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Quality Education, By Any Means Necessary

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Teaching should be pure joy. That so many of us are frustrated and alienated -- some to the point of despair -- is intolerable. We can end the suffering by making 2011 the year of the subversive educator.

Is Your Business Falling Into 'The Big Rut'?

Les McKeown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les McKeown

There are three keys to ensuring that a reasonable dependence on systems and processes doesn't swell into arthritic bureaucracy.

Thanksgiving in Chicago, As American as Apple Pie... Without the Crust

Beth Milnikel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Beth Milnikel

A quadriplegic, former police officer Jim Mullen is nevertheless an entrepreneur living the American Dream. His growing apple sauce business has, unfortunately, been forced to deal with Chicago bureaucracy.

Giant Cleanup Ship Met With Puny Response From Our Government

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ernest Istook

A giant-capacity skimming ship has arrived in U.S. waters, yet our government has left us wondering whether it will permit the ship to join the cleanup effort.

ReelzChannel: Top 10 Government Jobs for People Who Bruise Easily

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In the high-octane film, The Losers, CIA black-ops set out to avenge their betrayal at the hands of a mysterious gent known only as Max. Good thing th...

How Our Government Slowed Down the Gulf Cleanup

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Our own government has quietly admitted that America needs foreign help to handle the oil spill -- almost two months after pushing that help away. Far more oil could have been intercepted before it fouled the Gulf Coast.

Arlington's Gravegate Scandal Could Have Been Prevented

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

What a depressing testimony to the entrenched incompetence at the federal level. What an insult to the heroes who are buried and honored at Arlington.

Tales of Toll Booth Trauma: Relics of a an Era at its End?

Louise Nelson Dyble | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Louise Nelson Dyble

For a little risk-free transportation voyeurism, this collection of complaints is truly hard to beat, and runs the gamut from obscenity to nudity to theft to racial slurs to some pretty alarming threats of violence (a la "I know where you live"). No need to crane one's neck or hold up traffic to observe some high drama conflict.

Jason Linkins

South Carolina To Root Out 'Subversives', Make Them Pay Five Dollars | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CLARIFICATION: Contra the available reports, this inane law has actually been on the books since 1951. It's garnered renewed attention because a repea...

Privatized Bureaucracy is Still Bureaucracy

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

From a consumer vantage point, privatized bureaucracy seems an awful lot like regular bureaucracy.

Russian Activist Uses Blog-Power to Beat FSB

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Oleg Kozlovsky

Thanks to bloggers' active support, we managed to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Russian Federal Security machine.

A Post 9/11 Lie

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

I wish I had never been terrified, turning to a lie for comfort. I know that in today's world, such "comforts" are far more trouble than they are worth.

California Teachers' Salaries to Be Paid in Compliments, Well-Wishing, Hearty Handshakes

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

The state's new plan calls for teachers to be compensated on a per-compliment basis, with the strongest teachers garnering the most effusive praise.

GM Chairman Ed Whitacre: Unless Employees Take Risks, Resist Bureaucracy, "We're Not Going To Make It"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT (TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN --AP) - General Motors Co. Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. urged the troubled automaker's employees to forget their o...

For The Shadow Elite Failure Often Guarantees Future Rewards

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Janine R. Wedel

Today's power brokers are still at the top of their game because they are said to "have the credentials." No matter that they are the credentials of a shadowy elite--and of failure.

Handicapped Man Faces Homelessness After Financial Crisis Demolishes Trust Fund

Huffington Post | Zach Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As part of the Huffington Post's efforts to bear witness to the effects of the current economic environment on ordinary Americans, we're rounding up s...

Wasted or Wasteful? Are Bureaucrats All That Bad?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Obama and Biden promise they will not spend our money badly. Government stimulus spending is presented by the administration as a necessary evil.

About Things Swinish

Pinaki Bhattacharya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pinaki Bhattacharya

The mass paranoia the news television channels were able to create in urban India was symptomatic of the modern wired 21st century age.

The Skip Gates Arrest May Not Have Been About Race -- But About Something Even Worse

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Easterly

My guess is that Sergeant James Crowley was following an inflexible rule that you arrest anyone who shouts angrily at a cop.

Blowing Smoke

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

"But" is a word I could just as well do without. It stops more projects before they even hit the planning stage than it creates.

John Murtha and the Culture of Corruption

Eyck Freymann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eyck Freymann

Murtha is a crook, and if the House Democrats were serious about fighting corruption, they would have expelled him from the caucus when the first definitive corruption stories broke.

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: February 20, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you've spent any time in the Federal bureaucracy - or just a half-hour in the basement of the General Services Administration building - you know: ...

Captive Flower

H. Candace Gorman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
H. Candace Gorman

My client, Mr. Al-Ghizzawi, told me during one of our first visits about a flower that was outside his cage at Guantanamo, just sticking out of the desert terrain, by itself.

Urban and Married Life, With Tickets

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steve Ettlinger

Here, for posterity, is our story of a recent confrontation with the city bureaucracy. TO: New York City Department of Santitation RE: Summons No...

Japanese Pension Scandal Linked To Series Of Knife Attacks

Washington Post | Blaine Harden and Akiko Yamamoto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

TOKYO, Nov. 19 -- Bureaucrats here have infuriated the Japanese public by losing millions of government pension records. This week someone with a knif...