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Alt-right v anti-fascist

Added: 20.02.2017 2:56 | 0 views | 0 comments

In a divided America, two groups at the extreme ends of the political spectrum are doing battle online, and on the streets.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

Explosive blog post details ‘abhorrent’ sexism at Uber

Added: 20.02.2017 0:46 | 0 views | 0 comments


In a , former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. Sadly, given she's a female engineer working at a thrusting, big-name Silicon Valley startup, the experiences are exactly what you'd expect.

, Riggetti details numerous instances of overt sexist behaviour. She reportedly sent evidence, including email and chat logs to HR, but ran into a brick wall multiple times. In the end, she says that her attempts to quietly report sexist behaviour were turned against her:
I forwarded this absurd chain of emails to HR, and they requested to meet with me shortly after. I don't know what I expected after all of my earlier encounters with them, but this one was more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that *I* was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. -  an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.
Beyond the reports to HR, Riggetti also details a company overrun with internal politics and management problems:
In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like.
Shortly after the blog post was published, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promising a (secret, internal) investigation into the matter, and reaffirmed Uber's committment to a equitable workplace where everyone isn't trying to stab each other in the back:
"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."
This isn't the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management. In 2014, an Uber exec famously suggested on journalists to discredit them. That statement to a journalist who had accused Uber of sexism once again.
More recently, #DeleteUber after Uber removed surge pricing at JFK airport during a taxi strike -- a strike that was in protest of President Trump's Muslim travel ban. The same hashtag is trending again tonight following Riggetti's blog post.

Marine Le Pen is latest French politician embroiled in fraud allegations.

Added: 19.02.2017 23:22 | 1 views | 0 comments


A Friday email from the European Union’s anti-fraud group claimed that two of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s employees received salaries as European Parliament assistants, positions about which the unit’s probe discovered “serious irregularities,” according to the email. The latest allegations make Ms. Le Pen the second major presidential contender to face fraud accusations after the French newspaper “Le Canard enchaîné” published an article stating that Conservative frontrunner François Fillon provided his wife and two of his children with fictitious employment as parliamentary assistants – positions from which they received income for years.

Angelina Jolie on Cambodia, politics and a 'difficult year'

Added: 19.02.2017 22:00 | 1 views | 0 comments

The actress spoke to the BBC ahead of the release of her new film, First They Killed My Father.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

Angelina Jolie on Cambodia, film and family

Added: 19.02.2017 22:00 | 1 views | 0 comments

Angelina Jolie on her new film - based on the genocide in Cambodia - politics and her family.

From: www.bbc.co.uk

Anti-Islam Dutch Politician Calls Immigrants 'Scum'

Added: 19.02.2017 20:56 | 0 views | 0 comments

Muslim organizations in the Netherlands have criticized disparaging comments about Moroccans made by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders.

From: www.nbcnews.com

Trump administration mulls changes to trade deficit calculations: WSJ

Added: 19.02.2017 20:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is mulling changes to how it calculates U.S. trade deficits in a way that would likely help bolster political arguments to renegotiate key trade deals, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people involved in the discussions.

Too soon? What comes of Democratic talk of impeaching Trump

Added: 19.02.2017 20:15 | 1 views | 0 comments


As protesters and some liberal politicians have begun talk of impeaching President Trump, others are rushing to pump the breaks as they consider the perils of pushing an opposition agenda that could further divide the nation along partisan lines. After a brutal election cycle that highlighted the growing rifts between Democrats and Republicans, many hoped that the nation could come together around compromise. Trump proved a polarizing candidate on the campaign trail, and his first foray into the presidency has followed that pattern.

Alfonso Perez calls for Pique to quit international football over political beliefs

Added: 19.02.2017 19:57 | 0 views | 0 comments

Gerard Pique should make himself unavailable for international duty because of his political beliefs regarding independence for Catalonia, according to former Real Madrid and Barcelona player Alfonso Perez. Pique has already confirmed he will retire from Spain duty after the 2018 World Cup, but Perez believes Pique's political views make his position with the national [...]

Anti-Islam Dutch Politician Calls Immigrants 'Scum'

Added: 19.02.2017 19:56 | 0 views | 0 comments

Muslim organizations in the Netherlands have criticized disparaging comments about Moroccans made by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders.

From: www.nbcnews.com

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