Tuesday, January 25, 2005

 

Against stupidity the very gods Themselves contend in vain

I'm taking a personal day today, so light posting.

Unfortunately, it seems that the salacious Johnny Carson - Zsa Zsa Gabor exchange is a mere urban legend according to Snopes. However, hundreds of hours of Carson tapes were erased in a monumental goof by an NBC technician (which of course is a bit of a redundancy, in that NBC was responsible for the gold standard of TV goofs, the Heidi Bowl), so it's possible that there was indeed some salacious exchange that might've slipped past the censors.

I had some very pithy comments prepared about the irony of the UN hosting a Holocaust memorial yesterday (the usual suspects were zinged with stuff like "France accidentally issued a strong condemnation of itself", and "93% of the General Assembly called a 'Do Over'"), however, it's a bit redundant to criticize the UN when it does such an admirable job of making itself look irrelevant and useless.

We note in brief an article in the Sulzberger Entity on how a homeless person managed to cripple the A train (and the C as well). Quoth the missive:
"This is a very significant problem, and it's going to go on for quite a while," said Lawrence G. Reuter, the president of New York City Transit. He estimated it would take "several millions of dollars and several years" to reassemble and test the intricate network of custom-built switch relays that were destroyed in the blaze, which officials believe began when the homeless person - who has not been found - set fire to wood and refuse in a shopping cart in the tunnel about 50 feet north of the Chambers Street station.

Unbelievably for the Times, no quotes from advocates and activists for the homeless, putting the blame on society. Perhaps because the Upper West Side will be hugely affected?

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