for the past two days, riley and i have been marveling over this incredibly preggers robin that is desperately trying to move into the 'hood. spring is definitely on the prowl. so far, she's tried to move into these various places: *our neighbor across the street's parked honda element. *our next door neighbor's house *and some random pickup truck, as we speak. with cars, she hops about the roof and hood, pecking away. when she realizes that no enterance will be gained that way, she begins to fly into the windows and side mirrors. with our neighbor's house, she's partiularly taken with attempting the living room window. so far, i'm guessing that she's 0 for 40. w. thinks she's delirious with bird flu. i think she just wants to find a home, and the affordable property in this area is just too far out of her budget, being a single mom and all. and the clock is ticking. she must find a place to build her nest soon - she looks as if she's ready to pop at any minute... i've told her she's more than welcome to use our front porch pillar, a perfect place for a nest methinks, but she just keeps flinging herself haphazardly into the car window. poor little girl. she's beyond reasoning with.
in other news, i'm totally digging this laptop! it's a refurbished deal, but it hums like a dream, and is fast like lightening on the internet. i ordered it at 8 o'clock weds. night, and it was in my hot little hands by noon on thursday! only in america. i'll begin to piece my final paper back together this afternoon while the monkey naps.
and in more other news, riley the spider monkey has figured out the concept of a door knob. in the bathroom this morning as i washed my face, he pulled himself up to stand on the door and after patting it several times, he reached over and began jiggling the door handle. i think those moments of standing on his own, without holding onto anything, will soon translate to walking. i wonder if he'll walk on his first birthday? i can't believe he's almost a toddler! where did this last year go?
ay-yi-yi! so my laptop shot craps on me - and the laptop is really the only way i have to do my school work. yeah - i've got this computer, but its clear up on the third floor (do i sound like an american or what? its times like these that i really need to be more thankful for what i do have compared to the rest of world. but i can't fail my classes) - and its in an impossible place for riley to play while type. monsiour r. is NOT a lap bebe anymore. no sireee. too much to do! too much to see! after 6 hours of jacking with it last night, losing three different drafts of posts for my class that ends in two days, and most of my 10 page paper. well, i feel like cryin'. luckily for me, but not for w. - he got the flu that r. and i had last week and was home all day so i could scramble and play catch up. my course postings are squared away, but that paper still looms. i keep telling myself i just have to make it through summer, then i'll be fully edumacated with a b.a. degree. just five more months. five more months. and i should have my *new* laptop by friday. now i just have to figure out what to do with the old one. me no likee throw away techy equipment. i guess riley can finally bang on it to his heart's content now.... hmmmmm... see? there is a bright side!
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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