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January 29, 2008

Re-writing History At Minnesota

Or, How Green Is My Power Plant?


The information above was obtained from Carma, Carbon Monitoring for Action.

From the Carma web-site:

CARMA is meant to be a repository of the best available information on power sector carbon emissions. Our policy is to correct any errors or omissions if suggested revisions are verified by an independent third party.

I was surprised that some people in the university administration involved with green practices were unaware of Carma. Now that they know about it, I hope that if the above data is incorrect that they will inform Carma of any errors so that necessary corrections can be made.

[NOTE: Corrections have been made below (2-1-08). Professor Swackhamer apparently misspoke to the Chronicle.]

Mr. B. has previously noted the University administration's propensity to re-write history.

"Remember when the geniuses tore down the poor old decrepit - on campus - Memorial Stadium and replaced it with something they now admit was even worse...the downtown Metrodome? And now we're going to replace the downtown Metrodome with? Twin City Federal Stadium, which of course will be right back on campus near... "the old Memorial Stadium location."

"Which goes to show that if you wait long enough as a U of M administrator, people will eventually forget your past sins and you can feel free to re-write history. (I was a very strong supporter of the new Science Classroom Building. There is no conflict between teaching and research. I am for stature rather than ratings. I strongly support General College. I strongly support a higher minority enrollment. General College must go. I am against re-engineering. I am for Kotter's Eight-Stage Process of Creating Change. This is a land grant institution.)"

To which we can now add: "We're green, despite the fact that our power plant is 98% fired by fossil fuel. Now turn off those lights!"

This green claim appeared today in the Daily:

January 28, 2008

By Vice President Kathleen O’Brien and Professor Deborah Swackhamer

'Green' is in - and always has been

We can all be proud that the University was green before it became fashionable and has set an example for others to follow.

Green is getting a large amount of press these days, and organizations everywhere are touting their green credentials. Achieving substantive results remains a major challenge, especially for large institutions and systems, and requires participation from students, staff and faculty alike.

But we can all be proud that the University was green before it became fashionable.

Vice President of University Services Kathleen O'Brien oversees sustainability efforts across the University. Professor Deborah Swackhamer is currently interim director of the University's Institute on the Environment. Together they will lead the new Sustainability Goals and Outcomes Committee.

Eagle-eyed readers will recall that Professor Swackhamer has previously appeared on the Periodic Table.

Regular readers will also recall that OurLeader was at first reluctant to embrace the green monster.

See for example: "It's Not Easy Being Green Or, Why Robert Doesn't Want To Rap."

But he has apparently decided to do the right thing and sign on to the fight against global warming. I wonder how he got around the little problem(s) raised in December by Professor Swackhamer?

-----The following paragraph, originally from the Chronicle of Higher Education, contains an error---------------

Deborah L. Swackhamer, interim director of the university's Institute on the Environment, says she is not sure the university could achieve climate neutrality. More than 70 percent of the university's power comes from coal, she says.

The last sentence should read: "More than 70 percent of the university's power comes from fossil fuel, she says."

-------------------------see above--------------------------------------------

The commitment also asks colleges to make climate neutrality part of the curriculum, which is not something the president can do. "The president has absolutely no control over the curriculum," which is set by faculty members, Ms. Swackhamer says. "So some of these things he would be promising to do, he can't promise."

Why weren't these matters mentioned by O'Brien and Swackhamer in today's ode to the U's supposedly going prematurely green. "We can all be proud that the university was green before it was fashionable and has set an example for others to follow." Does that include the power plant VP O'Brien and Professor Swackhamer? Don't you feel that this important issue should have been pointed out in any discussion of the University's supposedly setting an example for others? To quote Professor Swackhamer again from the U's own website:

"The biggest threats are invasive species, climate change, toxic chemical contaminants and their effects, and land use and development." and "All of these suffer from a lack of political will to address what science already can address or where science can contribute to a solution."

Also from this same site:

"An angler pulling a plump walleye from a northern Minnesota lake is probably not thinking about power plants hundreds of miles away. Yet so much mercury from coal-fired plants has found its way into the flesh of walleye and other food fish in the state's lakes, that the Minnesota Department of Health has issued advisories on eating such fish for children and women of childbearing age."

Under the circumstances, I think today's essay was, at the least, misleading.

January 27, 2008

Hopeful Signs On Central Corridor - The Strib Edges Away from JYD

or, Has the Red Phone Been Disconnected?

Mr. B. has noted on previous occasions the symbiotic relationship between Morrill Hall and the Star Tribune. For the first time in recent memory the Strib appears to be backing away from President Bruininks (self-described before Christmas as a Junkyard Dog, or JYD). The Tribune now seems to be suggesting that compromise is necessary and that the world will not end if a tunnel for light rail does not run through the U. They even pay a backhanded compliment to OurGovernor, Tim Pawlenty.

Don't get me wrong – I'm no Pawlenty fanboy and disagree with many of his positions. But I respect someone who has principles and sticks to them. It is not difficult to predict where Pawlenty will come down on a given issue, unlike a lot of other politicians.

And in a political system we have to play with the cards we've got. Something that President Bruininks and Provost Sullivan seem to be very slow to learn – to the University's detriment.

OurLeader or his spokesperson, O'Brien, should not be making imperious statements and refusing to engage in honest discussion and negotiation about what is the best light rail plan for everyone involved, including the University. These public tiffs with the governor and former Regent Peter Bell are embarrassing, unseemly, unnecessary and harmful to the University. Where is Dan Wolters?

I am not a fan of Peter Bell's politics, but I am a big fan of his as a person. He is a charming, reasonable, man of principle. Why didn't OurLeader invite him over for a chat or even – God forbid – go visit him at Peter's place?

An imperial presidency does not serve a land grant institution well. Remember Mark Yudof and the pancake thing? Getting down off the horse and mingling with the peons would be helpful, both to learn what is important to your own constituency as well as politically.

Think about it, Bob.

From the Strib

It's time for decisions on Central Corridor

Tunnel alternatives deserve serious consideration.

Last update: January 26, 2008 - 4:42 PM

Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued two stern messages last week to planners of the Central Corridor, the proposed light-rail line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. His directives: Spend no more than $840 million, and settle your differences on the design by Feb. 27.

The governor, a good student of group dynamics, knows that a firm deadline and bottom line help move committees toward decisions. His decree, bolstered by a threat to withdraw his support for the project, likely had that goal.

A tunnel through the east bank campus of the University of Minnesota, once considered a must by university officials, is now one of at least three proposals from that quarter. The cost of a tunnel spiked when the location of the new Gophers football stadium was factored into its design. A campus tunnel now carries a price tag in the $250 million range, and pushes the whole project as currently conceived past $1.1 billion. That number is too far from $840 million to fly.

An independent newspaper not in knee-jerk support of every University plea for more money is welcome. Lately, the Pioneer Press seems to be serving as a better example of this kind of reporting and editorial policy.

Hopefully, the Star Tribune in the future will show more of this willingness to carefully examine what goes on at the University of Minnesota. It is not necessary to be a homer in order to be a supporter of the University of Minnesota. Saying something critical of the University does not make one a hater.

The goal of most people in the state of Minnesota is to make the U better. There seems to be some disagreement about how to accomplish this. Let's have a free and open discussion of these matters.

The Strib has been smoked in the past because of some of their long ago activities in turning over rocks at the U. Thus, the more recent athletic scandals at the U were discovered and exposed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Ironic considering the fact that a certain Strib sports reporter – well past his expiration date - is essentially an adjunct at the department of athletics.

Maybe the Strib will even disconnect the direct Red Telephone line to Morrill Hall?

Ciao, Bonzo

ps. If you are reading this on Sunday afternoon, go outside and go for a walk.

January 26, 2008

Bob Goes Over the Top



From the Daily:

"What separates the top three from the rest including the University of Minnesota..., is relatively little."

Bob Bruininks

It is understandable that OurLeader would lose it given his struggle with the governor and probably the state legislature over university funding. He has also become enthralled with the Green goddess and it will take big bucks to satisfy her. Embarrassing questions are sure to be asked about BigU's endowment the next time poor-mouthing is attempted. Former regent Peter Bell and the governor have also been chiding him to shape up so that he does not submarine light rail funding. Ouch! I guess that is why they pay him the big bucks.

But the statement above is really too much to take without response. If it is true, why all the agonizing and self-doubt about being in the top three?

But unfortunately it isn't true as OurLeader surely knows from his attendance at a Fall Regent's Meeting where the university presented data that showed us to be at the bottom of the list in virtually all categories that matter with respect to our then self-selected peer group of: Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Texas, Berkeley, UCLA, Washington and Wisconsin.

It is always important to specify the comparison peer group because it is apparently subject to change. In this article OurProvost mentions a comparison group of "about twelve" - now that's real specific. But of course he likes it that way so that things can be kept confusing enough that no pesky faculty members, students, regents, legislators or citizens will ever be able to figure out what is actually happening.

This administration is exceptionally adept at obfuscation and sidestepping important questions like: "Where do we actually stand?" They meet with faculty committees, blow them off, and continue merrily along, all the while claiming faculty input and guidance.

For further irreverent but heart-felt commentary by Mr. Bonzo on an amazing article, please see:

Another Stunning Puff piece from the Daily

U endowment reaches $2.8 billion in 2007

From the Daily:

The University's endowment fund grew to $2.8 billion dollars in 2007, a 26 percent change from the year before, according to a study released Thursday by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Among Big Ten schools, the University's endowment fund is the third largest, after the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, $7 and $6.5 billion respectively.

In response to the study, leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa and Max Baucus, D-Mont. sent a letter to the 136 schools with the largest endowment.

The senators charged the schools to increase endowment spending in order to make tuition more affordable for lower- and middle-income families.

University officials were not immediately available for comment Friday.

26% of 2.8 billion dollars is, could that be 728 million dollars? My goodness, who would have thought this, after what we have been hearing out of Morrill Hall lately? We are ranked second in the BigTen (excluding NU) among public universities, following only Michigan. What good news for those following rankings. Maybe some of this bounty could be used for strategic investment rather than bleeding departments and colleges. Tuition relief, anyone?

The administrative response is predictable, but it had better be quick if the PR campaign for more funding from the legislature is to be credible. These numbers are not going to help in that effort. It does not seem to be in the university's best interest to attempt a large tuition increase next year as they appear to be contemplating.

More Tax Advice

From OurLeader

OurLeader has previously weighed in with the unhelpful suggestion that the State of Minnesota tax clothing. He now suggests that the gas tax be raised. I don't agree with a tax on clothing, but do think that a gas tax increase would be in the best interests of the state. However, OurLeader's arguments for these tax increases count for little, especially when he explicitly links them to increases in funding for the U.

OurLeader is dealing with a professional politician - Governor Pawlenty. This is a mismatch.

When your building priority list starts out with a new football stadium, perhaps you should not be wasting your time giving tax policy advice? Minnesota citizens aren't actually interested in the U becoming the third greatest public research university in the world [sic]. They very well might be interested in improving their university so that it rises at least to the middle of the BigTen. But that of course would require honesty about the present situation.

From the Startribune:

"This is a time when we ought to seriously consider a gas tax increase and perhaps a sales tax increase dedicated to transportation. We need additional resources to take that pressure off of the general fund of Minnesota."

"If the state wants to remain vibrant in a global economy it needs a great, vibrant transportation system, it needs an educational system that works, it needs a research university that can create the discoveries that are going to lead to the creation of new jobs in Minnesota's economy," he said. "I'm just very hopeful that the policymakers will get together, compose their differences and come up with solutions that will really move us forward."

Let's see, an educational system that works and a research university that leads to the creation of new jobs. Somehow I missed the part about becoming the third greatest public research university on the planet...

This kind of rhetoric, followed to its logical conclusion, might actually get us somewhere.

Ciao, Bonzo


Or, Preaching to the Choir

In an effort to whip the troops into a frenzy, OurLeader recently met with enthusiasts at the McNamara Alumni Center. From the Daily:

Alumni joined President Bruininks and lawmakers to hear about the U's 2008 capital funding request.

"The one thing I've seen in the past that I didn't see this year was actual legislators here," University alumnus Jerry Sosinske said. "I don't know if that's a good thing or not."

University Relations confirmed there were at least five legislators at the gathering, which is actually less than 2.5 percent of state lawmakers.

Bruininks said tinkering [sic] on the edge of recession, low interest rates and the low value of money actually made this a great time for the state to be investing in its resources. "When the economy is soft, make a capital investment."

On Jan. 14, Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his bonding proposal, which funded a Folwell Hall renovation and a complete revamp of the Science Classroom Building, but left funding for University maintenance at 40 percent of the requested amount with no mention of a new building for the Bell Museum of Natural History.

One audience member, a father with three daughters graduating from various University programs this year, referred to University maintenance funding: "It's really frustrating to be here because it seems our proposals are dead on arrival."

Yes, you are correct about that DOA feeling. A good question to ask is: Why, President Bruininks?

Mr. Bonzo suggests that the Democrats (we call them DFLers in Minnesota), the Republicans, and the Governor are all annoyed with the university for different reasons. Any ideas why that might be, President Bruininks?

Chow, Bonzo

Some Free Advice

from Mr. B. to Academics and Administrators
(courtesy of UD)

Mr. Bonzo is a real fan of the FIRE organization. It seems to him that the AAUP has gotten fat, complacent, and intimidated by modern universities. To be fair this may only reflect the situation at BigU where the AAUP is dormant. FIRE has gotten into a recent flare-up of university administrative incompetence and arrogance at Brandeis.

UD is Margaret Soltan, an English professor at Brandeis. Mr. Bonzo admires her almost as much as our own English profs, Paula Rabinowitz, Tom Clayton, and Patricia Hampl.

UD – Mr. B.'s academic blogging idol – has recently posted on the amazing situation at Brandeis University. She has commented on the situation at her main campus along with a pointer to her alternate campus at Higher Ed. There she does the patented SOS (scathing online schoolmarm) on a letter from a university administrator – the provost, believe it or not – that is wonderful. OurProvost would never write such a letter because he is a lawyer and as well as a serial law school dean.

Any academic or administrator could learn a lot from UD's post.

Ciao, Bonzo

TeePaw to Junkyard Dog:

Shape Up Or Watch Light Rail Die
(and it will be your fault...)

Previous posts have introduced OurLeader's self-assumed nom de guerre, Junkyard Dog, and cautioned him about the fate of Leroy Brown (aka the Junkyard Dog). For the backstory see:

The Junkyard Dog Goes Up Against TeePaw
Or, We May Need to Learn How To Play With the Cards We've Got


A Call For Leadership
President Bruininks, Are You Listening?

The latest from the now out in the open skirmish is reported in the Strib:

Costs for the project, now projected at $1.25 billion, must come down by a third, Pawlenty said in a letter today to leaders on the project. "To qualify for federal funding -- and to garner my support," Pawlenty said in the letter, the project must meet federal cost-effectiveness guidelines.

"Competition for state bonding dollars is intense," Pawlenty wrote. Although Pawlenty has backed the rail project in the past, he has become dismayed in recent months at the infighting and the bid-'em-up dynamic that has emerged.

The governor signaled earlier this month, when he released his bonding recommendations, that the squabbling had cooled him on the project. The $70 million earmarked in his recommendations, he said, was a placeholder, offered as an inducement to those involved to shape up.

The letter was sent to the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Hennepin and Ramsey county commissioners, and the president of the University of Minnesota.

So what is it going to be, President Bruininks and spokesperson O'Brien? Eighty percent of a loaf or nothing? Please try to consider the common good and do not sabotage this effort. Remember that you wanted the stadium ever so much and your wish was granted. You can't always get what you want. Governor Pawlenty would be only too happy to drop this mess off at Morrill Hall. If you blow it, the governor won't have to pay anything for light rail. Please keep this in mind.

And, as Steve Jobs would say, one other thing. With respect to funding for the U, the governor has been squeezing you like a bandoneon. It might be fun to thump your chest and run the motor loud, in the friendly confines of the red-telephone equipped Strib editorial office, but it is unwise to threaten the governor with junkyard dog behavior and accuse him of lack of leadership. Do you want to sleep with the fishies? Pawlenty is a professional politician and you are not. As a famous philosopher once said: "A man's got to know his limitations."

We're all in this together at the U of M, or at least we used to be. Let's drop this foolishness about being one of the top three public research universities in the world and commit to being in the top half of the Big Ten. This is a goal that we can all embrace and it might be more convincing to citizens of the state. It also has the virtue of being achievable unlike the ambitious aspiration of being one of the top three public research universities on the planet.

Welcome back to the fray. Bonzo

Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi?

A Tough Choice at BigU


Oddly, a study published last July by U of M researchers is only now surfacing in the local (Pioneer Press) and national (Reuters) media. Surprise, surprise, diet pop is bad for you!

Because of the U of M's financial arrangement with Coca-Cola and the dean of the medical school's membership on the board of directors of Pepsi [sic(k)], the U of M's research on the harmful effect of diet pop on people's health is triply ironic.

Mr. B. has previously posted on BigU's Coke connection:

Coke or Pepsi, The Age Old Question

And on the ick factor of the Dean's deal with Pepsi (~100K$ the first year):

It's The Ick Factor

BigU Med School Dean Sits on Pepsi Board

But then again, Coke and Pepsi have the money and that we need. "In this world one thing counts, in the bank, large amounts." And we have Twin City Feral Stadium to finance.

January 22, 2008

OurLeader Does The Green Thing

Or Bob Bites the Green Bullet

A friend has called Mr. B's attention to the following:

Recent Signatories:

University of Minnesota
Robert H. Bruininks, President

What OurLeader has signed is the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Regular readers will recall that OurLeader was at first reluctant to embrace the green monster.

See for example: "It's Not Easy Being Green Or, Why Robert Doesn't Want To Rap."

But he has apparently decided to do the right thing and sign on to the fight against global warming. I wonder how he got around the little problem(s) raised by Professor Swackhamer?

Deborah L. Swackhamer, interim director of the university's Institute on the Environment, says she is not sure the university could achieve climate neutrality. More than 70 percent of the university's power comes from coal, she says.

The commitment also asks colleges to make climate neutrality part of the curriculum, which is not something the president can do. "The president has absolutely no control over the curriculum," which is set by faculty members, Ms. Swackhamer says. "So some of these things he would be promising to do, he can't promise."

We are now officially committed to climate neutrality and Professor Swackhamer is correct, this is going to cost money, money that we don't have. Given our CO2 producing power plant, achieving climate neutrality without modifying operations or replacing the plant is going to be just about impossible. So difficult choices are going to have to be made. Is this yet another example of talking the walk rather than actually doing what we say we are going to do? Maybe the state legislature will help us go green? Going green seems to be a more reasonable goal than being one of the top three public research universities in the world. But in order to achieve it, OurLeader will finally have to 'fess up to the disconnect between ambitious aspirations and available resources. The clock is ticking.

Welcome back, everyone, to spring semester at BigU. There are very interesting times ahead of us. I hope that an honest dialog ensues about where we are going at BigU and not just a continuation of the top down operation we have seen so far.

Mr. Bonzo

Tuition - MNSCU Gets It

The U apparently does not...

From the Pioneer Press:

Tuition would rise an average 2 percent at Minnesota's two-year colleges and 3 percent at state universities next school year under a plan Minnesota State Colleges and Universities officials released late Monday.

Senate Committee on Finance and Planning
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Will the Regents support a 7.5% tuition increase, Professor Martin asked? They have been told it is part of the budget plans, Mr. Pfutzenreuter said. Professor Chapman suggested that 7.5% will be seen as quite high. Mr. Pfutzenreuter agreed but pointed out that for Minnesota residents the legislature provided funding to buy down the increase by 2%, so it will only be 5.5% (for students from households with an income of up to $150,000). Professor Chapman said he was sorry to see such an increase in an election year; Mr. Pfutzenreuter said the other choices are increased state funding or less new investment.

Once again it should be clear that the goals and aspirations of a public institution have to be aligned with the resources and priorities of the state. What is sensible for an institution to do if it has the resources to become one of the "top three public research universities in the world" is not necessarily what should be done given the actual financial constraints under which we are going to have to live in the future.

There should be a real dialog about these matters on the campus of the University of Minnesota and it is sorely lacking. OurLeader and OurProvost need a little pancake and BigTen (the tavern) time with the peons. Even a trip to The Wok or a local Italian resaurant?

Mr. Bonzo

A Call For Leadership

President Bruininks, Are You Listening?

Blowing smoke and talking about how good things are going to be in ten years is one thing, but in the here and now hard decisions have to be made.

From the Pioneer Press:

In the here and now, the Central Corridor light-rail project as it's desired is too expensive. The Metropolitan Council, charged with managing the project according to the rules that make it eligible for federal funding, has been clear, consistent and persistent on that point. A project that starts at the back of the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul and eventually tunnels under the University of Minnesota on its way to downtown Minneapolis would cost around a billion dollars. To be eligible for federal funding - for half the cost of the project - the price tag needs to come down to about $840 million, says Peter Bell, chairman of the Met Council [and a former U of M regent].

In the here and now, rules are rules.

Decisions about travel routes, whether they're rail lines or roads, don't merely reflect reality - they also alter it. The rules by which those decisions are made are inherently political - they reflect a decision to value some things more than others. The current formula for deciding whether a transit project is worthy of federal funding values what's known as the cost-effectiveness index most of all. By that index, we can't afford a billion-dollar light-rail line between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis.

So something has to give, and, by the reckoning of the Metropolitan Council - which, again, is charged with following the rules as they exist - there's a long way to go and a short time to get there. Unless manna falls from the heavens, everyone is going to have to give up part of what he or she wants for the greater good of getting the St. Paul-to-Minneapolis line built.

But suggesting that we're staring at a death match featuring The Union Depot vs. The University Tunnel is oversimplifying things. We don't claim to know what all the other variables are. Different people see them differently.

If the Central Corridor is to move forward, after decades of planning and arguing, everybody and their variables need to be at the table. Forthright, creative people solve problems. For the sake of the here and then, forthright problem-solving is what's needed. Here and now.

The Junkyard Dog Goes Up Against TeePaw

Or, We Need To Learn To Play With The Cards We've Got...

You will recall that OurLeader was complaining to his friends at the Strib prior to the Christmas break about the tin cup approach to higher education funding. Therein he threatened junk-yard dog behavior.

Our governor, Tim Pawlenty (fondly known in these parts as TeePaw) has been busy in New Hampshire with his campaign to be John McCain's running mate. But he is now back in the state and has thrown the junkyard dog a hamburger laced with cyanide.

You see we have some bridges in Minnesota that need fixing and much of the budget is devoted to that task. Consequently the ambitious aspirations of OurLeader for megabucks have been slashed by the guv.

January 1, 2008

Robert Does Not Want To Rap (Part II)

Or, Good Leaders Lead
And Have Opinions

Mr. B. has previously written on OurLeader's reluctance to face hard issues in his dealings with the press. For example see: "Robert Cannot Come Out To Rap" and the related piece: "It's Not Easy Being Green, Or Why Robert Doesn't Want To Rap."

OurLeader is on the NCAA board of directors that is responsible for overseeing the athletics policies for Division I schools. The otherworldliness of this fact, given the situation at BigU, has previously been explored in the post: "One Can Only Marvel."

Chip Scoggins in the Strib writes today:

University presidents often voice concerns over the academic issues associated with playoffs. They argue that a playoff might stretch the season into the second semester, which they won’t allow, even though basketball bridges both semesters. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks declined an interview request for this story.

So Chip was Driven to Discover (SM), but Robert did not want to play ball. Well-known presidents of some other big time universities (OSU, Northwestern, Penn State...) could apparently take the time to communicate with Chip. But OurLeader declined to have a conversation with a writer for our local paper. Good leaders lead and have opinions on relevant matters that they communicate to stakeholders - such as the local newspaper...

OurLeader needs to make a New Year's resolution to get out a little more. Talk to the faculty, talk to the students, talk to the citizens of the state. Get down off the high horse and have some pancakes. Breakfast at Al's for OurLeader is on Mr. B. We have a lot of things to do at the U. The economic/political climate in the state is not looking too good for the administration's ambitious aspirations to become one of the top three research universities in the world [sic].

Why don't we be honest with the citizens of the state and promise, with their help, to get to the middle of the BigTen. Please drop this top three stuff as it makes everyone at the U look bad.

Happy New Year from Mr. Bonzo

A Lifesaving Checklist?

According to the Government
This Is Unethical and Illega

Atul Gawande is a doctor who has written extensively on the business of doctoring. He has written articles for the New Yorker, books on doctoring, and had an Op-Ed in the NYT today. Before Christmas Mrs. Bonzo was bugging Mr. B. over a recent article of Dr. Gawande's that appeared in the New Yorker on the subject of using a checklist in intensive care units and what a great positive effect it had on the practice of medicine. Mrs. B. volunteers in a clinic and believes very strongly that use of such a checklist would be of great benefit.

Now Mr. B. is lazy and also thinks that Dr. Gawande has a huge stick and big clout in the medical profession. If a matter came to his attention and he wrote about it, people would sit up and take notice. After all, he is a certified genius.

But no such luck. Today's NYT piece is on the same subject and things are apparently not going so well.

Guess so...

Is the University of Minnesota a Farm
Club for Pro Sports?

You Loot, You Die

And a Merry Christmas from New Orleans!