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Amazon’s Inhumane Work Conditions Prompt Major Black Friday Protest

As we watch the meteoric rise of Amazon.com, there is truly ample reason to be concerned about the scope and size the organization.

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As we watch the meteoric rise of Amazon.com, there is truly ample reason to be concerned about the scope and size the organization.

Thanks to the speed at which the digital world has seemingly overtaken our previous incarnation of society, a race has begun.  Amazon, Facebook, and other megalithic internet entities realize that they have only a finite amount of time left before legislators finally catch up to them in this new world, and begin to reign in some of the resource-hoarding that we’ve seen over the course of the last few decades.

You see, we have very few rules about how businesses like Amazon should operate, because we’ve never had a business quite like Amazon before.  Jeff Bezos, along with his fellow Silicon Valley behemoths, will be sprinting in the direction of profits, taking every now-legal shortcut possible, while he waits for the inevitable culling of that behavior by governments worldwide.

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At this juncture in his race for online supremacy, that means sacrificing the safety of his workers to maintain growth and revenue…something that Amazon employees are now planning to fight back against.

Amazon’s Black Friday sales could be severely disrupted by walk-outs over what staff have called ‘inhumane conditions’ at five UK warehouses.

Insiders at the GMB Union have said protests in Rugeley, Milton Keynes, Warrington, Peterborough and Swansea could clash with the shopping surge at the end of this week causing problems for the online giant.

Sources told BuzzFeed News staff have been ‘knocked unconscious’ and suffered broken bones while at work for Amazon.

‘Any reports to the contrary are simply wrong.’

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Choosing Black Friday was absolutely purposeful.

Strikes could massively impact distribution of goods – although Amazon officials were confident this would not be the case. In a statement, officials for the controversial firm said this is ‘simply wrong’.

However, GMB general secretary Tim Roache said Amazon’s factory workers were ‘not robots’ and said Amazon must negotiate with workers – as the union advocates for them but is not able to strike deals on their behalf.

He said: ‘The conditions our members at Amazon are working under are frankly inhumane.

‘They are breaking bones, being knocked unconscious and being taken away in ambulances.

‘We’re standing up and saying enough is enough, these are people making Amazon its money. People with kids, homes, bills to pay — they’re not robots.

With Amazon encroaching on our lives daily with replacements for services and vendors once rendered elsewhere, there are serious concerns about the company’s ability to disrupt the entire scheme of commerce in modern civilization.  Whether or not Amazon is allowed to continue this meteoric growth unfettered is a decision that lawmakers will be forced to make sooner rather than later.

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American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

Rest in peace, amigo.

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When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

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Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo

This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.

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With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.

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