California drought: Before and after
Last year was already the state’s driest in recorded history, and 2014’s early trends offer little in the way of resolution. Officials have said that statewide snowpack — that melts and provides about one-third of the water used for cities and farms — was at roughly 20% of its normal level. Numerous crops are in danger of severe undernourishment, while recent historical trends, coupled with the additional effects of global warming, indicate that this is the worst drought California has faced in a very long time.
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We had a team practice, and he came up to me and said, ‘I’m such a huge fan of yours.’ I’m like, ‘What!? No, no, no! I’m a huge fan of *yours*! You’re amazing.’ And he said, ‘No, *you’re* amazing.’
So right off the bat, I was so relaxed going onto the ice for practice and competition. That meant so much to me. That support made me instantly feel calm from the instant I stepped on the ice.
Jason Brown on Evgeni Plushenko
Yeah, tell me again how “arrogant” Plushenko is.
I’m just saying, when you actually read what his fans and fellow skaters have to say about their interactions with him as opposed to watching some NBC fluff piece full of ominous music and bizarre montages of communist-era architecture, you’ll quickly notice some interesting discrepancies. Mainly that despite his cocky attitude (btw find me a single skater or athlete in general on his level who doesn’t have an ego. it’s okay, I’ll wait), the man is actually a legit sweetie and not at all some 24/7 diva who does nothing but trash talk everyone in sight. The same can’t be said for many NFL players.
But showing him as the cute dork that he is (because seriously, he is an utter dork and it’s wonderful) is apparently not interesting enough for the U.S. media, so they don’t do it. Because God forbid we show a Russian dude as a human being people can relate to instead of trying to turn him into a cartoonish James Bond villain because HAR HAR HE’S RUSSIAN AND HAS AN ACCENT THAT’S SO HILARIOUS QUICK LET’S PLAY UP EVERY STEREOTYPE WE CAN FIT INTO THREE MINUTES OF AIR TIME
There was a bump on my bed. I found out why. (at Târgu Mureș)