Category Archives: bureaucracy

“Public Spaces Protection Orders” – really? Uh-huh, really…

From scriptonitedaily… Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), and new Dispersal Orders will replace Designated Public Space Orders, Dog Control Orders, Gating Orders and a host of other orders intended to keep aggressive drunken people, or drug dealers or dog poo … Continue reading

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Problem-solving chart #sublime

From Facebook, naturally Still digesting a lovely weekend with Johnnie Moore and Viv McWaters. “More to follow,” as they say in the papers…

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“Trust us… we know what we are doing.”

Hilarious scenes on Tuesday. Some bureaucrats basically tried to spin failure (and quite large and unambiguous failure) as success. Nothing personally corrupt, it’s just How Bureaucrats Are. The politicians- with a little help it’s true – spotted what was going … Continue reading

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Two NSA recruiters crash and burn

So a couple of experienced NSA employees went to the University of Wisconsin (a hot-bed of radicalism, from this guy to these guys). It was post-Snowden, and they didn’t bring their A-game. It went very very badly right…. Read an … Continue reading

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“Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences” #Iwantthissobadithurts

Regular readers of Dwight Towers will no doubt be sniggering that he would want help with the writing badly thing.  To which I can but say… up yours!!! This looks awesome – Hat-tip to Hannah!!

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Repost: “Positive Control” by John Robb

Positive Control When something is very dangerous, like nuclear weapons, standard forms of protections and control methodologies aren’t sufficient. Something that potentially dangerous needs something more aggressive. In the military, that’s called positive control. Positive control is an active form … Continue reading

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Bureaucrats, politicians and (r)emote control

There is overlap, but as a rule of thumb; Bureaucrats/bureaucracies try to shut you down/up intellectually. They withhold information, give you too much of the stuff at the wrong time, or too much with not enough time to process it. … Continue reading

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Not every dissident is a Galileo

Sometimes people fail not because their ideas are too good, but because they are clearly – to coin a phrase – swivel-eyed loons. BUT the sorts of hierachical organisations that run things in the West, (and manage tolerably well between … Continue reading

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The Roy Batty Principle, or the “Empathectomy for fun and profit”

In this life, you are rewarded for not having integrity, compassion, empathy etc. If you defend your underlings (and the broader population they are supposed to serve – pupils, prisoners etc) against some stupid and damaging scheme that your boss … Continue reading

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Of meetings and pass-the-parcel blame. #lrb #nhs

And the Peter Principle too. From the latest London Review of Books letters page …. Taylor’s suggestion that doctors haven’t played their part in management is a half-truth. Many have, and found it a bruising and futile experience; typically the … Continue reading

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