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59 Responses to Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

  1. rikyrah says:

    another rotten company


    Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big
    Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

    The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push
    white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.


    AUG. 15, 2015

    SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working.

    They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual award proclaiming, “I’m Peculiar” — the company’s proud phrase for overturning workplace conventions.

    At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)

  2. Ametia says:

    Can’t have Ms. Monae continue DROPPING that kind of TRUTH, now can we, NBC?

  3. Ametia says:


    Just got back from seeing this movie. P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L

  4. rikyrah says:

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015
    Everything Isn’t Always About Us

    But here is the irony, here’s the thing that all the angry Black people know, and no calmly debating White people want to admit: The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings. From I Don’t Discuss Racism with White People by John Metta.

    I’ve been working on this post for a couple of weeks now, ever since I read John Metta’s piece, which I thought was spot on. As I so often do when I’m writing, I struggled with this piece and would put it aside for a day or two. I discussed my observations with friends, both black and white, because I needed their feedback. Finally, because of events that occurred this last week, my thoughts really crystalized, and I was able to finish. My words will certainly make some angry and defensive, which isn’t my purpose but is always a byproduct of a piece like this. My hope is some will have an “aha moment,” a moment of clarity about our role, or if we even have one, in the Black Lives Matter movement. The fact is, folks, the movement isn’t about us, our feelings, criticisms, or advice. The sooner we understand that, the sooner we can be honest participants in BLM.

    My sense is that many white liberals and progressives are just so tired of all this Blackness stuff. Sure we loved Pres. Obama, but it’s time for him to move on. His whole hope-change thingy was so stressful, and he seems like he’s going to do that change stuff till his last day. We need a break. We need to gear up for the next Great White Hope.

    We’ve had enough of black folks’ grievances. We are weary of all their issues. We want to go back to saying 95% of cops are good people so we can dismiss the few as rotten apples. Just get rid of a few rotten apples and all will be well. You see if the problem is just good cops versus bad cops, then we don’t have to acknowledge the pervasive racism that is imbedded in America’s justice system. Getting rid of some bad cops isn’t on us. It’s on someone else. By reducing the problem to some bad cops, it becomes manageable for someone else.

  5. You’ve got mail, ladies

  6. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots
    And this is why hiring a Black woman as his press secretary means nothing

  7. rikyrah says:

    this is the mainstream of the GOP.

    this is who they are.

    he is NOT on the fringe. AT ALL.


    Donald Trump Unveils His Immigration Plan, Calls for End to Birthright Citizenship, Will Deport the Undocumented

    Aug 16, 2015, 11:03 AM ET


    Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has released his specific plan for immigration reform.

    In the 6-page report titled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again,” Trump is calling for an end to birthright citizenship, saying it “remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.”

    Trump again repeated his commitment to build a wall on the United States’ southern border. Outlining his plan, Trump’s policy seeks to “impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards — of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options].”

    “We will not be taken advantage of anymore,” Trump added in his most specific policy statement to date on immigration.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Tera Hunter @inllhrprhntr
    Exclusion of Blacks From Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny, via @nytimes

  9. rikyrah says:

    in the wake @hystericalblkns
    “Slave mistress,” farmer, but the disappearance of force and a slave master….

  10. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane @docrocktex26
    You can either choose to accept that political reality or you can stay frustrated that Bernie has a ceiling and an enthusiasm gap with PoC.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane @docrocktex26
    Don’t think for a second that we don’t notice how the discussion of race issues is always tempered for the sensibilities of White voters.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Propane Jane @docrocktex26
    The next Democratic POTUS should be able to sell the moral high ground of social justice and racial equality to White voters. Mandatory.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    This whole “economic populism” thing from Bernie Sanders doesn’t work for me… Here’s why..

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    “Economic populism” as defined by ppl like Bernie depends way too much on the light bulb coming on for the White working class voters.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    If “Economic populism” really worked as a viable message that reached White working class voters the GOP wouldn’t keep winning midterms.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Ronald Reagan started the process of decimating unions but was reelected in a landslide. Economic populism didn’t matter.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Kynect is a success in KY but Democrats can’t really embrace it because… Obama. Economic populism doesn’t matter.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    You can talk about “pocketbook issues” But White working class voters have continued to show they don’t care. Time to face the truth.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    There’s a Democratic coalition that won the WH twice and didn’t have to depend on the White working class vote to do it.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    I’d rather ride with the White folks that get it along with the rest of us and move forward. If folks in the South and Appalachia don’t..

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    See…White folks don’t really mind Govt assistance they just don’t want those icky POCs getting any.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Carole Troll @Thejazzchick
    Women like me are the most reliable voting block in the country & in the Democratic party. My silence on critical issues is not an option!

  15. rikyrah says:


    Tommy Christopher @tommyxtopher
    11 Year-Old Rape Victim Forced to Give Birth to Rapist’s Baby Lives Through Delivery … via @mediaite

  16. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Mediaite @Mediaite
    Bernie Sanders: I Don’t Owe #BlackLivesMatter An Apology (VIDEO)

  17. rikyrah says:

    Mikki Kendall @Karnythia
    I need people to stop telling this lie that enslaved Black women were “mistresses”. They could not say no in the first place.

    • Ametia says:

      TELL.IT. As if she had a choice as a slave. Let’s see here… lay down get raped or DIE?

      So despicable to call RAPE anything other than what it is RAPE.

  18. rikyrah says:

    The Hill ✔ @thehill
    Al Sharpton is calling for black churches to lobby on the #IranDeal:

  19. rikyrah says:

    this is on point, and I have come to this realization too.

    • Ametia says:

      Her son Trayvon was MURDERED. The murderer roams the planet. He gets no breaks and no forgiveness.

      There is a sadness in Sybrina’s eyes so haunting, it breaks my heart.

  20. rikyrah says:

    this is HUGE

    another thing of Bill Clinton’s that POTUS is correcting.

  21. Ametia says:

    Has anyone seen Straight Outta Compton? I’m going to see it today.

    ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Scares White People
    Posted: 15 Aug 2015 08:34 AM PDT

    So, apparently the movie Straight Outta Compton that tells the story the iconic rap group, N.W.A, has “certain people” on edge this weekend. According to the L.A. Times, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is ramping up patrols in and around movie theaters in anticipation of potential violence.

    Really? Where was this concern when 12 Years A Slave was released?

    I could be wrong, but it seems like a movie that depicts the brutality of slavery would have raised concerns about potential violence in movie theaters. But, that didn’t happen. As easily afraid of black retribution as some are, you’d think it would have.

    But I digress…

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

  23. Good morning ladies. Beautiful song and tribute to Julian Bond.

  24. Liza says:

    Well done, sir. May you rest in peace.


    Julian Bond, civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, dies at 75

    Julian Bond 2

  26. Good morning, everyone! Enjoy your Sunday. Be blessed.

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