A black dog wearing a khaki dog coat

I put Ashley in her new coat, put on my Alaska Pipeline coat, and went out into the bitter, bitter cold. Ashley would have liked to come right back in, but I made her stay outside until she had accomplished a couple of very important tasks.

At the airport it’s currently -9°F, with a wind chill of -34°F (-37°C).

“The safety and well-being of our employees and partners is our top priority right now,” Richard Rocha, an Amazon spokesman…

I’m curious to know: Was their safety and well-being was the top priority a few hours earlier, when the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch?

Here are a few related questions:

  • Does Amazon have a plan for moving everyone in the building to shelter if a tornado warning is issued?
  • Have they tested that plan?
  • How long does it take to move people from the most distant parts of the building to shelter?
  • Does someone have the job of monitoring for a tornado warning?

Source: Deaths Confirmed After Tornado Hits Amazon Warehouse in Illinois – The New York Times

When climate-change deniers want to spend more and more on border security, it’s a clear sign that they know perfectly well that climate change is happening.

“The debt pearl-clutchers are right: We are saddling our children and grandchildren with a bill they won’t be able to pay. But that bill doesn’t come from minting the money we need to save our species and civilization from the emergency on its doorstep – it comes from the false economy of skimping on climate and buying guard labor instead.”

Source: Pluralistic: 26 Oct 2021 – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow