Loading...
 

Don't Panic: How many civilians has the U.S. killed in the War On Terror™?

Before I joined the SocialistLibtardIslamofascistHomo Conspiracy (aka the media), I worked for a small public relations firm.

I did PR for commercial real estate companies. I learned a lot during my tenure. I learned two-hour lunch breaks would be socially acceptable if you replaced the word "break" with "meeting." I learned that all good strip clubs bill discreetly to your credit card. I also learned a lot of corporate buzzwords and clichés.

Most of them were silly. I heard a lot about synergy, proactivity and win-win situations. Even a decade later, I'm waiting to hear someone, somewhere describe a deal as a win-lose situation. "Man, they totally ripped us off. Definitely a win-lose situation."

Business life wasn't all eye-rolls and bullshit bingo, though. I spent time around smart people and picked up on the way they think.

Reading several stories in the past week about civilians killed during the War on Terror™, I was reminded of one of the few management clichés I picked up during my PR years – one that actually has meaning: "You can't manage what you don't measure."

Continue Reading "Don't Panic: How many civilians has the U.S. killed in the War On Terror™?"

(Photo illustration by Andisheh Nouraee)



More By This Writer

Article

Monday July 2, 2012 10:14 am EDT
Fourth of July has devolved into a mindless national block party. Here's what we should do about it. | more...

Article

Wednesday September 7, 2011 04:30 am EDT
Ten years later, a TV terrorpalooza rings hollow | more...

Article

Tuesday September 7, 2010 09:11 am EDT
In the last-ever 'Don't Panic' column, we talk foreign policy writing cliches. | more...

Article

Thursday August 26, 2010 02:42 pm EDT
The Iraq war is over in the same way that daytime is over if you close your curtains. | more...

Article

Tuesday August 24, 2010 12:04 am EDT
Maybe Google Translator should add a Slang-to-English option, too? | more...
Search for more by Andisheh Nouraee

[Admin link: Don't Panic: How many civilians has the U.S. killed in the War On Terror™?]