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Mar 1, 2012 Curmudgeon commented on You Can Help Put Spreading Santorum Back on Top!.
@21 is on the money with merging the splash page and blog. That redirect is gonna hammer PageRank.
Dec 26, 2011 Curmudgeon commented on The Big Lie.
If the people ask "why?" they will be told that the crops have failed because their immorality has angered the gods. And they will believe it. Then they will sacrifice more of their young to appease the gods.
Dec 13, 2011 Curmudgeon commented on ILWU: Workers Will Not Be Paid for Lost Shift at Terminal 18.
Trade in tangible goods is precisely the sort of thing we want investment banks funding. What a dumb protest.
Sep 22, 2011 Curmudgeon commented on Amazon: "We Haven't Historically Had Air Conditioning in our East Coast Fulfillment Centers" Because We're Libertarian Fuckwads.
@14 Sometimes opening dock doors can make a building hotter. Especially if the building is surrounded by blacktop. Sometimes it makes sense to ventilate late at night and then try to keep the cool air trapped in the building during the day.
Sep 22, 2011 Curmudgeon commented on Amazon: "We Haven't Historically Had Air Conditioning in our East Coast Fulfillment Centers" Because We're Libertarian Fuckwads.
Jeff Bezos runs a big company with a lot of moving parts, and delegates daily tactical management to a host of SVPs and VPs. It's unlikely that he has personal knowledge of the air quality in more than fifty buildings. It's also possible that the VP in charge of N.A. Fulfillment is from the South and underestimated PA summer heat/humidity. And it's a fact that the Delaware FC's have operated fine for more than a decade without A/C.

(But this is a blog post dedicated to vilifying the successful, stoking anxieties and resentments among the public, and delivering the insecure to advertisers. So I don't expect thoughtful analysis.)
Sep 22, 2011 Curmudgeon commented on's Sweatshop Conditions in Pennsylvania.
I'd speculate that AMZN Ops Mgt cares about this issue. They don't want people getting sick, they don't want bad PR, and they have an economic incentive to solve the problem because excessive heat makes the workers less productive. But cooling a 1,000,000 sq ft of high bay storage space (with mezzanines and motorized material handling equipment) is a difficult problem. In drier climates evaporative cooling systems can help. Fans often just blow the heat around. Opening the dock doors often just lets more heat in. (The tarmac around the dock is a huge heat sink.) Painting the roof white or silver can help. but otherwise the company needs to invest a lot of money into putting some very large A/C's in (a leased bldg) that will run for a few weeks each year. I'd guess that someone underestimated high humidity PA summers, but I'd bet that Facilities will be all over this before next summer.
Nov 30, 2010 Curmudgeon commented on Seattle's Best Booths.
It's annoying when people wear hats and scarves at the table.
Nov 30, 2010 Curmudgeon commented on Wall Street: Socially Useless.
Much of the growth in finance can be attributed to globalization. The USA provides financial services to the world. Investors from India, China, and Brazil go to London or New York to participate in the stock and bond markets.
Nov 29, 2010 Curmudgeon commented on Comcast Threatening Net Neutrality?.
We should have a municipal broadband utility with metered rates and citizen oversight.