Let’s not forget, Amazon now owns every Whole Foods store in the country, so that’s even more state and local taxes. You could argue that Amazon, which brought in nearly $178 billion in sales last year, should pay more in taxes. But needless to say, it is not paying a “little” amount, nor is it “no” amount whatsoever, as the president claims. … [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
Reporting has uncovered a number of issues within Amazon’s vast logistics network. Some, like the urinating in bottles in order to hit quotas, fainting on the job, or developing repetitive strain injuries. Others have been freak accidentscrushed by a forklift in Indiana, the onekilled by a truck in Pennsylvania, or the two instances of … [Read more...] about Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
Any retailer budgets for broken goods, shoplifting, and other losses, and Amazon is no different. But because of the volume of sales and a customer-forward policy, the gargantuan online marketplace appears to rarely investigate claims of broken or unreceived goods, opting instead to replace or refund—no questions asked. That’s how Indiana couple Erin and Leah Finan scored $1.2 million in electronics. … [Read more...] about Couple Grifts Amazon Out of $1.2 Million in Electronics
“The challenge is you’re trying to take workers who were reasonably well paid, far into their career, and train them for a new type of job,” says Carolyn J. Heinrich, the lead investigator in the aforementioned DOL study and a professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University. “Workers come out and earn entry level wages. In no way do they earn what they were making in the past.” Mobility is an issue, too. “Some of the jobs they trained for will be in other states—if you’re paying off a mortgage on a house, or kids in high school, you’re not going to be able to move very easily.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
But hey. Perhaps this special will age, and we’ll watch Kacey’s Christmas Recital featuring Forgotten Celebs of the Twenty-Teens again in a dozen years, with our anxious young families, gathered ’round the Yule log, which we cannot actually light anymore because California fire season will stretch into the holidays, and the only grocery store left is Amazon Foods, and we can wish for these simpler times—yes, 2019 is a guaranteed, classified future simpler time—when we could soothe or nausea about it all with this little dose of candy pink Pepto from the miracle of the mind behind Golden Hour. I told a friend that after writing down these thoughts, I felt blank inside. “She’s hollow inside, then?” he asked. “No!” I shrieked, once again, startling my small dog. “You can have a rich, abundant interior life and still produce absolutely vacant content!” I sighed. “I do it all the time.” … [Read more...] about An Energetic Journey Through Kacey Musgraves’s Magical Amazon Christmas Special