It's not as though people don't understand you. They understand you very, very well.
... People are looking at your LinkedIn profile, and they’re laughing at what you, in a public forum, have decided to present as your professional identity. Last week, five people (who chose to remain anonymous) scrolled through your hobbies and skills and broke into fits of laughter at each one. When they looked at your employment history, noting the various part-time jobs and internships you thought it would be a good idea to include, they were almost in tears. I mean, come on—you like playing racquetball and you list “social media” as a skill? What does that even mean? You know what Twitter is and you own those weird-looking goggles? Somebody give this man a job! Seriously, we hope that you have actually found a job and are not, in fact, starving to death because you are incompetent. ...ColinStokes,NewYorker
The National Security Agency is reviewing a top employee’s part-time work for the private corporation founded by his former boss.
The spy agency’s chief technical officer, Patrick Dowd, is currently allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc., the private firm co-founded by former NSA Director Keith Alexander, Reuters reported on Friday.
While the news outlet reported that the arrangement was approved by other officials and does not violate any laws, it nonetheless raises questions about the division between government and corporate work — especially because the secrets learned at the NSA could be tremendously valuable for a private corporation. ...TheHill
Oh. I keep forgetting. When the core issue is profiteering, anything goes.
Probably not. There are signs in Pakistan that "the South" is alive and kicking elsewhere in the world. Muslims are becoming the George Wallaces and Bull Connors of the 21st century.
In this tiny village where most homes don’t have windows and meals are cooked over fire pits, Christians are used to feeling like second-class citizens.
Christians say they earn less than $2 a day working in the sugarcane fields. They must shop at the sparsely stocked Christian-run rice and vegetable store. They are not allowed to draw water from wells tapped for Muslim neighbors. Now, in what many consider to be a final indignity, they and other Pakistani Christians are struggling to bury their dead.
Pakistan, whose population is overwhelmingly Muslim, is nearly twice the size of California. But leaders of the tiny Christian minority say their burial sites are being illegally seized by developers at an alarming rate, while efforts to secure new land are rejected because of religious tenets barring Muslims from being buried near people of other faiths. Increasingly, the remaining Christian cemeteries are packed with bodies atop bodies. ...WaPo
The CDC is not blameless. Joe Nocera explores the Centers for Disease Controls response to the Dallas cases of Ebola.
In The Times a few days ago, Donald G. McNeil quoted several experts saying the protocols established by the C.D.C. were, in the words of one, “absolutely irresponsible and dead wrong.” One important protocol is having a “site supervisor” watching for errors. The C.D.C. has now included that guideline. ...Nocera,NYT
Screw-up. "Hubris," Nocera writes. But, as usual, compulsive, unreasoning Congress budget cutters have a lot to answer for.
Like all federal agencies, the C.D.C. saw significant cuts to its funding thanks to sequestration. Another expert, Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard School of Public Health, told me in an email that because the chances of Ebola being imported to the U.S. were considered low, preparing for it was not considered a good use of scarce public money. “The budget cuts,” he wrote, “have directly reduced preparedness.”
In addition, the C.D.C., like many federal agencies, had its mission transformed after 9/11. Julie Gerberding, an appointee of the Bush administration, changed its emphasis to bioterrorism and other potential security threats. “She also brought in efficiency experts who were anathema to scientists,” says Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the seminal 1994 book, “The Coming Plague.” Morale plummeted, and many of its best scientists fled. ...Nocera,NYT
In other words, it's going to be pretty hard to blame the current administration for problems that go way, way back. But, of course, truth won't play much of a role in assigning responsibility for screw-ups.