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August 2014

Worldwide Wednesday: Uptalk and Vocal Fry

You have heard uptalk?  Of course you have!  Associated with teenage girls, guys do it too – an upward inflection at the end of a sentence, turning a declarative into an interrogative.  It may seem timid or uncertain as if asking for confirmation or approval. … Read the rest

Wildlife Corridors vs. Roadkill Tragedies

My heart aches for the roadkill littering Florida highways as wildlife desperately attempts to move from one shrinking habitat to another. Like a mutated disease of nature, humans multiply exponentially, pushing out all other wildlife as we appropriate ever-larger shares of Mother Earth’s bounty.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Our Blind Spot About Guns

Geoff shares this op ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:

If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.… Read the rest