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This article talks about the plummeting bird population

Regrettably, many of the action points are wildly off base.  The real problem isn't windows or housecats.  It's habitat loss and plummeting food supply from seeds to insects.  Belling your cat won't save the birds (except on islands).  To save the birds, we must provide places for them to live, and not postage-stamp parks, but large swaths of undisturbed territory connected by shelterbelts.  Around here I've seen the populations drop as the old hedgerows are torn down ... right when windstorm damage is increasing, by the way. 0_o  Individual action is irrelevant unless you control at least a good-sized yard, and even if larger landowners were helping en masse, it wouldn't be enough.  The government has to conserve wilderness or you can kiss the birds goodbye, and you might as well kiss your ass on the way down because you're following them.

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Today is a the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.  If you're still shopping, now's the time to make your final selections and check out.  Poems that are currently sponsored or reserved for the pool have been marked.

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This poem is spillover from the July 16, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "Baking / Cooking" square in my 7-1-19 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, based on discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "unwanted opinion" square in my 2-28-19 card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest.  It belongs to the Mallory thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  Read the sequel "Heron the Defender" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, which actually happens in the middle of this.

WARNING: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes the aftermath of rape, sexual aversion, hostility to asexuality, pressure to have sex, the wrath of Heron, which is scary for Mallory and Paige, job termination for cause, inexperience with apologies, profoundly awkward personal discussions, self-loathing, ignoring uncomfortable ideas, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the July 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] erulisse, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] redsixwing, and rix_scaedu. It also fills the "Body Language" square in my 6-1-19 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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These are the notes for "More Talking Than Listening."

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"Pull Something out of the Bag" and "Knowing What Not to Take" have been sponsored.  If you were looking at "Nothing Is More Comforting," that can now be posted as soon as it gets sponsored. 

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "thriftshop" square in my 8-2-19 card for the End of Summer Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "Made for Togetherness." Its sequels are "Nothing Is More Comforting" and "Serenity, Hope, Balance."

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, based on conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "backpacking" square in my 8-2-19 card for the End of Summer Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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