Thursday, December 13, 2018

O Brexit como um empregado demissionário

Brexit as a bad career move (Flip Chart Fairy Tales): the kind of petulance you hear from the bloke who walks out of his job and then fails to get the better one to which he had assumed he was entitled.

I have known a few such people over the years. Very occasionally they are right but most of the time they get a huge shock. What they fail to realise is that a proportion of their salary is a function of their place in the corporate system. If they have worked in the same company for a while, their progression is based, in part, on their knowledge of that company and their ability to work within it. Likewise, the way they are treated by others is based on their employment status. The fact that they get appointments, sit in the fist class lounge and everybody wants to talk to them at conferences isn’t because they are ‘just bloody good’ it’s because of who they work for. This often comes as a shock to those who go freelance. As a senior executive in PoshBigCo plc, everyone wants to know you. As MD of MeAndAFewMates Ltd, it’s a lot more difficult. (...)

To stretch the jobseeker analogy, all the offers so far have turned out to be worse than his old job. All pay less and have less security and benefits than the one he has just walked out of. The best offer so far is to go back to his old employer as a contractor, only on slightly less money than he was on before and without a seat on the executive team. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

13 anos e uma semana do Vento Sueste

A 5 de dezembro de 2005 comecei este blogue, que faz hoje 13 anos e uma semana (porquê assinalar este dia e não os 13 anos, a 5 de dezembro? porque me tinha esquecido do dia exato e só hoje é que fui ver e vi que já tinha passado).

De qualquer maneira, como de costume, uma seleção de artigos publicados em 2018:

  • Confissão pessoal, sobre as contradições que podem haver os negócios pessoais de alguém e as suas posições políticas 

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

"From the river to the sea"

‘From The River To The Sea’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means , por Maha Nassar:

Over the weekend, scholar and social justice activist Marc Lamont Hill apologized for ending his recent remarks at United Nations by calling for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.” His apology came after three days of furious online attacks and criticism from many people who felt deeply hurt by his remarks.

Critics have pointed to Hamas’s use of this phrase to claim that Hill was either deliberately parroting a Hamas line that calls for Israel’s elimination, or at the very least ignorantly repeating a deeply offensive and triggering phrase.

Yet lost in all these discussions is any acknowledgement of what this phrase actually means — and has meant — to Palestinians of all political stripes and convictions. As a Palestinian American and a scholar of Palestinian history, I’m concerned by the lack of interest in how this phrase is understood by the people who invoke it.(...)

That’s how the call for a free Palestine “from the river to the sea” gained traction in the 1960s. It was part of a larger call to see a secular democratic state established in all of historic Palestine. Palestinians hoped their state would be free from oppression of all sorts, from Israeli as well as from Arab regimes.
Não estou certo que as pessoas não percebam o que quer dizer "from the river to the sea" - na verdade, o que a autora descreve (um Estado único em toda a Palestina, do rio Jordão ao Mar Mediterrâneo) parece-me ser exatamente aquilo em que estão a pensar as pessoas que dizem que os palestinianos querem "destruir Israel".

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A censura empresarial da internet

Who Will Fix Facebook?, por Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone):

Reader wasn’t alone. He was one of hundreds of small publishers to get the ax in Facebook’s October 11th sweep, which quickly became known as “the Purge” in alternative-media circles. After more minor sweeps of ostensibly fake foreign accounts over the summer, the October 11th deletions represented something new: the removal of demonstrably real American media figures with significant followings. Another round of such sites would be removed in the days before the midterms, this time without an announcement. Many of these sites would also be removed from other platforms like Twitter virtually simultaneously.

“All this happens on the same day?” Reader asks. “There’s no way it’s not connected.”

The sites were all over the map politically. Some, like the Trump-supporting Nation in Distress, had claimed Obama would declare martial law if Trump won in 2016. Others, like Reverb and Blue State Daily, were straight-up, Democrat-talking-point sites that ripped Trump and cheered the blues.
Many others, like the L.A.-based Free Thought Project and Anti-Media, were anti-war, focused on police brutality or drug laws, and dismissive of establishment politics in general. Targeting the latter sites to prevent election meddling seemed odd, since they were openly disinterested in elections. “If anything, we try to get people to think beyond the two parties,” says Jason Bassler, a 37-year-old activist who runs the Free Thought Project. (...)

The belief that the recent deletions represent the start of a campaign against alternative media in general have been stoked by the fact that in its efforts to police fake news, Facebook recently began working with a comical cross section of shadowy officialdom: meeting with the Foreign Influence Task Force at the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security; partnering with the Atlantic Council, a NATO-connected organization featuring at least six former CIA heads on its board; and working with a pair of nonprofits associated with the major political parties, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute. (...)

Whatever the democratic cure for what ails us, what we’re doing now is surely the opposite of it. We’ve empowered a small cadre of ex-spooks, tech executives, Senate advisers, autocratic foreign donors and mainstream-media panels to create an unaccountable system of star-chamber content reviews — which unsurprisingly seem so far to have mostly targeted their harshest critics.

“What government doesn’t want to control what news you see?” says Goldman, the law professor.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ucrânia sobre lei marcial?

Ukraine president decrees martial law, parliament has to approve (Reuters):

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday to introduce martial law for 60 days, a statement on his website said, though it needs parliamentary approval to come into force. (...)

Ukrainian legislation on martial law allows for a slew of curbs, including restrictions on movement and peaceful assembly, curfews, and restricting the media, though Poroshenko’s decree made no specific references to such restrictions. (...)

There was no mention of a presidential election due to be held in March. Poroshenko’s move has prompted speculation by critics and opposition politicians that he might use it to delay the vote.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

A (alguma) história da ilha Sentinela do Norte

Uma thread no twitter interessante sobre a tal ilha Sentinela do Norte (e não, não são um povo tão absolutamente "incontactado" como tudo isso - já houve alguns contactos, uns melhor sucedidos que outros).

Diga-se que não confio muito na teoria que a agressividade dos sentineleses será derivada apenas das "experiências" que um comandante colonial inglês terá feito com eles em 1880. Afinal, no romance de Arthur Conan Doyle "O Sinal dos Quatro", publicado em 1890, os andamaneses são descritos como um povo bastante agressivo para com estranhos (ou pelo menos são assim apresentados no filme -que vi - feito a partir do livro - que não li), o que indicia que já no século XIX os povos dessas ilhas teriam essa reputação:

Ao que tudo indica estará a falar-se dos habitantes das ilhas vizinhas, até porque os sentineleses (ao contrário dos "vizinhos", apresentados no filme como sendo os humanos mais pequenos que existem) parecem ter uma estatura normal, mas é duvidoso que tivessem hábitos muito diferentes.