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From “Corporate Relations”

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 2, Summer 2013
pp. 144-149 | 10.1353/col.2013.0060

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Mechanized Eccentric

hunting for a man
a man is capable of doing more work
a man of the mentally sluggish type
a man who was well suited to his job
the maximum work that a man could do on a short spurt
heavy labor on a first-class man
more narrow or wooden a man

a man holding a hammer
a man competing with a steam drill
a man striking fire
hammer ring hammer ring
hammer my fool self to death

in order to do the work in the quickest time,
at what cutting speed shall I run my machine? and
what feed shall I use?

the pulling power and the speed and feed changes of the machine
the metal-cutting machines demanding appeal
put new pulleys on the countershaft of the machine
the speed boss sees that the machine is run
enable the machine to finish its product

a steel driver that struck steel
listen to that cold steel
ring on the rails

Scientific Management

a small part can’t function
without connecting to another
it requires interlocking

note it with a stop-watch
equipped merely with a stop-watch
thousands of stop-watch observations
through the use of a stop-watch and record blanks
the man stood over him with a watch
the motion study followed by a minute study with a stop-watch
a man equipped merely with a stop-watch

the body is a cog
interpreted out of existence

breaking machines in the piece-work war
similar machines are made over and over again
every element of this machine
output doubled per machine
independent of work done by the machine
ten different experimental machines

a series of teeth on the side of a bar or wheel
cast as one with it
engaging with each other
precise sense doubtful
a great whele wyth many cogges
working trundles with round staves
locked to the surface and each other

“The ‘psychological’ prevents man from being as precise as a stopwatch; it interferes with his desire for kinship with the machine.” (Dziga Vertov)

Fong Foo v. United States

we submit, sir, that the risk of error or impropriety must be borne

    Fong Foo who lost 15 pounds during the 13 days the outburst of tears

I missed the trail, excuse me, sir

one error     is an attempt to

psychoanalyze what the judge did

                 “I was going to take legal license with Gertrude Stein and say ‘An acquittal is an acquittal is an acquittal,’ sir.”

recommended that they now thrust

                 a radiosonde

                 dropped from a plane by a parachute

as it passes through the air

returns to a receiver by Morse code

the temperature, the humidity, and the pressure of the air

                 embodied the false testing

the judge’s vigilance was particularly provoked

description of a test operation as resulting in spurious marks on a piece of paper

witness explained that spurious meant instantaneous, on the spur of the moment

the judge cautioned the witness

and then, the most important incident arose

1962. Standard Coil Products Company (with Fong Foo as a codefendant) was accused of defrauding the government in connection with a multimillion dollar contract to supply weather monitoring equipment to the Army Signal Supply Agency. After seven days of what promised to be a long trial, the judge abruptly dismissed the case because of doubts concerning the credibility of the government’s witnesses. Later, the government attempted to retry the case, but attorneys for the corporation claimed that the Fifth Amendment’s statement “nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb” applied to the defendant. The Court’s decision affirmed that corporations were entitled to protection under the double jeopardy clause.

the situation arose which triggered the directed verdict

    triggered on the eighth day, after all this patience and indulgence

     dropped from an airplane

                 a parachute then opens

there is a certain shock at that point

       the parachute then allows the device to float to earth

the False Statements Act

it’s difficult to describe those four or five days

they were—it was extremely long, extremely painful

the witnesses turned out to be rather inept


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