We have a lot of fun in these essays.
We enjoy poking holes in the ideas and “facts” most folks never bother to ponder.
But we argue our very best material is hidden. And it certainly doesn’t come from our pen.
No. The best stuff comes from our Connections.
That’s right. Our greatest work isn’t what we write… it’s what we read. It’s what our dear readers send us that makes this project so rich.
We’ve heard from doctors… scientists… lawyers (those notes always scare us)… welders… teachers… moms… dads… and plenty of preachers.
Our Connections are vast and deep.
With that idea in mind, here’s a small collection of some of the best commentaries we’ve received over the past few days.
We’ll start with a note that explains so much about our government and how it seems to grow with every breath.
It’s a response to our recent piece on Parkinson’s law:
Wow! The first thing that came to mind was the VA. We tried to do a project to improve their energy efficiency and they fought it at all levels until it died. It would have resulted in cutting six temporary workers. But then the words from a friend that used to work for the Corps of Engineers really explained it much clearer.
He said in the name of fairness, the government wants to pay people based on the number of people they have working for them.
That is partially how the pay grades were established. The example he used was a five-person department. One boss that we say is at a level 2 and four level 1 employees. The boss gets creative and says the work needs to be separated, so the level 1 people are put into two separate groups. Then, he determines that each group needs a supervisor and they must be level 2. Since the level 2 people work for him, the boss gets moved up to level 3. End result – The same four people are doing the real work, but now it takes three supervisors instead of one.
The boss is especially happy because he doesn’t have as much responsibility since he can blame mistakes on the level 2 people and he gets a higher level 3 salary.
If we really simplify the tax code, maybe we could reduce the staff count at the IRS. That could be the reason many are working to reduce the taxes, but still keeping it as complicated as possible. – Reader J.C.
But while Big Government may be the epicenter of the issue, we see it everywhere.
And while it’s easy (and oh-so-important) to wag a finger at our politicians, we can’t forget to look in the mirror. All of us waste precious time and money on things we can get done quicker and cheaper.
But by simply squeezing the time and money allotted for a project… Parkinson’s law tells us we’ll get a lot more done and have a lot left over.
Next, here’s a note in response to our recent piece about new research on radiation in our homes. If you’re interested in learning more on the subject, the link is worth your attention:
Andy, as a loyal reader of Manward [Thanks!], I hope you give this request your serious consideration and pass it along to your readers.
There is much more to this story on smart meters and the resistance forming to stop these smart meters from being deployed or removed. Here’s a link worth sharing. – Reader S.A.
And here’s a note that follows up on an idea we extolled in a recent Rooster’s Crow segment:
Since I’m not a medical professional, I cannot recommend that you do this, but I have used the combination of [ibuprofen and acetaminophen] for quite some time when I had exceptionally strong bouts of pain. I started doing this when I learned that one is processed by the liver and the other by the kidneys. Taking them both does not overly tax one system or the other. Of course it’s not recommended that you do this often or for a long period of time because prolonged use of either will damage your body. Keep up the good work. – Reader Tony C.
Finally, our thoughts on Timothy Carpenter (a convicted crook) and the Fourth Amendment stirred readers to take action. We received many notes on the subject.
Here’s one of the scariest:
I have been a subscriber since day one and truly love the intelligence and thought-provoking essays… I cannot speak for the majority of Manward readers, but as for myself I truly love what you write and the way you make me think about Liberty issues…
As a former communications technician who traveled from cell tower sites and installed hi-speed circuits, I suspected that, upon arrival at cell tower sites, I would encounter other technicians using laptops to gather data on circuits claiming maintenance gathering. Normally that would not raise an eyebrow from me because I would do the same function, but my suspicion would arise when, upon my arrival, many of these other techs would pack up and leave rather quickly, leaving me to wonder did I say or do something wrong?
I believe now looking back that these so-called techs were actually law enforcement agents gathering data to use as evidence to go after bad guys. The Fourth Amendment does state protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. It is a Liberty issue when those that have the power can use this data to track not only criminals, but individual citizens, for whatever purposes they see fit. It is a slippery slope to make a distinction between bad guys and citizens exercising their rights to protest such abuses of individual rights as a criminal against the state.
I wonder aloud if we are not getting closer to a police state when we use technology to gather information on people who may disagree with the government. After all, there are laws on the books that allow the government to seize private property without warrants and keep things illegally seized by way of the so-called Patriot Act, just because the government THINKS that you may have ill-gotten gains. What is next is really scary. And that is what keeps me awake at night.
Keep up the good work… thought-provoking essays on issues of individual rights are worth much more than money. Well done, Andy! – Reader N.G.
This thoughtful reader gets it. Technology hasn’t just made the slope even slipperier… it’s made it much steeper.
As for Mr. Carpenter’s case in front of the Supreme Court, no ruling has been made yet, but our sources tell us that several justices (with a variety of political ideologies) asked questions last week that tend to favor the Fourth Amendment.
Victory for Liberty lovers is likely on its way.
Keep the questions, comments and ideas flowing. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.