Friday, December 3, 2010

“A very dear season for cucumbers”

I have, myself, used Swift’s Academy of Lagado as an analogy for the larger fooleries of Cli-Fi fanatics; however, Iain Murray at The American Spectator now quotes chapter and verse. For example:
In these colleges the professors contrive new rules and methods of agriculture and building, and new instruments, and tools for all trades and manufactures; whereby, as they undertake, one man shall do the work of ten; a palace may be built in a week, of materials so durable as to last for ever without repairing. All the fruits of the earth shall come to maturity at whatever season we think fit to choose, and increase a hundred fold more than they do at present; with innumerable other happy proposals. The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects are yet brought to perfection; and in the mean time, the whole country lies miserably waste, the houses in ruins, and the people without food or clothes. By all which, instead of being discouraged, they are fifty times more violently bent upon prosecuting their schemes, driven equally on by hope and despair.
Now, here's some warmenist news I can really get excited about:
"World's hottest pepper is 'hot enough to strip paint'"

"It's painful to eat," Fowler told the Daily Mail. "It's hot enough to strip paint." Indeed, the Daily Mail reports that defense researchers are already investigating the pepper's potential uses as a weapon.


JeffS said...

I guess those defense researchers never saw this weapons demonstration, huh?

RebeccaH said...

The Academy of Lagado: also a very apt description of the Democratic Party.

I grow jalapeños, cayennes, and serranos every summer, and like to cook with them (Mr. H eats them raw), but there's no way I want to eat anything hotter than that. Developing a pepper that's 270 times hotter than a jalapeño is just an exercise in masochism.

As is snorting wasabi.

richard mcenroe said...

There's a real danger this pepper could cause michael moore to achieve critical mass...

Paco said...

Jeff: Hey, looks like some good s**t, man!

Yojimbo said...

We already have the pepper-pot revolver.

Hopefully this pepper would allow Moore to reach maximum ESCAPE Velocity. I view this as upside.

JeffS said...

Richard, for Michael The Moor, that's a feature, not a bug!

Paco, when I first saw that clip, I was horrified that anyone was so stupid as to snort anything even remotely spicy.

Then I watched it again, guffawing like crazy, that anyone was so stupid as to snort anything even remotely spicy. Heh!

Minicapt said...

I watched the clip and thought, "Navy, he must be Navy."


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