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Friday, February 06, 2009

Sir Charles Speaks

"The Age of Obama begins with perhaps the greatest frenzy of old-politics influence peddling ever seen in Washington . . After Obama's miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell--and that this president told better than anyone. I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks."
From "The Fierce Urgency of Pork" by Charles Krauthammer, February 6, 2009.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

'Specific Star Signs' Need Only Apply

Thursday, Feb 05 2009

A row has broken out in Salzberg, Austria after a company tried to recruit workers born under certain star signs.

The Salzburg insurance company posted an advert in major newspapers seeking employees for sales and management that were born under certain constellations, claiming statistics indicated that they were the best workers. Their ad read:

"We are looking for people over 20 for part-time jobs in sales and management with the following star signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Aquarius, Aries and Leo."

It was followed by a wave of protests from equality groups and led to an investigation by the country’s anti-discrimination authorities.

"A statistical study indicated that almost all of our best employees across Austria have one of the five star signs. We only decided to continue with that system and hire the best workers," the spokesman said.

An investigation by Austrian authorities showed that there was nothing illegal in choosing the employees according to their star signs, as there was no discrimination according to existing laws about gender, age, racial and other equality.