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February 27, 2007

The IBM Sex Addict.

This little story has to be one of the more pathetic defenses yet:

A man fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room during work hours has sued Big Blue for $5 million, claiming he's an Internet addict who deserves treatment and understanding rather than a pink slip.

But bloggers are expressing little sympathy for 58-year-old James Pacenza, who says he visits chat rooms to distract himself from the lingering stress of seeing his best friend killed during a 1969 Army patrol in Vietnam. Pacenza, according to the Associated Press, said the trauma caused him to become "a sex addict, and with the development of the Internet, an Internet addict." He is claiming protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It's not just the absurdity of seeing someone killed turning him into a sex addict. It's the whole Disabilities Act thing. When everything, every moral foible and failure, becomes a "disease", then of course we can no longer make moral judgements about them.

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