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A Suicidal Collapse of Western Civilization?

My background is basically European -- and more specifically, Western European.  I have lived and worked in many of those countries, and I know most of the major cities intimately -- from Stockholm in the north, Newcastle, London, Paris, The Hague, Munich, Vienna, to Rome and Erice, Sicily in the south.  I have also spent several months in Moscow and in Jerusalem as a guest of academic institutions. Economic Suicide The ongoing economic suicide of Europe is based on a faulty...

The Berlin Wall and The Spirit of Freedom

This November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, as the shaky East German communist government resigned, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Large crowds formed on both sides of the Wall. East and West Berliners climbed on top, and then people began using sledgehammers and pickaxes to cut holes in it. People started to move back and forth through the Wall, capturing the spirit of a freedom to move without political barriers standing in the way. It is...

Cold Breaks Records, Again!

During 2014, the United States has experienced an unusual amount of record breaking cold weather and weather-related phenomena. In large part due to the polar vortex, hundreds, if not thousands of cities and towns in the U.S. experienced multiple days of record setting temperatures — both record lows and record low high temperatures. This continued into the summer. In July record lows or record low high temperatures were set in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Pittsburgh and many other cities, and...

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