Monday, July 13, 2015

George Orwell, human resources and the English language

In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of human resources’. All issues are human resource issues, and human resources itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
OK, that’s not exactly what Orwell wrote. The hair-splitters among you will moan that I’ve taken the word “politics” out of the above and replaced it with “human resources”. Sorry.
But I think there’s no denying that had he been alive today, Orwell – the great opponent and satirist of totalitarianism – would have deplored the bureaucratic repression of HR. He would have hated their blind loyalty to power, their unquestioning faithfulness to process, their abhorrence of anything or anyone deviating from the mean.
In particular, Orwell would have utterly despised the language that HR people use. In his excellent essay Politics and the English Language (where he began the thought that ended with Newspeak), Orwell railed against the language crimes committed by politicians.
George Orwell, human resources and the English language

Tony Abbott's hand-picked human rights adviser ran up more than $77,000 in taxpayer-funded expenses in his first year on the job, spending almost $15,000 on taxis.
Tim Wilson and Freedom Commissioner

Monday, July 06, 2015

What if ...

Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.

Using the minimum wage to stimulate the economy “like trying to get rich by picking your own pocket” [Megan McArdle]

What if it were a crime to walk down city streets taking roundabout paths so as not to be filmed by official surveillance cameras? Compare the state of “structuring” laws that make it an offense in itself to arrange transactions so they’re not subject to the filing of reports [Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlanticearlier]

“Can [an Employer] Lawfully Prohibit Secret Recordings in the Workplace?” [Jarad Lucan, Connecticut School Law]

After crooks sell bogus insurance coverage to credulous Michigan auto owners, cops swoop down and seize/forfeit victims’ cars for having been operated without insurance. Crooks and cops, stronger together! [Juan Thompson, The Intercept]

A quiz to compare yourself with the likes of Barack Obama, Cliven Bundy, and others 
orangutan links

For the first time in modern China, capitalists have outnumbered Communists. More than 90 million Chinese now trade stocks, says China Securities Depository and Clearing Co. That compares with 87.8 million Communist Party members at the end of last year.
China's sharemarket traders outnumber Communist Party members for first time

'War for people' looms in the public service
 Public service departments will be forced to fight a "war for people" as the looming mass retirements hit Commonwealth workplaces, according to a Canberra recruitment specialist.

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd sends public servants to private sector
 Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd is reforming the Commonwealth bureaucracy by formulating a plan to send elite executives to private companies such as Woolworths and McDonald's and introducing private sector-style talent spotting.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Stress less life (Cemetery is the Only place with no stress)

Cat lovers rejoice: watching online videos lowers stress and makes you happy
Watching cute cat videos and looking at their online pictures may not be a waste of time. A new study has found doing so could boost energy levels and increase feelings of happiness.

Siemens -According to a joint study conducted by Pierre Audoin Consultants and Computacenter, 30 percent of work is already being performed not in the workplace but at home, during business trips or in co-working spaces — the term used for office space that can be rented by the hour.
Workplaces without Walls

roos in Queensland links
How to get people to willingly cough up their contact information

Could Creating A New Class Of Worker Solve The Sharing Economy's Labor Problems?
FastCoExist This week, a California Labor commissioner found that one of Uber's drivers was an employee of the company and not an independent contractor. This is just the latest, and most high-profile, of a series of cases about the workers in the new sharing economy, and what rights and protections companies like Uber, Lyft, and others must give them. But the whole argument is premised on government rules that divide all workers into just two broad categories—a system that the actual economy may have long since passed by.

Max Brod was a middling, if prolific, writer. He was also, of course, a closefriend of Kafka. Together they explored museums, theaters – and brothels...Kafka Imrich exploring Plaha

Americans Are Delaying Major Life Events Because of Money Worries New York Times. Yeah, like getting my teeth fixed!
A World Without Work The Atlantic