Harsh, but very funny

18 03 2009

Facebook group:  Society for the Appreciation of Pictures of Stockbrokers in Visible Pain.

Some of the comments are priceless.

Should you Facebook your atheism?

17 09 2008

PC World reports that employers admit to checking out applicants’ Facebook and MySpace profiles before deciding whether to hire them:

Increasing numbers of employers are checking out potential staff’s social networking profiles, says Careerbuilder.com. [. . .] The research also revealed that while 24 percent of employers had hired a member of staff based on their social-networking profile, 33 percent had also decided not to make a job offer after reviewing the content on a profile. Use of drugs or drinking and the posting of photographs deemed ‘inappropriate’ or ‘provocative’ were identified as the most popular reasons why employers eliminated a candidate after viewing their social networking profile.

Careerbuilder.com advises job hunters to either regularly edit their social-networking pages to ensure there is no negative content available or make them ‘private’ to avoid would-be employers snooping at their personal life.

The fact that a potential employee likes to enjoy a few beers on the weekend is a pretty stupid reason to excise them from the shortlist, not to mention hypocritical, given office Xmas parties, farewell and end-of-year dos, and so on. What concerns me are some of the other tidbits of information, not addressed in the Careerbuilder.com study, that might also give some employers reason to reject a potential applicant. The applicant’s political affiliations, or the books he or she reads, or the groups of which he or she is a member, for instance. Or his or her religious affiliation, or lack thereof.

Can outing yourself as an atheist on Facebook jeopardise your career?

Certainly there are some professions in which being out about one’s atheism would likely be detrimental to one’s employment prospects. Private religious schools are allowed to discriminate against potential employees on the basis of religious affiliation. In Australia, they can do this, and still be eligible for government funding. This is state-sponsored religious bigotry (the “good” bigotry), and it’s fucked up. But it’s a sobering thought for any teacher who is labouring under the misapprehension that they are as free to be as open about their atheism as any Christian teacher is regarding his or her Christianity. In an employment market in which a sizeable proportion is made up of religious schools, hide the “A” away if you want to maximise your job prospects.

But do you think your atheism is likely to scare off any other employers?

Sorry . . . our bad.

12 09 2008

Atheists caused 9/11.

That’s David Mabus’ contribution to the Richard Dawkins Facebook discussion board. He’s a net.kook from Canada who, according to Skippy the Skeptic, believes that Nostradamus “predicted the coming of Depeche Mode and, through this, the World Trade Center attacks.” He’s mad as hell at the James Randi Educational Foundation for not forking over $1 million dollars, and he spends his days trawling the interwebs telling all and sundry about it.


He is as unresponsive to criticism any garden variety crank, and as a consequence any comment he leaves here will be promptly disemvowelled.

Still, aside from having a mouth one hopes he doesn’t kiss his mother with, he’s probably harmless. Unlike the cowardly Squadristi member who recently shut down operations at two of Neil’s blogs. Why anyone would want to do this to one of the more thoughtful members of the Australian blogosphere, and someone who certainly doesn’t actively go looking for trouble, is beyond me. High RWAs . . . fuck them.