Great rant, Fuck the South.
If I were an American (which I am thankfully not), I'd probably feel the same way...
Lots of good points here.
But in business, let alone in government, it is only in crises that people find a budget for probabilistic interventions...The reason is that both bureaucrats and businesspeople are heavily attracted to the illusion of certainty. Standard cost-cutting ‘efficiencies’ can usually be ‘proven’ to work in advance; more interesting lines of enquiry come with [management] career-threatening unknowability.
One problem with this pretence of certainty is that cost-savings are more easily quantified than potential gains — so business and government are increasingly geared towards providing people with more, poorer things at an ever-lower price. Yet much evidence suggests that people like fewer, better things at a slightly higher price."
A conspiracy theorist dies and goes to Heaven. At the pearly gates, God himself shows up and says “You’ve led a good life. As a reward, I will answer any one question for you and I will give you the complete and truthful answer.”
”Okay,” says the conspiracy theorist, “Who killed JFK?”
God replies: “Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.”
The conspiracy theorist frowns. “This whole thing goes even deeper than I thought.”
A great article about the horrors of contemporary architecture. Since when did it become wrong to want beautiful things?