kids and dogs

tuesday, 2012-11-13

i thought i was a cat-person. i thought i was a kid-person too. but i have since learned that cats are invasive, avian hunters, no matter how domesticated. and kids grow up and become their own persons. so now i live with a grandmother who’s a dog-person. it’s likely we’ll outlive the dog. when he dies, she’ll mourn, and then get another. not so with kids. first of all, they’re supposed to outlive you. second, you can’t get a replacement. maybe you can have another, maybe you can adopt, but it’s not a replacement. but whether it’s a kid or a dog, whether you outlive it or it outlives you, while it’s in your care, you want the best for it. thing is, unlike dogs, your kid is always your kid, even when you’re 90. (image from  barry’s world)

re FIPA, emay writes, ‘In addition to the tools found on our Canada-China Investment Treaty campaign site at, I urge you to push back against this sell-out of our sovereignty, security, and democracy.’ it’s a call for an anti-FIPA flood. but this morning on the news comes a report that the US has developed  technology that will ‘will enable US to overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2020’ and reduce its reliance on foreign oil. we’re already blowing the tops off our mountains. are we going to sacrifice the ground under our feet too? ‘ however, report publisher International Energy Agency Executive Director Maria van der Hoevensaid said, too [my emphasis], “that by 2035, we can achieve energy savings equivalent to nearly a fifth of global demand in 2010. In other words, energy efficiency is just as important as unconstrained energy supply, and increased action on efficiency can serve as a unifying energy policy that brings multiple benefits.” ‘ nevertheless, i signed the petition. (photo of elizabeth may by karen fox; image of shale oil mining from

biology 102. missed 101? here’s a refresher (scroll down about half-way). 101 was about photosynthesis, the chemical transformation which converted solar energy into terrestrial life. 102 is about flowers, the biological innovation which freed plants from the vagaries of wind and water, spurred diversity, and enmeshed them ever-more closely with animals. they developed petals, seeds, and fruit and nectar, all in the name of reproduction–petals to attract pollinators, seeds to store pollinated eggs against time, drought, even asteroid impact, and fruit to disperse the seeds far and wide by rewarding the pollinators and nourishing the pollinated. flowering plants (which include deciduous trees) soak up and breath out tonnes of water into the atmosphere, which rains down, down into the ground, to the plants’ roots, creating the hydrologic cycle (pavement and storm sewers break this cycle, however). ever wonder there’s so much rain in a rainforest? seeds, fruit, rain, caves, pollinators, diversity, even red-colour-vision–all because of flowers. (photo of flower by mag. dr. markus; photo of berries–clockwise from top right: cranberries, lingonberries (cowberries), blueberries, huckleberries (background)–by kazvorpal; both from wikipedia; photo of rainforest by t sibona FAO from

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