Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Literary Corner: Which Group Drew It?

From World Habitat Day 2011, via.  That's a Russian factory (zavod) over on the left, in the land of industrial pollution,  and I imagine the drawing was made by a Russian kid, who might be imagining the West as a land of joy and balloons and cafés of course, in contrast to his blighted Ekaterinburg or Smolensk, but there seems to be a time dimension represented in the rainbow-sailed boat headed over the waterfall, and my sense is that the picture should be seen as a story, not an invidious contrast, and a warning, not to just one country but all of us.

On the Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
by Donald J. Trump

It was given to me, and
I want to look at who drew it.
You know, which group drew it.
Because I can give you reports
that are fabulous and I can give
you reports that aren’t so good.
But I will be looking at it, absolutely.
Text via Talking Points Memo. Sometimes it gets to be just too much. Who talks like that? "I want to know who drew it." Have they prepared a special graphic version for him—"The End of the World as We Know It in Twenty Years, for Dummies"?

A "fabulous" report is one that suggests that he's doing the right thing in whatever realm it deals with, and it's done, or drawn, by a good person, obviously, in the sense that the actual meaning of "good" is "in support of Donald J. Trump". A "not so good" report is one that suggests he might be doing the wrong thing, and that's done by a wicked person. So he needs to find out in the first place who that United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is, exactly, before he can really comment. But who would say that?

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