When I was living in Seattle, I applied for a job with Amazon. I didn’t get it, because I was “overqualified.” Now, I’m glad. One could get lost for weeks, wandering through the aisles in search of “The Happy Hooker” or “Jewish Mothers for Dummies.”
The breathtaking Amazon photos reminded of this incredible must-read piece by a journalist who went undercover for three days as an employee at an unnamed warehouse: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/mac-mcclelland-free-online-shipping-warehouses-labor
Belly of the beast, indeed.
My thing with Amazon is that I feel a bit guilty for using their ratings, even though I try not to shop there b/c of the horrendous reputation on labor issues. So I am kind of freeriding too a bit. (Though I do sometimes buy there.)
I wish they would just fix the problem. I doubt it would add much to the costs, if they’re moving that much merch. Bunch of bums.
I’ve been following Ohio 11 year-old story since it broke. I just can’t…heartbroken.
I mean Texas, oy.
Just as food for thought, as I can’t speak to this situation exactly, but, lawyers generally have an *ethical duty* to represent their clients *zealously,* no matter how much of a scumbag they are. You are not supposed to phone it in, ever. (I would wonder in fact, if saying outrageous things weren’t some sort of a reverse Hail Mary, in fact. But, pure speculation…)
It’s how our system works, it has been determined to be the best way to protect innocent people who look guilty … a la the Central Park Five.
Yes, it can be ugly, especially in sexual assault cases. And I’m not saying that attacking the victim is okay, in this instance or any other. We just have to have faith in our adversarial system and in juries. It can go wrong the other direction too.
I once interviewed to decorate the offices of a firm of criminal attorneys. In the lobby they wanted to feature a totem of chainsaw art, a thank-you gift from a biker gang.
I didn’t even follow up.