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The awesome power of Boston blizzards

BLIZZARDS in Boston are versatile. The one in 1978 proved global cooling.

The one this weekend proved global warming.

I wonder what the next Boston Blizzard will prove.

Keynesian economics?

The most stunning reaction to the blizzard came from CNN anchor Deb Feyerick, who on Saturday afternoon had Bill Nye (the science guy) on to explain how global warming caused the snowfall of up to 40 inches in Hamden, Conn.

But besides the snowfall, she asked him about the upcoming close call with an asteroid scheduled in two days.

"Talk about something else that's falling from the sky and that is an asteroid," she said.

"What's coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?"

Last spring, a Yale professor said global warming helps spread AIDS.

It's science. If you ask any questions, you're anti-science.


The Southern Poverty Law Center bills itself as "a non-profit organization that combats hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation."

But the center may inadvertently have prompted a shooting spree last summer at the Family Research Council in Washington.

Floyd Corkins, 28, cited a hate map on the center's Web site as a reason he targeted the council.

He made the statement as part of his plea of guilty to charges of committing an act of terrorism, interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, and assault with intent to kill while armed.

There are two ways to interpret "hate map." One is that it is a map of people who hate. The other is that it is a map of people to hate.

The center continues to list the council as a hate group. I believe psychologists call that projection.


Ex-police officer Chris Dorner's shooting spree terrorized Southern California.

The Los Angeles Police Department fired Dorner a few years ago. Last week, he killed the daughter and son-in-law of a police captain.

Dorner terrorized the area and the department, killing people, and trying to cloak it as a crusade against police brutality and racism.

Is that cognitive dissonance or irony?


Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign due to poor health is the opposite of the position of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who stayed till the end to bear witness to the death in this life that we all face.

Both approaches have merit.

Both men made me think about what is right.

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