X-Message-Number: 30588
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 11:52:31 -0700
From: "Finance Department" <>
Subject: Alcor Accountability Report: A Blank Page

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Tripper discusses various methods Alcor could use to report the progress
they are making.  Dismally, the question becomes "Progress in what?"  Their
research program, if any, has come to a screeching halt with the loss of
everyone who does that kind of work except possibly for whatever Hugh Hixon
might be doing.  Expensive pieces of equipment such as their Intermediate
Storage Unit presumably are just sitting around someplace unused.  There is
not even a visible standby/stabilization program in place nor any employee
officially designated as its leader.  The only reporting we get on things at
Alcor is their weblog which occasionally mentions something that has been
going on for years, should have been completed long ago, but is now in the
planning stage to be worked on some time in the future.  Huh?  Who needs
more methods of reporting pipe dreams?  The real report of any progress at
Alcor can be summed up on one blank sheet of paper, that remains blank after
the blank report is written.

No, what Alcor needs is changes in management and its board, to people who
have a motivation to get things done.  That motivation being that if they
don't, they get the boot.  And to get that done, a large majority of Alcor
members need to start caring enough to want to participate in an electoral

Dave Pizer has found a crack in the law and bylaws that may effectively oust
the current board.  It is obvious they won't leave voluntarily, though, so
some kind of legal action will probably have to be taken to get that done.
A settlement could be reached between the parties without having to go to
any huge litigation expense.  With the problems Alcor has today, any change
in leadership can only be a step up.  Member election of the board is not a
panacea for solving all of Alcor's problems, but it will open doors to get
them solved by getting people, including many of the existing ones no doubt,
to get some work done.

"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of
himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we
found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this
     -Thomas Jefferson



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