Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull
(Spouting lava as a toddler spouts yoghurt)’ll
Disrupt transportation
And any attempts at pronunciation.

[Fans of cognitive dissonance should not miss the current print issue of the Economist, the lead article of which flails amusingly as the editors struggle to bring their traditional rhetorical weapons – genial condescension, smug sarcasm at the expense of regulators, allusions to Edmund Burke – to bear against an event in the material world. There’s not a hint in their coverage that a more relaxed and laissez-faire approach to volcanic ash in jet engines may have had any consequences at all. The overall impression is that of a child, absorbed in play with a set of toy boats, who indignantly faults his wooden harbourmaster as his game is gradually disrupted by the rise of actual floodwaters.]

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