I Have a Dream, Sources Say

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on November 30, 2016

I Have a Dream, Sources Say

Aerial photo of Shaktoolik, Cape Denbigh, Norton Sound, Alaska

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at The Wall Street Journal written by the editor, James Taranto.

I Have a Dream, Sources Say
Here’s the lead of a “climate change” story from the New York Times, dateline Shaktoolik, Alaska:

In the dream, a storm came and Betsy Bekoalok watched the river rise on one side of the village and the ocean on the other, the water swallowing up the brightly colored houses, the fishing boats and the four-wheelers, the school and the clinic.

She dived into the floodwaters, frantically searching for her son. Bodies drifted past her in the half-darkness. When she finally found the boy, he, too, was lifeless.

“I picked him up and brought him back from the ocean’s bottom,” Ms. Bekoalok remembered.

The Inupiat people who for centuries have hunted and fished on Alaska’s western coast believe that some dreams are portents of things to come.

But here in Shaktoolik, one need not be a prophet to predict flooding, especially during the fall storms.

So the Times is now reporting—in the science section!—on people’s dreams, as a lead-in to the tautology that floods tend to occur after storms. What was that about “fake news” again?

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