A Public Assembly Facilities Manager Considers Jurassic World

Jacob Bacharach

1. Early on, we see a hotel room. Subsequently, however, as the crisis unfolds, we see multiple incidents of thousands of guests held in the hot sun on an outdoor concourse, even as the park director, dinosaur expert, and others scream about getting inside. Additionally, the dinosaur expert lives in an airstream trailer. Conclusion: Jurassic World has only one hotel room, substantially too few for an island resort that is at least a full day’s journey from the mainland.

2. Despite several employees possessing two-way radios, management primarily communicates with park staff via cell phone, an inherently less stable and reliable platform. Additionally, when radios are used, the signal often breaks up, suggesting a) insufficient repeater range/capacity, and b) poor battery charging discipline.

3. Front-line staff are untrained in emergency preparedness, and are not helpful in either evacuation or shelter-in-place scenarios.

4. Self-piloted, two-person vehicles are described as being able…

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I Agree with Milton Friedman!

The Baseline Scenario

By James Kwak

In Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman asks what types of inequality are ethically justifiable. In particular (pp. 164–66):

“Inequality resulting from differences in personal capacities, or from differences in wealth accumulated by the individual in question, are considered appropriate, or at least not so clearly inappropriate as differences resulting from inherited wealth.

“This distinction is untenable. Is there any greater ethical justification for the high returns to the individual who inherits from his parents a peculiar voice for which there is a great demand than for the high returns to the individual who inherits property? …

“Most differences of status or position or wealth can be regarded as the product of chance at a far enough remove. The man who is hard working and thrifty is to be regarded as ‘deserving’; yet these qualities owe much to the genes he was fortunate (or fortunate?) enough to inherit.”

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June 15: Nature Photography Day

Fans in a Flashbulb

Started in 2006, The North American Nature Photography Association celebrates nature photography on June 15, during Nature Photography Day. Below a small selection of “nature photographs” from the ICP Collections:

William Edward DassonvilleGolden Gate Bridge from Sausalito, ca. 1937 (2008.104.9)

John PfahlAustralian Pines, Fort De Soto, Florida, 1977, (416.1984)

Brett WestonTrees and Water, High Sierra, 1962 (2012.119.60)

Wu YinxianShuangjian Mountain Peak, Anhui, 1965 (165.1988)

Ernst HaasCommunication, Nevada, 1692 (77.1976)

Hidekazu IwaseBrilliance, 1989, (37.1994)

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