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RainCaster

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Home country: USA
Current location: Left Coast
Member since: Mon Oct 10, 2016, 06:19 PM
Number of posts: 9,145

About Me

A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

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We are watching history

In my lifetime, I have seen and been part of many historic happenings. I can remember the Berlin Wall coming down, and the end of the USSR. I can remember shaking President Nixon's hand, then hearing him step down from office a year later. I was there for the beginning of the end of the GOP - when the "Great Communicator" first ran for the presidency. I can still remember my sense of absolute stupidity at Bush Sr.s "1000 points of light" and the bullshit of the "compassionate conservative" doctrine. I remember my wife getting me up early one weekend to watch Princess Diana get married. Then I was appalled at the lies Baby Bush fed us so he could go to war with Saddam Hussein. Then there was 9-11.

Now I'm here to see the final death rattle of the GOP as DFT trots out another loser round. I think I will still be here to witness the end of Putin's Russia and the financial collapse of the PRC.

What other historic moments have you experienced?

Pence on NBC - what a weak limp POS

This clown has no spine.
Never did.
Never will.

Who the hell would ever vote for him?

Latest GOP tactic

I just got a text from someone claiming to be a Dem, and suggesting that I hand in my ballot at an address almost 180 miles away. Fuck that, I already turned mine in at the fire station 2 miles away.

Redneck Rampage - Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors

I turned in my vote today!

Voted straight Dems all throughout. In some cases, the only candidate was a repuke, and I left those blank. Same for all the local judges who proclaim themselves "non-partisan", just left those empty.

Prime Video - Dog

It's described as a comedy, but it's rather dark. Really, it's a story about two war vets that are trying to find their way in a world they don't understand any more. They take a road trip together and find??
Watch it, it's redeeming.

I love GOP pollsters

They are so stuuuupid.

Do they really think anyone could have enough brains to answer a phone, but would vote for some Wench like Tiffany Slimey? Or declare alleigence to DFT?

Few want to work for Amazon

no paywall link

Leaked documents show just how fast employees are leaving Amazon

Last year, only a third of Amazon’s new hires stayed with the company for more than 90 days before quitting, being fired, or getting laid off, according to leaked documents obtained by Engadget. The report is the latest indication that Amazon is having serious issues retaining employees, and it reveals the company’s estimate that its attrition rate costs it almost $8 billion a year across its global consumer field operations team.

The report, which is based off internal research papers, slide decks, and spreadsheets from Amazon, claims that workers are twice as likely to leave by choice, rather than because they were laid off or fired. It also says that the issue is widespread throughout the company, not just with warehouse workers; from entry level roles all the way up to vice presidents, the lowest attrition rate for one of the company’s 10 tiers of employees was almost 70 percent, with the highest reaching a staggering 81.3 percent.

The report doesn’t specify which class of employees had the highest attrition rate, but it’s well known that Amazon’s warehouses and other fulfillment facilities have more turnover than the rest of the industry. According to a report from The New York Times, around three percent of the company’s hourly employees left each week, and leaked internal memos obtained by Recode show that the company is worried about literally running out of people who’d be willing to work for it within the next few years (and even sooner, in some areas).

But while some Amazon warehouse workers have been making it very obvious why people don’t necessarily want to stay in those roles, Engadget notes that managers are also leaving thanks to issues with “development and promotions,” or otherwise advancing their careers at Amazon. Some of this may come down to the training programs the company provides, which are reportedly important for moving up at Amazon, but are seemingly run in a disorganized and potentially wasteful manner, according to the documents cited by the report. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment on Engadget’s report.


The link to the Engadget report is included as well, and it's also no-pay-wall.

Small excerpt from the Engadget article:
Those 10-K filings do tell a small story in themselves, though. A smaller, scrappier Amazon of days past included the line “we believe that our future success will depend in part on our continued ability to attract, hire, and retain qualified personnel” for nearly 20 years in its annual filings, but seemingly abandoned that belief in its report from 2009 onward. For the report summarizing 2020 Amazon renamed the “employees” subsection of its preamble to “human capital” — the same year it stopped including the phrase “we consider our employee relations to be good.”

Republicans in CA are running out of water

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/a-california-citys-water-supply-is-expected-to-run-out-in-two-months/

No paywall

Coalinga, named for its history as a coal mining town, is a small Republican outpost in liberal California. The city had already defied state leadership in 2020, passing a resolution that declared all businesses essential to avoid mandatory pandemic closures. When it was time for the state to distribute covid-19 relief funds to municipalities, Coalinga didn’t get any.
The water shortage felt to some like another kind of retaliation.

“How do you not give farmers water when they feed everybody unless you’re trying to put them out of business?” asked Scott Netherton, owner of Coalinga’s lone movie theater and executive director of its chamber of commerce.

“It feels like we’re being singled out, small towns,” he said. “It’s like they’re trying to force them out to where you’ve got to move into the bigger cities.”

How about those Mariners!

They beat Toronto in 2 games. Even the incompetence of ESPN could not diminish the amazing come from behind win.
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