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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Sunday March 12, 2006
04:39 AM

Could have written a book

[ #28965 ]

Dear Log,

«I could have written a book about what a dick John Stossel is, but it turns out he already did. In 2004, Stossel published a book, christened compositely with hubris and persecution mania: Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media. In it, Stossel gloats about building a waterfront home and profiting from government subsidy under the National Flood Insurance Program. "Subsidized insurance goes to movie stars in Malibu, to rich people in Kennebunkport (where the Bush family has its vacation compound), to rich people in Hyannis (where the Kennedy family has its), and to all sorts of people like me who ought to be paying our own way." Ought to, yes, but like a great many things, that also isn't John Stossel's problem. After a flood, he writes, "the government bought me a new first floor." And later when the house was wiped out completely, "financially I made out just fine. You paid for the house--and its contents. I'm not proud that I took your money, but if the government is foolish enough to offer me a special deal, I'd be foolish not to take it." Feckless bureaucracy isn't merely his favorite bugbear--it's his cash cow.»

So this is the lesson: code is not self-documenting. Idiocy, however, is.