Reading and watching the news in the past several days, I’ve had a growing sense of dread that Ignorance and his ally Stupidity are launching a counteroffensive against the Teeming Millions.
Exhibit One: NASA vs. JPL gaffe involving the failure to convert between imperial and metric units of thrust. $125 million+
Exhibit Two: Japanese nuclear fuel processors forget that it’s called critical mass, not critical concentration. Cost, a few dozen innocents, eventually.
Exhibit Three: Much smaller and less expensive mistake. Sombody stowed three brand-new 737 rudders in the wrong spot in Boeing’s Renton assembly plant. They got recycled. $1/2 million.
It seems the only setback the forces of Ignorance have had is the loss of Lt. Quayle.
In each of these cases, the idiocy has not been quick or accidental, but rather an exposure of existing stupidities.
So how much else is lurking? Could it be that Y2K is the Tet Offensive of Ignorance?
This week Sec. Richardson announced that US experts will help the Russians check their nuclear control systems for Y2K bugs… about time !
Alan Greenspan and Steve Ballmer agree that most of the “dot com” bubble is based on a confidence racket!
Where else will it come from? Who else is faking competence? Can Uncle Cecil save us?