On Giving Tuesday, consider giving us more than thoughts and prayers.
This Tuesday, the 27th, is designated as Giving Tuesday. It's the day when we're encouraged, exhorted, and maybe a little guilt-tripped to support all manner of worthy causes.
Diluting the meaning of "toxics"<p>Oxford Dictionaries has named "toxic" as <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/toxic-is-oxford-dictionary-2018-word-of-the-year.html" target="_blank">its official word of the year</a>. We use it a lot in its original context – to identify a poisonous or harmful substance. But the real growth in use of the word has been as a metaphor – "toxic" relationships or "toxic" attitudes, like those that inspired the #MeToo movement. </p><p>Oxford reports a 45 percent increase in searches for the word. Environmental scientists and activists have labored for years to defeat the notion that "dilution is the solution to pollution." Now, it's the word "toxic" itself that faces dilution.</p><p>Didn't see that one coming.</p>
Belated birthday wishes<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODkyMjMzOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTI5OTI0MX0.XmEcHEQ9GGfVArIsY0zmos0PH_CV9FwOc2M0FsbDIew/img.jpg?width=980" id="c9188" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="45a649a070bbed269044a7ebbf20c96b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr<p>Last Thursday, Senator Jim Inhofe turned 84. I have a standing interview request with the Senator for Nov. 17, 2034, his hundredth birthday – he's an unusually youthful octogenarian, so he may make it.</p><p>At that time, I'm looking for a sit down to discuss how the Senator's climate "hoax" is going.</p>