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Amazon employees say the only way to get a hefty pay hike is to quit and get rehired

(link) https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-employees-say-only-way-to-get-good-raise-boomerang-2022-1

- Amazon insiders say the company's pay structure doesn't reward loyalty for employees who stay.
- Raises can be hard to come by, and outside hires often outearn longtime employees in the same role.
- As a result, employees turn to "boomeranging," quitting their jobs and returning in higher-paid ones.

Some Amazon employees have resorted to quitting their jobs and coming back in higher-paid ones in order to boost their pay in a company culture they say doesn't often give promotions or raises. Insider reported Friday that the e-commerce company is facing ballooning attrition because its compensation structure doesn't reward loyalty, employees say.

Employees say pay bumps can be hard to come by and external hires often outearn longtime Amazon employees in the same position. As a result, a lot of employees believe they can only snag a good raise if they "boomerang," quitting their jobs and coming back to the company in higher-paid roles.

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Last year, US-based Amazon Web Services engineers saw a turnover rate of at least 35%, according to two insiders. An Amazon spokesperson said this figure was overstated but didn't offer specifics. Company-wide attrition is between 6% and 8% per year, a former executive said.

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Well Jeff Bezos has been giving himself regular raises all these years, hasn't he? Why are the Amazon employees expected to work like slaves when the owner is one of the richest men in the world?

Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

Source: Associated Press APNews

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s leaders sought Tuesday to reassure the nation that an invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and received a shipment of U.S. military equipment to shore up their defenses.

Moscow has denied it is planning an assault, but it has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine in recent weeks and is holding military drills at multiple locations in Russia. That has led the United States and its NATO allies to rush to prepare for a possible war.

Several rounds of high stakes diplomacy have failed to yield any breakthroughs, and tensions escalated further this week. NATO said it was bolstering its deterrence in the Baltic Sea region, and the U.S. ordered 8,500 troops on higher alert for potential deployment to Europe as part of an alliance “response force” if necessary. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said he is prepared to send troops to protect NATO allies in Europe.

In a show of European unity in Berlin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron called for an easing of the crisis. “We ... expect clear steps from Russia that will contribute to a de-escalation of the situation,” Scholz said.

Macron, who said he would talk with President Vladimir Putin by phone Friday, added: “If there is aggression, there will be retaliation and the cost will be very high.”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-russia-diplomacy-europe-baltic-sea-44821c52f54b5e927d86ea28420cb2cf

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In the latest standoff, Russia wants guarantees from the West that NATO will never admit Ukraine as a member and that the alliance would curtail other actions, such as stationing troops in former Soviet bloc countries. Some of these, like the membership pledge, are nonstarters for NATO, creating a seemingly intractable stalemate that many fear can only end in a war.

Moscow has accused Ukraine of massing troops near rebel-controlled regions in the east, aiming to retake them by force — accusations Kyiv has rejected. Analysts say Ukraine’s leaders are caught between trying to calm the nation and ensuring it gets sufficient assistance from the West in case of an invasion.

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I believe Joe Biden when he says that committing US troops into battle is NOT his objective. Let's try to remain calm while our leaders deal with the Russian weasel (Putin). There will be a way to work this out, and Joe Biden will find the way.

Palin COVID-19 tests delay defamation trial against NY Times

Source: Associated Press AP News

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s positive tests for the coronavirus have forced the postponement of a civil trial set to start Monday over her defamation claims against The New York Times.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said the trial can begin Feb. 3 if Palen has adequately recovered by then.

Palin, a one-time Republican vice presidential nominee, has had COVID-19 before. She’s urged people not to get vaccinated, telling an audience in Arizona last month that “it will be over my dead body that I’ll have to get a shot.”

When he first announced early Monday that Palin had gotten a positive result from an at-home test, Rakoff said: “She is, of course, unvaccinated.”

He said he would wait to postpone the trial until she completed a test Monday morning. Later, her lawyer reported that a rapid test Monday morning came out positive.

“Since she has tested positive three times, I’m going to assume she’s positive,” the judge said.

Rakoff said that courthouse rules would permit her to return to court Feb. 3, even if she still tests positive, as long as she has no symptoms. If she does have symptoms, she can be looked at on Feb. 2 by a doctor who provides services to the courts, he said.

Palin, 57, sued the Times in 2017, claiming the Times damaged her reputation with an opinion piece penned by its editorial board that falsely asserted her political rhetoric helped incite the 2011 shooting of then-Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. The newspaper has conceded the initial wording of the editorial was flawed, but not in an intentional or reckless way that made it libelous.

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It’s presumed that Palin will be the star witness in the civil case, taking the stand to back up accusations that the Times should pay damages for hurting her budding career as a political commentator. There was no response to messages left last week with her lawyers asking if and when she will testify.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/sarah-palin-defamation-lawsuit-nyt-1e16233f7aa18f914f10a6def4a928c3

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"What happens in Pennsylvania could decide the fate of our democracy"

This sentence was printed on the face of the mailer I just received from the campaign of Josh Shapiro, our PA Attorney General who is running for Governor this year. The mailer has lots of interesting facts about Shapiro, his record as Attorney General, his positions on various issues, and the usual appeal for donations and campaign volunteers.

His website: (link) https://joshshapiro.org/meet-josh/

Wikipedia page: (link) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Shapiro

According to Wikipedia, Shapiro has received these endorsements:
Before his announcement, term-limited Governor Tom Wolf endorsed Shapiro's bid. He has also received endorsements from former Governor Ed Rendell, State Senator Anthony H. Williams, former Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Marcel Groen and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Meat Loaf is remembered in Pittsburgh

Meat Loaf has appeared in Pittsburgh many times over the years, in concerts, shows and personal appearances, interviews on TV and in the newspapers. The most memorable for me personally was in 1994 when he sang the National Anthem to open the All Star Game at Three Rivers Stadium.

It's one of the best versions of the Star Spangled Banner I've ever heard.

Rest In Peace Meat Loaf, Marvin Lee Aday

Edit to add link: https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2022/01/21/meat-loaf-pittsburgh-moments-concerts-obituary-decade-houserockers-station-square/stories/202201210093

Voters could be flooded with proposed changes to the Pa. Constitution in 2023

Spotlight link: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/01/15/Voters-could-be-flooded-with-proposed-changes-to-the-Pa-Constitution-in-2023/stories/202201150020


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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania voters could face at least five ballot questions about changing the state constitution next year after House Republicans added four controversial revisions to a single proposal.

Republican lawmakers have increasingly relied on constitutional amendments to pursue policy initiatives that Gov. Tom Wolf would otherwise reject and that most Democrats don’t support. Bundling together several amendments represents an escalation of that tactic, as the combined measures eliminate the need to advance and pass separate proposals.

The resulting omnibus bill is packed with initiatives that Republicans hope to send directly to voters all at once as separate ballot questions.

“It’s very partisan in nature and really reflects the attempt to advance an agenda that was unsuccessful through typical, ethical democratic means,” said Khalif Ali, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, a good-government organization. “It’s a process in place for a reason and to go around that erodes democracy.”

The original bill, introduced by state Sen. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, seeks to modify the way Pennsylvania elects the lieutenant governor — an idea that has wide bipartisan support.

But in December, shortly before breaking for the holidays, GOP state representatives amended the bill to include four new constitutional revisions. Those alterations passed along party lines, before the House passed the entire bill the next day with nearly every Democrat voting against it.

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Repukes will always try to pull a fast move on our "off-year" elections. We've seen them do it time and time again. Democrats need to show up for these elections and vote against any amendment to the constitution that's been proposed by a Repuke.

Please pay attention Democrats! This is our democracy they're trying to take away ... bit by bit. We can't ignore what they are trying to do.

Ari Berman on the filibuster vs. US voting rights

Ari Berman @AriBerman

It makes absolutely no sense why Mitch McConnell can confirm 3 Supreme Court justices for Trump with 51 votes to take away voting rights but it requires 60 votes for US Senate to protect voting rights
2:58 PM · Jan 12, 2022

Yeah, he's got a point. The Repukes have been using the filibuster to BULLY US for way too long.

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