Monday, May 30, 2011
I Do the Volta Face
Volta face (voltafaccia = turnaround) is what I did. I changed my position 180 degrees around.
I finished my expert witness paper against Israel's largest water corporation. At the beginning I refused to accuse water engineers I am familiar with. I had a good opinion of them. Nice hardworking decent collegues. Zionists too. Actually I rather liked them.
In two days, the lawyers succeeded in changing my mind: Now I maintain that the corporation is a vast, corrupt, technologically regressive monster, overcharging its clients, many of whom are penniless, extremely pious Jews, with large families and totally unfamiliar with the world. All over the world water companies are changing to electronic digital water meters, with no moving parts, with on-line reporting and automatic billing. Not them. They keep playing around with antiquated mechanical meters, hopelessly imprecise and given to brake down with the minimal pressure wave or exposition to the sun.
The lawyers made me write a summary in half a page, which is they say the judges may read. My expert opinion, 100 pages full of equations and graphs, will be used as door stop. The lawyers say they never met someone who invested such amount of research in a paper. I am that like, what can I do.