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Arthur Zinault writes:


Which will it be?

by Brian Oliver Sheppard


Clusters of small white domes stretch across the countryside, gleaming in rows that resemble massive, neatly laid eggs. There are over 4,300 of these "eggs," and each of them are about 40 feet tall. The impression from a distance is one of an otherworldly hatchery rather than a community of humans. But New Oroville is a city, and it does not have a mayor. Instead, it has a CEO.

The "cubicle domes," as one libertarian cyberculture journal referred to them, house human beings, shops, temples, and most importantly, places of work. The co-founders of the town call it an "information technology township," and it exists to house, train, and provide leisure for at least 4,000 high tech workers. The founders of the town are three former executives of Microsoft who left to form their own company, called Catalytic Software. They needed cheap labor, and they needed it in one place, where it could be regulated, structured, compartmentalized, and renewed indefinitely, as business needs demanded. That led to the creation of this 21st century experiment just outside Hyderabad, India. "New Oroville is our place," Catalytic CEO Swain Porter declared to Wired. "We set the rules. We enforce them. We're not going to have a lot of discontents."

Louis Lingg writes: "palestinechronicle.com has posted an essay by Ramzy Baroud in which he discusses the dangers and risks in working and trying to find work in the Occupied Territories and Israel: The Worst Ten Jobs in Palestine."

Louis Lingg writes: "The Times (UK) is reporting that North Korean President Kim has renogotiated a deal to service North Korea's debt to Russia by providing thousands of "free" workers to Siberian logging camps.

Last year approximately 90% of North Korea's debt to Moscow was serviced through similar arrangements, and is "blamed for the torture and summary execution of some of [North Korea's] most desperate refugees.""

Uncle Fluffy writes: "Angry staff at struggling multinational airline Air Afrique have taken their protests to the runway, preventing their new American boss from leaving the Ivory Coast, airport officials said on Saturday.

Jeffrey Erickson, a former TWA chief appointed in January to supervise a massive restructuring to keep the airline afloat, has
become a target for staff anger over plans to halve the 4,200-strong workforce.

When Erickson boarded a Paris-bound Air Afrique plane on Thursday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where the company is based, the
crew refused to take off until their chief executive got off, airport officials told Reuters.

The officials said he tried to leave again on Friday with another airline, but Air Afrique staff found out and blocked the runway until
he disembarked."

Last Friday the Financial Times reported that in England "Employers who snoop on staff e-mails and internet use could risk legal action from short-termworkers, as well as permanent employees, under plans to extend a controversial new code. "

The original draft code issued by the Information Commission provoked outrage from industry leaders last year. The final code is due by the end of this year. British bosses say that "allowing employees to delete e-mails permanently - as envisaged by the draft code - would be an "open door to criminality."

Yeah, like my friend who got fired for running down management in an e-mail, and another guy I know who was ratted out by the sys admin for doing a search on "men in shiny shirts" on company time.


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