Cities across America have been raising their hands to be picked as the site of Amazon's groundbreaking second quarters initiative, from where the retail behemoth will expand its operations significantly in the coming years. From Chicago to Tacoma to Kansas City, urban municipalities nationwide have submitted their proposals, which essentially state the purported benefits procured by Amazon at the prospect of locating their headquarters in their neighbourhoods.
The advantages of attracting a high earning and well heeled major corporate headquarters set up in town don't need to be stated in full, once it becomes clear that they amount to a wish list of everything that every city alderman or local bureaucrat has ever wished for. It's like attracting a nice salaried doctor into the household. A person who is connected, maintains high living standards, and demands perspective and excellence in his daily professional and personal routine.
Once a development community is nominated, the first trick for Amazon will be assuring its transfer employees that they will find a life of enjoyability in their new location. They don't want to set up in the middle of a war zone where political protestors in suicide jackets will be waiting outside the lobby's air-conditioned, revolving glass doors to minister their ideological resentments. People in the twenty first century demand firstly and foremostly to be safe. Although Amazon has a lot of clout, even the retail giant would need to invest heavily in a good security force to ensure that even rumours about the precariousness of a certain area are given little credence, otherwise highly skilled talent are likely to be in protest. The joke of the week around the water cooler will be to dismiss overworked and underperforming employees as fodder to be send to the seventh circle of hell known as second headquarters.
Ascending the hierarchy of needs in due course we see that demanding and empowered employees want modern day amenities. Not for them the cultural buzz of walking through an east asian marketplace at six in the morning, surrounded by exotic smells and fresh food products of unchecked origins. They want liveability, and they measure it in terms of bicycle lanes, bicycle repair stores, latte competitors, and more that one place that offers a panini. Parks will need to be impeccable and parents will demand such a standard of education for their children by local public and charter schools that it would prohibit any earlier thinking that improvement or enhancement were merely a cost and time sensitive luxury.
Interestingly, the last private merchant offering a Panini Sandwich in the area of Castle Hill was a privately owned and managed little delicatessen on Zerega Avenue, suitably called Panini. It closed down after a week in operation, purportedly due to high rents, struggling promotion and mandatory regulations costs. A tragic seppuku.
The trick will be substantiating that any area is worth the necessary investment. If the eventual and immediate benefits don't outweigh the costs, even the retail giant might be leery of parking down in town without better reassurance, considering the multitude of other offers they are bound to have on hand.
Considering that even candidates as unlikely to get the bid as Las Vegas are throwing their hats into the ring, a genuine, honest family community such as Parkchester should be no means disqualify itself from participating in what might honestly be the most important competition of the decade. High-tech companies like Amazon are attracted not only to affordability, liveability and proximity to a major travel hub, but to large native tech populations. This too it will be forced to import or build. being realistic, but the local demand for highly skilled talent could spur more interest in tech education and training in the community, which will sustain the company over the arc of the brand's valuation maturity.
Transportation will also be prodded on by a major corporate population's lifestyle demands. Living no the outer borough of New York city is only feasible or fun if there is a healthy transportation network jetting you to and fro the city's grand attractions. Our MTA works hard and overtime to provide rail commuters wth serious, consistent and affordable service. However, Castle Hill has been treated as something of a desert in recent years as frequent delays and station closures north of Parkchester have persisted to plague our working community, who travel more frequently to their day commutes playing supporting roles in Manhattan, where low-wage jobs are available which meet relatively lower Bronx living costs.
Let's not forget also that Parkchester is located in the most affordable borough of the city's leading financial capital. The cultural and economic opportunities of New York City are unrivalled throughout the greater United States. To move there would save the company a fortune, and earn them the prestige of being the only brand who were capable of doing hat is technically achievable but reputedly inconceivable: the renovation, vitalisation, and rejuvenation of The Bronx.
I feel the main reason that The Bronx would be the ideal first pick is for its truly unique prospects to both benefit and to give the company a chance to show its success. By bringing 50,000 modern jobs and spurring a citywide initiative to improve transportation, liveability, living costs, security and physical beautification. The problems of the rick are inverse to those of the poor; the poor have too many options and services unexplored and too little means to pursue them. The rich have an abundance of resources and too few legitimate services to lay claim upon them.
All that being said, where is that proposal? The benefits of a successful proposition outweigh the costs and alternatives by unimaginable scales of magnitude. We must be urgently serious about drafting a proposal presenting the benefits of our area in the best possible light. The borough can't afford to flunk this, the homework assignment of the century. Borough President Diaz needs to understand that a late grade will be considered a fail, and that's no example to set for our young students!
THE RIGHT TO WORK Bill is Missouri's attempt to throw off a stifling compulsion that citizens must pay a portion of their earnings to support to perpetuation of old fashioned Labour Unions, regardless of their occupation, or whether the Unions have ever done anything to benefit them in their lives!
The Show Me State has become a crucial contest of unions against citizens, over the right of citizens to pursue their livelihood without being shackled to the scions of a bygone era of industry. Recently inaugurated Missouri Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed into law a right-to-work bill last February, one which very much resembled the sort of necessary laws passing in neighbouring states all across the midwest. This bill will allow taxpayers to work without a portion of their pay automatically going to unions fees.
Big labour is a decrepit, dead horse. The union's aggressive lobbying serves the ageing remnant ofa withering, 20th Century era infrastructure, at the expense of anybody who doesn't fit their harorwingy narrow mandate. Those excluded would include: the young, the self-employed, a growing segment of the population in the retail sector, and those in new and emerging industries.
All Missourians, including those not served, pay a portion of what they earn to unions out of their income taxes. Unions consider it their entitlement for years of "sticking up" for the working man.
Unions will spend on fighting Right-to-Work legislation than they can hope to raise through mandatory taxes. Kind of ironic.
Who they don't serve are young people who don't know how to pull as many strings in politics, working in newer industries, people struggling to find affordable housing, a liveable income, and the opportunity to found respectable families of their own.
If you have questions, disputations, clarifications or misconceptions, please comment in the space below.
BY EISLEY CONSTANTINE
I'm sorry, but first hand experience dealing with labour unions and Democratic leaders has shown me one incontrovertible truth: the Democratic Party makes no priority of protecting the interests of hard-working immigrants and minorities, business owners, or the young.
This might seem shocking. First, we must take a look at what the party is fiscally doing for the young.
Naive young voters won by sympathy for various causes to the democratic ticket are supporting their own disenfranchisement. Wizer, older voters who make higher demands for their loyalty only advocate for themselves.
As a result, young families suffer. They give too much and ask too little.
BY EISLEY CONSTANTINE
People born between 1981-2001, aged 16-36 are worse off than their parents. They face conditions of excess supply and shrinking demand for workers. Despite being the most educated, prepared and talented generation in modern history, the newest generation owes on average $35,000 a head in college debt. Unemployed millennials with 10 years more experience are competing against new graduates for the same jobs they were both promised after making the sacrifice of paying for college.
People reach financial maturity later, and its easy to see why. A thirty-year-old employee earns on average 21% less than in 1983, for more labour. The average sixty-year-old, strangely, is paid more than twice what he got in 1983. The incomes of young and old workers are speeding in opposite directions.
Donald Trump is a scrapping negotiator. Symbol of a retiring generation, competitive and demanding and quick to complain and demand decent treatment. Baby Boomers felt entitled to their piece of the American pie, and bargained hard for it. Making full use of private and political tactics, they insisted that the Democrats bring them cozy retirements and benefits through labor unions modern workers don't have, and from the Republicans they received enormous tax breaks and squeezed down interest rates so low they could grow obscenely fat pockets in real estate, signing unlimited mortgages on enormous properties. Considering this steal of a victory, it is unsurprising that even a baby boomer, usually claiming to be getting the short end of the stick, are being uncharacteristically mum about having full-grown kids nest in their basements.
For young workers who want the stability to have families of their own, its a pretty bad situation.
Today, we see no common struggle. We each believe extraordinarily that our situation is unique, our problems self-made. We don't see that the lack of demand for us begins from the inappetite for more new products. Consumers are running a small budget show, and so too are smart businesses, leery to add new employees to their company rosters.
The solution is to reclaim the economy, to take back a piece of the pie. Sorry Mom and Dad. That's a sort of borderline parricidal spear-rattling you don't often hear in politics, but competition begins with emancipation, and the contest favours the competitive.
BY EISLEY CONSTANTINE
Today @NYTimes columnist Natasha Singer wrote about Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' visionary "Dream Box," which combines console-style gaming with in-school virtual reality learning in a way that makes learning algebra as fun as smearing aliens.
He's not alone. Many silicon valley tycoons have adopted the hubristic perspective that they can solve one of modern America's-not to mention, civilisation's-more challenging problems.
The idea of making learning a bit more fun is cute in theory, but it may be overlooking how much children stand to miss by having their food chewed before it's digested. There are equally important lessons a pupil undertakes when struggling to understand new information, including the auxiliary yet equally important secondary skill, of patience. The skills associated with education, and with life, include the ability to find stimulation in learning without the presence of other stimulation-or for that matter, the guidance of other people, or the development of elaborate games. An emotional maturity about education is imperative to lifelong learning. Along with its economic serviceability, this skill is vital to human development, as one of the few persisting pleasures is that of learning for learning's sake.
Another skill which children today are not beyond taught is the ability to bear an unpleasant experience.
Sometimes we have to comprehend something which isn't packaged by a programming team working with a budget of $150mil a year. Fighting for children's attention by working for it harder is only exacerbating students' distance from reality.
According to the Times article, there is little proof these technologies can "improve achievement." Tech may in fact be encroaching on our minds too much already, making us less capable of depending on our mental faculties, as this particularly fainthearted article laments. Socrates' timeless objection to the technology of the pen revisits us. When the scribe began to overtake the orator, the teacher alarmed, "...this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories." Researchers conclude that the gaming apps designed by Netflix yield at best, "no significant harm," and Mr. Hastings himself confesses, "Technology is often over sold as the solution to all problems."
From THE RIVERDALE PRESS
Posted May 19, 2016
A polling station open for election day at the Robert J. Christen School (P.S.81) in Riverdale on Nov. 3.
By Jennifer PurdyRepublicans in the Bronx are facing the same dilemma as leaders of their party on the national level: what to do about the likely nomination of Donald Trump for president?
The Bronx County GOP has not endorsed a candidate in the race, but chairman John Greaney said he is shifting his personal support from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to Mr. Trump.
“He is the future of the party, a great speaker, smart and articulate,” Mr. Greaney said of Mr. Rubio. “He is the face of the future, especially in our borough because of its diversity.”
“Of course, I’m loyal to the party and I believe he would be a great executive,” he said of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump swept New York State’s April 19 presidential primary, winning 60.4 percent of the ballot. While just 7,277 Republicans voted in the Bronx, about 65 percent helped Mr. Trump win the borough, according to certified results from the Board of Elections in the City of New York.
Asked if other Republican leaders are ready to support Mr. Trump, Mr. Greaney changed the topic to Democratic voters.
“A lot of Democrats are coming out and saying they’ll support Trump,” Mr. Greaney claimed, saying it was because they do not like leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Bronx state Sen. Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr. made local headlines last month when he appeared alongside U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz during campaign stops throughout the borough.
Rev. Díaz stopped short of an explicit endorsement of Mr. Trump, whose comments about immigrants have drawn the wrath of Latino organizations, but indicated he would ultimately support the real estate figure.
The state senator, a Democrat who often votes with Republicans on social issues, said people in the Bronx are afraid to voice their support for Mr. Trump out of fear of criticism from their neighbors.
Still, one Republican leader in the northwest Bronx is opting against Mr. Trump.
John Martin, the male Republican district leader for the 81st Assembly district, said he had supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who dropped out of the race following a series of primary losses to Mr. Trump.
“I thought [Mr. Kasich] had the best chance of winning because he has a long record in local government, proved himself with Democrats and has a message which resonates with a broad range of voters,” Mr. Martin said.
He added that he will not vote for Mr. Trump since the candidate’s ideas “alienate too many.”
Mr. Martin now plans to support Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico who is running for president as a libertarian. Mr. Martin called him a classic conservative on the economy and said the candidate is open-minded about social issues.
“He is in favor of a smaller, more effective federal government,” Mr. Martin said of Mr. Johnson.
The prospect of a Clinton-versus-Trump presidential ballot in November did not inspire Riverdale resident Charles Moerdler, one of the few public figures here who is openly a registered Republican.
Mr. Moerdler, who chairs Community Board 8’s Land Use Committee and sits on the board of the MTA, said he originally supported Mr. Kasich.
“I know Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton, and I don’t want either to be president,” he said. “I don’t trust or believe Mrs. Clinton and I don’t believe Mr. Trump has the right qualifications.”
Asked whether he would ultimately vote for Mr. Trump, he laughed and said, “At the moment, I’m voting for Mickey Mouse.”
Robert Siano, a lawyer who unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for Bronx district attorney last year, also described himself as a Kasich fan. But like an increasing number of Republicans around the country, he is warming to Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
Mr. Siano said Mr. Trump has the power to “unify the party to get past the negative publicity.”