wonder why the stuff on the right side of the page slipped down? drat. i've gone through everything and can't get to the bottom of it. and i'm a detective that likes to get to the bottom of things... hrmpfh...
poor riley can't get rid of these hiccups, no matter what we do. right now he's busy trying to help type, so any subsequent typos are from him. or strange spacings. ha!
tonight we have to go look for paint - the kind with no voc's. i forgot paint is so expensive... we have to get all the lead paint in here covered up before riley starts crawling about. after we hit the paint store, we are going to an art opening. and then, i HAVE to study. i'm a bit behind in my history course. yeah - that one again. i'm trying to decide if i should do the bachelor's/master's option. the master's degree isn't what i really want, but i feel like the other program i'm pining for isn't realistic. i just don't see how i'll be able to get to california once a month for 2 years. what to do? what to do... i have to stay in school until i die so i don't have to pay back my loans. teeheeeheeeeeeeee! i need to decide soon, i only have until the 10th to apply.
the weather is so beautiful today! we took an extra long walk this afternoon. its nice to feel that fall chill - the promise of cooler weather. i'm a bit worried though, about gas prices this winter. not to mention the rumblings i've been seeing about the possibility of natural gas running out. no bueno.
just listened to a really excellent interview with barbara ehrenreich - she was talking about her latest book, bait and switch. a little background... ehrenreich decided to work up her resume and try to land a gig in white collar (read: scary corporate) america. her social commentary, once again, seems to be right on spot! a lot of what she said i can only imagine, but she totally validated every fear i have of working in that realm.
here is her website, with some very surprising information. and here is a review of the book, from the nation.
i had a blog up, only to find my links linked directly into my email inbox (?!). no bueno. couldn't figure out the problem, so i scrapped the last site and started fresh. and thanks to aman, i now have a beautiful fancy template. thank you, aman! my goal is to write here daily. ha! we'll see how long that lasts...
i've caught up, for the most part, in my classes... the history course is whoopin' me arse. it is quite interesting to study the 50's, but this class is unlike any other i've had thus far. i'll just keep plugging away. i read most of my assignments out loud to riley - he thinks he's getting a story while mommy learns, you see - and i'm certain he's grown weary of hearing about the a and h bombs, not to mention the korean war. terribly depressing stuff. its funny (not ha ha funny, but bad funny) how we haven't evolved more humanely in 50 years. perhaps someday we can learn to wage war with words... before einstein's prophecy comes true: " i do not know with what weapons world war 3 will be fought, but world war 4 will be fought with sticks and stones."
and speaking of riley, he's currently bouncing on my lap, as i look at him and ponder what kind of world he'll be left with long after i' am gone, as i wonder how anyone with children can stomach the current course which is paving the way for his future, as i snap back to now and realize i'm perfecting my one-handed typing. its odd, how all of these thoughts can crowd my brain at once, almost simultaneously... i'm getting quite good, with the typing, that is - and fast like lightening, too! riley likes to try and help. he's drawn to the tapping sounds. riley has his own blog. we'll have to go post in there next.
You are beyond wise. You are so smart, you're almost prophetic.
Your inner voice always speaks the truth, and you take the time to listen to it.
You are good at seeing who people are... including the darkness of others.
As a result, you tend to have a rather dark - yet realistic - outlook on life.
A: Carbon dioxide and other air pollution that is collecting in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun's heat and causing the planet to warm up. Coal-burning power plants are the largest U.S. source of carbon dioxide pollution -- they produce 2.5 billion tons every year. Automobiles, the second largest source, create nearly 1.5 billion tons of CO2 annually.
Q: Is the earth really getting hotter?
A: Yes. Although local temperatures fluctuate naturally, over the past 50 years the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. And experts think the trend is accelerating: the 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1990. Scientists say that unless we curb global warming emissions, average U.S. temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher by the end of the century.
Q: Are warmer temperatures causing bad things to happen?
A: Global warming is already causing damage in many parts of the United States. In 2002, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon endured their worst wildfire seasons ever. The same year, drought created severe dust storms in Montana, Colorado and Kansas, and floods caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in Texas, Montana and North Dakota. Since the early 1950s, snow accumulation has declined 60 percent and winter seasons have shortened in some areas of the Cascade Range in Oregon and Washington. Of course, the impacts of global warming are not limited to the United States. In 2003, extreme heat waves caused more than 20,000 deaths in Europe and more than 1,500 deaths in India. And in what scientists regard as an alarming sign of events to come, the area of the Arctic's perennial polar ice cap is declining at the rate of 9 percent per decade.
Q: Is global warming making hurricanes worse?
A: Global warming doesn't create hurricanes, but it does make them stronger and more dangerous. Because the ocean is getting warmer, tropical storms can pick up more energy and become more powerful. So global warming could turn, say, a category 3 storm into a much more dangerous category 4 storm. In fact, scientists have found that the destructive potential of hurricanes has greatly increased along with ocean temperature over the past 35 years.
Q: Is there really cause for serious concern?
A: Yes. Global warming is a complex phenomenon, and its full-scale impacts are hard to predict far in advance. But each year scientists learn more about how global warming is affecting the planet, and many agree that certain consequences are likely to occur if current trends continue. Among these:
1. Melting glaciers, early snowmelt and severe droughts will cause more dramatic water shortages in the American West.
2. Rising sea levels will lead to coastal flooding on the Eastern seaboard, in Florida, and in other areas, such as the Gulf of Mexico.
3. Warmer sea surface temperatures will fuel more intense hurricanes in the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
4. Forests, farms and cities will face troublesome new pests and more mosquito-borne diseases.
5. Disruption of habitats such as coral reefs and alpine meadows could drive many plant and animal species to extinction.
Q: Could global warming trigger a sudden catastrophe?
A: Recently, researchers -- and even the U.S. Defense Department -- have investigated the possibility of abrupt climate change, in which gradual global warming triggers a sudden shift in the earth's climate, causing parts of the world to dramatically heat up or cool down in the span of a few years.
Q: What country is the largest source of global warming pollution?
A: The United States. Though Americans make up just 4 percent of the world's population, we produce 25 percent of the carbon dioxide pollution from fossil-fuel burning -- by far the largest share of any country. In fact, the United States emits more carbon dioxide than China, India and Japan, combined. Clearly America ought to take a leadership role in solving the problem. And as the world's top developer of new technologies, we are well positioned to do so -- we already have the know-how.
Q: How can we cut global warming pollution?
A: It's simple: By reducing pollution from vehicles and power plants. Right away, we should put existing technologies for building cleaner cars and more modern electricity generators into widespread use. We can increase our reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind, sun and geothermal. And we can manufacture more efficient appliances and conserve energy.
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