The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Creeping ... um, project management?

As the US races toward tyranny and socialism, one thing that has so far escaped the attention of the tea baggery is the creeping interest in doing engineering projects by some form of international (bad word there) standards (even worse.) Now it turns out that the next time the state wants to fix something on a critical bottleneck bridge, on which a screwup would sever traffic up and down the whole east coast of Michigan (i.e., the Zilwaukee bridge,) they're actually going to try to get the contractor to demonstrate that they're competent to do it! Where are our freedoms going?

I especially love the quote, "There will be accountability if there’s anything catastrophic.” (Because there certainly wasn't the last time. The Saginaw News had to FOIA an $80,000 MDOT study to find out that the failure wasn't anybody's fault.)

And if you aren't irked enough by that, here's a lovely note about Detroit not being able to issue property tax bills on time, even though I sure bet the city could use some of that money. The headline is inaccurate: 2000 people have complained, asking "where in the hell's my tax bill?" The actual number of missing bills is some superset of that value.

I'm sorry -- the doctors have me taking all my steroids in the morning, now, and it results in this kind of hyper-active blogging. Basically, I'm assuming that no one else but me reads the news.

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