Amazon Mocked For Providing Employees Dystopian ‘Mindful Pods’ To Take Mental Breaks In

The pods are sitting on the warehouse floor (presumably so slave workers don’t have to stray too far from their stations) waiting for mentally and physically shattered drones to enter when they need to scream, cry or… look at a bonsai tree.

Inside the chilling despair pod there is also a computer that, Amazon says, allows workers to “navigate through a library of mental health and mindful practices to recharge the internal battery.”

One can only imagine what kind of monstrous cringe is contained within.

This adds to the litany of other reports of Amazon employees being treated so poorly that they are literally killing themselves.

“They treat us like disposable parts,” an anonymous writer, who worked at an Amazon fulfillment center, wrote in an article published by The Guardian last year.

The employees say they are tracked everywhere they go (which has increased with COVID measures) and punished if they dare to stop working at any time.

Drivers have reported that they have to piss in bottles because they cannot take sufficient breaks to empty their bladders. Amazon dismissed the claim, then walked back the dismissal after it was revealed to be true via internal documents that proved the company was chiding employees for “public urination” and even “public defecation.”

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The State-Corporate Convergence In Our State Of Emergency

The signals could not be any clearer. In addition to the swath of executive orders, clearly composed by executive committee members and aimed at either ingratiating and expanding the Democratic Party’s base or extending federal power, the Democrats have initiated a growing body of laws which would, if passed, ensure uniparty rule for the foreseeable future.

These include especially H.R. 1, or the For the People’s Act, passed by the House. Should it pass the Senate (with the eradication of the filibuster), H.R.-1 would grossly favor Democratic candidates in federal elections. Notwithstanding the expansion of the Democratic base through various means, including overriding existing voter ID laws in many states and mandating that all states allow mail-in ballots without IDs, it would further centralize federal election oversight and, according to the Institute for Free Speech, “[e]xpand the universe of regulated online political speech (by Americans) beyond paid advertising to include, apparently, communications on groups’ or individuals’ own websites and e-mail messages.”

The legislative maneuverings include the ‘‘Judiciary Act of 2021,’’ which would simply expand the Supreme Court to twelve members plus the chief justice. This move, which would amount to adding four Democrat-approved justices, would essentially effect a legislative takeover of the Supreme Court, as the Democratic-controlled Supreme Court would increasingly “legislate from the bench” and likewise expand the power of the Democratic-controlled legislative and executive branches beyond official perimeters. The odds of its passage, as is, are slim, but the overture is indicative of an attempted power grab not seen since FDR.

But the most conspicuous sign of the nearing consolidation of totalitarian government is the effective merger of corporate and state functionaries, with corporations and other organizations acting as appendages of the government and enforcing corporate-state desiderata. The indications of this merger are so many and sundry that any exhaustive recounting of them would entail a book-length treatment.

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