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Re: “The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the river

Duuuuude,

The Koch brothers and the Chamber of Commerce disagree on many issues. They are often at odds. So if one believes, as I suspect most people here do, that the Chamber of Commerce is establishment I don't think they can also believe that the Koch brothers are. Again, the anti-establishment Tea Party movement was largely fueled by the Koch brothers and the organizations they control. The Republican leadership has been worried over the past eight years or so that the Tea Party movement would run extreme right wing candidates that defeat more moderate incumbents. A few times it worked, as you know. The majority leader, Eric Cantor, several years ago was defeated in the primary by a lunatic who was supported by the Tea Party. Often times in primaries, the Koch funded organizations support one candidate and the leadership as well as establishment organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce (who, by the way, I agree with on just about every issue) supports the other.

BealittleWierd,

Obviously, Amazon doesn't want to cause a stir among right-wingers who would complain about them making a political statement if they pull ads from Brietbart. To say that somehow not doing so means they are white-supremicists is quite a stretch. I think they should stop advertising on the site. But it is kind of a slippery slope. I don't think companies should get in the habit of deciding whether or not to advertise on particular websites based on whether they agree with its political beliefs. So I understand why they haven't pulled the ads. My guess is they probably eventually will stop advertising, quality over time. That results in less controversy than any type of fast decision. It's been increasingly clear, by the way, that Brietbart doesn't appear to be in business to make money. It is financially backed by the Mercers who apparently are much more interested in its effect at creating support for their extreme right ideas than they are at possibly making some type of profit directly from the site. Unfortunately, they appear to be willing to spend a lot of money to fund the stuff it puts out. So advertising boycotts will seem unlikely to have much of an effect.

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/26/2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “The Ghost Research Society haunts a suburban Chicago house

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Posted by Brad Combs on 09/26/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “The Unknown Girl

You appear to not know the meaning of 'deadpan'. What examples of dry humour or wit did appear in the movie? Terrible review.

Posted by Eric Bendine on 09/26/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the river

@BeALittleWeird
Bezos's stewardship of the WASHINGTON POST has rejuvenated that paper. Yes?

Posted by Angela Tallis on 09/26/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the river

My God, IAC, the Koch family isn't establishment? They only exert a significant amount of direct control over the modern Republican party and by extension the United States itself. Where do you think this continually resuscitated push for ACA repeal is coming from? The whole point is to get the Koch Brothers and their ilk a tax break. I guess dictating federal policy isn't enough to make someone establishment as long as they also spend some of their spare millions motivating idiots to march around in tri-corner hats because they're all turned around that a black guy got elected president.

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Posted by Duuuude on 09/26/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the river

Has anyone read 'Jennifer Government'? We are fast approaching that as a reality. From Wikipedia "The novel is set in a dystopian alternate reality in which most nations (now controlled by the United States) are dominated by for-profit corporate entities while the government's political power is extremely limited. Some readers consider it similar in satiric intent to George Orwell's 1984, but of a world with too much corporate power as opposed to too much political power." Characters surnames are the corporations that they work for/own them. I lived in Seattle...Microsoft and Amazon have created a strange culture out there. Is that what Chicagoans want? We already invited Google to the party, how many behemoths do we need?

As we found out over the last few days, Facebook was never a 'friend' (some of us already knew that). Guess what, Amazon isn't your friend either and Bezos has no problem funneling advertising money to the Breitbart hate machine. Either he is white supremacist and/or has no integrity...and both matter. This city, county, state needs to start having some integrity instead of being known as one of the most politically corrupt...EVER (with exception of current WH administration). We cannot turn to corporations to be our panacea. Let's not invite MORE corruption. Mega-corps are not the answer.

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Posted by BeALittleWeird on 09/26/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “The mysterious case of the Chicago Reader ‘time machine’

Didn't Rahm Emanuel keep an old newspaper box in the basement of his house? You know, the one he owned and tried to claim as his residence, even though he wasn't living in it and had rented it out? The photos of his basement showed some old metal newspaper box. (Rahm eventually ejected his tenant and is living in it now.)

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Posted by Kristi Kutzner on 09/26/2017 at 8:50 AM
Posted by Angela Tallis on 09/26/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Steppenwolf’s Rembrandt is no masterpiece

Thank you for not using the word "prissy." Twice.

Posted by Angela Tallis on 09/26/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Bassist Matt Lux on his favorite pianist of his generation

My favorite Chicago Reader feature article.

Posted by Cadence on 09/26/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Are there gay men who occasionally crave pussy?

I wonder if the surge in Ftm exposure has anything to do with such a question. Hmm. lol
Contrary to the popular belief, I don't think everyone is bisexual, but I do think most if not all are bi-curious. As a recovering pleasure addicted gay guy who penetrated more than a few pussies, trying to find this infamous "good pussy" I always hear the straight guys (particularly straight black guys lol) refer to, I can say that I never found it. I wonder if I met an extremely attractive masculine FTM would it would make me more enamored by it since I presumably would be attracted to everything else. Nevertheless I don't regret sliding in those pussies. It made me realize how absurd and a mental trap (like a drug addiction) fetishism is. Body parts are not endowed with any special powers/magic. Complete attraction is indispensable and undervalued. I'm pretty sure the whole "good pussy", "good dick" fetishism stems from heterosexual imagination (albeit subconsciously) in order to constantly fuel interest in reproduction. Aterall, fetishism isn't really conducive to a monogamous relationship. Just like a druggie, it's always on to the next best thrill. That reminds me of another line used by "straight" guys, "only thing better pussy is new pussy"

Posted by OhImveryshy on 09/26/2017 at 1:27 AM

Re: “The mysterious case of the Chicago Reader ‘time machine’

And how about a nod to Flann O'Brien and "The Third Policeman," the purest piece of blarney I've ever read.

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Posted by Enginist on 09/26/2017 at 12:37 AM

Re: “The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the river

"This is ridiculous on its face. If you were going to invest in a massive physical presence in a city and had to follow the ordinances passed by a local government, you would most definitely become very interested in what becomes law."

I don't understand what ordinances you are referring to. I can't think of a single city ordinance that would have a major effect on a corporate headquarters. There are some city ordinances that either exist or theoretically could be proposed that may influence Amazon's business in the city significantly. But these would not be even remotely dependent on whether or not they put a corporate headquarters in the city. They will need to follow city law regardless of whether there is any type of corporate office in Chicago.

"You're right. Since Amazon's average wage for its low-level employees is just under $13/hr, it would be able force its smaller competitors out of business with a higher minimum wage, but companies don't raise wages after they become monopolies. "

I'm totally perplexed by what you are saying. You actually seem to be suggesting that a significant minimum wage increase would destroy all (or at least the vast majority) of their competition and cause them to become a monopoly. I'm one of the people who most believes that large minimum wage increases are going to have huge detrimental effects to employers and thus decrease employment very significantly but even I wouldn't go so far as to say it would mean that all or nearly all retailers except Amazon will go out of business as a result. It will benefit Amazon very significantly but not to that degree. I'm kind of surprised by your prediction because we've discussed the minimum wage a lot and usually you are the one who argues that a major minimum increase wouldn't have very much of a negative effect on employment. The reason why I said that a higher minimum wage benefits Amazon doesn't have anything to do with how much they pay their warehouse employees. It's because they're lower level employees encompass a much smaller portion of their cost structure compared with retailers who make the lion's share of their money from the operation of physical stores.

"Amazon is also anti-union"

I don't know what you mean by "anti-union". Do you have an example of a company that is "pro-union". I think just about every employer would rather their employees not join a union. Amazon isn't any different.

anti-public education"

What on earth makes you say that? Has Amazon stated opinions about public education? I doubt it.

"pro-mass surveillance"

They do like to keep track of their customers and what they are doing. Is that what you are referring to? I wouldn't really call that "mass surveillance".

" pro-corporate tax shelters"

Are you referring to anything in particular? Are you suggesting they are hiding something?

" and pro-establishment Democrat/Republican."

And I certainly think that's good. We have a non-establishment person in the White House right now. I don't think it's working out very well.

"You fell for it. Hook, line, and sinker. Why do people assume a corporation is liberal/conservative? The differences between Amazon and Koch are in their branding."

Huh? You are suggesting that Koch is establishment? They have probably more than anyone been responsible for the rise of the Tea Party movement, which is as anti-establishment as it gets.

Angela,

IAC simply stands for "I am correct".

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/25/2017 at 10:49 PM

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Re: “How to get rid of the local drug dealer

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Posted by Bruce Gallas on 09/25/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “The Amazon HQ2 deal could sell Chicagoans down the river

"I'm really not particularly worried that the location of one of their headquarters is going to give them significantly more influence."

This is ridiculous on its face. If you were going to invest in a massive physical presence in a city and had to follow the ordinances passed by a local government, you would most definitely become very interested in what becomes law.

"So it would be to their benefit if the city and/or the state forced a large minimum wage increase that makes it even harder for their competitors to compete and thus causes quite a few of them to go out of business.

You're right. Since Amazon's average wage for its low-level employees is just under $13/hr, it would be able force its smaller competitors out of business with a higher minimum wage, but companies don't raise wages after they become monopolies.

"Given how much you have said you support huge minimum wage increases I'm surprised you're so worried about Amazon gaining influence."

Amazon is also anti-union, anti-public education, pro-mass surveillance, pro-corporate tax shelters, and pro-establishment Democrat/Republican.

"I don't believe in blackballing companies because of their political beliefs so that's not something that would effect my viewpoint about Koch (ExxonMobil, of course, doesn't have political beliefs)."

You fell for it. Hook, line, and sinker. Why do people assume a corporation is liberal/conservative? The differences between Amazon and Koch are in their branding.

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 09/25/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Rahm: Chicago's overwhelming disdain for Trump has made his mayoral job easier, and other Chicago news

No fucking way. And you ceased being funny ages ago.

Posted by BS Detector on 09/25/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Potheads rejoice: Illinois lawmakers move to legalize recreational weed

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Re: “The anti-Balbo movement gains momentum in the City Council

I think we should obliterate all history after 20 years, because we're so much better than anything before.

Mike, head of the Society To Leave Stuff the Hell Alone Because It's Cool That The Skeezier Parts of History Leave Their Shadows On Our City, Which Is a Lesson For All of Us About What's Probably Happening Right Now

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Posted by Michael Gebert 1 on 09/25/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “The mysterious case of the Chicago Reader ‘time machine’

*I* was always Ian Crusken. How could you think it would be anyone else *but* me?

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Posted by Eric McCarthy on 09/25/2017 at 1:48 PM