With mass layoffs still taboo in Japan, senior workers who refuse to resign are sent to "chasing-out rooms"
instead of being allowed to work. (SL NYTimes)
Marshall Sahlins, a leading American anthropologist, resigned last week from the National Academy of Sciences. This may come as a shock to the scientific community and even to students at NYU. Anyone taking an introductory course to anthropology at NYU, for example, is bound to encounter several readings of Sahlins’s work. Among his more influential works are “Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities,” a case study of the murder of Captain Cook in Hawaii and how it was the result of underlying social factors. Normally, when a scientist or scholar resigns from such a prestigious position, one assumes that he probably committed an irrevocable and egregious error that forever taints his credibility as an academic. However, our assumptions sometimes deceive us. If we explore the reasoning and motivations behind Sahlins’s resignation, we may arrive at deeper insights into the issues at play.
Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.
New York Time Op-Ed. March 14th 2012:
TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it. [more inside]
Yesterday, Politico reporter Kendra Marr was forced to resign her position
after New York Times writer Susan Stellin
alerted Marr's editors to similarities between her transportation policy story
published Sept. 26 and Marr’s story published Oct. 10
. An investigation by Politico into Marr's work found 7 instances of likely plagiarism. Marr, who was formerly a reporter for the OC Register, San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post, had logged 409 stories (scroll down for list)
with Politico during her time there. The outlet has issued a statement
. Poynter has a thorough rundown
, indicating that more of her articles may come under scrutiny. [more inside]
The Honourable Gordon Campbell
as Premier of British Columbia. Citing his spectacular unpopularity
, his resignation comes after almost a decade in power. His tenure has been dogged
and most recently, a barrage of protest
over the newly implemented HST
. His most lasting legacy may prove to be the implementation of North America's first carbon tax.
, Prime Minister of Japan, will resign. Also stepping down is Ichiro Ozawa. After a series of misscues, calls for Hatoyama's resignation
started popping up. Among the issues dogging Hatoyama were questions about a sizeable amount of money he received from his mother (possibly disguised as campaign contributions to keep him from looking like a weak candidate who couldn't raise funds), reneging on a promise to move the US Marine bases out of Okinawa, and this shirt
. [more inside]
Letter from an AIG bonus recipient
- The resignation letter of an AIG executive explaining his point of view on the bonus furor. The proverbial other side of the story.
I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to work at Google. I learned more than I thought I would.... But I won’t miss a design philosophy that lives or dies strictly by the sword of data.
And with that Douglas Bowman
, the great web designer
and CSS guru
whose hiring was considered a big coup
three years ago, quits Google
. [more inside]
Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H.,
first female director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is resigning her post
effective January 20th. While subject to criticism for her management
of the agency and failure to mollify
the autism community over issues of vaccine safety
, she was a straight (if silenced)
shooter on global warming and her efforts to restructure the CDC
as a prevention-oriented agency are to be commended.
The man who provided Bob Woodward with the critical leads
on the story that eventually saw the resignation of Tricky Dick Nixon
has died: W. Mark Felt, aka. Deep Throat, was 95
.The NYT has a little feature on why he was such a big deal
. Only in 2005 did Felt finally admit to being Deep Throat in a Vanity Fair
article. [more inside]
Karl Rove Resigns.
The man known as “Bush's Brain
” and whom Frontline called “The Architect
” will leave office at the end of August.
, the lone Democrat in George W. Bush's cabinet
He was the longest serving Secretary of Transportation in history. "He was also the first Asian-American Cabinet member during the Clinton administration, and the first Cabinet member to switch directly from a Democratic to a Republican Cabinet." (from CNN article)
So why did some call for him to be impeached
? Norm Mineta and his family were among the 110,000 Japanese-Americans who were forced from their homes into internment camps during World War II. His experience
had such an impact on him that after September 11th, he spoke out
against the racial profiling
of Muslims, Arabs, and well, anyone with a turban and a beard. Some people
didn't agree with him.
Luttig Resigns. Judge J. Michael Luttig
, long considered a front-runner for a Supreme Court nomination, at least until he was passed over by President Bush, has resigned his position on the Fourth circuit. Luttig will take over as general counsel to Boeing. Read Boeing's press release
and Luttig's resignation letter [pdf]
best of luck, ev.
after over five years of sweat and tears, founder evan williams decides to hang up the reigns on his position at blogger
undoubtedly, he's done a lot for the blogging community and the internet in general.. we wish him well.
"The President wants me to argue that he is as powerful a monarch as Louis XIV, only four years at a time, and is not subject to the processes of any court in the land except the court of impeachment." - James D. St. Clair, arguing before the Supreme Court in 1974.
The court didn't agree
, returning an 8-0 decision and as a result, thirty years ago today Richard Nixon announced his resignation
. The next day at 11:35AM
it became official and Gerald Ford
, the first unelected Vice-President in history was sworn in under the provisions of the 25th Amendment
to the Constitution as the 38th President of the United States.
But what if Nixon had chosen to respond differently? What if he had vowed not to resign
? Article II
of the Constitution makes the President the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy. Could the Supreme Court really have forced Nixon to comply with their order? What if the President had viewed the Court's order as an attempted coup d'etat
- in a followup to a previous and informative and link-filled MeFi post
, a friend sent me a link to savedisney.com
today which has three interesting documents: Roy Disney's resignation letter, Stanley Gold's resignation letter, and a letter from Roy Disney to all cast members. There's also links to email and show support, as well as links to all sorts of related informational sites. Is this ingenius guerilla PR from upset employees, or is there something deeper here?
Bush Resignation Hailed by World Leaders
[Washington] The surprise resignation of the forty-third President of the United States, George W. Bush, on the second anniversary of the terrorist attack on America, was hailed by chiefs of state throughout the world.
Official Hired to Improve U.S. Image Resigns
I don't know about you guys but I find this hilarious. I can't say I blame him. This current administration has the worst bed side manner that I've ever seen in a government.
Colin Powell: Planning for an exit
Plans to leave but claims he will wait out the Bush first term. Is this good or bad new for administration?
Stephen Byers resigns
(finally). Here is a profile
of the man. Do politicians have to fall into the same pattern everytime
something like this happens? Press: You've done something wrong. Politician: No I haven't. I'll admit to no impropriety on my part. Prime Minister: I'll stand by my minister. Press: But we can prove he did something wrong. The Public: I'll go with what they say, and he should resign. Prime Minister: Look mate, it's about the voters. Politician: I still don't believe I've got anything to hide but save the government embarassment, I'll resign.
Dutch government resigns over Srebrenica report...
Dutch Prime Minister Mr Wim Kok announced the resignation of his centre-left government today over a report on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.
I-resign.com - Don't leave work without it
Hey, I was scouting around for a short, sharp letter of resignation and I found this gem! Some of the resignation letters are hilarious (there's one in Morse code, another from an unborn child) and it looks like they've got sound advice for anyone who's looking for a better job. I'm going to mail this to the president. Do you think he'll take the hint?
Head of National Forest Service resigns.
Mike Dombeck was actually "protected" from replacement by the Bush administration but chose to step down and retire when it was obvious Dubya aims to open thousands of acres of national forest to logging as well as new oil, gas and mining operations. What's next? Will Bush lift regulations on how toxic and nuclear waste are disposed of? His new policy appears to be an environmental nightmare.