Not the fall that killed them

Austerity is the problem here, not bankruptcy.

/sarcasm

Yet even in this cross-eyed analysis a premonition of the obvious presses in:

In that scenario, Americans might not take the Covid-19 vaccine, failing to trust in its efficacy and that it won’t severely harm them or their children. They might not trust their criminal justice system, with no incentive to respect a system that allows elites to break the law with impunity. They might not trust the results of a presidential election, behaving as if they live in a banana republic and not a robust, if flawed, democracy.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/12/23/flint-water-crisis-2020-post-coronavirus-america-445459

Regrets

[Guest post by Chickenman.]

This is the best depiction of a bad meeting that I’ve seen. If you’re not fluent in business you might miss the subtext so I’ll explain it below the video.

Probably you can tell all of them know they have been doing some bad stuff they never should have done. Probably you can tell that the boss wants to get out in a way that hurts the company least, and that the analyst’s manager says that would be bad because it would hurt a lot of others.

What you might miss is that the big boss isn’t saying “Cause them extra harm so that we get off better.” What he’s actually saying is that “No matter what, almost everyone is going to lose almost everything. There is absolutely nothing we can do at this point to stop that. The whole ship will go down, there is only one lifeboat, we can use it now or else the lifeboat also goes down with the ship and nobody gets to use it in the panic. So let’s use it.”

Which makes it a lot harder to call his decision here, now, in this clip, wrong or evil. The wrong thing was getting started down this road in the first place. Now that you reached the dead end there are no good choices left.

Mr. Chickenman has, half by accident and only half on purpose, been avoiding roads like this. Once you have gone down the road, the end the boss chooses here is the most right thing you have left to do. And that is a damnation all on its own.

It’s a better road! Only drivers don’t like it

After spending loads of money to remove the roundabout five miles away in that other part of Binghamton, Binghamton has proudly installed a new roundabout that is safer and easier and gooder, if you would just follow the directions, for heaven’s sake, and drive over the sidewalk that’s not for walking on only if you are truck.

It makes Binghamton safer for everyone except for the people who don’t know how to use this new piece of road, or for people who might be nearby when those drivers misuse this special piece of safe road. We need a special re-education program to teach everyone who drives in Binghamton but has never driven in Europe how to drive on this special piece of everyday commonplace road that nobody has seen before. The re-education shouldn’t cost too much more than the quarter mil it took to make this special piece of safe, easy to use, commonplace road that nobody has seen before. Not counting the money they spent replacing signs that got hit by all the drivers who don’t know how to drive, because those signs are on the maintenance budget not the project budget.

It is definitely better looking, anyhow! No question about that!