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Comment Re: Not what he said. (Score 1) 594

I've found (in my laboratory of off-the-cuff thought experiments :-) that "if you all complain in unison, you'll receive more pay for less work" is a motivator for staff as is "gaining a well-placed lever over the internal running of a private and profitable business" to union bosses. Just saying...

Comment Hookers and blow? (Score 2) 185

According to https://www.theguardian.com/business/2009/nov/18/goldman-sachs-blankfein-sorry,

"The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money,"

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Who knows what sophisticated and perfectly-executed levels of depravity might be perpetrated by Golden Sox' robot traders? Hookers and blow may well be involved but not in a fun Benderesque sense.

Submission + - UK Contractors fight anti-small business reforms

easyTree writes: A petition before the UK government, wants government to — as the petition's title puts it, "Scrap IR35 legislation reform proposals for public sector off-payroll workers."

The petition's author gives a high-level summary of the new legislation as follows: "The proposal is to make ‘engagers’ deduct PAYE tax & NIC at source for self-employed people operating via a Limited Company if the end client is in the public sector.
This will severely reduce the income of such individuals but confer none of the rights & benefits of a staff employee."

This proposal continues a wave of anti-small business legislation whose effect will be to clear the way for large consulting firms to take over all contracts left hanging by those small-business contractors targeted by this legislation."

Submission + - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules (dailymail.co.uk) 2

turkeydance writes: A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.

But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.

 

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