You Had One Job

Nebraska tourism guide mistakenly features Missouri picture. This would be funny if it didn’t say something about the lack of attention to detail that I see all around me.

Nebraska’s newest state travel guide mistakenly features a picture of a Christmas celebration at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that a production error allowed the picture of the Kansas City station to be used instead of Union Station in Omaha.

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This Would Be Funny If It Didn’t Highlight the Sad State of American Education

Or maybe it is only education in our nation’s capital. (But I doubt it.) This is what happens when you stop teaching facts, and only teach about feelings in the schools. Couple forced to prove that New Mexico is a state while applying for marriage license.

“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say: ‘My supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?'” Clarkson posted on Facebook recently.

The Clueless Clerk got a hint when everyone in line behind the couple was laughing at the ignorance.

It’s Good to Help the Environment Until You Ask Them to Pay More

The French are unhappy that “going green” means they have to pay more for fuel. ‘Assaults, fights, stabbings’: More than 400 injured in France’s yellow vest protests.

Though it does look a lot like a simple revenue-grab by the government.

Diesel is set to go up by seven cents a litre, and petrol by three cents. Diesel vehicle owners, still a majority in France, feel betrayed after decades of the state encouraging diesel engines.

I mean, how much is this tax going to actually change the conditions? Over time, maybe. But in the short run it will just mean that the .gov collects more in taxes.

Do Public Officials Care About Public Safety?

A series of recent posts on how 911 centers around the country are struggling to keep staff. It is a hard job – you will hear bad things happen on the other end of the phone. And in general, you will be talking to people on one of the worst days in their lives. In private industry, as a first step look, people would look at increasing wages. And eventually, cities and counties are coming to that conclusion.

But the job is harder than it needs to be. These Technology Startups Help First Responders And Shorten 911 Response Times.

This is Forbes, so of course the emphasis is on business, but the one thing that stood out, and what led to the title of this post, doesn’t have anything to do with technology or business. Or not directly anyway.

It isn’t just a dispatch shortage that’s affecting 911 systems, governments have also contributed to the lack of updated 911 systems. In March 2018, the Rhode Island legislature diverted its 68% of its 911 funds to balance the state budget. The Rhode Island 911 system currently lacks a global positioning system (GPS), the current system can only determine the caller’s location within three-quarters of a square mile; emergency medical dispatch and medical translation.

The FCC accused Rhode Island effectively stealing the E-911 fees. Rhode Island collects about $15 million in E-911 fees. Only about 5 and a half million go to 911 systems. You aren’t going to get much in the way of upgrades for that.

So back to my original question. Do public officials care about public safety? (And Rhode Island isn’t the only state playing games with E-911 funds.) If they did, they would not trot out the worn excuse, “our system can’t handle these new-fangled cellular telephones.” An excuse which I am still reading in stories about poor 911 response times in 2018.

The original link at top is mostly a listing of startups in the “Public Safety Industry.” There is a start up from Israel that has gotten quite a lot of press in the past month, and this article seems to want to expand the coverage to more players in that field. There are a lot.

That’s Quite a Retirement Package

Or it would have been if he didn’t get caught. Ex-Chicago police commander charged with stealing $360,000 from Social Security.

A one-page criminal information filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court accused Kenneth Johnson of bilking the Social Security Administration out of $363,064 from about June 1994 to November 2017.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who did the math.

If we’re reading this correctly, this asshole was crooked for at least 24 of his 32 years on the job – 75% of his career:

Not a cop having a bad day, if he was stealing for 24 years.

Triggered SJWs Screaming in Three, Two, One…

Who wants to take bets on which side of the political spectrum suddenly is not interested in science? Women really are more empathetic and men more analytical, biggest ever study shows.

In the biggest ever study examining differences between the sexes, scientists have concluded that women really are more empathetic while men are more analytical and logical.

Most of that article is behind a pay wall, and like all elements of the Mainstream Media – even the part that isn’t to the Left of Chairman Mao – the are interested in clicks, and sales, and revenue. So it is a little provocative. (But they got me to click!) An article that is not behind a paywall, is perhaps not so over-the-top. Largest ever study of psychological sex differences and autistic traits.

The Empathizing-Systemizing theory predicts that women, on average, will score higher than men on tests of empathy, the ability to recognize what another person is thinking or feeling, and to respond to their state of mind with an appropriate emotion. Similarly, it predicts that men, on average, will score higher on tests of systemizing, the drive to analyse or build rule-based systems.

People working in STEM fields were also found to have a higher “autistic-traits scores” while non-STEM types, on average, had higher empathy scores.

The authors of the original study bent over backwards to try and preemptively defuse the kerfuffle that is about to hit – assuming that the MSM doesn’t just bury this study, since it goes against the current narrative. (They vilified the president of some university for daring to suggest that maybe women, on average, don’t like STEM. Was that Harvard?)

Your Tax Dollars At Work: United Kingdom Edition

So are plug-in-hybrid cars a good thing if you never plug them in? Government-subsidised plug-in cars may never have been charged.

The UK had fairly generous taxpayer subsidies for hybrid cars. Most ended up in fleets.

The majority of the tens of thousands of eligible vehicles sold were bought by company fleets, including more than 70% of the 37,000 plug-in hybrids sold so far in 2018.

But data from The Miles Consultancy, a Cheshire firm which advises 300 blue-chip companies on fuel management, reveals that many businesses simply used the grant to save on buying regular cars

I’m not sure that’s what the UK taxpayer had in mind, not that they were actually consulted.

Many of the cars have Never. Been. Plugged. In.

“The charge cables are still in the boot, in a cellophane wrapper, while the company and the employee are going in and out of petrol stations, paying for all of this additional fuel.

The law of unintended consequences. Overly tax diesel. Overly subsidize plug-in-hybrids. Politicians may not be able to do math, but most companies have a cost accountant around somewhere.