||the Seventh of November, 2003|
"Mr Bush has been burned in effigy before, but many people think there is a good case for burning him again."
Lewes bonfire societies contemplate
this year's effigy; I've an uneasy
feeling that they've had a giant papier-mache IDS in a secret lock-up
for the past month, and that it's too late to do anything about it.
Or maybe they've managed to rush together a meta-effigy of
bonfire society burning a gypsy caravan in effigy.
"Marcotte's study found that after people attempt suicide
and fail, their incomes increase by an average of 20.6 percent compared
to peers who seriously contemplate suicide but never make an attempt. In
fact, the more serious the attempt, the larger the boost -
"hard-suicide" attempts, in which luck is the only reason the attempts
fail, are associated with a 36.3 percent increase in
Nasty little article on the economics of suicide, after an
Niagra Falls suicide confesses to having considered the financial
effects of surviving the fall, and to being quite happy now. There's a
preposterous piece of Catch-22 in the final paragraph.
"The phrase "Tax relief" began coming out of the White
House starting on the very day of Bush's inauguration. It got picked up
by the newspapers as if it were a neutral term, which it is not. First,
you have the frame for "relief." For there to be relief, there has to be
an affliction, an afflicted party, somebody who administers the relief,
and an act in which you are relieved of the affliction. The reliever is
the hero, and anybody who tries to stop them is the bad guy intent on
keeping the affliction going."
George Lakoff on the
of political language; that money-burning think-tanking conservatives
wield it more effectively then benevolent (or insane) progressives. Compare
and contrast the UK political parties.