May 13th, 2008


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"'We're 40 percent paved over, so there's not much nature left,' he said, shrugging. With a growing population of 200,000, the 26-square-mile county might be reaching a 'critical mass' of dense urban landscape, he said, where even the hardiest wild survivors, such as skunks, can no longer make it. Hodnett, a wildlife biologist in Fairfax County, which has a healthy skunk population, says he has a hard time believing the animals have disappeared from Arlington. 'It would really raise questions about our own quality of life,' he said. 'If a skunk can't make it here, how are we doing?'"


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"The number of Americans being secretly wiretapped or having their financial and other records reviewed by the government has continued to increase as officials aggressively use powers approved after the Sept. 11 attacks. But the number of terrorism prosecutions ending up in court - one measure of the effectiveness of such sleuthing - has continued to decline, in some cases precipitously."

Black men are nearly 12 times as likely to be imprisoned for drug convictions as adult white men.

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'The sunken medieval village exposed by a Spanish drought'

ABC will only have two new shows in the fall: one a remake from the BBC, another a reality show. On the other hand, they are stealing Scrubs.


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Well, it's been a tumultuous week. As you may have heard elsewhere, a member of M.'s family had to deal with a sudden illness, and M. has been shuttling back and forth between here and their place in southern MD since then. So, exciting surprise stress out of nowhere. She's there now; the cat sat on my lap for, oh, about four hours straight, ruining my carefully laid plans for this evening.

Hopefully things will begin to settle down soonly.

Last Saturday was a welcome respite, spending time with a certain someone, including tasty sushi, wine, and excellent conversation. Sunday, picked up Z., grabbed some groceries, headed to M.'s parents place, hung out and even did a little board gaming. Monday, caught up with my parents for a belated Mother's Day lunch.

Tonight, trying not to worry. Work tomorrow. Rest of week is up in the air. Party Saturday, fingers crossed.

Gaming obsession of the week: Mutants and Death Ray Guns.