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Minus Five #5

A collection of remarks about recent happenings, written in the style (but not the ethics) of Steve Rosenbloom.
MINUS ONE: WORLD TROUBLE ORGANIZATION

The WTO issued a final ruling on January 14, 2002, which nailed the United States for a $4 billion subsidy to U.S. corporations.

U.S. corporations were displeased.

You know what they say about a house divided...

MINUS TWO: WELCOME TO EARTH

The June 16, 2001 cover issue of the Economist asked the question: "Does inequality matter?"

The June 23, 2001 cover issue of the Economist asked the follow-up question: "Do dumbass Economist readers need to wonder about the obvious?"

MINUS THREE: WHAT A COINCIDENCE

A personal remark: I took part in a small antiwar protest in November in downtown Chicago. One jerk, sitting nearby in his car waiting for a red light to change, saw our protest, then laughed at us and said aloud: "No, no, no. Payback time!"

I wonder if that's what those terrorists also thought.

MINUS FOUR: I'M GLAD THAT'S OVER

"Cheney Doctors Find No Cardiac Irregularities", read a February 9, 2002 headline in the New York Times.

One interpretation of that headline is that Cheney's heartbeat totally stopped.

MINUS FIVE: NOW I'VE HEARD EVERYTHING

The Guardian and the Polish news portal poprostu.pl reported last week that, by some unimaginable accident, George W. Bush and Tony Blair received a joint nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Maybe it was Henry Kissinger's idea.
 
 

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