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A Stupidity Free Workplace
Troy Anderson reports in the LA Daily News that LA County officials have gone way, way overboard in political correctness:

...banning as potentially "offensive or defamatory" the words master and slave from computer hard drives and video equipment where they are used to describe primary and secondary circuits.

Under orders from the affirmative action office...

Wait -- my tax dollars are paying for an "affirmative action office"? This gets worse by the paragraph!

...county departments have surveyed about 1,000 pieces of equipment and taped over "master/slave" and put "primary/secondary" on the equipment, officials said.

Joe Sandoval, division manager of purchasing and contract services in the Internal Services Department, started the flap with a memo to electronic equipment vendors saying the county wants master and slave labeling removed from computer equipment it buys.

"The County of Los Angeles actively promotes and is committed to ensure a work environment that is free from any discriminatory influence be it actual or perceived," he wrote in the Nov. 18 memo.

What about ensuring a workplace that's free of taxpayer-sucking idiocy? I think citizens paying for this crap -- me included -- should start a drive to make this guy, or whomever above him is responsible for this idiocy, to change his job title to "Abject Moron Wasting Taxpayer Dollars."

Posted by aalkon at November 28, 2003 10:24 AM


I belong to a homosexual subculture that glorifies the master/slave dichotomy. Thus, the county's suppression of the primary and secondary circuits' S/M labeling is discrimination against a minority community. The affirmative action office will get an earfull (and, if they're lucky, a mouthload) from me.

Posted by: Lena at November 28, 2003 1:33 PM

Only the weak find it horrifying to be occasionally dominated.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at November 28, 2003 3:44 PM

At some point in our lives, we are all dominated. I was dominated by a petite young lady very recently. I was walking my bicycle across an intersection, and she was in her car at the same intersection looking only for oncoming cars from the other direction.

She had two tons of motorized metal at her command, while I had only my bicycle and myself. The impact was no contest. Fortunately, my frantic shouting alerted her to the fact that her way was not clear and I was only knocked down and not run over.

But about the article, it just shows how close we are to having computers that think. We're already recognizing the sensitivities and feelings of their smallest components. Makes you feel good that we live in such an enlightened age, doesn't it?

Posted by: Patrick at November 30, 2003 10:19 AM