–Not sure of the source of this, but it seems to be based on Pythagoras (c 582 BCE – c 406 BCE)
Alfa Romeo have been running a series of ads on TV with the slogan, “It’s not a car, it’s an Alfa Romeo.”
No, Alfa, it is a car. It’s not a bird, plane or ship… it’s a car.
This attempt to make Alfa seem exclusive, to make it more than a car, suggest the Alfa and the ad folks took no notice of the readings on the absurdo-meter.
* “It’s not ridiculous, it’s an Alfa Romeo.” This could then be extended to ridiculous situations eg “That’s so Alfa.”
* “It’s not awkwardly brazen, it’s an Alfa Romeo.” Example extension: “She is so Alfa Romeo!”
* It could also be used in a ironic sense eg “That’s not an orange, it’s an Alfa Romeo!” – when it is actually an orange.
–Hannah Arendt (1906 – 1975)
Michael Shermer says:
I am… troubled by an analogy made by rights activists that animals are undergoing a “holocaust.” Historian Charles Patterson draws the analogy in his 2002 book Eternal Treblinka, and [Mark] Devries makes visual reference to it [in his film Speciesism] by comparing the layout of factory-farm buildings to that of prisoner barracks at Auschwitz. The flaw in the analogy is in the motivation of the perpetrators. As someone who has written a book on the Holocaust (Denying History, University of California Press, revised edition, 2009), I see a vast moral gulf between farmers and Nazis. Even factory-farm corporate suits motivated by profits are still far down the moral ladder from Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler. There are no signs at factory farms reading “Arbeit Macht Frei.”
–Kamahl (Kandiah Kamalesvaran, 1934 – )