Don’t know that word? The invaluable RPG Trail of Cthulhu defines it in this case as “the moment that the main character pieces together the nature of the Mythos and goes to pieces:” basically, what happens is that your unlucky protagonist has an insight that allows him and her to understand the true nature of the universe. And the sudden understanding inevitably leads to madness.
So let us thus discuss the New York Times.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by 2.5 million over the next decade. That is mostly a good thing, a liberating result of the law.
The next sentence to that was “Of course, Republicans immediately tried to brand the findings as “devastating” and stark evidence of President Obama’s health care reform as a failure and a job killer.” Two things: 1, that’s what those findings are; and 2, we didn’t try to brand anything. The problem here is that people were engaging in economic activity, and now they will be no longer engaging in economic activity, and about three times as many people will be doing this as the administration expected would happen, and well everything about Obamacare turned out to be even worse than the Republicans said it was going to be and one half of the political class has staked their careers on this disaster and things are getting worse and the authorities know nothing and the men of science know nothing and we are but worms contemplating the awful infinity of the universe IA! so embrace the TRUTH you purblind fools, FOOLS!! it is our DUTY to free the blind masses from their petty delusions that you can “insure” yourself against the inevitable END of all IA! IA! bow DOWN before the void in the center of the universe and WORSHIP it WORSHIP IT WORSHIP IT IA! IA! IA! PREPARE THE SACRIFICES SO THAT THE OPENER OF THE WAY MAY HAVE THE OFFERINGS THAT MOST PLEASE HIM YOG-SOTHOTH NEBLOD ZIN
…as I said: anagnorisis. Generally speaking, this is the point where you call the nice men who will take the babbling maniac somewhere quiet and safe, but I guess that you can’t do that to a major metropolitan newspaper’s editorial board.
This is the most unreal NYT editorial I have ever read. They live in an alternate universe, truly. http://t.co/keqUIzhZDd
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) February 5, 2014