We are truly living in a unique time in human history, in which the wealthiest among us now have the means to outdo ever our most complex and niche government institutions.
And while this may be good for the ingenuity of the American spirit, it is rubbing a great many of us the wrong way – particularly as some of the richest people in the world continue to emit tone deaf remarks that not only offend the common man, but aggrandize themselves in the process.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos was this week’s prime example.
After his quick trip to space on Tuesday, Jeff Bezos had some people to thank. “I want to thank every Amazon employee, and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this,” the world’s richest man said at a news conference, per CBS News. That comment probably didn’t land as the 57-year-old billionaire Amazon and Blue Origin founder, who says he sells $1 billion in Amazon stock each year to fund his rocket company, hoped it might. “Yes, Amazon workers did pay for this—with lower wages, union busting, a frenzied and inhumane workplace, and delivery drivers not having health insurance during a pandemic,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, per the Hill. “And Amazon customers are paying for it with Amazon abusing their market power to hurt small business.” She wasn’t the only one to allude to allegations of poor working conditions at Amazon.
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And that wasn’t all…
“If Jeff Bezos really wants to thank Amazon workers, he should listen to their demands for safer working conditions, a voice in the workplace, and good, family sustaining middle class jobs—rather than perpetuating a highly exploitative business model of high pace of work, high rates of injury, high rates of turnover and low pay,” Randy Korgan, Teamsters’ national director for Amazon, told CBS.
Twitter users were similarly incensed, with many making comparisons between the phallic shape of the rockets that blasted Bezos to the heavens and the demeanor of the ultra-wealthy retail magnate.
North Korea Situation Turns Dire as Gov’t Taps Emergency Reserves
Things are taking a turn for the worse under Kim Jong Un.
Let this be a lesson to all of the would-be despots out there in the world: Running a hermit kingdom based on dynastic lies and the exploitation of your population is never going to work out in the long run…even in a nation as small as North Korea. For decades, (and generations), the Kim family has ruled over the DPRK with an iron fist, pillaging the population and living in opulence and divine reverence. Now, with Kim Jong Un still clinging to power despite a number of health concerns, it seems as though the nation is falling into complete ruin. North Korea is releasing emergency military rice reserves as its food shortage worsens, South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday, with a heat wave and drought reducing the country’s supply. North Korea’s reported food problems come as its moribund economy continues to be battered by the protracted COVID-19 pandemic. And it could get worse still… While mass starvation and social chaos have not been reported, observers expect a further deterioration of North Korea’s food situation until the autumn harvest. Seoul’s National Intelligence Service told a closed-door parliamentary committee meeting that North Korea is supplying rice reserved for wartime use to citizens with little food, other laborers, and rural state agencies, according to Ha Tae-keung, one of the lawmakers who attended the session. North Korea’s tumultuous relationship with the global community will likely limit the amount of assistance they’ll receive from the outside world, as many nations are still engaged in heavy sanctions against the dictatorship.
Top Rock Band Fires Drummer Because He Can’t Take Vaccine
The rock band Offspring have dumped their own “unsafe” drummer because he is medically unable to take the coronavirus vaccine.
The rock band Offspring have dumped their own “unsafe” drummer because he is medically unable to take the coronavirus vaccine. The band’s drummer, Pete Parada, said that he is unable to take the coronavirus vaccine because of his medical history. “Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs, my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time,” Parada claimed in a social media post. “I caught the virus over a year ago, it was mild for me – so I am confident I’d be able to handle it again, but I’m not so certain I’d survive another post-vaccination round of Guillain-Barré Syndrome which dates back to my childhood and has evolved to be progressively worse over my lifetime. Unfortunately for me, (and my family – who is hoping to keep me around a bit longer) the risks far outweigh the benefits.” But because of his medical problems, the band is dumping him. “Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate – it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour,” Parada continued. “I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows. I also want to share my story so that anyone else experiencing the agony and isolation of getting left behind right now – knows they’re not entirely alone.” This month has seen several venues beginning to require both the acts and the fans to be vaccinated or they won’t be allowed to enter the hall. With all this, Parada’s band has dumped him. But he has no hard feelings. “I have no negative feelings towards my band. They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same,”…
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