Category Archives: bureaucracy

Death by a thousand insults – #climate change, social movement, individuals

What’s my contribution in the global scale of things? What harm am I doing by flying to Australia and back, in the face of a new power station every thirty seconds in China or India or somewhere like that. It … Continue reading

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Brilliant perspective on public versus private sector foul-ups!!

With wit and verve from here. So why do we hear so much about government failures and not about private sector ones? I have one word for you: accountability. Public organisations are taxpayer funded and are accountable to taxpayers via government … Continue reading

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Funniest Onion video ever? Report on Franz Kafka International Airport…

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From taunting the heart-attack gods to dissecting bosses

Not literally, in either case, and that’s probably a Good Thing. Went running Saturday morning, for the first time in forever. Am overweight, so knees and ankles probably won’t love me for it, even though I was running on soft … Continue reading

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Education for obedience…

This from facebook.

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The point of tipping – status, power, anger and all that jazz

Staggeringly brilliant post brought to my attention by my friend Sam. After comparing the Republican anger at Federal Government workers to the anger experienced by dinners at a restaurant that had abolished tipping, he goes onto say – Let me … Continue reading

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Your handy diaspora article checklist, or “Games academics play”

Oh, such cynicism in one so young  old….

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Ego-potlatches and Proust – or “Looking a Gift Economy in the mouths”

What is a potlatch? A potlatch[1][2] is a gift-giving festival and primary economic system[3] practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and United States. This includes Heiltsuk Nation, Haida, Nuxalk, Tlingit, Makah, Tsimshian,[4] Nuu-chah-nulth,[5] Kwakwaka’wakw,[3] and … Continue reading

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Oil Rig “safety” culture and #bullying

Juking the Stats #94.  The game is the game, you feel me? This from the Guardian – “North Sea oil culture needs to change” by Terry Macalister One offshore worker, who has spent 20 years in the industry, told the … Continue reading

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Juking the stats and juicing the SWATS

There’s some interesting stuff on SWAT teams proliferating in the United States (the Department of “Homeland Security” is dishing out money for kit to everyone, including little towns in middle of nowhere. And once you have the kit you start … Continue reading

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