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Saturday, July 19, 2008

  The Gulag for Terry Childs

Who do you trust to run your nuclear power plants? Build your roads? and keep your networks safe? Do what extreme do you expect those people to go to keep you safe?

Is Terry Childs an unsung hero or rogue engineer?

Terry Childs won't be the first engineer I've heard of coping badly with clueless management with a better understanding of the law than physics, but this case takes it to a new extreme.

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"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, 1887

Not to divert the thread but one of the attributes I look for in a presidential candidate is the ability to listen, to consult, to appoint an effective cabinet. Effective presidents seem to use them well but still maintain their leadership (they reserve the final "executive decision" for themsleves).

Terry Childs failed by not including those around him as a "cabinet" of advisors. And his management, well, they did what poor management does so often, wash their hands of responsibility for something they were incompetent to understand, and then let the poor schmuck who was gullible enough to accept the job, hang for losing his perspective.

Yeah, "$41t Happens!"
 
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