COB-47: cover sheets

Nothing is more important for a bureaucratic report than its cover sheet.  The cover sheet is what people will see.  When the report has its brief moment of glory on the top of a paper stack on a bureaucrat’s desk, the cover sheet has to shine.

You know the old saying: don’t judge a book by its contents.  No one opens most books.  The cover is what matters.  It’s the same for bureaucratic reports.

In other bureaucratic reporting this month…

Terry Heaton at the PoMo Blog faults Intel for “shareholder value being put above the future of the company.” That’s a classic mistake that non-bureaucratic organizations make.  Bureaucratic organizations recognize that nothing is more important than the future of the organization.

Brad Templeton at Brad Ideas reports that a movie studio has issued a DMCA takedown notice for his Hitler parody of movie studios issuing DMCA takedown notices. We see nothing surprising here for persons without a sense of humor or irony.

University College Cork, under the expert leadership of its president Michael B. Murphy, has succeeded in creating a large problem from a small problem.  Although this success concerns a bat sex study, it has general applicability.  Such techniques are vital for preserving and expanding workforce employment.  Careful study of this technique would be valuable for bureaucrats worldwide.

Techcrunch reports on debate about whether Firefox is heading for a massive decline.  Firefox co-founder Blake Ross, now no longer with the Mozilla organization that supports Firefox development, declares:

I’m pretty skeptical. I think the Mozilla Organization has gradually reverted back to its old ways of being too timid, passive and consensus-driven to release breakthrough products quickly.

Mozilla is maturing into a fully capable bureaucratic organization.  Such a development can only help to secure the future of Firefox.

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man reports that Texas County Judge Daniel Burkeen has sent a letter to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality inquiring whether he should consider both urination and defecation.  We believe that defecation is more serious problem than urination, but we urge the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to study the matter carefully.  Bureaucrats dutifully handle such work.  The public should be grateful.

Ars Technica reports on a Pew survey documenting that Internet users like government websites. Many governments have developed world-class bureaucracies.  Internet start-ups that want to be successful on the web need to invest in bureaucracy.

That’s all for this month’s Carnival of Bureaucrats. Enjoy previous bureaucratic carnivals here. Nominations of posts to be considered for inclusion in next month’s carnival should be submitted using Form 376: Application for Bureaucratic Recognition.

2 thoughts on “COB-47: cover sheets”

  1. Your “Carnival of Bureaucrats” is certainly an outstanding contribution to the world of online literature. There is no doubt that literature such as the “Carnival of Bureaucrats” is being monitored by “beings” from other planets who are trying to understand what in the world is going on on this strange planet that they have discovered.
    I would like to suggest that your site could be improved if you adopted some standard elementary bureaucratic procedures. For example, your “Form 376: Application for Bureaucratic Recognition.” does not even show a rev date. No mature self respecting bureaucrat would circulate a form without a rev date. The rev date implies and insures that the bureaucrat has a future project. That is, another revision of the form.

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