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The Hardest Job in the World
"In an ideal system, incoming presidents would have months of orientation to learn the ropes and break their rhetorical addiction. No such school exists for presidents. There is a transition process, but it doesn’t sufficiently prepare a president or his team. Presidential transitions are a bigger undertaking than any private-sector transfer of power. In business, large mergers and acquisitions typically take a year or more and involve hundreds of staffers. Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in December 2015, and it closed in September 2017. A president-elect and his team have two and a half months between victory and inauguration to figure out how to run a $4 trillion government with a civilian workforce of 2 million, to say nothing of the military. The United States federal government is the most complicated conglomerate on the planet."
a:John-Dickerson  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.05  w:13500  USA  government  history  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  Jimmy-Carter  disaster  JFK  George-H-W-Bush  politics  management  leadership  Harry-Truman  Dwight-D-Eisenhower  FDR  LBJ  from instapaper
6 days ago by bankbryan
Grenfell’s long shadow
FOR two weeks, the families of those who died came to tell their stories to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The father who was flying home from Egypt while his family burned; the parents whose daughter had moved from Italy to London to make a life; the young man who stood and watched the flames as his mother and sister were trapped inside.
disaster  fire  mentalhealth  urbanism  religion  community  aid  grenfell 
6 days ago by coldbrain
“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades
"It is unlikely that Davidson ever fully understood that he had sailed into the eye wall of Joaquin, but he must have realized by now that he had come much too close. As is usually the case, the catastrophe was unfolding because of a combination of factors that had aligned, which included: Davidson’s caution with the home office; his decision to take a straight-line course; the subtle pressures to stick to the schedule; the systematic failure of the forecasts; the persuasiveness of the B.V.S. graphics; the lack of a functioning anemometer; the failure by some to challenge Davidson’s thinking more vigorously; the initial attribution of the ship’s list entirely to the winds; and finally a certain mental inertia that had overcome all of them. This is the stuff of tragedy that can never be completely explained."
a:William-Langewiesche★★★  p:Vanity-Fair★★  d:2018.04  w:10500  disaster  weather  from instapaper
7 days ago by bankbryan
San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble
"In light of the problems with the Millennium Tower, there are now increasing calls in California for a reassessment of earthquake risks, much of it focused on strengthening the building code. Right now the code says a structure must be engineered to have a 90 percent chance of avoiding total collapse. But many experts believe that is not enough. The code also does not specify that a building be fit for occupancy after an earthquake. Many buildings might not collapse completely, but they could be damaged beyond repair. The interior walls, the plumbing, elevators — all could be wrecked or damaged. 'When I tell people what the current building code gives them most people are shocked,' Dr. Jones said. 'Enough buildings will be so badly damaged that people are going to find it too hard to live in L.A. or San Francisco.'"
a:Thomas-Fuller  a:Anjali-Singhvi  a:Josh-Williams  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.17  w:2500  architecture  regulation  disaster  San-Francisco  Los-Angeles  from instapaper
7 days ago by bankbryan
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"The Organization," developed with is a holistic guide to IT planning:…
Resilient  disaster  from twitter_favs
10 days ago by caravanstudios
52 Effective Disaster Recovery Plan Templates [DRP] - Template Lab
Bonanza of free Disaster Recovery Plan templates - 2018-06-02
disaster  plan  template  free 
16 days ago by wellsa
Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria
Official government estimates of the death toll sit at 64. A new study found at least 4,600 died as a result of the island territory’s faltering infrastructure, utilities and health care.
disaster  politics 
20 days ago by jellis

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