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all fruits could be grown or expanding towards the southern central and northern parts of the country in japan in recent years the warming climate has meant more devastating summer rains and floods while the korean peninsula has suffered from more destructive typhoons the early blossom may portend a changing climate that will bring more extreme weather come the summer months but for now and appearing all the more beautiful given the fragility and transients of its existence the blossom is here to be cherished robert bright al-jazeera so. those ads are these are the top stories and gun shots have been heard to miramar streets as military carries out another crackdown on anti coup protesters at least 5 people have reportedly been killed in 3 different cities on saturday tony chang has more from bangkok in neighboring thailand where in the past we've seen the
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armed forces rather sort of hiding behind the police services the pictures that we're seeing from that crackdown just show them in full battle dress with their automatic rifles acting against the protesters the police actually seem to be standing back there so those attitudes are changing but the protesters are still ongoing at least 50 people died when a train collided with a truck and 2 year old in taiwan prosecutors of question the driver and owner of a construction truck that rolled onto the rail tracks it is taiwan's worst rail disaster in 7 decades taiwan's president visited the injured in hospital. so you keeping. this distressing accident caused heavy casualties i came to while in today to visit our wounded and express my sympathy to the families of the victims we will definitely do our best to help deal with the funeral issues at present the hospitals are also doing their best and will give the best care to the wounded
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a police officer has been killed and another injured when a man rammed his car into a barrier outside the u.s. capitol complex in washington d.c. the attacker was shot and died in hospital a veteran officer in the minneapolis police department has testified that the level of force used on george floyd was totally unnecessary richard the zimmerman said floyd was no longer a serious threat once he was handcuffed the 1st week of the trial was not and small his military says it's pushed back an attack by us about fighters witnesses say the 2 army bases were hit about 100 kilometers from the capital of mogadishu or the government says most of the attackers were killed the group is also claiming responsibility. states for the headlines here on the global news coming up right after the listening post. talking to i'll just see what.
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can you tell me with the government you represent is now illegitimate as we listen we do not fence material to any country the conflict in yemen we meet with global news makers until about the stories that matter on. your night last week and over the weekend you saw amazon specifically publishing particular. twitter i. am a. convention or p.r. wisdom is that this was a bad idea. hello i'm richard gere's britain you're at the listening post where we don't cover the news we cover the way the news is covered here are the media stories we're examining this week message in a bottle amazon goes under the microscope over working conditions and the unions drive to get employees organized. the world health organization releases
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a report on the origins of the coronavirus findings that raise as many questions as they answer well read the talking heads and the bookshelves that just credibility plus a traffic jam in the suez canal through the suez gongs looking pretty heavy no we're going anywhere we have a full report and. we begin with one of the world's biggest technology driven companies amazon and the workers in alabama who have just voted on whether or not to unionize the votes which were mailed in due to the pandemic are still being counted but if those employees choose to join a union theirs will be the 1st amazon warehouse in the u.s. to do so and could well create a domino effect the stakes are high we're talking about a trillion dollar company and the battle lines have been drawn in the u.s. news. prior to the vote stories were circulating about oppressive working conditions at amazon accounts contesting the company's line that it's a generous caring employer when senators like bernie sanders and elizabeth warren
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took to social media to show their support for the unionizing effort the pushback from amazon on twitter came across a snide personal and did more damage to the company than it did to its political opponents and example of amazon's vaunted p.r. team failing to deliver a restarted word this week is besmirched alabama. expected to push back to try to keep you out major news stories can be complicated this one involves a trillion dollar corporation. it touches on employees rights the responsibilities of the consumer the foul you of labor unions and the ethics of workplace surveillance unfortunately for amazon and its p.r. machine other aspects of the story are much easier to comprehend much more difficult to spin people even amazon employees fearful of losing their jobs that's
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true. back in 2015 i said to write a book on low paid jobs in britain why ended up amazon because they were creasing at the time and every time there was this meeting an amazon manager would have the money and just speed up because they said you know we're coming up to. the next stop which is. only when i went to the bathroom and one day you know you're my shit walking dime in the. you know a bottle of liquid on the shelf unit a penny dropped some someone had done because they were afraid to take a bathroom break and say. that absolutely hadn't happened so frequently you know documents lead to conflicts in the amazon shows that they hadn't memorialized. process is saying here's the question if you're meeting you in your car we need to stop this from happening and you know these numbers show that happening not you know once in
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a while but so frequently that they have to bring their something employees sort of public doesn't see you know what's going on. for years amazon's workers have complained about harsh employment practices punishments for sick pay cuts for showing up late and being under constant surveillance those stories are back in the news largely because of the drive to unionize the nearly 6000 employees at this warehouse in bessemer alabama amazon has fought hard to keep unions out of its american operations. and when democratic senator bernie sanders tweeted his support for the unionizing effort the company took the gloves off on twitter usually amazon's twitter game is measured carefully conduct not just. dave clark who is the c.e.o. of worldwide consumer at amazon he started tweeting in response to news that bernie
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sanders was going to visit best summer to support the workers he often calls amazon the bernie sanders of employers by which he means you know it's a progressive workplace and they actually deliver a progressive workplace so they're different from sanders at sanders you know it's all talk no action and he mentioned that amazon workers have health care and that they have a $15.00 minimum wage and so he really seems to be bernie sanders his visit to bessemer that set off this sort of meltdown that if these tweets had come out maybe even 2900 like i don't know if they would be getting as much tension as they are right at this exact moment people are kind of looking at these now with sort of new eyes before pandemic the thought of the worker at amazon was maybe not as a center stage as they are now i think that is probably the big difference now also the unionizing effort i mean like that just brings. another layer of like attention to them i can't think of a better example of a no go. when i was honest with the folks in
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a contract tell me is that they didn't actually do this they would never have signed off on it there's someone at the executive level that went around behind them and was able to ram that stuff through a cordon of docs that was the c.e.o. of amazon jeff bezos himself it is next here on earth to welcome american entrepreneur investor philanthropist and owner of the washington post jeff jeff bezos is the wealthiest person in the world and to this pandemic which has seen amazon's profits nearly double has cemented his place at the top of the richest his company has always devoted a lot of money to image managed. to all of our hamazon retail heroes on the floor in the air and behind the wheel we want to thank you amazon spent 11000000000 dollars on advertising alone last year more than any other company amazon has been a subject in political debate its head of communications is jay carney barack
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obama's former press secretary he says politically connected as they come in its dealings with the media amazon is not shy about throwing its weight around. so when i 1st joined the washington business journal i got to talk to one of my fellow reporters and they were telling me don't let amazon tell you what goes in short sometimes the company will reach out to you when asked to talk off record and then they will proceed to tell you why your story is wrong and that you need to change your story and of course you know you'll be offering to be the kind of quote to update my story like no absolutely not and if you don't change it they will go our around and tell people that your story is wrong there's a new book out shedding light on brutal working conditions at amazon fulfillment centers when my book came i. would try to discredit me and it by these statements and i did. this publicist not saying you know we changed our practices or whatever they wouldn't have been in as little as if. bad was brought says fred as it has
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become more aggressive and some of the pushing back again so for example one key thing that amazon really wants people to do when writing about the company is compare its wage which is $15.00 an hour as the starting wage to fast food jobs which you know are often minimum wage which in the united states you know is right around $7.00 an hour in fact there are a warehouse and logistics company and they pay less than average for their industry so they pay below what other warehouse is paying me well the big news of the morning we just challenged amazon is raising the minimum wage to $15.00 for it's been frustrating to see people really swallow some of amazon's p.r. lines we had to bring me have a great leadership amazon also pushes its messages through t.v. it's created an anti union website for its employees and bombards them with text messages telling them to vote no the company declined to be interviewed but provided us with this statement amazon already offers what unions are requesting
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for employee industry leading pay comprehensive benefits opportunities for career growth via ability to communicate directly with the leadership of the company no where in that state did amazon acknowledge the grievances employees have raised about their work environment and the surveillance technology used to monitor their every move as for their ability to communicate with management reporters who deal with amazon employees say that's not how they see it on the warehouse full. this is a classic lie of every company uses when trying to fight a union they can't the union has a 3rd party that's going to come between you and the manager or a working people who has indeed there you for a long time said jennifer bates. it is one of the workers at the bessemer warehouse who has been leading the union effort and jennifer said you know we don't have a relationship with management we have
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a relationship with the now. amazon workers in these facilities are tracked through and through apps down to the very 2nd one of the most disturbing things that i found in interviewing particularly drivers sure describe me going to be complex regime of tools and gadgets you monitor very closely what employees are doing when they're doing it just an extraordinary degree of scrutiny on these workers and i don't think we've ever seen. sometimes convenience can be mistaken for progress the technology that has made amazon what it is the apps and algorithms that track it shipments and its employees work for consumers when the company sends out its messages across the media spectrum and. they're trying to win the battle for hearts minds and money that's what it's counting on that customers will put their own needs 1st and not the conditions that amazon workers must endure in
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order to deliver. it's very easy for someone who you know perhaps is in the upper middle class in the united states to simply say i will not shop at amazon but it's probably much harder for someone who's in the lower class to do this that's a luxury in many cases. the thing is we can structure an industry in such a way that it can be both responsive and relatively humane and that's really the debate that people are having now as surely there is some sense of the minute that we're taking. you know the response of the consumer demands and treat their employees so the idea that like you know if the consumer just stops buying their yoga outfits on amazon you know things would be better and we should blame that person for these working conditions i think is just false consumers are very down. from the business model that amazon has perfected and propagated. you know they're the ones who are responsible for this sort of just in time production and they get
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people hooked on it and so it starts and stops with amazon the company itself. this past week the world health organization released the findings of an investigation into the origins of the corona virus just how free were w.h.o. investigators to do their work in china how reliable are their findings not sure rob has been following the story nina 1st off on the origins of covert 19 are we any closer to an answer. in a word no the w.h.o. report says the virus most likely jumped from animals to humans and it refers specifically to the wildlife food markets in the city of one it also says it's extremely unlikely that the virus was leaked from a lab the report does come with caveats though the w.h.o. as director general says that investigators faced issues with access and independence when they were working in china and that there is further investigation required 14 countries led by the united states have also question the credibility of the report and that narrative of doubt has dominated media coverage
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worldwide and what kind of reaction have you seen from beijing the chinese government seems happy with the report they say it indicates china's openness to the world beijing is less satisfied with the global response the spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry has tweeted asking when the united states will show the same level of transparency that china has done hinting not for the 1st time but the virus originated in the united states between a chinese media has been similar the china daily put out a piece in which they said quote western politicians and media outlets are intent on making the research into the auditions of the pandemic a political tool to serve the purpose of impugning the integrity of chinese authorities then there is the story of the b.b.c. reporter who had to leave trial allegedly over concerns for his safety with the details their reporter is the b.b.c.'s john sudworth he's been in china for 9 years and now has had to relocate to taiwan the b.b.c. hasn't specified exactly why he had to leave but he did say that his reporting has
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exposed truths that the chinese authorities do not want the world to know side with has produced reports on the treatment of negroes in singerman these are reports that the chinese government has not been happy we are turned back at checkpoints the paragraph stopped from filming. questioned and followed by said word says he and his team have faced obstruction and intimidation wherever they've tried to film another example of the openness the paging spent talking the message doesn't exactly square does it really ok thanks michael. with the pandemic forcing so many of us to work from home all kinds of talking heads from pundits to politicians have had to redefine their natural environments so you've been seeing a lot of bookshelves they're the perfect solution they provide a little visual texture they don't distract and they create the impression whether accurate or not that the talking head has actually read the books maybe even written some of them creating
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a backdrop can be an exercise in self branding it sends a message and it speaks to your alleged credibility before you utter a word this book flaunting has led to a new genre of media critique bookshelf analysis it was inevitable for listening post flow phillips now on judging a person including a colleague by their bookish factor. it's an irony through the ages how this pandemic this time of unprecedented isolation has caused us burchinal to invite strangers into our. i have 0 meetings with my students i broadcast my b.b.c. radio programme here and interviews and presentations and things all from here making us consider things about our domestic spaces we've never thought of before and know that that china. is
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a mirror behind me the friends feed i write books in serial for interviews and interviewees whether or not participants and writers suddenly it's all about the books. to be sure you will tilt. to. a lot of people actually but you studies and have them studies and to be the kinds of experts isn't called upon in television interviews to talk about areas. concerned you know they're situated in an. diamonds that actually are. if the same time you can also see when the background has been really clear try. the bookshelf it's multifunction it is somehow neutral and professional yet also. it conveys messages about who we are and didn't want people to think. over 50 years ago erving goffman
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a sociologist thought about how do we shift from thinking about the world as being like authentic or fake and instead how is it more about being sincere or cynical so he said well let's think about everything as a performance everything is like a stage play. i actually sit at that gray chair like right tract. the purposes of any kind of videoing i like to have a nice colorful backdrop so i use this when i change according to talking to by the way and so what's really important whether people are believing in that stage play or not in fact the term impression management comes from governments work where we look about how people are selectively revealing things about themselves they're all under want to signal like you know their authority by displaying very big kind of historical books one of the most popular ones i've seen on a lot of. classics as well so people who have like all of.
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the original classics and like russian or french and stuff like. historically in paintings and portraiture carefully chosen and placed visual props have long been used to hint at someone's interests they're in a world. don't can be symbols of identity or wealth fruit may represent bounty or design specific books spell out a person's profession or confession. it wasn't until the 19th century that. books for books saying large numbers of them took on that symbolises. whole genre developed in the 1000 century or literate secular male figures and the booked lent kind of grab a task and expertise for example it got dug out the french impressionist did a wonderful portrait critic and writer at mount your own teeth and he seems to be
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completely enveloped by bookshelves when manning represented and we also love the french 1903 naturalist writer and critic as well he sits alongside a table which is how i look with books is the same is true this is dan's. the credibility of the book's author has given rise to a cosmetic industry. platforms like zoom allow you to customize your background virtually so you can adopt any bookshelf you like if you want the real thing but aren't too bothered about actually reading them there are companies that sell books by the meter believe in q rate your collection. usually they cater to hotels businesses and the film industry but the pandemic has led to a spike in sales to individual households to me those curated quick shows and.
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it's almost as a kind of interior design and much as a lot of look i actually think it's much more they get read you know the evening they should be commodified to the point where their appearance is more important. to be producers quickly learned that many of their interviewees working from home often don't have that many framing options so we try and make suggestions and we always ask if they have a book show because we know it works i've become reliant on the book shelf as backdrop for interviews for lives and a piece to camera i generally go for this one for practical reasons it's the right height and the lighting works even if some of the titles might give off the impression i'm trying a little bit too hard. we thought about using this collection of magazine covers but british pop culture from the ninety's isn't exactly the listening post by not to mention what it says about me. the shell say
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a lot about the other part of my life the colors and the covers a great but i'm not sure they scream journalism and i'm not the only one reading into what's on the shelf authors have always had their critics now bookshelves. book is credibility a track. it's hundreds of thousands of follow it with views and rates back to comments on trends and of course draws all kinds of conclusions about the people parked in front of them. jim sits in front of rows of his own everything example and outlining is everything. these were simply the surplus that i didn't have room for malarkey i didn't really want to be showing them off so they would just put up here out of the way it's an immediate related book. and it's also a concept is. based on you know how messy or how clean they are color schemes the
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ways in which hardbacks and blacks alike are separated all that put together and what they say about. maya bill to mondrian out of her book some white space distilling credibility to it purist and i quote quite a lot but the having a pretty color code the comments i've had to just say greedy people seem to be incandescent rage for use it is like a way to critique read my analysis i think almost book is credibility so funny is the way that they've struck late so much from so listen and nation one of the really brilliant piece of our own jones where he has a couple of bookshelves behind him and they're described as being like 2 henchmen you know sort of overseeing the conversation and releasing it to make sure they goes the world is owns way. i think they've got this wonderful way of sort of taking an element of truth and just spinning out into this almost a kind of a fantaisie about what the crowds is about. gideon haigh gives us
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a decent chance of guessing his favorite sport with this majestic display simply because on face this one that you see my cricket books and in the background. i think my head sort of haloed by cricket is beginning with the lead of b. and c. it's not something. at least in those ones that just happened to be there in a roundabout hit by. a presenter which he is but conducted interviews from home for the 1st 9 months of the pandemic he got the book case credibility treatment lost perhaps their way of declining our interview request which it is but seeks to put a city as if he's invited us back to his hotel room to see his credibility if things go well he might give us a song i mean they they read a lot into the acoustic guitar which i never play all i do is play my lecture guitar my telecaster but our camera man would let me use that because he likes the wood grain in the shot so you know we make compromises whenever we make television
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doesn't matter whether we're in a studio or where at home people draw these widespread conclusions and there's very very little flow that you or i can do about it so richard do you agree with the credibility is assessment of you or do you think you want to contest it i would say their assessment would be harsh a little snotty but ultimately. and finally when capitalism gets stuck in the mud the grounding of that container ship in the suez canal created an absolute mean fast online there was something about those images an absurdly large ship packed with cargo grounded somehow blocking an estimated 12 percent of global trade getting excavated by a miniature digger there has never been a traffic jam quite like it which brought one t.v. host and sports announcer thinking john hansen works in chicago he used to be
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a traffic reporter there a radio voice advising drivers which routes to avoid so he came up with the suez traffic report and while he's clearly out of his comfort zone his geography needs a little work he's got the format down we'll see you next time here at the listening post click the last get out traffic report ever given ever stuck in just south of the pressured market on 23 jul nothing to do in north or south as head to the north you can see gapers delays real heavy here especially as you get closer to the great better lake where it was just stuck in the bitter themselves heading up to the north and doing here to break all the way up to the point i had seen to the south to suez gulf looking pretty heavy no are going anywhere and this extends all the way on to the red sea red sea more like red bakelite for the as far as the eye can see now your alternate as we zoom in out here and look to the south around the ethiopian coast ability nothing doing there are going to have to go all the way around sound now your alternate madagascar you can go left or right both lanes are open all the way around cape point all this is take it 10 days it will certainly save you the 5 or 6 of the stuck there.
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vaccines a promising path out of the pandemic but implementing the greatest inoculation in history is testing the global community around the world already a clear gap as the merge between rich nations and poor ones when it comes to vaccinating their populations from the geopolitics to the pure economics the misinformation and the latest developments what's going on here is very different 1st start the faxing comes in the form of the nasal spray special coverage of the corona virus pandemic. flu face masks a common sight in city centers around britain but as lockdowns allusive people will still be wearing masks for months or even years to come an ongoing nightmare for the environment this video shows stauffer to wildlife hospital helping a bird that's been caught up in discarded litter it's a face mask made of plastic now a recent survey found 70 percent of people using disposable boss didn't realize
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they were using single use plastics researchers at university college london say if every person in the u.k. used one disposable mosque every day for a year it would create $124000.00 tons of waste half of which would be on we saw this factory there trying to provide an alternative for 90 viral coaching like other such mosques can be washed and produced the design that we've come up with is ethical sustainable and entirely made in the u.k. . security forces in miramar opened fire at an antique you protesters killing at least 5 us military intensifies it's quite. ironic this is out there and live from doha or succumbing to one prosecutors push to make an arrest for a train crash that killed at least 50 people while the president visits the area. city on edge again a washington d.c. capitol police officer is killed after a man are rammed his car into
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