Google Employee That Helped Fire James Damore Posts On Reddit

​Yesterday, a Reddit user going by the burner handle of TiredOfLying4Google posted a pretty indepth thread about his role in  helping fire James Damore.

Authenticity has not been verified but per James Damore himself, the person that posted ​this thread knew things that only a Google employee would know and things that James has never mentioned in public.

Here is the post in its entirety:

I was involved in the internal decisions involving James Damore's memo, and it's terrible what we did to him.
First of all, we knew about the memo a month before it went viral. HR sent it up the reporting chain when he gave it as internal feedback, but we did nothing. There wasn't anything we could do, except admit to wrongdoing and lying to our employees. We just hoped that no one else would see his document.
Unfortunately, the memo started spreading within the company. The floodgates opened and previously silent employees started talking. To quell dissent, we: told executives to write to their employees condemning the memo; manipulated our internal Memegen to bias the ratings towards anti-Damore posts (the head of Memegen is an "ally" to the diversity cause); and gave every manager talking points on what to tell their reports about the memo. In all our communications, we concentrated on how hurt employees purportedly were and diverted attention from Google's discriminatory employment practices and political hegemony, never mind the science.
We needed to make an example of Damore. Looking for some excuse to fire him, we spied on his phone and computer. We didn't find anything, although our spying probably made his devices unusably slow, preventing him from organizing support within the company. When we did fire him, our reputation and integrity took a hit, but at least other employees were now afraid to speak up.
Firing him without an NDA was a huge risk though. He was a top performer and knew too many compromising secrets, like Dragonfly, the secret censored search project in China. He had also reported several legally dubious practices in Search that still exist. Only God knows why he never leaked Dragonfly or the other issues, but I think it's because he actually cared about Google.
Our response after we fired him was equally disgraceful. We were supposed to have a Town Hall TGIF to answer employees' questions about the controversy. However, after questions started coming in that we couldn't reasonably answer, we had to cancel it. We shifted the blame onto "alt-right trolls" and have avoided talking about it openly since then.
To control the narrative, we planted stories with journalists and flexed Google's muscles where necessary. In exchange for insider access and preferential treatment, all we ask for is their loyalty. For online media, Google's ads pay their paycheck and our search brings their customers, so our influence shouldn't be underestimated.
We dealt with his NLRB case in a similar way. People are ultimately lazy, so we found a sympathetic lawyer in the NLRB and wrote the internal NLRB memo for her. No one wanted to spend the effort to oppose it, despite it being laughably weak. Then, after Damore dropped his NLRB case and filed a class action lawsuit, we had the NLRB publicly release their memo. Our PR firms sent press releases saying "the NLRB ruled the firing legal", which was, of course, manufactured bullshit.
All of our scheming was over the phone, in deleted emails, or through an external PR firm, so we can deny all of it. Now that we've forced him into arbitration, we're close to screwing him over completely.

​You can read the whole thread here.

Robert Nozick On The Relationship Between Parents and Children

December 1, 2018

The late and great philosopher Robert Nozick published The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations in 1989.  The book is full great philosophical meditations and took four years to write. The chapter that resonated most with me is the chapter titled Parents and Children. In the chapter, Nozick lamented on the relationship between the two. The part that really hit home for me was when he wrote about the changing dynamic of the relationship when children grow older. I’ve always intuitively known what he wrote but was never able to put into words nearly as well as Nozick did. He wrote the following:Continue reading

Richard Dawkins Books: Summaries, Ratings, and Rankings

Richard Dawkins, one of the Four Horsemen of  New Atheism along with fellow members Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. He is also a very popular science writer, having written over 10 books, starting with the seminal The Selfish Gene in 1976. Dawkins has a way of explaining the marvel of life to non-scientists, which is why his books are so well-received. The following is a summary of his books, as well as ratings from Amazon (am) and Goodreads (gr).Continue reading

Thomas Sowell On Immigrants from Asia

November 11, 2018

A quote from Thomas Sowell, from chapter 12 of his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Immigrants from Asia to various countries around the world have been prominent from groups that have risen from poverty to prosperity, often in the face of racial discrimination. One of the remarkable things about people from China and India has long been that they have prospered in countries around the world, except in their own homelands. Even with all due allowance for selective migration, the immigrants including more than their share of able and ambitious people, there has still been a striking contrast in [income]

Why Hate Speech Law Is So Problematic by Nadine Strossen

Former ACLU president Nadine Strossen recently released a book titled Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship. In the book, she expounds on the virtue of free speech and why we must protect it at cost. Several highly visible democracies around the world have legal definitions of “hate speech”—Germany, United Kingdom, and Canada to name a few. However, there is no legal definition for “hate speech” in the United States. Nadine thinks United State’s approach is the correct approach to speech deemed hateful by some. In chapter 5 of the book, she attempts to differentiate between “hate speech” and “hate crime”—and goes to show why “hate speech” is such a problematic legal concept when contrasted with “hate crime” vis-a-vis physical violence. She writes:Continue reading

What Does Intertemporal Abstractions Mean

October 31, 2018

The term intertemporal abstractions was coined by Thomas Sowell. I first heard the term in his book Black Rednecks and White Liberals. Sowell summarized it best in his interview with The Spectatoras follows:

I use the term “intertemporal abstractions” by which I mean abstractions going back over the centuries. For example, prior to World War I, Germans living in what would become Czechoslovakia were better off than the Czechs and had been for centuries. When Czechoslovakia was carved out of the Hapsburg Empire after World War I, one of the things Czech officials, supported by Czech intellectuals, set out to do was correct the injustices of the 17th century. Of course, nobody from the 17th century was alive. But only if you think of Czechs and Germans as part of some intertemporal abstraction does such a goal have any meaning much less justification. And when you realize how hard it is for contemporaries to get along, the thought that you are going to redress the wrongs of past centuries is staggering. Ultimately, what buying into that means is that a baby born into the world comes with pre-packaged grievances against another baby born the same day. You’re setting them up for all kinds of strife to correct things they have no capacity to correct. The 17th century is going to remain what it was for all time. At the same time you can set in motion a series of polarizations which in the case of Czechoslovakia brought tragedy to both the Germans and the Czechs.

In essence, intertemporal abstractions are ideas and concepts that span over centuries. This is common when talking about reparations, where injustices of one generation carry over and becomes the burden of another generation (rightly or wrongly). Victimhood or injustices of current black or indigenous people suffered at the hands of the colonies is an example of intertemporal abstractions.

Black Rednecks and White Liberals is a really good book and was an eye-opener for me. It is a book with a lot of depth and breathe but you can definitely consume it via audiobook because there are so many nuggets of knowledge in there that can stand by itself without you having to intently listen the whole time.