Tweet I have no opinion whatsoever about POM’s pomegranate juice. I do, however, have strong opinions about bullying government agencies that use threats, economic blackmail, and death by bureaucracy to further agendas that may be costly, counter intuitive, politically driven, or otherwise disturbing to someone who, as I do, has a conservative/libertarian bent. I was [...]
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Tweet When we think of tyranny, we tend to think of it in sharp, dramatic, bloody terms. Tyranny is the stark economic divide between a corrupt leader and his starving people, or it’s the day to fear of citizens in a police state. Few of us recognize, or are willing to acknowledge, that tyranny, at [...]
Tweet In the movie Wall-E, the little robot had a task, and it did the task, long after the task’s necessity had passed. Like a funded bureaucrat, Wall-E just kept going and going and going. In California, the Department of Transportation was given a mandate and a task, and now, long after the money has [...]
Tweet Last night, I went to hear Atul Gawande give a talk promoting his new book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. The book’s premise is a simple one: In an increasingly complex world, even experts benefit from a routine checklist that requires them to focus on the essentials necessary to their task. [...]
Tweet People around the world are facing food shortages but, in the magical bureacracy that is the EU, food is being destroyed for being a millimeter off of Brussels regulations: A market trader has been banned from selling a batch of kiwi fruits because they are 1mm smaller than EU rules allow. Inspectors told 53-year- [...]
Tweet My mother-in-law’s parents died in Auschwitz. She wasn’t around for that horror because her parents, in a tremendous (and prescient) sacrifice, boarded her onto the Kindertransport, which took young children out of Nazi countries. As with my mother-in-law, most of these children never saw their parents again. Because the fact that she had to [...]
Tweet In several posts over the last few days, I’ve commented about Disney efficiency. Thousands of people are fairly painlessly shuffled from place to place; Fast Passes are a think of beauty, especially if individuals handle them well; everything is immaculately clean, including the overused bathrooms; the equipment functions superbly well considering the demands made [...]