Sunday, January 28, 2007

Big Brother is signing your paycheck

Conspiracy-minded anti-Masons like to believe that 33rd degree "high level" Masons secretly control the world. If those brothers in the Red Caps and White Caps are also the CEOs of major American companies, then perhaps the conspiracy nuts are right.

It seems Big Brother is alive and kicking in the Boardroom these days.

According to a recent Reuters article:
  • In 2004, U.S. employers reportedly spent $9 billion on monitoring devices for the workplace
  • 76 percent of U.S. companies monitor workers Web site use
  • 36 percent of employers track computer content, keystrokes and time spent at the keyboard
  • 50 percent store and review employees' computer files
  • 55 percent retain and review employee e-mail messages
  • Five percent used GPS in company-issued cell phones
  • Eight percent used GPS in company vehicles. Five percent of U.S. companies use fingerprint scanning. Facial recognition is used by two percent, and iris scans by 0.5 percent.

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  1. What happened to the "Freemasons have been in contact with extra-terrestrial beings for hundreds of years" post? Also, what was with the KALLISTI Golden Apple of Discord post that replaced the rather funny Shriner clowns pic?

  2. Copyright, my dear friends. Copyright.
    It wasn't his to use.

  3. Yeah, some people are so proud of their artistic creativity they don't want anyone to actually see it.

  4. Are there any statistics that show how many of those employers are in the service industries?

    My wife is a manager at a large insurance company, and 90% of the people employed there are telephone service reps. Since these companies make money by processing customer requests via computers, it makes sense to track their productivity, jast as manufacturing companies track productivity by measuring, say, widgets produced per hour.

    Likewise, some employees have been known to use company products for personal use. While some personal use is to be expected, there is nothing wrong with placing limits on that use. Similarly, in an age in which an employer might be sued for sexual harassment or hostile environment, monitoring and blocking certain websites is probably a safe move for them.

    The GPS monitoring, too, makes sense when one considers that some employees have been known to take advantage of the lack of supervision while on the road.

    Don't get me wrong - I'm not crazy about all the monitoring. But as our economy moves from manufacturing to service based, there will need to be some ways in order to monitor productivity.

    Tom Accuosti
    The Tao of Masonry

  5. Yeah, some people are so proud of their artistic creativity they don't want anyone to actually see it.
    And then there are some that are proud of their artistic creativity, and want to have a say in where it is displayed, who is using it, and what is done with it. If it's not yours to begin with, at least permission could be asked before using it - "Do unto others," and so on.
    I'm reasonably certain that it was known that permission wouldn't be granted, but it was done anyways

  6. I don't need anonymous posters speaking for me; I'll tackle the comments myself.

    When I know who to contact, permission for the use of artistic graphics is requested. In the case of the "Shriners in UFO's" graphic, there was no indication of the artist. I found the graphic posted anonymously on the freerepublic forum, with no contact information given. If I'd found it on a site giving the creator's name and email address, you can bet I'd have asked not only for permission, but also background information on the artist and his intentions when creating the Photoshopped graphic.

    — W.S.

  7. Actually, I've seen a better version of that graphic in a late 80s Fact Sheet Five. I wonder if the "artist" just ripped off the composition and idea to begin with?

    Artists are such thieves.


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