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Climate change tornado kills 6 Amazon employees while enriching celebrity billionaire

CIA asset says surprisingly little about the tragedy
Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, Friday night

Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, Friday night

Have you ever been inside an Amazon warehouse? They're little more than large pole barns where employees race between bins of consumer goods, trying to keep their computer-tracked packing score up so that they don't get a rebuke from a manager. Generally, the manager is a fresh-faced 25- or 30-year-old who was raised under the soft-authoritarianism of the Bezos regime and doesn't understand just how evil it is. There's one guy (or gal, or NB) whose job it is to stand next to the conveyor belt with a large stick. If the packages get stuck, they jam the stick into the conveyor and bust up the bottleneck, well aware that it's just a matter of time before science devises a robot that can do their job. When that happens, they'll return to shuffling packages like a lunatic (and all the back problems that come with the job).

The flow of consumer goods is incessant, it doesn't stop for a coronavirus, and it certainly doesn't stop for extreme weather.

A freak succession of tornadoes tore through Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois on Friday and Saturday leaving at least 70 people dead, including six people working at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois. They are Etheria S. Hebb, 24; Larry E. Virden, 46; Clayton Lynn Cope, 29; Deandre S. Morrow, 28; Kevin D. Dickey, 62; and Austin J. McEwen, 26.

Tornadoes are not unheard of in December, but before climate change there were never this many — nor were they this deadly, according to FEMA's Deanne Criswell, who labeled last weekend's tragedy "our new normal" on CNN Sunday.

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As the situation unfolded in Illinois, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos celebrated the third flight of his Blue Origin spacecraft, which took six passengers to the edge of space and back. As reported in Business Insider and elsewhere, it wasn't until Saturday evening that Bezos offered his lame response to the tragedy: “The news from Edwardsville is tragic. We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.”

Amazon knew that the storm was coming and did nothing to protect its workers. But hey — Michael Strahan got to ride in a spaceship.

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SOURCE: World Socialist Web Site, Business Insider, The Hill, The Washington Post