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Marsey the Catgirl SillyTavern AI card release! Full emotion card included

https://www.chub.ai/characters/TouchFluffyTails/marsey-the-catgirl-2f47a299a538

To interact with Marsey you will need to follow the sillytavern setup instructions, you can either use a local model or hook her up to GPT api or something. I don't want to share my IP address but maybe some dramanaut might be able to open a session up for people using this.

https://sillytavernai.com/

https://old.reddit.com/r/SillyTavernAI/

!coomers !codecels

Example chats.

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17134805103139563.webp https://i.rdrama.net/images/17134805112125912.webp https://i.rdrama.net/images/17134805120435102.webp

edit: I am heavily in negative coins now, money pls

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@ULTRAGIGASNEED posted the Twitter version earlier, but didn't fricking explain who these people are :marseyeyeroll:

https://rdrama.net/h/slackernews/post/261225/john-carmack-reveals-himself-to-be

I guess arguing on Twitter wasn't enough. /u/PalmerLuckey wanted to continue on reddit.

https://i.rdrama.net/images/1713146211842228.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17131462113452184.webp

Will he come to rDrama next?

Stolen from sardines :marseyitsover:

https://old.reddit.com/r/SubredditDrama/comments/1c49nh9/billionaire_wunderkind_palmer_luckey_ousted_from/?sort=controversial


I'm torn. Billionaire bothering to argue with the plebs on reddit? He also has an 11 year old reddit account where he posts things like this

https://old.reddit.com/r/NyanNekoSugarGirls/comments/1910ids/we_recreated_the_final_scene_of_nnsg_at_our/?sort=controversial

https://i.redd.it/hqv23zgcn2bc1.png :#marseyyikes:

:#marseydicklet: :#marseysick: :#marseywtf2:

Let people enjoy things :marseyshrug:


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Aubrey up 2-0 against the koofi saxophone-screaming cornball.

Not as great as the first song, but I find the idea of drake chastising Kendrick via his idols pretty funny.

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17136157381377027.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17136158376144009.webp

No, you can't use Tupac's image to troll someone?! What would pac say?!

:soycrytalking:

Meanwhile

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17136158377494638.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/171361573829892.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/1713615738724896.webp

I put AI in the top three worst things to ever happen to rap, right above drill music, and right below ringtones.

Here was the first diss record. It just released 12 hours ago on Spotify and is already charting.

Keep frying these cornballs, king.

Here's the /r/kendricklamar reaction.

https://old.reddit.com/r/KendrickLamar/comments/1c8g5m1/drake_just_posted_an_ai_tupac_diss/?sort=controversial

I'm not reading any of this shit. I've been following this for the last week and the Kendrick fans have me completely drained. They are without a doubt, the most r-slurred reddit-brained group of people you will ever interact with. I can only imagine what dumb shit they're talking about in this thread.

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Japanese indie rock :marseyjamming: :!marseyhappy2: :marseywerebackchingchong:
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The 2nd Stage of Colonization of r/Grimdank is underway - behold ye cucks :soywarhammer: :soywarhammer: :soywarhammer:

https://old.reddit.com/r/Grimdank/comments/1c7f33g/i_dont_care_about_the_custodes_but_whether_you/?sort=controversial

There have been gradually more and more SRDine :marseycanned: :marseycanned: type posts on /r/Grimdank, with less memes and more shitlib gloating and preaching to their choir


LGBT trying not to use Slaanesh :marseyslaanesh: :marseyslaanesh: :marseyslaanesh: as proof of historic representation, a literal space-heck demonic manifestation of excess, degeneration and depravity.

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135799954345.webp

"Yes but the imperium is EEEEVIL tooooooo" :soywarhammer:

https://i.rdrama.net/images/1713513580141125.webp


Even other moderate liberals find this rapid hyper turbospeed charged circlejerk to be exhausting

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135802847672.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135805009706.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135807345595.webp


https://old.reddit.com/r/Grimdank/comments/1c7f33g/i_dont_care_about_the_custodes_but_whether_you/l07nseh/?context=8&sort=controversial

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135808825476.webp

OP is an especially cringe example of a turbo redditor


https://old.reddit.com/r/Grimdank/comments/1c7f33g/i_dont_care_about_the_custodes_but_whether_you/l07zpu1/?context=8&sort=controversial

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135810968573.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135813060634.webp


https://old.reddit.com/r/Grimdank/comments/1c7f33g/i_dont_care_about_the_custodes_but_whether_you/l07yqwk/?context=8&sort=controversial

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135814895947.webp


https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135817446494.webp


NOW FOR SECTION OF SHAME AND DOWNVOTES:

https://old.reddit.com/r/Grimdank/comments/1c7f33g/i_dont_care_about_the_custodes_but_whether_you/l07tx2g/?context=8&sort=controversial

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135818471532.webp

"Not really a good thing that the people who care about the lore are leaving. It only means that such consoomer attitudes will remain and GW is rife with them enough as it is"

"people who realy care about the lore dont complaing about such minor change" :smugtranstwitter: :smugtranstwitter: :smugtranstwitter:

"People who really care about the lore will complain about every single minor change. Its a hobby that rewards those who value attention to detail." :soywarhammer:

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135820520103.webp


https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135822520735.webp

Incel gets downvoted :marseydownvotemad: :marseydownvotemad: :marseydownvotemad: :stoningdownvotes: :stoningdownvotes: :stoningdownvotes:

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https://old.reddit.com/r/Grimdank/comments/1c7f33g/i_dont_care_about_the_custodes_but_whether_you/l07ix0x/?context=8&sort=controversial

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135824435897.webp

"There is gonna be nothing fun left in this world is there" :marseybeanpensive:

https://i.rdrama.net/images/1713513582669066.webp

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135828493497.webp

"You are unhinged and evil"

"YOU ARE A LITERAL FASCIST"

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135135830306194.webp

"That's the price for my labor. It's so high because you're asking in bad faith." :marseyxd: :marseyxd: :marseyxd: Actually funny leftoid


Anyways 1/3 posts on the front page is basically wokes gloating

https://i.rdrama.net/images/17135137851902575.webp

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The fear of heck.

Back a few years ago when praying to God, I told him directly that if anyone ends up in heck undeservingly which is a concept that I cannot justify with a just and loving God then I would go there myself, since then I have been exploring the truth about the religion and quite frankly, knowing that I am darned does give me to freedom to actually explore the religion and discover the truth about it free of Church dogma.

This is what Catholics believe, Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins and went down to heck, I don't believe or agree with the concept of Heck and if he did, then it's my duty as a Christian to follow Jesus and do the same.

The Crucifixarion reflects the scapegoat ritual in Leviticus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrowing_of_Hell#:~:text=The%20term%20'Harrowing%20of%20Hell,of%20the%20Old%20Testament%20period.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scapegoat#:~:text=In%20the%20Bible%2C%20a%20scapegoat,the%20sins%20of%20the%20community.

In the Bible, a scapegoat is one of a pair of kid goats that is released into the wilderness, taking with it all sins and impurities, while the other is sacrificed. The concept first appears in the Book of Leviticus, in which a goat is designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of the community.

Jesus was the scapegoat.

First you should accept that Lucifer and Satan are two different beings, Satan is presented as having goat horns as symbolism because of the scapegoat ritual.

Isaiah 14:12-17

Revelation 22:16

2 Peter 1:19 the word Lucifer is used to refer to Jesus in the Latin Vulgate.

You shouldn't be afraid of heck. The real heck is living your life with the fear of heck.

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I've been reading some Effective Altruist writings and learned that even if AI had moral goals it could be very dangerous :marseyscared:.

Like imagine an AI whos goal was to maximize the number of mosquito nets given to Africa, sounds great right? :marseyhappy2:

NO! Because the AI would be willing to do anything in order to achieve it's goals it might do something like commit one of the largest acts of fraud in history to get the money for more mosquito nets! :marseyshock:

Hmm... what does this remind me of? :marseylaugh:

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!nooticers :marseypikachu2:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-68831061

The true scale of the number of medical trials using infected blood products on children in the 1970s and 80s has been revealed by documents seen by BBC News.

They reveal a secret world of unsafe clinical testing involving children in the UK, as doctors placed research goals ahead of patients' needs.

They continued for more than 15 years, involved hundreds of people, and infected most with hepatitis C and HIV.

One surviving patient told the BBC he was treated like a "guinea pig".

The trials involved children with blood clotting disorders, when families had often not consented to them taking part. The majority of the children who enrolled are now dead.

Documents also show that doctors in haemophilia centres across the country used blood products, even though they were widely known as likely to be contaminated.

A shortage of blood products in the UK in the 1970s and 80s meant they were imported from the US. High-risk donors such as prisoners and drug addicts provided the plasma for the treatments that were infected with potentially fatal viruses including hepatitis C - which attacks the liver resulting in cirrhosis and cancer - and HIV.

One blood product, known as Factor VIII, was seen to be highly effective for stopping bleeding but also widely known to be contaminated with viruses.

A public inquiry is under way into the scandal. The final report is due in May.

'Guinea pig'

Luke O'Shea-Phillips, 42, has mild haemophilia - a blood clotting disorder that means he bruises and bleeds more easily than most.

He caught the potentially lethal viral infection hepatitis C while being treated at the Middlesex Hospital, in central London, which was administered because of a small cut to his mouth, aged three, in 1985.

Documents seen by the BBC suggest he was deliberately given the blood product - which his doctor knew might have been infected - so he could be enrolled in a clinical trial.

The doctor wanted to find out how likely patients were to catch diseases from a new version of heat-treated Factor VIII. Though he had never been treated for his condition before, Luke was given heat-treated Factor VIII to stop his mouth bleeding.

A letter from Luke's doctor, Samuel Machin, to another expert in haemophilia, was submitted in evidence to the public inquiry into the infected blood scandal.

Writing to Peter Kernoff, at London's Royal Free Hospital, Dr Machin detailed the treatment of Luke and another boy, asking: "I hope they will be suitable for your heat-treated trial."

Months earlier, Dr Kernoff had called on fellow doctors in the field to identify patients suitable for clinical trials. Specifically, he said, they had to be "previously untreated patients", known as "PUPs" in the medical community.

They were also nicknamed "virgin haemophiliacs" - a term written on Luke's medical record by Dr Machin.

"I was a guinea pig in clinical trials that could have killed me," Luke told the BBC. "There is no other way to explain it - my treatment was changed so I could be enrolled in clinical trials. This change in medication gave me a fatal disease - hepatitis C - yet my mother was never even told."

"To the scientific world, it was an incredible benefit being a virgin haemophiliac," he added. "To be a clean petri dish to understand science through, I was without question a part of that."

What is the infected blood scandal?

Parents and pupils kept in the dark at blood scandal school

Infected blood scandal: Boy, 7, died from Aids after doctor ignored rules

Infected Blood Inquiry The letter from Dr Machin reveals the trial Luke was part ofInfected Blood Inquiry

The letter from Dr Machin reveals the trial Luke was part of

In the following years, as the medical trial reached its conclusions, Luke had many blood tests. Doctors said they were monitoring him and, at the time, his mother, Shelagh O'Shea, was grateful.

In their findings, published in 1987, Dr Kernoff and Dr Machin concluded heat treatment had "little or no effect" in reducing the risk of of hepatitis C.

Both Dr Kernoff and Dr Machin are now dead.

Before he died, Dr Machin gave evidence to the public inquiry, when he confirmed that Luke had been recruited to Dr Kernoff's study.

He denied this had been done without Luke's mother's knowledge. "This would have been discussed with his mother, although I acknowledge that standards of consent in the 1980's was quite different to what it is now," Dr Machin said.

However, Mrs O'Shea told the inquiry she as "absolutely not" told about the trial. "With an innocent child of three and a half I would not have considered such an action. I would never ever have allowed my child to be part of a trial - never," she added.

Documents reveal doctors knew Luke had contracted hepatitis C as early as 1993, but he was not told until 1997. One medical record states a positive test result and says: "Have not discussed with patient or family."

Luke is now clear of the infection after successful treatment.

'Laboratory rats'

However, evidence of the clinical trials have raised wider concerns.

"A patient should always be given the best possible treatment and they should always have given informed consent - if those two factors haven't been achieved then a trial would be seen as very problematic," says Professor Emma Cave, Professor of Healthcare Law at Durham University.

Professor Edward Tuddenham, who was a haemophilia doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in the 1980's, confirmed these fears. When asked if he thought ethical standards had been met during clinical trials in the 1980s, he simply answered: "No."

The BBC's investigation has revealed that Dr Machin and Dr Kernoff were among a community of doctors with similar research ambitions.

A specialist school near Alton, in Hampshire, was attended by a large cohort of haemophiliac boys. The school for disabled children had an NHS haemophilia unit on site, so boys who had bleeds could be treated quickly and then return to lessons.

Their doctor, Dr Anthony Aronstam - who has also since died - used his "unique" cohort of boys for extensive clinical trials. One series of experiments considered whether using three to four times more Factor VIII than normally required by a child would help to reduce the number of bleeds he had.

This was preventative treatment, know as prophylaxis, and involved repeated injections with infected Factor VIII products and follow-up blood tests. The high concentrations of infected blood products were administered to the boys without their - or their parents' - consent.

Of the122 pupils attending Treloar's College between 1974-1987, 75 have so far died of HIV and hepatitis C infections.

"Despite knowing the product was riddled with hepatitis, they started a trial that required us to have way more of it than we needed," says Gary Webster, who was unknowingly enrolled.

Ade Goodyear, a pupil at Treloar's from 1980 to 1989, added: "We were treated like lab rats. There was a plethora of studies that we were all enrolled on for the decade we were at the school."

The school where dozens died in NHS blood scandal

Lee Stay Treloar's College in the late 1980sLee Stay

Lord Mayor Treloar College in Holybourne, Hampshire in the late 1980s

Controversially, another trial involved placebo treatments. This meant that some boys, who thought they had been given Factor VIII to prevent bleeds, had in fact been given a saline solution.

"When you think you've been given a treatment, this changes your behaviour," Gary said. "You run more, you play more rough in football. For a haemophiliac, you feel a bit invincible for a short window after a jab. But with a placebo you are just risking your life by changing your behaviour."

He told the BBC he was punished at school if he missed injections. "It would have meant their trials would have been flawed and so we, us kids, were made to toe the line."

Dr Kernoff's pursuit of clinical advancement through research was rigorous, as was his hunt for suitable subjects for trials - PUPs and virgin haemophiliacs - which let to those involved getting young and younger. A four-month-old baby was involved in a trial.

Among his studies was one that compared the infectiousness of another blood plasma product - Cryoprecipitate (Cryo) - to Factor VIII concentrates.

Cryo was used for treating mild blood clotting conditions. It contained the Factor VIII protein, but at lower concentrations and from fewer donors and was therefore thought to be less risky.

Dr Kernoff's search for suitable subjects led him to Mark Stewart, his brother, and his father, who all had very mild cases of von Willebrand's disease - another type of blood clotting disorder. Their usual treatment was cryo.

Mark Stewart Mark and Angus StewartMark Stewart

Mark Stewart (left) believes he will die as a result of the trial he unknowingly took part in, like his brother Angus (right)

As part of his test, Dr Kernoff gave them all Factor VIII concentrates instead.

"Until we were given concentrates it would be once a month you'd have a little nose bleed, and you'd go up and have cryo and that was that." All three contracted hepatitis C.

Mark's brother and father have both died of liver cancer after the infection attacked the organ. Neither were told they had contracted the disease until it was too late for treatment.

"Angry is an understatement," Mark said. "Your dad is in the front carriage, your brother is in the second carriage and you are in the third carriage - so you know what is coming. It won't veer off that track. This is how hep C works. It will get you."

A statement from Treloar's said: "We await the publication of the infected blood inquiry, which we hope will provide our former pupils with the answers they have been waiting for."

The inquiry into the wider infected blood scandal will conclude on 20 May.

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!g*mers a game free of bipOcS

Reminder that Daniel Varva is a leading member of !CHUDS

G*merGhazi: Daniel Vavra doubles down on being a shitlord by mocking requests for PoC protagonists in RPGs (Yes, again)

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Modern Animation is incredible :marseyexcited:

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Agnosticism is fundamentally a belief for either the profoundly unintelligent or kitties who selectively change their view on the burden of proof so as not to offend religioids. Imagine the classic Carl Sagan example of going:

I have a dragon in my garage. But you can't see it because it's invisible, and you can't see any footprints because it's floating, and you can't detect the heat from the flames because they're heatless, and you can't feel the dragon because it's incorporeal

The religious response to that is to go "Actually, that's not a very good analogy to my religion because there's actually a lot of evidence and you also need to look inside for your spiritual connection blah blah blah". This is, of course, completely untrue, and anyone who thinks like that probably supports ISIS and/or the Catholic Church covering up child molestation. But the agnostic response is worse purely due to how epistemologically bankrupt it is. They go "Wow, I guess it really is impossible to know whether there's a dragon in your garage or not! The complexity of the universe is truly beyond the human mind 🤯".

Likewise with a similar thought experiment like Russell's teapot. A Christard, Mudslime, Cowshit Worshipper, or Kaykl Maker's Apprentice will say that the teapot doesn't exist, but their God does because their mriacles are real and their prayers really have been answered! These """people""" are obviously subhuman r-slurs who've somehow stumbled their way into reverting to a pre-medieval belief system, most likely to make up for their personal failings, which are many. But again the agnostic is worse still because apparently the teapot might exist or it might not, and it's literally impossible to know which is true.

Of course, this isn't actually how an agnostic/r-slur/subhuman would respond to these claims. They'd be able to effortlessly brush off Sagan's dragon or Russell's teapot as not existing, since they're just thought experiments. But once these are elevated to the status of an actual religious belief, then complete unfalsifiabilty means the burden of proof stops existing entirely, even though in every other situation ridiculous unfalsifiable beliefs are treated as purely false. The only way you could be agnostic is if you're literally too fricking r-slurred to understand what "truth" even is, or if you're so unprincipled that you'll go through extreme mental gymnastics in order not to offend people who don't even agree with you in the first place.

!atheists discuss. If you're an agnosticoid I encourage you to argue with me in the comments. I will call you multiple racial slurs.

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Lea Ypi is a Cambridge professor of Albanian origin :marseyflagalbania:. I can recommend her book Free on her childhood in Stalinist Albania, like did you know Albania had a civil war after almost everyone lost their money in pyramid :marseyilluminati:schemes?

A British jounro recently attended one of her lectures about Kant, but was too horny to pay attention.

In Cambridge recently I dropped into Downing College for a lecture given by a beautiful historian, Lea Ypi, from Albania, whose discourse included this observation about revolutionaries: ‘Once they attain power they lose all interest in revolution.' Good point. Her blonde hair spilling over her shoulders absorbed far more of my attention than her political reflections and I was desperate to speak to her afterwards, but I had no way to orchestrate a meeting.

His male libido left him with no other choice but visiting some train station whore.

‘Like being chained to a lunatic.' That's how a man feels in relation to his libido.

Instead, I headed for the rougher end of Cambridge, near the railway terminus, where the misfits and outcasts gather. I'd already arranged a social rendezvous at a private business location. Here's how it works. You hand over a roll of banknotes to a concierge at a desk who ushers you into a softly lit room where your companion awaits you. Mine was petite, black-haired and buxom.

The rest of the article is just about the journo meeting some prostitute called Shea, :marseyfans:no clue why anyone would publish this.

Lea Ypi reacted to the article and was not amused.

Advice for scholars: next time you lecture on Kant and revolutions at “Downing” (@DarwinCollege) Cambridge, make sure your hair is neatly tied and that you're not blonde. Or else your research impact will be on the @spectator libido section.

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:marseyraging:https://old.reddit.com/r/Scotland/comments/1c6z0ll/puberty_blockers_paused_for_children_in_scotland/?sort=controversial

Mod MAD asf because "transphobes from /r/all are invading!!"

Do you think this is justified or not? Or do you think le politicians are heckin transphobic :marseydisagree: and should be R#**d and KILLED?? :marseyindignant: :marseyraging:

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Total :marseysaluteisrael: victory: Google fires 28 employees involved in sit-in protest over $1.2B Israel contract :marseyrave:

Follow up to this https://rdrama.net/h/slackernews/post/261890/marseyvaxmaxx-masked-google-employees-are-currently

Reactions

:marseyexcitedorange:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=40072295

:marseybluecheck:

https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1780775087945253256

https://twitter.com/NoTechApartheid/status/1780780635302334712 this is the group they're involved with.

https://twitter.com/rich_goldberg/status/1780782139765575829

https://twitter.com/jpodhoretz/status/1780776499169153447

:marseysnoo:

https://old.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/1c6san0/google_fires_28_employees_involved_in_sitin/?sort=controversial

https://old.reddit.com/r/bayarea/comments/1c6t81p/google_fires_28_employees_involved_in_sitin/?sort=controversial

https://old.reddit.com/r/Conservative/comments/1c6t2am/google_fires_28_employees_involved_in_sitin/?sort=controversial


Google fires 28 employees involved in sit-in protest over $1.2B Israel contract

Google has fired 28 employees over their participation in a 10-hour sit-in at the search giant's offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, to protest the company's $1.2 billion cloud contract with Israel, The Post has learned.

The pro-Palestinian staffers — who had donned traditional Arab headscarves as they stormed and occupied the office of a top executive in California on Tuesday — were terminated late Wednesday after an internal investigation, Google vice president of global security Chris Rackow said said in a companywide memo.

“They took over office spaces, defaced our property, and physically impeded the work of other Googlers,” Rackow wrote in the memo obtained by The Post. “Their behavior was unacceptable, extremely disruptive, and made co-workers feel threatened.”

“Behavior like this has no place in our workplace and we will not tolerate it. It clearly violates multiple policies that all employees must adhere to – including our code of conduct and policy on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, standards of conduct, and workplace concerns.”

Rackow added that the company “takes this extremely seriously, and we will continue to apply our longstanding policies to take action against disruptive behavior – up to and including termination.”

The staffers are affiliated with a group called No Tech For Apartheid, which has been critical of Google's response to the Israel-Hamas war.

The protesters have demanded that Google pull out of a $1.2 billion “Project Nimbus” contract — in which Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services provide cloud-computing and artificial intelligence services for the Israeli government and military.

The group had posted several videos and livestreams of the protests on its X account — including the exact moment that employees were issued final warnings and arrested by local police for trespassing.

The impacted workers blasted Google over the firings in a statement shared by No Tech For Apartheid spokesperson Jane Chung.

“This evening, Google indiscriminately fired 28 workers, including those among us who did not directly participate in yesterday's historic, bicoastal 10-hour sit-in protests,” the workers said in the statement.

“This flagrant act of retaliation is a clear indication that Google values its $1.2 billion contract with the genocidal Israeli government and military more than its own workers — the ones who create real value for executives and shareholders.”

“Sundar Pichai and Thomas Kurian are genocide profiteers,” the statement added, referring to Google's CEO and the CEO of its cloud unit, respectively.

“We cannot comprehend how these men are able to sleep at night while their tech has enabled 100,000 Palestinians killed, reported missing, or wounded in the last six months of Israel's genocide — and counting.”

An NYPD spokesperson said the Tuesday protest “involved approximately 50 participants” in total and confirmed “four arrests were made for trespassing inside the Google building.”

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said the protest in California “consisted of around 80 participants.” A total of five protesters who refused to leave the Google office were “arrested without incident for criminal trespassing,” booked and released, a spokesperson added.

It couldn't immediately be learned if all nine arrested employees were among those who were fired. Google had earlier placed the employees on administrative leave and cut their access to internal systems.

Last month, Google fired a software engineer who publicly blasted one of the company's Israel-based executives during a tech conference in New York City.

[cont.]

When reached for comment, a Google spokesperson confirmed the firings.

“These protests were part of a longstanding campaign by a group of organizations and people who largely don't work at Google,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“A small number of employee protesters entered and disrupted a few of our locations. Physically impeding other employees' work and preventing them from accessing our facilities is a clear violation of our policies, and completely unacceptable behavior.”

“We have so far concluded individual investigations that resulted in the termination of employment for 28 employees, and will continue to investigate and take action as needed,” the spokesperson added.

Critics at the company raised concerns that the technology would be weaponized against Palestinians in Gaza.

The demonstrators stormed the personal office of Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian in Sunnyvale.

Kurian's custom-made, framed Golden State Warriors jersey was visible on the office wall in the background of the livestream, and employees wrote a list of their demands on his white board.

The pro-Palestinian employees, who are affiliated with a group called No Tech For Apartheid, posted several videos and livestreams of the protests — including the moment they were issued final warnings and arrested by local police for trespassing.

The companywide memo can be read in its entirety below.

Googlers,

You may have seen reports of protests at some of our offices yesterday. Unfortunately, a number of employees brought the event into our buildings in New York and Sunnyvale. They took over office spaces, defaced our property, and physically impeded the work of other Googlers. Their behavior was unacceptable, extremely disruptive, and made co-workers feel threatened. We placed employees involved under investigation and cut their access to our systems. Those who refused to leave were arrested by law enforcement and removed from our offices.

Following investigation, today we terminated the employment of twenty-eight employees found to be involved. We will continue to investigate and take action as needed.

Behavior like this has no place in our workplace and we will not tolerate it. It clearly violates multiple policies that all employees must adhere to – including our Code of Conduct and Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, Standards of Conduct, and Workplace Concerns.

We are a place of business and every Googler is expected to read our policies and apply them to how they conduct themselves and communicate in our workplace. The overwhelming majority of our employees do the right thing. If you're one of the few who are tempted to think we're going to overlook conduct that violates our policies, think again. The company takes this extremely seriously, and we will continue to apply our longstanding policies to take action against disruptive behavior – up to and including termination.

You should expect to hear more from leaders about standards of behavior and discourse in the workplace.

Chris


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