Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Back to the future: The year of 2119

Let's get back to the future!

The year of 2119. Middle school. The history lesson.
(That was the best picture I found by googling "school of the future")

Most kids are sleeping bored at their study desks. But Martin, Kate and Donald are still awake and actively answering the teacher's questions.

Teacher: Children could you please tell me when did the era of slavery end?
Martin: It was the year of 1865.
Teacher: Why Martin?
Martin: Because at that time Civil War ended. New Constitution prohibited slavery.
Teacher: I got that. The slavery became illegal in 1865. But in fact was the slavery ended at all?
Donald: Nope. Despite on the prohibition in US, next generations around the world still met slavery.
Teacher: For example Donald?
Donald: During the Second World War, Adolf Hitler enslaved Jews, killed them and forced them to work.
Teacher: Thank you Donald. Then what is the real date of the end of slavery?
Donald: 1945, the end of the World War.
Teacher: Are you sure? There was no slavery at all after 1945?
Kate: There still was slavery. Until 2021.
Teacher: What happened in 2021 Kate?
Kate: In 2021 US Congress set up the law restricting slavery and inhumane working conditions at the Amazon Corporation.
Teacher: Correct Kate. Then we can be sure that after 2021 and till now we enjoyed the era of free society. Unfortunately, your grand-grand parents did not. So why Amazon was considered as the last stage of human slavery?
Kate: Amazon created working conditions even worse than slavery.
Teacher: Good. Does everybody agree?
Donald: Nope. I don't agree. Amazon was not worse the Hitler.
Kate: Why do you think so Donald?
Donald: Adolf Hitler committed genocide and killed millions. The number of people died while working for Amazon is much less.
Kate: That is correct. But there are worse things done by Jeff Bezos. And even Hitler didn't do that.
Donald: For example?
Kate: Amazon run experiment to find out how long can employee work until he "breaks down". That means until he quits because his physical or mental health is significantly damaged or until he dies. Hitler killed people because of race, not because of "game of experiment".
Martin: I agree with Kate. Even before the Civil War enslaved black people were not subjects to such experiments. Slave owner of the 19th century was interested to feed his slave and even treat him to improve his health. The better slave's health, the better he works.
Donald: Agree. But Amazon acted 70 years after Hitler. There was another society with more democratic laws for people. For example, if Amazon violated the law, employee could go to the Court and sue the company. While at the time of Hitler there was no democracy and no fair justice in Germany.
Kate: That is correct. But many times people got more democracy in Germany with Hitler rather than in US with Bezos.
Donald: Are you kitting? Explain please.
Martin: I can't understand. Fascist Germany had neither fair justice nor democratic elections. Here I disagree, Kate.
Kate: For example, when German women protested to free their Jews husbands, Hitler agreed and released everybody. But in US, Amazon committed hate crime against protester. Then Amazon started to hiding the evidence to avoid prosecution.
Donald: Ok. But apart from mass murders, Hitler did even more terrible things. He took gold teeth of his victims and melted them down into gold to sell. This is known as "bloody money". While Amazon made its profit on customers sales, not on the deaths.
Kate: I don't agree. To many Amazon employees died at work. More over, their family members died. If they would not work at Amazon, they would stay alive. As a result of inhuman working conditions, they sacrificed their lives to make more money for Amazon. Then we can say money made for Amazon are "bloody" money also.
Teacher: Ok children. It is time for you to go to the next lesson. Both Donald's and Kate's points have merits. Both of you are right. Because it does not matter who was worse: Jeff Bezos or Adolf Hitler. What really matters is: the human society should never make again such terrible mistakes. We should prevent any attempts to commit such crimes against the society in the future. You ancestors died to make the world free of Hitler and Bezos. And we should prevent this to happen again. See you in one week.

37 comments:

  1. Next banner suggestion: direct them to website with lot of horror stories and ask people to cancel prime accounts.

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    1. Thank you for the idea. Unfortunately I cannot reprint the banner often...

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  2. It's not just Amazon - I worked for another pretty large tech company and the oppression and pressure on employees are horrible, not to even massive discrimination they're engaging into. Some kind of military-fascist atmosphere inside the company; it made me think of Stalin times in USSR. I've been left with permanent neurological pain as a result of working for them. A lot of tech industry is the lowest scum of earth, greedy crooks - I look forward to society being freed from them for good.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Every company has problems. But in Amazon it is statistics. Number of violations in Amazon is much higher than in any other company. Because of it official inhumane policies. They codified oppression and encouraged pressure

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    2. I assure you it's statistics in almost entire tech industry.

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    3. Amazon might be even worse than other tech companies, but it doesn't make others better or right. The entire industry is vile and corrupt. Regarding statistics: people whom they discriminate against during hiring process never become a part of particular company's "statistics" you mentioned - so it's a horrible job versus no job: neither is a good option. This industry discriminates against entire classes of people as the worst offender.

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    4. Maybe, but in turn this doesn't make Amazon better. I will fight anyway. I can't discuss tech industry because I have never worked for any other tech company in US. Let's compare it with non-tech. My friend worked as a furniture mover which he considered as a hardest job ever. And he was not prohibited to use restroom unlike Amazon

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  3. Amazon and many other tech companies discriminate based on ethnicity and gender. They have entire teams of employees from India only and only allow resumes of people from India and no one else when a new position opens. They bully anyone of different nationality left and drive them out. Also, tech companies heavily discriminate on the basis of gender/against women; this is on massive scale and they create hostile environments for women. Most of this industry is criminal enterprise in my book at this point.

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  4. "In my book" is just an expression in English... it means the same as "in my view". I wouldn't want to write a book about their them (though I did publish some stuff anonymously online): because I wouldn't want to recall the stress I had to experience and further ruin my health.

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    1. Oh I got it. My English is terrible lol. But it is a good idea about creating a real book. I also had a lot of stress, but I can recall it and suffer again to make people know. There is one book "Hired" about Amazon yet. But this is about warehouse, not engineers

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    2. You're a very strong person... I haven't read "Hired" but heard about the warehouse exploitation, as they started publishing articles about it years ago and it gave the company very bad rap. But despite all the publicity AMZ continues with this treatment of workers...and this is he company that pays no corporate taxes while Bezos is getting over a hundred billions.

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    3. Not so strong yet.. They don't care about warehouse workers because they know for every terminated one there 10 other applicants behind the door. Non-qualified workforce has no other choice. For engineers situation is different. They spend a lot of money for recruiting. That's why bad work conditions for engineers finally affects them badly. Any recruiter from any company today can confirm how hard it is to hire good engineer.

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  5. Also, I had watched your video about working for Amazon being like prostitution and the waste of life - very well said. But I've been in this country for much longer than you, for over 2 decades, and my parents (who also worked for tech industry here) even longer. I can wholeheartedly say that everything in your video applies to the entire "tech industry" - especially to Sili-CON Valley (Ponzi scheme..."innovation"? Haha! Worthless toys polluting the world and using overseas factory slaves and hideous "websites" like fbook). Working for any of them is like throwing your beautiful life into a burning pile garbage, piece by piece. One may earn money, may get gains on real estate in the expensive area - at the cost of permanently losing self to the slavery system and the twisted world of their corporate hell plus possibly losing health too (very likely, considering all the stress) and not being able to enjoy retirement - even if one lives to retirement retaining health they won't be the same person anymore. If one owns their company or big chunk of ownership - it might be the only exception. I consider most of the Sili-CON valley corporations to be criminal. It takes a while for this to sink in...a year after a year of observations. And remember: there's little to none justice in this country in general. The more you conform, the more cowardly, dishonest and backstabbing you are, the further you'll get, in tech too (again owning a business might be one exception)

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    1. Agree, though I have never worked in Silicon Valley. My Amazon office was in Seattle. And I agree we should not conform, that's why I am doing what I am doing. Maybe there is a "happy" job where we can work till retirement, but definitely it is not Amazon.

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    2. I think the "happy" job is in the own business... the truth is right now in the US tech industry it's common to switch jobs every couple of years; hardly anyone sits (or can hope to) to sit in one until retirement, as everyone is very disposable/labor outsourcing/regular layoffs - unless they move up the management chain...but the latter takes certain very political and less technical qualities (and then, there's a lot of age discrimination comes starting in the 40s). Google Co...I lived next to it for years....their engineers were renting rooms in my mother's house - they couldn't afford to buy housing in SV (homes cost millions now) and had houses hours away, where their wives/kids lived...they worked 4 days out of Google office sleeping in our small rental rooms....like some kind of slavery. Everyone should unionize and push for 100% remote work.

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    3. For sure own business is happy. But it asks more responsibility and first financial independence before the start. Well that's good idea - startup: mobile app for unionizing.

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  6. The way to fight your employer's violations in this country is to quietly document everything while smiling in their face (because once you complain, even "anonymously", you're a target!) file EEOC (easier with the state, not federal) and/or or labor/OSHA violation complaint - when you can be protected by whistleblower retaliation protection laws - then also bring an attorney onto them. While collecting evidence one needs to document all medical issues suffered, with healthcare professional, because of stress and overworking because compensation may be recovered.

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    1. I documented everything. But they locked my laptop:
      http://www.churyumov.com/2019/03/amazon-illegally-destroys-labor-unions.html
      Mostly, for them it was to late

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    2. I see...yes, they'll cut off network access as soon as you try to reach out to anyone but HR or management or publish a message; I've been there. Hope you copied the evidence in advance - one should start doing this at the first signs of the abuse by employer... The truth is that engineers and IT professionals in general should start unionizing.

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    3. And they don't know it is illegal. But I hope this guys will win:
      https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2019/03/21/521247.htm

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  7. Regarding Amazon - I haven't worked for them but once interviewed for engineering: it was very clear from the interview what kind of shop they're running and to run like hell. All interviewers were of similar age/close to fresh out of college, all of the same gender, and all except one (who was from a different team) were of the same ethnicity. Enough said, clearly the environment heavily laden with discrimination! Was very clear that working for them would be like voluntarily stepping into lion's cage, I felt I wasted my time. But this common in tech industry. I also noticed how smug their engineers sounded during the interview, hinting about the toys they were working on as if they worked on top secret military project....which made me laugh inside. Their "manager" was hideous clearly a one trick pony making some smug comments, which again made me chuckle inside as I knew him to be under-qualified to even comment because of his limited education and lacking serious Math background. It was clearly a bigoted shop and more like visa bodyshop (and in such, one better work with own ethnicity only....or they'll chew you up while using you for numbers to show "we don't only hire ONE ethnicity")...run not looking back, never responded to any further requests from their recruiters except once: "I don't work for bigots ,cease and desist contacting me"

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    1. Totally agree. Unfortunately I didn't notice it at the interview... And it was my mistake. I suspected something but this was my first job in this country...

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  8. No post from 5 days. I hope you are well.

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    1. Thank you for your care. I am just overwhelmed with all the stuff and did some treatment. Will update blog next week with new posts and protests.

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  9. The Hitler comparison again huh? First, no one is forced to work at Amazon. It is a choice. Secondly, who pays your paycheck? Seems like you're accepting the blood money you're protesting against. Lastly, no one is murdering anyone. Please stop exaggerating just to make a point.

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    1. It is nice you are fan of my blog from the beginning. Do you work for Amazon? I know the answer, but I want you to respond in the comment

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    2. Yes. And I only work for companies that I believe in. I don't understand why anyone would work for a company that they hate or compare to Nazi Germany. It's insulting to compare an FC to a concentration camp. There are obvious differences that you are leaving out, like the fact that Amazon doesn't force anyone to work for them... and the fact that Amazon doesn't commit genocide. You exaggerate your views to make a point. If you really believed in what you're saying, you would give up your Amazon salary... or just quit. But to be employed/paid by a company that you are protesting just makes you a hypocrite.

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    3. Well, strictly speaking I am not paid. Moreover I am even not allowed to work because Amazon blocked all the access to me. How can you evaluate FC if you always worked at the office?

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  10. Of course they would block your access. You openly hate the company. Anywhere else you would have been fired. You were paid, and I'm sure you spend your "blood money". I have been to an Amazon FC so I can make that claim. Let me turn that around on you... How can you evaluate concentration camps if you've never been at one?

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    1. You have been in FC or you worked there all time of your employment? I have never been at the concentration camp. Do you want to oppose statement that concentration camp is horrible thing?

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  11. This conversation is hopeless. No one is going to argue for concentration camps. But you comparing them to FCs is a long-shot. People in concentration camps are held against their will and murdered. Hitler hated the people he put in concentration camps. He didn't rely on them to run a business. Hundreds of companies use FCs with tough work conditions. I have a problem with you comparing Bezos to Hitler. It's an unfair and exaggerated comparison. You shouldn't say stuff like that unless you can back it up. Here is how you can prove me wrong. Show me someone who is being held against their will in an FC and then show me someone who was murdered because of racial hatred in an FC. If you can do those two things, then I may change my mind.

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    1. Let's make it clear. You said you work for Amazon. I don't ask to highlight your name. But there is nothing secret to tell whether you work at the office or at FC.

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  12. You are making a bad comparison. Whether I work in an FC or an office, your comparison is still inappropriate. I work in an office (like you used to). I visited FCs out of curiosity, and personally, I would not want to work in one. Not because it is like a concentration camp, but because I know how much effort goes into Supply Chain operations. Good thing Bezos, unlike Hitler, isn't forcing anyone to be in an FC. But sure, if you want to claim Amazon is promoting slavery and concentration camps, go ahead. I'm just saying it makes you sound like a lunatic. Either you don't understand the words you're using, or you're using intense language to get a response.

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    1. But I have never said that Amazon is a concentration camp or even Amazon is like a concentration camp. Please read my posts carefully

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  13. You're right, you made up a conversation between fake kids talking about slavery, Nazi Germany, and Amazon/Bezos. As if there were some connection or relation. Slavery is involuntary, yet you compare it to working at Amazon. Nazis were bigoted murderers, yet you compare his treatment of employees to Hitler's treatment of Jews. I read what you said, and I laughed for the most part. Until you made another Hitler analogy like you have done in the past. You said "it does not matter who is worse: Bezos or Adolf Hitler." But it does matter. Hitler was a genocidal psychopath, and you want to compare him to Jeff Bezos? Are you insane?

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    1. Well, nobody prohibits me to compare apple with orange or anu other fruit. Thank you for calling me insane, I expected this Amazon style of discussion. Now we know for sure that you are Amazon employee. But I still cannot understand, what exactly is wrong in the post? You can call kids fake because they are from the future (I would call them heroes of the scenario). But exactly is fake in facts listed in the post? Apart from "comparison". Comparison is not a fact, it is an act of evaluation the facts. You can say Amazon is better than Nazi, I can say opposite, it is your right for your personal opinion. I don't argue with your opinion, if you are happy at Amazon I am glad for you. But still please explain is there any single false fact you found in the post? If you bring opposite sufficient evidence, maybe I can change it

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