History ReassignedToAntarctica / RealLife

21st Aug '17 7:30:24 PM Snippyshelf7
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** Just what is considered "Antarctica" can and will change over time -- this is one reason for ReassignmentBackfire, after all. From the time the US acquired it in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar through to the construction of the transcontinental railroad, UsefulNotes/{{California}} was seen as a remote deadend where no one in their right mind would want to go. UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is often portrayed as a purposeless washout prior to the Civil War because he was posted first to a small town recently renamed from Yerba Buena to [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco]] and then to Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory. Today many people born in Ohio would give a lot for such postings; back then, not so much. With nothing else to occupy his time, Grant took to the bottle and gained his reputation as TheAlcoholic.

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** Just what is considered "Antarctica" can and will change over time -- this is one reason for ReassignmentBackfire, after all. From the time the US acquired it in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar through to the construction of the transcontinental railroad, UsefulNotes/{{California}} was seen as a remote deadend where no one in their right mind would want to go. UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is often portrayed as a purposeless washout prior to the Civil War because he was posted first to a small town recently renamed from Yerba Buena to [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco]] t UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco and then to Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory. Today many people born in Ohio would give a lot for such postings; back then, not so much. With nothing else to occupy his time, Grant took to the bottle and gained his reputation as TheAlcoholic.
12th Jun '17 2:18:40 PM faunas
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* General Douglas [=MacArthur=], famous for commanding Allied forces in the South Pacific during WWII and UN forces during the Korean War, was first sent to the Philippines as a Brigadier General in 1922 by General Pershing. Rumors at the time attributed this either to his involvement with a woman that the higher-ranking officer had been pursuing, or to a response to his attempts to reform West Point during his two years as superintendent. FDR purportedly kept [=MacArthur=] in the Philippines through the 1930s and into the 40s to avoid having to talk to him in person. This turned into a ReassignmentBackfire when war broke out with Japan and [=MacArthur=] was in the middle of the action. However, [=MacArthur=] was such a MilesGloriosus that he considered his command of the entire South Pacific Theater to be a Reassignment To Antarctica, because he thought he should have been put in charge of the whole war. Fortunately for the whole civilized world General Marshal knew better. But this ''also'' ended in Reassignment Backfire as [=MacArthur's=] role in defeating Japan (and his greater skill with the press than the other generals and admirals involved, making [=MacArthur's=] role better known to the public despite many of those others having a larger role in the victory and having displayed greater military skill than [=MacArthur=]) and resulting fame gave him [[ProtectionFromEditors a lot of clout he probably shouldn't have had]]. This in turn led to [=MacArthur's=] well-publicized confrontation with President Truman over the use of nuclear weapons against China during the Korean War. When Truman had had enough, he prevented further Reassignment Backfire by just firing [=MacArthur=] outright.

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* General Douglas [=MacArthur=], UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur, famous for commanding Allied forces in the South Pacific during WWII and UN forces during the Korean War, was first sent to the Philippines as a Brigadier General in 1922 by General Pershing. Rumors at the time attributed this either to his involvement with a woman that the higher-ranking officer had been pursuing, or to a response to his attempts to reform West Point during his two years as superintendent. FDR purportedly kept [=MacArthur=] in the Philippines through the 1930s and into the 40s to avoid having to talk to him in person. This turned into a ReassignmentBackfire when war broke out with Japan and [=MacArthur=] was in the middle of the action. However, [=MacArthur=] was such a MilesGloriosus that he considered his command of the entire South Pacific Theater to be a Reassignment To Antarctica, because he thought he should have been put in charge of the whole war. Fortunately for the whole civilized world General Marshal knew better. But this ''also'' ended in Reassignment Backfire as [=MacArthur's=] role in defeating Japan (and his greater skill with the press than the other generals and admirals involved, making [=MacArthur's=] role better known to the public despite many of those others having a larger role in the victory and having displayed greater military skill than [=MacArthur=]) and resulting fame gave him [[ProtectionFromEditors a lot of clout he probably shouldn't have had]]. This in turn led to [=MacArthur's=] well-publicized confrontation with President Truman over the use of nuclear weapons against China during the Korean War. When Truman had had enough, he prevented further Reassignment Backfire by just firing [=MacArthur=] outright.
20th May '17 5:21:22 AM bombadil211
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* This is a favorite tactic of Korean conglomerates:
** Underperforming corporate employees are transferred to rural industrial affiliates in the hope that the shame of a lateral demotion will get them to quit. Younger workers usually quit within a year to try their luck at other companies (which all use the same tactic).
** Long-serving middle and upper managers who've fallen out of favor are transferred to an office space where they can be seen by as many people as possible, especially by those working in the C-Suite. They are not given any responsibilites and are not allowed phones or computers and are expected to sit ramrod straight looking straight ahead all day. They are also given different work hours and lunch breaks to completely isolate them from the rest of the company. The idea behind this tactic is that these people will be shamed into quitting of their own volition so that the company won't have to provide severance payments and unemployment insurance. There are some ultra-tough hold outs[[note]]typically middle-aged fathers who've sent their children to expensive foreign schools[[/note]] who will go through the humiliation for months or even years before the company will try and compound the shame by, similar to Konami above, transferring them to work in menial positions such as cashiers in factory cafeterias[[note]]a superfluous task since all they have to do is scan workers' company [=IDs=][[/note]].


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13th Apr '17 4:00:51 AM bombadil211
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* ''NBC Nightly News'' anchor Brian Williams was caught embellishing some of his stories to make them more dramatic. After serving a six month suspension, he lost his position as the anchor of the top-rated network news show and was transferred to ratings-challenged MSNBC to become the cable channel's "breaking news anchor", with no guaranteed air time and all his appearances subject to the discretion of network executives. He's stuck with it, however, and there are now talks of giving him regularly-scheduled appearances if not his own broadcast.

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* ''NBC Nightly News'' anchor Brian Williams was caught embellishing some of his stories to make them more dramatic. After serving a six month suspension, he lost his position as the anchor of the top-rated network news show and was transferred to ratings-challenged MSNBC to become the cable channel's "breaking news anchor", with no guaranteed air time and all his appearances subject to the discretion of network executives. He's Rather than resigning, he stuck with it, however, it and there are now talks of giving him regularly-scheduled appearances if not after proving to be a decent ratings draw during the 2016 presidential election, he was given the weekday 11pm to 12am slot for his own broadcast.show.
6th Apr '17 7:44:36 PM RacattackForce
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** In the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops New York City Police Department]], the equivalent is getting reassigned to Staten Island, connected to the rest of New York City only by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/staten-island-highest-number-most-sued-nypd-officers-article-1.1882160 The least populous of the city's five boroughs, Staten Island is home to a disproportionate number of police officers with multiple prior complaints and lawsuits against them]].

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** In the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops New York City Police Department]], the equivalent is getting reassigned to Staten Island, connected to the rest of New York City only by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.Bridge and barely acknowledged by any resident that doesn't live there. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/staten-island-highest-number-most-sued-nypd-officers-article-1.1882160 The It's the least populous of the city's five boroughs, yet Staten Island is home to a disproportionate number of police officers with multiple prior complaints and lawsuits against them]].



*** Thule is above the Arctic Circle and remains icebound throughout the winter. The few local inhabitants mostly speak Inuit or Danish, so there's not much entertainment to be found off base. Soldiers stationed there have very little to do besides 8-hour shifts staring at a radar screen for incoming missiles... and in 60 years of operation there have never ''been'' any incoming missiles.

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*** Thule is above the Arctic Circle and remains icebound throughout the winter. The few local inhabitants mostly speak Inuit or Danish, so there's not much entertainment to be found off base. Soldiers stationed there have very little to do besides 8-hour shifts staring at a radar screen for incoming missiles... and in 60 years of operation operation, there have never ''been'' any incoming missiles.



* Through the late 19th century, Ambassador to Russia served this function for US Presidents looking to get troublesome members of their own party out of the country for a few years. Russia was at the time the weakest and most distant of the major European powers, with few colonial ambitions in North America, giving the ambassadorship prestige but no influence. It wasn't until after the First World War that US strategic interests in Russia required more diplomatic competence from ambassadors.

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* Through the late 19th century, Ambassador to Russia served this function for US Presidents looking to get troublesome members of their own party out of the country for a few years. Russia was was, at the time time, the weakest and most distant of the major European powers, with few colonial ambitions in North America, giving the ambassadorship prestige but no influence. It wasn't until after the First World War that US strategic interests in Russia required more diplomatic competence from ambassadors.
15th Mar '17 3:45:17 PM billybobfred
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* Although he headed the development for the hugely successful UsefulNotes/GameBoy, Gunpei Yokoi was given a "window job" after its disastrous follow-up, the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy. Without any direct influence in the company, he left to develop the Wonderswan with Bandai.
** Actually, he had already planned on leaving after the Virtual Boy was released, and only stuck around because of it's failure, as he did not want people to think that Nintendo had fired him because of the Virtual Boy's failure.
20th Feb '17 9:57:23 AM Ruddigore
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* During the 14th and early 15th centuries, the Archbishop of Canterbury was one Thomas Arundel, who fell prey to a particularly nasty variant of this trope. Arundel was a fierce opponent of King Richard II, and when Richard eventually tried to purge his more persistent enemies in 1397, Archbishop Arundel was banished from England to Florence. It was then Richard pulled a particularly cruel stunt on the Archbishop. He convinced the Pope in Rome that Arundel would make a superb Bishop of St Andrews in Scotland. There was just one snag: this was the height of the Great Western Schism, and the Kingdom of Scotland, unlike neighbouring England, had aligned itself with the Antipopes in Avignon. In short, Arundel had been appointed to a Bishopric in a hostile country, aligned with a hostile Pope, which refused to recognise the authority of the Pope who had appointed him. It's perhaps unsurprising that Arundel became one of the staunchest allies of Henry IV, who eventually overthrew Richard.
13th Feb '17 9:13:51 AM GMantis
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** Post-Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China (a.k.a. Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the life of "President"/dictator Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)

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** Post-Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China (a.k.a. Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the life of "President"/dictator Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, Paraguay (which is literally the furthest country away from Taiwan), allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)
5th Feb '17 6:33:15 PM dracogeorge
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** Actually, he had already planned on leaving after the Virtual Boy was released, and only stuck around because of it's failure, as he did not want people to think that Nintendo had fired him because of the Virtual Boy's failure.
26th Jan '17 4:14:43 AM manofwarb
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** The Canadian ''Airborne'' Regiment was oddly enough, seen as such a posting in the Canadian Land Forces. It is also a cautionary tale of what can happen if too many undesirable persons become concentrated in one unit. Too many other regiments got rid of problem soldiers by reassigning them to the Airborne, and the problem became so acute that the Airborne Regiment's home base degenerated into a hotbed of hazing, white supremacist activity and criminality. Things came to a head when the Airborne Regiment was sent to Somalia as part of a UN Peacekeeping force, and they perpetrated the atrocity known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/Somalia_Affair Somalia Affair]]. This eventually led to the regiment being disbanded.

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** The Canadian ''Airborne'' Regiment was oddly enough, seen as such a posting in the Canadian Land Forces. It is also a cautionary tale of what can happen if too many undesirable persons become concentrated in one unit. Too many other regiments got rid of problem soldiers by reassigning them to the Airborne, and the problem became so acute that the Airborne Regiment's home base degenerated into a hotbed of hazing, white supremacist activity and criminality. Things came to a head when the Airborne Regiment was sent to Somalia as part of a UN Peacekeeping force, and they perpetrated the atrocity known as the [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/Somalia_Affair org/wiki/Somalia_Affair Somalia Affair]]. This eventually led to the regiment being disbanded.
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