This article focused mostly on situation at Cognizant facilities in Florida where they have some basic legal labor protections. It only briefly touched on global scope of the problem and mentioned Philippines specifically.
Another article I read portrayed a much abhorrent scenario of Philippine mother’s doing piece meal content sorting from home and the horrific images they are exposed to with no Psych counseling resources to support them.
I am sure their work is also being used to train AI engines to automate this work and eliminate these positions leaving thousands scarred in the process.
I have struggled with seasonal depression (SAD) for 20+ years and exercise is definitely part of my battle gear along with light therapy and meds. I was fortunate to have Psychs who always recommended getting out and getting natural sunlight and exercise as much as possible.
I think for some people who are deep in their depression, the meds are needed to get them out of the doldrums before they even contemplate venturing out of their hibernation cocoon. The same can be said for talk therapy. You need to be brought up to some level of cognition before you are engaged in the battle.
Old school newspapers used to claim that they had a firewall between editorial and advertising department. From being in the restaurant business we knew this was not entirely true. If you wanted their restaurant reviewer to visit any time soon it always helped to signup for an ad campaign.
I guess Yelp just entirely dispensed with that charade of sorts.
This observation “even with full employment, a large and growing gap between triumphant capital and beleaguered labor;”is spot on. The low unemployment numbers hid a dark reality of 50 something gig workers grossly underemployed and underpaid with no benefits but showing up in the employed column.
Agree with many of the points made in the article about China’s attempts to gain international leverage by using international bodies to do their bidding while not contributing nearly as much as the US.
Many had naively hoped that increased overseas trade would open up China in many areas and move them further towards the democratic capitalistic model. Well we can see CCP has not let that happen. The Great Wall of internet censorship is just one example of CCP exerting their control on the populace. Another is their unabashed having of Western companies for IP mining using the People’s Red Army operations.
Pandemic will hurt marginalized communities like a sledge hammer while the upper classes may actually come out ahead.
This dawned on me while shopping at an Indian grocery store when I saw a few African American people coming out with bags full of groceries to their cars. I usually don't see any non Asian's at this store and have never seen AA shoppers. I chatted with one of them and found out he was doing an Instacart batch. Then it all made sense. Some affluent Indian families were outsourcing their risk.
Hope he got a generous tip and stays healthy. I still worry about him