"I don't know where I read it, but I'd love to: "putting tools in place that may lead to a police state is not good democratic hygiene". I'd vote for a pirate party here if there was one. I'll start one if I had the time and money."
...and it does address both the general issues you'd expect, and specific issues to the US, such as getting rid of the Patriot Act and the abuses of civil liberties allowed under it: http://www.pirate-party.us/platform
Unfortunately, it has basically zero traction in this country. I wish they did have 7% of the vote here - although that wouldn't get them any seats in Congress (unless most of the 7% came from the same state), it would get them federal funding to campaign, and that means the ability to run ads that could wake up people to how abusive the system has become. This in turn potentially COULD get them a couple of seats in Congress, and with even a tiny amount of seats, both major parties would be forced to pay attention, as they'd be the deciding vote on a LOT of close issues.
When you know your company is about to tank, it's not uncommon to band together with people you like and help each other find jobs - that and discuss how management ran the company into the ground. Both of those result in email cliques, so it makes sense for that to be a common indicator.
That being said, that's not exactly a statistic you can look up before buying stock, and by the time the cliques get really rampant, everyone who works for the company should know it's going to tank, making it not a terribly helpful thing to notice.
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