The Common Eland
Monday´s Comment
The Common Eland
27. 4. 2015

One of our Endowment’s donors cautioned me that instead of corruption, we ought to target inefficiency and uneconomic performance of public administration, notably in health care, science and research, as well as ICT projects. He did not mainly talk about fund embezzlement and asset stripping. What he had in mind was the implementation of completely unnecessary projects, which often serve only to promote selfish ambitions and secure cushy jobs for individuals and groups. Incidentally, a few days after meeting the donor, I came across a few records from the information system for research, experimental development and innovations. Having given the texts a cursory look, I concluded it was a joke. So I checked the database and was awed: The projects were meant for real and their contents made me laugh. Unfortunately they were paid with public funds. I leave the final judgement to you: a 2011 project was titled: “How to Present Dairy Cattle at Exhibitions”.

One of our Endowment’s donors cautioned me that instead of corruption, we ought to target inefficiency and uneconomic performance of public administration, notably in health care, science and research, as well as ICT projects. He did not mainly talk about fund embezzlement and asset stripping. What he had in mind was the implementation of completely unnecessary projects, which often serve only to promote selfish ambitions and secure cushy jobs for individuals and groups.

Incidentally, a few days after meeting the donor, I came across a few records from the information system for research, experimental development and innovations. Having given the texts a cursory look, I concluded it was a joke. So I checked the database and was awed: The projects were meant for real and their contents made me laugh. Unfortunately they were paid with public funds. I leave the final judgement to you: a 2011 project was titled: “How to Present Dairy Cattle at Exhibitions” (http://www.isvav.cz/resultDetail.do?rowId=RIV%2F60460709%3A41210%2F11%3A52031!RIV12-MSM-41210). The research programme was implemented by the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague. I cannot imagine what such research should possibly aim at, and what such a cow-presentation manual could look like. Does it study the psychological profile of the cow, its shape and mood one day before the exhibition, if it is supposed to walk slowly and bow deeply, or should it better ignore the visitors? Film director Zdeněk Troška’s 1983 comedy, Sun, Hay and Strawberries, was actually well ahead of its time and in the context of latest research findings his project for increasing the milk yield by means of playing reproduced music to the cow must be viewed with the utmost respect.

Then there is yet another project of great significance to the Czech Republic. You should admit that you are positively entranced by the 2010 effort, “The Common Eland – A promising fare on the Czech diner’s plate? Sensory properties of the meat of the Common Eland” (http://www.isvav.cz/resultDetail.do?rowId=RIV%2F60460709%3A41610%2F10%3A49661!RIV11-MSM-41610). If, by chance, you come by a restaurant serving common eland steaks, don’t forget to consult the project’s results before dining out.

What to say in conclusion? You might dismiss such propositions as complete trash without any deeper meaning, but who knows what will happen fifty years from now? By then one might actually need a manual on selling a cow or easting a common eland. Jules Verne’s books also seemed totally goony in his time, but turned to reality a few years later. But it is also true that Verne wrote books for his own money.

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