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If you live in Hawai'i then you have to accept that this is Pele's home.  She might decide to cover it with lava at any time.  This is a thing which happens.  If having your home covered with lava bothers you, then you should not live near a volcano.  It is vitally important not to piss off the Fire Goddess because when she throws a tantrum, the amount of lava getting flung about is really quite a lot larger.

I am still amused by the people some years ago who, before evacuating, set out an offering table for Pele with the best wine and white linens and a splendid feast.

The lava stopped a few feet short of their yard, parted around the house, and demolished the rest of the neighborhood.  There was a picture of it in a magazine.  :D
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Here is an article with some video about a purple siphonophore -- it looks like a living dustmop. 
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 Here's a poignant look at what's happening to southern Louisiana.  A combination of climate change and attempts to control the Mississippi have caused large parts of the state to vanish underwater.
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 ... the radioactive wild boar.  Eat one.  Get gored by one.  Stress one enough that it mutates.  Instant superpower.

*laugh*  And some people think I make this all up from whole cloth.  No, really, it's amazing how much of my F&SF inspiration I get straight out of the news.
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This poem is from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by Anthony Barrette, sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "We're all going to die!" square on my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

WARNING: This poem talks about cancer; the original prompt was for cancer survivors. It's mostly in allegorical terms, but that's the main focus. If this is a squicky topic for you, skip it.

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 Meet the current biggest dinosaur, link courtesy of my partner Doug.  Imagine riding that into battle.

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