Here's a recent news story that I'm sure a lot of people are going to have fun discussing, especially non-Americans:
"American workers: Lazy or creative?" (http://www.techrepublic.com/2008-10881_11-5847422.html)
This article discusses the findings of a survey conducted by Salary.com on time wasted at work. For IT professionals, it's no surprise that Internet surfing was rated the #1 time-wasting activity. According to Bill Coleman, senior vice president of compensation at Salary.com, "Work is invading our personal time and therefore it makes sense that personal activities are invading work time."
Coleman talks about the survey results in an informative Q&A. Check it out and share your thoughts. I would discuss how I really feel about this article, but I have to get back to work. ;-)