April 9, 2007

Now you're just fucking with me

Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek:

The Bush administration made two notable statements on energy policy early in its tenure. They were both highly controversial. The first was that the Kyoto accords, as negotiated, were "dead." The second was Dick Cheney's declaration in a 2001 speech that "conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." As it happens, both are accurate and should be at the heart of any new, ambitious policy to tackle global warming and energy use. If you haven't fainted yet, let me explain what I mean.

Posted by Daniel Radosh


I'm simply not going to let him explain.

On a less offensive note I was reading the New Yorker review of a book about typewriters which included the phrase "blah blah blah amanuensis--in other words a secretary--blah blah blah." What's up with that? It smelled to me like an editor's intrusion. I mean, who thinks New Yorker readers don't know that word? Or then why use it?

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