Monthly Archives: January 2012

“You don’t put thermometers 5 feet above concrete and pretend that they’re measuring the same temperature as…100 years ago””

You know by now that there’s a global conspiracy of bankers, politicians, scientists, journalists and others to tax the population on the basis of carbon (seriously!). It’s based on often willfully bad science.  The scientists can’t even measure temperature correctly:  … Continue reading

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Approaches to quality management and accreditation in a genetic testing laboratory

The EU has funded another “Network of Excellence” to bring accreditation to medical genetics. Can member labs all excel before they are accredited?  Does every lab not excel once it is accredited?  After all, there can be no degrees of accreditation. … Continue reading

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Rebooting management?

“A programmer can re-program a computer. No one can reprogram a society. Those who try are first called revolutionaries, then tyrants, and finally failures.” Americans promulgated the MBA-style management errors measuring everything against profit. Britons countered with command-and-control policies and … Continue reading

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Belgium: 500 days and counting…

You may have been concerned by the earlier report of Belgium surviving without central government for 400 days.  Fear not; its existence continues: “As I write, Belgium has not had a central government for more than 500 days. While I … Continue reading

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‘Not worth the paper it’s written on’

The Scottish Quality Management Centre isn’t asserting its independence.  Perhaps the EU may throw it a little bone of authority one day.  Should Scots really vote themselves out of the Union, Scotland may need its own accreditation service to exercise … Continue reading

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Do you need a holiday from accreditation?

Do you need a holiday from accreditation?  Bill Bonner asks, “How do you get to South Africa? Here’s how to simulate the journey in your basement or garage… and save $5,000. First, stand around for about two hours. Take off … Continue reading

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Safety theatre

Safety theatre.  I wouldn’t happen with an ISO management system.  (Health and safety is outside their remit and not included.)

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Accreditationism challenges Salmonella serotyping

It’s not inspectable enough… Applied and Environmental Microbiology, November 2011,p. 7877-7885, Vol. 77, No. 22.  0099-2240/11/$12.00+0    doi:10.1128/AEM.05527-11 Copyright © 2011, American Society for Microbiology. Methodologies for Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica Subtyping: Gold Standards and Alternatives Pierre Wattiau1*, Cécile Boland1, and Sophie Bertrand2 … Continue reading

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Boring, but only for 5′ 56”. Not a whole career.

“It’s not the accreditation body that mandates accreditation. It’s the government.”  @4′ 16” Go on, watch it.  It badly needs some views. Don’t miss the admission in part 2: “EU regulation…in effect says that each country will have one accreditation … Continue reading

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The reward of monomania

Theodore Dalrymple explains one reason why bad theories are reluctant to die: “The problem is that nonsense can and does go by default.  It wins the argument by sheer persistence, by inexhaustible re-iteration, by staying at the meeting when everyone … Continue reading

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