Spring Equinox, March the 20th. How many days away is that? It's not THAT far away and, yet, here we are in North America waiting for the worst of Winter Storm Uri to drop snow, freezing rain, and record-breaking cold across the continent. The news media says it's because of global warming that we have an all-time record-breaking freeze. Sounds about right for a message from the Ministry of Truth. That's my name for the news media, courtesy of George Orwell's 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" about a dystopian future where the public are brainwashed into believing whatever Big Brother says is true, regardless of its nonsensical nature.