Thursday, August 03, 2017

Thursday Reads

Despite it being a terrible place to work, is not hurting for job applicants.

It is a testament to the desperate conditions workers confront that so many thousands view Amazon’s average wage of around $12.50 an hour as a step up from the service industry, where many workers make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. But the average wage of a US Amazon worker is less than the hourly wage in real terms of a coal miner in 1935, according to the US Labor Department’s Handbook of Labor Statistics. Most workers, especially those hired as temps, make even less.

Amazon’s job fairs targeted roughly a dozen particularly distressed regions nationwide. Baltimore, Maryland and Buffalo, New York have been hollowed out by decades of job losses and population decline. Suburban areas like Etna, Ohio; Whitestown, Indiana; Romeoville, Illinois; and Hebron, Kentucky are among the most heavily impacted by an opioid crisis that killed roughly 60,000 people last year.

I know I will never be able to stop working entirely, but I am sure as hell glad I am not young and starting out.

Are smartphones to blame for the dipshittery of the youngest generation?

A "trans woman" [sic] is nothing but a woman-hating man seeking to impersonate a woman but can never be one.

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