Peter Kafka

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Amazon Responds to Warehouse Safety Story

In the wake of a news story about potentially unsafe working conditions at an Amazon distribution center, the retail giant has issued a public statement. Amazon doesn’t directly acknowledge reports that workers in a Pennsylvania warehouse worked in “brutal” heat that sent some of them to the hospital this summer. But it does say it recently spent $2.4 million installing air conditioning at four warehouses, including the one that sparked the detailed report in the Allentown Morning Call. “Those who know us well don’t doubt our intent or our focus on employee safety,” the statement concludes.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work