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Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 09:57:09 -0500
Archived: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 13:58:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

>From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 19:51:40 -0800
>Subject: Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

>>From: Bruce Hutchinson <bhutch.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 23:09:07 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Melvin Brown And The MPs

>The usual debunking, "It's not in my personal experience,
>therefore it can't be."

>I myself have never seen a plane crash, a murder, a case of the
>bubonic plague, etc., etc. However, it would be rather foolish
>to doubt such things just because I had never personally seen

>We have already had posts here about cooks and others who did
>pull guard duty during military service even though not regular
>MPs. At Roswell, there is other testimony of personnel pulling
>guard duty outside of their regular duties, like Thomas Gonzales
>of Squadron T and William Quigley of the 393rd Bomb Squadron.
>Quigley said it was the only time in his military career he was
>ever ordered to guard anything, in this case a B-29 being loaded
>with something over a bomb pit, with orders to shoot to kill to
>keep people out.

Here are more stories of improbable things that really happened.

More than a decade ago, when fax machines were the height of
office technology, the District Attorney's office in Manhattan -
yes, in the heart of New York City - didn't have a fax machine.
There wasn't money in the budget to buy one. So what did they
do, when they needed to send a document somewhere? (Maybe as
part of a high-level criminal case.) They had off-duty cops
carry the document by hand, receiving overtime pay for doing so.
Over the course of any year, that was wildly more expensive than
buying a fax machine. But there was no money for fax machines in
the DA's budget, and plenty of cash for overtime in the police

(I learned about that from an Assistant District Attorney, over
dinner one night.)

For many years, maybe for a generation, the custodians in New
York City public schools didn't report to the principals of the
schools where they worked. They reported to a supervising
custodian in the central office of the Board of Education. So if
a window broke in a school, and the custodian didn't immediately
fix it, the principal couldn't order the custodian to do it.
Instead, the principal had to send a request to a supervisor in
the educational chain of command at the central office. The
request would go up the educational chain of command, and
eventually be passed on to a high-level supervisor of
custodians. Then it would move down the custodial chain of
command, and eventually reach the custodian at the school with
the broken window. Maybe the custodian would fix the window, or
maybe not. The result of this? New York City public schools were
famously in disrepair.

(This was widely reported in New York newspapers.)

For many years, the musicians' union in New York had a contract
with Broadway theater owners, which required that certain
theaters hire a certain number of musicians, even if the shows
at those theaters didn't needany music. So every night, dozens
of musicians - called "walkers" - would show up at theaters, sit
backstage all evening without playing a note, and then collect
their checks at the end of the week. At some theaters, they
didn't even have to show up. They'd just come in once a week to
get paid.

(Everyone in the theater and music business in New York knew
about this. My sister, a violinist, was a walker for a while.)

Things happen, especially in big organizations, that defy logic,
good management, and even common sense. Is anyone going to
seriously claim that the military - famous for its inefficiency
- is somehow immune to this?

Greg Sandow

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