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so much for civil disobedience

Henry Norr writes about technology for the San Francisco Chronicle. I enjoy reading him when he wraps himself around a topic that I'm interested in; he's readable and doesn't talk down to us non-techies. That's pretty much all the thought I've given to him over the years: tech guy I sometimes read.

Norr was arrested during anti-war civil disobedience the other day. The Chronicle suspended him without pay for ... falsifying his timecard! Here's some quotes from a message Norr posted to Jim Romenesko's website:

I returned to work the next day and finished my column, which was to run on March 24. Late in the day I filled out my timecard for that week. For Thursday, the day I spent in jail, I took a sick day. I did so because I was sick - heartsick over the beginning of the war, nauseated by the lies and the arrogance and the stupidity that led to it, and deeply depressed by the death and destruction it would bring....
[C]laiming sick pay for the day wasn't a point of principle for me. My supervisor knew exactly why I was out of work that day. If he had objected to the sick-day claim (even though the Chronicle does not, as far as I can tell, have a formal definition of what qualifies as sickness) before signing the timecard, I would cheerfully have changed it to make the day a personal day, a vacation day or simply an unpaid day....
On Monday, March 24, another supervisor informed me that I could not write anything for the paper until further notice. I asked why, but was told "no explanation." Yesterday, March 26, I was called to a meeting with Rosenthal and Cynthia Burks, vice president of human resources. A representative from my union, the Northern California Newspaper Guild, accompanied me. Burks asked me to explain what I did last Thursday and why I took a sick day. After I had done so, she informed me that I would be suspended, without pay, to give the paper time to "investigate" my "falsification" of the time card.

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