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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Monday, February 2, 2015

I'm Confused...

I'm often confused but this is unique in my confusedness. When did they start naming the winter storms? Having spent my more formative years in south Florida, I am used to storms having names... but they were summer storms mostly, some in the Fall, maybe, but mostly summer storms... they called them hurricanes (and, in those years, they were female names only... sigh).
But I opened up Google News yesterday to find this headline:
Winter Storm Darius Headed To CT

It, the storm, is going to hit the midwest before the name takes effect, I guess... since that headline is for Connecticutt... but the storm is already causing problems for the Chicago area. I should write about it in the past tense since it will have blown through by the time you read this.

But, c'mon, named storms in winter?


NotesFromAbroad said...

I had no idea that they were doing this ! I tend to regard things like this as " targeting the simple minded" :)

Tom Sightings said...

I agree, a storm should whip up 100 mph winds before it rates a name.

Tal Hartsfeld said...

One reason may be to "establish an image or stereotype" of the storm.
Stereotyping something or someone is a subconscious form of "having control over" them.
We always feel somehow "safer" if we're able to either control or at least "get a handle on" the subject-in-question.
Naming a storm is the meteorologists' way of showing themselves as "being on top of" even the most menacing of storms.

Douglas said...

Tal, I like your answer. I think you are close to "spot on", as they say.