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On Valentine's Day, An End to Amazon's Two-Bit Romance With New York

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On Valentine's Day, An End to Amazon's Two-Bit Romance With New York

Laura Flanders

The Amazon corporation walked out in a huff. On Valentine’s Day, the retailer announced that its romance with New York is off.

Faced with stiffer-than-anticipated resistance, the company announced February 14th that it is pulling out of its previously reported plan to build a gleaming corporate headquarters in Long Island City.

The timing seemed perfect for what has felt from the start like a very old-school seduction routine.

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VERY interesting to hear the smear campaign on MSNBC claiming “economic illiteracy” of those who oppose Amazon monopolization of opportunity. Its being used to smear Rep. Cortez and sounds as though the corporate effete are prepping to bludgeon in retribution. No conversation about the destabilization and the track record in Seattle which essentially reads Amazon or nothing. Affordable housing? kiss it goodbye; diversity? not even a vine to wither on. These are truly ugly times. Predatory capitalism has to rape out of sight in other poor corners of the world so that a stunningly narrow marketing strategy can leverage all that is not centralized. Talk about a wall. This is like a bunch of mafia ‘fixers’ threatening to mash your head into their wall if you even imagine a decentralized and creative base for human beings, the environment and a healthy sustainability.

Not a peep about corporate socialism either.

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Good one, Laura. So timely with J. Bezos’ little expose and kerfuffle with The National Enquirer.
He’s just another rich (#1) spoiled bullying jerk; who’s an anti-union freeloader, to boot.
A O-C didn’t cause this collapse in negotiating a fair deal for Long Island City residents and state taxpayers; Cuomo & DeBlazio did, with the private negotiations and end around play by the usual city slicker suspects. What a cheap shot!
Nice tie in to one of my favorite Jesse Winchester songs, Laura. A true American patriot, who wisely chose Canada to call home.

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Not sure if this was the best move, some folks would have been happy to fill those positions at Amazon, even if it means living in their vehicle in the parking lot – that’s what unskilled labor in the US has come to.
Amazon.com warehouse perks: (1) peeing in a bottle; (2) giving birth in the loo, etc.

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Do we want better “terms of engagement” from slimy suitors

Or do we tell them to go fuck themselves, and build a communal relationship meant to last?

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Wasn’t our gov. and constitution set up to promote a communal relationship meant to last?What you ask for is what we already have. Perhaps the question should be why is it being abused instead of used. Millions of people have zero intent to be communal… They practice unsconscionable lawlessness.
Like members of the Trump gang, they lie, cheat and steal, and could care less about anyone else. A ruthless bunch of sycophants incensed with greed.

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I don’t see any victory here, not even for “democracy” as polls showed better than 2 to 1 support for Amazon in New York. And Amazon will do just fine putting jobs where thy can pay less and have an easier time keeping unions out as in Tennessee, where there will also be less use of transit and more driving, more petroleum used. On the whole, this strengthens the corporations ability to credibly tell locals if they don’t give in, they won’t get the jobs. Depressing!

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It is hard to ferret out fact from fiction in this story.

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Read the book- and it was a stunner! A real dose of reality. Plus amazon has the nerve to advertise work camper positions at camper shows!

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