April 27, 2012

Notes to Myself

Kentucky prohibits the import of firewood from outside of Kentucky in order to prevent the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer.
This information is outdated.  The Emerald Ash Borer arrived in Kentucky in 2009, first appearing in the counties that form a triangle between the borders of Indiana and Ohio.  Gradually, the insect is expanding its invasion in the state.

 Ash leaf showing damage from Emerald Ash Borer.
 Not every bright green insect is an Emerald Ash Borer.  On the upper left is the genuine article.

If you see an Emerald Ash Borer or evidence of its passing, contact the state entomologist at (859) 257-5838.
People who are ill are often angry people.  One reason?  There is energy in anger.  A doctor told me decades ago that people with long-term illness, dire or not, are invariably depressed.  Energy can overpower depression.  Anger is energy.
In 2009, Wikipedia said only 3 percent of CFL bulbs were being recycled.  One hopes that percentage has increased now that Home Depot and other locations are accepting the bulbs for recycling.  As we all know, they keep energy usage down but contribute to the amount of mercury, a highly toxic element, in landfills and elsewhere.
The hard-core advertising that convinced us to make the change.

Legislation and public education were strong factors in the switch to CFLs. Would it have killed the educators to inform the public at the same time that the bulbs contain mercury and must be handled properly?  I suppose they didn't want their message diluted.  Get the people to follow the leader before they start worrying their pretty little heads about toxicity.

Articles to re-read:  Revenge of the Introvert:  How Social Media Is Making Nerds, Geeks, and Wallflowers the Leaders of the Pack by Laurie Helgoe in Psychology Today, September 1, 2010.

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