Archive for June 3rd, 2012
Despite the arrest, Lowe was allowed to travel in January 2009 with then-Chief Gil Kerlikowske and a contingent of officers to join other departments in beefing up security for the inauguration of President Obama. That angered some rank-and-file officers who thought Lowe benefited from preferential treatment.
You don’t say?
What are the odds that one pilot works for the NTSB, the other the FAA, and they’re involved in a fatal collision with each other? I think reaching out to Canada to avoid a conflict of interest is a great idea.
At its most cynical—though it is also a logically inescapable conclusion—this is best expressed by the Peter Principle: people are inevitably promoted to a position that is just beyond their level of competence. If we accept the Peter Principle, then we must also accept the consequences of that. People who evaluate the performance of their underlings are likely to be incapable of such an evaluation.
Read the whole thing, it’s short and worth it. The most interesting bit is the assertion that one needs to be an expert in order to spot other experts; this seems obviously true in retrospect, but I hadn’t thought of it that way.