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Amazon Vice President Resigns Over Company’s “Chickens***” Coronavirus Response

The company had fired employees with coronavirus concerns.

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A Vice President of e-commerce giant Amazon has resigned over the company’s treatment of its warehouse workers, citing the firing of whistleblowers of warned of coronavirus risks in the company’s workplaces in a blog post.

Tim Bray announced his resignation as a VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services on Monday.

He mentioned several ethical points of disagreement with the company’s management in a blog post, and explained why the company’s treatment of coronavirus whistleblowers was the straw that broke the camel’s back. He describes company responses to worker-organized events over safety concerns as callously indifferent; merely firing Amazon warehouse workers who were sharing their safety concerns.

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Management could have objected to the event, or demanded that outsiders be excluded, or that leadership be represented, or any number of other things; there was plenty of time. Instead, they just fired the activists.

Snap! At that point I snapped. VPs shouldn’t go publicly rogue, so I escalated through the proper channels and by the book. I’m not at liberty to disclose those discussions, but I made many of the arguments appearing in this essay. I think I made them to the appropriate people.

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Bray described the employee firings as “chickenshit” when asked to describe the actions of Amazon’s corporate overlords.

While the coronavirus-related recession has destroyed the wealth of small businesses, it’s been a jackpot for the global mega-commerce monopoly. Oligarch Jeff Bezos’ personal wealth has grown by $24 billion in the midst of the pandemic, making the company’s owner the wealthiest person in the world once more.

New York Amazon worker Chris Smalls(since fired by the global monopoly) has been the most publicly visible protestor, leading a walkout at the company’s Staten Island warehouse. Leaked communications from Amazon’s corporate executives revealed the company hoped to depict the New York man as “not smart, or articulate.”

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Judge Prolonging Michael Flynn’s Court Case Hires Lawyer, As Appeals Court Demands Explanation

The judge is acting as a prosecutor.

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The judge prolonging Michael Flynn’s court case after the Department of Justice announced its intentions to drop the process crime charges against the retired Army general has hired a high-powered D.C. lawyer to defend himself against the scrutiny of the appeals court system.

Judge Emmet Sullivan hired former Brett Kavanaugh attorney Beth Wilkinson on Saturday. Some legal scholars are questioning the need for a federal judge to hire a lawyer to navigate the federal judiciary, especially for a court case in which the Justice Department has already dropped its initiative to prosecute Flynn for lying to the FBI. The case against Flynn fell apart when misconduct on the part of the FBI agents investigating him was exposed, revealing that the agency was seeking to set him up from the beginning.

Yet Sullivan refused to end the court proceedings involving Flynn after prosecutors withdrew their case. The Democrat-aligned federal judge has weighed holding Flynn in contempt of court for changing his initial guilty plea, and now is taking the unprecedented step of essentially assuming the role of the prosecution. Sullivan has appointed a third-party lawyer to make arguments against the federal government’s decision to drop charges.

Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell has filed a writ of mandamus to stop Sullivan’s prolonged, extrajudicial prosecution of the former White House National Security Advisor. A federal appeals court demanded that Sullivan answer for his extremely unusual and arguably unprecedented judicial actions, which essentially serve as usurping the role of prosecution for the judge himself.

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Perhaps sensing that he may be stripped from the case for his judicial usurpation, Sullivan has sought legal representation of his own, perhaps aggressively seeking to punish Flynn to the extent that he’s legally able. In any case, the Justice Department’s dismissal of charges against Flynn represent nothing less than full exoneration, regardless of the Democrat proclivities of a federal judge who has proved even more obstinate in pursuing a weak case against the former Trump administration official than the legitimate prosecutors.

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