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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Luke Skywalker, call your service

Hyperbole of the day, from The New York Times:

A fight of galactic proportions over health care looms.

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  1. Health care looms? Is that what we'd call a crash blossom?

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  2. that would indicate that, at the least, the Martians are debating the issue... or maybe that the writer doesn't have a clear grasp of just how big a galaxy is...

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  3. I'm trying to picture what you would weave with health care looms -- hospital blankets, perhaps?

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  4. Just what are health care looms?

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  5. Google returned 1,430,000 results for "galactic proportions". Is it officially a tired old cliché.

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  6. How would one put that into a recognizable metric scan? A/ fight of gal/ ac tic pro/ por /tions/o ver/ health care/ looms. Would anyone care to finish this?

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  7. Maybe this has something to do with "universal" health care?

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  8. So that's what it was. I thought it was the Perseids.

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