History ReassignedToAntarctica / RealLife

16th Sep '16 11:11:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** The threat to "send someone to Coventry" has become an idiom for Reassignment To Antartica. During the EnglishCivilWar, the population of Coventry refused to talk to prisoners of war who were being held in the city and thus acquired a reputation of hostility towards the military.

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** The threat to "send someone to Coventry" has become an idiom for Reassignment To Antartica. During the EnglishCivilWar, UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar, the population of Coventry refused to talk to prisoners of war who were being held in the city and thus acquired a reputation of hostility towards the military.
19th Aug '16 4:46:33 PM bombadil211
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* ''NBC Nightly News'' anchor Brian Williams was caught embellishing some of his stories to make them more dramatic. After he served a six month suspension, he lost his position as the anchor of America's Number 1 news broadcast and was transferred to struggling-in-the-ratings MSNBC to become the cable channel's "breaking news anchor", having no guaranteed air time and only being allowed in front of the camera when higher-ups feel that it's necessary. He's sticking with it, however, and there are now talks of giving him a regular broadcast for at least the duration of the 2016 US Presidential Election.
18th Jul '16 1:12:44 PM LtFedora
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** Of course, the problem with this was that if the president was killed, [[ReassignmentBackfire that dead-end job suddenly became the most powerful job in the country.]] This happened several times, including to Theodore Roosevelt.

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** Of course, the problem with this was that if the president was killed, [[ReassignmentBackfire that dead-end job suddenly became the most powerful job in the country.]] This happened several times, including to Theodore Roosevelt. It wasn't until Harry Truman took over after FDR's death that Americans started to pay closer attention to VP candidates.
5th Jul '16 5:12:26 PM nombretomado
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** Earlier, AndrewJackson had sent UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan to that post for the same reason, allegedly saying, "If we kept a ministry at the North Pole, I would have sent him there." (Bear in mind that in the 1830s, people hadn't reached the North Pole yet; it was as far away as the Moon for people of the time.) This [[ReassignmentBackfire backfired spectacularly]]: people thought the ambassadorship meant Buchanan was experienced in foreign affairs, and his extended absence meant he hadn't pissed anyone off in recent memory, so he was elected President. He then proceeded to completely fail to address the tensions over slavery, industrialization, and secession that broke open in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar just weeks after he left office. The nation voted for him because he had no opinions or principles to object to, and he remained that way throughout his term in office.

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** Earlier, AndrewJackson UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson had sent UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan to that post for the same reason, allegedly saying, "If we kept a ministry at the North Pole, I would have sent him there." (Bear in mind that in the 1830s, people hadn't reached the North Pole yet; it was as far away as the Moon for people of the time.) This [[ReassignmentBackfire backfired spectacularly]]: people thought the ambassadorship meant Buchanan was experienced in foreign affairs, and his extended absence meant he hadn't pissed anyone off in recent memory, so he was elected President. He then proceeded to completely fail to address the tensions over slavery, industrialization, and secession that broke open in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar just weeks after he left office. The nation voted for him because he had no opinions or principles to object to, and he remained that way throughout his term in office.
18th Jun '16 6:32:30 PM SteakAndFries
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** UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco police officers who screw up badly are often said to be sent off "to walk a beat in the Farallones" (a rocky island group that is technically part of the city of San Francisco, but 30 miles (48 km) off the coast and inhabited only by research teams).

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** UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco police officers who screw up badly are often said to be sent off "to walk a beat in the Farallones" (a rocky island group that is technically part of the city of San Francisco, but 30 but 27 miles (48 (43.5 km) off the coast and inhabited only by research teams).



** In the US Air Force, two such locations are the surveillance station at Thule in Greenland (which is above the Artic Circle and provides very little to do besides staring at a radar screen for incoming missiles) and the refueling station on Shemya Island in Alaska. Shemya is considered to be a ''worse'' posting than mainland Alaska. Purportedly, the wind never drops below 60 knots, the temperature never rises above -20 °C (4 °F) and there's a 10-foot (3 m) visibility fog 300 days of the year. Primary duty there is clearing the runway of obstructions and running the radar station. Legend has it that every time someone leaves, they take a rock with them so someday there will be no more island and no one will ever have to go back.

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** In the US Air Force, two such locations are the surveillance station at Thule in Greenland (which is above the Artic Circle and provides very little to do besides staring at a radar screen for incoming missiles) and the refueling station on Shemya Island in Alaska. Shemya is considered to be a ''worse'' posting than mainland Alaska. Purportedly, the wind never drops below 60 knots, knots (110 km/h; 70 mph), the temperature never rises above -20 °C (4 (-4 °F) and there's a 10-foot (3 m) visibility fog 300 days of the year. Primary duty there is clearing the runway of obstructions and running the radar station. Legend has it that every time someone leaves, they take a rock with them so someday there will be no more island and no one will ever have to go back.
15th Jun '16 10:26:19 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* The United States Vice Presidency was used as this for a while. In ordinary circumstances, the VP's only real duty is casting a tiebreaking vote in the Senate, so politicians that the party base wanted out of the way but couldn't just send off were appointed as Vice Presidency, where they couldn't do too much harm and couldn't run for any other office. This most famously happened to Theodore Roosevelt.
**Of course, the problem with this was that if the president was killed, [[ReassignmentBackfire that dead-end job suddenly became the most powerful job in the country.]] This happened several times, including to Theodore Roosevelt.
21st May '16 10:32:28 AM AllenbysEyes88
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** For the Union, Irvin McDowell started the war commanding at First Bull Run, was demoted to corps command, then wound up in the Department of the Pacific, hundreds of miles from any fighting. John Pope lost the Battle of Second Bull Run and spent the rest of the war fighting Indians in Minnesota. Nathaniel Banks moved from the Virginia theater to Louisiana, where he still managed to botch the Red River Campaign. In many cases, these generals were well-connected politically and couldn't be outright fired.

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** For the Union, Irvin McDowell [=McDowell=] started the war commanding at First Bull Run, was demoted to corps command, then wound up in the Department of the Pacific, hundreds of miles from any fighting. John Pope lost the Battle of Second Bull Run and spent the rest of the war fighting Indians in Minnesota. Nathaniel Banks moved from the Virginia theater to Louisiana, where he still managed to botch the Red River Campaign. In many cases, these generals were well-connected politically and couldn't be outright fired.
20th May '16 10:42:47 AM rjd1922
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** UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco police officers who screw up badly are often said to be sent off "to walk a beat in the Farallons" (a rocky island group that is technically part of the city of San Francisco, but 30 miles (48 km) off the coast and inhabited only by research teams).

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** UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco police officers who screw up badly are often said to be sent off "to walk a beat in the Farallons" Farallones" (a rocky island group that is technically part of the city of San Francisco, but 30 miles (48 km) off the coast and inhabited only by research teams).
24th Apr '16 11:49:43 AM Psyclone
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* According to an infamous 2015 report by the ''Nikkei'', Creator/{{Konami}} punished developers either for not being useful or committing infractions as petty as liking a former coworker's Facebook announcement that he had gotten a new job with reassigning them to work as security guards, assembly line workers in pachinko machine factories or janitors in Konami fitness clubs.
23rd Apr '16 2:24:55 PM nombretomado
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* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in FatherTed and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholics to justify a bishopric, but can no longer support a cathedral. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they are usually given to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can carry the rank of bishop without pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. Similarly, Cardinal Raymond Burke was reassigned by Pope Francis from his post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura to being the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with only 13,000 members), a purely ceremonial role. Normally the Patron is a retired cardinal, while occasionally the title is granted to an active cardinal who ''retains'' whatever other position he already held. Burke being not particularly old for a cardinal and in good health, this reassignment is widely presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms of the Church.

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* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in FatherTed ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholics to justify a bishopric, but can no longer support a cathedral. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they are usually given to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can carry the rank of bishop without pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. Similarly, Cardinal Raymond Burke was reassigned by Pope Francis from his post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura to being the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with only 13,000 members), a purely ceremonial role. Normally the Patron is a retired cardinal, while occasionally the title is granted to an active cardinal who ''retains'' whatever other position he already held. Burke being not particularly old for a cardinal and in good health, this reassignment is widely presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms of the Church.
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