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Below is the content of the email I sent to Richard Peto on April 11, 2019. Hi Richard, First, great to hear your April 9 interview with BBC Radio 4 and that you are in good health. Second, one regret about a few questions you were not asked: what do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
American Factory, 2019 (on Netflix) En guerre, 2018 (At war) Outsourced, 2006 Willmar 8 documentary, 1981 Norma Rae, 1979 Notice how few there are... Continue reading
On pages 186/190 of his book Tools and weapons, The Promise and The Peril of the Digital Age, Brad explains that it is when attending a meeting of the group Challenge Seattle in June 2018 that he and Satya Nadella took the measure of the 'affordable hosing crisis', agreeing somehow... Continue reading
Read below. Advocacy Associate, Housing Affordability at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Redwood City, CA Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease,... Continue reading
Excellent article in The Guardian, by Julia Carrie-Wong about workers organizing to get a union within a contractor's unit working for Google: so many similarities with our own story. In fact the vote is taking place today. All our best wishes of success, friends. We can only hope they don't... Continue reading
This testimony by Mark Flis is the best I have heard. I am sure it will get viral (the viewership is already picking up). What he says is badly needed as so many elected officials, state health officials, journalists are repeating without any serious independent thinking "ban, ban ,ban" :(... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
I have reached out to several people during the last months, who at first agreed to participate. I emailed them the questions then did not hear from them (despite several reminders) or they requested delays but eventually did not respond. Considering the vehemence of the anti-vaping groups I can imagine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
Beaten Down, Worked Up, the Past, Present and Future of American Labor is the just published book by Steven Greenhouse, former labor Journalist for the New York Times. Interestingly on pages 8, 9, he makes the same remarks as Melinda Gates about the lack of paid leave in the US,... Continue reading
I just finished reading 'The Moment of Lift, How Empowering Women Changes the World', by Melinda Gates. I'll point out here the parts that I found especially interesting as they relate to paid leave. I know there are many other aspects of the book that are worth taking in and... Continue reading
Announcing here the revised report from the CEPR, revising their reports of 2007 and 2013: Nearly 1-in-4 Americans Receive No Paid Vacation or Holidays WASHINGTON - The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) first published a study comparing paid vacation time in the US to other rich countries in... Continue reading
On January 16, 2019, Microsoft announced it would "commit $500 million to tackle affordable housing crisis in Puget Sound region'. That's "good" but why did it take so long for Microsoft to act? Microsoft 'temps' were/are among the ones most affected by the difficulty/impossibility to find affordable housing that would... Continue reading
One year ago a new paid parental leave requirement was announced in the Microsoft's blog by Corporate VP Dev Stahlkopf with the headline: Paid parental leave matters. Fast Company selected her among most creative people 2019 for her work at Microsoft. How have those changes been implemented? We remain concerned... Continue reading
NYT May 28, 2019, by Daisuke Wakabayashi Google shadow workforce: temps who outnumber full-time employees LA Times December 7, 1997 by Leslie Helm (later Editor of Seattle Business Magazine) Microsoft testing limits on temp worker use (abuse) "And earlier this year, about 90 receptionists were fired and told that Microsoft's... Continue reading
Excellent article by Daisuke Wakabayashi in the New York Times about the exploitation of temporary workers by Google. Continue reading
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When Derek Yach launched the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, on September 13 2017, with a $80 million per year funding by Philip Morris International for 12 years, starting in 2018, I was stunned by the immediate level and tone of the opposition expressed by a number of prominent tobacco... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
It all started on September 2017 with the announcement of the creation of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. My initial reaction to the harsh criticism of the creation of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and the ostracism inflicted on its President, Derek Yach was that I considered them... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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Rendez-vous #25 with David Goerlitz. David used to be a model for Winston cigarettes, then he became a tobacco control advocate as he told in this rendez-vous we had 20 years ago in May 1999. As a self introduction can you tell us a bit when/how and why you transitioned... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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Rendez-vous #24 with Lindsey Stroud Lindsey produces the audio-podcast Voices of Vapers. She is a state government relations manager at The Heartland Institute and a policy expert on tobacco harm reduction. Q1. I encourage every reader to look closely at the list of the podcasts you produced and take time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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Rendez-vous #23 with Kim Shilling Manor Owner of Moose Jooce Vape Shop in Lake Station (Michigan) Follow her on twitter First is there anything you would like to add to your self introduction on twitter: "I smoked 35 years...lost my husband to lung cancer..still smoked. Tried vaping on 10/21/2013 and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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Rendez-vous #22 with Marie Maurisse Author of the investigative report The blazing success of Swiss cigarettes in Africa May I first ask you to introduce yourself by telling us a bit about your personal and professional background and how and why you got interested in the cigarette industry in Switzerland... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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Rendez-vous #21 with Miroslaw Dworniczak Thank you, Mirek for accepting this rendez-vous. May I first ask you to introduce yourself by providing some personal background including when and why you got involved in vaping advocacy (if that's the right term to use). Miroslaw Dworniczak: I am an organic chemist. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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Rendez-vous #20 with Alex Clark Alex is CEO of CASAA Can you please start by introducing yourself, telling us why and when you started vaping, how your journey evolved and your role in CASAA, the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association? Alex Clark: My name is Alex Clark and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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As of today, January 2nd, 2019, I have resigned from my position of 'online community manager' with the Foundation for a smoke-Free World. Why? It's a bit too early for me to explain the mix of internal, external, professional and personal reasons that led me to make such a decision.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at THR Rendez-vous
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Rendez-vous #19 with Anonymous Anonymous is a young friend presently living in New York City who attended the conference organized by NYU on October 19 about E-Cigarettes: the tectonic shift in nicotine and tobacco consumption, opportunity or threat to saving lives? She has no involvement in this field so I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at THR Rendez-vous