ignobel for gao

GAO won the IgNobel LITERATURE PRIZE: “The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.”

REFERENCE: “Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies,” US Government General Accountability Office report GAO-12-480R, May 10, 2012.
According to the internets, GAO did not send anyone to collect the award.

 

the lifespan of a fact

The Lifespan of a Fact,by John D’Agata, author. Jim Fingal, fact-checker.

I heard about this book from a podcast out of Wisconsin, TTBOOK. Listen to the interview if you have a few minutes. But you might be wondering what this has to do with bureauphiles. Well, lots of our government’s time, and energy, all joking aside, is spent checking facts before government publications are published. As an intelligence analyst I spent days double and triple checking reports before they were “sent forward” for review and action upon my recommendations. Continue reading

bringing calm to american discourse

Jeff Gates is an artist among other things. He conceived of this piece of art to bring some calm to the political system in the US these days. He also started the Camomile Tea Party.

I like that the poster is placed downtown in a location that will see many people walking by. Lots of bureaucrats there. Unfortunately, people ignore the ads these days.

Hat tip to Boingboing.net.

from greenbelt to pruitt-igoe

Yesterday, Matt posted about Greenbelt, which was built beginning in 1936. A few decades later, another experiment in building communities was completed in St. Louis. The Pruitt-Igoe housing development was to be a modern marvel. A new movie about the building and demise of the experiment is excellent. Check out the trailer below.