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Wit and Wisdom for a One Party State

A handbook for government by wishful thinking

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Synergy n. The exceptional benefit produced by combining two businesses into a single enterprise in the imagination of prospective investors.

2003 P. WOLFOWITZ 27 Mar. "We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon."
2006 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY "A restored oil sector will provide Iraq with the resources to finance its own reconstruction and security."
1911 A. BIERCE, Oil of Dog "Finding a double profit in her business, my mother now devoted herself to it with a new assiduity. She removed not only superfluous and unwelcome babes to order, but went out into the highways and byways, gathering in children of a larger growth, and even such adults as she could entice to the oilery. My father, too, enamored of the superior quality of oil produced, purveyed for his vats with diligence and zeal. The conversion of their neighbors into dog-oil became, in short, the one passion of their lives -- an absorbing and overwhelming greed took possession of their souls and served them in place of a hope in Heaven -- by which, also, they were inspired."


Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Ah, Bierce! What a delight. Yes, there is something to this blogging thing, after all, in that one ventures forth virtually and stumbles all too easily upon those of a like mind.

Now that the Powers That Be have pronounced blogging "peaked" as a phenomenon, I look forward to seeing the literate (and numerate) blog in ever increasing numbers. Thank you for the entertainment. I shall return.

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