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Pilots shred Boeing as it prepares to resume 737 MAX production ASAP, citing ‘positive feedback’ from pilots

Boeing hopes to resume production of its grounded 737 MAX jet months before regulators approve it to fly again, CEO Dave Calhoun has announced, touting positive feedback even as pilots unions shred the company as untrustworthy. Brushing aside rumors that the MAX could be grounded indefinitely, Calhoun told reporters on Wednesday that production would start up “well before” mid-year, when the company hopes to secure regulatory approval to resume flights for the ill-fated aircraft, grounded worldwide after a series of crashes which killed 346 people. “I believe in this airplane,” Calhoun said, citing positive assessments from pilots. However, after a…

Apple And Amazon Both Exceed In Exploiting America

Two of America’s largest companies, Apple and Amazon share an ugly truth. It is rooted in exploitation and how they excel in exploiting America. Due to their strong ties to America’s government, both these companies have been allowed to create a persona or facade that far outshines reality. Not only do they exploit workers but each in its own way, mask the huge amount of income they pluck from our government on all levels while avoiding paying taxes. The situation has become so obvious to many people that while moderating the Golden Globes awards, comedian Ricky Gervais in a joking…

Top Business Credit Cards to Earn You Airline Miles

Besides being a convenient means of payment, some credit cards enable holders to get rewards such as points redeemable for merchandise in selected stores, services in certain hotels, and flight miles. You accumulate the miles through the use of a card such as for paying for advertising online, entertaining a client on lunch, paying for travel expenses for a client, and so on. It is a simpler task to amass miles if your business wants to get the most favorable card for airline miles rather than cash rewards. Below are several great business credit cards for airline miles: The Business…

Spectrum Kills Home Security Business, Refuses Refunds for Owners of Now-Worthless Equipment

Spectrum customers who are also users of the company’s home security service are about a month away from being left with a pile of useless equipment that in many cases cost them hundreds of dollars. On February 5, Spectrum will no longer support customers who’ve purchased its Spectrum Home Security equipment. None of the devices—the cameras, motion sensors, smart thermostats, and in-home touchscreens—can be paired with other existing services. In a few weeks, it’ll all be worthless junk. While some of the devices may continue to function on their own, customers will soon no longer be able to access them…

Boeing’s fired CEO got his $62 million payout confirmed the same day 2,800 people in the 737 Max supply chain were laid off

Dennis Muilenburg, the recently-ousted CEO of Boeing, is leaving with a $62 million payout, the company said Friday. The substantial award comes despite being fired for poor handling of the fatal crashes, aftermath, and continued suspension from service of the 737 Max. Also on Friday other workers lost their jobs because of the 737 Max: 2,800 employees of Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit said the workers had to go because there was no work for them in light of Boeing suspending production of the 737 Max while it is grounded. Unlike Muilenburg, they did not get large exit packages, and…

List: All the international brands that have apologized to China

By now, pretty much everyone has noticed — or should have noticed — how much influence China holds over many international corporations. Much of the awareness can be attributed to the ongoing NBA-China controversy, where a sports league known in the U.S. for its progressive values is being forced to stay deafeningly silent on the decidedly un-woke policies of the Chinese government in order to keep NBA basketball in Chinese stadiums and on Chinese TV. But other brands of many types, ranging from fashion and luxury labels to hotel groups and even a medical device company, have all been strongly…

What ‘The Witcher’ Gets Right about Reputation and Business

Season one of The Witcher—a sprawling, dark fantasy series on Netflix—dropped on Dec. 20, and it’s already smashing streaming content records. The Mandalorian on Disney+ had just managed to dethrone Stranger Things as the most in-demand streaming show online, but The Witcher wasted no time in knocking Mando off the top spot. The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, is based on a best-selling series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Sapkowski’s books have already been adapted into a wildly successful video game series (which, like the show, is very much M for Mature), so the Netflix series already had an…

Tesla’s “Black Boxes” Are Only Accessible By The Company (Not NTSB Or NHTSA) After Crashes

Like in airplanes, Teslas are equipped with “black boxes” that log critical information in the seconds and minutes leading up to accidents and crashes. They record details like braking, airbag deployment and other measurements. While conventional vehicles can have their Black Boxes accessed widely, cars with automated driving technologies can only have their information accessed by the manufacturer. This means that any potential investigation hinges on information that would need to be handed over by the company that’s being investigated. And so Bloomberg’s Dana Hull asks a good question: should we be worried that the only people that have access…

‘Designed by clowns & supervised by monkeys’: Boeing employee shreds 737 MAX in internal messages

Boeing has released another trove of internal company messages suggesting it lied to regulators, and showing fierce criticism from an unnamed employee who said the crash-prone 737 MAX aircraft was “designed by clowns.” In its release of the redacted communications on Thursday following an internal probe, Boeing acknowledged some of the messages were “completely unacceptable” and contained “provocative language.” In one missive sent in 2017, an employee castigated the 737 MAX – which was grounded globally last March after a series of fatal crashes – slamming both its designers and ‘supervisors,’ apparently referring to federal regulators. This airplane is designed…

People Are Refusing To Use Self-Checkout Because It’ll “Kill Jobs”

Do you envision a future filled with nanotechnology, robots, and faster, smarter computers? Dreams for this type of future may be slowed to a halt, as groups of concerned citizens resist the increasingly present self-checkout. Fear of economic downturn and job loss ward off shoppers from using such automated tellers. Canadians Proudly Resist Self-Checkout A Canadian university, sharing results from a national grocery shopping study, was the first to raise the red flag on mounting consumer worries of the rapidly multiplying self-checkout kiosks. Of Canadians surveyed in the study, more than 1/4 said they had never used the self-checkout stall,…

Release of Boeing 737 MAX safety warnings previously hidden from the FAA reveals how the FAA is run by Boeing just like the FDA is run by Big Pharma (and the CDC is run by the vaccine industry)

It took them long enough, but Boeing has finally canned Dennis Muilenburg, its now-former CEO, in response to the ongoing 737 MAX debacle that’s sent the company spiraling in recent weeks. But Muilenburg probably should have gotten prison time as his parting gift rather than a $100 million golden parachute severance package, seeing as how under his watch Boeing hid critical safety data about the 737 MAX from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – much like how drug companies routinely lie to the Food And Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers of pharmaceuticals. According to reports, a “new batch” of…

PayPal enters China with 70% stake in GoPay, the Chinese government will control the other 30%

It’s finalized – PayPal has now become the first US-based payments company to enter the Chinese digital marketplace after the latest majority acquisition in a China-based payments company “GoPay.” Generally speaking, US tech companies are prevented from doing business with its citizens; even if they wanted to, the US companies must usually be willing to sacrifice the majority control and transfer IP rights to the Chinese partners. The tables have now turned though, as PayPal has bought 70% of the stake in “GoPay”, meaning that the US-based payments company is now going to enter the Chinese digital marketplace without giving…

One of the world’s largest private equity firms just bought one of the world’s largest library ebook companies

KKR is one of the largest private equity funds in the world. Overdrive is one of the largest e-lending suppliers to the world’s libraries, supplying 43,000 libraries in 75 countries. Now, KKR owns Overdrive, having purchased it for an undisclosed sum. Private equity firms’ business model is to buy profitable, productive companies, load them up with debt (paying themselves out of the money that was borrowed), cut costs by slashing wages and degrading the quality of their products and services, then allowing the company to go bust, stiffing the creditors, workers, and suppliers (that is, libraries, publishers and writers). Gary…

AT&T raises DirecTV prices again despite losing millions of customers

AT&T announced another round of DirecTV and U-verse TV price increases, saying that monthly rates will rise by up to $8 per month starting on January 19. “Because our programming costs went up, we have to raise our monthly prices for select packages,” AT&T said in a notice titled “TV price changes for 2020.” An additional $2 increase on the Regional Sports Network fee means that some customers will pay another $10 per month. The $8-per-month increase will apply to the DirecTV Premier plan that currently costs $189. A $7 increase will apply to the Ultimate package that costs $135 and…

The most EVIL corporations of 2019

It’s been a big year for corporate censorship, fraud, perversion, and corruption. A whole slew of tech giants, drug companies, big box retailers, and fast food chains grabbed headlines in 2019 for bending over backwards in proud support of deranged leftists and their many special interests, causes and agendas – and we’d like to highlight these entities below in order to publicly shame them. The following is a recap of the worst “politically correct” offenders this past year, all of which deserve a dishonorable mention for the respective roles they played in silencing free speech, indoctrinating children into sexual filth,…

Uber Office Had Separate Bathrooms for Drivers and ‘Employees’

As part of its long standing commitment to misclassifying drivers, Uber has in at least one office created separate bathrooms for drivers and “employees.” After visiting a Greenlight Hub office in Providence, Rhode Island, an Uber driver tweeted a photo of two bathrooms, one for “partners” (drivers) and one for “employees”—presumably, workers at the Greenlight Hub. Greenlight Hubs are offices that Uber uses to sign up new drivers and for in-person driver support. The @Uber hub in my market has designated bathrooms. Not for male/female, but for partner & employee.Anyone else think it's strange that Uber views partners & employees…

Wireless Carriers Lie About Coverage 40% of the Time…Real world tests show that mobile speed and coverage maps are often more fantasy than reality

A new FCC study confirms what most people already knew: when it comes to wireless coverage maps, your mobile carrier is often lying to you. If you head to any major wireless carrier website, you’ll be inundated with claims of coast to coast, uniform availability of wireless broadband. But, as countless studies have shown, these claims usually have only a tenuous relation to reality, something you’ve likely noticed if you’ve ever driving across the country or stopped by mobile carrier forums. But just how bad is the disconnect? A new FCC study released this week suggests that wireless carriers may…

Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: ‘Everybody knew’

They knew the truth and kept quiet. Their secret wasn’t a secret at all in engineering, product development, research, design or manufacturing within Ford Motor Co., say seven current and former employees who worked to develop and launch the Fiesta and Focus cars that would become known for defective automatic transmissions. “My hands are dirty. I feel horrible,” said an engineer who played a key role in developing the popular compact cars. “You think of the gentleman who stood up for the space shuttle Challenger, saying if they launched that with the ice on it that it’s going to blow up.…

Walmart offers employees small discount instead of holiday pay

Walmart is coming under fire after it was revealed the retail giant offers employees who work holidays a small in-store discount instead of overtime pay. Walmart is one of several big-box retailers who are open on Thanksgiving Day. They start their Black Friday sale at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. At Target and Amazon, workers are paid time and a half for each hour worked. Walmart offers employees a 10 percent or 15 percent off discount to shop at the store instead. One of the discounts only lasts two days. A worker at an Idaho Walmart who wanted to stay anonymous…

How the Dairy Mafia Destroyed Dairy Farmers

In November 2019, Dean Foods, one of the biggest dairy companies in the U.S., announced it had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy,1 sending a wave of uncertainty through an already shaky milk industry. Dean Foods was one of the primary milk processors and distributers in the U.S., purchasing milk directly from dairy farms. If farmers don’t sell their milk directly to a processor like Dean Foods, they can also sell it to dairy cooperatives, which negotiate sales of the milk to processors and retailers on behalf of its members. Dairy co-ops have been rapidly consolidating, however, leaving farmers with few options…

Rip-off Black Friday? Most deals are just not worth the hype

Throw in 235 screaming people, 14 security guards, 47 frazzled shop assistants, 67 wrapped televisions, the odd assault and a partridge in a pear tree – and you have something that resembles the horrors of Black Friday. It’s not just relentless sales in department stores or on the high street, Black Friday online shopping in the US alone last year reached $6.2 billion. From the UK to India many other countries have also embraced the trend in recent years (much to the delight of popular retailers and to the horror of our bank accounts!) The phrase Black Friday originated in…

Chick-Fil-A Donated $2500 to The Southern Poverty Law Center

Chick-fil-A, which recently “canceled” the Salvation Army, donated $2,500 to the anti-Christian smear merchants at the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2017. From Ryan Bomberger, Townhall, “Cowardice and Capitulation: The Shocking Things Chick-fil-A Funds“: There’s a lot of talk about Chick-fil-A. Most of it is generated by the #fakenews establishment that wants nothing more than to demonize an organization that, historically, has publicly professed its Christian faith that is inseparable from its business practices. “[We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and…

From Amazon to GM, here are all the major tech and transportation companies who paid $0 in federal income taxes last year

In theory, the US imposes a 21% tax rate on corporations. In reality, the amount major corporations are paying is far lower. Amazon, for example, earned over $10 billion in income in 2018. But by taking advantage of tax credits, the company zeroed out its income taxes and earned a rebate of $129 million, according to tax filings published by the Securities and Exchange Commission. It has become much easier for massive corporations to avoid paying federal income tax in recent years. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, one of the most significant legislative achievements by Republicans and President…

WeWork’s Ex-CEO Adam Neumann Investigated For Criminal Self-Dealing

When we first learned about former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann’s practice of buying commercial properties (or shares in said properties), and then leasing them back to WeWork (often at an inflated rate), we knew that if Neumann had gotten away with such blatant self-dealing without a peep from the board, then WeWork’s governance problems were probably far more extensive than the public realized at the time (this is roughly one year before WeWork’s vision of a future powered by “We” came crashing down as the IPO was scrapped). But here we are, more than a year later, and the proper…

Chick-fil-A caves to LGBT mafia, agrees to stop supporting Christian, pro-family charities

After months of badgering and persecution by the “rainbow” brigade, fast food fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A has announced that it will no longer donate money to any Christian or pro-family charities that homosexuals and transgenders find “offensive.” In an official corporate announcement, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Tim Tassopoulos revealed that these changes are being made as part of his company’s continued efforts to break into “new markets,” some of which abhor Chick-fil-A’s traditionally wholesome identity. “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Tassopoulos…

Uber CEO Backpedals After Comparing Khashoggi Murder To ‘Mistake’ Similar To Self-Driving Car Accident

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told “Axios on HBO” that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a simple “mistake” by the Saudi government, comparing it to an accident in an Uber self-driving car in which a woman had died. An hour later, Khosrowshahi called Axios to let them know he’s an idiot and regretted his words. “I said something in the moment that I do not believe. When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused,” he said in a statement the next day. Perhaps his cavalier attitude stems from the fact…

AT&T switches customers to more expensive plans without asking them first

AT&T is adding $10 to the monthly bills of customers with certain grandfathered mobile-data plans and not letting them switch back to their older packages. AT&T is pitching the change as a “bonus” because it’s also adding 15GB to the customers’ monthly data allotments. “Enjoy more data,” AT&T says in a support document. “Starting with your October 2019 bill, you’ll get an additional 15GB of data on your Mobile Share plan. This bonus data comes with a $10 price increase.” Paying an extra $10 for another 15GB isn’t a bad deal as far as US wireless prices go, but that’s only…

AT&T just redefined the word ‘bonus’ as a $10 price hike for data you didn’t ask for

AT&T has a gift for wireless subscribers on many of its old Mobile Share Value data plans: it’s giving them an extra 15GB of “bonus” data — and it’s making them pay an extra $10 a month for that “bonus.” It’s almost like the company is forcing people to move to a more expensive plan, only AT&T figured out a way to make that not technically true. Instead, it’s worded in a way that suggests the company is providing you with a SURPRISE BENEFIT that costs you money! It is quite literally an offer you can’t refuse. One email subject…

‘Tossed my Fitbit in the trash’: users fear for privacy after Google buys company

Google’s recent acquisition of Fitbit for $2.1bn has left many users worried the tech giant may soon have access to their most intimate health information – from the number of steps they take each day to their breathing patterns, sleep quality or menstrual cycles. Fitbit, founded in San Francisco in 2007, tracks the health data of 28 million users. In a blogpost following the acquisition on Friday, Fitbit claimed user data would not be sold or used for Google advertising. “Consumer trust is paramount to Fitbit. Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one,…

AT&T’s stinginess on refunds makes even Comcast customer service look good

AT&T kept charging DirecTV customers for a sports channel that was blacked out for two months and is only giving customers refunds when they complain to the company. AT&T’s customer service in this case is falling short of the standard set by Comcast, of all companies. As we wrote Monday, Comcast has been issuing automatic bill credits to customers in Colorado during the blackout of Altitude Sports network, which broadcasts games played by the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rapids. AT&T didn’t respond to our inquiry on Monday but gave us a statement late Tuesday night. “We issued credits…

PG&E’s Failures Show the Dangers of Government-Imposed Utility Monopolies

Although the roughly two million affected residents of Northern California are recovering from the rolling blackouts imposed by utility PG&E, the company has warned that these “fire safety outages” may be periodically required for another decade. Naturally, California Governor Gavin Newsom decried the debacle as yet another example of “greed and neglect.” Yet as IER analyst Jordan McGillis explained in a previous article, the episode actually showcases the dangers of a government-imposed monopoly in electricity provision. In this article, I’ll elaborate on McGillis’ insights and show why the conventional economic rationale for government regulation of electric utilities is fundamentally flawed. PG&E’s Rolling…

UPS Drones Will Now Deliver CVS Prescriptions To Your Home

UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) recently partnered with CVS Pharmacy to develop and quickly launch a last-mile delivery platform that will deliver prescription drugs to consumers.  The new service is expected to roll out in several U.S. cities in the coming weeks. Flight Forward is the only company in the U.S. that can operate a “Drone Airline” under FAA Part 135 that was granted to the company on September 27, 2019.  Earlier this month, we documented how UPS launched an air delivery service across WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, N.C. We said, “Flight Forward is currently expanding drone networks on academic and hospital…

Comcast isn’t happy it won’t be able to see your web history when traffic is encrypted

Everyone’s favorite company Comcast is rallying against a plan by Google to encrypt web traffic, meaning that Comcast would no longer be able to see all of their customers’ web history. Comcast is lobbying US lawmakers, encouraging them to prevent Google from encrypting web traffic. Google is eyeing to implement the plan as soon as possible. The search giant will enforce the encryption of DNS data made by Chrome users as they visit websites using the browser. Technologists and activists say that data encryption will make it harder for ISPs to use data for ad targeting and will help to…

Amazon ‘Surprised’ As Pentagon Awards $10 Bln Cloud Contract to Microsoft

The online shopping giant claimed that a “detailed assessment purely on the comparative offerings” would lead to the conclusion that the contract should have instead been awarded to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon said Friday that it was “surprised by this conclusion” after the US Department of Defence awarded a $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud contract to Microsoft. “We’re surprised about this conclusion,” an AWS spokesperson said in a statement, according to GeekWire. “AWS is the clear leader in cloud computing, and a detailed assessment purely on the comparative offerings clearly lead to a different conclusion. We…

AT&T hikes business customers’ bills by up to 7%, charging them to recoup its own property taxes

AT&T business customers, including those who’ve been promised a locked-in rate inclusive of all taxes and fees, are finding “property tax” surcharges on their bills of up to 7%. These charges represent an attempt by AT&T to pass on the property taxes it pays on its own offices and other facilities to its customers. Moreover, these “property tax” charges are subject to sudden, ballooning changes — one customer reported at 335% increase in the “property tax” charge over the space of a single billing cycle. Most companies would consider property taxes one of the costs of doing business, and they’d…

The pension apocalypse begins as GE freezes benefits for 20,000 employees

One thing the Democrat Left has always been good at is spending other people’s money. Whether it’s Democrat lawmakers spending trillions of dollars our country doesn’t have or their allies in the Left-wing labor union sector forcing companies to expend money in worker benefits beyond what is reasonable, there never seems to be enough money for them to spend. One of the ways the Democrat Left is bankrupting state governments and companies alike is through mandated pensions. Illinois has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy for years now, propped up time and again only with new tax increases, with…

Trader Joe’s Got Rid of Plastic Packaging And Produce Prices Fell By Up To 25%

Trader Joe’s was one of the first chain grocery stores to begin selling organic food, but their products have not necessarily been eco-friendly. A vast amount of the produce that can be found at Trader Joe’s is needlessly covered in plastic, but that is about to change soon. The company recently announced that they will be cutting down on their use of plastic, and reduce their consumption of plastic by roughly 4 million pounds each year. More than half of that plastic, 2.5 million pounds, is being cut from the produce department. Now, many produce items that can be safely…