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The Third Rock

Another good one, worth a read! (Thanks, Wes.) — YUR


Why on Earth This Planet
Would Need Only One Day?

Let’s get this out of the way: I dislike Earth Day. It wasn’t always that way, but now some sort of sanctimony is definitely attached to it, and it gives me the creeps. So much so that I’m forced to write on the first-person, as if my opinion is even remotely required.
Still, I’m not knocking the merits of having a day, a focus to draw attention to what now seems more than ever a lost cause. After all, prior to its inception in 1970, the date had a noble origin, as it used to be celebrated as Arbor Day since the late 1800s.
But after 45 years, Earth Day means a lot of things that I despise about our species. And weeks before it, I always find myself wishing that the planet would react against all we’ve done to…

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Have you made an Earth Day resolution?

Many good – what we used to call “common sense” – ideas/suggestions here, folks! Please give this your consideration. — YUR

About what matters

Earth Day

OK, maybe they’re not quite as famous as the resolutions made at New Year’s–it’s even possible they’re something I completely made up–but nonetheless, I think Earth Day resolutions are much more useful. Think of it as a Mother’s Day card for Mother Earth, who’s done so much for you.

This year, my Earth Day resolution is to choose my next car for its eco-friendliness rather than its personality. My current car is a sub-compact, but I could still get double the mileage from a Toyota Prius. One of my prior Earth Day resolutions was to lower my highway cruise control speed. I’ve considered doing this again, but I’m a bit afraid of getting run over! Getting a significantly more efficient car will be much more effective.

Perhaps you already have something you know you should do in the back of your mind, but here are 10 Earth Day resolution…

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/15

English: Kursaal in Bad Ems, staircase

English: Kursaal in Bad Ems, staircase (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Poorly organized contractor.


Clue/Question:  The staircase wasn’t going to be finished on schedule because of all the – – –

English: Staircase in Copenhagen University Li...

English: Staircase in Copenhagen University Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answers:  MISSTEPS

English: Stairs to Kampung Naga with a total o...

English: Stairs to Kampung Naga with a total of 450 staircases (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Very apropos pun!  No new clue words today, but all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  I had a little trouble getting “person”!  But, at least I didn’t have to back into it.  The answer letter layout was very good.  And the cartoon does a great job of setting things up.  Be well and do good, friends!  Happy Earth Day!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/15

Ecology Flag (American) displaying Theta

Ecology Flag (American) displaying Theta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”   —   Native American Proverb

English: Painted by Charles Bird King (1785-18...

English: Painted by Charles Bird King (1785-1862) Category:United States history images Category:Portraits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Something for all of us to think about on this Earth Day.  Do your best to be environmentally responsible, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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