Either the president is lying or he’s totally uninformed about the issue. The former is most likely, however, because, after all, this isn’t the first time Trump has made this claim, nor is it the first time he’s faced criticism for being wrong. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Claim That Amazon Pays ‘Little or No’ State Taxes Is Utter Nonsense
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Some highlights include Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. This whole meeting could be pretty awkward, especially considering how much Trump shit talked the tech industry in general during the campaign. … [Read more...] about Tech Gods Arrive to Kneel at Trump’s Throne
Following yesterday’s Prime Day strike at a fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, over a dozen progressive lawmakers—including Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ro Khanna—co-signed a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to request a “comprehensive investigation into the workplace conditions” in Amazon and its subsidiary businesses’ warehouses. … [Read more...] about Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
Amazon’s return grift has been known for years, both within hacking circles and among sellers who have been scammed. Buyers risk getting banned for too many missing or defective item claims, but the Finans made “hundreds of false online identities” to avoid detection, and were finally caught not by Amazon but by the Indiana State Police and the IRS. … [Read more...] about Couple Grifts Amazon Out of $1.2 Million in Electronics
That’s why the UCFW is up in arms about Amazon’s program—it sees the writing on the wall. It’s why its president, Marc Perrone, ended his statement by saying, “It is time to realize that Amazon’s ruthless business model will lead to massive job losses that could cripple our entire economy.” Retraining may move a handful of capable warehouse employees into technical work, but by and large the net number of good jobs the company supports is still going to decline, probably steeply. It already has: Warehouse worker hiring plateaued, despite record sales, for the first time last year. … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (currently available to stream), crackles to life with a winking homage to the production of Christmas specials. An American tradition! Here comes a meta behind-the-scenes glimpse showing switchboard operators flicking on different screens as they announce various celebrity guests, call out “Action!” and point at screens with directorial gusto. Showbiz, baby! I shriek at the screen, startling my small dog. Inject it into my veins! Except, hmm. Now I’m thinking about actual showbiz, baby, and how this was filmed presumably on a miserably hot late summer day in Hollywood, and by Hollywood, I mean Burbank, probably. I itch, thinking of the sweltering soundstage, of sweat dropping from smooth armpits in feathered lace jumpsuits… the fake-snow blizzards blasting inside while outside it was all heatwaves and fire smoke until just weeks ago… how we seem to… forget these things with the passing of just one rainstorm, or … [Read more...] about An Energetic Journey Through Kacey Musgraves’s Magical Amazon Christmas Special