Roland Stahl
April, 2024

     What do the following quotes have in common?

     “In 2023, the tropics saw 3.7 million hectares of forest lost - equivalent to 10 football fields per minute, a slight decline on last year.  These losses would have been far higher if it weren’t for Brazil and Colombia.”

               ~ Matt McGrath, “Climate change: Logging decline after political change in Brazil, Colombia,” BBC

     and ~

     “ . . . We blowed out a cylinder-head.”

     “Good gracious!  Anybody hurt?”

     “No’m.  Killed a nigger.”

     “Well, it’s lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt . . . ”

               ~ Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn

     Isn’t that good news?  Only ten football fields per minute of forest loss?  Isn’t that wonderful news?

     I guess I’ll just stop here.  Anything further I might add would only be “gilding the lily.”

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