Potentially illegal anti-union behavior about Amazon

 

Amazon said in a statement that their existing labor arrangement provided “the most effective way to understand and respond to the needs of our workforce.”

I’m guessing that Bernie and Liz haven’t probably contemplated the real reason Amazon did what it did with raises. It had nothing to do with its employees and everything to do with hurting their competitors. Amazon has huge margins so this raise isn’t really going to effect their bottom line. However Target, Walmart and other grocery changes are now going to be forced to raise their raises to compete. There margins aren’t as large as Amazons so they will need to raise their prices which makes Amazon look like an even better deal to shoppers.

This irks the bottoms out of me. U have nothing to do so you go after Amazon, in case you forgot they hire a bunch of people. If Bernie and Elizabeth want to do some good, go after the GOP…remember…the egg heads in power. Go after Congress…remember… the egg heads that are doing nothing but approving bills but provide no solutions on funding. Or, better yet, go after the self-appointed genius POTUS Trump. Pitiful. Neither of you are going to be president, for sure, unless you change your ways.

Happy Times, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory a century ago employed a lot of people and abused them. It cost workers their lives. Today we have a similar if tamer situation. These people should not be so terrified of their abusers nor should the abusers have such absolute power. They need to be humbled.

The GOP?-Here is how that would play out. One side screams at the other, the other replies, CNN’s ratings go up, & nothing actually gets done. The average schmoe is still working in crappy conditions and income inequality stays. I am so very tired of watching my elders stupidly blame the other team for all that is evil but do not realize that the politicians they carry a torch for get bought off by men like Bezos in campaign funds…& they aren’t joining Bernie or Liz. “Neither of you are going to be president if you don’t change your ways!”-A reply: This country is not going to survive another forty years of neoliberalism on one side of the aisle and utter contempt for the poor on the other. You can only have a society that benefits billionaires and a tiny elite for so long before finally the volcano explodes. A politician being a social liberal is worth 0 to a schmoe if he does not care about more fundamental things like a living wage & being inches from poverty. Things the old guard is willfully blind to right now.

PS-Don’t tempt the young. Cutting Social Security entitlements could be one way to pay, and since so many of you shook your pom poms for policies that have hurt your children and their children very badly, they may eventually grow tired of a system where they must break their backs for benefits they will never see and bowing and scraping for idiots who don’t want to hear that it is no longer 1995 or 1965. The one s word that is not in the vocabulary of Boomers is SACRIFICE.

Poor Jeff Bezos. He just can’t stuff enough money into his bank account can he. Those pesky employees of his who travel the country like nomads trying to eke a marginal existence at his fulfillment centers are a greedy lot, are they not? And the mere fact that they are called fulfillment centers at all is a bit of a paradox in and of itself. Please everyone, show some mercy and help Jeff stuff his bank account. The poor man could use a hand up!

OK- newsflash WAPO- this scenario has occurred in thousands of workplaces over multiple decades. Management asking it’s leadership to be watchful of union organizing activity- but saying explicitly that they cannot prevent employees from pursuing union pathways. Generally when these atmospheres arise what happens is that management makes adjustments to things that relax the tensions. It amazes me that there is never any sense or perspective in the articles that the WAPO is publishing. This article is not informative- it’s gossip.

Medium has a paywall?

One day later, on Tuesday, an Amazon employee explained exactly why those decisions might be unpopular. In a public letter posted to Medium, an anonymous worker at the company outlined concerns about Amazon’s facial recognition tool, Rekognition. The product has been under fire since May, when the ACLU revealed that the company was offering it to police departments, raising serious civil liberties concerns.

What’s Rekognition?

Amazon Rekognition makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications. You just provide an image or video to the Rekognition API, and the service can identify the objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect any inappropriate content. Amazon Rekognition also provides highly accurate facial analysis and facial recognition on images and video that you provide. You can detect, analyze, and compare faces for a wide variety of user verification, people counting, and public safety use cases.

“We know Bezos is aware of these concerns and the industry-wide conversation happening right now,” the employee wrote. ”On stage, he acknowledged that big tech’s products might be misused, even exploited, by autocrats. But rather than meaningfully explain how Amazon will act to prevent the bad uses of its own technology, Bezos suggested we wait for society’s ‘immune response.’”It’s the second anonymous callout post from a tech employee in less than a week. On Friday, a Microsoft worker separately raised concerns on Medium about the company’s interest in a $10 billion contract to provide cloud services to the US Department of Defense. “Many Microsoft employees don’t believe that what we build should be used for waging war,” the employee wrote.

That doesn’t mean you throw ethics out the window, the cost of scientific progress should and historically always has been weighed against ethics. And as society progresses and better understands the social costs of such research in terms of civil rights, it should draw a stronger line on what is ethical and what isn’t.

In today’s world if you don’t draw a line on basic civil liberty violations that are surely to come from these kind of surveillance programs, then the benefits of this technology don’t outweigh the harm. Not to mention, tech companies are sitting on piles of offshore cash that they would rather keep offshore to avoid paying taxes, and instead want the government to subsidize and incentivize research and development on spytech? Give me a break lol.

The choice of Medium is itself noteworthy: a platform that has in the past been a place for users’ first-person missives, and one built with a tech company ethos. Siobhan O’Connor, vice president of editorial at Medium, says the posts were brought to them by a person they knew, and then their authors were verified to be employees. Both posts were behind Medium’s gated paywall, limiting reach somewhat, although O’Connor says they’ve received a wide readership. She says she recognized the letters as “particularly interesting to the readers of a platform like Medium.”

It’s Amazon’s world. We just live in it.

Amazon.com isn’t America’s biggest company. By market cap, it trails Apple. Measured by number of employees, it’s behind Walmart. By revenues, it’s a distant eighth on the Fortune 500 list. But measured by importance to modern life and ability to shape the American economy in its own image, Amazon is second to none.

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos

Part of Amazon’s remarkable influence stems from the sheer variety of its business lines and the way it touches our everyday lives. Born in 1994 as a modest online bookseller, Amazon has grown organically and by accretion into an internet giant that plays in nearly every sector, from producing movies to transporting freight.
It has a full suite of electronic devices, including a digital assistant that thousands of consumers rely on to perform daily tasks (Alexa), an electronic reader (Kindle) and a home security system (Ring). Its server business hosts a third of the world’s cloud-based data. After deflating brick-and-mortar retail, it’s become a brick-and-mortar retailer itself with its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, its physical bookstores, and its foray into cashierless convenience stores. Now, it’s trying to become the place where you can find a handyman and fill your prescriptions, maybe even buy home insurance and get a loan.

Amazon defeated comparison shopping

Amazon defeated comparison shopping

 

The rise of online shopping is making bargain hunting something of a fool’s errand.

As more shoppers move online, the competition they are fueling between e-retailers like Amazon and traditional retailers like Walmartand Target is causing prices to become more uniform, according a new working paper distributed this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The paper’s author, Harvard Business School professor Alberto Cavallo, examined a wide range of retail data to understand how the rise of online retail was influencing pricing behavior among retailers. Through his study, Cavallo found that prices have become less likely to vary from retailer to retailer or across different ZIP codes.

hen examining the price of grocery products at Walmart, Cavallo discovered products were more likely to have smaller differences in price across locations if those products could also be purchased on Amazon.

The main exception: The food and beverages category displayed more variation across brick-and-mortar locations, accounting for nearly all of the geographic price dispersion, Cavallo noted when analyzing prices at Walmart, Safeway and Best Buy BBY stores.

(Amazon, Walmart, Safeway, Best Buy and the National Retail Federation did not immediately return requests for comment.)

Here were some of Cavallo’s other findings:

Price changes now occur more frequently as online shopping has become more common. Regular prices (excluding sales and other discounts) lasted 6.7 months on average between 2008 and 2010, but only 3.65 months between 2014 and 2017.
In retail sectors where online retailers represent a larger portion of sales versus brick-and-mortar stores, such as electronics, price changes occur more frequently. For goods easily found on Amazon, the duration of a price is 20% shorter.
Because price changes occur more regularly, retailers will react more quickly to major shocks such as changes in gas prices or exchange-rate fluctuations. Consequently, the costs associated with the shocks are more readily passed through to consumers.
As for cases where prices aren’t changing quickly or becoming more uniform, Cavallo argued that concerns about fairness might be at play. “What people consider to be ‘fair’ in terms of pricing can change across countries, sectors, and time periods,” Cavallo wrote. “More work connecting pricing technologies, web transparency, and fairness will be needed to understand how pricing behaviors and inflation dynamics are likely to evolve in the future.”

Kim Kardashian’s daughter is very cute little baby.

Kim Kardashian finally introduced her newborn daughter to social media on Monday with a post on Instagram. The picture — taken before Kim’s recently revealed pink ’do — shows mother and daughter, in matching filters, snuggling in bed.

There she is! The baby would be more beautiful if it was a real picture and not filtered….the eyes and lips….come on kim


A little more than a month after Kim Kardashianand Kanye West welcomed Chicago Westinto the world, the newborn baby finally made her debut on Instagram. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star took to social media on Monday with a sweet photo of the mommy-daughter pair decked out with a pink-hued teddy bear filter.

“Baby Chicago,” Kim captioned the selfie, which appears to have been taken before dying her platinum blond locks a bright pink color.

Fans caught their first glimpse of Chi when she made an appearance in the video Kylie Jenner shared when announcing the birth of her own daughter, Stormi Webster. Since then, Kim has shared updates on life at home with baby No. 3, most recently opening the doors to Chicago’s nursery.

The Ghouls

Chinese director Lu Chuan’s upcoming action adventure fantasy thriller film “The Ghouls: Nine-Storeyed evil tower” releases its first trailer.

Ghost Blows out the Light

Ghost Blows out the Light

The film is based on the first book of the fantasy novel series “Ghost Blows out the Light” written by Chinese Internet writter Zhang Muye.

Set in the 1980s, the novel follows two grave robbers team up with an American archaeologist after they fall victim to a curse, and to release themselves from it they must seek clues found among ancient mythical sites in China.

The book quickly became the bestselling online novel in China since it was published online in 2006 with an estimated readership of six million.

The adaption film by Lu Chuan stars Taiwan actor Mark Zhao, Rhydian Vaughan and mainland actress Yao Chen and Tang Yan.

The film is slated for release on the National Day of October 1.

Rita Ora style

Rita Ora Style 2

i love her style. looking for other people like her for fashion inspiration?

 

Rita Ora Style 3

 

The 24-year-old singer continued: “I just thought that I’ve put enough songs out that are party tunes – that I’m so happy that people like, of course – but I wanted to put something out that was like, ‘You know what, this is what’s getting on my nerves right now’. Rita’s second album, the follow-up to her 2012 debut Ora, is expected to be released later this year.

 

Rita Ora Style

 

 

erin andrews boyfriend 2015

Erin Andrews was born on May 4, 1978 in Lewiston, Maine, USA as Erin Jill Andrews. She is an actress, known for Dancing with the Stars (2005), 2010 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (2010) and 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (2011).
Erin Andrews
She began her career with her FSN Florida as a freelance reporter from 2000-2001 before serving as a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter for the Sunshine Network from 2001-2002. She then worked as a studio host for Turner Sports from 2002-2004, covering the Atlanta Braves and college football for TBS and Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks for Turner South.
Graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunications in 2000. While there she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She was also a member of the Dazzlers, the Gator basketball dance team, from 1997-2000.
In 2007, she was voted “America’s Sexiest Sportscaster” by Playboy Magazine.
Friend of Kelli Zink.

According to The Daily Mail, Stoll is scheduled to make an appearance in the upcoming film version of immensely popular HBO series Entourage. They go on to say that he was booked into the Clark County Detention Center, and was listed to have a hearing on Saturday, April 18, after he warble to post a bail of $5,000. The charges include Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 controlled substances, including cocaine and ecstasy.

The L.A. Kings released a statement on Twitter on the evening of Friday, April 17, saying, “We are aware of police reports out of Clark County, Nevada regrading Jarret Stoll. Our organization is concerned and has begun conducting a thorough investigation. While we continue to actively gather facts, we are withholding further comment at this time.”

So what does this mean for Dancing with the Stars co-host, Erin Andrews? The two were seen on vacation together on Thursday, April 16, on vacation in Manhattan Beach, California. This was the evening before Stoll went to Las Vegas to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Hakkasan night club, a celebrity hot spot. Erin Andrews was not involved in the arrest, and was not even in Vegas with her boyfriend.

Rumors have been flying that the couple, who has been together since 2012, are getting ready to be married. The Inquisitr reported that after the Dancing With The Stars host posted a photo of herself sporting a huge diamond ring, fans speculated that the two had become engaged. Andrews quickly took to Twitter to rectify these rumors. Erin reminded her followers that the photo was taken in a mirror, and so that the ring was actually on her right hand.

Now, with her boyfriend being arrested on drug charges, and possible being suspended or kicked out of the NHL, what do you think Erin Andrews will do? Being a part of DWTS, should she leave him and keep her image, and the show’s image clean, or do you think the two will work it out and stay together? Let us know in the comments below.