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Episode · 11 months ago

Denying climate/ Change can have deadly results/ If not influence

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Updates include John's perspective on the extreme winter storm blasting the American midwest, and what he's recently learned about the differences between hobbyists, artists, content creators, celebrity, and influecers.

Welcome back to the mighty EMO Dojo. My Name's John and these are my updates. So today's updates include myperspective on the giant Winter Storm Gripping America, what I learned about influencers versus celebrities, a sneak peak about this weekend's guest and, of course, anupdate on the EMO Dojo project. So sit back, relax and enjoy.You know, as a Californian, I never really paid much attention to theweather maps. When I'd watch the Morning News, you know national newscast,I would just look at it like, Oh hell, it's pretty wild overthere. It's always blue and white and purple and we always have the orangeand yellow and red. Every once in a while people would get some greenand apparently that's like perfect weather. Green. You Want Green. But then,of course California started getting wildfires. And Yeah, ultimately one of thereasons I moved away from California. Well, not permanently, it's like my home, but was because of all the concrete. For one, it justeverything was built up and then the smoke. Then the smoke came forest fires.At some point we were surrounded and the way the bay works around SanFrancisco, is it? Just if it's pulling the are the wrong way,it's going to draw all of the smoke from the surrounding mountains right down intothe on top of the bay water effectively, and if you live anywhere near there. So yeah, I had masks from back then, well before thepandemic came around. But you know, then I got to Louisiana, andthis is the weird thing too. So when I get to the new place, the weather castors are saying things like, Oh, this is record breaking.So anyway, the people there are also surprised. And Louisiana, yeah, just got chased out of there by a couple of hurricanes. Like literallylived through two hurricanes down there. That was weird. Oklahoma got up hereand there are. The first thing was ice storm. I talked about thiskind of during the ice storm or back when it happened, but people thataren't from here or from experience to true I storm wouldn't know what it is. So here's the thing. I've been to and lived in like Tahoe right, not in the lake around the lake, Tahoe city specifically, and also Alpinemeadows and on her lake. So I have lots of experience with snowand super cold weather, but I had no experience with an ice storm.I don't know what that's sure why. Maybe I have, but I justdidn't realize it, because the way the infrastructure and like Taho was built,it's built for that, I guess, like the power lines are underground andsuch. So when, anyway, when this ice storm hit Oklahoma a bitearly in the season, all of the trees still had their foliage on them, all the leaves were there, all the bristles and needles and everything wereon all of the plants, and that collected tons of water, literally tonsand way down all these things and broke them, basically. And it frozefor so long outside. We're talking below freezing for many days in a rowof Blu week or ten days or something ridiculous, and it froze everything hard. Anything outside that was made of water was frozen. I saw a truckhit a tree and the tree exploded like...

...a chandelier. They just that's it, while the truck didn't really get much damage at all. Was the strangestthing ever. Anyway, that was historic. And now this past week I thought, man, that's an early storm. So another big storm comes down andnot only is it cold, it started to bring snow. Well,people around here aren't used to snow, not like this kind of snow.I guess I asked people before, like when I first moved here, doesit snow here? And they're like yeah, maybe once or twice a year.So I figured that meant snow like like Tahoe, like feet, manyfeats of snow. Nah, I didn't mean that. I think it meantlike an inch or two. Maybe. The reason I know this is becausenow that it's snowed six inches, there are nearly enough snow plows to getto the streets, so they only plowed the main streets and everybody in thesubdivisions and the neighborhoods, they're literally screwed. They have they don't have shovels forthe fronts of their trucks. These people don't even know what chains are. They don't know what tire chains are, snow chains are like in California youoften see, oh, there's a chain requirement. If you going uphighway eighty or over highway fifty, there's a chain requirement. Well, forthis whole entire storm I've watched all of the local newscast nobody wants is mentionedchain requirements, and yet they continually report crashes of people on the freeway slidingout of control because they don't have any fucking chains. I don't get it. Are they spending their money here on guns instead of chains? was theresome threat they needed the guns for? Like, where were they when theterrorists were trying to take over the capital? All these gun nuts are they?I don't I don't get it. Are you buying guns instead of chains? Like, why was this area not prepared if it's snowed? That's themind boggling thing and it drives me crazy because I've really, I feel likeI've been cooped up in a little cage for like four days now. Sowell, I guess I'm not, and I'm going to exercise but my freedom. Tomorrow I'm going to go out, because the truck is four wheel driveand has all terrain tires, so I'm just going to fucking back out ofthe snowy ass driveway here in the apartment complex and weave my way around allthe idiots who have backed out of their parking spots and can't move now andare basically blocking the driveways and huts. It's a mess again because nobody haslike a fifty dollar set of chains or cables to put on their tires.I'm also wondering what a lot of the people see. Also in the newsin America there's this kind of myth that a lot of people are moving fromCalifornia to Texas, and that may or may not be true. I knowcertainly some people are. So I don't know what a lot is, butI know I moved from California to not fucking Texas, to Louisiana and onmy way up from Louisiana to Oklahoma, I specifically drove my ass around Texas, not into Texas. It's not my kind of place. See that likeOklahoma. People might think of it as well. I don't know what theythink of it. As I thought it was he'll Bie, but now that'smore Georgia, Tennessee at West Virginia. Apparently definitely got some swamp people inLouisiana, but obviously those aren't hills, so they're not I'll billy's. Butno, Oklahoma just seems like a place people go to hide like anarchist andcrazy people. That's what Oklahoma reminds me of Texas, on the other hand. So yeah, obviously there's a reason why things are cheaper in Texas.Look, they have a crappy infrastructure. They get one GODDAMN ICE COO.Okay, now, to be fair, it is extra cold in at theend of this week they're talking about it might get above thirty, which willactually have been a fifty degree swing from two days ago. So two daysago it was twenty and in a couple...

...more days it'll be almost thirty.So that's a pretty big swing and temperature, fifty degree swing and temperature, andyet we still won't be up to freezing. So all of us snowoutside. It just sits there. If people drive on it, it squishesit down like sand, compresses it. But there's like, I don't know, eight inches on my back patio that accumulated and snow drifted. I kickedsome of it and I was able to sweep a lot of it with thebroom. That's how light it was. ANYWAYS, wanted to get rid ofthat shit before it started to melt and get much heavier and turn into actualwork. And the crazy myth that Fox News is peddling about Texas and thepower grid down there. So apparently the power grid in Texas is just completelyoverwhelmed, obviously because it's so goddamn cold. It's minus something right, it's lessthan zero. Well, at that temperature for so many days again,the pipes freeze, people can't run water and now here's what's going on downin Texas because they have not winter rised their industries. Their industries are setup to provide power in the summertime because it gets fucking hot there and everyoneneeds their air conditioning. Well, the machinery that runs their power plants isnot set up for this kind of cold weather. That goes for the windturbines, it goes for the gas, the oil, all of it.Solar panels get covered in snow whatnot. But solar and wind only contribute maybeten percent of power to Texas has energy grid, whereas gas and oil contributea far greater amount. And when those things failed it's much worse. SoI'm not pointing fingers in anyone thing. I think it's smart to divest ourenergy resources so we don't rely on any one thing. But Holy Moli.So, I mean, don't you get it, people? They have grappyinfrastructure. They knew some day it would get cold and their stuff would freezeup. So, basically, the valves, the meters, the things they usedto read the flow of energy and things like that, they just freezeup. People can't get to work because cars freeze up. Of Diesel fuelturns to GEL, and some of these tractors and they can't move anymore.It's it's all. That's how cold it got. Or is I should stay. I'm sitting in a warm apartment and, you know whatever, I go outsidefor entertainment, not for whatever. Anyway, the point being is if, yeah, if you're living somewhere that's cheap, there's a reason that it'scheap, and in this case that's the reason they didn't pay for the properinfrastructure and the in the ironic thing is is a lot of people in Texasare like tend to be conservative, right leaning and to some extent, climatedeniers. Climate Change Deniers, not sure the proper term there, and that'sexactly what's biting them in the ASS right now. The same thing that theywere talking shit about California, for with the grass fires, forest fires,that's all climate change driven. Well, this is what happens in Texas andit freezes all your shit down. How many people in Texas are dead nowbecause they froze to death because they had no water, no energy, nolights. Get in the car and they go out and they get stuck inthe snow because they don't have the proper equipment on their car. So nowthey're stuck in the snow until they're fuel and their car runs out. Nowthey freeze because nobody can get to them, because the roads are still closed,because the fire trucks can't get through they don't have the right kind oftires and all that stuff for snow either. There was a crash on the turnpikewhere some big rig caught on fire and they couldn't get anything to itfor like half an hour. By the time they got a tank to it, all the tank run out super quick and then froze over. It's justsome mess, completely ill prepared. So if you live in the in theArctic, they got windmills that lasts and...

...can run in super cold weather,way worse temperatures than this. Why? Because they've been winter rized. Samewith their pipes for their oil. They just weren't ready. In Texas soall those people who migrated to Texas because it's cheaper, over the next tenyears of probably going to find things become a lot more expensive. And it'sfunny too, because a lot of times, especially I noticed in places like Louisiana, where I used to think, well, why did they move there? Well, obviously people don't necessarily move there, but why do they staythere if there's always hurricanes and things tearing up your land and flood you out? Well, I didn't think about it until I live there, and thisis kind of the cool thing about moving around is that you actually get tolearn a lot about why things are well, and Louisiana there's a lot of poorpeople. They have nowhere else to go or they have this weird kindof golden cage situation where they have family property there. So the family propertyisn't worth that much to sell and go live somewhere else safer and kind ofbecome like a climate migrant. So it's kind of in their mind better justto keep the property because the storms are that bad. They aren't that frequent, but you know over the years they're going to get worse and more frequent. But you know, again, what are they going to do is sittingon property that's quickly going down in value and they're already kind of poor.So where are they going to go? And where would you go? Wouldyou just ride it out? I don't know. I start to think Yek, yeah, that is a reasonable thing to do, although I swear toGod if I lived in Louisiana, I would definitely live on posts, liveon pylons, or whatever you want to call them. You know, bigpeers that come out of the ground. O would have them drilled really deepinto the ground, so I know they hit bedrock and then they'd come upout of the ground like at least ten fifteen feet, and then I wouldput my house on top of those posts. That's one way. or I wouldbuild a house on floating concrete, much like the houses over an Icelandin places like that that also suffer from global warming because the sea is risingand they are able to live on the coasts in normal houses that are justpeered with chains to these giant doc things, but their houses go up and downwith the water. I think everybody, and like a place like Oklahoma wherethey have lots of wind, should live in a dome, like adome, a geodesec don't home house. Oh my God, there are somethat are so cool and I'm pretty sure the costs keep coming down lower andlower until they're competitive now with the regular home construction. But look up likehigh tech Geodesic Dome home on Youtube and go I got stuck in a wormhole. Man. There's just like Whoa, so many cool things, spiral staircasesthat kind of circle the outside of the Dome and a Nice Circle and thevery top of the Dome that's your master bedroom that looks out over everything.Super Cool Anyway. Yeah, I think it's important to have the proper constructionfor your zone, but the thing is with climate change, the zones keepmoving so quickly, so you almost have to have a fireproof, windproof,floodproof kind of home that moves or is movable. I mean, in mymind I'm envisioning this network of shipping container communities. They might exist already,but not like I'm thinking. I'm talking about ones that have actually a transportnetwork that's included with your rent. So if you live in a fancy andall the transport containers look the same, but like a shipping container you'd seeon a train or a ship or whatever, but they all meet the same standards. Very Nice, all the proper amenities that you'd like, but withthe rent that you pay, or I guess you could buy it, figureout some way to buy it. Obviously people like to own things. Comesa transport network that you could basically live...

...anywhere you want within the network.So say they've got property on the edge of the Hudson River, wherever,you know, or it just going to be random property wherever. But thething is you could just have your trailer plop there, live there for alittle while, have it picked up, put on the train, put ona boat taking over to Japan, dropped off over there like a stacked trailervillage. You could do anything with these things and people can just go movewhere they want to. But, more importantly, people that need to movecould be easily moved to safety when things like ice storms, fires, floodsand those sort of things occur. So, you know, I'm like generation X, right. We grew up, we were programmed a certain way.We came to create a bunch of cool things on earth and you know,that's my perspective and a lot of my peers they are really dismissive of influencers, and I was at first because I did not understand what that is like. Well, I don't what is this exactly, because at first glance youget the idea that this why is this person famous for doing nothing, andI'm like, that's just the detail. Active in me said that can't be, that's something else going on here. So I've been doing a bunch ofresearch, both in audiobooks and documentaries on the television, and what I learned, I think, is like the key that will help generation x and babyboomers finally understand what an influencer is and maybe not be so dismissive about them. So, if you don't want to listen any further, and influencer isa salesperson. Yeah, that's what it comes down to. So you havewhat will generically call content creators. These are people that put stuff up onthe Internet for whatever reason. Okay, after a while they develop some credibilitywith their small audience of whatever it is. Here's where a lot of apparently contentcreators fail on their way to becoming an influencer, if that's what they'retrying to be. They fail in picking a focus because they fail to understandthat being an influencers simply being a salesperson. So to become an influencer it's importantto pick the things you want to sell. Are you going to sellcosmetics? You're going to sell vagina candles? Are you going to sell, youknow, audio programs? Are you got to like? What is thething you're going to sell? Dog Food Sneakers, watches? Pick it,whatever it is, whatever genre you're in. There's a lot of people like.For example, there's a guy I listen to, Mike del Gattio.He's a Youtuber who is really into microphones, and so when you're a podcaster andyou're looking into the best microphones, you often come across Mike's Youtube Channel, where he reviews all the microphones you've been thinking about. Well, he'sdone that enough that he's become influential and now he gets product and, ostensiblymoney from microphone companies. They send him free microphones, he talks about them, good or bad. I'm not sure who pays him, but he alsois a voiceover actor. So what he is influencing and talking about also addscredibility directly to his day job, let's call it. So, in Mike'scase. He had a nice tight focus, created content consistently and persisted and Voila, he's an influencer now, and that's when I started to track itback to like pick any any Weirdo right,...

...not not mike or the not micorsmicrophone show and anything like that, but people that you just see randomlyshow up on Ellen degenerest during the daytime, like during Covid I've had opportunity towatch daytime TV and people show up on Ellen. I'm like, whothe fuck is that? I don't know that person and I'll go look intoit. I'm like, Oh, it's an influencer and I'll go look intowhat they influence. It's always something. They always sell something. So thatmakes it pretty straightforward. And then, of course there are celebrities who arealso influencers. It gets a little bit mixed up here, but let's tryto decipher it. So in my mind, or for what I can discern,a celebrity has made it famous doing something other than being a salesperson.Does that make sense? So they're an artist, of some sort of performerwhatever, a poets, you name it, a model, those are celebrities.They can use that celebrity for sure to become an influencer. Celebrities areinstant influencers the moment they want to sell something. Of course, the flipis not necessarily true, right. A salesperson is not a celebrity. Nowthere are people that are so good at selling things they eventually elevate to thelevel of celebrity. You could probably think of very few, because that's howseldom it happens. Most of the people we think of that our celebrity influencers, were celebrity of some sort. Used whatever minor celebrity they had and playedtheir cards right, leverage into business opportunities, became prominent influencers. That way,maintain themselves in the public spotlight became celebrities on top of that. Sothey became celebrity for being influencers. So that does exist, right. I'mthinking of somebody like Kylie Jenner, who's just born into a spotlight of ournone of her choosing right, and she managed to flip that eventually, withthe help of others and, you know, her resources at hand, into aBillion Dollar, I think cosmetic industry, some kind of beauty product industry,but people like her are few and far between. Very few people becomefamous because of their salesmanship, like the shark tank people them, and youknow, maybe twenty others are known, but by far most celebrities come fromthe arts, and that kind of takes it back one more step, rightto the beginning. What are people doing that are creating content? Did youstart out to create content because you want to be an influencer? If that'sthe case, you really should stop, figure out what things you want tosell and you can jump start your career that way, because then you're alreadystarting to focus on the right things to talk about. However, if youare a person that just likes to goof around and, like our a hobbyist, like I would consider myself a hobbyist in many ways, especially this show, it's okay to accept that you're a hobbyist. Right. I see,there's hobbyist there's artists. Hobbyists become artist as the improve I see. Isee it that way, but not all artists want to go on and becomecelebrity. Lots of artists have a thing against becoming celebrity. They think that'sselling out, for example. So in that sense, hobbyist and artist seemto, quote unquote, create content regardless. They would do that if nobody wasaround to look at it like. That's a thing like. I thinkthat is the difference between content creators and hobbies artists, is that content creationwasn't the thing before the Internet, whereas hobbies and arts were always the thing. We don't really need content creators. So if you're going to be acontent creator to try to be an influencer, please eliminate some of the noise andjust pick a focus. If you...

...are a hobbyist and artist, fuckyeah, have fun, go balls out, but just do what you're doing forthe passion of it, not because you're trying to, quote unquote,create content and put it on a schedule and Goddamn monetize everything. Oh myGod, gives me a Migraine just thinking about that. How many rock bands, how manything like the best rock bands in history, do you think satdown in their first rehearsal? So, g guys, how do you thinkwe're going to monetize this? For Fuck's sake, hobbyist and artists are notcontent creators by trade. Their Hobbyist and artist. What they do you canturn into intent, but that's not their first thing in life. They wouldbe doing that if nobody was around. So I think it's important that wekeep the value on the hobbyists and the artists and remind the content creators thatthey should really focus if they want to be influencers. Because if you're justcreating content for CRIP, why are you putting memes out for no reason?That's so dumb, but I digress. I Apologize. Maybe you're just ameme hobbyist and that's cool too, so I'll just leave it at that.Let's be friends, okay, let's be friends. In fact, let's haveJohnny Nash Sing us a little song about being friends. All right, takeit away, Johnny. We're in this way doing a struggling alone, justlike and there are times when domes. And now back to the wall.

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