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Californians Relaxed

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On Friday, as a radioactive plume was drifting toward the coast, the New York Times put on its Freud hat to examine "the uncommon psyche of California": "This is a part of the world where people accept — perhaps even secretly enjoy — the reality that they may be living on the edge of disaster. What with wildfires, tsunamis and, more than anything, earthquakes, Californians are connoisseurs of calamity, well practiced at knowing, almost reflexively, how to weigh the approach of any fresh danger. Why fixate on something 10,000 miles away when the real thing looms over your daily existence?" Good question! [NYT]