Historic wildfires. Frantic evacuations. Punishing heat waves. The first rolling blackouts in two decades. And that was just this past week.

A coronavirus pandemic that has killed 11,000 Californians, tanked the economy, forced millions out of work and set up epic parent-child battles over online schooling. Violent clashes between police and protesters. Even the odd stuff is ominous, like the guy in Lake Tahoe who tested positive last week for the bubonic plague.

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