We told the pest exterminators that glue traps were not allowed for the mice, but they were used effectively enough last year. The spare traps were still here this week and we caught a small rat (maybe a large mouse). This morning it caught a small lizard, a brown anole or chameleon here in Houston Texas USA, but it was still alive!
A glue trap is a rectangular plastic plate about 10 inches by 4 inches with glue all over it like shallow water. Peanut butter (or cheese) is added to the center. Very cruel, but effective.
The lizard was alive and well, so I spent two hours setting it free. Long story. I was left with 4 more of those glue traps, so I threw them all in the trash.
In a way, I have been in a trap often. I sometimes think of those universal traps as the monkey trap. A metal jar is secured and something to eat is placed in it. The monkey sticks its had in there, but its closed fist cannot come out because the opening is too small. It would rather hold on to that food than escape.
Ta-Nehisi coats says (in the 2015 book Between the World and Me) that white people in the USA would rather continue dreaming to be white for now than to be free.
The lizard could not have escaped without me, that is certain. I was happy to help, and its future is uncertain, but that result is as good as it gets.
Supergirl has been good on television. It is a new CBS prime time television show this year. One hour per week. This week she lost her powers, so she was human like all of us for a few days. I used the fast forward often, but it was a great show. Every week has been worth watching. She escapes, too. Even when she is super, she needs her friends.
Every blog entry needs an image, so here is a public domain images of Supergirl, but this is image shows a different version of Supergirl. In the new television show, one of her great friends is the cameraman journalist Jimmy Olsen of Superman fame, but in this version of the story, he is a black American, and his acting is a good as the acting of the woman playing the role of Supergirl.
Human-induced climate change requires urgent action (AGU, 2013), but tomorrow Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (USA) is holding a hearing in Congress in Washington DC advertising four climate science deniers (Christy, Curry, Happer, Steyn); “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate.” Quite a few people in the USA and elsewhere are dishonest climate science deniers. I recommend the 2010 book Merchants of Doubt, the NASA climate website, the United Nations IPCC, reports from every national science academy, etc. Escape? We already guaranteed a global average surface temperature increase of 1.4 C since the start of the Industrial Age (the James Watt version of the steam engine), and the increase is already 1 C. (Convert an increase to F by multiplying by 1.8.) Will we reach 1.4 C by 2040? Will that measurement vary greatly from 2040 to 2100 based on how much mitigation we undertake now, after decades of institutionalized delay implemented by conservatives? [Brull] We must reduce our use of fossil fuels by about 80% now (yesterday), but will we do it? Will we escape? Not if we leave it to others, such as our leaders. We cannot just tell our leaders to fix it. We must tell them how to fix it. [Hansen, Democracy Now, this week, in Paris France.] Tax & dividend? Cap & trade? Government regulation? Segregationists never went away, they became small-government conservatives. [Britney Cooper, Salon.com.]