Make sure that you've read your state's rules on write-in eligibility. In some states, you can write in any name at all, in others, the name must be someone who has registered their candidacy with the secretary of state (and for whatever reason does not appear on the ballot). In a state that requires formal candidacy, writing in an unregistered name may cause the entire ballot to be rejected as spoiled/not counted. This is one of those things where states' rights get a bit annoying, it would be better to have unified rules on voting procedures, IMO.
I've also noticed the leaves going much later than I'm used to. Part of it, though, has been several record hot Septembers and drought. They might change on the usual schedule in a more typical weather pattern, I don't know for sure. There's been a lot of chatter about climate change when we have 70 degree Christmas days and then head into -30 degree polar vortexes, and a season with only 9 inches of snow followed by a season with 7 feet of snow in 3 weeks. Winter has been unusually extreme in both directions.
The thing with climate change is that earth's climate has no status quo...it's always trending in one direction or another. It never just parks itself in one spot indefinitely for humans to enjoy. However, some of the forces that impact climate occur on 20,000 or 100,000 year cycles, so we perceive the climate as stable. The debate should be about whether anthropologic activity makes the natural process worse, not about whether it is happening or not. Even if one finds that humans accelerate climate change, there are a lot of problems when it comes to trying to "fix" this.
Take air pollution, for example. We are losing the ozone layer that shields us from harmful radiation. The damage being done to the ozone layer today is mostly from the late 1950s, due to how long it takes for this stuff to reach the outer portions of the earth. Peak air pollution was in the 1970s and 1980s, that won't hit the ozone layer for decades. We've since reduced and better regulated harmful crap like CFCs (this is why you can't just recycle an old fridge the routine way), but the impacts won't be felt for like 50 years. Likewise, arctic and antarctic ice is already melting at a faster pace than anticipated. "20% reduction in CO2 by 2050" politician gestures will not stop ice loss. I'm not sure if it can be realistically slowed down by anything we do now. It would take coordinated, all-out all-country measures to even make a dent in any of this, and the climate will still move naturally. As a huge nature fan, I've become pretty nihilistic about climate measures, it's never anywhere near enough or in time. The time to act has passed us by.
In the short run, climate change is mostly an issue in the most vulnerable places. The Florida Everglades are rapidly becoming a salt marsh. Over-population in South Florida has resulted in too many wells being drilled and too much freshwater removal, which invites saltwater intrusion. That plus rising sea level will kill off the Everglades' freshwater communities in one sudden swoop. Freshwater ecosystems readily collapse when invaded by even very mild saltwater. Another place that will be gone soon is the Great Barrier Reef. Around 40% of the northern half of the reef was destroyed just recently, coral bleaching. The southern half is still ok, for now.
In the long run, the future of places like NOLA is in question. As a river enthusiast, I hate the approach LA has taken with its levee system. If you have a large, high silt river, surrounded by flood plains, levees are one of the worst ways to manage it. Normally, these rivers flood and deposit sediment on the flood plains. This sediment builds up the level of the land against the river and is extremely fertile. You often see farms along rivers for this reason, plus ease of irrigation. Levees force the river to deposit sediment in its banks, raising the level of the river against the land. As the river rises, you have to build higher levees. Instead of having frequent, minor flooding, you get infrequent, catastrophic flooding. Eventually, the river bed will be situated above the level of the land, so when a levee fails and the land floods, the water cannot drain back into the river. This happens along China's Yellow River, it can take years for the floodwater to evaporate. With LA, the sediment deposits also build up the brackish marshes at the mouth of the Mississippi. These marshes are fantastic at absorbing hurricane energy, keeping New Orleans safe from waves and storm surge. Without a steady diet of sediment, these marshes are eroded by the sea, currently at a rate of about a football field an hour. Eventually, New Orleans may sit on the waterfront, to be destroyed by the next major hurricane. The US Gulf Coast has the highest storm surges in the world, and there'll be nothing left to stop them from entering the city directly. Even with climate change, this is something totally within human control to fix. Without levees, marshes can feed off the sediment flows and rise with the sea.
marauder wrote:You have to explain things in terms that kids will understand, like videogames^ That's how I got Sam to stop using piston pumpers