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What is that in the middle of the road?

Sorry, I know this is insensitive, but still funny, kinda.

 

Oh, it’s been pretty dark every day on the way to and from work, so I can’t see anything dead on the road, unless it would be the size of a deer, and no, I haven’t seen a dead deer lately. So, no roadkill count.

I was in San Diego for 7 days, but I don’t recall seeing any roadkill there, either. The only time I was out of the city was on the drive to Los Angeles, to visit Disneyland, and I didn’t see any dead stuff on the road.  I suspect that the sheer terror of being in a car on the road in San Diego was distracting me from looking at the pavement for roadkill. I kept finding myself slamming my foot on the floor to stop before we hit the car in front of us, or continually tightening my seat belt as we swerved in and out of continually merging traffic.

I left Seattle partly because of the insanity of the roads there, and the fact that the city kept paying millions of dollars for multiple sports arenas, but could not build a decent light rail system. Their answer to traffic problems seems to be to add toll roads, good thinking Seattle, that’ll keep more people off the road. Right.

Southern California is all desert and I wonder what the population density of animals might be. I suspect there are fewer animals per square mile, as there is less water and vegetation to munch, hence, fewer dead on the road.

Alfred Hitchcok quotes:

Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.

Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.

I’ll conclude with my favorite comedian, Lily Tomlin:

No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.

Reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.

The Hamster report

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Alright, the tally this week is:

  • Coyote – 1
  • Opossums – 3
  • Squirrel – 2
  • Birds – 3
  • Unidentified – 2

Ok, I don’t have any fresh insights today that wouldn’t cause you to run screaming off a cliff, so here are some “jokes”:

“He’s turned his life around. He used to be miserable and depressed, now he’s depressed and miserable.” – David Frost

“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.” – Anonymous

“Life is wasted on the living.” – Douglas Adams

“Life is like playing the violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes along.” – Samuel Butler

“In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.” – Kathy Norris

“Live every day as if it were your last, and then someday you’ll be right.” – Anonymous

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” – Groucho Marx

“It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another – it’s one damn thing over and over.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

“The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.” – Clarence Darrow

“My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can’t decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.” – Rita Rudner

By the way, did you read the article “Overworked America: the great speed-up?”  That will depress you. Americans work (if you can find a job) hundreds of hours a year more than ANY other country, with fewer benefits and little or no paid vacation. Welcome to the third world.

Hamsterdreams

Statistics on USA road kill:

1) 4 million Miles of roads in the United States.

2) 226 million Number of vehicles registered in the United States.

3) 23 trillion Vehicle miles traveled in the United States in 2002

4) 6.3 million Number of automobile accidents annually in the United States

5) 253,000 Number of animal-vehicle accidents annually

6) 50 Estimated percentage of vehicle-large animal collisions that go unreported.

7) 90 Percentage of animal-vehicle collisions that involve deer

8) $2,000 Average minimum cost for repairing a vehicle after a collision with a deer

9) 1 million Number of vertebrates run over each day in the United States (a rate of one every 11.5 seconds).

10) 200 Number of human deaths annually resulting from vehicle-wildlife collisions.

Take note of item 10 –  if you do not feel that the deaths of millions of non-human animals is reason to stop the road kill.

I’m not going to post pictures any more of the killed mammals and reptiles, theuy are too upsetting. Imagine how upsetting pictures of mangled people would be.

Why am I doing the road kill friday reports? I started off doing this because there is some “gallows humor” around this topic that is very funny.

But the more I learn, I find that this has evolved, for me, into a desire to get drivers to stop the massacre; I guess if I had thought about it much, I did not think that there were so many animal deaths.

This weeks personal Whatcom County roadkill report:

  • Birds – 2
  • Duck – 1
  • Squirrels – 4
  • Unidentified – 4
  • Opossums – 2
  • Mouse – 1

Quotes from Buzz.com:

“Sarcasm helps keep you from telling people what you really think of them.”

“Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.”

“The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of the oncoming train.”

The light at the end of the tunnel

The light at the end of the tunnel

“People who think they know what they’re doing are especially annoying to those of us who do.”

“I don’t know, I don’t care, and it doesn’t make any difference.”

Hamster report

Doonesbury comic

Doonesbury gets it right

So, I made the mistake on the weekend of checking out the news. No, I don’t mean CNN or MSNBC or the pablum “news” on TV.  I search the internet and find some real news.  I shouldn’t have done that.  I can’t take knowing anymore about what is going on in the world, and in America in particular. 

Of course, some of what I found may be the ramblings of paranoid types, but I don’t think so.  Has anyone else who reads this blog seen the stuff on the internet about FEMA camps and stacks of thousands of coffins hidden in the woods?  Jessie Ventura, the guy who is the ex-governor of Minnesota, apparently has a TV show that is a paranoid freak’s nightmare, all about conspiracy theories.  From the one I saw on the internet, it’s all bad. 

But you know the saying, “Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t really after you.”

Here, abandon reality for awhile and laugh a little, whatever is coming will come, no need to dwell on it anymore than is necessary to survive it:

”Whats all this stuff about motivation? I say, if you need motivation, you probably need more than motivation. You probably need chemical intervention or brain surgery.  Actually, if you ask me, this country could do with a little less motivation. The people who are causing all the trouble seem highly motivated to me.” – George Carlin

“The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life.” – George Carlin

“Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently by elimination, dishonesty is the second best policy.”  – George Carlin

“I’m not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose  . . .it’ll be much harder to detect.” – George Carlin

And I will end with my favorite quote from Lilly Tomlin: “Reality is a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.”

The hamster is hanging in there, but don’t ask how the accounting class is going. Thank god it will be over on Thursday.

So anyway, I was thinking this morning about accounting classes and after how many classes I would be able to get a job doing accounting.  Just wondering.  I’ve almost finished my first class, I’m sorry is it too soon to be thinking about this? 

That “the end of the world as we know it” thing – does anyone else sort of follow the TEOTWAWKI crowd on the internet?  They are an interesting bunch, to say the least.  They seem to be comprised of  libertarians, anarchists and people who bought a lot of guns and can’t wait to shoot someone; many someone’s. 

I understand the concept, and I can’t say I disagree with it in general; we can’t continue an economical system that is dependant on constantly growing in order to survive, on a finite world.  Nor, I might add, something that has bothered me since the 60’s when it was first brought up; we cannot keep increasing the human population infinitly in this finite world.  I have a neighbor who has 7 kids.  I ask you, does that make any sense?  The most any couple should have is 2.  Ok, if a mistake is made, 3.  That should be it.

There is no argument that can justify having 4 to 7 kids.  I am terribly afraid that one day soon, when the antibiotics have lost their ability to cure, the human population will be spontaneously reduced in numbers. 

Detroit - a vision of the future?

Detroit - a vision of the future?

Well, sorry about all the doom and gloom.  I guess thinking about the TEOTWAWKI’ers got me thinking about those issues. 

On a lighter note, do you have a job?  Has the value of your house increased, decreased or stayed the same?  Have you had your pay or hours cut? 

Ok, I’m sorry.  This’ll cheer you up, some Lilly Tomlin lines:

”The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

“Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

“No matter how cynical you get it’s impossible to keep up.”

“Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.”

And my personal favorite: “Reality is for those who can’t handle drugs.”  Oh, did I use this one yesterday?  Never mind, it never gets old.

Hamster time.

The Ecologist published an article titled Ocean acidification: the facts on December 10th, 2009.  Ocean acidification is being caused by our carbon dioxide emissions, which when it dissolves in ocean waters produces carbonic acid.  Species under the most danger from the acidification are corals, crabs, lobsters, clams and oysters. 

The article states that “one quarter of all marine species depend on coral reefs for homes, nurseries, feeding grounds and spawning sites.” The marine food chain is in danger as well, as the acidification threatens tiny pteropods, tiny swimming snails that many larger species depend on for food.

The article continues: “The cause of ocean acidification is man-made carbon dioxide emissions, produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels for transport (cars, buses, trains, ships, planes), by some industrial processes, and the production of electricity (coal, oil and gas power plants).”

It is suggested that to stop the progress of acidification, the carbon dioxide emissions have to be stablized at 350 ppm or less.  My research indicates that current co2 levels are at about 390 ppm.  The following website lists co2 levels over time:  http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-dioxide-levels.htm

We need to go to solar and wind, people, and don’t get me started on the dangers of nuclear power plants.

The following article discusses what we may expect to see taking over our oceans as they become more acidic and the current food chain dependant sea life begins to die out:

http://www.celsias.com/article/jellyfish-swarms-our-earth-bites-back/

Anyone for jellyfish sandwiches?  I have seen several articles in recent months stating the problem that large stinging jellyfish have become to swimmers.  Lets snap it up people, and actually DO something. 

George Carlin said: “The planet is fine, the people are fucked.”  Well, I suppose mother earth doesn’t care if her oceans are populated by big jellyfish or cute porpoises and dolphines, life is all the same to her and there have been stranger sea creatures populating her oceans in the millenia since she formed oceans.

Remember Mae West: “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.“(1892-1980)  Here’s a profound statement from some guy named Mark Franklin: “Only two things in life are certain, death and that twinkies will out last you.”

Remember, we may only be “pawns in the game of life”, but we refuse to let the bastards win.

A hamster who knows who her parents are.

“A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?”

“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.”

“The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.” – Jane Wagner

“Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.”

“I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.”

“Of love is the answer could you please rephrase the question?”

Laughing Hamster

Laughing Hamster

I was going to write a devastating blog about the environment, but decided not to, not today anyway.  I can handle a lot of bad news, I seem to have a lot of experience so that I’m good at it.  But most people I find, are not.  So remember, “eat dessert first, life is short”.

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