Texas Weather

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

Somewhere I heard the saying that climate is what you expect, and weather is what you get. I live in Texas and we certainly got weather this week. The climate of Texas reflects the state itself: Tornadoes, droughts, weeks where the daytime temperature never goes below 100 F, and gully washers – sudden downpours that fill the limestone aquifers below our property to overflowing and fill our gullies with roaring water. My favorite happened a couple of years ago when days of a biblical rain came to celebrate itself. Our house is on top of a hill, and thinks itself above much of this. But when we came out and went down our long and steep driveway, we met a new property covered with limestone rocks that have, over time, decided to leave for unknown reasons. It left remnants to remind us who really owns Texas. But we have never seen anything like what happened – and is still happening – this week. Temperatures were a tad above zero, rains fell and froze. Then came snow that covered the ice. In the more than 20 years I have lived in Texas, I have never seen this. Previously, I lived in […]

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George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.

His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media. For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University.