The Eastern seaboard is about to float away. We got 5 inches of rain yesterday and the rain is not expected to let up for another couple of days. When I was a child I thought rain was boring or scary. I grew up fast enough and rain become a nuisance or a joy depending on my attitude. In middle school, rain was a nuisance because it would flood the cafeteria and make the entire building dank and irritating. It was a joy in the summer when I could sit in the window and watch the lightning and the rain washing shit down the drain. When there wasn't any lightning, I would be outside sailing sticks down the current into the drain and that was fun. Someone ruined it all for me when we learned about acid rain in school. I first heard the term without explanation when I was in first or second grade. My logical but silly mind understood acid and rain and became shit scared to be out in the rain. I kept asking my dad when he was going to put the pyrex roof on our house. He had no idea what I was talking about. This was a frequent occurence in my house. Very logical questions and conclusions based on incomplete information result in mass confusion.
I have since learned a lot more about acid rain, pollution and the water cycle. I am even more scared by this than I was as a child. We may not be in danger of the house melting in the next storm, but if this keeps up, we are in danger of killing of the planet. You may think this is silly, but you are an ignorant cobag. According to a study published in the Scientific American (only a little sexed up with pretty pictures), the rising levels of CO2 in the ocean are acidizing the oceans. Coral is made from calcium, a base. If the deep ocean is becoming acidic then bye bye coral. Coral reefs support the largest ecosystem on the planet. That ecosystem supports all life on earth. If the water cycle gets much worse, we will be in danger of the rain melting the house.
There are cobagz out there who will say that this is all crap. None of them are scientists and none of these cobagz are without an agenda. Clif at Outside the Tent has more and better info on the specifics of these cobagz. Basically, it comes down to a simple question: if you have pain somewhere on your body, are you going to listen to a doctor's diagnosis or are you going to listen to the guy who just burst into your room where you are wearing a paper skirt and says that you are not sick at all and should just ignore the pain?
That's the anti-clean air/water argument in brief. A bunch of bastards that want you to remain in pain and wear paper clothes.
This may seem a little random and odd, but I am having trouble controlling the iron horses in my head today. My union station is sending out a few too many trains for me to keep track.