quarta-feira, março 28, 2007

accentuate the positive

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Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de SousaLater on:

José Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa.

... this good news probably belongs here too: Massive Solar Plant Opens in Portugal. "Massive" in this case means 11 Mw, hardly massive beside a 1000 Mw nuclear plant - but yeah, massive in hope, a hummingbird beak-full, a teaspoon-full bedad! Good on Jose Socrates and the Portuguese!

First we have Gwynne Dyer, back in February sometime:

Gwynne Dyer
"It's a cheap, quick, one-time fix, but we need such fixes ... Virtue flourishes in the most unexpected places."

What do John Howard, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez have in common?

22/02/07, Gwynne Dyer, A Quick Fix, (Source).

A-and then we have Margaret Wente in the Globe yesterday:

Margaret Wente
"What he doesn't say is that he tends to pick the most sensational studies and ignore the ones that contradict them."

27/03/07, Margaret Wente, Just another end-is-nigh climate guy?, (Source).

I dunno - I read Tim Flannery's book, The Weather Makers, and found it so even handed and convincing that I bought copies for my daughter and nephew. Margaret calls the guy a cherry-picker - but it is spoken in a tone that I remember from my high-school days in Toronto, plump chicks from Rosedale voicing bourgeois vege-pap.

Not forgetting Johnny Mercer:

Gather 'round me, everybody
Gather 'round me while I'm preachin'
Feel a sermon comin' on me
The topic will be sin and that's what I'm ag'in'
If you wanna hear my story
The settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin'
The attitude of doin' right

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

(Man, they said "We'd better accentuate the positive")
("Eliminate the negative")
("And latch on to the affirmative")
Don't mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

(Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)
(Bring gloom down to the minimum)
(Have faith or pandemonium's)
(Liable to walk upon the scene)

You got to ac (yes, yes) -cent-tchu-ate the positive
Eliminate (yes, yes) the negative
And latch (yes, yes) on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, don't mess with Mister In-Between

Finally, Saint Matthew:

"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay."

See previous post: Yea, Yea; Nay, Nay.

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