Albert, Florida has need of thee at this hour…

None of the MSM coverage of recent alligator dining habits has shown the slightest sympathy for an oppressed reptilian class. (i) Humans are full of drugs, food additives, sugar and salt, not to mention pens, watches, snorkel masks, and other hardware: eating them causes ADD, autism, or something else, I forget what. The FDA has never approved people as a safe diet item for any reptile! (ii) Alligators are finally getting their fair share of people…and being shot for it by government jackbooted thugs, or maybe gt’s in waders, or Tevas, whatever. This story is really about two injustices, but do we hear about them in the paper? How about some balanced reporting that isn’t completely speciesist and biased?

Author: Michael O'Hare

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Michael O'Hare was raised in New York City and trained at Harvard as an architect and structural engineer. Diverted from an honest career designing buildings by the offer of a job in which he could think about anything he wanted to and spend his time with very smart and curious young people, he fell among economists and such like, and continues to benefit from their generosity with on-the-job social science training. He has followed the process and principles of design into "nonphysical environments" such as production processes in organizations, regulation, and information management and published a variety of research in environmental policy, government policy towards the arts, and management, with special interests in energy, facility siting, information and perceptions in public choice and work environments, and policy design. His current research is focused on transportation biofuels and their effects on global land use, food security, and international trade; regulatory policy in the face of scientific uncertainty; and, after a three-decade hiatus, on NIMBY conflicts afflicting high speed rail right-of-way and nuclear waste disposal sites. He is also a regular writer on pedagogy, especially teaching in professional education, and co-edited the "Curriculum and Case Notes" section of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Between faculty appointments at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was director of policy analysis at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He has had visiting appointments at Università Bocconi in Milan and the National University of Singapore and teaches regularly in the Goldman School's executive (mid-career) programs. At GSPP, O'Hare has taught a studio course in Program and Policy Design, Arts and Cultural Policy, Public Management, the pedagogy course for graduate student instructors, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Policy, and the introduction to public policy for its undergraduate minor, which he supervises. Generally, he considers himself the school's resident expert in any subject in which there is no such thing as real expertise (a recent project concerned the governance and design of California county fairs), but is secure in the distinction of being the only faculty member with a metal lathe in his basement and a 4×5 Ebony view camera. At the moment, he would rather be making something with his hands than writing this blurb.

5 thoughts on “Albert, Florida has need of thee at this hour…”

  1. It is not like the Alligators are skinning people and making suit cases out of them! Alligators just eat when they are hungry, not just to look fashinable!
    It is pay back time and the gators are mad!

  2. Michael:
    Is there supposed to be a link to some news story that you are commenting on? It sure seems to me that if you could find it and identify it as the missing link that would be a much more interesting headline for the National Enquirer ("ACADEMIC BLOGGER FINDS MISSING LINK!")

  3. I have to speak up in defense of the FDA here. I have some water turtles, and my experience is that they will eat anything. One time one of them seemed to dislocate its jaw in order to eat a rock that was larger than its head. Why? Who knows. It didn't seem to bother him much, and 3 or 4 years later, when he had gotten much bigger, he passed the rock, which had digested down into a smooth little pearl. So I don't think pens or any other hardware will really bother alligators much.

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