Over the past several years, we've been barraged by an endless stream of news and weather reports designed to make us believe that the world is coming to an end, while mostly ignoring the real threats that we face. Every time it snows here in Maine now, they give it a name, as if it's a horrific storm. Okay, so we had some snow; well, it's near the end of January and this is Maine, so we're supposed to have snow. If it didn't snow, they'd drag the global warming stories up. Remember the bird flu? For months, we heard of nothing but the bird flu, which was described as a pandemic. People were ducking for cover whenever a crow flew over their house. Well, very few people got sick or died from bird flu, and nearly all of them had been handling dead infected birds. I don't know if my mother even had to tell me not to play with dead things that I picked up from the ground. Somehow, I knew this instinctively. Remember the swine flu? Described by the media as a super bug, it caused worldwide panic; yet more people died from the vaccine than from the disease. Ebola, of course, is a scary thing and, although I have had no personal experience with it, it does indeed sound horrible. Yet, for all of the hours that the media spent on hyping the situation up, as far as the American scare goes, our government failed to do the one thing that might have lent some credibility to the hype -- take precautions. More Americans are probably murdered in Chicago alone each year than are killed by terrorists worldwide, yet we've spent years battling this elusive enemy, whom we are supporting and supplying with military weapons when we're not fighting against them. Certainly, I am not suggesting that there is no such thing as terrorism, but the average American is more likely to be killed by a police officer here in the United States than by a terrorist. Yet we are forced to endure our fifteen minutes of rage against Islamic terrorists repeatedly throughout the day, every day. Whenever anything whatsoever goes on with the weather, it is trumpeted as a sure sign of global climate change, the only solution being for us to lower our standard of living, give up more of our rights, and pay higher taxes. It doesn't matter what it is. If it rains, that's global climate change, and if it doesn't rain, that's global climate change too. If there are hurricanes during hurricane season, that's global climate change; if there are no hurricanes, that's global climate change too. Is it warm in August? Global climate change. Is it cold in January? Global climate change. Global climate change serves as the basis for new laws, new regulations, new taxes, and the usurpation of powers never intended for the federal government, as well as fodder that can be used to fill in the gaps between pandemics, storms, and terrorist attacks.