I can’t bear it

Reading CNN’s website this morning, I came across an article about how “unseasonably warm” weather in Siberia is disrupting bears’ hibernation cycles. It was in the “Offbeat News” section, which contains such headlines as “Suit: Burger King served pot burgers to cops” and “Viking ship to ply North Sea; no invasion planned.” So, apparently the ...

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606109_smallbear5.jpg

Reading CNN's website this morning, I came across an article about how "unseasonably warm" weather in Siberia is disrupting bears' hibernation cycles. It was in the "Offbeat News" section, which contains such headlines as "Suit: Burger King served pot burgers to cops" and "Viking ship to ply North Sea; no invasion planned." So, apparently the lesser-seen effects of global warming are just another quirky story to give you a morning chuckle. I don't know what's more disturbing: This or when the U.S. Geological Survey got excited about the hydrocarbons that will become available as the artic ice caps melt.

In other signs of the decline of civilization: Answers written in "text-speak" by New Zealand's high school students taking this year's national exams will be treated as if they were written in proper English. Isn't that gr8? Lol!

Reading CNN’s website this morning, I came across an article about how “unseasonably warm” weather in Siberia is disrupting bears’ hibernation cycles. It was in the “Offbeat News” section, which contains such headlines as “Suit: Burger King served pot burgers to cops” and “Viking ship to ply North Sea; no invasion planned.” So, apparently the lesser-seen effects of global warming are just another quirky story to give you a morning chuckle. I don’t know what’s more disturbing: This or when the U.S. Geological Survey got excited about the hydrocarbons that will become available as the artic ice caps melt.

In other signs of the decline of civilization: Answers written in “text-speak” by New Zealand’s high school students taking this year’s national exams will be treated as if they were written in proper English. Isn’t that gr8? Lol!

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