The Best Things About Fall

The Best Things About Fall

Admit it, fall is the Best Season.
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Undoubtedly, my favorite season is fall. As a New Englander, there is so much to do and see in fall that it is only applicable to the season. As fall is finally here with all of its greatness, these are my favorite things about the season:

The word “Autumn” is Beautiful

The Weather Is Literally Perfect

You Can Finally Pull Out All Of Your Cute Fall Outfits

It’s Pumpkin Season!

Foliage Is Everywhere

Apple Picking

Sweater Season

Hayrides and Corn Mazes

Farmstands Are Finally Open

Football Games

Halloween

Comfort Food That’s Also Mostly Healthy

Bonfires And Smores

The Sound Of Leaves Crunching

Apple Cider

All Of The Different Pie Flavors For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day

Fall is definitely the best season. The weather is great, the food is awesome, and the overall atmosphere becomes a little bit happier. If you’ve never been to New England in the fall, I would definitely recommend it because it’s gorgeous here during this time of the year.

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The Earth Is Not Flat... And Other Things You Should Know

No more pesky weeds. In fact, no more pesky plants!
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The United States National Climate Assessment is documenting dramatic changes in our “great” nation.

No, they aren’t talking about the race wars, neo-Nazis or the fact that we have a talking Dorito leading our country.

No, they’re seeing residents reporting flooding in coastal cities and cities near large rivers during minor storms and high tides.

This is a little bit of an eyebrow raiser considering the fact that these are things these towns are equipped for. Hotter and drier weather is causing wildfires to burn longer and because of this, fires are burning close to homes.

Erosion is causing whole communities to relocate (EROSION, PEOPLE). A secure commitment from ALL nations is detrimental to reducing the number of potential threats by Act of God to the American prosperity.

Guess who isn’t playing along nicely, though?

Trump.

It’s projected that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Think about how much of our Earth is covered in ocean.

Now think about the previous statement again.

Yup.

It’s obvious that at this point, it needs to be a team effort to address our world’s climate change. Out of the top 15 nations to produce an overwhelming amount of waste, the U.S.A. comes in at #2. China came in at #1, but at least they took the time out of their day to care about the future.

Even Syria took time out of their bomb-filled days to agree to make a change in the environment.

With heavy favor of joining the agreement from both the citizens of our “great” nation and the rest of the world, we need to ask ourselves, “What the hell is Trump’s problem?”

Well, in an attempt to cover the smell of his own bullshit, Donald made a Rose Garden Speech, stating that America would be folding on the deal, calling it bad for the economy. Yet, what could be worse for the economy than not having a country, or even a planet, to economize on?

Let’s throw some more knowledge on this bitch.

The Paris Agreement uses an “Enhanced Transparent Framework”. For those of us who were told to focus on the Pythagorean Theorem and never speak of politics, this means that all countries need to follow the same guidelines, such as (a) requiring that countries regularly report national emissions inventories at least every two years; (b) requiring that at least every two years countries report “information necessary to track progress made in implementing and achieving” its emissions reduction target; (c) subjecting these national reports to a “technical expert review” by a set of independent reviewers; and (d) conducting a public session where countries consider the progress countries are making towards their targets.

Still failing to see the part where our economy gets damaged?

Same.

Citizens around the world are demanding that their motherland follows these guidelines since they will press their own domestic needs like air pollution, job creation, poverty alleviation, and again, reducing climate change.

And while so many people are doing everything they can to fight climate change and saving the world for our future generations, Americans are stuck fighting against Donald Trump, a man in a position that was meant to be honorable and trustworthy.

Well, Donny, I guess we’ll just meet you on the battlefield.

Ya know... before it erodes away.

(www.450years.com, https://www.nrdc.org/experts/han-chen/why-paris-agreement-good-united-states)


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The 8 Stages of Winter In The Midwest As Told By A Middle Easterner

Who knew winter existed?
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I'm not from the Midwest. I'm from the Middle East where it is warm and happy. The Midwest is a frozen tundra and frankly, I can't handle it. Someone help me. Here are all of my thoughts this cold and bitter winter.

1. Wow, it’s 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit), I’m starting to get pretty cold

Having grown up in the Middle East, this is the coldest it would get. I remember wearing several layers at this point, as it would cross my threshold for the amount of cold I could handle. When I moved to Illinois for University, the minute I reached this point, I’d already be huddled up in sweaters and hoodies, complaining to people about the cold weather. Little did I know that this was only the beginning.

2. Huh, 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit), I think I can handle this

At this point, I’m wearing my big coat and I’m embracing the cold weather. It’s not so bad, I think, and I go on with my day

3. Wow, 0 C (32 F), so this is what it feels like to be freezing

It’s cold...Actually no, it’s freezing. Gloves are necessary. I need my gloves. What if I get frostbite? Does that actually happen?

4. SNOW

The first time it snowed, I was absolutely mesmerized. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen snow before, but I’ve never had to live through it and experience the daily motions that go with walking in the snow. I felt like I was in a Winter Wonderland.

5. SLUSH

Welp, to my dismay, the beautiful, white snow did not last long, as muddy slush began to fill the streets and take over every single sidewalk and street. And to think that it only takes one day for this magical moment to disappear forever. Until next time snow.

6. I never even knew it could get this low

“It’s not even that cold”, says every single Midwestern as I’m struggling to zip up my parka in -13 Celsius (-8.6 F) weather. “Just wait until it gets to negative Fahrenheit”. This is the worst possible sentence I could hear at this moment.

7. Well, the wind is killing my face

I mean, if the wind didn’t exist, it could be -20 Celsius (-4 F) and I would be completely fine. The wind is the true enemy in this situation.

8. Think ‘Heat’, Think ‘Desert’, Think ‘Beach’

I say to myself as I’m walking in -20 Celsius weather (-4 F) with 5 layers, snow boots, gloves, a hat, and a scarf. It’s no longer all fun and games, but instead, it’s a war. Me against the cold. Who will win? Only time will tell. All the while I'm saying this with my phone in my hand and my touch screen gloves, taking pictures of the Quad and the trees because of how beautiful it all is.

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