Circa 1965 I was a child making fudge with my older sister. My fudge set up and was fudge, however hers was runny and non-fudgicle. She said, 'Let's put the two together, then we'll have two pans of fudge.' I was powerless (little sister) and of course the result was fudgicide. No fudge. In that case the minus fudge, + power was on the same side. I had + fudge, - power.
I was just reading something said by Matthieu Pigasse about the instability of the EU, where he said, essentially, 'Let's put all the good and bad fudge together as it's the only hope for our fudge.' Experience tells me that it may not be a good idea. In that case the + fudge + power is held by the same EU member anyway. Also, bits recover at different speeds and that bit that recovers pulls up the next bit; lump it all together even more than it is already and that process is lost.
In my experience bad fudge has an unlimited capacity to wreak havoc on good fudge; it's a virtual oubliette.
posted by - 10:36 AM