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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Quote of the day

Today's quote is from someone who attended the G. W. Bush school of disaster management:

"cynically, if we were hit by a space weather event the whole world would change, but we are not in that world right now"

No, that's right! We aren't in that world, hurrah!

Puppies and kittens for everyone!

Seriously though, the implicit statement here is that the worth of STP is recognised, but since there is no current disaster we don't need to worry about it. That is far beyond cynical and demonstrates that the speaker is a pure bureaucrat.

This is not just a case of saying that:
'we know that if there is a big hurricane the levees may break, but we won't worry about it until it happens'

No, this is saying that:
'we think the levees might break with a big hurricane, but we aren't even going to properly investigate to see if that is true or not. And even if it is true then we're not going to do anything about it until they are broken. And then it'll be too late. So at least we have saved money.'

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