Okay, so I’m not usually one to revel in violence and/or bloodshed. I truly believe that you can’t blow up a social relationship. But in India just now, a CEO was shown why you can’t treat people as objects [TimeOnline article]. After firing hundreds, the head of Indian operations for Graziano Transmissioni, an italian car-parts manufacturer, was killed by the angry mob of workers. What’s important to realize is that this is not a “murder” that has happened in a vacuum (as the Times article indicates by linking it with postal violence from the 80s). Globalization has been tearing apart India’s financial independence and the recent economic boom hasn’t done shit for the poor, at least what I can tell. Hell, even the minister of labor has declined to condemn the attack.
The murder has left much of corporate India in shock. However, Oscar Fernandes, who heads India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment, declined to criticise the attack.
The minister said: “Workers should be dealt with compassion … Workers should not be pushed so hard that they resort to whatever happened.”
In this delightful video, Bill O’Reilly says that WikiLeaks, the website that posted information gleaned by those who hacked Sarah Palin’s emails, should be held criminally accountable. The correspondent goes on to tear into him, and he refuses to listen in a remarkably textbook example of a man speaking over a woman who is more knowledgeable than he. Anyways, between this and another video in which he calls wikileaks despicable and slimy, some hackers got a little frustrated and hacked his website, posting the a screenshot of an admin panel, complete with subscribers and their passwords. LOL.
It’s all over the news, of course, but McCain’s VP candidate Sarah Palin had her yahoo mail hacked by hacktivist non-group Anonymous. They posted the contents of the account to that glorious site WikiLeaks [ article / zip files ]. Besides just being a generally awesome thing to do, this is particularly interesting because Palin has been accused of using personal email to conduct state’s business to avoid FOIA access to her business. Well, when freedom is granted, it is taken. Here’s to Anonymous. An interesting article about Anonymous and the action can be found at Ornaments Of The Tree.