The most poisonous "ism" now infecting Ferguson, Mo., is not virulent racism. It's viral narcissism.
There is a persistent belief that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave a five-word commencement speech at Harrow School, his alma mater. The story goes that he walked to the center of the stage and said, “Never, never, never give up.” And then, according to the tale, he sat down.
We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record keeping began in the 19th century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the groundwater they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.
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