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(USA Today)   Now that we're going back into the office, are we allowed to discuss politics again?   (usatoday.com) divider line
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5 days ago  
Most of my co-workers in my little group of 10 people are rich frat boy MAGA types, so I haven't missed not working with them for over year and hearing them praise Trump and put down Democrats. I'll be staying home as long as possible, for many reasons.
 
5 days ago  
One of the perks of working for a large very liberal non-profit.
You don't worry about offending someone when you say things like "Republicans are nazi scum."
Everyone just nods and sighs.
 
5 days ago  
Can we descript Java disabling-proof paywalls on mediocre newspapers that have millions of casual readers and zero fans?
 
5 days ago  

Garza and the Supermutants: Can we descript Java disabling-proof paywalls on mediocre newspapers that have millions of casual readers and zero fans?


Descript was supposed to be *discuss but I kinda like descript.
 
5 days ago  
Be grateful that you have the luxury of making the choice without potentially facing severe consequences. Many of my colleagues do not, aside from vague references.
 
5 days ago  
We are all republican haters here, even the republican. I've got a stuffed monkey wearing a Trump Halloween mask sitting on my bookshelf.
 
5 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: One of the perks of working for a large very liberal non-profit.
You don't worry about offending someone when you say things like "Republicans are nazi scum."
Everyone just nods and sighs.


CSB... I'm in a similar work environment, and was in Jakarta the day after the 2016 US election results were announced. Our CEO sent an all-staff message about how, even though people may be really upset, we were still a professional organization and had to carry on. And then a bunch of stuff about how they were setting up "listening sessions" and whatnot; definitely toward the "first world problems" end of the spectrum.

So I'm in a catch-up meeting with a few of our operations folks, and the HR person asks me about the CEO's email. She didn't understand the context, why people would be so upset, what the big deal was. Then she kind of leans in toward me in and softly asks, "so are we... are we... Democrats?"

Thus began an entire day of our own "listening sessions", where I had to give a bunch of my Indonesian colleagues a rundown of the US electoral system, a rough breakdown of the parties, etc. "So why this thing?" "Oh, well, to understand that, I now have to tell you a bit about this..." and so on.

It was a challenge trying to keep things packaged up and translatable enough not to go off on a three-day series of tangent lectures, but it was also pretty fun. It's actually an interesting exercise, when you have to explain something you take for granted to people who have no idea of the history, context, etc.

/And then I got to bug out for eight days in West Papua, where I got to learn the history, context, etc. of a political conflict of a totally different nature and current reality.
 
5 days ago  
No. GBTW.
 
5 days ago  

Garza and the Supermutants: Can we descript Java disabling-proof paywalls on mediocre newspapers that have millions of casual readers and zero fans?


You can discuss politics at work for as low as $4.99 a month.
 
5 days ago  
For over a year, people on opposite ends of the political spectrum have pretty much lived in separate realities. There's no possible way such a conversation will end well.
 
5 days ago  
Talking politics in the office?

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5 days ago  

BretMavrik: Sorelian's Ghost: One of the perks of working for a large very liberal non-profit.
You don't worry about offending someone when you say things like "Republicans are nazi scum."
Everyone just nods and sighs.

CSB... I'm in a similar work environment, and was in Jakarta the day after the 2016 US election results were announced. Our CEO sent an all-staff message about how, even though people may be really upset, we were still a professional organization and had to carry on. And then a bunch of stuff about how they were setting up "listening sessions" and whatnot; definitely toward the "first world problems" end of the spectrum.

So I'm in a catch-up meeting with a few of our operations folks, and the HR person asks me about the CEO's email. She didn't understand the context, why people would be so upset, what the big deal was. Then she kind of leans in toward me in and softly asks, "so are we... are we... Democrats?"

Thus began an entire day of our own "listening sessions", where I had to give a bunch of my Indonesian colleagues a rundown of the US electoral system, a rough breakdown of the parties, etc. "So why this thing?" "Oh, well, to understand that, I now have to tell you a bit about this..." and so on.

It was a challenge trying to keep things packaged up and translatable enough not to go off on a three-day series of tangent lectures, but it was also pretty fun. It's actually an interesting exercise, when you have to explain something you take for granted to people who have no idea of the history, context, etc.

/And then I got to bug out for eight days in West Papua, where I got to learn the history, context, etc. of a political conflict of a totally different nature and current reality.


Back in 2016 I was working for an all women's liberal arts college.  It was not a good time to go back on campus the day after that election.  They had already contracted to get buses to take everyone to Hillary's graduation.  I spent half the day talking the Vice President of Development off a ledge.  Turns out she was very much right and I was far to farking "how bad could it get?"  Asked and answered for 4 gruelling years.
 
5 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: BretMavrik: Sorelian's Ghost: One of the perks of working for a large very liberal non-profit.
You don't worry about offending someone when you say things like "Republicans are nazi scum."
Everyone just nods and sighs.

CSB... I'm in a similar work environment, and was in Jakarta the day after the 2016 US election results were announced. Our CEO sent an all-staff message about how, even though people may be really upset, we were still a professional organization and had to carry on. And then a bunch of stuff about how they were setting up "listening sessions" and whatnot; definitely toward the "first world problems" end of the spectrum.

So I'm in a catch-up meeting with a few of our operations folks, and the HR person asks me about the CEO's email. She didn't understand the context, why people would be so upset, what the big deal was. Then she kind of leans in toward me in and softly asks, "so are we... are we... Democrats?"

Thus began an entire day of our own "listening sessions", where I had to give a bunch of my Indonesian colleagues a rundown of the US electoral system, a rough breakdown of the parties, etc. "So why this thing?" "Oh, well, to understand that, I now have to tell you a bit about this..." and so on.

It was a challenge trying to keep things packaged up and translatable enough not to go off on a three-day series of tangent lectures, but it was also pretty fun. It's actually an interesting exercise, when you have to explain something you take for granted to people who have no idea of the history, context, etc.

/And then I got to bug out for eight days in West Papua, where I got to learn the history, context, etc. of a political conflict of a totally different nature and current reality.

Back in 2016 I was working for an all women's liberal arts college.  It was not a good time to go back on campus the day after that election.  They had already contracted to get buses to take everyone to Hillary's graduation.  I spent half the day talking the Vice President of Development off a ledge.  Turns out she was very much right and I was far to farking "how bad could it get?"  Asked and answered for 4 gruelling years.


Election Night - SNL
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5 days ago  
I work with highly educated people.. over 95% of the office would be considered 'sane'.. they may vote either way but aren't farkwads. There is a small minority of morons but they don't speak out too much since they constantly get shouted down and asked to leave meetings for bringing up stupid things at work.
 
5 days ago  
No.

I'm here to work, not to listen to a bunch of pants pissing trump humpers cry moar about how the libs hurt their snowflake fee fees
 
5 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: One of the perks of working for a large very liberal non-profit.
You don't worry about offending someone when you say things like "Republicans are nazi scum."
Everyone just nods and sighs.


The Bubble - SNL
Youtube vKOb-kmOgpI
 
5 days ago  
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I've found that Republicans in the office out themselves fairly easily and readily. The hard part is ignoring them once they figure out you're not and start baiting.

This was before Obama's visit to Dallas.
 
5 days ago  
Don't do it. Just don't. Even if you agree with a co-worker on 99 issues, he'll find that 100th issue that sets both of you off, and your job will be hell from then on out. It happened to me. Don't do it.
 
5 days ago  

Sorelian's Ghost: One of the perks of working for a large very liberal non-profit.
You don't worry about offending someone when you say things like "Republicans are nazi scum."
Everyone just nods and sighs.


That's my situation except they just hired my new boss during the peak of the pandemic and he's been very vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine so this is not starting out looking good
 
4 days ago  
I don't care if you agree or disagree with me as long as you're respectful. If you're not, I'm probably going to start being a dick and invoking random jargon and theory from polisci college classes (my major) until you stop bothering to bring up the topic with me.

I feel the same way about religion. I've had lots of immigrant coworkers who take their religion, Christianity or otherwise, more seriously than the average American-born NYer. It's fine if you want to ask me about the traditions/rituals/beliefs I was raised in (mainline Protestant, more specifically Methodist) or even offer some advice based on your faith -- but if you want to get into a theological debate I really am not down for that shiat at work with people I know face to face. That's what randos on the internet are for.
 
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