More great weather. It’s been a stunning spring so far.
But if the recent pattern holds, it means we’re heading for a dismal late spring or summer. Consider: We got hit real hard with snow and cold in November and December. Come January, things got incredibly mild and downright nice at points. Then March came, and it was nasty again; spring fever cooled off and we lamented a parade of 30-degree days. And now April is warm and dry. I’m guessing we’ll have a cool summer. But that’s just a wild guess. I’m not Ben Franklin and I don’t watch the Weather Channel.
And you know if I’m blogging about the weather, I don’t have much to say. Last night was dry, meteorologically and alcohologically. My wife and I went to the drinking club Thursday night for dinner and tall ones, and I have two parties to attend this evening, so I didn’t feel like drinking Friday. Instead, I sat outside and read Ong and Gheon.
I also did a little research about the fall of the Roman Empire. Two mainline sources say de-population was a major cause, but neither of them mention the possibility that falling birth rates–accentuated by abortion and contraception–contributed to the reduced population. Instead, they say war and plague did it. But we know from Cicero’s writings that abortion and contraception had become prevalent at the height of Roman power. I thought Roman families continued to be small after Cicero, at least compared to Roman families during Rome’s rise. Oh well. I’ll keep my eyes open. There’s a great article there, though I suspect it’s already been written. If anyone knows of such a piece, please email me. This isn’t esoteric stuff, so I gotta believe the issue has been addressed and probably even hotly debated.… Read the rest