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Column: New normal isnt normal
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WASHINGTON -- Across much of media lately, the phrase “new normal” keeps cropping up to describe what is, in fact, not normal, as most sane adults have understood its meaning. This is to say, the everyday machinations and human behaviors typical within a healthy, robust society have shifted gears and evolved, not in a good way, to accommodate new circumstances. Overwhelmed by natural and un-natural disasters -- from California’s infernos to frequent mass shootings -- we gradually habituate to extreme expressions of both Nature and man.

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