Broken ankle: “When everything happened, I couldn’t look at my foot. I didn’t want to have that image in my mind. I knew right away that something was wrong because I had pain.”Doctor’s performance: “ANDDr. Hollingsworth was amazing. Really important and fast what he did. He put my ankle in the right place. He placed it twice, turning it and then placing it. “Memories of the injury: “I remember Cenk Tosun, who was holding his head; Lucas Digne and Richarlison, nearby. Also Luis Boa Morte, who was next to me and I think I hit him. It was more difficult mentally than physically.” Andre Gomes He felt like a footballer again last weekend. On November 3, in a fortuitous action with the player of Tottenham They are, fractured right ankle with dislocation. An image that went around the world. A memory that the former soccer player Valencia Y Barcelona tells for him Daily Mail but he hasn’t wanted to see yet: “It was scary but I am very happy to return.” Support samples: “I had messages from everyone, from Lionel Messi, with whom I played in Barcelona, to his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo. There was even an unexpected message from Alan Shearer.”Recovery: “There would be times when the right foot was trembling alone. The more I thought about the injury, the more it happened. To be honest, it was a lot of fun to see it. “Bad moment: “I am not going to lie. During this period, I had really bad times. I cannot say that I had no pain or that my foot was not blocked like a rock. I had days like that, but I wanted to return with the team as soon as possible.”Concern: “Will I be the same player as before? That was a small concern, but the people I talked to about my specific injury helped me. “ His brother (Nuno) and his niece in the stands: “My brother wanted to run from the stands to the field and the commissaries said: ‘No! No! Don’t do that! The doctor did a brilliant job in the field. Then, on the way to the hospital, Nuno was with me.”Conversation with Son at 48 hours: “He’s a good guy. He apologized and I explained that things like that happen. Obviously it wasn’t on purpose.”
Dr. Sherif visiting an Afghan poultry producer as part of a SARAI poultry feeding trial (Credit: ASA/WISHH)The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program’s Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI) project is a soybean value-chain from production to consumption. An important and growing customer in the soy value chain is the Afghan poultry industry, which is going through a rapid growth stage. SARAI is funded by USDA and is currently in its fourth year.Starting in 2013, ASA/WISHH conducted several poultry feeding trials to demonstrate to Afghan poultry producers the benefits of soybean meal-based poultry rations. Currently most poultry operations use poultry feed imported from Pakistan or use older, less efficient feeding methods.The feeding trials used feed formulated with soybean meal produced by the Afghan Soybean Factory (ASF) in Mazar, the only producer of commercial soybean meal in Afghanistan. The trials demonstrated a clear economic advantage in using feed formulated with ASF produced soybean meal. Trial data revealed that the chickens eat less feed but still gain weight quicker, which enables them to reach market weight sooner. Based on the positive results, poultry producers are eagerly seeking out rations that include soybean meal. This has resulted in increased sales of soybean meal for the ASF.
Share on Facebook 13 14 Amazon’s attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is corporate gaslighting 19 Jun 2019 Guardian Pick Tue 18 Jun 2019 08.21 EDT Facebook Facebook Facebook Show 25 RailwayCuttings Comments 721 Report Report 19 Jun 2019 1:07 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook In any normal society, she would be hounded out of public office. Share on Twitter Report 2 3 Share on Twitter Facebook 19 Jun 2019 0:06 Share on Facebook Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Twitter Share on WhatsApp 19 Jun 2019 0:22 charlieblue Share on LinkedIn 19 Jun 2019 0:02 Report 19 Jun 2019 1:33 Jump to comment KedarB 13 14 Reply Twitter Support The Guardian 19 Jun 2019 Share Facebook 60 61 End_Of_The_World Danexmachina Share on Twitter | Pick 19 Jun 2019 1:01 Facebook Report EthicalNotes Report The same dynamic is in play with is in play with environmental compliance. A more regulated economy will favor big corporations. These sort of corporations can then be used rhetorically to push for more regulations. Small business will have to cheat to stay afloat. It’s sort of a Baptists and bootleggers situation which could be one road to a mixed economy in the US. Twitter Reply Jump to comment Share Report more money than he knows what to do with Twitter Share Report recommendations Share on Twitter 25 Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook KRD2001 stratplaya Sassynach Share on Twitter Twitter 10 11 3 15 16 Share next Report Twitter 18 Jun 2019 23:31 Twitter Last week, Joe Biden tweeted that the company ought to pay more tax. Amazon responded by tweeting that it pays “every penny” it owes and suggesting snarkily that Biden’s complaint was with the US’s tax laws, not the company. Report Show 18 more replies 11 12 Twitter Share on Twitter Clarach Show 8 more replies Show 2 more replies ‘It is bizarre to claim Ocasio-Cortez is “making stuff up” when there is plenty of evidence Bezos’s billions are derived in part from exploiting workers, avoiding tax and raking in subsidies.’Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock Amazon, like all major corporations, will seek out every possible tax loophole to avoid paying any more tax than it has to. They’ll stay legal of course and then blame governments for not changing tax laws. But if those laws do change, Amazon will threaten to leave town and go elsewhere, taking jobs with them. that’s how they roll. Scumbag company. Avoid using if you can. Facebook Twitter HiramsMaxim Report Share 13 14 Reply Share Take your time son, you badly need it!!!!!!!!!! Share on Facebook MidOff Share Good lad. Have a pat on the head from me, in case Jeff Bezos is too busy. Report 19 Jun 2019 5:50 Facebook Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 19 20 43 44 | Pick 5 6 19 Jun 2019 1:40 Reply 1 Gregg Barmes Is that you, Jay? Share The issue is wages which can be solved by government regulation, government hand outs which never seem to have long term benefits, and federal taxes which Amazon does not pay. Bezos wouldn’t be getting half the flack if Amazon paid its fair share and didn’t suck up so much public money in subsidies. Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook Reply Share 8 9 Facebook Let me guess: you’re a Trump supporter. Amazon does get billions in tax subsidies (at least $2.5 billion) and when she spoke of starvation wages, Amazon was still paying local minimum wages, which really are starvation wages. Twitter But I am 100% sure you don’t know what “gaslighting”, corporate or otherwise, really means. 18 Jun 2019 23:38 Reply Share on Facebook KedarB Good ol’ American Capitalist greed. As long as the wealthy are continually permitted a life of luxury on the backs of the poor nothing will change. Thanks in no small part to the republican party. Share Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Jeramy Jay haemodroid | Pick Share on Twitter brianboru1014 Reply Share on Facebook Share via Email Show 12 more replies Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter Twitter Report Reply 16 17 Ian Burt Reply how are they different from FedEx, UPS, or USPS? Reply 19 Jun 2019 21:17 iruka Twitter Twitter Report Facebook 24 25 haemodroid Facebook aidygoz Email (optional) Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook Twitter Reply 19 Jun 2019 17:20 This is pretty poor stuff. As HiramsMaxim pointed out, Amazon’s $15/hour minimum compares well with the majority of its competitors. Accusing them of corporate gaslighting when they make a valid point, de-legitimizes the entire case. Employee welfare and tax avoidance are clearly major issues here, which should be discussed with rigor and intelligence. Instead we have a series of lazy straw-man arguments that add nothing of substance to the issues most important to US workers. haemodroid Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 0 1 Amazon should make their peace with AOC, she will be around for some time. Reply | Pick Report Share | Pick Reply Reuse this content,View all comments > 20 Jun 2019 9:48 Share on Twitter 19 Jun 2019 0:35 Facebook | Pick You mean 3 billion incentives for 2500 jobs or 1.2M per job (from your own link first paragraph)? Combine this with the fact Amazon pays zero federal taxes and it will probably just up and relocate after extorting as much money as possible and it seems like a terrible idea. This race to the bottom of socialized costs for big business while the gains are privatized is exactly what is killing the fair playing field for small businesses and is the government picking winners and losers which is supposed to be against republican and American ideals. The government is supposed to break up monopolies or regulate them heavily, not subsidize them at taxpayer expense while they extract maximum profit from employees and customers. 19 Jun 2019 1:06 Share Share on Facebook Facebook 8 9 Reply | Pick You’ve completely misunderstood me. I’m pro-Amazon. I’m against AOC and those scum who want the company to pay taxes. BTW, have you tried the allocated chicken korma this month? Even tastes like real chicken. Facebook expanded Share on Twitter Twitter Really, The Affordable Health Care Act, Proliferation Agreement with Iran, normalization of relations with Cuba….and on and on, your post is just flat out lazy. Share on Twitter This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. They’re claiming they’re a champion of wage and employee rights when they’ve clearly been the opposite. Report 2 BeenThereDunThat Facebook Report njglea Show 4 more replies 19 Jun 2019 1:17 Wolfsz Share she shoudl hold herself at the level of her office drdz1977 Share on Facebook 3 4 Reply Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report If you move your hand towards me in a friendly manner I’ll assume it’s for a friendly purpose. Twitter | Pick Report Share Boghaunter | Pick Fommas B Share on Facebook MidOff 25 26 19 Jun 2019 1:12 Great comment! Something I don’t understand about this whole situation is, with a person like AOC who pushed socialism why is Amazon bad? The are the majority market and provide goods, services, and employment. Under socialism there is no options, just what the government provides; seems that they should be supporting Amazon and use it to their advantage. I think they just complain to complain or out of envy. Report Share on Facebook Reply Share Share on Facebook She lost that title when she got elected to Congress. She is now a politician. One with potential, but still a professional on nearly $200k a year. Twitter Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Can you show me where Amazon has just up and moved a facility like you suggest they will? Report Reply Share on Twitter Facebook ButtChocolate thousands of Amazon employees have had to rely on food stamps 20 Jun 2019 1:39 EXCEPT, our so-called democracy is actually “Pay to Play” and Bezos and company have exponentially more power than average citizens. Gilens and Page find that rich Americans rule politics. Only about 4% of our government’s policies reflect what most Americans say they want/support. Reply 18 Jun 2019 23:49 12 13 8 9 | Pick Twitter 19 Jun 2019 1:09 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Citation requested. 19 Jun 2019 1:41 The supply-chain is long and thin where we live and Amazon offers a necessary lifeline. We have a love-hate relationship with the company, but in the end, it provides a necessary service to the community, when many merchants won’t ship to our area, even though the major express carriers serve the area. I also respect AOC for providing a needed political voice for our country and go where others are afraid to go. But facts must trump politics in the age of Trump and a political narrative that is mostly governed by a corporate media with its own agenda and shrinking budgets that no longer support investigative fact finding or reporting the plain truth. In the case of AOC’s comments, she need to rely on more facts and less politics to stay credible in this age of false narratives… “To be fair, Amazon it pays its staff at least $15 an hour…” Conversely, corporate giants like Amazon need to stop putting absolute profits (and doing the right thing) ahead of people – after all, people are customers and the source of revenue and profits — you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. | Pick Reply Share 29 30 19 Jun 2019 0:54 We’ve then gone from Gaslighting to Smoke and Mirrors. Personally, I have completely given up on all things Boomer Generation. That gen was lost in The Sixties and is still lost. | Pick Loading comments… Trouble loading? Opinion Share on Facebook 19 Jun 2019 1:38 Most of the “studies” that prove that Amazon is abusive to its employees were prepared by various labor unions, retail trade groups and left wing activists. In short, these studies were done by parties who are competitors of Amazon or have some other vested interest in seeing Amazon get a public relations black eye. The studies likely weren’t very objective. If Amazon is such a horrific company to work for then why is there no shortage of people willing to work for them? (To be fair in the interest of full disclosure I’m a long time Amazon stockholder). Furthermore, as a CPA I can tell you that the mantra that Amazon pays “no taxes” is wildly misleading. And yes, AOC chased away a company that would have revitalized a desolate part of Queens and would have provided thousands of jobs to folks who sorely needed them – not to mention provided tax revenue that would have greatly exceeded any tax credits provided to them. NYC needed Amazon far more than Amazon needed NYC. Share Share cossackathon This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 6 7 Yup! But when has the US been anything but unabashedly gringo greed? Oh, there have been moments of an apparent slip towards a more humane way but that’s been quickly quashed. Now we get to see it in its true form, unvarnished: daDAH! PottyPrez! disgusting and boorish as he is, he is the true face of US capitalist greed—gross, uneducated and anti-education, narcissistic, wiping his arse with anything decent, with the high ideals of the Constitution and the rule of law… Forget that amateurish attempt at personifying the US as Uncle Sam..it’s PottyPrez! | Pick 86 87 Share on Facebook Share 20 21 Ok Jeff. 18 Jun 2019 23:58 newest 31 32 Reply Facebook Guardian Pick Twitter Facebook 50 Seriously. Amazon is the future? But you have already given yourself away: “other left-wing and immigrant-rights campaigners”. Seems you are tribal too. I’m unlikely to quote you as a reliable source of information. Do you think Trump should be “hounded out of office” after all he has told some real porkers? Report Raul Gjijalva Social36 I just ordered a refrigerator door shelf that was broken. It was about $25, arrived in a day and I spent a grand total of about 5 minutes effort from shelf broken to shelf on order. I won’t be saying no to Amazon based on their great selection, prices and delivery. 19 Jun 2019 1:56 Share Reply well said, Ms. Mahdawi, very well said indeed. Amazon are useful — but they are also huge parasites, just like Wal-Mart, that fully plan on their employees topping up the budget with food stamps and such. about time cities and states quit making those corporate welfare tax subsidy payments, I think. that’s the last thing an area needs is the like of Amazon coming in and screwing it all up. Share on Twitter 13 14 Facebook | Pick Show 8 more replies Twitter Usernaming | Pick 0 1 | Pick Wouldn’t it be a better use of Carney’s time to attack Trump and his ilk who do literally make things up on an hourly basis? Oh no, that would mean possibly losing their government subsidies. iruka KedarB | Pick Report 2 3 | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook KedarB Report Share Share on Facebook charlieblue Since you’re here… Show 1 more reply Share on Twitter Show 13 more replies Reply Report Report Everybody, just say NO to Amazon.I’m cancelling my account forthwith. Report Share Share Reply Reply Share ButtChocolate Share on Facebook Report Twitter Reason (optional) 18 Jun 2019 23:40 | Pick 19 Jun 2019 1:06 Clarach Share Reply Twitter Report drdz1977 Facebook Reply Facebook 22 23 Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Last modified on Tue 18 Jun 2019 13.10 EDT Share illywacker Reply | Pick Facebook wittypartitionist 19 Jun 2019 1:15 Share on Facebook Share Report ProbablyOnTopic Share Reply Share Facebook | Pick Yeah. Corporate greed only exists when the Republicans are in power. 36 37 From reading AOC and Amazons back and forth tweets, it’s clear that Amazon is correcting AOC’s false statements. They have been a leader in the $15 wage fight and even lobbying to get that nationwide. I think AOC is still sore that her comments cost so many Amazon jobs for her region. Reply Report Sassynach So much crazy in so few words, hard to know where to start… Amazon isn’t “making” anything. Okay, they did recently start making video games, and they’ve been making video content (movies/tv content) for a couple years now, but they don’t actually manufacture anything. Amazon rose to global prominence by getting books we want to read to us faster, and then branching out into everything else. The “masses” aren’t “apolitical”. In case you’ve missed the revolution, the masses are politicized and smitten with bloviating jackasses, charlatans with vague slogans and a penchant for authoritarianism. The masses have gotten off their recliners and are chanting “lock her up!”, glorifying racism and loudly insisting that the wealthiest people in the world are victims! Please, please (I beg you) link to just one reliable source chronicling Jeff Bezos ever filed for welfare. And, you have to prove that he’s a “cheat” in his filing. Just one. I dare you. I double-dog dare you. Sassynach | Pick 19 Jun 2019 1:44 Show 12 more replies Report Report Jump to comment 28 29 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 7 8 Facebook Facebook before you cancel, can you order the last season of Game of Thrones for me? 19 Jun 2019 0:09 dsmithhfx Zepp SmileyFace2 5 6 KMdude Report Reply 4 5 19 Jun 2019 0:01 Share on Facebook 19 Jun 2019 2:04 iruka | Pick Reply Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share 19 Jun 2019 0:47 | Pick 4 5 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share Share 19 Jun 2019 1:52 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Unpick 18 Jun 2019 23:54 19 Jun 2019 Quantum Ape oldest Dutch Baltimore Not sure. I’ll let you know when I’ve finished reading all these question marks. Twitter 18 Jun 2019 23:43 Share For the love of cheap consumer goods and next-day delivery, can we all just give Amazon a break? I don’t mean a tax break; it has had enough of those already. I mean can we please stop bullying the trillion-dollar multinational and its billionaire owner? After all, it is not Jeff Bezos’s fault that he has more money than he knows what to do with. It is not his fault he makes more money in 12 seconds than his lowest-paid employees make in a year. He can’t do anything about that! Nevertheless, people keep criticising the poor guy and suggesting his billions are ill-begotten.In the past, Amazon has weathered criticism quietly. In the past few weeks, though, the company seems to have taken a leaf out of Donald Trump’s Twitter book and has been belligerently calling out its critics. Last week, Joe Biden tweeted that the company ought to pay more tax. Amazon responded by tweeting that it pays “every penny” it owes and suggesting snarkily that Biden’s complaint was with the US’s tax laws, not the company. On Monday, it was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s turn to be lectured. The congresswoman recently told ABC News that she believes Bezos’s billionaire status is partly due to Amazon paying “starvation wages” and taking “billions of dollars of government subsidies”. This is nonsense, according to Amazon. It tweeted: “AOC is just wrong. Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage.”Amazon didn’t stop there. Jay Carney, its head of communication, was so incensed by his paymaster’s reputation being besmirched that he tweeted: “I’d urge @AOC to focus on raising the federal minimum wage instead of making stuff up about Amazon.”I know it is fashionable to call anything you don’t agree with FAKE NEWS, but it is bizarre for Carney to claim Ocasio-Cortez is “making stuff up” when there is plenty of evidence Bezos’s billions are derived in part from exploiting workers, avoiding tax and raking in government subsidies. According to data collected by the advocacy group Good Jobs First, Amazon has received nearly $2.5bn in US government subsidies. It is also well documented that thousands of Amazon employees have had to rely on food stamps and are frequently worked so hard that they don’t have time to take toilet breaks. Then there is the fact that Amazon has fought taxes that would raise money for homelessness services. And the fact that it issues credit cards with a 28% interest rate to people with poor credit.To be fair, Amazon is correct that it pays its staff at least $15 an hour, but that is a new development – the company only raised its minimum wage last autumn, because of enormous political pressure. Bernie Sanders, for example, introduced a bill called the Stop Bezos Act that would tax employers if their staff require federal benefits. The audacity of Amazon positioning itself as a benevolent activist is jawdropping. It is even more jawdropping that Carney has the temerity to tell Ocasio-Cortez that she is “making stuff up”. And it is downright insulting to tell her she ought to spend her time focusing on trying to raise the federal minimum wage when she has been doing just that. Amazon’s attacks on the congresswoman aren’t just unfounded; they are a prime example of corporate gaslighting. Whatever you do, don’t buy it.Arwa Mahdawi is a Guardian columnist Indeed. Until today, I too was happy using Amazon’s service, turning a blind eye to all the stories about their awful working conditions, low pay and tax avoidance. But some offences, like arguing with AOC on twitter, are just to henious to ignore. Share on Twitter apacheman drdz1977 KMdude | Pick 19 Jun 2019 0:10 19 Jun 2019 7:10 Twitter Because the alternative to working for a shitty employer is starving to death? Report 18 Jun 2019 23:46 Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick None of the links you provide confirm the allegation they avoid tax. KMdude I’m not really sure you know what “gaslighting”, corporate or otherwise, really means. It is beyond telling someone they are lying about something. Reply Share on Facebook Time for everyone to drop Amazon; de-enroll in Amazon Prime; and realize that all that convenience and low prices comes at a huge cost. —————————— Just say “No!” to Amazon! —————— If you find that too hard to do, then, at least, give as much or more money to the unions organizing Amazon workers as you do to the company. Share Share Share on Facebook Please supply facts to back up your claim. Or are you not into factual accuracy? Share on Twitter Facebook KMdude Let me make a full-disclosure beforehand. I am a fan of neither Jeff Bezos nor Amazon. I can count on my fingertips the times I have ever used Amazon in my life. Amazon is so bad that I have started developing a respect for Walmart which I thought would never be possible. I absolutely should not be able to find the item in a brick and mortar store before I would consider Amazon. Even then I might prefer alternative online stores. Having said that before accusing Amazon of being greedy and selfish, the public especially the Amazon consumers should take a look in the mirror. Amazon is primarily a retailer. It is not a utility company where the public has no choice. It is not a manufacturer of a life saving drug. It is not even a health insurance company where under Obamacare laws they are forced to buy it under the threat of a penalty. There are alternatives for whatever they are selling. I am reminded of the Dilbert cartoon where his pointy-haired boss says, “our new slogan is going to be we abuse our employees and pass on the savings to you”. That is exactly what has become of Amazon. If Amazon where to increase the wages and benefits to the employees the cost of doing business will go up. That means higher prices to the consumers. Will the consumers remain loyal? Oh! no. Most of the greedy, penny-pinching bastards will go elsewhere where they will find a better deal. Theengineer30 Jump to comment Facebook 0 1 Good luck with that lol Share 19 Jun 2019 1:32 Twitter Yes. Claiming Amazon “attacked” AOC is inaccurate; she criticized them and they merely defended themselves. Twitter It is also a mark of humanity, self-awareness, and morality. While Amazon and Gates make that argument, they pay lobbyists tens? hundreds? of millions to prevent any changes that might cause them to pay more. If one must be forced to do the right thing, it says much about one’s character. Let’s face the truth: most billionaires are sociopaths who care nothing for laws or anything but themselves. Twitter EdHyde Share on Facebook 20 Jun 2019 8:59 US work & careers Report Reply Share on Twitter Share Facebook Share Share on Messenger Facebook 7 8 ehdunno Twitter Reply 4 5 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick | Pick Share on Facebook Boghaunter Report Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Share 3 4 Gregg Barmes Report Report | Pick Report | Pick | Pick 1 2 The congresswoman recently told ABC News that she believes Bezos’s billionaire status is partly due to Amazon paying “starvation wages” and taking “billions of dollars of government subsidies”. This is nonsense, according to Amazon. It tweeted: “AOC is just wrong. Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage.” Arwa Mahdawi Reply Report but its audacity in positioning itself as a benevolent activist Reply Feeling a bit grumpy that you couldn’t think of a response, eh? Twitter Reply wrkerbe Reply Share on Twitter Facebook 7 8 Report septicexception … Reply Facebook So, not to defend the Evil-yet-excellent-service company Amazon, but this seems to say she was wrong, and Amazon is right. So, the back story that is left out: Amazon was going to open its second headquarters in Rep. Ocasia-Cortez’s district. They pulled out after a lot of criticism, much of it from her. Her constituents are very annoyed, as that would have been 25,000 jobs. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/nyregion/amazon-hq2-queens.html | Pick 19 Jun 2019 2:59 Report truthtinkle Facebook 13 14 Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook 19 Jun 2019 0:00 Facebook Share on Twitter Why do you choose to lie, Gregg? 4 Jeramy Jay 3 Reply cossackathon Reply 4 5 292super Reply Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 18 Jun 2019 23:48 Close report comment form Report Share Twitter Twitter 20 21 Twitter 19 Jun 2019 Facebook Share Share njglea Facebook Bill Bugbee 19 Jun 2019 0:50 Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other stratplaya Share via Email Yawn. Evidence? Twitter Share on Twitter “… you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” I disagree. The hands that Amazon and many other corporations feeds are the high-level executives and stockholders. The hands that are NOT fed are 98% of the employees. Reply | Pick Twitter Bill Bugbee The tech giant’s PR chief has accused the congresswoman of ‘making stuff up’, but its audacity in positioning itself as a benevolent activist is jawdropping Share on Twitter 15 16 Ian Burt Report Reply 20 21 Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook | Pick Report Twitter 19 Jun 2019 0:51 7 8 Twitter | Pick Reply MidOff Facebook Topics Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick drdz1977 stratplaya Share on Twitter Adkult thinking beyond oneself is desirable but not required by law and tax code. if you want to enforce it, change the tax code. that is Amazon’s (and has been Bill Gates argument for years). Share on Facebook Guardian Pick Share on Facebook Sassynach Share on Facebook Ah. So allegations of abuse are invalid if they come from the groups who are being abused. I see. Do go on. | Pick Reply Twitter drdz1977 Share Share on Twitter HiramsMaxim Reply Twitter 19 Jun 2019 1:52 Share on Facebook collapsed Twitter | Pick cossackathon The interesting thing is, big retailers like Amazon and Walmart have been campaigning for higher minimum wages for years. Walmart is one of the biggest supporters for higher minimum wage in the United States. They fully understand that it is possible for large retailers like them to absorb higher minimum wage. After all, they have better standard operating procedure and capital investment to make their minimum wage employees more efficient, and they are more capable of absorbing higher labour costs. Remember, from a profit per employee standpoint, big retailers like Amazon and Walmart are actually quite low. They’re profitable because they have many, many employees. They campaign for higher minimum wages because higher minimum wages would severely reduce competition from small business. The small increased costs for them is negligible when they can increase prices after driving out the competition. According to a recode article from 2017, Amazon had a profit per employee of $515, Walmart had a profit per employee of $1370. Small business owners with 2, 3 employees would often just sell their business and leave if their profit per employee numbers drop that low. 2 25 26 I dare say you miss the point regularly as you, reading your books so fast have never seen or heard of manufacturing consent. 19 Jun 2019 0:01 “To be fair, Amazon is correct that it pays its staff at least $15 an hour, but that is a new development – the company only raised its minimum wage last autumn …”…Yes, let’s be fair. Whether enacted under duress or not, Amazon pays its employees what seems to have become the standard for a ‘living wage,’ not starvation wages, which was Carney’s point. 47 48 Facebook You must be listening to the AOC lies? I know more than a dozen Amazon drivers and delivery people. All say they are treated well and the pay is above the market. If you don’t like Amazon that is your choice, stop spreading lies and hate. Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Facebook Facebook Opinion Share on Facebook Reply Share 100 Share 18 Jun 2019 23:55 Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share comment cossackathon ehdunno Twitter Report Facebook Share on Twitter Share Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Reply 4 5 Amazon employees are treated with dignity and respect. Each delivery person (we don’t call them ‘deliverymen’) is given either a pink, blue or beige bucket to piss or shit in when they’re out working those 12 hour shifts. | Pick From where I sit AOC is the best thing to have happened in US politics for years. Even Obama’s election success, while stunning in itself, turned out to be a disappointing Presidency. So roll on AOC! Report Reply | Pick drdz1977 Share on Twitter Share Facebook 6 7 10 11 39 40 19 Jun 2019 1:47 Share on Twitter Report Fake news. KRD2001 Share on Twitter 14 15 I think there is gaslighting going on, but the article missed it. The gaslighting is actually consumerism. Amazon is just the point of the spear that is convincing everyone they are crazy if they don’t love cheap goods brought to their door almost instantly. Anyone that thinks there is something dark in the background is told, “There is nothing wrong with capitalism (belief that money should rule all) and markets being manipulated freely by capit… Share on Facebook Fommas B Report iruka NERVSEELE 19 Jun 2019 0:36 joconnol1 13 14 RailwayCuttings Nonsense. Did you not read the hyperlinks above? ChrisInCalifornia Twitter 25 26 Share on Facebook Twitter 18 Jun 2019 23:47 Twitter Reply Twitter Boghaunter Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook Report Facebook Report Share on Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick RailwayCuttings Report stratplaya Share Share on Twitter Ms. Mahdawi took exception to: The audacity of Amazon positioning itself as a benevolent activist Amazon did not increase wages because they care about workers. Without brick and mortar stores (high number of employees to maintain) and high automation, a higher minimum wage will hurt them far less than their competitors, Target and Walmart who are increasingly trying to emulate/challenge Amazon’s online presence. Thus, rising wages can actually give a competitive edge to Amazon. Amazon, at the same time of its alleged self-claimed benevolence, was fighting Seattle’s attempts to fight homelessness with a tax on large employers. You can argue a move is good or bad for business but never confuse business decisions with altruism! Reply Would it not be a very pleasant surprise that Amazon and other corporations in similarly fabulous financial positions would actually take the lead and contribute more to the good of their employees and the communities from whom they derive their vast wealth? Instead of taking the low road (like trump) with “well we just follow the tax laws, so change the laws and don’t blame us”, they could serve as beacons of good citizenship and humanity by doi… Share Share on Twitter Reply Facebook | Pick Share Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 7 8 She said his billionaire status was partly due to amazon paying crap wages. If they pay minimum wage now but paid crap wages for ten years before that then she is 100% correct. His billionaire status today is partly due to him paying terrible wages in the past. Reply Twitter Share Twitter 19 Jun 2019 0:23 View more comments Report 19 Jun 2019 1:46 drdz1977 Share Share on Facebook I dont agree with the columnist. Alexandria, is a public representative, and she shoudl hold herself at the level of her office. if she goes public “s partly due to Amazon paying “starvation wages” and taking “billions of dollars of government subsidies”, she should be ready to back it up with hard-evidence. She is an elected politician. Amazon staff is only responsible toward their shareholders, and they reply was factually correct. Stop taking things out of proportion, and just demand Alexandria produce evidence of her claims. Quantum Ape Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report 19 Jun 2019 1:15 Share Twitter Facebook next 19 Jun 2019 1:08 Facebook Shares849849 Boghaunter tax evasion Share Share on Twitter Carney was press secretary under Obama. I doubt that he has many nice things to say about Trump. Share on Facebook Share on Facebook 20 21 Reply Yes, for heaven’s sake, let’s not get in the way of Jeffrey trying to take over the world through his abuse of the empire he’s managed to create with the money he’s stolen from US through government giveaways, tax evasion, highly leveraged “investors’ money and keeping 10% of everything his empire takes in. He gets OUR information from every single entitey he owns and shares it with every other entity. Just call him Jeffrey Bluebeard. I’m actually shocked that Mr. Carney works for him. I thought he was more sociailly conscious but it appears that money is more important than helping retain democracy. Thanks to Ms. Coretez for speaking out forcefully against this high-level, high volume theft. If he’s left alone Jeffrey would destroy every retail establishment and set up a one-man shop that we would all have to rely on. Can you even imagine how much fun Jeffrey would have jacking up prices and getting rid of any merchandise – and merchants – who don’t make him enough profit? As for Mr. Biden. He is a large part of the problem. Moderate republicans would love to see him get the Presidential nomination because he has been Robber Barons’ friend for decades. Do not let him get the nomination because I don’t want to have to vote for him. I will if he gets the nomination but will have to hold my nose. I want to vote for the candidate that thrills my heart and soul and will work for WE THE PEOPLE. | Pick Reply Share Reply 19 Jun 2019 1:58 Amazon 18 Jun 2019 23:45 Threads collapsed 4 Share on Twitter 19 Jun 2019 1:28 4 5 Facebook 18 Jun 2019 23:51 Report Twitter Share on Facebook Report | Pick | Pick William Anthony Show 7 more replies E-commerce Twitter 19 Jun 2019 1:07 | Pick Twitter ProbablyOnTopic Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share 19 Jun 2019 1:45 Jeramy Jay | Pick Reply truthtinkle haemodroid Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Raul Gjijalva 19 Jun 2019 1:09 ProbablyOnTopic Twitter Reply Share on Facebook | Pick HiramsMaxim | Pick 19 Jun 2019 1:45 ButtChocolate Share on Twitter Share Report Share on Twitter Gregg Barmes Zepp 19 20 As a tax paying New Yorker with teenage kids, I was excited about the opportunity that Amazon’s HQ2 would bring to our city. The consequent technology jobs that would have been spawned by their arrival was an exciting prospect for my children’ future. I was also excited about the positive impact Amazon would have on our dwindling tax-base and the prospects of some alleviation to us long-suffering NYC tax-payers. And then it all fell apart as AOC, spread the lie that Amazon were being “given” $3.5 billion, with the implication that these funds were being diverted from other of the City’s spending priorities. She either knew or should have known that the break they were being offered was no different to any other corporation setting up a new business in New York. She also knew that it was not a “gift”, but a break against future corporation taxes , contingent upon the number of jobs they created. She ignored the immense amount of income tax revenue the new jobs would bring to the city, not to mention all the ancillary jobs and tax revenues their presence would have yielded. And then, along with other left-wing and immigrant-rights campaigners, started a deceitful campaign that ultimately led to Amazon’s decision to cancel their plans to come to NYC. In any normal society, she would be hounded out of public office. Sadly, because of her looks and charisma, along with the tribal nature of her followers, we’ll be stuck with her for years to come. Shame on her… and a bigger shame for us New Yorkers. | Pick Twitter | Pick Share on Facebook 16 17 Reply Facebook Report brianboru1014 Reply 1 2 ehdunno Reply 26 27 septicexception Report comments (721)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. You don’t get to be a billionaire by caring about others or the environment, paying fair wages, and paying your fair share of taxes. You get there by exploitation of everything and everyone you touch, avoiding taxes, and not having the decency or awareness to know when to say when, I have enough. Becoming a billionaire isn’t really about accumulating money, it is about accumulating power when it isn’t simply a grandiose case of hoarding behavior, a mental illness. Billionaires have killed the planet, countless species, and humanity very soon. A report today says the permafrost has melted 70 years earlier than predicted. Not long ago A UN report said that we don’t have decades left in which to act to mitigate climate change, we have just a few short years, if that, yet the billionaires still dawdle. They don’t care a whit about the rest of humanity, secure in the belief that wealth will protect them by allowing them to buy the few remaining habitable spots on the planet and excluding the rest of humanity to die. Bezos and the others are spoiled brats who think only of themselves. At this juncture, nationalization of their wealth is going to be required to give the rest of us a chance, and is justified by the fact they they are responsible for the situation we are in, it was their choices that brought us here, their active prevention of earlier mitigation efforts. Best they accept it now, for in a decade, when it becomes obvious that because of their hubris and intransigence, it is too late, their heads will wind up on pikes, just as they always have done. 128 129 | Pick Facebook Order by oldest 0 1 19 Jun 2019 0:50 18 Jun 2019 23:43 Reply Share on Facebook Is this part of Amazons PR company response? | Pick 9 10 That’s not reasonable, unless there is provable criminal malfeasance the elected official should fulfil their term. However, her poll ratings have dropped to an all-time low including her own district. The Amazon debacle is considered part of that. Reply Report Nice. You’ve managed to find some convoluted reasoning to justify just one word of your nonsensical post. Kudos! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter charlieblue 19 Jun 2019 1:32 Report Show 17 more replies | Pick brianboru1014 ButtChocolate Share on Twitter Work & careers Share on Twitter Twitter Unions and left wing activists as Amazon’s “competitors”? You’ve led a sheltered life. Intellectually, at least. Guardian Pick 17 18 | Pick cossackathon septicexception Reply Twitter Facebook unthreaded Twitter There’s plenty of stuff left for him to buy. How about the moon? Stephen Collins on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – cartoon KRD2001 18 Jun 2019 23:48 avoiding tax Share on Pinterest Share Report Report 7 8 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 23 24 Social36 | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter Share 9 10 Report apacheman Bill Bugbee justanotherflyboy | Pick Facebook 19 Jun 2019 1:33 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Share on Twitter | Pick Amazon Share Guardian Pick Share gracedwheels 10 11 Amazon is making stuff up and selling it to the apolitical masses.It is common knowledge that Bezos is a welfare cheat. Share Share Report 19 Jun 2019 6:30 RailwayCuttings To be fair, factual accuracy is not her strong suit. Share on Facebook 0 1 19 Jun 2019 1:18 brianboru1014 19 Jun 2019 2:02 Reply Ian Burt Share on Facebook apacheman Share on Facebook Report Facebook Twitter | Pick Show 7 more replies Reply Report 20 Jun 2019 4:13 Twitter Share on Facebook Clarach Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter The supply-chain is long and thin where we live and Amazon offers a necessary lifeline. We have a love-hate relationship with the company, but in the end, it provides a necessary service to the community, when many merchants won’t ship to our area, even though the major express carriers serve the area. I also respect AOC for providing a needed political voice for our country and go where others are afraid to go. But facts must trump politics in… | Pick 19 Jun 2019 0:15 Reply brianboru1014 Report Work-life balance Reply Wolfsz Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook aidygoz Facebook … | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter 33 34 19 Jun 2019 0:25 | Pick Share Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter ProbablyOnTopic Both companies resisted the changes, are anti-union, fought wages increases, etc. it was on,h due to massive public pressure that they capitulated. Walmart has a discriminatory pay structure and been the target of major lawsuits. The Waltons are bad news for democracy,local businesses, communities, etc. Report KRD2001 A company does not have to pay more tax than is required by law. Yes, if the law is so poorly written that you can legally avoid a lot of tax, then the law should be changed. 51 52 So, why are you reading it????????????? Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Clarach Share Share on Twitter Report | Pick Uncle_Paulie 19 Jun 2019 1:57 Share on Facebook All Facebook | Pick If Amazon is such a horrific company to work for then why is there no shortage of people willing to work for them? Share on Facebook Reply Share Share | Pick Share Reply Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Report 73 74 Sassynach 19 Jun 2019 2:24 Reply Report Social36 16 17 talizorah ProbablyOnTopic | Pick Report 0 1 20 21 19 Jun 2019 1:35 Share Facebook Sources on Walmart campaigning for higher minimum wages: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/05/business/walmart-shareholders-meeting-minimum-wage/index.html Source on amazon lobbying for higher minimum wage as a way to crush competition:https://amp.businessinsider.com/amazon-lobbies-for-15-wage-weapon-over-walmart-target-2018-10 Sirhlyon Share on Facebook 19 Jun 2019 0:14 Debunked. There are two main instances this happen. (1) they apply to short-term contracts (usually Christmas season) that end within a calendar month. I’m the same. If I work for the Post Office, or any shop, etc., for a week or two over Christmas I lose my Income Support for those weeks, but not for the weeks I work, (2) people with a disabled person in the household get food-stamps unless they earn quite a bit, a UK equivalent would be my partner continuing to get her disability allowance even though I’m working. The phrasing is always “Amazon workers on food stamps” as if the wages are so low they qualify for food stamps. Wrong, a bog-standard person working for them full-time will not even begin to qualify for food-stamps. There have to be circumstances like as just described, and the UK is most certainly the same in providing benefits to some categories of working families. Report 19 Jun 2019 1:05 Facebook Show 1 more reply 3 4 drdz1977 She has a 31% approval rating in her district, mainly because she made Amazon give up on building their new HQ there. Reply Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Facebook | Pick Facebook 18 Jun 2019 23:54 Report 10 11 iruka Welcome to the Guardian, where everything is gaslighting. | Pick Facebook Twitter Internet 19 Jun 2019 2:07 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Share on Twitter Twitter Share Share on Facebook Fommas B Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Twitter walrus512 Twitter Reply 4 5 Share Share on Twitter 3 4 Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Show 3 more replies Share on Twitter Those excuses don’t wash anymore. Sorry. Share Share Facebook 11 12 | Pick Reply ButtChocolate | Pick Facebook Share on Twitter 19 Jun 2019 1:08