Okay! After the big storm the other day this fall change is starting to get serious. Later fall color change and leaves falling later are a couple of the very noticeable signs of climate change. Whereas a couple of decades ago, trees were almost naked by now, today many of the leaves are just starting to change.
Our little town used to change out their leaf clean up trucks into snowplows on November 1st until just about 5 years ago. Most of the leaves are still on the trees until November 1st nowadays. But there is one thing that hasn’t changed much – a pile of leaves is still the greatest thing in the world to jump in! (The one and only Stella – 3 minutes of joy!)
We will throw on some questions about autumn today
A) Andrew McCabe had his pension and health care reinstated that he had lost when he was fired from what agency by Trump?
B) Nickolas Cruz wanted his name to be remember. What horrendous act did Cruz commit Feb. 14, 2018 that he will plead guilty to next week?
C) The House Select Committee will vote Tuesday to report what former Trump aide to the whole House for contempt for his failure to answer a subpoena to appear Thursday?
D) Ron Watkins made headlines in Arizona when he announced he would run for the US House. This was notable because Watkins is reputed to be what internet figure?
E) What 90 year old was emotionally overwrought after he took a trip on Jeff Bezos Blue Origin space trip Wednesday?
F) In a bizarre rant late Thursday night before the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, what public figure denied he liked ‘golden showers’ without any prompting?
G) Who is the Ancient Greek goddess of agriculture and harvest?
H) In Virginia, Republican Delegate candidate Scott Pio offered what rather unique solution to rising seas?
I) At a rally for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin attendees were asked to pledge allegiance to a flag that was carried at what notorious event?
J) What major agricultural manufacturer with a large number of employees in Iowa is on strike?
K) What food giant with a major plant in Omaha and that buys tons of Iowa agricultural product is on strike?
L) “Republicans will not be voting in  or ” unless the “thoroughly and conclusively documented” presidential “election fraud of 2020” is investigated.” Said who last week?
M) In Norway, a man used what weapon in an attack that killed five people and wounded three in a quiet Norwegian town?
N) In Wisconsin, parents are suing a local school district that rescinded safety protocols and guidance concerning what current societal hazard?
O) October 19th, 1781 (240 years ago) what major milestone occurred in the our Revolutionary War?
P) Autumn ends with what astronomical event?
Q) What NFL head coach lost his job Monday not because of won-loss record but because of his racist and misogynist views expressed in emails over the years?
R) In Texas, a school district administrator made the news when she told teachers they should balance their teaching of what historical atrocity with books that had an opposing viewpoint?
S) Looks like plenty of good paying jobs will be opening soon as many employees opt to leave rather than comply with what?
T) The Biden administration announced Tuesday they will no longer carry out mass arrests of unauthorized workers at work sites but will instead arrest who?
62% of police deaths over last year were from COVID. Someone should teach them to use masks and get vaccinated. – John Oberlin
B) The student massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland Florida
C) Steve Bannon. He could look like a giant pumpkin on his orange jumpsuit
D) ‘Q’ of QAnon
E) William Shatner
H) Remove all boats from the seas. A real scientist calculated that would lower the seas by 6 microns.
I) The January 6th insurrection
J) John Deere
L) Trump. We at blog for Iowa encourage Republicans not to vote.
M) a bow and arrow
N) The Covid pandemic
O) Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown ending the Revolution
P) the shortest day of the year, the first day of winter
Q) Jon Gruden
R) The Holocaust – seriously
S) a vaccination mandate
T) Employers who employed these folks.
Social Security checks for retirees and senior citizens will increase by 5.9% in 2022 which is the highest increase in decades. Thanks to President Biden. http://all-hat-no-cattle.blogspot.com
Thank you for pointing out that many of us living in Iowa have seen climate change at work in just the last few decades. More rain, bigger rain events, warmer temperatures, it’s all obvious. But some Iowans don’t want to see that and don’t want others to see it.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, IDALS, sends out a weekly “Crop Progress and Condition Report” email message. And that message uses the temperatures of the last three decades(!!!!!) as the “normal’ against which it measures whether Iowa temperatures are now above or below “normal”(!!!) This seems to be the classic misleading approach of the frog in the pan of water on the stove.
Of course Secretary Naig did show up at the latest Trump rally. I’m sure it’s no accident that IDALS is barely talking about climate change even as it becomes so obvious. I am grateful to KCCI-TV for hiring a good meteorologist who does talk about climate change during the weather report, and does it well. Thank you, Chris Gloninger.
Yep, I found out about the “normal” temperature calculations about three months ago. Most of us would probably think of that as an unmoving standard. So when we see “normal” now that is the average since 1990. Really makes you wonder what the “normal” was in the 1950s or ’60s. My recollection is that 1990 or at least by 2000 was when we started seeing later and later color change plus earlier leafing in the spring.