December 16, 2013 |
Amazon workers in Germany went on strike Monday, protesting the working conditions at the online retailer's shipping centers. The workers' union, Ver.di, also sent a delegation to the company's Seattle offices. "The Amazon system is characterized by low wages, permanent performance pressure and short-term contracts," Ver.di said in a statement. Amazon employs about 9,000 workers in Germany plus an additional 14,000 seasonal workers; not all of them are union members. According to estimates, about 1,600 people took part in the strikes Monday at three German locations: Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, and Graben.
December 13, 2013 |
The tendency of high-tech entrepreneurs to swank around as if they own the world, whinging endlessly at the slightest inconvenience and wrinkling their noses at the proles standing in their way as they change the world, is so well-documented at this point, it scarcely needs repeating. The question no one seems to have an answer for is: Why do they feel the impulse to air their grievances on Facebook? The latest entrepreneur to let his self-esteem get the better of him is one Greg Gopman, the head of an outfit called AngelHack.
December 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - First-time jobless claims surged last week to a two-month high after plunging to near a six-year low the previous week, highlighting the volatility of the data during the holiday season, the Labor Department said Thursday. About 368,000 people filed for initial unemployment benefits in the week ending Saturday, up from a revised 300,000 in the previous week. Economists believed the earlier figure was artificially low because of the Thanksgiving holiday that week.
December 12, 2013 |
If you're planning to play one of R. Kelly's recent albums to liven up your holiday parties (and really, who isn't?), make sure you check the album art first. That's because his forthcoming Christmas album (due out in time for next year's holiday) would be a much more seasonally appropriate choice than his lascivious new one, "Black Panties. " Don't mistake the Christmas record as being exactly wholesome, however, he told Rap-Up Interview . "It's gonna be a lot of lovemaking.
December 3, 2013 |
In December, Southern California public gardens aren't so much about what's growing as what's glowing. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, the Living Desert in Palm Desert and the San Diego Botanic Garden open for nighttime lights or luminaria displays. And Scrooge drops in for weekends at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Here's a list of holiday happenings at these gardens: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont: Follow the more than 1,000 candle-lighted luminarias along a loop trail in the garden at night on weekends leading up to Christmas.
November 29, 2013 |
Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it's starting earlier every year. A potlatch was a festival of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest during which the host distributed property and gifts as a way to demonstrate wealth, generosity and social standing. Guests would reciprocate at a later time with items that matched or exceeded the value of the original gifts, or risk being humiliated. Although births and marriages were sometimes acknowledged at a potlatch, the main purpose was the reciprocal redistribution of wealth.