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Funny name, scary storm: A haboob—or large dust storm—can create walls of dust more than a mile high can blanket an area in a matter of seconds, sometimes reducing visibility to zero.

How Did I Miss That? Haboob Haikus; Sex Geckos

Steve Russell

Reacting to property damage and injuries and even deaths caused by haboobs in the Arizona desert, the Arizona Department of Transportation is running the #HaboobHaiku challenge

to publicize the safest reaction to these monster dust storms you can’t outrun: pull as far off the road as you can get, turn your lights off, and stay in your vehicle. You are invited to tweet a haiku @ArizonaDOT, which is going all out with the Twitter hashtag #HaboobHaiku, a blog devoted to the project and, of course, YouTube.

Upon reading this my cousin Ray Sixkiller rapped out: New dust storms deadly/Pulling over safe can be/Propaganda hard.

Prof. Sumudu Atapattu of the University of Wisconsin has a forthcoming article in the Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy examining the novel legal questions raised by the disappearance of nations. Not the political disappearance, but the physical disappearance. The immediate cause is rising sea levels and the ultimate cause is global warming. Atapattu’s case studies include the Inuit, the Maldives, Kivalina, and Tuvalu.

“My Republican friends have an easy answer for people going under water,” Cousin Ray snarked. “We’ll just get the fossil fuel industries to fund an advertising campaign to convince them the sea is not rising. If the sea is rising, humans are not causing it. If the sea is rising and humans are causing it, doing anything about it would bankrupt the US.” I thanked Ray for clearing that up.

Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus, speaking on MSNBC, once more pooh-poohed the “War on Women” meme as the “Democrat Party” making up a meme and women “getting caught up in policy and legislation.” This is the same guy who called the War on Women as fictional as a War on Caterpillars in 2012. “Right,” grumbled my Republican Cousin Ray, “and our numbers with women are lower than our numbers with caterpillars.”

This time Alice waited patiently until it chose to speak again. In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away into the grass, merely remarking, as it went, “One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.”

“One side of what? The other side of what?” thought Alice to herself.

Go ask Mr. Priebus, Alice. He needs as badly out of the rabbit hole as you, and before the election.

The Wall Street Journal reported that former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, just removed by Virginia voters, has landed on his feet with Moelis & Company, a Wall Street investment bank. Since 2012, investment firms had showered Cantor with $1.4 million in political money. “Now,” an embarrassed Cousin Ray sighed, “the banks have cut out the middleman.”


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