50 Word Thursday — Drowning

F869B00A-0209-4DF2-9749-C6A399548055I should have paid attention when he said, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Instead I sit high atop a hill on my favorite park bench knee deep in water. But he persuaded me that he was right. He denied that climate change was real. He said it was all a hoax from those lefty socialist and the Chinese. He told me not to believe what I saw with my own eyes or heard with my own ears. He said to listen only to him, that he alone could fix it. Now our planet is drowning.

(100 words)


Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Teresa (aka The Haunted Wordsmith). The idea is to use the image above (credit: janrye from Pixabay), along with the lines, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” from J.K. Rowling’s, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and to write a post that must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

FFfAW — So Much For Global Warming

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“It freaking snowed last night,” Jonathan said as he looked out of the kitchen window.

“Get out!” Jeanine, exclaimed. “It never snows around here.” She came over to the window. “Will you look at that? That’s got to be a couple of inches, right?”

“See, Jeanine,” Jonathan said, “the President is right. This whole global warming thing. It’s just a big hoax. How can the the planet be getting hotter if it got cold enough to snow in LA last night?”

Jeanine looked at her husband. “I think you’re confusing weather and climate. Climate change is not just about warming temperatures. It alters weather patterns, which can result in extreme weather events. Heat waves and large storms will become more frequent and more intense. There will be more precipitation, storms, floods, and droughts due to climate change.”

“Woman,” Jonathan said. “You’ve been drinking too much of that liberal Kool Aid lately.”

“Well, Jonathan, maybe you should ask Trump why it snowed here last night. He undoubtably knows more than the climatologists.”

(171 words)


Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Photo credit: Yinglan.

Mellow Yellow

Yellow sky

The photo above is un-retouched. It hasn’t been run through any filter or photo editing app. This is what the sky over San Francisco looked like early yesterday morning. It had a brownish-yellow tint to it, which lasted until late morning. It was really quite eerie.

The cause of this unusual sky was wildfires in Lake, Napa, and Yolo counties located to the northeast of San Francisco. Strong southeasterly winds sent smoke and ash drifting across the Bay Area, the result of which was the sky taking on that sickish tint.

By Saturday night, the Yolo County fire had turned into a 32,500-acre blaze in the face of what is called “red-flag” weather conditions — high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity — on land dried by years of drought. As of last night, it was only 2% contained and firefighters ordered evacuations.

The wildfire season in Northern California typically starts in the fall, after hot, dry summer months leave brush and woods primed to burn. But this year, as in recent years, the fires have come early. And they aren’t likely to end any time soon.

But don’t worry, this climate change thing is a Chinese hoax. And yellow skies filled with smoke and ash are pretty, aren’t they?

Word of the Day — No Lie

E6208F48-6E96-4972-9387-F85850300E1ADonald Trump, the President of the United States, has called global warming a Chinese hoax. He also said,

“Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and…a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”

So Donald Trump claims that climate change/global warming is nothing but a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese (and one of Trump’s best buddies, Chinese leader Xi Jinping) in order to hurt American competitiveness.

And you know it’s true because Donald Trump said it. And he never lies.


Written for today’s Word of the Day prompt, “hoax.”

Another Outrageous Scam

93142ACA-9AAC-4651-A464-8DE31F54EAE6The coupon pictured above says, “Valid for one beverage per customer per visit only at participating locations. Limited to persons of African American heritage and/or identity at time of exchange.”

It’s a hoax

In the wake of the controversy at a Philadelphia Starbucks where the police were summoned to remove two black men who were waiting to meet a friend and didn’t purchase anything, a despicable scam has surfaced.

According to the Associated Press, social media accounts that have been identified as coming from white nationalist groups are promoting bogus coupons offering free drinks to people of color.

This scam is likely an attempt to stir more bad sentiments about the coffee chain, which apparently is not exactly a favorite of white nationalists.

This is fucking outrageous.