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Microsoft lands on list of world’s “most ethical” companies

Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 12:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


Microsoft is among the world’s most ethical companies, according to a list put together the Ethisphere Institute in New York.

Okay, couple of options.

Option 1: Microsoft is indeed an ethical company.


Hidden Agendas

Employee Abuse

Oh. Forget that then.

Option 2. The bar is really, really low.

That’s very well possible, given the other companies listed. For example, my bank is listed, the Rabobank. So I know them intimately. I won’t give you any personal stories, but they were just fined again for they mortgage practices, so option 2 is a definite possibility. And there are plenty other companies on that list that are on my personal blacklist for being utter douche bags. Yes, Adobe, Cisco, Symantec, Accenture, I’m looking at you.

Option 3. Ethisphere, who compiled the list, isn’t very ethical itself and sold the listings to the highest bidder.

Whichever of these options is true, the list is utterly useless.

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  1. Ha. I’d’ve posted this under “funny” without explicit debunking.

    But wait. Paying customers to use your product is unethical? Really? I mean, I agree that it’s a weak competitive strategy, but unethical?

    A lot becomes clearer when you read the page you linked to:

    World’s Most Ethical Company designation is awarded to those companies that have leading ethics and compliance programs

    You don’t have to be ethical to get on the list, you have to have a program.

  2. good find!

  3. The most ethical company, apart from all the other ones.
    Some beauty contest. Ethisphere, indeed.

    How about truth in advertising? The latest MS “Cloud Power” print ad contains lines like:
    “I am the prince of productivity.”
    “I can play like an optimist and pay like a realist.”

    Is it ethical to target dolts in IT departments?

  4. Frequent flyer mile programs are unethical bribery?

  5. Great minds and all that. Here are comments from another site commenting on the release of the 2009 list:

    “Ethisphere has got to be one of the most useless ‘ think-tanks ‘ there is…this list of ethical companies reads like a sponsored, or perhaps ‘ if we mention them maybe they’ll buy some AD space ‘ , butt-kissing festival of absurdity.”

    And concludes with:

    “I think I should make my own list of unethical companies…and Ethisphere would probably rate in my top 100…and maybe top 50 for the most useless and moronic.”

Texas Bill Would Outlaw Discrimination Against Creationists

Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Unlike many other states, Texas does not ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. But don’t be alarmed; the Lone Star State is working on that whole civil liberties thing. Last week, Republican State Rep. Bill Zedler introduced HB 2454, a bill that would establish new workplace protections for proponents of intelligent design. Here’s the key part:

An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.

And you thought Berkeley was crazy.

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Evil Genius Generator

Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 11:31 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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Was it a CIA honeytrap after all?

Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 7:43 by John Sinteur in category: News


WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange is believed to have been tipped off more than seven months ago about Australian intelligence scrutiny of his whistleblowing activities.

Senior government ministers yesterday claimed to have no knowledge of co-operation between Australian intelligence agencies and the United States government concerning Assange after WikiLeaks began publishing thousands of secret documents leaked from the US Defence Department.

But sources within Wikileaks have told The Age that an Australian intelligence official privately warned Wikileaks on August 11 last year that Assange was the subject of inquiries by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and that information relating to him and others associated with Wikileaks had been provided to the US in response to requests through intelligence liaison channels.

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The Australian intelligence official is also claimed to have specifically warned that Assange could be at risk of ”dirty tricks” from the US intelligence community, including the possibility of sexual entrapment.

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