Category Archives: bureaucracy

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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Dilbert: Health is the war of the state-corporate nexus? #panopticon

Another awesome Dilbert cartoon “War is the Health of the State” said Randolph Bourne, talking about how war and preparations for war strengthen the state (it can impose more taxes, create more secrecy, lock up people it doesn’t like on … Continue reading

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Book I gotta read – “The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, Higher Education, and Work Organization”

From Oxford University Press, by Mats Alvesson Provocative book of institutional and cultural critique Offers a critique of materialism, consumerism, and branding Debunks inflated rhetoric and narcissism of contemporary world Employs a wealth of wide-ranging empirical examples In this book, … Continue reading

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omfg- “A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations”

I haven’t read all of this yet, but omfg… Abstract below, with my translations into English in [square brackets]. Journal of Management Studies 49:7 November 2012 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01072.x A Stupidity-Based Theory of Organizations joms_1072 1194..1220 Mats Alvesson and André Spicer … Continue reading

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“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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