While Amazon does not always pay local-level taxes—because many localities are not properly equipped to demand or collect them—nor does it collect state sales tax on items sold through its platform by third-party vendors in most states, it is likely paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes to state and local governments each year. In total, according to its Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Amazon paid $412 million in taxes in 2016 and, according to CNBC, has a provisional tax expense of around $200 million last year. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Claim That Amazon Pays ‘Little or No’ State Taxes Is Utter Nonsense
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Some of technology’s most prominent leaders and CEOs have made the pilgrimage from the Tesla-lined streets of Silicon Valley to the slightly more civilized New York City to bow at the feet of the very smart and good looking Supreme Leader-elect of the United States, Donald J. Trump. … [Read more...] about Tech Gods Arrive to Kneel at Trump’s Throne
MSP1, as this particular warehouse is called, has been a hotbed of labor unrest within Amazon’s network. While still a representative-elect, freshman lawmaker Ilhan Omar spoke to a crowd of activists and workers who marched on MSP1 in December, the first action of the sort on U.requested additional information about Amazon’s anti-union practices. … [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
“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?
It seems obvious at this point, but Kacey’s certainly tapping into the Cher nostalgia of the moment. I mean, *waves towards shiny sheet of hair*. She’s no entertainer like Cher was on her own shows, and though that’s okay, I’ll admit she has the vision, but maybe not the range. You ever watch a Sonny & Cher Christmas Special just to soak up that holiday wistfulness, cast in the grainy amber of ’70s film? Is it the texture that makes it? The throwback outfits? The classic songs? Kacey’s trying to access this mood, no doubt, but nostalgia’s mysterious algorithm of aesthetic and age is elusive to a production so shiny and new. Advertisement … [Read more...] about An Energetic Journey Through Kacey Musgraves’s Magical Amazon Christmas Special