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Hervé Kempf: A Copenhagen Dictionary

Wikipedia defines a dictionary as: “a collection of words in a specific language, often listed alphabetically, with usage information, definitions, etymologies, phonetics, pronunciations, and other information; or a book of words in one language with their equivalents in another.” And as this is a Wikipedia entry, we can expect that definition to change within hours. Hopefully whatever new definition is added by the site’s collection of wordsmiths and nerds sees fit to include Hervé Kempf’s recent article on Truthout.org. In the tradition of Ambrose Bierce, Kempf skewers the Copenhagen climate conference with A Copenhagen Dictionary.
Activists: the word sounds better than “militants.”

Africa: is unsure of itself.American way of life: outmoded, disgusting or decadent?

Banks: are doing very well, thank you.

Bike Bloc: funny, nonviolent, fine, insurrectionary. Long live the Cyclution!

Camel: “passes more easily through the eye of a needle than does a rich man enter Heaven,” according to Jesus Christ as reported by Hugo Chavez, reader of books.

Capitalism: designated by some as the cause of climate change.

Carbon Market: has lead in its wings.

China: hurtling down a course with no outlet. To brake before the catastrophe.

Christmas: Merry Christmas to all, from the bottom of my heart.

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