levels. Astrophysicist Piers Corbyn has for years
predicted a mini Ice Age as the result of diminished sunspot activity, the mayor noted.
"I am speaking only as a layman who observes that there is plenty of snow in our winters these days, and who wonders whether it might be time for government to start taking seriously the possibility — however remote — that Corbyn is right," Johnson wrote in the London Telegraph.
"If he is, that will have big implications for agriculture, tourism, transport, aviation policy and the economy as a whole."
The adjustments needed would thus be different from the ones being urged upon society in the name of global warming.
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A centerpiece of gun control efforts in 2013 is background checks at gun shows. Liberals call not requiring background checks at gun shows a "loophole."
The problem is that such gun checks are not really effective.
One study cited by the Washington Post found that only 1.8 percent of gun transactions were made at gun shows.
Another study looked at inmates who used handguns to commit their crimes. Only 1.7 percent
acquired their weapons at gun shows.
Emotional reactions to tragedies are expected, but efforts would be better directed at getting guns off the streets. That's where 37.5 percent of the inmates said they acquired their handguns.
Sensible policy is made based on facts, not the emotions of the moment.
JAMES Cyrus Gilbert requested three vanity license plate tags, GAYLIB, GAYPWER and GAY GUY. The Georgia Department of Driver Services rejected them, leading to a lawsuit.
Other states have had similar problems, which throws into question whether states should issue vanity license plates.
The purpose of a license plate is to tax and identify vehicles in a jurisdiction. States found that they could make a few extra bucks by issuing vanity plates, but that also required the state to be a censor, because the state felt certain words should not be displayed in public.
The list of banned words grew in Georgia.
Being a car-plate censor is a full-time job in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reviewed the records and found the state had rejected or banned 10,214 plate tags while accepting 91,151 tags.
Here is hoping Gilbert wins his case. Censors acted based on politics, not profanity.
Perhaps the time has come for states to drop vanity plates. Bumper stickers work just as well and do not require Mother-May-I permission from the bureaucracy.
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THE American Veterinary Medical Association reported that 62 percent of West Virginia households own a pet, ranking the state eighth in the nation. Massachusetts, with 50.4 percent of households owning a pet, is at the bottom of the list.
But only 21.9 percent of people in the nation's capital have a pet.
Just one more illustration of how out of touch the people in Washington are with the rest of the country.