Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Smiley Face Cartel

The fine folks who rule(d) us being .... fine.

Newly unsealed documents show Steve Jobs’ brutal response after getting a Google employee fired

In early March, 2007, as Google was expanding fast and furiously, one of its recruiters from the “ Engineering” group made a career-ending mistake: She cold-contacted an Apple engineer by email, violating the secret and illegal non-solicitation compact that her boss, Eric Schmidt, had agreed with Apple’s Steve Jobs.

What happened next is just one of many specific examples of how people’s lives were impacted by the Techtopus wage-theft cartel that was taken down by the Department of Justice antitrust division, and is currently being litigated in a landmark class action lawsuit.

The Google recruiter’s email—in which she identified herself as “a Recruiter for the ‘ Engineering’ team formerly known as the ‘Site Reliability Engineering’ team”— was sent out on the morning of March 7, 2007.

That evening, Steve Jobs forwarded her email to Eric Schmidt with this note:


I would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this.



Kindly note that legal niceties are not at issue here. Only what a given corporation and its founder wants, the laws be damned. ...

But do read the whole linked article. The thing will do a good job creeping you out. (And also this.)

Nobody with nine or ten zeroes in the numbers of their bank account ever goes to jail for stunting or destroying careers. Or destroying lives. Hell, nobody in that upper strata goes to jail for ripping people off and crashing the economy. If you're one of the Masters of the Universe, you pretty much have a license to do whatever skanky shit you want.

For the rest of us: "The United States is a nation of laws, not men."


F. Kousac said...

Laws? What laws? If that mattered, the bankers who benefitted from the bush economic debacle would be in jail. Come to think of it, bush, darth cheney, rums field, bolton, wolfowitz, brewer, and their ilk would also all be rotting in jail.

Chevy Nova said...

^ There's always one "party before country" guy who doesn't even know which administration put through the TARP funds he's talking about. LOL

Steve Hulett said...

We live in a bi-partisan corporatist state. Owner-operators are seldom (if ever) put in jail. No matter what they do.

H. Goering was convicted of crimes, but he was on the losing end of a World War.

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