Perhaps as a result of the Italian and German experiences, dictatorships have been the great fear of democracies for the last six decades. Aristocracy sounds like something out of the 18th century; a legally privileged class of people sounds positively medieval to the modern ear. And yet, increasingly, that is exactly what we are seeing develop in 21st century America.
The Scientists Who Cried Wolf
It's freezing outside. Hundreds of historic low temperatures have been set in recent weeks around the country. Every single computer model that predicted the globe would be warmer over the last decade has been shown to be wrong. And now this.
“Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world. On Saturday, the ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site. That number bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48 million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.”
At this rate, instead of mourning the drowning polar bears, we're going to find ourselves fleeing for our lives from rampaging packs of them.
Lies, Damned Lies, and the Left
If you happen to notice a no-guns sticker at a place of business, be sure to ask if it is actually the policy of the business or not before assuming it is there legitimately. Because it is entirely possible that the business's owner didn't put it there.
Racism in a Post-Racial Society
One of the interesting things about living in Europe is the vast gulf between the way Europeans actually behave and the way most Americans believe they do. As a general rule, Americans tend to think of Europe as a little more than a continental socialist camp, which either inspires their admiration or their pity depending upon whether they are liberal or conservative. Liberals, in particular, seem to regard Europe as some sort of New York City on steroids where all the things for which they labor so passionately, like gun control, abortion, racial equality and gay marriage, are embraced as a matter of course.
These assumptions tend to be vastly amusing to anyone who has actually spent time living among Europeans.
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