WHO’S MINDING THE STORE?……zuki explores ‘peter principle’

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Good Morning Denizens of Adulteration,

I came upon this article and thought it quite telling.  While this particular example of idiocy is poignant given the position of authority, but I think it typifies many lesser manifestations of ignorance.  I give you the following:

A Sicilian judge ruled late last year that blogging, under Italian law, is the same as publishing an unregistered newspaper. In Italy, publishing an unregistered newspaper is a crime of “stampa clandestina,” and is punishable by large fines and/or jail. And so down went the first blogger.  He was noticed because he wrote unkind things about the Italian government; a horrible legal precedent and basis for the ruling.

But by registering a blog, the blog would then be subject to all laws governing newspaper publishing which means the blogger could no longer freely write his or her thoughts and no longer a blog.  Since the ruling, another blogger has been taken down.  Apparently there are those in the Italian government who have decided to run with this opportunity.

The judge, not understanding a thing about the Internet, but still given authority over it, unintentionally with the stroke of a pen took down the right of free speech in Italy and empowered the government to gag its citizens.  It’s just one more demonstration of the awesome power of ignorance.

Do our leaders have the wherewithal and enough information to know  what they regulate?  Perhaps…..

I think back to my hellish experience of court mandated therapy.  I was forced to listen to constant psychobabble from women bent on torturing me for nothing more than revenge! What a sham–as it was clear no genuine desire to help confused drunks existed…we had to solve our own problems.

I’m sure this country is lousy with examples of management directing how and what should be done without an earthly idea about how to go about it!  Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull’s “The Peter Principal” published in 1968 must be in paperback by now and would encourage the two or three of you reading this bloated goat to peruse it.  Trust me; although it is written in a tongue n cheek style it’s nevertheless true and explains much about today’s posting.

Please don’t let the facts get in the way because after all “ignorance is indeed bliss!”  It is so much easier to go headlong into our day confident we understand our little universe blinders in place without having to worry about being accurate.  It has served me well over the years….. Perception is truth whether it’s based in fact or not so please keep it to yourself!

Obviously delving out stupidity isn’t limited to government or work as it can be found on multiple levels.  A good illustration was found right here at ‘curmudgeon corner.’  For those of you new to the diatribe, curmudgeon corner is a clever euphemism for a bunch of old men (mostly) drinking heavily and expounding on things like cars, ‘this old house’ theories, and assorted insults subtle or a pie to the face.  Bombastic best describes what occurs there.

Cush is a union truck driver and member of the Teamsters.  I think he’s a good example of someone comfortable with their reality and perceived facts.  I’m not sure how the topic came up, but he tried to convince me the City of Atlanta was as high in altitude as Denver!  He read it somewhere (couldn’t come up with a reference) and was so sure about it he bet $20.  I wanted to convince him he was dead wrong because taking his money on that bet would have been tantamount to stealing.  In spite of my efforts to save him twenty bucks he wouldn’t hear of it and absolutely convinced of his facts.  By the way Atlanta, GA is positioned upon this rock at 1,010 ft; a fair difference from a mile high.

While the above is not an important example, it still serves as warning that the world is filled with morons ready to convince you the earth is flat.  For God’s sake pay attention!


  • zuki

    Working on it…..perhaps someday

  • zuki

    As usual the Bagwan in his zeal to always be right has distorted the facts. As I indicated the discussion was about Atlanta and made no reference to Appalachia. A nearby patron overheard this and volunteered the information as an adjunct to my story about Cush. Our poor Bagwan has become delusional…shame really

    • bagwan1

      Our original discussion included info on the altitude of Atlanta which apparently you remembered — that right there is a miracle.
      In any case I am glad to see that the continuous loop of our limited range of topics continues unabated.

  • bagwan1

    Forget the Peter Principle what we are talking about is the Cliff Clavin Principle. What is really weird about this is I am getting a real deja vu all over again feeling. Several years ago Zuki and I were sitting in the old Dam Grill and Tap Room talking about the upcoming Masters golf tournament when I said there are points in the State of Georgia that are nearly as high as Denver. Zuki said that was preposterous so I made a mental note to check later. Well I didn’t have to wait till later because a drunk working on his computer overheard us and within 30 seconds had passed his computer down to Zuki without saying a word. The look on Zuki’s face told all — highest point in Georgia is 4784 feet. As regular readers know that was neither the first nor certainly the last time Zuki stood (or slouched) corrected.
    You want to get a laugh sometime ask him the altitude of sea level.