The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 December 2006

Browning the Grey Lady

Venezuela is raising customs taxes by 15 percent on a number of imports, including Scots whisky, razor blades, sailboats — and toilet paper.

Fausta suggests a plan which will benefit both suffering Venezuelan consumers and an ailing US newspaper:

[The New York Times] should give a small grant to the people of Venezuela so they can subscribe to the "All News That's Fit To Fabricate Print" dead-tree rag, on the condition that the money is used only to pay for the subscription. The NYT will up its paid subscriber numbers — after all, there are 26 million people in Venezuela — and the Venezuelans will save money.

And just how, precisely, will they save money?

[T]he stone-cold sober Venezuelans will let the stubble grow, sit in the dark when the power goes out, and reach for the New York Times "in the loo" when the non-essential tp runs out.

The downside? The Times, so far as I know, is not known for its absorbency.

Posted at 8:41 AM to Dyssynergy


That's what they mean by the expression "tough shit", I guess.

Posted by: SnoopyTheGoon at 1:50 PM on 10 December 2006

"The Times, so far as I know, is not known for its absorbency."
What did you expect? The paper's full of crap to start with.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 4:28 PM on 10 December 2006

What did you expect? The paper's full of crap to start with.

Indeed. the Times is what you get when you wipe your backside with the New York Post.

Posted by: McGehee at 5:07 PM on 10 December 2006