Poisoned apple

If Germans–and in particular Opel employees–are as upset by GM’s decision to keep Opel as the NYT makes it seem, GM would be better off selling it. It’s extremely difficult to keep a competitive edge with resentful employees.

My guess, though, is that GM can still leverage Opel’s talent and market if they proceed well. What’s really telling is that people have so little confidence in GM that they would be upset by GM keeping a company in its roster. Usually the resentment comes after the announcement of a sale. I don’t believe anybody has a deep resentment about GM keeping Opel per se, but to express such a sentiment shows an extremely low confidence in GM’s overall ability to survive. You would rather be owned the the Russian state than by GM? Desperate indeed.

Links for Today

This might be next week’s essay of the week. But if you have the time, you might want to read it now. The question of the hour is who told what and why. You can’t believe anything you read in such articles and yet it might all be true.

From Megan McArdle:“California has come up with a novel way to close this year’s budget gaps: it’s increasing withholding from the paychecks of its citizens.”

You can leave, but you can never talk. What would happen if a church tried to slap such a legal injunction on a pastor?

Lines that make you lose respect for Scientists: “”Early paleontologists recognised the distinction between adults and juveniles, but people have lost track of looking at ontogeny – how the individual develops – when they discover a new fossil.”

Essay of the Week: 11/1/09-11/7/09

Did you know that there is lots of good evidence questioning whether the flu vaccine does any good? Did you know that in spite of this fact most of the medical profession considers it unethical to test the flu vaccine the way that other medical drugs are tested?

These facts come from this essay from Atlantic Monthly that should be required reading for those who buy into the flu vaccine hype. Most of the rest of us know from our own experience that it does not do much good.