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
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Unless you’ve got the world’s most powerful ad blocker, you’re probably painfully aware that it’s Prime Day, a holiday that Amazon made up because it could. Deals parade naked in the streets and the company hosts glitzy concerts, all to encourage Amazon Prime subscribers to stick around. For the second year in a row, however, some Amazon warehouse workers are striking in the midst of all this; workers in Germany are striking over unfair pay, whereas workers in Minnesota are striking over unsafe working conditions. Amazon owns Twitch, and some streamers are boycotting the streaming platform for the next two days as a show of solidarity. For other streamers, though, the situation isn’t so black and white. … [Read more...] about Some Streamers Are Boycotting Twitch In Support Of The Amazon Prime Day Strike
Jane Oates of WorkingNation says that the first and perhaps most important step is to ensure that the training is part of the workweek. “People are busy—making this as easy to get to as possible will determine its success.” Amazon should also ensure they cover the tuition in the programs outright, she says. “A lot of the failure is due to the tuition assistance programs—a lot of the reason they fail is you have to pay upfront for the college yourself and get reimbursed,” she said. “And then if you don’t get a grade you’re out that money.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
In another tweet, Pompeo calls out white women who don’t “stand with your sisters on the front lines” and “cut side deals.” While she didn’t specifically name any actresses in the tweet, it could likely have been directed at Julianne Hough. After being fired alongside Union, Hough told Variety: “I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew, and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC.” She has two Christmas specials at the network airing later this month. … [Read more...] about SAG-AFTRA Launches Investigation Into Gabrielle Union’s Firing From
The tesseract in Interstellar’s emotional end is more the stuff of bizarre fantasy than of plausibility, but the rest of the film is based in a lot of real science and confronts real-world concerns for life on Earth in the late 21st century. John Lithgow’s character, a member of the only generation still alive that remembers Earth as Interstellar’s 2014 audience know it, is likely of Gen Z or perhaps the youngest Millennials (he says there were 6 billion people on Earth when he was a kid). One wonders, if space exploration isn’t funded in the wake of the Blight in Interstellar, what will become of NASA and other space agencies when we’re dealing with the serious consequences of climate change? Interstellar gets us thinking about our past, present, and future: about the Dust Bowl and the Irish Potato Famine, about our our actions (and inactions) today, and about whether (and how) our species’ existence will continue when this planet becomes less … [Read more...] about We Need More Near-Future Space Exploration Movies Like
This is not to knock new or transformative technologies. But Google Glass is never going to be one, so why does the company keep trying? And if they’re going to keep at it, can’t they try harder than this? Indeed, the very futuristic world of heads-up displays is already changing how anyone from soldiers to motorcycle drivers goes about their day. But something has always felt off about Google’s pursuit of a temple-mounted camera with a teeny screen attached to it. When Glass was still a Google X project, it seemed like a wacky way to do some R&D on voice recognition and user interface design. By the time models were wearing Glass on Diane Von Furstenberg’s runway show, the whole circus felt like a marketing ploy, and it remained unclear if the device would ever offer any real world applications. … [Read more...] about Google Glass Is Still a Bad Idea