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  • Scott 9:11 pm on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amazon, human rights,   

    This isn’t the first time that complaints have been raised about Amazon harboring unsafe working conditions in its distribution centers…

    Undercover author finds Amazon warehouse workers in UK ‘peed in bottles’ over fears of being punished for taking a break

    The “being timed to pee” sounds over the top, but keep in mind that a lot of punch-the-clock-type jobs time employees down to the second for their two 15-minute breaks each day … and that’s just what takes place systematically. During my call center days, it may not have been an official policy, but we definitely had times when supervisors would keep a tally of employees that they thought were taking too long in the restroom.

    I mean, it’s understandable – when you work a crappy job, hiding out in the bathroom is a great way to kill some time!

    Regardless, with Amazon’s drive to be the king of shipping & distribution … especially when they’re tracking every minute detail, their model is going to support this kind of behavior and they need to act aggressively to root it out if it does stem from middle management because not for nothing but that survey where Amazon is ranked among the best places to work?

    I’d bet money that’s considering their thousands of people who don’t run around on their feet filling Prime orders all day.

    I hope that they do get their act in gear because I love Amazon and I’d hate to see this become yet another 21st century example of exploiting a group of people who are desperate enough for work that they’ll allow their basic rights to be taken advantage of… 🙁

     
  • Scott 11:28 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: internet, web publishing   

    This seems kinda crazy – as an alternative to advertising, would you let a website use your computer for crypto mining???

    Salon to ad blockers: Can we use your browser to mine cryptocurrency?

     
  • Scott 6:01 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: a better internet, media,   

    Here’s a simple way that search can do better – when you search for “white house correspondents dinner” on YouTube, the first hit should be a video from the dinner itself instead of being buried behind 24 other clips of commentary about the dinner.

     
  • Scott 10:16 am on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dreams, weird   

    Mini Dream Journal – President Obama. Talking politics. Dressed as a turkey.

    I’m just as confused as you are, and it was my dream!

     
  • Scott 1:59 pm on April 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: and there was much rejoicing, , it's over, success   

    I think the best part of my day so far has been closing all of the car-buying tabs that I’ve had open in my browser for the last month and a half. 😛

     
  • Scott 1:48 am on April 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advertising, new car, satellite radio, unpleasant   

    So I listened to SiriusXM in the new car on the drive home – about four hours worth – and I guess I’m kind of surprised to hear that people pay a monthly subscription for it and still have to listen to ads, too.

    House ads would be one thing, but some of them were really bad, like for ambulance chasers and infomercial-style cleaning supplies. No thanks! 🙁

     
  • Scott 9:07 pm on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , road trip, , victory   

    Success!

     
  • Scott 8:31 am on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , stress, , weekend adventures   

    Heading out the door on Van Purchasing Adventure #3 … for the love of car salesmen, please let everything go smoothly this time…

    Palm Beach, here we come!

     
  • Scott 9:54 pm on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: envy, marvel, ,   

    Wish I was here right now…

     
  • Scott 12:27 am on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , journalism, , patriotism, ,   

    Just finished watching The Post about the publication of The Pentagon Papers in 1971 and am finding it hard to consider a role more patriotic than that of a journalist willing to call out his government when they’ve been deceitful to the American people.

    I particularly liked the quote at the end which is a real quote from one of the Supreme Court justices who tried the case against the New York Times:

    “In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.” – Hugo Black

     
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