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Friday, July 06, 2012

Jawbone of a Parrot [Today's News Poem, July 6, 2012]

Jawbone of a Parrot [Today's News Poem, July 6, 2012]

If you unzip my scapula,
Unbutton my eyes,
Unwind my meats,

Weave a carpet of nerves
And pace across to the end
Of means and meaning—

And if the jawbone of an ass
Is so mighty—shouldn't the backbone
Of a bigger ass be mightier?

Take my beak as well;
I'm unspeakable.

“Gauging an economy by its GDP is like judging a company by its quarterly profits, without ever peeking at its balance-sheet... the United Nations this month published balance-sheets for 20 nations in a report... They included three kinds of asset: “manufactured”, or physical, capital (machinery, buildings, infrastructure and so on); human capital (the population's education and skills); and natural capital (including land, forests, fossil fuels and minerals).”
–The Economist, Page 78, June 30-July 6th 2012

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