The Pentagon accidentally mailing plague and anthrax, it turns out
Is it just me, or does the government make a staggering amount of mistakes? Not just the volume of mistakes, but also the severity of those mistakes. Did you hear about the lost nuclear bombs they have (broken arrows) they call them. I don’t wish to go into a listing of how the government messes up, but compared to even general business incompetence it seems rather amazing we aren’t already dead.
People argue against computer intelligence, but when I see this I have more reasons to argue for it. We are concerned about Skynet? I am concerned about Norm the government worker who doesn’t question that he is mailing out Anthrax! It isn’t just one person who does this, but a team of people. How many people did not do their jobs or care for this to happen? Everyone involved should be fired.
I had the opportunity years ago to work for a government branch that had a terrible reputation. I didn’t accept it. Mostly because I want to be proud of the work I do, and no matter how hard I worked, I couldn’t fix a problem that took a team of people to screw up. Good people don’t like to work in places that have bad management, which is why most good people have their choice of assignments and work.
More generally, people who don’t engage in their job are a danger to society. How many people could have died because of this anthrax or other issue? How many deaths have been caused by ignorance, laziness or lack of follow through? I bet many in the history of mankind. If you can’t engage in your job, then for everyone else’s sake, find a job you like. Don’t be the guy licking the stamp on the envelope of anthrax you are sending out.