Thursday, September 19, 2013

Part II: Rope. Tree. Bureaucrat. Some assembly required.  This one starts out sounding really good.  You've seen, I'm sure, the news reports about all the awful flooding in Colorado.  A local firm in that area happens to manufacture surveillance drones – so they volunteer to supply equipment and people to help emergency crews figure out how they can best apply their equipment and capabilities.  You know, for delivering aid, rescuing stranded citizens, that sort of thing.  All was going well, local emergency services folks were very happy to have the assistance.  Until, that is, a FEMA bureaucrat comes along and tells them to ground the drones or be arrested.  Seriously.

WTF is wrong with these people?  On what planet would this be a good decision, with good outcomes?  Why, on Planet Bureaucrat, of course, where such a decision will lead to promotions, bonuses, commendations, or some combination thereof...

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