Monday, April 01, 2002

Explosive rhetoric

Remember the early 90's, when Japanese management was all the rage? I remember at the time telling someone "Watch Japanese fall as economy performs like this bad haiku".

I was right of course. But while they were still cocky a Japanese politician named Shintaro Ishihara (recently elected mayor of Tokyo) said Americans were lazy and stupid.

That was a little much for the hard hats I worked with. Almost immediately, all the gangboxes had signs showing crossed American flags and saying "We may be lazy and stupid. But we build a damned good bomb."

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