Money for nothing

30 04 2014

While my brain continues to disintegrate, I’ma just stealin’ other people’s stuff to post.

Thus, Roy Edroso at alicublog, on Donald Sterling, Brendan Eich, and free speech for rich folk:

All of the principals in these dramas, protagonists and antagonists, are rich fucks, and their decisions have much more to do with perceived shareholder value than with the U.S. Constitution. The rich fucks fucked the rich fucks, and then ran to hang The Left.

I see some of you rightwing guys are sore about it. Well, go ahead, be sore, life’s tough all over. But don’t insult my intelligence by saying it’s because you care deeply about civil rights, or you’d have been weeping over the scoutmaster whose troop got dumped because he’s gay, too, and I sure didn’t see that happening.  You’re just sore about these guys because the charge on their warrants was bigotry, and instead of the rich fucks laughing and saying, oh come on, how could anyone take such a thing seriously, can’t you charge ’em with moral turpitude or something — instead the rich fucks in charge said yes indeed, it was indeed serious, and pitched them out.

I don’t care about the alleged victims one way or the other. They’re rich and can afford to buy their own sympathy, or contempt if that’s what they go for. Their speech will always be free, indeed worth more than mine because they can put a million bucks behind every word.

Indeed.





I’m free to do what I want any old time

3 04 2014

I don’t care about Mozilla.

I don’t care that they hired Brendan Eich as CEO, and I don’t care that he resigned.

For the record, my browser is Firefox. If a better open-source alternative comes along, I”ll flick that switch—the browser has freeze issues and, of course, brand loyalty is for suckers—but there was nothing about the Brendan Eich scandale that made me want to switch. Mainly because I thought there was no scandale.

Oh, a CEO is an asshole? Surprise! I bet the CEOs of all of the companies which products I purchase are assholes. Nature of the beast.

But let’s get serious: Is this about who can best lead a company which has to compete for workers from a workforce which is generally pro-gay rights? About just desserts for a man who sought to strip rights from his neighbors and fellow citizens? About illiberal leftists suppressing speech? About gay mafiosi threatening to scour the corporate world clean of any queer-rights deviationists?

Yes? No?

There are no free speech or any other rights in the workplace. You can be fired for voting for the wrong guy, criticizing someone the boss likes, for gaining weight, because the shareholders want to enrich themselves by laying off you or tens or hundreds or thousands of workers, and just for you being you.

And I’m supposed to rend my garments because some asshole found out he didn’t have any more protections than the people who work for him?

There may be a scandal in all of this, but it ain’t what happened to Brandon Eich.