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Re: “Amazon Works Hard to Keep Secrets

Mad Sam:

If you actually read the article, you would see that this is an agreement, voluntarily signed by both UC and Amazon. No one forced UC to sign anything.

And, any censorship of UC records is actually performed by UC. Amazon is contractually entitled to notice so that they can be given an opportunity to legally resist information release, not to legally enforce censorship. The courts would then determine whether or not the information can be protected.

As a private entity, they do not control the pen of the public entity. If you want to be ticked off, be ticked off at UC - they willingly signed the agreement and they are the ones that would receive information requests. There was no gun to their head.

Regarding the comment about being a troll under the pay of Amazon - um...., no, how silly. I just do not see evil under every rock lifted by EBX. Ad hominem attacks are, sadly, typical in all too many EBX comments. They are one of the weakest forms of argument out there - attempting to prove a point by (fictional - even worse) character attack.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/12/2019 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Amazon Works Hard to Keep Secrets

Terrible idea for a company to want to protect trade secrets and intellectual property. Get over it and stop trying to insinuate nefarious intent.

Perhaps there is something in it for UC?

Geez, it is not Watergate or Russian collusion.

Posted by Michael Good on 02/08/2019 at 11:26 AM

Re: “The Express Lays Off Six Employees, But the Paper Continues On

A life raft to help this one (Robert Gammon) leave the sinking ship:


East Bay Express is scooped again by the East Bay Times.

Maybe the formula for this paper is not working anymore (with an appreciative nod to burnowt's remarks).

Posted by Michael Good on 01/31/2019 at 6:32 AM

Re: “The Express Lays Off Six Employees, But the Paper Continues On

If it was another employer that had illegally denied overtime pay (as ruled in a court case), we would have readers climbing all over that employer disparaging the fact that it was taking unfair advantage of the workforce. "The man"

And, the reporters for this publication would be writing articles showing us just how terribly that employer is acting with lots of coverage of the plight of the disadvantaged employee.

But, with this employer, the droves are looking the other way, the article is "oh poor me (employer)" and the employer is looking for another legal angle. Go figure.

Yeah, I guess sometimes it is hard to let go of same side bias.

Posted by Michael Good on 01/14/2019 at 2:07 PM

Re: “The Express Loses Overtime Wage Lawsuit

How is it that numerous news sources are telling us that the East Bay Express has laid off its entire editorial staff and it is not being reported or discussed here??????

An example: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/11/ent…

It is the typical behavior of many readers to tear into employers that are assumed to be anti- employee, "the man", taking economic advantage of employees for their own sake, etc. After all, it must be a right wing, evil doer that would be so terrible to employees....

But no, people look the other way when it is here.......Hmmmmm........

Posted by Michael Good on 01/12/2019 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Where's the Affordable Housing?

Vincent Blafard:

It was nice to see comments (although I do not agree), that were based on assessing the economic impacts of the increased costs of housing. Thank you for that.

With regards to the need in our economy for service workers - of course. But, if they are really not earning enough to cover their costs, then the lowering of costs - through subsidized rent is A solution, but not neccesarily THE solution or the BEST solution. If you compare the perceived need against the potential improved availability, the affordability improvement is likely to be very low.

There really are no free ponies out there for politicians to promise to us.

As alternative, or parallel factors, consider the scenario that the economically stressed service workers go elsewhere (be it their geography or the job they have). That Whole Foods you are so worried about will have increased need to attract workers and will raise pay levels (or learn to be more efficient). The workers will then have increased ability to afford housing via natural economic forces. It is the worker supply/wage side of the argument. I am not suggesting increasing the minimum wage, I am suggesting that economic forces will do what they do and Whole Foods will find a way to sell you their stuff.

That is actually how it happens in real life. The workforce availability and the workforce need ultimately find equilibrium, although it can be quite messy getting there.

And, sometimes unions form or increase in power to get things more in balance.

Or, the real estate market stop its magic upward trek (been reading anything lately about the flattening?) and the affordability stress eases up.

If you actually read through my original comment, you would see that I did not dismiss the idea of affordable housing. I was not supportive of entitlement as a driver and I was suggesting that natural economic forces, including migration, are likely in play and should be allowed to do so.

They do not go into play when entitlement goes overboard.

With regards to your made up profile that I shop at Whole Foods, buy lattes at coffee shops and am in a Libertarian dreamworld - the snarky ad hominem style attack is just that - how about if you keep it to challenging the ideas and don't make stuff up about other people? Labeling others with negative connotations is how Trump got ahead - if you get my meaning , catch my drift.

Posted by Michael Good on 01/04/2019 at 3:53 PM

Re: “New Year’s Day Hangover Cure at Augie’s Montreal Deli

Where did you get the time machine? I would like to get a hold of one myself.

Today is 12/29/18 and this article is dated 1/1/19.

Posted by Michael Good on 12/29/2018 at 8:29 AM

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