Meet the Beer Bottle Dictator: For years, one man has approved virtually every beer label design in the United States. Among brewers, he’s a tyrant. A legend. A pedantic pain in the ass. Brewers and legal experts speak of him in hushed tones, with equal parts irritation and reverence. "He’s the king of beer. His will is law," said one lawyer who works with him regularly. The lawyer asked to remain anonymous, for fear of crossing the beer specialist. "There’s one dude in the government who gets to control a multibillion-dollar industry with almost no supervision." And he goes by the name "Battle."
posted by Cash4Lead
on Aug 12, 2014 -
Turkey: The Erdogan-Gulen showdown
- "A political fight to the death had just broken out between Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, and his former allies in the movement of Mr Gulen... The prime minister argues that the Gulenists have set up a 'parallel state' within the bureaucracy, following orders from Pennsylvania and pursuing an agenda of their own." [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Mar 22, 2014 -
The Age of Imperialism is over, but its impact remains
, leaving behind a long-lasting legacy through cultural norms. Comparing individuals on opposite sides of the long-gone Habsburg Empire border within five countries, it shows that firms and people living in what used to be the empire have higher trust in courts and police.
posted by -->NMN.80.418
on Jun 3, 2011 -
Here’s what we think the Editor Trends Study tells us: Between 2005 and 2007, newbies started having real trouble successfully joining the Wikimedia community. Before 2005 in the English Wikipedia, nearly 40% of new editors would still be active a year after their first edit. After 2007, only about 12-15% of new editors were still active a year after their first edit. Post-2007, lots of people were still trying to become Wikipedia editors. What had changed, though, is that they were increasingly failing to integrate into the Wikipedia community, and failing increasingly quickly. The Wikimedia community had become too hard to penetrate.
- The Wikimedia Strategy March 2011 Update
discusses wikipedia's declining ability to retain new editors. Meanwhile the case of the deletion (and restoration)
of the article on the remarkably notable Old Man Murray
highlights the bad decisions that can occur when insular admins and editors favor deletionist sentiment and bureaucratic rule-waving over the input of outsiders and a basic level of research.
posted by Artw
on Mar 11, 2011 -
Simulated U.S. Government Agency Responses to Vampire-Americans
"Every spring, [the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce] runs a policy simulation designed to illustrate the difficulty of operating an organization in the context of asymmetric and limited information. Every fall, I run a two hour mini-simulation designed to give students a sense of how the larger simulation will play out. ... Since vampires seem to be in the news lately, this year I chose a vampire oriented scenario."
posted by amber_dale
on Jan 12, 2010 -
Even Astronauts Commit Suicide.
Former Navy doctor, astronaut
and Space Shuttle mission specialist
, ham radio operator
, and one time flight surgeon of The Blue Angels, Dr. Chuck Brady
, was denied a hip replacement by the Navy shortly before he took his own life in July, 2006
, and, according to his friend Dr. Ed Drum, this was a pivotal point in the depression that led Dr. Brady to apparently take his own life. [more inside]
posted by paulsc
on Sep 20, 2007 -
Applications for UK visas are being denied for ridiculous reasons
, says an independent monitor report. Among the reasons: never having been on holiday before, "failing to complete pivotal areas of Section 6", and "plan[ning] a holiday for no particular purpose other than sightseeing. BBC readers contribute their stories
- from potential bridesmaids being told that they were only going to marry English men like their sister was doing, to not having good enough German.
posted by divabat
on Jun 21, 2007 -
While the report had very libertarian
leanings, John Stossel's special on how royally inept our government is at accomplishing anything
is an indictment of the entrenched ways of doing things. There must
be some sort of crossroad where liberal social policies can meet with real accountability without bureaucracy.
posted by owillis
on Jan 29, 2001 -