December 1 1990 by Chief Executive
And so President Mikhail Gorbachev has returned to his home base, the
-R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator
WOOF! WOOF! WENT THE GHOST
Sonny Bono says he fired his first ghostwriter because the author didn’t capture “my humor.” Zsa Zsa Gabor insisted that her life story be told “from the point of view of her dogs,” recalls Jim Bacon, one of Ms. Gabor’s many ex-ghostwriters. Mr. Bacon told her, “In that case, I bow-wow out.”
-The Wall Street Journal
IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL THE FAT LADY STRANGLES
The conductor Ian Reid, recalls “When I conducted Carmen in
-Hugh Vickers, Even Greater Operatic Disasters
ENVIRONMENTALISM COUNTS MORE THAN THE ENVIRONMENT
Recycled paper is of lower quality than virgin paper, and more expensive. Its main use is for non-communication items such as cereal boxes, wall paper and electrical insulation. But that market soon got saturated when recycling became fashionable, and while at first paper recyclers would pay as much as $40 a ton for used newspapers, a colleague reports that in N.J. it has plummeted to minus $40, which is what you have to pay to have it taken off your hands. That is what the market thinks of recycled paper.
The demand for recycled paper to type or print on is purely religious: it is virtuous to waste space, time, ink, paper and brains with the fashionable line “Printed on recycled paper.” Last time I went to a big wholesaler for some white paper I was first offered recycled paper. Is it better, I ask the saleswoman. No. Cheaper? No. So why are you offering it? She looks round with a furtive look that I last saw in
-Peter Beckmann, Access to Energy
Our friend from
The fellow stuck his head out of the Cadillac window. “Please be quiet,” he shouted. “I’m on the phone getting parking instructions.”
-The New York Times
IT’S DEEP, ALL RIGHT
The basic moral and political premise of deep ecologists-that nature, like people, has rights-does not easily square with the notion of law, or indeed with the notion that government is legitimized by the consent of the governed.
The difficulty is that only people-not trees and rivers-can vote, choose representatives, make their preferences known. And that is precisely why self-appointed representatives of nature reject the relevance of popular consent; to them, representative democracy is, by its very nature, unacceptably “anthropocentric.”
Much to be preferred is the muteness of nature, whose “rights” can only be represented by those presuming to speak on its behalf.
-Joel Schwartz, Commentary