Happy November to our readers around the world. We hope you had a spooky Halloween. Mark's observances of All-Hallows included a trio of creature features, and his own video contribution to the genre. Scroll down to view.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Steyn:
It was a quiet start to the week. On Monday, in what was our most-read piece of this se'nnight, the Slovenian Prime Minister warned that Europe was about to "fall apart". It didn't, but it did show a stunning rise in the number of seventeen-year-olds.
~On Monday Mark pondered the strange confluence of Sinatra and Tchaikovsky.
~On Tuesday, as the Paris climate conference drew nearer, Steyn reflected on the certainty of uncertainty - not a concept with much appeal to the warm-mongers. As an antidote to the deluge of apocalyptic alarmism about to engulf us, there's always Mark's new book "A Disgrace to the Profession": The World's Scientists - in their Own Words - on Michael E Mann, his Hockey Stick, and their Damage to Science: Volume One. We especially enjoyed this five-star review from John Kranz at Three Sources:
I mentioned in a Review Corner teaser that I had not intended to read Mark Steyn's A Disgrace to the Profession. I enjoy his wit and style, but a whole book beating up on a single climate scientist sounded a bit much. I grabbed the (generous) Kindle sample to kill some time and found it it to be quite "not put downable." Each of the 110 Chapters is only a couple of pages; the temptation to read just one more can last an entire afternoon...
The total effect is totally damning -- I hope to never cheese Mr. Steyn off enough that he writes a book attacking me.
~Wednesday saw the CNBC Republican presidential debate. As a curtain-raiser, Steyn joined Hannity on Fox News to dissect what he called Jeb Bush's "whiny rich-boy petulance". The debate proved to be a good night for Ted Cruz, not so much for the aforementioned Jeb, as Mark discussed on the radio with Bill Bennett and Hugh Hewitt.
~On Thursday came the most significant news of the week. Nine years after he wrote about the issue in his bestselling book America Alone, the Chinese Politburo caught up with Steyn and finally ended their disastrous and murderous "one-child policy".
~On Friday, Mark made the mistake of taking a flight on United, and discovered that SteynOnline is "blacklisted" by the airline. Hilarity (as well as some hasty re-scheduling of his return flight with a less censorious airline) ensued, as reported here.
~For the Halloween weekend, a black cat crossed Frank Sinatra's path. Later, another crossed Mark's path, as Steyn celebrated the scariest night of the year with his very first 1980s rock video. Click below to watch:
With a tip of the hat to Tweety, Sylvester ...and Sting.
For the backstory, see here. To pre-order Mark's forthcoming album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, see here. And don't forget Steyn's new book, with John Roskam and Chris Berg, marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.
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