Microsoft is among the world’s most ethical companies, according to a list put together the Ethisphere Institute in New York.
Okay, couple of options.
Option 1: Microsoft is indeed an ethical company.
Oh. Forget that then.
Option 2. The bar is really, really low.
That’s very well possible, given the other companies listed. For example, my bank is listed, the Rabobank. So I know them intimately. I won’t give you any personal stories, but they were just fined again for they mortgage practices, so option 2 is a definite possibility. And there are plenty other companies on that list that are on my personal blacklist for being utter douche bags. Yes, Adobe, Cisco, Symantec, Accenture, I’m looking at you.
Option 3. Ethisphere, who compiled the list, isn’t very ethical itself and sold the listings to the highest bidder.
Whichever of these options is true, the list is utterly useless.
Unlike many other states, Texas does not ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. But don’t be alarmed; the Lone Star State is working on that whole civil liberties thing. Last week, Republican State Rep. Bill Zedler introduced HB 2454, a bill that would establish new workplace protections for proponents of intelligent design. Here’s the key part:
An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.
And you thought Berkeley was crazy.
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange is believed to have been tipped off more than seven months ago about Australian intelligence scrutiny of his whistleblowing activities.
Senior government ministers yesterday claimed to have no knowledge of co-operation between Australian intelligence agencies and the United States government concerning Assange after WikiLeaks began publishing thousands of secret documents leaked from the US Defence Department.
But sources within Wikileaks have told The Age that an Australian intelligence official privately warned Wikileaks on August 11 last year that Assange was the subject of inquiries by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and that information relating to him and others associated with Wikileaks had been provided to the US in response to requests through intelligence liaison channels.
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The Australian intelligence official is also claimed to have specifically warned that Assange could be at risk of ”dirty tricks” from the US intelligence community, including the possibility of sexual entrapment.