Full of hot air?

I made the mistake Sunday morning of telling a friend on the telephone that Hurricane Irene was “a total non-event.”  Half an hour later, I went down in the basement and found six inches of water.

My wet basement aside, this was one of a succession of “storms of the century” that have turned out to be nothing much.  A useful reminder that the news media thrives on controversy, doom-mongering and exaggeration.  A useful thing to remember the next time the market takes a tumble and the nightly news treats it like the beginning of another crash.

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