative of divorce being the awful bureaucratic experience that it is commonly portrayed as. What if there was another way? A more friendly, fair, and communicative way?

Consider mediation. When it comes to choosing between a mediator or a family law attorney, most people prefer mediation because it is less antagonistic. Many people suffer physical health consequences because of the stress that arises through litigation in public court. In mediation, a neutral third party facilitates a resolution communicated by and agreed upon by both parties privately. Unlike a lawyer whose objective is to win a case, a mediator’s goal is to bring both parties to an agreement to what really matters: the division of assets, liabilities, and custody schedules.

McNamee Mediations is a divorce and family mediator who has been recognized as an expert Newport Beach, California. Colleen McNamee is unlike any divorce mediator we’ve reviewed. When it comes to divorce, most people don’t expect to fall in love again right before it becomes final. But some of Colleen’s clients have even reconciled during mediation instead of finalizing their divorce! She has over forty 5-star reviews on Yelp, which is astounding!

Mediation might be the right fit for you if you are looking for an alternative to litigation. If you are considering a divorce, you can give McNamee Mediations to inquire about their services.

McNamee Mediations
4590 MacArthur Blvd Suite 500, Newport Beach, CA 92660, United States

Hiring A Contractor? Have Some Healthy Skepticism

How should you proceed once you have decided to remodel your home? Most people decide to hire a professional, rather than doing the renovations themselves. If you are one thinking about hiring a contractor, this article is for you. We wanted to discuss a couple of important considerations.

Finding the right contractor can be the trickiest part of any project. For any homeowner, it can be extremely nerve-wracking to give someone the responsibility of transforming your home. Whether it is a demolition or installation, homeowners want their homes to be renovated in good hands.

As most readers of this website already know, we are written by skeptics, for skeptics. We’ve all heard about home renovation disasters and contractors from hell. This is why we are fans of skepticism: a healthy dose can save you a lot of trouble! The right contractor can make your dream home come true, and the wrong one can leave your home as an unfinished construction site.

You should always start with a vision and specific plan. Do not rely on your contractor as a design consultant, as this can lead to several problems. Even if your contractor has experience and knows exactly what they are doing, you should clearly communicate the ideas you have in mind.

If you are renovating your house as a couple or with other people living in the same house, be sure to discuss everything beforehand. Your contractor certainly won’t have the qualifications to act as a marriage counsellor, should any disagreements arise.

Neighbours, coworkers, and your local home improvement store may be the best place to ask for referrals. It is best to collect several referrals and interview each one. This is your opportunity to interview them thoroughly, which will help you understand the requirements of your project. Be sure to ask for a quote at the end, so that you can compare the costs of time, deliverables, and materials.

You should also never rely on benefit of the doubt, whether it is before or during the renovation. If something does not look or sound right, be sure to ask your contractor to stop and provide you with the information you need in order to feel good about proceeding. If you still do not feel like you are ready to make an informed decision, you can call a friend or do some online research about the topic in question.

For most homeowners, the first remodel is the kitchen. If you are planning a kitchen remodel and are looking to hire a contractor based in Orange County, we highly recommend Inspired Remodels. They are Yelp verified and have received stellar ratings and reviews, including this one: “So, what everyone else is saying here on Yelp is certainly true – Inspired Remodels is the real deal, and if you’re looking to hire a trustworthy contractor to make your vision a reality, there’s no need to look any further.” If you have planned out your next renovation and are ready to start speaking to potential contractors for hire, give Inspired Remodels a call to inquire about their team and services.

Inspired Remodels
1098 Bake Pkwy Ste 100 Lake Forest, CA 92630

The Root Of The Mystery

On bright spring morning, Detective Holmes stepped out of his home office for a breather outside. He couldn’t help but notice that his lawn looked terrible. The grass was patchy and a dull shade of green. Then, he looked up across the street, and noticed that every lawn in his neighbourhood looked the same. What a sore sight! He sighed. He had spent quite a fortune on maintaining his lawn, and wondered what it had all been for. In fact, what what was the point of anything? He took a deep breath. He had tendency to question every thought with an existential philosophy. He was a deep thinker who had experienced and witnessed much, perhaps too much, in life, and wanted to understanding the meaning of it all.

Holmes went back inside. As he sat down and began to ponder the great existential question of human existence, he paused. He glanced at his book shelf, his cat, and his tea pot. It was beautiful, and he came to the realization that perhaps the meaning of life was to simply enjoy all of the beauty of it. He sighed a long and deep sigh, coming to terms with a long-forgotten sense of inner peace.

But then he remembered what he saw that morning. “Grrr!” he exasperated. “What is the matter?” Holmes was determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of the sad grass. He sat back in his chair. He was a smart man who knew better than to look at situations from their mere surface. He leapt out of his chair, ran to his shed, and grabbed this shovel. Holmes found himself digging for answers as he shovelled through the soil of his front lawn.

Stack of Gray Stones

“Aha!!” he exclaimed. He was glad he found the answer, but frustrated that this meant that he had been spending a fortune on grass that was in no healthy condition to grow. What he found from his digging was that the soil and clay composition of the ground simply wasn’t the best for growing lush green grass. Holmes ran back to his shed, threw his shovel inside, and raced back into his office. “I will find an alternative!” he shouted to himself. He was the type of man who was relentless and always focused on finding a solution.

He figured real grass was no longer physically viable, nor was it a cost-friendly option. Holmes conducted some further investigation and discovered that artificial grass had become increasingly popular over the years in Orange County. However, the man was a skeptic and did not trust popular opinion. He had to discover the truth on his own and see it with his own eyes.

With some more research and reading online reviews, he stumbled across NoMow Turf, an artificial turf installation company that happened to be based in Orange County. He looked carefully at each photo on the site, and while he was normally a hard man to impress, Holmes was dazzled. He gave them a call and had his new lawn installed the very next day.

If you are finding it difficult or costly to grow and maintain your lawn, check out NoMow Turf and give them a call.