“If you could slice the world in half right here, you could read the history of this town called Rugeley in the layers. Below the ground are the shafts and tunnels of the coal mine that fed the power station and was once the local economy’s beating heart. Above the ground are the trolleys and computers of Amazon, the global online retailer that has taken its place.”
Inside the factory, “hundreds of people in orange vests are pushing trolleys around a space the size of nine football pitches, glancing down at the screens of their handheld satnav computers for directions on where to walk next and what to pick up when they get there. They do not dawdle – the devices in their hands are also measuring their productivity in real time. They might each walk between seven and 15 miles (11 to 24 km) today.
One new Rugeley worker “lost almost half a stone in his first three shifts. ‘You’re sort of like a robot, but in human form,’ said the Amazon manager. ‘It’s human automation, if you like.’”
The basic wage is only 0.10 pounds above the legal minimum wage of 6.19 pounds per hour.
When Manik Sarkar filed his nomination this year for election from Dhanpur constituency in Tripura, he had Rs.1080 cash in hand and his bank balance was Rs.9720. He had inherited a tin-shed home of 432 sq. ft from his deceased mother Anjali Sarkar; its market value was Rs. 2,20,000.
The PTI report appears in different national newspapers: see, for instance,
Jayan Jose Thomas in the Economic and Political Weekly:
While the growth of gross domestic product in every sub-sector of the Indian economy accelerated during the second half of the 2000s, employment growth in most sectors other than construction decelerated.
“Manufacturing employment in the country fell and employment growth slowed down in most constituents of the services sector. The new jobs generated were predominantly in rural construction. The slow progress in the diversification of India’s employment structure has led to large-scale withdrawal of women from the labour force, with the number of women thus ‘missing’ being as large as the population of Brazil.”
– I own over 200 corporations in the United States and those corporations are people too. Had we gotten to vote only once for every corporation that we own, the results of this election would be quite different. –
N. Ram delivers the James Cameron Memorial Lecture 2012:
“Nobody knows what the long term holds for India’s news media. It should be possible, through some kind of regulation, to reform the system to put an end to the major ethical transgressions, not to mention rogue practices like paid news. But I have no illusions about what it will take to reverse the tendencies that put enormous pressure on independent, professional journalism. My personal hope is that feel-good journalism, focus-group-led journalism, ad-dictated journalism, journalism that sees no need to take account of basic realities – the mass poverty and the multiple deprivations in a country where two-thirds of the population subsist on less than two dollars a day – can be discredited by good, sensitive, progressive journalism that attracts public support. My hope is that effective incentives, moral and material, can be put in place in significant sections of the news media for taking up the basic concerns of hundreds of millions of ordinary Indians – and projecting them, with social responsibility, into the public sphere.”
“…Another approach to capture tack-sharp and high-quality pictures is to photograph in raw. Working in raw is equivalent to generating a negative of the photo. The camera will photograph the image in a manner that is a whole lot sharper and more detailed than JPEG.”
The size of each image, however, is in the region of 30 MB, so fewer photographs per card.
RAW photographs can, of course, be converted to JPEG or other formats, and, in certain cases, “you can concurrently shoot in RAW and JPEG.”
For those who use Nikon, the Nikon Electronic Format (NEF) is Nikon’s RAW file format; see
Professor Enfu Cheng, President of the Academy of Marxism at the Chinese Academy of Social Science discusses and evaluates seven trends in social theory in China today: “neo-liberalism, democratic socialism, new leftism, eclectic Marxism, orthodox Marxism, revivalism and innovative Marxism.”