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Oh, my


I hope you guys are following the Google lawsuit that dropped Monday. Executive summary: white guy sues Google for discriminating against all things sane and normal. The Federalist has a good taster.

If you ask yourself how long the company can go on like this, I’m afraid the answer is a long, long time. Its structures are long since built and self-perpetuating. It has the kind of money some first world countries would envy. It can shamble on, a golem filled with flittering bugs, almost indefinitely. And the other Silicon Valley bigs are no better, apparently.

This will not end well, but it may end amusingly.

So, I went into work for a couple of hours today. I bumped into several people in town: everyone’s either sick with, coming down with or already had this bug. I got kind of caught up, anyway, and I’m staying home tomorrow.

All the better to bring you Dead Pool Round 106.


Comment from Mitchell
Time: January 11, 2018, 11:41 pm

One of my Resolutions is to ditch Google as much as possible this year. Getting rid of Chrome, using Duck Duck Go, and gonna switch my email to Outlook. Just bought a new android phone recently so I’ll have that for a while, not that there’s a real alternative as apple’s phones are a complete non-starter for me.

Comment from Janna
Time: January 11, 2018, 11:55 pm

It sexually identifies as a building. A. Building. Allrightythen.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: January 11, 2018, 11:57 pm

Willie Nelson

Comment from OldFert
Time: January 12, 2018, 12:33 am

OK. Walmart’s giving bonuses and raises. So is AT&T. And several power companies. Some banks. Boeing. Some airlines. Even COMCAST for Pete’s sake.
List: https://www.atr.org/list
Who’s not on the list?
Apple, Alphabet (Google), Motorola, Intel, AMD, Dell, HP. You think THEY’re not benefiting from the tax changes?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 12, 2018, 1:07 am

I have an HR background, and one of friends is an employment attorney. Neither of us has read the entire case document yet, but what we have seen certainly makes a good argument for discrimination against white males. Discrimination against political view points and moral attitudes while also obvious are not actionable (as far as I know anyhow).

One would like to think that Google, because its size, should have some responsibility if not obligation to be neutral but it doesn’t.

On the practical side, Google has more money than almost anybody, and as OJ taught us, money matters in our legal system.

At the bottom line, assuming complete victory at the Supreme Court (overruling the 9th Circuit) Google might be instructed to hire more White Males and to stop being so overtly discriminatory towards them. However, there are plenty of White Males who share Googles’ political and moral culture, so I can’t foresee much change there.

The best we can do is to search out a non-Google-based search engine. I’m open to any suggestions on that front, please. I don’t like bing as I don’t care for Microsoft much, but if they aren’t cooking their search results as I’d Google, I guess they’d be the lesser of two evils.

Comment from Niña
Time: January 12, 2018, 1:08 am

I just saw that Circuit City is coming back, and I suspect the tax bill had something to do with it.

And good luck to the guy suing the goog.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: January 12, 2018, 1:15 am

You mean it’s not Friday?
(I told you I didn’t get enough sleep.)

Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 12, 2018, 1:55 am

I work in technology near the Silicon Valley, but not *part* of the SV. Let’s just say that my employer has deep ties to many SV enterprises. It’s a strange world here. Teslas with peeling Bernie stickers. Bicycles that cost more than my first 6 cars added together. More than anything else it’s a herd mentality. To get a sense of the $$ in the area, open up Zillow and start with Atherton and work out from there.

The best acronym I know to capture the cultural zeitgeist (I used a German word correctly!…I think) of the SV is AGFA. Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon. Almost interchangeable corporate mentalities that may make the Robber Barons of the 19th century look like rank amateurs, and there’s no checks on their power here, they run the table. Interesting times, indeed.

I completely agree that this will not end soon, and will not end well. With the new tax deal they will all bring BILLIONS back onshore and have even greater influence here because of it. Buckle up.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 12, 2018, 5:25 am

I’m with Mitchell – I make as little use of Google as possible. Which isn’t to say I don’t have to use it sometimes, nor that they won’t have a huge amount of data on me, much of it gathered surreptitiously in ways that should be illegal.

The good news for me about these revelations is that they show a company that has taken poison. One of the advantages of getting old is having seen the once ‘impossible’ happen. What odds would you have got in 1965 on Kodak ever going bust?

If Google hires crazies and pays them to become crazier, it becomes crazy too and, like all empires, will fall. Can’t come too soon. Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter, too.

Comment from Jayef
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:02 am

So Google has an Otherkin policy. When does the fursuit parade start?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: January 12, 2018, 1:08 pm

Impossible? How’s this!
I now self identify as a cross dressing black female dolphin trapped in the body of a white male, AND the Champs Elysees.
Oh did I mention, I’m also Rutherford B. Hayes.

This is all very liberating no?
Just a little further till retirement and I can comfortably view this insanity from my tree lined dolphin tank on the sidelines.
Back in the good old days I’d have had to do all this from a padded cell!

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: January 12, 2018, 1:40 pm

I think the purpose of the suit isn’t to necessarily win, but to show that Google isn’t actually a cool place to work. It will show the bias endemic to the company, and Silicon Valley as a whole, which will erode public trust in any of their attempts to combat “fake news.”

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: January 12, 2018, 5:09 pm

My off the wall pick this round is: Steve Perry

Comment from LesterIII
Time: January 12, 2018, 5:59 pm


Comment from tomfrompv
Time: January 13, 2018, 2:32 am

Crazy is the wrong word, IMO. It’s just they are managed by Progressives. If you want to move up in Google, Amazon, et at, you have to show you’re a full-blooded Prog. It’s mandatory.

This poor dumb bastard apparently didn’t get that memo. So he publicly speaks up about company parties that shame white male managers for not hiring racial minor ties or women. Or refuses to admit his privilege much less check it by deferring to minorities.

I expect he’ll get a substantial payoff but he’ll never work again. And Google won’t change. Apple fires a FEMALE Hr person for claiming white males have diverse opinions – heresy! Or the Prez of Mozilla for daring to support a group opposed to gay marriage – fired immediately.

If you want to work and succeed in high tech, you have to publicly be a Prog.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 14, 2018, 3:24 am

Here’s a little something to balance out hte daily crazy.

I double dog dare ya to only watch it once.

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