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But in other, better news: sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has officially arrived in New York!

She has been sailing for quite a few days to avoid the environmental impact of cars and planes. I absolutely love this girl, she is so goddamn inspiring.

I admire her tenacity and her ability to be completely honest and tell it like it is. She is autistic as well, and I often believe that autistic people and Aspies have an inherent inability to lie. We cannot understand why anyone would intentionally deceive people.

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This time at NC State Centennial Campus, I peacefully protested the Trump administration’s stance on immigration and how obviously racist our president is. I wanted to make it clear that Central American immigrants are always welcome in North Carolina.

But last time at NC State Centennial Campus, I protested our inaction on the subject of climate change.

The Amazon rainforest was on fire very recently, and Siberia, one of the coldest places on Earth, is also on fire. This isn’t normal. Our planet is burning up, and humans are the cause of it.

In fact, one particular reason I haven’t been as eager to go to college, get a job, or even focus on my hobbies is because I am becoming increasingly worried over the impact of climate change. Why prepare for a future I may not even have?

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I haven’t showered or brushed my teeth yet because I plan to clean the house all day today. Plus, I slept in rather late this morning.

But I must admit, playing indie rock music out loud definitely helps me get the job done faster and it makes me feel more motivated as well. When I have a particular set of goals, I can be very stubborn and nothing can seem to stop me from endeavoring to achieve them.

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Starting tomorrow, the heat wave will be over for people on the east coast, but I’ve heard it is now spreading to parts of Europe. In fact, Britain may potentially face the hottest temperatures on record, including ones of 34 degrees celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday. If we don’t take action to mitigate climate change soon, temperatures will continue to rise, ultimately making it dangerous to go outside.

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I remember when our waitress at a nearby Mexican restaurant called Don Beto’s Tacos momentarily apologized for not speaking English very clearly. I genuinely wanted to tell her, “Don’t apologize! You can speak more than one language, and that’s awesome.” 🙂

It baffles me that some Americans tend to view anyone with a different accent as stupid or inferior compared to them. We view immigrants as lazy, without even acknowledging how hard many of them have worked in order to reach and make a living in the U.S. in the first place. English is always a difficult language to learn for many people, just like Japanese is a very hard language for me to learn!

And the Trump Administration is currently treating immigrants as criminals. The damage of their family separation policy will linger. Children are still being kept in cages. Conservative immigration arguments can be best described like this: “Crossing the border is a crime; therefore, anyone crossing it is a criminal; and since all criminals are dangerous, anyone crossing the border is a dangerous criminal.” In truth, though, immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than people born here.

In conclusion, the Trump Administration’s family separation policy was cruel, needless, obviously racist, and ultimately exactly what we should have expected.

My Morning So Far

I’m worried. Don’t get me wrong, I love the language-learning app Duolingo, and I’ve been able to remember various Japanese words and phrases better with it.

However, I often feel as if I’m not doing enough. I don’t want to study too much and put myself at the risk of burnout and exhaustion, but sometimes I wonder if I should be doing more.

For example, I’m not exactly “reviewing” or taking the recommended tailor practice quizzes. I chose not to do them. I guess I just study and do things differently.

Perhaps the best thing for me to do would be to simply confess and own up to my mistakes, and thus attempt to do better. I’m all too familiar with these kind of situations, because I seem to always get myself into them.

On another, happier yet more pensive note, I volunteered at the SPCA again this morning and witnessed multiple kittens arriving and being taken in.

I tried not to blush at the sight of a male crew member (I’m always particularly shy around men) walking by as I curiously examined the kitten rooms. Unfortunately, the shelter is currently overcrowded with cats, and it would be really beneficial if more people came in and decided to adopt either a cat or a kitten. (Even if you live in a different part of North Carolina or an entirely different state!)

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Earlier I watched a compilation of how dogs greets their humans when they return home versus how cats greet their humans when they return home. I couldn’t help but think of how much I love the two major differences in how dogs perceive you versus how cats perceive you.

While dogs immediately jump and tackle you to the ground with love and kisses, cats simply kind of linger around and observe their humans appreciatively. This should be further proof that cats do miss us when we’re not around, just not in the same way that dogs do.

Dogs will literally stop everything just to tell you how much they love you, whereas cats will eventually cuddle with you and show their appreciation for you, just after they eat their food and sleep all afternoon. They have other priorities to attend to.

What about you, the reader of this blog entry? Are you more of a dog or a cat person? Or are you neither of these two options? Do you prefer bunnies or guinea pigs, or even lizards? Or are you unable to decide, because you simply love and are fascinated by all animals? It’s totally OK if you are; animals in general are fascinating!