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          Trump targets Amazon after Washington Post reports on fake Time covers   
President Donald Trump targeted Amazon.com Inc. and the Washington Post in a tweet Wednesday morning. Owned by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, the Post reported Tuesday that Trump golf courses displayed fake Time magazine covers featuring Trump, which seemed to trigger the president's latest "FAKE NEWS" tweet. "The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!" Trump tweeted. It's not clear whether Trump was…

          Trump tweet highlights complex relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos   
The president called the newspaper Bezos owns, the Washington Post "FAKE NEWS" and linked to an accusation that Amazon doesn't pay internet taxes

          “Your margin is my opportunity”   

One of the most famous quotes from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is, “Your margin is my opportunity”. Over the past decade, Amazon have mercilessly targeted industry after industry to cut the margins of the existing companies in order to offer a lower cost alternative to consumers. Whilst Amazon have become better known for applying this […]

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          亚马逊CEO贝索斯 离世界第一的位置只差40亿美元   

 

在中国,马云早已是家喻户晓。但在大洋彼岸的美国,有一个和马云同龄的人已将其甩在身后。

他们同一时期创业,而且选择了相同的方向。如今,马云已经登上中国首富的宝座,而他,距离世界首富仅有一步之遥。

贝索斯和马云

他就是亚马逊创始人杰夫·贝索斯,凭借亚马逊股价在美股的一路上扬,贝索斯的个人财富已接近860亿美元。这距离现任世界首富比尔盖茨900亿美元左右的财富,只差40亿美元。

贝索斯有望成为自2010年以来首位超越比尔盖茨,登顶全球首富的人。

在普通人来看,他那天文数字般的财富是如此遥不可及,但实际上,回顾贝索斯的成长过程,会发现与常人并无太大差异。

1964年,贝索斯出生在美国新墨西哥州,他的母亲生下他时只有15岁。当时,贝索斯的姓还是约根森(Jorgensen),他4岁的时候,母亲改嫁给一个名为米格尔·贝索斯(Miguel Bezos)的古巴移民,他才改叫做杰夫·贝索斯。

贝索斯的祖父是美国原子能委员会的一名区域主任,他退休后经营着一家农场。贝索斯的暑期几乎都是在这个农场度过。

年轻时候的贝索斯

受祖父影响,贝索斯自小就对科学产生了热爱。他还是《星际迷航》的狂热粉丝,这个影视作品对他产生了非常深远的影响。后面他很多产品的灵感都来自《星际迷航》,比如Echo的创造就是根据电影中飞船上的“隐形电脑”。

他甚至还亲自出演过《星际迷航3:超越边界》,尽管他扮演的角色是一个连一句台词都没有的配角,但他依然兴奋了很久。这足以看出他对《星际迷航》的热爱。

 

后来,贝索斯考入普林斯顿大学,并于1986年毕业,获得了电气工程与计算机科学双学士学位。他在普林斯顿大学的专业平均成绩是4.2分,这是一个很多学生难以拿到的高分。

毕业后,贝索斯本有机会进入英特尔或者贝尔实验室这样的大机构,但是他选择成为Fitel这家创业型技术公司的第11名雇员。这家公司由几位哥伦比亚大学的教授创办,具体业务是用基于当时的网络环境处理跨境证券交易。

两年后,贝索斯来到华尔街,进入了美国信孚银行。他在信孚涉足了达2500亿美元规模的资产管理。没过多久,他便成为该公司有史以来最年轻的副总裁。

1990年,贝索斯跳槽到对冲基金公司D.E.Shaw,负责运营旗下复杂的运用定量分析的对冲基金。四年后,贝索斯又成为该公司最年轻的高级副总裁。

贝索斯人生最重要的转折点发生在1994年。在工作中,他发现互联网的使用量以每年2300%的速度增长,这令他萌生了辞职创业的想法。

这个想法也得到了妻子MacKenzie的支持。尽管他们都知道大部分的创业公司都会失败,但MacKenzie告诉贝索斯应该放手一搏,因为这是他一直想做的事情。

最终,贝索斯选择创建一个涵盖数百万书籍的网上书店——Amazon。那一年,贝索斯刚刚30岁,结婚刚满一年。

贝索斯创办Amazon

现在来看,我们会觉得贝索斯当时的选择是多么明智。但实际上,这对于30岁的贝索斯来说,是一个非常艰难的决定。据他后来回忆,当时是觉得尝试后的失败可能不会让自己遗憾,而有所决定但不付诸行动会一直煎熬着他的内心。

想法确定以后,贝索斯找他的父亲借了一辆汽车,然后带着妻子从纽约开车前往西雅图。在这段横跨美国的漫长旅途中,贝索斯盘算着未来,并确定了公司的商业模式。

 

来到西雅图后,贝索斯在车库里开始了他的创业。最初,亚马逊的仓库里只有40本书,但网站上却上线了超过150万种书籍。每当有顾客下单以后,亚马逊的员工才去找出版商采购。

网上书店这种的模式没有库存压力并且砍掉了中间商的利润,消费者在这里可选择的图书类目更多而且价格更便宜。所以上线没多久,贝索斯的网上书店就吸引来一大批用户。

起初,贝索斯还在办公室里摆放了一个大钟,每当有人下单时,这个钟就会响一声,然后所有员工都会跑过来看他们是否认识这个顾客。可是不到几周的时间,这个钟就开始响个不停,贝索斯不得不赶紧撤走了这个大钟。

就这样,贝索斯创办的亚马逊迎来了爆发式的增长。三年之后,1997年5月15日,亚马逊在美国上市。1999年,贝索斯登上当年的《时代》杂志封面。

贝索斯登上《时代》杂志

在亚马逊获得快速发展的时期,贝索斯进行过一次颇为成功的投资。1998年,贝索斯成为了谷歌的早期投资者。他投资了25万美元,购入了谷歌大约330万股股票,等到谷歌于2004年上市的时候,这些股票的价值已高达2.8亿美元。谁也没想到,现在亚马逊和谷歌已经相互成为对方最大的竞争对手之一。

亚马逊在贝索斯的带领下,不断推出新的产品和服务,一步一步筑造完成如今的亚马逊帝国。

2004年,亚马逊设立实验室Lab126,专门研发各种硬件产品;2005 年,亚马逊推出Prime 会员业务;2006 年,亚马逊AWS云计算服务正式上线。

贝索斯在2016年的股东大会上,谈到了亚马逊的三大支柱产业,分别是云服务、电商和Prime 会员。仔细对比就会发现,现在这些支柱产业正是上述他在十年前进行的业务布局。

近些年,亚马逊也都较早的在人工智能、物流、原创的影视节目等投入大量精力,并成为各领域的领导者。这种超前的战略眼光,也是贝索斯逐步逼近世界首富宝座的重要原因。

除了亚马逊以外,贝索斯还通过个人投资拥有《华盛顿邮报》和蓝色起源(Blue Origin)私人航空公司。

造火箭是他从小的梦想。这位《星际迷航》的死忠粉,对电影中的台词总是念念不忘,比如这句“宇宙是最终的边界(Space, the final frontier.)。“

贝索斯创办了Blue Origin

所以,去抵达这个边界是贝索斯一直想要做的事情。2000年,贝索斯创办了蓝色起源。

这里有一个小插曲,贝索斯为了这个公司险些丧命。2003 年,贝索斯乘私人直升飞机在德克萨斯州西部的偏僻地区为蓝色起源公司选址,却不料遭遇飞行事故。

用生命在追寻这个梦想的同时,他也愿意付出自己所有的财富。贝索斯在一次接受采访的时候提到,自己的全部财富都会用于太空探索事业,一分钱都不会剩下。所以现在,他每卖出一次亚马逊的股票,就会对蓝色起源进行一次注资。

与另外一个科技狂人马斯克希望人类从地球移民到火星不同,贝索斯的目标是实现大规模的空间制造业,降低在地球的能源消耗。

蓝色起源也没有辜负贝索斯的厚望。2015 年,蓝色起源公司实现了火箭发射并回收,这降低了99%的发射成本。贝索斯还计划在2018 年能够实现付费太空旅行。

贝索斯被认为是最有远见的CEO。他曾告诉过别人,如果想建立一个成功、可持续发展的公司,不要总是去想未来十年,哪些变化会影响你的公司。而是去想未来十年哪些不会发生变化,然后将精力专注在这些事情上。

这或许就是贝索斯能够不断突破边界,带领公司持续增长的窍门。

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          Fire Sale: Washington Post Lost 87% of Value In Ten Years   
The announcement that the Washington Post Co. sold its flagship paper to billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million, surprised everyone. And in an era when the Washington Postsells Newsweek for $1 and the Ne
          Trump Takes Swipe at Amazon Over 'Internet Taxes'   

In a new Twitter tirade, President Donald Trump went after The Washington Post and its owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, after the newspaper published a story about several of Trump's clubs displaying a fake Time magazine cover, CNBC reported. 

The Post reported that the cover, featuring Trump, was hanging in some of the president's golf clubs. A spokeswoman with Time confirmed to the newspaper that the cover was not real.

"The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!" Trump wrote Wednesday. 

On the campaign trail, Trump called Amazon a monopoly with an unfair tax shelter, saying in February 2016, "If I become president, oh [does Amazon] have problems. They're going to have such problems."




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          History Of Amazon.com   
Jeff Bezos coined the term Amazon.com from the earlier name Cadabra.com. It was the excellent way to present large volume online bookstore. But did he have hidden intentions? It is hard to believe but in the early Internet days, when Yahoo was dominant search engine, results were listed alphabetically. Amazon would always appear above its…
          At 'Washington Post,' Tech Is Increasingly Boosting Financial Performance   
When I started my career at The Washington Post in the late 1990s, the newsroom wore a dusty, outdated look as if it were paying homage to its legendary past. The Post of today occupies an updated building on D.C.'s renowned K Street, in modern, glass-walled offices with a Silicon Valley aesthetic. This is the Post after Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO and e-commerce visionary, bought it in 2013 . Since then, the paper's business and technology has almost outshone its award-winning journalism. Before Bezos, the Post was losing revenue and its losses were widening, as it struggled to find income to replace its decline in print ads. The Post is now privately owned and doesn't discuss specific figures, but says revenue and profits are up, as subscribers grow and digital ad revenue increases . Its monthly Web traffic has grown 56 percent, to 78.7 million over the past two years, according to ComScore. That reflects its journalism, but it also reflects big changes under the hood. Under Bezos,
          Trump tweet highlights complex relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos   

          Regulations won't affect tech stocks: Michael Lippert   
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          The World’s 8 Richest Men Are Now as Wealthy as Half the World’s Population   
A combination photo shows (top, L-R) Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, (bottom, L-R) Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, Carlos Slim and Michael Bloomberg. REUTERS/File Photos
Just eight individuals, all men, own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population, Oxfam said on Monday in a report calling for action to curtail rewards for those at the top.

As decision makers and many of the super-rich gather for this week's World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, the charity's report suggests the wealth gap is wider than ever, with new data for China and India indicating that the poorest half of the world owns less than previously estimated.

Oxfam, which described the gap as "obscene", said if the new data had been available before, it would have shown that in 2016 nine people owned the same as the 3.6 billion who make up the poorest half of humanity, rather than 62 estimated at the time.

In 2010, by comparison, it took the combined assets of the 43 richest people to equal the wealth of the poorest 50 percent, according to the latest calculations.

Inequality has moved up the agenda in recent years, with the head of the International Monetary Fund and the Pope among those warning of its corrosive effects, while resentment of elites has helped fuel an upsurge in populist politics.

Concern about the issue was highlighted again in the WEF's own global risks report last week.

"We see a lot of hand-wringing - and clearly Trump's victory and Brexit gives that new impetus this year - but there is a lack of concrete alternatives to business as usual," said Max Lawson, Oxfam's head of policy.

"There are different ways of running capitalism that could be much, much more beneficial to the majority of people."

SUPER-CHARGED CAPITALISM

Oxfam called in its report for a crackdown on tax dodging and a shift away from "super-charged" shareholder capitalism that pays out disproportionately to the rich.

While many workers struggle with stagnating incomes, the wealth of the super-rich has increased by an average of 11 percent a year since 2009.
Bill Gates, the world's richest man who is a regular at Davos, has seen his fortune rise by 50 percent or $25 billion since announcing plans to leave Microsoft in 2006, despite his efforts to give much of it away.

While Gates exemplifies how outsized wealth can be recycled to help the poor, Oxfam believes such "big philanthropy" does not address the fundamental problem.

"If billionaires choose to give their money away then that is a good thing. But inequality matters and you cannot have a system where billionaires are systematically paying lower rates of tax than their secretary or cleaner," Lawson said.

Oxfam bases its calculations on data from Swiss bank Credit Suisse and Forbes. The eight individuals named in the report are Gates, Inditex founder Amancio Ortega, veteran investor Warren Buffett, Mexico's Carlos Slim, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Oracle's Larry Ellison and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Via: reuters


          Trump attacks Washington Post, Amazon over 'internet taxes' - Washington Post   

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          From the mind of RSS   

I have a strange bug in my CMS, it's so entertaining that I haven't wanted to fix it. Every so often it picks a random day and generates my RSS feed as if it were that day.

Today it picked 3/1/00, a day I had lunch with Tim O'Reilly and Dale Dougherty, in San Jose. While we were having lunch, Tim got a call from Jeff Bezos about patents. I even got a picture of Tim's side of the conversation. Like I said, it's a strange bug. ";->"


          Emotions aside, what’s wrong with the new MacBookPro   

I like Apple. But I guess this is going to be the first time in 10 years I'm not buying a new MacBook Pro. Not because of the USB-C annoyance everyone's complaining about (after all, you have to lean into the future, quoting Jeff Bezos, and to be honest, Apple - is the only company that can actually force users into a new technology).

It's the new touch bar. Emotions aside, the problem with the new touch bar, like with any touch-screen for that matter, is that you have to look at the keyboard.

  1. You have to look to tell if you pressed it or not.
  2. You have to look to make sure you're pressing the right button.

#1 is a bigger problem than you think. You probably heard, that distracted driving accident statistics has been growing during the last decade, right? It's not because more people are texting while driving. But because texting with a touch screen is more risky than with a traditional physical keyboard. You have to look. Not just at the text you type, but at the buttons you press.

"3D touch" and similar technologies are aiming to solve the #1. But you still have to look.

And that is the problem. As a developer, I press the ESC button a hundred times a day. I press F5 to refresh web-apps I'm working on. I press F1 for help. I press F4 to edit in File Commanders etc. etc. Now I have to look to make sure I press the right one. Bye bye touch-typing.

Also, I'm used to the fact that "upper-left corner of the keyboard is Escape". Now its up to a developer what's there. It can be a "save". Or "edit". Or "done" (like on one of Apple's screenshots). Or "launch flying unicorns into the sky".

MacBook "Pro" stands for "Professional". It's a tool for developers, photographers, UI-designers, sound-producers/DJs, video-editors etc. People who's day-to-day workflow is going to be damaged.

Like I said, I like Apple. But my next laptop is not going to be MacBook Pro. With all the awesome things Microsoft has brought to Windows recently (Linux-subsystem, runs node.js/npm, package managers, heck, I can even build Cordova apps for iOS/Android in Visual Studio now!) I'm out of reasons. I'm buying a Surface Book.


          Why Is It Okay For Amazon To Do Business With Trump, But Not OK For Macy's?   
Donald J. Trump brand ties (Photo credit JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) While Macy'sterminatedkey licensing relationships after public outcry over the border wall and illegal immigration (Tell Macy's: Dump Donald Trump), The Trump Organization appears to have expanded its relationship withJeff Bezos'Amazon.com(the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States). Why is it okay [...]
          Amazon's Q2 2012 Results: Is Gross Margin Our New Prophet?   
(source: Abe Garver) The speed at which"The Bezos Rainforest" (my metaphor for Amazon.com's Gross Margin) is being reforested was just made clear. Q2 Gross Margin Up To 26.1%: Shares Up After Hours Amazon’s shares are up in after hours on the Q2 2012report. On revenues of $12.834 billion, the 26.1 basis points (1.97%) increase [...]
          Trump tweet highlights complex relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos   
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          Trump tweet highlights complex relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - CBS News   

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          These Affordable 4K TVs Run Amazon’s Software   

We’re slowly coming to accept our new Amazon overlords. Hey, we’re going to save some money, right? Well, before Bezos and company turn their attention to delivering kombucha by drone, they’re doing a little work in the TV department. A new collection of 4K televisions from Element Electronics just hit the market and all come packed […]
       

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M.S. "Mike" King of TomatoBubble.com is the author of more than ten books challenging conventional political wisdom. One of them, The Bad War, was banned by Amazon last month due to its politically-incorrect three-page treatment of the holocaust. (I urged him to re-publish an "Amazon Edition" with those three pages blank as a statement of protest.)

Was Eisenhower really an arch-globalist, maybe even a closet commie? Was World War Parts 1 and 2 just two phases of the same war – and were the Germans really the good guys? Is the Rothschild-backed New World Order well on the way to realizing its dream of a planetary dictatorship? Who really runs big media – and for how long have they been running it? Did the same Zionist media cartel that dragged the US into World War I cover up 9/11 more than eight decades later?

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          Trump takes another swipe at Amazon, saying Bezos isn't 'paying internet taxes' - CNBC   

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          President Trump accuses Amazon of not paying “internet taxes”   

The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has levelled an accusation that Amazon isn’t paying its “internet taxes”. You can read the ambiguous, and slightly odd, tweet below. The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS! — Donald J. Trump […]
          Food delivery, startup e finanziamenti nella bay area   
Ho letto questo bellissimo articolo su Medium dove si parlava di startup di food delivery finanziate con investimenti milionari nella bay area, apparentemente senza alcun senso. Sintetizzando al massimo il pezzo, la conclusione a cui arriva l'autore è che questi finanziamenti (in questa zona un investimento seed parte da 2-3 milioni di euro) paiono un rischio bello grosso. Non solo la food delivery aggiunge rispetto per esempio al trasporto on demand (Uber) un terzo soggetto essenziale (le cucine) ma pare che il costo di delivery medio di un pasto stia abbondantemente al di sotto di quello che dovrebbe costare perché la baracca funzioni:

"In the emerging food delivery wars, the stakes are high, the margins are slim, and the competition is vast. Some will fail. Others will quit. But a few of them might just end up delivering the billion-dollar goods."

Il concetto è, prima acquisisco enormi fette di mercato sottocosto in modo da diventare sostanzialmente l'incumbent di riferimento, poi, quando ho fatto terra bruciata attorno a me, alzo i prezzi e inizio a guadagnare. Del resto ne parlavamo ieri anche su Vinix con Marco Baccaglio, lo stesso colosso di Jeff Bezos che fattura diverse centinaia di miliardi, ha un utile netto di 4 miliardi, poco e niente per una macchina da guerra del genere.

Traggo due insegnamenti.

Il primo è che l'embrionale ecosistema italiano dei VC equivale, a malapena a quello dei pre-seed californiano ma questo, se da un lato rende la partita di difficile paragone con gli amici americani, rende anche il tutto molto più tangibile.

Il secondo è che nel business plan aziendale dovresti prevedere fin da subito che i costi nel tuo modello non superino le spese in modo cronico. Può certamente essere così nella fase iniziale di spinta ma devi sempre poter contare su un modello che se domani mattina fermi gli investimenti si regge da solo coprendo almeno completamente i costi fissi.


P.s.: Stiamo per lanciare la nostra applicazione mobile, un parto plurigemellare podalico se vi fidate, questione di settimane al massimo per l'accettazione e conseguente pubblicazione sugli store di Google e Apple. Il gioco si fa duro ma fortunatamente, continuando a investire, pare siamo ancora in partita.


[Foto credit: The California Review]
          Amazon vs Wal-Mart   
In Knowledge@Wharton:  A considerable look at the question.  Both now as omnichannel giants.

Amazon vs. Walmart: Which One Will Prevail?

Recent M&A deals by both Amazon and Walmart have set the two firms on a direct collision course to become the “everything store” in an omnichannel world. .... 

In the media hullabaloo following Amazon’s announcement this month that it was buying Whole Foods Market, largely overlooked was the same-day news that Walmart was acquiring menswear e-tailer Bonobos. While Amazon did make a bigger splash with its $13.7 billion foray into organic groceries, Walmart beefed up an e-commerce stable that already includes the acquisitions of digital natives Jet.com, Shoebuy, ModCloth and Moosejaw.

Collectively, these M&A deals have set Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, on a direct collision course with Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to be the “everything store” in an omni-channel world — where consumers no longer distinguish between shopping online and offline. And it pits two Baby Boomer mavericks, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, against Walmart’s e-commerce chief Marc Lore, the Gen X founder of Jet.com.   .... " 
          Trump attacks Washington Post, Amazon over 'internet taxes'   
WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump attacked The Washington Post and Amazon on Twitter Wednesday, arguing that the online retailer was not paying "internet taxes." Trump stated on Twitter Wednesday: "The# AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes is FAKE NEWS! Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post...
          Trump takes another swipe at Amazon, saying Bezos isn't 'paying internet taxes'   
This tweet comes one day after The Washington Post put out a story saying a fake issue of Time magazine with Trump on the cover was hanging in some of the president's golf clubs.
          Silicon Valley investor: Trump’s tweets about Amazon taxes are ‘fake news’   
Jason Calacanis, Inside.com founder, discusses President Trump’s developing feud with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
          Donald Trump vs. Jeff Bezos: President targets Amazon in latest tweets   
President Donald Trump singled out Amazon in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
          Target & Amazon's Homosexual Agenda   

Forgive me while I reword this article:

Target, Amazon Opposite of Chick-fil-A on Gay Marriage



With gay  homosexual rights activists still riled up over Chick-fil-a’s LGBT criticism strong stance in favor of biblical marriage, two megastores are taking the opposite stance and making their support for gay  homosexual marriage as public as possible.

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos became the biggest financial backer of gay homosexual marriage in the country on Friday when he and his wife MacKenzie pledged $2.5 million to support Washington state’s same-sex marriage referendum.

At the national level, Target is broadcasting its support for equal marriage rights with a wedding registry ad featuring two smiling men dressed in suits and bow ties holding hands and touching foreheads.

Read the rest of this atrocity here. We have already quit shopping at Target because of their stance against biblical marriage, but Amazon? Oh Amazon, how you have let me down!!




Note: I choose to use the word "homosexual" which correctly identifies those who have marital relations with the same gender. Gay means happy, which is a radically inappropriate word for a group of people who have such high depression and suicide rates. Homosexual "rights" gives the impression that they are somehow victims, thus the reason I omitted that word as well. "He who defines the terms controls the argument". Don't let the world tell you what words to use. You're smarter than that!
          Trump just took a swipe at Amazon and the Washington Post on Twitter   
President Donald Trump's tweet revives Trump's campaign trail accusation that Amazon doesn't pay its fair share of taxes and that CEO Jeff Bezos uses the Washington Post, which he bought in 2013, as a tool to influence tax policy. Video provided by TheStreet
      
 
 

          Mathematicians discovered a secret to reducing regret in your life   

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We can't avoid regrets, but we can help prevent them as much as possible.

According to Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths's book, "Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions," "Regret is the result of comparing what we actually did with what would have been best in hindsight."

An algorithm for living with the least regret (which we dive into below) tells us to do something pretty simple: live optimistically. It favors taking chances rather than playing it safe. Sounds risky, right? That's the whole point.

To help put this definition into context, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, had a solid job at an investment company before beginning what was originally an online bookstore. To decide whether or not to leave his position, he thought of it in terms of regret.

He knew that he wouldn't regret going for it and failing but that he would regret never even trying in the first place. In the book, he said making his choice based on that thought process made it incredibly easy.

Though computer science isn't able to eliminate regret in your life entirely, it can help you live with the fewest amount of regrets. Mathematicians Herbert Robbins and Tze Leung Lai proved key points about regret:

  • Even if you pick the best possible strategy, you will always have regrets because that's life.
  • You won't have as many regrets if you pick the best strategy and because you learn to make better choices over time.
  • Regret increases at a "logarithmic rate," meaning we can expect to have fewer new regrets than each previous year.

The most popular algorithm researchers have come up with to minimize regret is the Upper Confidence Bound algorithm. This method basically prefers the option with the most potential over the option that has been the best so far.

"The Upper Confidence Bound is always greater than the expected value, but by less and less as we gain more experience with a particular option," Christian and Griffiths wrote. The less we know, the lower our expectations are, and the greater the result can be.

These algorithms are based on optimism, giving an advantage to options we know less about — aka the benefit of the doubt.

"Following the advice of these algorithms, you should be excited to meet new people and try new things — to assume the best about them, in the absence of evidence to the contrary. In the long run, optimism is the best prevention for regret," they wrote.

So, moral of the story? Be open-minded and don't be afraid of taking risks, because you never know what the outcome will be.

SEE ALSO: People shared their biggest regrets in life, and some of their answers are heartbreaking

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          We Resist: Day 160   
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: Mike Pence Takes Charge on Senate "Healthcare" Bill and Cyberattacks Caused Surgery Delays; Breach at Nuclear Power Plant Being Investigated.

REMINDER: KEEP CALLING YOUR SENATORS TO TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON TRUMPCARE.

A few really terrific things to read on healthcare — terrific and utterly heart-wrenching:

[Content Note: Racism] Anna Maria Barry-Jester at FiveThirtyEight: The Health Care System Is Leaving the Southern Black Belt Behind.
The Black Belt refers to a stretch of land in the U.S. South whose fertile soil drew white colonists and plantation owners centuries ago. After hundreds of thousands of people were forced there as slaves, the region became the center of rural, black America. Today, the name describes predominantly rural counties where a large share of the population is African-American. The area is one of the most persistently poor in the country, and residents have some of the most limited economic prospects. Life expectancies are among the shortest in the U.S., and poor health outcomes are common...

Yes, measuring who's insured illuminates one way by which people have access to the health care system, but it's only part of the picture. The term "access to health care" has a standardized federal definition that's much broader: "the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes."

And there's a list of metrics to measure it. Researchers consider structural barriers, such as distance to a hospital or how many health professionals work in an area, to be important. As are metrics that gauge whether a patient can find a health care provider that she trusts and can communicate with well enough to get the services she needs.

...In Alabama, Black Belt counties have fewer primary care physicians, dentists, and mental health providers per resident than other counties. They also tend to have the highest rates of uninsured people. Poverty rates, which are associated with limited access to care, are also high.
Leah McElrath at Shareblue: My Father Is One of the Vulnerable Seniors Most at Risk from GOP's Cruel Medicaid Cuts. "More than 1.4 million Americans are receiving nursing home or other long-term care paid for by Medicaid. One of them is my father. My father is now 77 years old and has a rare form of dementia. When he became unable to care for himself in his home, I took him into my home and cared for him there. But when I was no longer able financially, physically, and emotionally able to do so, my father moved to a Medicaid-funded facility. To qualify for Medicaid funding for long-term care, you have to meet two types of criteria: financial and medical. To put it bluntly, you have to be both very poor and very infirm."

Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress: This Is How Trumpcare Will Be a Death Sentence. "Jon [who has cystic fibrosis] says that Obamacare, which enabled him to remain insured after he lost his employer-provided plan, 'definitely saved me from bankruptcy, and quite possibly saved my life.' Now, however, Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would deny millions of Americans of the security that Jon enjoyed when his illness left him unable to obtain insurance through an employer. ...Had this legislation been in effect when Jon became too sick to work, he very well may be dead."

Eric Meyer on Twitter: "This is my daughter Rebecca in 2013. She was 5¼ years old when I took this [photo], and less than three days later, she almost died on an ER bed. ...Later, there were weeks on weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. After that was done, we came home for more chemotherapy. ...The treatments didn't work. She died at home less than ten months after her cancer was discovered, June 7th, 2014, her sixth birthday. In those ten months, the total retail cost of her procedures and treatments was $1,691,627.45. Almost one point seven million US dollars. ...Without insurance, even if we'd been able to get the insurer's rate, we'd have gone bankrupt. All investments, home, everything gone. If pre-existing conditions had prevented us from being covered, or if we'd been less fortunate and unable to afford premiums—bankrupted. So Rebecca's brother and sister would have suffered her death, AND the loss of their home and what little remained normal in their lives."

This last piece isn't just about healthcare, but it's extremely relevant. Kayla Chadwick at the Huffington Post: I Don't Know How to Explain to You That You Should Care About Other People.
Like many Americans, I'm having politics fatigue. Or, to be more specific, arguing-about-politics fatigue.

I haven't run out of salient points or evidence for my political perspective, but there is a particular stumbling block I keep running into when trying to reach across the proverbial aisle and have those "difficult conversations" so smugly suggested by think piece after think piece:

I don't know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.

...I don't know how to convince someone how to experience the basic human emotion of empathy. I cannot have one more conversation with someone who is content to see millions of people suffer needlessly in exchange for a tax cut that statistically they'll never see (do you make anywhere close to the median American salary? Less? Congrats, this tax break is not for you).

I cannot have political debates with these people. Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.
SAME.

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[CN: Sexual harassment] Donald Trump is a disgusting disgrace, part whatever in an endless series:


If you're wondering if there are any people on Twitter brave enough not to let me get away with saying this is sexual harassment when it is clearly just a compliment, of course there are hahahahahaha OF COURSE THERE ARE.

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Esme Cribb at TPM: GOP Rep Laments Budget Inaction: 'We Just Simply Don't Know How to Govern'. "Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) on Tuesday bemoaned House Republicans' apparent inability to bring a budget resolution to a vote on the chamber floor amid internal differences and higher-profile policy goals. 'We just simply don't know how to govern,' Womack, a member of the House Budget Committee, told the Washington Post. 'It's almost like we're serving in the minority right now.' He said a budget resolution for 2018 'should have been put to bed a long time ago.'" Indeed. But Republicans really don't have any idea how to govern, and their ideas are all garbage, so.

Oliver Milman at the Guardian: EPA Seeks to Scrap Rule Protecting Drinking Water for Third of Americans. "The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to dismantle the federal clean water rule, which protects waterways that provide drinking water for about a third of the US population. The EPA, with the US army, has proposed scrapping the rule in order to conduct a 'substantive re-evaluation' of which rivers, streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water should be protected by the federal government. 'We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses,' said Scott Pruitt, administrator of the EPA. Pruitt said the EPA would swiftly redefine clean water regulations in a 'thoughtful, transparent, and collaborative' way with other agencies and the public."

LOL! They'll "thoughtfully" figure out how to poison us. Terrific.


Rebekah Entralgo at ThinkProgress: Trump Uses Twitter Feed to Sell Book for Fox News Personality, Blurring Ethical Lines. Tuesday morning [Donald] Trump retweeted a tweet by Fox News commentator Eric Bolling promoting his upcoming book titled, 'The Swamp.' The book, subtitled 'Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It,' co-opts Trump's popular campaign slogan of his promise to 'drain the swamp in Washington.' This promotion of commercial products could potentially violate a ban that prohibits federal employees from endorsing any 'product, service, or enterprise.' ...This incident is an example of Trump's inability to let go of his businessman persona." And an example of Trump's inability to control his impulses.

Todd Bishop at GeekWire: Trump Targets Amazon over 'Internet Taxes' in New Tweet Criticizing Bezos-Owned Washington Post. "Donald Trump resurfaced his complaints against Amazon this morning in a tweet targeting the Washington Post’s coverage of his administration: 'The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!' The tweet follows a report by the Washington Post last night about a fake, framed Time magazine cover that hangs in Trump's golf clubs. It's not clear what Trump meant by 'internet taxes' in this context, but Amazon collects sales tax on purchases in every state where it's required, and the company supports national legislation that would require remote sellers to collect sales tax regardless of location. The Washington Post is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, not by Amazon."

There are a lot of concerning things about Donald Trump, to say the very least. Among them is the toxic combination of his vengefulness and his ignorance. He doesn't understand that Amazon doesn't own the Washington Post, so he might do something like propose a tax on internet purchases to punish Amazon for something the Washington Post did. It's incredible. And that's one of the least damaging acts of misplaced revenge he's likely to take. Terrifying.

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David Corn at Mother Jones: We Already Know Trump Betrayed America.
The Trump-Russia scandal is the subject of multiple investigations that may or may not unearth new revelations, but this much is already certain: Donald Trump is guilty.

...Explicit collusion may yet be proved by the FBI investigation overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller or by other ongoing probes. But even if it is not, a harsh verdict can be pronounced: Trump actively and enthusiastically aided and abetted Russian President Vladimir Putin's plot against America. This is the scandal. It already exists—in plain sight.

...This country needs a thorough and public investigation to sort out how the Russian operation worked, how US intelligence and the Obama administration responded, and how Trump and his associates interacted with Russia and WikiLeaks. But whatever happened out of public view, the existing record is already conclusively shameful. Trump and his crew were active enablers of Putin's operation to subvert an American election. That is fire, not smoke. That is scandal enough.
Yep. It's one of the great frustrations of this outrage that the brazenness of Trump's and his associates' behavior is routinely used to excuse it.

Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman at the Washington Post: Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Files as Foreign Agent for Ukraine Work. "A consulting firm led by Paul Manafort, who chaired Donald Trump's presidential campaign for several months last year, retroactively filed forms Tuesday showing that his firm received $17.1 million over two years from a political party that dominated Ukraine before its leader fled to Russia in 2014. Manafort disclosed the total payments his firm received between 2012 and 2014 in a Foreign Agents Registration Act filing late Tuesday that was submitted to the U.S. Justice Department. The report makes Manafort the second former senior Trump adviser to acknowledge the need to disclose work for foreign interests."

That refers, of course, to Manafort's work for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Putin then-prime minister of Ukraine, for whom Bernie Sanders' chief strategist Tad Devine also worked. [Relatedly.]

[CN: Video may autoplay at link] Kevin Johnson at USA Today: Donald Trump and His Team Hired an Army of Lawyers for Russia Investigation. Who Made the List? "In what has become a near-full employment opportunity for the defense bar, even some of Trump's lawyers have lawyers. Michael Cohen, another longtime Trump business attorney who is not part of the Russia team, recently hired former federal prosecutor Stephen Ryan after congressional investigators sought information from him last month about possible contacts with Russia. The Trump team has expanded its constellation of legal expertise to keep pace not only with Mueller's inquiry but with parallel investigations at least three congressional committees are pursuing, including the Senate and House intelligence panels and the Senate Judiciary Committee."

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That lock-out may be because the Trump administration didn't want the world seeing the Justice Department actually engaging in justice work by honoring Gavin Grimm.

[CN: Disablism] Robyn Powell at Rewire: How Media Coverage of Health-Care Protests by People With Disabilities Missed the Point. "As a woman with a disability, I was so happy to see the extensive local, national, and international coverage of the protests by the media. But while I am thrilled that the protest received so much attention, I am worried that some overlooked its purpose: to draw attention to the very real and devastating consequences people with disabilities will experience if the new health-care bill passes. ...This questioning of the protesters' competence is offensive. As leaders of ADAPT explained to ABC News, this action was planned well in advance. The protesters were at the Capitol because of their fears and outrage concerning the proposed draconian cuts to Medicaid: The House health-care bill included such drastic changes, and ADAPT correctly guessed the Senate bill would be similar."

[CN: Water contamination; racism; class warfare] Yessenia Funes at Colorlines: In East Chicago, Residents Can't Drink Their Water or Play Outside. "People are most familiar with what's happening to the water in Flint, Michigan, but the mostly Black and Hispanic residents of the West Calumet Public Housing Complex in the Indiana neighborhood aren't faring much better. Their soil and water contain lead levels hundreds of times above what the EPA deems safe. Residents were supposed to evacuate from the public housing complex by March 31, 2017... The city has provided the housing complex residents with section 8 housing vouchers, but [some residents have] had trouble finding an apartment that accepts the voucher."

And finally, in good news...

Daniel Boffey at the Guardian: Mayors of 7,400 Cities Vow to Meet Obama's Climate Commitments. "Mayors of more than 7,400 cities across the world have vowed that Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord will spur greater local efforts to combat climate change. At the first meeting of a 'global covenant of mayors,' city leaders from across the US, Europe and elsewhere pledged to work together to keep to the commitments made by Barack Obama two years ago. ...Kassim Reed, the mayor of Atlanta, told reporters he had travelled to Europe to 'send a signal' that US states and cities would execute the policies Obama committed to, whether the current White House occupants agreed or not."

Thank you, Mayors.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
          The gospel of Jeff Bezos is based on an illusion   
A high street retailer could have a wonderful culture and still get eaten by Amazon
          Totaling It Up. Will Nielsen Have An Audience For TAM, Or Is It Too Little Too Late?   

Co-written with Jesse Redniss. Originally published at tvrev.com on November 9, 2015.

Nielsen finally revealed details and a launch date for its OTT measurement system, dubbed “Total Audience Measurement” and the industry may never be the same. We’re (mostly) impressed with what they’re trying to accomplish and believe that it will kickstart TV Everywhere, so that 2016 will be the year we finally see the radical changes everyone has been waiting for.

Total Audience Measurement: What We Like

Ad Views versus Program Views: Total Audience Measurement (TAM) addresses the issue that in the brave new world of TV viewing, ads and shows need to be measured separately. That’s because someone watching the digital broadcast or VOD broadcast of a show may not see the same commercial load as someone watching the linear feed. Nielsen’s plan is to create two different metrics, one that will allow networks to know how many total viewers a particular show has, and one that allows advertisers to know how many people actually saw an ad.

Just About Every Device: TAM will be able to count views on just about every streaming and mobile device out there: PCs, mobile devices, tablets, VOD and streaming devices like Xbox, Apple TV and Roku. A few niche devices like the Apple Watch won’t be counted, but their low usage rates would not effect ratings anyway.

Bigger Panels: Nielsen is doubling the size of their panels from 20,000 households to 40,000. While we’d still like to see a measurement system that counts every single view, we also realize that no one is going to let the MVPDs (who are the only ones who have that capability) have that kind of power. Given the complex nature of TV rights and negotiations, responsibility for ratings are always going to fall to an impartial third party.

Moving Beyond C3 and C7: Nielsen has the ability to measure way, way beyond the C7 window. The reason they don’t is that the current rules, which date back to 2006, do not allow them to. To remedy this, Nielsen is working with the major ad buying agencies and networks to change those rules, something they say they’re not getting much pushback on. So we should soon be seeing accurate ratings many days out, which will allow for a more realistic picture of current viewing habits.

Moving beyond C7 also acknowledges the rapid growth of ad-supported VOD, which means that views 21 or even 91 days out are as likely to be on VOD as they are on DVR. Those numbers are going to prove very useful to networks when making programming decisions, as they’ll be able to gauge which shows have developed bigger audiences in the off-season — a powerful piece of data since audiences who discover shows via bingeing tend to be far more evangelical and passionate than those who discover the shows via linear.

Measurement For Streaming Services: Sort of. While YouTube and AOL will be fully measured, Netflix and Amazon don’t want Nielsen poking under the hood. But it seems that several of the major studios want to know how their shows are doing on those streaming sites and are supplying Nielsen with audio files so they can find out. We wish Hastings and Bezos would stop being so secretive — we get that they don’t rely on ad revenue, but releasing ratings numbers would allow everyone to know just how popular their new shows are and with whom, data that can influence programming decisions on ad-supported networks too.

What We Don’t Like

Still No Social. As we pointed out last year, the key measurement missing from TV ratings systems is social. While Nielsen does measure Twitter, it’s an open secret that Twitter ratings are reflective of what’s popular with Twitter’s unique audience clusters and not with the viewing population at large. You can see this by looking at the social TV ratings from companies like Shareablee, where Instagram sometimes outranks Facebook, and both leave Twitter in the dust, the latter often accounting for well under 10% of audience interactions.

Adding social ratings, especially social ratings that take context into account, will give a clearer picture of what shows, ads, actors and genres are resonating with viewers. As more and more marketers move toward smarter insights like “emotional resonance” and “advanced sentiment analysis” to derive true meaning behind flat metrics. It will also give a clearer idea of what else those viewers like (Psychographic insights) allowing networks and advertisers to see patterns between the shows and the show’s audiences. In addition, the size of the social audience, Facebook in particular, provides census-level data, which can serve as a check on Nielsen’s panel data.

Or Is There? We keep hearing rumblings about Nielsen adding anonymized Facebook data to the overall Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings data set. When you break down the Nielsen SDK demo process, it seems that Nielsen will be bumping up its data to Facebook anyway in order to attach demo and psychographic info. So, while we can only assume that Nielsen’s next step, after TAM is released, will be to go to Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat (and maybe even Tumblr) and start incorporating their numbers into the social rating, the question remains as to how they’ll do it in a way that’s “fair & balanced” to their long time partner Twitter? If the social TV ratings from companies like Shareablee, which consistently show Twitter responsible for less than 10% of the social TV traffic for most hit shows are any indication, it’s going to be rough roads ahead for Twitter’s relevance here.


Branded Content and Brand Funded Content

As consumers continue to find ways to avoid interruptive advertising, brands are taking a #CreatedWith approach to ad integration, looking to place their messages within the content of the show. As these executions become more popular, Nielsen will need to start measuring their effectiveness as well. This is particularly important if these executions are going to become part of the programmatic buying systems that are all the rage today. Without a way to measure #CreatedWith and other branded integrations, TAM is going to fall short. It’s our opinion this should be the next challenge Nielsen tackles.

What Happens Next

TV Everywhere Explodes. This is the real benefit to TAM. Because once the networks know that all those non-linear views will be counted by a universally accepted measurement system, their objections to TV Everywhere melt away.

Until now, the networks have been (rightly) worried that views on tablets and VOD and streaming devices equaled money down the drain, as those viewers meant lower ratings and thus less ad revenue. Hence all the restrictions on TV Everywhere apps. But now that everything’s being counted, the networks are more than happy to let you watch whenever, wherever and however you want — the more the merrier. They know that when people have more ways to watch TV, they actually do wind up watching more TV. Ratings go up along with ad revenue, and everyone is happy.

The MVPDs, who provide both pay-TV and broadband service will also be more than happy to have you watch TV via an online connection, since the more bandwidth you use, the more money they make. That’s because MVPDs make their real money on broadband — pay TV provides very thin margins.

That means the MVPDs will be rolling out new and improved versions of their TV Everywhere apps, which will be freed from the restrictions they’ve had until now. So you’ll be able to tap into their VOD libraries, watch whatever you want when you’re away from home, pause and rewind, and otherwise enjoy a superior TV experience.

Audience Parting

As OTT viewing explodes (along with the ability to measure it), we will see much more of what we call “Audience Parting” — advertisers buying specific audiences rather than specific day parts. Time shifting will play a huge part in this as well, since buying prime time shows (or shows that originally ran in prime time) is no longer a guarantee of anything — early research shows that there are significant differences in the audiences who watch TV live, the audiences who watch 3–7 days out and the audiences who watch 3–7 weeks out. By buying specific audiences, advertisers will be able to replicate the powerful targeting capabilities currently available online, without sacrificing their ability to reach mass audiences. It may be more work for the networks ad sales teams, but should result in higher fees for the more targeted audience. If Nielsen’s TAM works as expected, audience parting should become the rule, rather than the exception.

A Data Explosion

While Nielsen may begin collecting additional data from all the OTT sites they’ll be monitoring, they’re far from alone. The networks have been busy collecting first-party data on their viewers via systems like Viacom Vantage, NBCUx and Turner Data Cloud and using that to power new programmatic style ad buying programs. These systems will serve to keep Nielsen on its toes as the first party data the networks collect is deeper and less reliant on panels. Nielsen will need to continually innovate to keep pace with TV’s new digital-centric reality, particular when it comes to data. Advertisers will be the real winners however this shakes out, since the more data they have (regardless of its source) the better decisions they’ll be able to make.

Maybe The Future Isn’t About Apps, Tim.

As much as we want to love everything Apple does, the problem with an app-based future, is there’s no program guide, no central organizing system that keeps track of your shows and where they are.
Siri might someday fulfill that role, but for now, for anyone who watches more than just a few hours of TV a week, the MVPD offerings, which combine in-home set top box delivery with full TV Everywhere service for hundreds of channels, will be the way to go, providing access to just about anything you’d want to watch (including short form content from YouTube and others) along with an easy way to find and organize it all. Throw in a single bill for all your TV and broadband needs, and it’s a hard deal to turn down. Comcast has done a stellar job of driving this paradigm to reality.

The Change Is Now.

As all TV begins to feel like Netflix, we’ll be seeing even more changes in the way we watch. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for and with the launch of a universally accepted measurement system, there’s nothing to hold it back.

          Trump Attacks Washington Post, Amazon Over ‘Internet Taxes’   

President Donald Trump attacked The Washington Post and Amazon on Twitter Wednesday, arguing that the online retailer was not paying “internet taxes.” Trump stated on Twitter Wednesday: “The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!” It was not immediately clear what Trump meant by “internet taxes.” The White House declined to answer questions about the president’s statement. Amazon.com collects state sales taxes in all 45 states with a sales tax and the District of Columbia, according to their website. State governments have sought to capture sales taxes lost to internet retailers, though they have struggled with a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that retailers must have a physical presence in a state before officials can make them collect sales tax. Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Washington Post spokeswoman Shani George declined comment. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post in 2013. He made the purchase as an individual and Amazon.com Inc. was not involved. Bezos was one of a number of technology executives who visited the White House recently for a strategy session on modernizing government. Trump has taken shots at Bezos and Amazon on Twitter before. In 2015, he wrote that Bezos bought the Post “for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon.” He added that “If @amazon ever had to pay fair taxes, its stock would crash and it would crumble like a paper bag. The @washingtonpost scam is saving it!” In a break from presidential tradition, Trump has so far refused to release his federal tax returns. The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017 (AP)

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          Re: Seattle Gun Buyback Exceeds Expectations, Blows Through $118,000 in Under Three Hours   
@68
Enjoy throwing your money away.
It is still a fraction of what I give to the NRA, SAF, and JPFO, which in turn is a fraction of what I spend on ammo.
Even yesterday, I would estimate that the gun buyers had more money then was donated to buyback by rubes.

I do have to hand it to Jeff Bezos, he spent $30,000 and got people to buy $88,000 worth of gift cards from Amazon. Almost a 200% return on his investment in less than a month.

I wonder what Big Mario got for his $500, perhaps he is solely happy he got to be a greasy gun grabbing Italian Fascist who is too racist to deliver past Yesler.
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          Re: Seattle Gun Buyback Exceeds Expectations, Blows Through $118,000 in Under Three Hours   
Goldy doesn't write that there was an open air arms bazaar for a radius of four blocks around the "Freedom for giftcards" exchange. I saw more weapons bought than any gun show I have ever been to. There were auctions happening on and trades on the street. Turned out everyone did not want exchange their rights for a government handout, they would rather have cash.

I walked away with a neat little High Standard .22 pistol. It was worth it to see the lady's face light up when I handed her a hundo. Also my friend got his first magazine fed semiautomatic rifle, a Poly-tech AK folder with 5 40 round magazines, still in the box, he paid pennies on the dollar despite a bidding war. In total 8 of us purchased 9 firearms, and pretty much every buyer there got at least 1 gun. I am glad they were rescued from the furnaces and instead wound up in the hands of good Americans who understand the value of the BILL OF RIGHTS.

I can't wait until The City of Seattle has another publicly funded gun show. It was so much better to see the cops standing around bored rather than out catching real criminals responsible for the violence in our streets..

I also would like to congratulate Mayor Mike McDick for having the wisdom to tie up traffic in the city's hospital district, or as the locals call it "pill hill". You can really tell that some one cares about public safety when they cause a traffic jam that delays the ambulances trying to reach the regions cardiac and trauma centers.

@68
Enjoy throwing your money away.
It is still a fraction of what I give to the NRA, SAF, and JPFO, which in turn is a fraction of what I spend on ammo.
Even yesterday, I would estimate that the gun buyers had more money then was donated to buyback by rubes.

I do have to hand it to Jeff Bezos, he spent $30,000 and got people to buy $88,000 worth of gift cards from Amazon. Almost a 200% return on his investment in less than a month.

I wonder what Big Mario got for his $500, perhaps he is solely happy he got to be a greasy gun grabbing Italian Fascist who is too racist to deliver past Yesler.
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          Con una mega fortuna de $83.2 mil millones, Jeff Bezos, es ahora la segunda persona más rica del planeta, ¿en qué se gasta el dinero?   
Hace poco más de dos décadas, un vendedor de fondos de cobertura abandonó su trabajo para abrir lo que hoy
          If you want your meetings to be effective, WRITE good English!   
Take a leaf out of one of the world's leading entrepreneurial business people, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and encourage people to master the skill of writing memos — with subjects, objects, verbs, paragraphs, topic sentences. Continue reading
          In its first major venture of the Bezos era, the Washington Post launches national subscription partnership   
In one of the first tangible signs of new owner Jeff Bezos' influence on its strategic thinking, the Washington Post has launched an ambitious national partnership aimed at expanding its digital subscriber base at relatively low cost
          President Trump Attacks Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos Over Newspaper’s Coverage of Him   
President Trump on Wednesday attacked The Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for its..
          Trump Accuses Amazon of Tax Avoidance, Bankrolling ‘Fake News’   
President Trump Participates In American Technology Council Roundtable Discussion
The president implicitly threatens Jeff Bezos with higher taxes, for owning a newspaper that reports critically on the White House.
          If you couldn't make money in space, Bezos and Musk wouldn't be interested in it   

Apparently the US government is awash in new license requests for companies who anticipate business opportunities on the moon, or at least in space somewhere.

Humans haven't exploited the lunar resources because presumably it's too expensive for any single nation to undertake and until now, there hasn't really been a market for it. But with Bezos and Musk pouring money into the moon and Mars respectively, there's a lot of commercial interest.
 
There needs to be a multi-national mission to conquer the moon and Mars. Obviously I'm not a one-world government guy, but like the ISS, a cooperative effort by lots of nations would limit costs for each and the mission would be what it has always been in the movies and our imaginations.....just humans striving to live and conduct commerce somewhere beyond Earth.....and of course make it profitable by mining H3, the asteroid belt, low-grav manufacturing for more distant travel, manned outward-looking, "ground-based" telescopes, etc., and at some point, pleasure travel from Earth......
 
For instance, all inclusive vacation trips to "Hedonism XV: Lunar Love" (come for the Tang and a hyper dose of solar radiation, stay for the low-grav sex with strangers.......what happens on the moon, stays on the moon). Heh heh heh.

          Overnight Tech: Trump targets Amazon | DHS opts for tougher screening instead of laptop ban | Dem wants FBI to probe net neutrality comments | Google fine shocks tech   
TRUMP GOES AFTER AMAZON: President Trump on Wednesday attacked The Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for its coverage of him and his administration."The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of...
          Trump: NYT “a fake news joke” for report on health-care meeting   
a merry little media war between Donald Trump & national outlets did not find itself limited to a “Amazon Washington Post,” which Allahpundit covered earlier. Before taking on a Bezos empire, Trump went on a attack against a New York Times, not exactly a new target for Trump’s ire. a specific catalyst in this case […]
          Amazon shareholder says Jeff Bezos can rest easy after Trump tweet   
"To me it is honestly just noise," Baron Funds Michael Lippert tells CNBC.
          Trump attacks Amazon, Bezos' Washington Post, suggests company should pay 'internet taxes'   
It's not clear from the tweet if Trump was proposing a new tax on internet transactions, which could mean a big new expense for Seattle-area retailers and tech companies.
          Mark Zuckerberg makes $1.6 billion in a Week, net worth soars to all-time high   
Bolstered by surging revenues, the growing popularity of Facebook Live and the recent debut of a food-delivery service, shares of Facebook rose 1.5% Friday, finishing 3% above Monday’s opening price.

As the company heads toward its quarterly earnings announcement on November 2, the stock is now trading at an all-time high.

Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth, heavily tied to Facebook’s stock performance, has risen to a record $56.6 billion. 

The biggest beneficiary is, of course, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co founder and largest individual shareholder. This week alone Zuckerberg’s net worth increased by more than $1.6 billion to an estimated $56.6 billion; he is currently the fifth-wealthiest person in the world, according to FORBES’ real-time ranking of The World’s Billionaires, ahead of Mexico’s Carlos Slim, once the planet’s richest person.

Facebook has had an all-around stellar 2016. Shares are up over a quarter since January 1, despite briefly slumping soon after the New Year. As a result, Zuckerberg, who has a controlling voting interest in the company, jumped to fourth place on this year’s edition of The Forbes 400, up from seventh in 2015. He is now behind only Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett.

Analysts remain almost universally confident that the social media giant will continue to post strong results. With Facebook’s third-quarter earnings report around the corner, the business is projected to bring in roughly $7 billion in revenue, driven by huge growth in video advertising, particularly on mobile.

Culled from www.forbes.com
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          New Website Lets Users See the Universe   

Space tourism is in the news. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, recently announced the creation of Blue Origin, a company he says will take tourists into space by 2018. Virgin Galactic, under the leadership of Sir Richard Branson, is testing SpaceShip Two, a private spacecraft that, when full, can carry two pilots and six passengers. In Asia, two companies, PD Aerospace in Japan and ...

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          Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground   
The Washington Post, famous for breaking the Watergate scandal that brought down Nixon’s presidency, is churning out top-quality journalism in the age of Trump. As an organization the Post is gaining readers, hiring journalists and scooping its competition. As a private company since 2013, when the deep-pocketed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought it for $250 million, The Post doesn’t disclose much financial data. But by all visible measures, including the…
          Trump Today: Trump Today: President says Republicans will get health-care ‘over the line,’ targets Amazon’s Bezos again   
President Donald Trump predicted Republicans will get their Obamacare redo “over the line,” threw another barb at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and agreed to jet to Paris for Bastille Day.

          Seth Meyers cringes, laughs at Trump's obsessive need for media adulation   

President Trump began Tuesday by retweeting a series of posts and videos from Fox & Friends, including a monologue from Sean Hannity, whose sycophancy toward Trump earned him a rebuke Wednesday from Trump super-fan Ann Coulter. "The Fox & Friends shower Trump with so much praise, they're starting to sound like the helicopter parents of a [censored] private-school kid," Seth Meyers said on Wednesday's Late Night, breaking out his best private-school-helicopter-parent voice: "Our Donny would never collude with Russia! How dare you?! Do you know how much money we give to this school?"

The praise is mutual, even though — as in the case of Hannity — it sometimes does more harm than good. "Trump is apparently so obsessed with praise from the media that, according to The Washington Post, he keeps this framed Time magazine cover hanging at several of is golf clubs," Meyers said, showing the magazine. "Cool cover, flattering photo, just one problem: the Time cover is a fake. That's right, Trump hung a fake Time magazine cover, with his face on it, in his private golf clubs. That is the literal definition of fake news. This would be the saddest thing I've ever heard if it wasn't the funniest thing I've ever heard."

"Now, apparently, Trump didn't like this report from The Washington Post, because today he tore a page out of the strongman playbook and attacked Amazon, whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post," Meyer explained, showing the tweet. "So Trump is threatening Amazon by implying that he might make them start paying internet taxes. There's just one problem with that — there is no such thing as an internet tax." The closest thing we have to an internet tax, he joked, is that if you go on the internet, you have to read Trump's tweets.

Meyers spent the rest of his "Closer Look" on the GOP's ongoing, very-much-alive plans to push through their health-care bill, including a proposal to get the House to pass whatever the Senate approves, and the GOP's apparent efforts to sideline Trump from the process. Watch below.


          Online Shark hunting new prey   
Amazon, a godsend to middle-class Americans has outdone itself. CEO Jeff Bezos announced last week that Amazon has made the innovative move to purchase the Whole Foods franchise for $787 billion. Find this story and more in your Weekday edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!
          电商狂想曲:当日送达+生鲜业务颠覆购物模式2013-06-06    

美国电子杂志《Slate》周三发表署名法哈德·曼约奥(Farhad Manjoo)的文章称,当日送达服务和生鲜电商结合后,人们的整个购物模式都会发生巨大的变化,这种影响不亚于亚马逊当年对图书行业的冲击。有了这些服 务,当你需要购买任何商品时,不仅可以足不出户,而且只需要几个小时,就会有人送货上门,就像把所有的商店都搬到了家门口。如下是文章全文:

当日送达
几天前,我家的厕纸用完了。这种情况你应该不会陌生:我家里的最后一卷纸开始倒计时了,这时,你可能需要在几个小时内跑去店里买些新的回来,最多也不能超过 一天。具体情况要取决于你家里有多少人,以及厕纸的用量。除非你是单身,几乎不怎么在家里如厕,否则如果超出这个时间,你恐怕会很悲催。

但我的情况更糟,当我家最后一卷厕纸即将用完时,家里的纸巾、尿不湿和洗洁精也都快没了。显然,我家似乎很快会陷入一场“灾难”。但与往常一样,我当时很忙,根本无暇出门购物。

不 过,这场“灾难”最终的结局还是很圆满。今年4月,我开始测试“谷歌购物速递”(Google Shopping Express)项目。这项电子商务服务号称可以在几个小时内完成订单的配送,目前正在旧金山湾区推广。你可以在线订购塔吉特、Walgreens、玩具 反斗城、Office Depot等连锁零售商的商品,甚至是Blue Bottle Office的小型本地商店的货品。

谷歌购物速递会将这些店面的多数商品都汇总到一个界面中,方便你同时下单。这些商品的价格与实体店里完全相同,等到你选好商品后,便可以看到配送选项,例如“今天任何时间”或“下午2点至6点”。确定配送时间后,订单便完成了。

在我家的厕纸用完的那一天,我中午在这项服务上下了单。下午4点刚过,一位穿着绿色T恤的谷歌快递员就把东西送到了我的家门口。收完货后,我立刻回去工作,整个过程都没有踏出家门半步。

据报道,谷歌考虑针对这项服务收取60至70美元的年费,与亚马逊金牌服务展开竞争。但目前,该公司尚未确定最终定价,而在测试阶段,整个服务完全免费。我 发现这项服务非常易用,不仅价格低廉,而且极其可靠。与我第一次使用亚马逊金牌服务时一样,这改变了我对购物的理解。事实上,刚刚上手不久,谷歌购物速递 便取代了亚马逊,成为我很多日用品的首选购买渠道。

我以前都是通过亚马逊的Subscribe & Save服务购买厕纸、纸巾和尿不湿,如果你选择常规的快递,便可以享受很高的折扣。对于用量比较确定的东西,这项服务的效果令人十分满意,但如果是那些 难以估算的商品——例如新生儿的尿不湿——用起来就不太方便了。我经常在Subscribe & Save服务下次发货前用完旧货,也经常在新货送到时,家里的旧货还没用完。但谷歌购物速递就简单多了,你根本不用跑去仓储式超市,就可以买到那里的低价 商品,免去了开车、停车、排队的烦恼。而且所有的东西都可以立刻送货上门。

前景广阔
用过几周后,我已经被谷歌购物速递的理念深深吸引,坚信这将成为未来的购物趋势。(事实上,这也曾是购物的过去——1990年代末,Kozmo和Webvan 等服务也曾经开展过类似的业务。)不只是谷歌,据路透社报道,亚马逊也在扩大“亚马逊生鲜”(AmazonFresh)业务的覆盖范围。在西雅图运营多年 后,该公司终于决定在其他城市提供这项杂货配送服务。亚马逊此举证明了我一年前提出的一个理论:这家电子商务巨头的长期目标,是让当日送达在多数情况下成 为一种常态。

亚马逊当前的主要劣势是配送延迟。虽然网上购物适合很多情况,但全世界的多数零售活动还是要涉及到厕纸或洗洁精这种需要立刻购 买的东西。这也可以解释沃尔玛每年为何能卖出5000亿美元的商品,而亚马逊的销售额却只有610亿美元。沃尔玛的用户每周都会来买好几次晚餐所需的东 西,同时采购一些利润率更高的商品。而通过杂货和日用品的当日送达服务,亚马逊和谷歌也在试图挺进这一市场。

在使用谷歌购物速递的过程中, 我发现这项计划的确大有可为。倘若部署得当,当日送达服务将彻底消除线上和线下购物之间的商品差异。现在,当你想买一件东西时,你肯定要经过一番思考:我 现在就需要吗?能等上两天吗?值不值得开车去买?而有了当日送达服务,你再也不必如此纠结。所有的购物都可以通过互联网完成。

但这仅仅是个 开始。当日送达服务的长期前景在于,它给杂货市场带来的冲击,足以比肩亚马逊当年在图书和音乐市场推动的变革。这种优势显而易见。在超市里,货架空间有 限,而且成本高昂,正因如此,你很难在一家店里找到所有想要的东西。Safeway是一家规模适中的连锁超市,离我家不远,大概可以满足我四分之三的购物 需求。但很多时候,当我要寻找一些独特的商品时——例如高品质的海鲜、特质香料、现烤咖啡豆、优质面包和各种椰汁——还是得专门跑一趟全食超市、 Trader Joe’s、中国或印度市场,或者是一些比较偏僻的地方。

在理想状态下,一家店就应该可以满足我的所有需求,但这根本不可能 ——我家附近的社区对新鲜的印度咖喱叶和活龙虾没有多少需求,所以Safeway不可能设置专门的货架来出售这些东西。但如果一家店能够面向一个大都市的 所有人出售商品,即使某些商品的常规需求不高,依然可以积少成多。这便为当日送达服务创造了光明的前景:它将创造一个真正的一站式购物平台。就算你需要的 是“长尾”商品,也可以得到满足。

模式差异
谷歌和亚马逊都在努力解决这个问题,只是方法 略有不同。谷歌的服务不会设立任何仓库,所有东西都直接从本地商家那里采购。为了提高效率,这套系统会尽可能通过距离你最近的实体店采购。(我订购的塔吉 特的东西是从一家距离我家9.5公里的地方送来的。)另外,与亚马逊生鲜不同,谷歌购物速递还没有销售牛奶、农产品和其他易腐货品,但该公司正在努力实现 这一目标。

谷歌有可能还在努力与更多零售商签约,从而扩大商品范围。当日送达服务或许将与网络广告系统采用相同的模式——未来,任何想要参 与进来的商家都可以自主注册,通过该系统销售商品。谷歌每展示一条搜索广告都会收取一定的费用,与之类似,今后的谷歌购物速递可能也会从每笔订单中抽取一 些佣金。

亚马逊生鲜也与当地零售商签订了协议。该服务在西雅图的采购范围包括数十家餐馆、特色超市、鲜肉和海鲜店、面包店。但与谷歌不同, 亚马逊还会设立自己的仓库,直接向消费者出售商品。该公司销售的很多水果和蔬菜都是通过后一种模式提供的。自主销售商品可以密切控制品质。亚马逊还有一项 很好的功能,可以对所购买的商品逐一发表评价:例如,今天买的牛油果可以得2分,而豆瓣菜则可以得4分。

我不住在西雅图,所以从没用亚马逊 生鲜买过东西,但由于价格很高,所以我一点也不觉得遗憾。英国黄瓜每磅(约合0.9斤)5美元,大概比我这里贵4美元。墨西哥辣椒每磅甚至要6美元,有机 胡萝卜将近5美元一束。这些东西都不符合亚马逊历来的低价政策,价格甚至比全食超市还贵。

另外,虽然亚马逊生鲜的选择余地更大,但却并没有包含我开车十分钟所能买到的所有东西。他们不卖咖喱叶,没有整条的鱼,没有无麸玉米面包,没有现烤咖啡豆,也没有全世界最好的椰汁。所以,尽管长尾杂货网购有朝一日可以实现,但2013年的这个“尾巴”仍然很短。
哪 款服务会最终胜出,谷歌还是亚马逊?近年来已经有多家公司试图征服当日送达业务,但却一一折戟而归。所以,最明智的答案似乎是谁也无法胜出,尤其在易腐商 品销售领域——这类产品的利润一向微薄,而用户的期望却始终很高(你永远不会到那些会碰碎鸡蛋的店里购物)。所以,如果两家公司都无法找到真正满足自己野 心的模式,也并不出人意料。

但另一方面,倘若当日送达杂货服务能够成功,回报将不可限量,尤其是对亚马逊来说。如果这家网络巨头既能增加商 品种类,又能降低售价,就将从一家每周逛一两次的网店,变成每天必逛的网上杂货店。它将成为全球触角最广的零售商。更重要的是,它还将成为全世界最受欢迎 的零售商——相信我,如果有人能在你每次需要厕纸时,都及时为你送货上门,你一定会爱上他。无论成本有多高,无论挑战多么艰巨,杰夫·贝佐斯(Jeff Bezos)都无法忽视背后的巨大利益。


          "The Best Tablet at Any Price"   

With Amazon releasing it's new line of Kindle tablets this week, the comparisons with the market leader iPad have emerged once again. Spec-for-spec, price-for-price, etc. Let's undress The Kindle Fire HD for a bit and see what it's packing. The Kindle Fire HD comes in two models: The 7" & 8.9" versions. Since the 8.9" is the closest to the iPad in terms of size I'll use that in my analysis.

Coming right off the bat the 16 GB Kindle Fire HD comes in at $299, whereas the 16 GB iPad starts at $499––That's a significant $200 price difference. But is it really about price? I'm not going to compare feature for feature with the iPad because I believe it all comes down to the overall experience of the device (and that includes software). But here are the standouts anyway, the Kindle Fire HD comes with a 1920x1200 HD display, a 1.5Ghz dual core processor, a dual band Wi-Fi antenna (faster speeds), and an HD front-facing camera. Shockingly, it doesn't come with a rear-end camera. Say what you want about people looking stupid when taking photos with their iPads, or not using their iPad as the primary photo/video capturing tool. But watching the Olympics, I could count a decent amount of folks using their iPads to shoot Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt breaking records. And what if you have to capture that special moment for example, of your baby taking her first steps, and all your have is your iPad? I think a rear facing camera on a tablet is good to have, just-in-case. 

If you watched the keynote, you got some insight into Amazon's Kindle Fire business model. They are obviously selling this thing at slim margins--if any margins at all. But the Kindle Fire according to Bezos is not being sold to make money on a device basis, it's a front door to Amazon's vast world of content. It's a smart model if you think about it: Sell the hardware (for cheap) as access points to your content, and then let the consumer roam free in the store. After all, Amazon is first and foremost an e-commerce company. And if there's one thing I know, one doesn't' buy just a piece of item on amazon.com to never return. Their prices are so much lower than the competition that you can't help but come back for more shopping. In the keynote address, Jeff Bezos mentioned that they have built the best tablet at "any" price. I don't agree with this assessment. Maybe the best tablet for an uninformed consumer. If you own an iPhone and a Mac and you're a going to buy the Kindle Fire HD as your first tablet, I would love to hear your reasoning. And if the sole purpose of the Kindle Fire line is to bring users into the Amazon content ecosystem, then stepping up to the iPad with comparisons talk is kind of crazy from my point of view.

Amazon has apps on iOS for their Amazon store, Kindle books and Amazon Instant Video streaming content. Again, you can buy almost anything with their app, from books to microwaves and lawnmowers. Plus if you're an Amazon Prime member you can stream all your Prime movies on the iPad. The only downside to the Amazon Instant Video app is that one can not purchase a movie through the app, but rather have to do so on the Amazon website--that's easy to do with mobile Safari. So for $200 less you are losing owning a well engineered (and designed) device with the best app ecosystem in the world. Not forgetting the best mobile software in iOS. I was having an interesting conversation with a friend and he made a comment about users possibly "switching" to the Kindle Fire HD because of specs and the lower price tag--I really don't see that happening. Why would anyone throw away the superior Apple software experience to grab a Kindle Fire HD running a modified version of Android? Mind you, Apple refreshes it's iOS devices annually if you're a spec-seeking consumer. And with the imminent release of iOS 6 next week, a user can start reading an article on Safari with their iPhone, and catch up on their iPad. Just like magic. Not really, it's called iCloud. And the Kindle Fire doesn't have that. Again, I don't see anybody giving away the app ecosystem, intuitive design, iCloud experience and beautiful Retina-display of an iPad 3 for a Kindle Fire HD. The Amazon apps on the iPad gets the job done.

It's a no-brainer, the iPad is still the best tablet at any price.
          3 Amazon 3   

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Estoy leyéndome estos días The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. Relata el ascenso de Amazon desde que era una web hípercutre hasta su transformación en ese agujero negro de dos cabezas (casi monopolio por el lado del consumidor, casi monopsonio por el del distribuidor) que es hoy.

Como toda empresa que aspira a barrer el estado actual de las cosas, empezó buscando los fallos del sistema. Esta cita del principio del libro lo explica muy bien (contexto: inicialmente no tenían almacén, sino que pedían los libros directamente a los distribuidores en el momento en el que un usuario hacía una compra):

One early challenge was that the book distributors required retailers to order ten books at a time. Amazon didn't yet have that kind of sales volume, and Bezos later enjoyed telling the story of how he got around it. "We found a loophole," he said. "Their systems were programmed in such a way that you didn't have to receive ten books, you only had to order ten books. So we found an obscure book about lichens that they had in their system but was out of stock. We began ordering the one book we wanted and nine copies of the lichen book. They would ship out the book we needed and a note that said, 'Sorry, but we're out of the lichen book.'"


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Años después, Amazon estuvo en el otro extremo de la jugada. Amazon Noir se aprovechó de un fallo en la utilidad Look inside de Amazon, que permite buscar en el interior de cualquier libro, para descargarse el texto completo de miles de títulos. Aquí lo explican:

Amazon Noir is another project by the artist/hacktivist team Ubermorgen.com, which exploiting a trivial element of the amazon.com website. You can search for any phrase in any of the books which the site offers for sale and you will get a short, 50 word quotation from the book. Ubermorgen started the process, as they searched for the first few words of any book, then used an algorithm to copy the last sentence and search for it again. Then sentence by sentence, entire books was reconstructed by the automatic algorithm in a matter of moments.


III

Hay que reconocerle a Amazon la capacidad de hacer una cantidad ingente de pasta a base de convencernos de que ese libro que se va a pasar tres meses en la estantería antes de que tengamos tiempo para leerlo lo necesitamos ya.

Yo he empezado a usarlo como catálogo: busco qué es lo que necesito y localizo alguna tienda en el barrio que me lo pueda pedir. A veces sale un poco más caro, pero es sólo el efecto inmediato. A largo plazo, no cagarse en el vecindario mantiene la comunidad local y es mucho más barato.


          Comment on It’s Official by Henchman Of Justice   
More on Amazon: 1) funneled profits through a Luxembourg money exchange to avoid taxes. 2) avoided paying state sales taxes for years. 3) when finally forced legally to start paying state taxes, Jeff Bezos Spews his elitist lies to explain the changes in taxation. 4) Amazon gets outed as funneling it's transactions through third party sites and services in order to avoid paying state taxes. 5) clearly Jeff Bezos of Amazon was lying his ass off with regard to taxes being paid and the company's position on paying taxes at the state level. 6) Amazon is only Amazon because it has avoided paying taxes and the Elites in Congress and other levels of state government are in congruence conspiratorially with the Amazons and Jeff Bezos of the globe to continue subsidies for corporations and those piece of shit people who deserve nothing in life but to grovel and fend for themselves while Just Watching other people prosper.
          Comment on It’s Official by Henchman Of Justice   
Thunderlips has responded with force, ouch......the 350 pound butt squat. Trump watch: 1) Red Line - what was that about Trump criticizing everyone else about telling the world what you're going to do or or what may happen or or or..... 2) Trump takes another loss in healthcare - cancellng the vote is an admission of guilt, it is an admission of defeat, it is an admission that those in favor of these attempts thus far that Trump has been on board with simply are liars who look to continue abusing common folk. 3) Trump is in love with himself - Fake Time, Newsweek magazine covers 4) Attacking Jeff Bezos - Amazon founder has more wealth than Trump because Amazon got better tax breaks than Trump......Trump is a jealous con man, but Jeff Bezos is just a better con man....it makes Trump mad......just look at that face, lol......Trump is getting all defensive with his own shifting bs.
          Commenti su Non c’è vinavil che tenga di Daniele Leoni   
Caro Fabio, sempre lucidissimo e brillante! Mi piacerebbe un tuo parere sulla mia convinzione che gli eredi naturali del movimento operaio e della sua storia sono quelli che io definisco i maker, cioè i tecnici, dagli ingegneri agli scienziati agli operatori impegnati nel campo dell’intelligenza artificiale. Maker che progettano un futuro benefico e desiderabile dove la tecnologia libera finalmente l’umanità dal lavoro nocivo, pericoloso e usurante, quello della fatica che fa soffrire. Con le grandi catene del commercio elettronico che si alleano con una nuova categoria di operatori che io definisco CCM (Commercianti, Consulenti, Manutentori), una via di mezzo fra gli artigiani e i piccoli commercianti. Maker antagonisti dei trader, eredi degli operatori di borsa, che utilizzano l’AI (Intelligenza Artificiale) per giocare sulle microfluttuazioni del mercato azionario fino a generare degli operatori virtuali che agiscono nel mercato con una mitraglia di velocissime operazioni assolutamente slegate da valutazioni oggettive sulla qualità di un titolo. Una tendenza che snatura la borsa fino a provocare le crisi cicliche che purtroppo conosciamo. Matteo Renzi mi è molto simpatico, è capace di far sognare. Avrei preferito un leader laico ma bisogna accontentarsi. Vedo un ruolo importante dei socialisti nella crescita culturale del PD nella presa di coscienza dell’eredità di cui ti scrivo sopra. Assieme a Mauro e all’Avanti! stiamo lavorando su un bel progetto, il Rinascimento spaziale. Prendiamo atto che un’umanità che sta andando verso gli otto miliardi, deve assolutamente incominciare ad uscire dalla sua culla, cioè questo nostro pianeta. E’ una visone che fu di John Kennedy, che oggi si può saldare col sogno dei maker, che può investire su officine orbitali in grado di utilizzare appieno l’energia del sole, produrre meglio e in modo più salubre. Se il grosso dell’industria deve essere di robot, tanto vale che la facciamo fuori dall’atmosfera, al riparo dalla corrosione, dalla ruggine e dalla forza di gravità. Gli imprenditori più lungimiranti ci credono (Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos ecc.) e anche qualche italiano a cominciare da Roberto Battiston e imprese come dal D-Orbit. In fondo siamo alla ricerca di un obiettivo di lungo periodo, capace di far sognare. Un’umanità che invecchia nella sua culla, che rischia di sprofondare nei conflitti, nelle guerre, soffocata dall’inquinamento dalla carenza di risorse quando la fuori ci sono spazio e risorse infinite, è una prospettiva che non fa sognare nessuno. Daniele
          NUESTROS SUEÑOS Y ESPERANZAS ESTAN EN LAS PERSONAS MAS RICAS DEL MUNDO    

ESPERAMOS NO OFENDER A LAS PERSONAS MAS RICAS DEL MUNDO, PERO TENEMOS QUE CONFESARLES QUE NUESTRAS ESPERANZAS ESTAN PUESTAS EN ELLOS PARA LOGRAR UN MUNDO MEJOR PARA EL ADULTO MAYOR

Para nadie es un secreto el estado de abandono que sufre el adulto mayor en el mundo, son muy pocos los Gobiernos o Estados que se preocupa por esta parte de la población mundial, igual que las sociedades y las familias.

En Fundación Oneyda Cayetano siempre hemos pensado que quizás algún día, las personas que Dios ha bendecido con el poder del dinero, a base de esfuerzo y trabajo, puedan ver las necesidades y el abandono que sufren  las personas de la tercera edad, y quizás puedan inclinarse a ayudar a estas personas del mundo o de su país.

Los señores de la tercera edad no tienen ni siquiera la suerte de que sus Derechos Humanos sean respetados, ni por pena ni por lastima, aunque deberían ser tomados en cuenta solo por el hecho de ser seres humanos.

En nuestra fundación, esperamos no haber ofendido, por el hecho de expresar nuestros sentimientos y pensamientos solo quisimos compartir parte de las esperanzas que no perdemos por lograr UN MUNDO MUJOR PARA EL ADULTO MAYOR!

Oneyda Cayetano Suberví

Presidenta Fundación Oneyda Cayetano a Beneficio de Envejecientes y Hogar de Enfermos de Lepra.

República Dominicana

 
Forbes, nuevamente ha publicado hoy su lista anual de las personas más ricas del mundo 2013 – y una vez más, las compañias de tecnología y sus tentáculos continúan liderando gran parte de la lista.
Las 20 Personas Más Ricas Del Mundo En El 2013, por ForbesCon un patrimonio neto de $73 billones, en el número uno por cuarto año consecutivo es el magnate mexicano, Carlos Slim Helú, el cual controla el operador de telefonía móvil de América Latina,América Móvil, y también posee participaciones en compañías de telefonía móvil en Europa.
Bill Gates de Microsoft sigue ocupando el puesto #2 con $67 billones. La gran sorpresa de la lista Forbes este año, es el billonario español dueño de las tiendas Zara, Amancio Ortega, con unas ganancias de $19.5 billones salto al puesto #3, con un patrimonio neto de $57 billones, desplazando al “Oráculo de Omaha”, Warren Buffett, a la posición #4 – A continuación la lista de las 20 perosnas más ricas del mundo en el 2013:
#20. Sergey Brin – Estados Unidosnuevo en la lista Patrimonio neto: $22.8 mil millones
Sergey BrinAcerca: Serguéi Brin, with Larry Page (#19), es uno de los creadores del motor de búsqueda más grande del mundo, Google. Sergey estudió Ciencias Matemáticas y Ciencias de la Computación.

#19. Larry Page – Estados Unidosnuevo en la lista Patrimonio neto: $23 mil millones
Larry PageAcerca: Lawrence “Larry” Page, es un científico informático y empresario de la Internet. Él es el inventor de “PageRank”, la base del algoritmo de clasificación de búsqueda de Google. Larry es también el co-fundador y director ejecutivo de Google, desde abril de 2011, vio a su compañía logra ingresos de $50 mil millones en el 2012.

#18. Jeff Bezos – Estados Unidosnuevo en la lista Patrimonio neto: $25.2 mil millones
Jeff BezosAcerca: Jeff Bezos, es el fundador y director ejecutivo de Amazon.com, la líder mundial de ventas de todo tipos por la Internet, reportando más de $61 mil millones en 2012 ventas. Bezos fue recientemente nombrado el segundo mejor director ejecutivo del mundo por la “Harvard Business Review”, después (y antes de su muerte) de Steve Jobs de Apple.

#17. Karl Albrecht – Alemania
Patrimonio neto: $26 mil millones
Karl AlbrechtAcerca: Karl Hans Albrecht es un empresario alemán que fundó la cadena de supermercados de descuento Aldi con su hermano Theo.

#16. Samuel Robson Walton – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $26.1 mil millones
Samuel Robson WaltonAcerca: Otro miembro de la familia fundadora de Wal-Mart, Walton ha servido como jefe del directorio de la gigante minorista desde 1992.

#15. Alice Walton – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $26.3 mil millones
Alice WaltonAcerca: Alice Louise Walton es una heredera de la fortuna Wal-Mart. Ella es la hija del fundador de Wal-Mart Sam Walton y Helen Walton, hermana de S. Robson Walton y Jim Walton.

#14. Sheldon Adelson – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $26.5 mil millones
Sheldon AdelsonAcerca: billonario promotor inmobiliario, dedicado principalmente al negocio de los casinos, que vive en Las Vegas (Nevada, EE.UU.). Es presidente, principal accionista y director ejecutivo de Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

#13. Jim C. Walton – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $26.7 mil millones
Jim C. WaltonAcerca: Otro heredero de la fortuna Wal-Mart, Jim es el presidente y consejero delegado del Banco Arvest, que tiene sucursales en Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma y Missouri.

#12. Michael Bloomberg – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $27 mil millones
Michael BloombergAcerca: Michael Bloomberg es un empresario y político independiente estadounidense que actualmente es alcalde de la ciudad de Nueva York. Él es el fundador y propietario de un 88% de Bloomberg LP, una compañia de servicios de información financiera.

#11. Stefan Persson – Suecia
Patrimonio neto: $28 mil millones
Stefan PerssonAcerca: Ejecutivo empresarial y principal accionista del Grupo Hennes & Mauritz, así como hijo de su fundador, Erling Persson. Las tindas para presupuesto bajos H&M, se expandieron rápidamente por toda Europa y los EE.UU.

#10. Christy R. Walton – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $28.2 mil millones
Christy R. WaltonAcerca: Christy Walton heredó la fortuna de su esposo John Walton, cuando él falleció en 2005. El padre de John Walton fue el fundador de las tiendas Wal-Mart, Sam Walton. Christy ocupó el primer lugar de “La lista de las mujeres más rica del 2012“.

#9. Bernard Arnault – Francia
Patrimonio neto: $29 mil millones
Bernard ArnaultAcerca: Arnault y su familia poseen una participación del 46 por ciento del conglomerado multinacional francés ‘LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’, dueño de más de 60 marcas de renombre alrededor del mundo. LVMH es considerado el mayor fabricante mundial de artículos de lujo.

#8. Liliane Bettencourt – Francia
Patrimonio neto: $30 mil millones
Liliane BettencourtAcerca: Bettencourt es la heredera de la fortuna L’Oreal. Mientras que todavía técnicamente es la mujer más rica de Europa, un juez ordenó en octubre que la fortuna de la anciana multimillonaria se coloquen bajo el control legal de su hija y nietos. La billonaria heredera vendio su increíble isla privada en Seychelles por $60 millones.

#7. Li Ka-Shing – Hong Kong
Patrimonio neto: $31 mil millones
Li Ka-ShingAcerca: El hombre más rico de Hong Kong, Ka-Shing en la actualidad se desempeña como presidente de Hutchison Whampoa, un conglomerado con intereses en el transporte marítimo y la construcción. También posee una importante cartera de bienes raíces.

#6. David Koch – Estados Unidos (empatados)
Patrimonio neto: $34 mil millones
David KochAcerca: Junto con su hermano Charles Koch, es co-propietario y el presidente ejecutivo de la compañia Koch Industries, una de las mayores compañías privadas en el mundo.

#6. Charles Koch – Estados Unidos (empatados)
Patrimonio neto: $34 mil millones
Charles KochAcerca: Es co-propietario y presidente ejecutivo de la compañia, Koch Industries, junto con su hermano menor, David Koch.

#5. Larry Ellison – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $43 mil millones
Larry EllisonAcerca: Ellison es el fundador de la compañia Oracle. Un dato curioso es que Larry no terminó sus estudios universitarios. Tambien es considerado como excéntrico por sus gustos extravagantes. Acaba de comprar una isla completa en Hawaí por $600 millones.

#4. Warren Buffett – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $53.5 mil millones
Warren BuffettAcerca: Lo llaman el “Oráculo de Omaha” y es considerado como uno de los más grandes inversionistas del planeta – Mr. Buffett es el presidente ejecutivo de la multinacional Berkshire Hathaway, así como tambien el principal accionista de la mega compañía.

#3. Amancio Ortega Gaona – Españamayor ganador Patrimonio neto: $57 mil millones
Amancio OrtegaEl Mayor Ganador del Año: billonario español, Amancio Ortega, fue el mayor ganador de este año en la lista de billonarios de Forbes, saltando dos plazas para convertirse en el tercer hombre más rico del mundo, con un patrimonio neto de $57 billones de dólares. Su patrimonio neto creció más que cualquier billonario de la famosa lista: $19.5 millones, empujando su fortuna neta a niveles récord.
Amancio Ortega es dueño de la cadena de tiendas Zara, unidad de la compañía matriz Inditex, que también posee las marcas Massimo Dutti, Bershka y Pull and Bear. El señor Ortega posee casi el 60% de Inditex y además nunca concede entrevistas.

#2. Bill Gates – Estados Unidos
Patrimonio neto: $67 mil millones
Bill GatesAcerca: Bill Gates es el fundador de la empreza del software Microsoft, a persar que fue a estudiar a la Universidad de Harvard, no termino sus estudios universitarios para fundar su Microsoft. El segundo hombre más rico del planeta posee una de las casa más grande y con la tecnología más avanzada del planeta.

#1. Carlos Slim Helu – Mexico
Patrimonio neto: $73 mil millones
Carlos Slim HelúAcerca: Slim Helú provino de orígenes humildes. Su padre era un zapatero inmigrante y Slim construyó su fortuna desde prácticamente cero. Y a pesar de que tiene miles de millones ahora, sus amigos dicen que usa trajes baratos y prefiere la pluma y el papel a las computadoras. Conosca más acerca Slim Helu
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          Air Force Rethinks Military Space Plan After Bezos Rocket Component Blows Up   
Setbacks at Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin may have led the Air Force to rethink how it is funding next-generation access to space.
          Trump tells tech CEOs that Washington needs to 'catch up with the revolution'   

At a meeting with top tech leaders Trump promised a transformation of outdated federal technology, which, astonishingly, still includes floppy disks

Donald Trump called for “sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology” during the first meeting of the American Technology Council, established by executive order last month.

Eighteen of America’s leading technology executives – including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet – convened at the White House Monday for the summit.

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          Amazon Tests New Service for Prime Members   
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service.The new service allows Prime members to try on the latest styles before they buy at no upfront charge.
          Weekly Food Notes: Dipping Cheese, Whole Foods + More   

In the summer, things slow down a little. The openings, the closings, the plans and expectations for the Richmond dining scene — none of it is quite as hopping as usual. Nonetheless, the local world keeps on turning. The Weekly Food Notes took a hiatus last week, so we’re doing a little catch-up.

Hey, hey! The Richmond Wine Station is now open, it announced on its Facebook page. For more details, follow this link to a little story I did about it a while back. richmondwinestation.com

The Times-Dispatch reports that the new Sauer Center development where Pleasant’s Hardware had resided most of my adult life -- and which will be anchored by Whole Foods -- has been conditionally approved by the city. Um, conditionally? Has anyone told Jeff Bezos?

The Pit and the Peel, VCU’s favorite juice spot, opened its second location in Carytown in the former Pomegranate space at 3321 W. Cary St. You can expect an expanded menu and plenty of store swag on offer. thepitandthepeel.com.

The owners of the Pig & the Pearl have sold the restaurant’s building, coincidentally right across the street from the future Whole Foods, for the tide sum of $1.2 million, reports Richmond BizSense. They’re in a dispute with one of their investors, but Season and Mathew Appelget say the sale has nothing to do with it, and the restaurant will continue to operate. pigandpearl.com.

Nothing succeeds like success. Idle Hands Bread Co. is opening its second location at 407 Strawberry St., Richmond magazine reports. That’s the old Strawberry Wok and Sushi space. For another look at Idle Hands and owner Jay Metzler, follow this link. facebook.com/idlehandsbread.

Did I mention that Brenner Pass, the latest from the folks at Metzger Bar & Butchery, opened last week for dinner? You’ll find James Beard Award-nominated chef Brittanny Anderson at 3200 Rockbridge St. in Scott’s Addition serving Alpine-inflected cuisine. Obviously that means fondue, but also other dishes such as fritto misto with white anchovy, fennel, onion, lemon, and trout grenobloise with pommes fondant, lemon and parsley. brennerpassrva.com.

Mean Bird, the fried chicken food truck, opened a permanent spot in the old Sticky Rice To Go Go spot at 2227 W. Main St. tomorrow, while Hanami Sushi closed the same day in Glen Allen. meanbirdrva.com.


          Comment on The Official Way to Listen to the Podcast by Julian Bagwell   
Jamie I'm already a member but just got around to paying again through PayPal. No need for a refund - happy to join the fight against Bezos and his overmighty empire Julian
          Vilka media håller sig till fakta?   
En bit in på år 2017 vill jag dela med mig av ett fynd, som sociala medier bidragit till. Har översatt texten med hjälp av Google Översätt och gör därmed mitt för att den tjänsten ska bli mer träffsäker. Tar mig alltså friheten att återge en del av en artikel hos Forbes.com Artikeln är skriven av Paul Glader, som är docent i journalistik vid Kings College i New York och mediaforskare vid Berlins School of Creative Leadership. Jag ser mitt tilltag, som en praktisk tillämpning av de Fair Dealing Rights, vilka jag anser att vi nätmedborgare måste ha laglig rätt till, om vi ska kunna hålla oss ajour med vad som händer i världen baserat på tillförlitliga media. Önskar att även vi i Sverige kunde ha tillgång till en liknande lista över svenska och europeiska mediehus, som sätter en ära i en bra tillämpning av de pressetiska reglerna. Då artikeln i sin helhet är läsvärd finns en länk till den i slutet av blogginlägget. Här är Paul Gladers tio-i-topp lista, vilken kan tjäna som exempel och föredöme för andra listmakare.

"10 journalism-brands där Du kan finna reella fakta hellre än alternativa fakta.
Inse att miljontals fler människor kliar sig i huvudet och undrar vad man ska läsa och var spendera sina prenumerationspengar, här är mina topp 10 stora journalistiska varumärken där jag tror att du oftast kan hitta reella, rapporterade fakta:

1. The New York Times
Detta är, enligt min uppfattning, den mest inflytelserika tidningen i USA . Dess redaktionella sida och en del av dess nyhetsbevakning intar en vänsterorienterad, progressiv syn på världen. Men NYT hävdar även etiska normer för rapportering och de klassiska elementen i journalistik i Amerika. Det är vad som fortfarande - utan tvekan - hjälper NYT att vara kvar som den nyhetsorganisation i Amerika, som sätter dagordningen. Den är ledande inom näringslivet, politiken och kulturbevakningen.

2. The Wall Street Journal.
Tidningen med den största spridningen i USA, WSJ skapade sin struktur som en affärstidning och har banat väg för nya särdrag i amerikansk journalistik (till exempel kallas dess speciella mitten-kolumn "Ahed" och en längre form djupgående reportage kallas "leders"). Eftersom företaget köptes av australiska mediamogulen Rupert Murdoch 2007 svängde WSJ för att kunna täcka mera allmänna nyheter utöver affärsnyheter. WSJ är fortfarande helt Brand X bland dagliga affärstidningar i världen. Dess ledarsida är Amerikas bastion för den fria marknadskonservatismen, med hjälp av mottot "fria marknader, fria människor." Med tidigare republikanska talskrivare och strateger som Karl Rove, Peggy Noonan och Bill McGurn, som kolumnister, är WSJ ledarsida ofta ett måste för republikanerna i Washington. Och vänstervridna läsare bör inte avfärda WSJ ledarsida bara för att de kanske inte håller med om dess ståndpunkter. Den har vunnit flera Pulitzerpris för ledare och kolumner, vars kännetecken är en tydlig teori, backas upp av noggrann faktabaserad rapportering och djärva argument.

3. The Washington Post
Tidningen som fällde president Richard Nixon med sin rapportering om Watergateskandalen i början av 1970-talet behåller sin intellektuellt robusta tradition under det nya ägandet av Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com´s grundare . The Post har under årtionden varit en del av de tre stora nationella tidningarna - en jämlike med NYT och WSJ - när det gäller att vinna Pulitzerpris, anställa de bästa och smartaste reportrarna och producera stora scoops. Av de tre stora, är The Post utan tvekan den mest framåt-tänkande just nu i sina försök med nya digitala strategier som har ökat läsekretsen. Och med Bezos uppbackning, är The Post på ett uppdragskalas för begåvade reportrar medan NYT och WSJ har skurit ner sin rapporterings stab under de senaste månaderna. De flesta människor tror att The Post´s ledarsida lutar åt vänster, men betraktas ofta som mer kvar i mitten än NYT.

4. BBC
BBC är bärare av den globala standarden för kvalitet i Radio- och TV-journalistik. Om bara amerikanska kabel nyhetskanaler kunde följa BBC:s recept. Och samtidigt som PBS producerar några stora program med underhållning, dokumentärer och nyheter, verkar deras nyhetsprogram ofta sakna den kreativa energi som finns hos BBC. Medan NPR (National Public Radio) producerar en del fantastisk journalistik, förefaller huvuddelen av deras nyhetsbevakning komma från åter-rapporterade nyheter från New York Times och Associated Press. Och den amerikanska allmänheten uppfattar NPR vara mer vänsterinriktade än BBC.

5. The Economist
En annan brittisk export, The Economist, är bemannad med utmärkta ekonomer och journalister, som producerar en stramt redigerad, sakligt strikt berättelse om vad som händer i världen varje vecka. En underlighet är att The Economist inte offentliggör bylines av deras skribenter så du vet aldrig exakt vem som skrev en viss artiktel.

6. The New Yorker
Denna amerikanska pärla publicerar sofistikerade berättande facklitterära artiklar från topp skribenter och reportrar varje vecka i en tryckt tidning och i allt högre grad på andra plattformar. The New Yorker utökar sin publik på ett smart sätt på nätet, erbjuder massorna innehåll, som brukade vara öppen endast för deras prenumeranter i tryck. Tidskriften själv kör ett stycke fiction varje vecka (identifierar den som sådan). De faktabaserade reportagen i längre form om politik, kultur, näringsliv och andra ämnen tar ofta månader att rapportera, skriva och fakta-kontrollera. Resultatet är djup rapportering och analys varje vecka, som är svårt att hitta någon annanstans. Och de narrativa strukturer och tekniker, som författarna använder, bäddar för trevlig läsning. I likhet med The New York Times presenterar The New Yorker en progressiv syn på världen. Konservativa läsare bör känna igen det, men inte låta det hindra dem att njuta av några av de bästa rapporterade och skrivna verk om händelser i världen.

7. Wire Services: The Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg News
Du kan inte precis "prenumerera" på dessa nyhetsbyråer. Men du kan lita på att rapporter från dessa organisationer är sakliga. De ger en ryggrad av nyheter och informationsflöden om politik och ekonomi. Och deras medlemsorganisationer, som använder deras reportage, drar nytta av denna rapportering. Du kan följa dessa organisationer på sociala medier och kan även följa vissa reportrar för dessa organisationer som rapporterar om ämnen som intresserar dig. Dessa nyhetsbyråer har också webbplatser och mobila appar, som du kan använda för att hålla dig à jour med nyheterna.

8. Foreign Affairs
Detta varannan månads magasin publiceras av Council on Foreign Relations. Det är en serös tidskrift för folk som vill ha underrättelser om globala frågor. Magasinet och dess många digitala plattformar har fördelar från föredragningar, inlagor, dialoger, olika åsikter och analyser från många ledande tänkare, experter på internationella relationer.

9. The Atlantic
Detta är en annan nationell pärla, en månatlig tidskrift som presenterar en bild av nationen och världen från Washington D.C. Den informeras av många topp journalister, som skriver långa specialartiklar och ibland även några analyser. The Atlantic´s webb-sida yxar ibland till klick rubriker. Men tidningen och dess moderbolag skriver också under på amerikanska journalistiska principer för faktabaserad rapportering.

10. Politico
Grundat av reportrar som lämnade Washington Post 2006, har Politico byggt sig själv till en avgörande aktör i politikrapportering i USA (och med expansioner till Europa). De publicerar vissa produkter i tryck, men Politico är lätt tillgänglig på Internet och mobila enheter. Håll ett öga på Axios, en nyhets start-up lanserad i år av två grundare av Politico."

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Detta är endast en del av en längre artikel av Paul Glader, som är docent i journalistik vid Kings College i New York och mediaforskare vid Berlins School of Creative Leadership, publicerad av Forbes.com Den längre artikeln innehåller en intressant inledning och dessutom även en lista på Runners Up, som Du han hitta här. Glader presenterar sig själv som följer: "Tidigare i min karriär, var jag trainee på Associated Press och Washington Post. Jag arbetade som anställd skribent på Wall Street Journal mellan 2001-2011. Jag har också publicerat frilansartiklar i The Post, New York Times och New Yorker (hemsida) samt några av de publikationer som anges i listan för Runners up."

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          Java Posse #397 - Newscast for Oct 26th 2012   

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          Amazon’s epic 20-year run as a public company, explained in five charts   
Amazon’s epic 20-year run as a public company, explained in five charts
          President Trump attacks Amazon on Twitter, says it doesn’t pay ‘Internet taxes’   
In the latest clash between President Donald Trump and Jeff Bezos, Trump accused the Bezos-led Amazon of not paying taxes. "The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying Internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!," the president penned on Twitter. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/880049704620494848 Amazon technically does not own The Washington Post. Bezos himself purchased the newspaper in 2013 for a reported $250 million. AMAZON'S PRIME AIR TOWER WOULD LOOK AND SOUND LIKE A 'GIANT BEEHIVE' While it's unclear what "Internet tax" the president is referring to, Amazon does indeed collect sales taxes on items it sells on its platform. In the first quarter of 2017, Amazon paid $229 million in income taxes on approximately $1 billion in profits. Total revenue for the quarter was $35.71 billion. Amazon paid $475 million in income taxes on operating income of $1.07 billion. It's unclear what prompted the latest attack by Trump, but it may stem from a recent report by The Washington Post surrounding Trump and fake Time magazine covers hanging in his various properties. The newspaper found that a number of Time magazine covers in several of his golf clubs were deemed fake, including one from March 1, 2009. On this particular cover, it says “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” There is also a second headline, which reads: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!” A Time spokesperson confirmed to The Post the covers are fake and has asked The Trump Organization to remove them. HERE'S DONALD TRUMP'S FIRST TWEET EVER The shot at the tech giant, which is now valued at $450 billion and has made Bezos one of the wealthiest men in the world, comes after the White House hosted "tech week" to discuss several areas in which the federal government can improve efficiencies and help tech companies with regulations. As part of the discussions, the White House said it needs to update its technology and shift some of its data to the cloud, which could be a huge boost to Amazon and its valuable Amazon Web Services unit, the backbone of many businesses. Bezos, along with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt were spotted on camera. This is not the first time Trump has gone after Bezos, Amazon and The Washington Post, a paper he has derided constantly on social media. In 2016, Trump said that Amazon actually controlled the Washington Post and accused it of having an unlevel playing field and not paying taxes. TRUMP TWEETS COVFEFE, CAUSES TWITTER FRENZY “… Amazon, which, through its ownership, controls the Washington Post, should be paying massive taxes -- but it’s not paying, and it’s a very unfair playing field and you see what that’s happening and what that’s doing to department stores all over the country," Trump said. "Very, very unfair. And you’re talking about billions and billions of dollars. They should be paying those taxes.” He also made several other comments about Amazon on the campaign trail, noting Bezos and Amazon have an antitrust problem because of the size and scale of the company. "He thinks I'll go after him for antitrust," Trump said during the campaign. "Because he's got a huge antitrust problem because he's controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing.” Amazon has not yet responded to a request for comment on this article from Fox News. Fox News' Cody Desperina and Judd Berger contribued to this article. Additional reporting by Fox News.
          Gene Munster: Trump trying to undermine the credibility of The Washington Post   
Gene Munster, Loop Ventures founder, discusses President Trump going after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Munster says Trump is attempting to undermine the credibility of the Washington Post, which Bezos owns.
          Amazon Buys Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion   

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The Largest Name in Retail Continues to Grow Amazon.com (AMZN) recently announced it’s taking over the trendy supermarket chain, Whole Foods. At the beginning of this year I wrote an article which included a prediction that this would happen. Maybe Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos got the idea from reading my blog. 🙂 Whole Foods sells [...]

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          ALIBABA, LA EMPRESA QUE QUISO CONQUISTAR EL MUNDO   
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ALIBABA, EL NUEVO RETAIL


Amazon compra el 16 de junio WholeFoods por 13.500 millones de dólares , y hoy 28 de junio me informan de que Alibaba inyecta 1.000 millones de dólares en la plataforma de comercio electrónico LAZADA, de tal modo que pasa a elevar su participación en esta empresa hasta el 83%. Con esto ya son 2.000 millones de dólares los que ha invertido en esta empresa, ya que en abril invirtió otros 1.000 millones de dólares.
Estamos hablando de quizá la plataforma más importante de la región del mundo ASEAN, con unos 23 millones de compradores activos en Indonesia, Malasia, Singapur, Tailandia, Filipinas y Vietnam.
De este modo Alibaba se hace líder más allá de su casa China, en la región ASEAN (620 millones de personas) .
Pero ahí no queda la cosa, es muy posible que Alibaba cierre un acuerdo en los próximos días para adquirir la filial de software del fabricante chino de equipos de telecomunicaciones ZTE Corp. Lo cual huele clarísimamente a un movimiento estratégico de Alibaba para crecer en su negocio de computación en la nube. Se habla que desembolsará unos 300 millones de dólares.
De la misma forma que Amazon no se puede comprender sin entender la personalidad de Jezz Bezos, Alibaba no se puede analizar sin conocer la intrahistoria de Jack Ma (Ojo, hay que llamarle The Boss). Un tipo que es el más rico del país más habitado de la historia de la humanidad, criado en la más estricta ideología marxista, que estudió magisterio, pero, amigo mío, tuvo la lucidez de aprender inglés en un país y en una época en la cual casi nadie aprendía inglés. La historiase repite: tipo aparentemente vulgar, exiliado de los libros de economía del futuro, tiene una idea genial, apuesta por ella, y una década después yo les estoy hablando a ustedes de un tal Jack Ma, un sujeto podrido de dinero y que 2009 se presentó de la guisa que ven en la foto de abajo para dar un concierto en un congreso de su compañía…. Al otro lado del escenario había 20.000 empleados.
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Posdata: se trata del sujeto que está en medio de la foto.
Bien, intenten borrar esta imagen de su mente. Ya sé que es complicado, pero hagan un esfuerzo. Piensen que el tal Jack Ma es el máximo accionista de una empresa que hace unos meses, en 2016 vendía en un solo día 18 mil millones dólares, concretamente en el Día de los Solteros (el día de más ventas en China).  Y como me gusta hacer comparaciones para explicar bien una cifra, les diré que en todo un año, por ejemplo, el sector de perfumes y cosméticos en España facturó 6.660 millones de euros…
Si la evolución de Amazon ha sido meteórica en los últimos años, la de Alibaba es estelar (sobre todo desde que cotiza en Wall Street). Los ingresos de Alibaba, aumentaron 49% en los últimos 12 meses (desde marzo), y sus acciones han crecido un 43% en los primeros 5 meses de 2017.
Alibaba, junto a los otros dos gigantes, Tencent y Baidu forman el BAT[BAT: Baidu (buscador), Alibaba (ecommerce) y Tencent (social). Su equivalente sería el GAFA: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon].
Les contaré algo: el BAT controla 56,6% de las transmisiones digitales de China, y suponen gran parte del PBI privado de China. En otras palabras, gran parte de la economía privada china opera en alguna de las tres plataformas digitales que integran el BAT.
¿Qué estoy tratando de trasmitirles con estos datos? Pues que desde mi punto de vista las compañías chinas del comercio electrónico pueden estar tan, o más, preparadas para este nuevo RETAIL TOTAL que las americanas,  ya que están creciendo en una perfecta escenario económico digitalizado. Y en unos años los Chinos pueden que sean más “disruptivos” que los retailers americanos.
Sigamos.
El 21 y 22 de este mes de junio, el susodicho Jack Ma, se presenta en un evento en Estados Unidos. Y claro, hago todo lo posible por enterarme de lo que pasó ahí.  El evento se llamó Gateway 17, y reunió a unos 3.000 retailers, fabricantes y proveedores de servicios americanos. El CEO iba a contarles que era clave para su supervivencia futura que se aliaran con ellos para así poder conquistar a centenas de millones de clientes chinos .Los analistas hablan de que este evento es parte de plan de Alibaba para mejorar su imagen en los Estados Unidos de la era Trump. Yo creo que es más sencillo: se trata de ganar dinero, y punto.
Y claro, los retailers históricos, la NRF (National Retail Federation) , el looby del retail americano, resoplan ante la idea de  un nuevo advenedizo. Les basta y sobre con su “odiado” Amazon. Pero Jack Ma sentencia: Amazon es una empresa de comercio electrónico. Nosotros no. Nosotros ayudamos a otras empresas a convertirse en empresas de comercio electrónico “. El CEO de Alibaba les vendió a los presentes que a diferencia de eBay y Amazon , obsesionados con que los estadounidenses gasten dinero en sus plataformas, Alibaba lo que quiere es un millón de pequeñas empresas norteamericanas vendan sus productos a los consumidores chinos a través de su plataforma digital en los próximos cinco años. Y, como tirando de las orejas al peculiar Trump, indicó que eso podrá hacer que se cree un millón de empleos en los EE.UU. Y sacando pecho recordó que en 18 años de vida han ayudado a 11 millones de pequeñas y medianas empresas y que es el MÁXIMO responsable de crear 33 millones de empleos.
Aunque supongo que alguno de los presentes en la sala pensó que no había que fiarse mucho ( y más siendo la charla en el año en que China se ha convertido en el mercado minorista más grande del mundo, superando a Estados Unidos),  ya que la realidad es que Alibaba, al igual que Amazon, han cruzado las fronteras de su hábitat natural y han cometido el “sacrilegio” de tornarse físicos. Les cuento: hace unos meses, Alibaba paga 2.600 millones de dólares por una red de tiendas,Intime Retail…. Se trata de borrar las fronteras entre lo físico y lo digital. Se trata del NUEVO RETAIL.
Y hace tres semanas Alibaba compró el 18% en la cadena de supermercados Lianhua, propiedad del grupo Bailian, con sede en Shanghai. Todo los que hemos estado por esas tierras como turistas, conocemos la marca. Se trata de unos 3.600 supermercados, hipermercados y tiendas de conveniencia repartidas por todo el país.
Una pregunta: ¿cuántos retailers europeos, de cualquier sector, operan 3.600 tiendas?
Ah, y también ha comprado acciones de Yiguo, una empresa de entrega de productos frescos.
Ah, Y hace dos días se vertebraron los rumores de que Alibaba va a entrar en el accionariado del retailer italiano de moda online italiano Yoox Net-A-Porter. Estén atentos, aunque Alibaba lo está negando, nunca se sabe….
Ah, Y hace una semana, Alibaba llegó a un acuerdo con 7-Eleven para aligerar sus estrategias de ‘click&collect’ en Hong Kong: 330 tiendas estarán disponibles para que los clientes de Alibaba recojan sus productos.
…etc.

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Fuente: Bloomerg
De los numerosos documentos que he revisado, me gusta especialmente este cuadro de la consultora CBINSIGHTS sobre su “viaje a lo físico”:
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Está muy bien prestarle toda la atención del mundo a Amazon (yo lo hago), pero sería un error no mirar con el rabillo del ojo a Alibaba. Ese  gran desconocido en este país desde el punto de vista estratégico.
Alibaba, tiene una estrategia clara según mi opinión: Comprar otras cadenas de tiendas físicas (moda, electrónica, grandes departamentos…etc ), digitalizarlas y hacerlas más eficientes integrándolos en su cadena de suministro. Y de paso mejorar escenarios multicanales, a la vez que unificar todos los datos de los clientes de Alibaba y de las cadenas de tiendas físicas que vaya comprando.
Y les voy a contar otro asunto inédito por aquí: Alibaba ha fichado a un científico ex amazon para impulsar su “Plan Nasa” . Se llama Ren Xiaofeng, y era el científico jefe de Amazon Go. Uno de los responsables de sistema automático del pago que elimina las colas. El “plan Nasa” de Alibaba tiene como objetivo impulsar las capacidades tecnológicas de la empresa .
Y este plan habla de que Alibaba deberá estar preparado tecnológicamente para atender a “2 mil millones de clientes, dar servicio a 10 millones de negocios, y crear 100 millones de empleos”.
¿Y cuáles son los márgenes de Alibaba?
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Fuente: R&P Research
Los beneficios netos fueron de 11.100 millones de dólares y el margen de beneficio fue del 70% . Pero en realidad esto es debido a unas ganancias de más de 8.100 millones de dólares por intereses y ventas de inversiones
¿Y en el inicio del 2017? :
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¿Y España?
Pues precisamente hoy Alibaba ha firmado un acuerdo con el BBVA con la plataforma de pagos Alipay (la cual, casualmente es propiedad de Alibaba), para que el medio millón de turistas chinos que nos visitarán este año puedan pagar en las tiendas españolas a través de este servicio. A una media de unos 2.000 euros por visitantes, estamos hablando de unos 1.000 millones de euros….
Debemos felicitar al BBVA, ha estado más listo que sus competidores.
¿Y Europa?
A Alibaba le gusta Europa. En general a los chinos les gusta Europa. Supongo que nos ven cómo algo exótico, de la misma forma que nosotros los vemos a ellos.
Por eso hace diez días anuncia que lanza al mercado europeo “MaxCompute”, una gran plataforma de datos que permite a los usuarios almacenar y procesar grandes cantidades de datos, incluyendo imágenes, vídeo y audio con demandas de almacenamiento de hasta un terabyte, o incluso un nivel de petabyte.
El objetivo es que a través de MaxCompute, las empresas europeas podrán acceder a la inteligencia artificial (AI) de Alibaba Cloud.
Alibaba Cloud abrió su primer centro de datos en Europa en noviembre de 2016 con la empresa de telecomunicaciones Vodafone Alemania.
Pero lo que más le gusta de Europa a los chinos son sus empresas. Y precisamente hoy, 28 de junio el primer ministro sueco y una delegación amplísima de directivos de empresas suecas, cogen un avión y se plantan en Hangzou , en el Campus Xixi de Alibaba, y son recibidos por Jack Ma. Van a estudiar posibles colaboraciones entre el estado nórdico y el nuevo estado digital chino. En otras palabras, los suecos quieren que cuantas más empresas suecas sean acogidas por Alibaba mejor, y por tanto por cientos de millones de consumidores….
Créanme, irán más delegaciones de otros países europeos….

          Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos can save America’s largest source of clean power. Here’s how.   
“These big companies have huge, sometimes much bigger, influence on supply chain decisions than governments do.” — Michael Shellenberger Does the above headline look hyperbolic to you? I think it’s true — and we can help make it true by joining … Continue reading
          Amazon Prime Day: rebajas el 10 y 11 de julio durante 30 horas   
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El Amazon Prime Day 2017 ya tiene fecha. La compañía dirigida por Jeff Bezos tendrá sus rebajas el día 11 de julio y estarán disponibles durante 30 horas. Concretamente, el ‘evento’ de Amazon arrancará a las 18:00 horas del día lunes 10 de julio y estarán disponibles hasta las 00:00 horas del martes 11 de julio. Y como es habitual, durante este tiempo sólo los usuarios de Amazon Prime encontrarán en la plataforma ofertas flash con una duración de cinco minutos, así como las rebajas disponibles para todo este plazo.

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          You May Finally Be Able To Watch Amazon Prime Video On Your Apple TV   

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If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you may be able to access Prime TV shows and movies on an Apple TV later this year.

Recode reports that the two companies are close to an agreement that may finally bring the Amazon Prime Video app to Apple’s set-top box — something that Amazon had resisted doing. Apple told BuzzFeed News in 2015 that "all are welcome" on Apple TV, but so far, Amazon Prime Video has been a glaring, high-profile omission on the platform.

The relationship between Apple and Amazon hasn’t exactly been the best so far. In October 2015, Amazon, which sells its own set-top box called the Fire TV, and a cheaper version called the Fire TV Stick, pulled Apple TV from its website. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos later explained that the reason the company stopped selling Apple TV was because Amazon’s own Prime Video player wasn’t compatible with the device.

It isn’t clear whether Amazon will start selling Apple TV on its website again if it supports Prime Video. Amazon and Apple did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News requests for comment.


          Downloadable Amazon Prime Videos Great For Harried Parents Who Work At Amazon   

Now you can download shows like Transparent to watch offline.

A scene from Transparent, an Amazon original series.

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Good news for Amazon Prime subscribers: The company is making Prime Instant Videos available for offline viewing -- everything from TV shows and movies to Amazon original series like Transparent.

What this means practically is that people who've paid the $99 annual for Amazon's Prime membership program can download streaming video to view in places where there's no internet connection. Or, if you're an Amazon employee reportedly slugging through a 100 hour workweek, you can sneak a few episodes of Entourage before that meeting where you ritualistically wrestle your colleagues until blood is drawn -- without logging into company Wifi and possibly tipping off management.

In addition to the hilarious and Emmy-winning HBO show Entourage, Amazon is also making a bunch of children's shows available for offline viewing (although most pediatricians say it's never too early to introduce your kids to the wild antics of E, Turtle, Ari, and Johnny Drama). This is especially great if you're an Amazon employee who doesn't see your children as much as you'd like thanks to your reportedly grueling work schedule at the company. While you might have a tough time appeasing Madison and Avery after missing their ballet recital AGAIN, you can take solace in the fact that they will just LOVE watching the live-action kids series Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street whenever they want after downloading it to their Kindle Fires (slightly discounted at the company store when you pay with scrip*).

As Ari Gold, the hilariously high strung agent played by Jeremy Piven (Pivster, to his friends) would say on Entourage, "hey, that's a-ok!"

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*I have no knowledge that Amazon employees actually get discounts on Kindles or that there is company scrip. But did not having first hand knowledge of how to produce a movie stop Vinnie Chase when he wanted to make Medellin? No, no it didn't.


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          Stephen Colbert Fact-Checks Donald Trump Tweet Slamming Washington Post   
The day after Washington Post reported fake Time magazine covers featuring President Donald Trump were hanging in several of POTUS’s resorts worldwide, Trump blasted #AmazonWashingtonPost (Trump-speak for Washington Post owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos) in a tweet, for “not paying internet taxes (which they should)” – and ” is FAKE NEWS!" Trump also tweet-tacked New York Times, claiming that newspaper does not fact check its reports on him and is “A Fake News…
          Platforms Trump Products   
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          Anti-Trump Mogul Jeff Bezos Net Worth Languishes Under the Trump Tyranny   
We hear a lot, especially from the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, about how Donald Trump threatens democracy. Bezos' plaything has recently chosen the melodramatic motto Democracy Dies in the Dark. So, clearly the stock market must be discounting Mr. Bezos's future earnings under the lash of Trump, right? After...
          Google+, 100 mln utenti e pagina Italia   
(ANSA) – ROMA, 26 MAR – Oltre 100 milioni di utenti attivi ogni mese e il lancio della pagina di Google Italia: questi i numeri e le novita’ di Google+, […]
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SEATTLE -- With Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market, the Pandora’s box of acquisitions has been opened. Or at the very least, the rumor mill has started spinning.

Whole Foods appeals to a specific consumer base, and if Amazon really does intend to revolutionize the grocery sector, it might have to buy more of the market to get there.

There’s also Amazon’s competition to consider. Reuters recently reported that Wal-Mart is not likely to make a counter offer for Whole Foods, but there are still plenty of acquisition possibilities. Wal-Mart and other large grocers could start making acquisitions of their own, shoring up their defenses against Amazon’s seemingly inevitable brick-and-mortar growth.

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods could also mark a new era of acquisitions in which everything is up for grabs and nothing is off the table, especially when it comes to mixing the worlds of online and brick-and-mortar retail sales. And that's where the rumors come in.

Click through for some of the acquisition possibilities that have been discussed in the wake of Amazon’s surprise Whole Foods Market takeover …

The 7-Eleven network

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Forbes contributor Curtis Silver floated the idea that Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods marks an important step in tearing down the divisions between online and brick-and-mortar retail. “Clearly the online tech world is colliding with the physical, dusty world when an internet company purchases a brick-and-mortar operation at this scale,” Silver said.

To that point, Silver said, if Amazon can buy Whole Foods Market, then why can’t Facebook buy 7-Eleven? The proposal is just Silver exercising his creative imagination, but the potential synergy between the social network and the convenience-store conglomerate is hard to deny. He lays out a future where Facebook is “using your demographic data to create not only the ultimate ad experience, but make sure your brand of tobacco is always in stock. I don’t think Facebook will get into the grocery business like Amazon, but the social network kind of seems to align with the convenience-store model.”
 

World of pure imagination

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Silver didn’t stop at imagining Facebook acquiring 7-Eleven. His article envisioned a new reality where companies purchase brands that may not appear to align with their business model, but instead complement the company’s existing vibe or products.

Silver also said Google may want to buy Sears to fill the legacy retailer with exciting new tech. He said Ace Hardware could be a target for a future Amazon acquisition, and his article included other ideas outside of retail. For instance, what if Disney bought Netflix or if Red Bull bought GoPro? It sounds far-fetched, but so was Amazon buying Whole Foods Market a few weeks ago.
 

Anyone else?

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Wal-Mart isn’t likely to make a bid for Whole Foods, but that doesn’t mean other large grocery players are out of the running. The same Reuters article reporting Wal-Mart’s lack of interest in the natural-food retailer mentioned that “Kroger Co., as well as Target Corp. and Costco Wholesale Corp., have also been identified by analysts as potential bidders for Whole Foods.”

General next

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Chuck Grom of Gordon Haskett Research Advisors, thinks Whole Foods Market is just the beginning for Amazon. “The acquisition gives CEO Jeff Bezos a weapon to attract a customer he largely already caters to,” Grom said before continuing that the majority of Amazon Prime members make more than $100,000 per year. “But if the goal is to fully compete against Wal-Mart (and the low-end), then could Dollar General be next on Amazon’s buying list to go after an arguably larger part of the U.S. population?”

Benzinga.com quoted Brandon Fletcher, a Wall Street analyst with Bernstein, who also said Dollar General could be an attractive buying prospect for Amazon.

“Plenty of rural and semi-urban customers still need a dollar store,” Fletcher said. “A nearly national footprint and logistic fit would let Amazon solve [that] final mile.”
 

Wal-Co

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“I heard a rumor out there that Wal-Mart might consider acquiring Costco to offset the Amazon buyout of Whole Foods,” said The Street reporter Ken Goldberg.

Goldberg goes on to clarify that the news is just that, a rumor, and that Costco isn’t likely to be in an ideal position to be bought until 15 to 25 months from now when The Street theorizes that Costco’s assets could dip below $100.
 

Prime hub

next merger

Just because Amazon has made a large brick-and-mortar acquisition doesn’t mean it’s done acquiring tech companies, and Aaron Turner, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, thinks a player in the restaurant delivery market could be next, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“A combination of Whole Foods and GrubHub would give Amazon significant competitive positioning on in-home meal consumption regardless of whether the meal was prepared in-home or at a restaurant,” Turner said.
 

Kroget

Target

One reader of Morning News Beat, an online retail news source, wrote that Amazon’s entrance into the market could be an opportunity to combine Target’s connection to millennials with Kroger’s grocery offerings.

“Large Kroger Marketplace stores now have thousands of square feet dedicated to furniture, clothing and other nongrocery items, and while they are not doing poorly, they don’t have the millennial heartstrings like the cooler, hipper Target,” wrote Morning News Beat reader Chris Westermeyer. “Target’s grocery woes are well-known—and who does grocery better than almost anyone? Kroger.”
 


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Irmgard Schulz löst den Blick von den Ver.di-Plakaten an der Wand eines Saals im hessischen Bad Hersfeld, wo sich die aufmüpfigeren Mitarbeiter von Amazon zu ihrer monatlichen Versammlung eingefunden haben. Sie steht auf und ergreift das Wort: "In Japan hat Amazon Ziegen engagiert, damit sie das Gras neben einem Logistikzentrum fressen. Den Ziegen haben sie die gleichen Chipkarten umgehängt wie uns! Alles drauf: Name, Foto, Barcode." Das sagt einiges aus über die Unternehmensphilosophie des weltgrößten Onlinehändlers, dessen Kunden mit ein paar Klicks einkaufen können und binnen 48 Stunden einen Schrubber, die Werke von Marcel Proust oder einen Rasentrimmer ins Haus geliefert bekommen.1

Weltweit arbeiten hunderttausend Beschäftigte in den 89 Logistikzentren, deren Gesamtfläche beinahe 7 Millionen Quadratmeter umfasst. In knapp zwei Jahrzehnten hat sich Amazon einen Platz neben Apple, Google und Facebook in der ersten Reihe der Internetriesen erobert. Seit dem Börsengang 1997 ist der Umsatz auf das 420-Fache, nämlich auf 62 Milliarden Dollar (2012), angewachsen. Amazon-Gründer und Firmenchef Jeff Bezos, Methodist und überzeugter Neoliberaler, ist eine bekannte Medienfigur, vor allem seit er im August dieses Jahres 250 Millionen Euro - ein Prozent seines Privatvermögens - investiert hat, um die altehrwürdige Tageszeitung The Washington Post zu kaufen. Angesichts des enormen wirtschaftlichen Erfolgs wird das Thema der Arbeitsbedingungen bei Amazon jedoch meist ausgeblendet.

In Europa hat sich Amazon Deutschland als Brückenkopf ausgesucht. Hier stehen bereits acht Logistikzentren, ein neuntes ist im Bau. Die Ansiedlung des Konzerns in Bad Hersfeld hat die Stadt mit mehr als 7 Millionen Euro gefördert.

Die frühere Mitarbeiterin Sonja Rudolf deutet auf einen riesigen grauen Zaun in der Amazonstraße.(2) Hinter Stacheldrahtgeflecht ragt eine Lagerhalle auf. "Das ist das FRA-1.(3) In der dritten Etage gibt es kein Fenster, keinen Luftschacht und keine Klimaanlage. Im Sommer steigen die Temperaturen auf über 40 Grad, die Frauen kippen reihenweise um. Einmal war ich gerade beim Picken (Waren aus den Metallzellen zusammensuchen), da sah ich plötzlich ein Mädchen, das auf dem Boden lag und sich erbrach. Ihr Gesicht war schon ganz blau. Ich dachte, sie erstickt. Weil es keine Tragen gibt, hat uns der Chef gesagt, wir sollen eine Holzpalette holen. Darauf haben wir sie dann zum Krankenwagen geschleppt."

Von ähnlichen Vorfällen berichtete auch die US-Presse.(4) In Frankreich litten die Angestellten in der Logistikzentrale von Montélimar 2011 unter der Kälte. Sie mussten mit Parkas, Handschuhen und Mützen arbeiten, bis ein Dutzend von ihnen in den Streik traten und durchsetzten, dass die Heizung angestellt wurde. Dass Amazon-Gründer Bezos auf der Liste der reichsten Männer der Welt Platz 19 belegt, ist nicht zuletzt solchen Methoden zu verdanken.(5)

Die Besonderheit des Onlinesupermarkts besteht darin, dass Händler ihre Produkte auf der Amazon-Plattform in direkter Konkurrenz zum Amazon-eigenen Angebot anbieten können. Das bläht den Umsatz auf und verstärkt den "Long Tail"-Effekt,(6) der den Erfolg des Unternehmens begründet hat. Durch dieses für den Verbraucher äußerst praktische System werben etwa Buchhändler für den Giganten, der ihnen die Kundschaft wegnimmt und ihre Existenz zerstört.

Der Französische Buchhändlerverband hat errechnet, dass ein Buchladen bei gleichem Umsatz 18-mal so viele Arbeitsplätze generieren würde wie der Onlineverkauf. Für 2012 schätzt die American Booksellers Association die Zahl der durch Amazon vernichteten Arbeitsplätze im Buchhandel auf 42 000.

Zwischen den eingesparten Arbeitsplätzen und denen, die in den Logistikzentren entstanden sind, liegen Welten. Auf der einen Seite verschwindet eine qualifizierte, abwechslungsreiche Tätigkeit im Innern der Städte, die den Umgang mit Menschen, Beratung und wirtschaftliches Know-how einschließt. Auf der anderen füllen in "Versandfabriken" am Stadtrand gering qualifizierte Arbeitskräfte, die nur eingestellt wurden, weil sie billiger sind als Roboter, wie am Fließband Waren in Pappkartons. Aber nicht mehr lange: Letztes Jahr hat Amazon für 775 Millionen Dollar den Roboterhersteller Kiva Systems übernommen, der kleine, selbstfahrende Automaten für Lagerhallen entwickelt hat. Die dreißig Zentimeter hohen, orangefarbenen Hexaeder können direkt unter die Regale fahren und je nach Modell Lasten von 450 bis 1 300 Kilogramm bewegen. Das Ziel ist, die Zeit zwischen Bestellung und Versand auf zwanzig Minuten zu verkürzen. Bezos schwebt vor, dass Amazon irgendwann jede nur erdenkliche Ware anbieten, verkaufen und noch am Tag der Bestellung ausliefern wird.

Von Anfang an hat Amazon Riesensummen in seine Computersysteme investiert, deren Leistung bei der Berechnung von Algorithmen beständig steigt, auf dass die Logistik und das Potenzial der Onlineplattform immer noch effizienter werden. Allen Kunden werden anhand einer komplexen Bewertung ihrer persönlichen Angaben und ihres Kaufverhaltens immer neue Produkte angeboten. Und damit auch ja nichts verloren geht, werden überschüssige Daten über Amazon Web Services(7) an andere Unternehmen weitergegeben.

Egal in welchem Land sie stehen, Architektur und Arbeitsorganisation der von Sicherheitsfirmen streng bewachten Logistikzentren sind überall gleich. Sie werden in der Nähe von Autobahnkreuzen in Gebieten mit überdurchschnittlich hoher Arbeitslosenquote hingestellt. Die einzelnen Blechquader bedecken Flächen von bis zu 100 000 Quadratmetern, das sind fast vierzehn Fußballfelder. Zu erkennen sind sie auch am Strom der Schwerlaster: Alle drei Minuten füllt Amazon einen Sattelschlepper mit Paketen. Allein in den USA hat der Konzern im Weihnachtsgeschäft 2012 bis zu 300 Artikel pro Sekunde verkauft.

Die Fülle von Produkten, die den 152 Millionen Amazon-Kunden angeboten werden, materialisiert sich in den Lagerhallen, wo die Beschäftigten zwischen Wäldern von Metallregalen herumrennen. Die Hausordnung verbietet jedes Gespräch während der Arbeit. Da jeder als potenzieller Langfinger gilt, gibt es überall gründliche Kontrollen, auch auf dem Weg zur Pause. Und die wird durch die langen Warteschlangen an den Kontrollpunkten noch erheblich verkürzt. Weil Amazon sich weigert, die Stechuhren vor die Sicherheitskontrollen zu platzieren, haben Arbeiter der Verteilzentren in den US-Bundesstaaten Kentucky, Tennessee und Washington bereits viermal versucht, auf dem Klageweg durchzusetzen, dass sie für die schätzungsweise vierzig Minuten Wartezeit pro Woche bezahlt werden.

Die Bereitstellung und Lagerhaltung erfolgt elektronisch nach dem Prinzip des chaotic storage: Die Artikel werden nach dem Zufallsprinzip in die Regale verteilt. Diese "chaotische Lagerung" hat gegenüber dem Festplatzsystem den Vorteil größerer Flexibilität: Da alles irgendwo aufgestapelt werden kann, braucht man nicht für jede Warenart eigene Lagerkapazitäten einzuplanen, um auf eventuelle Veränderungen bei Angebot oder Nachfrage vorbereitet zu sein. Jede Regalreihe hat mehrere Ebenen, jede Ebene mehrere Zellen: die bins, in denen Antonio Gramscis Schriften neben Herrenslips, einem Teddybären, Grillgewürz oder der "Metropolis"-DVD von Fritz Lang liegen.

In der Warenannahme nehmen die "Eachers" die Produkte von den Paletten und registrieren sie. Die "Stowers" räumen die Artikel dahin, wo in den riesigen Regalen gerade Platz ist, und schaffen ein Durcheinander, das nur das WLAN-gesteuerte Barcode-Lesegerät durchschaut. Um die schwindelerregende Geografie der kilometerlangen Regale zu beherrschen, lenkt eine ultramoderne Technologie inmitten dieser riesigen Warenberge die Wege der Beschäftigten. Ihre Tätigkeit ist ebenso anstrengend wie eintönig. Ihre Produktivität wird dabei genau kontrolliert und gemessen.

In der Produktionseinheit rennen die "Pickers" (Sammler), geführt von ihren Scannern, an den Regalen entlang. Während sie pausenlos Waren einsammeln, legen sie mehr als zwanzig Kilometer pro Schicht zurück - so die offizielle Angabe der Zeitarbeitsfirmen, die nach Ansicht von Gewerkschaftern jedoch stark untertrieben ist.

Sobald eine Ware aus dem Regal genommen wurde, erscheint ein Countdown auf dem Scanner, der dem Arbeiter sagt, wo er die nächste holen soll. Die Auswahl trifft der Computer, um die Laufwege zu optimieren. Wenn ihr Karren voll ist, bringen die Picker ihn zu den Packern, die immer am selben Fleck bleiben. Sie verpacken ein Produkt nach dem anderen und schieben die Pakete auf riesige digital gesteuerte Transportbänder. Diese wiegen die mit dem lächelnden Amazon-Logo gestempelten Kartons, kleben die Adresse auf und verteilen sie je nach Post- oder Transportservice.

Bei der Versammlung in Bad Hersfeld versichert uns Jens Brumma, 38, Stower seit 2003: "Unser Lächeln ist das bestimmt nicht auf dem Paket." Er war sieben Jahre abwechselnd arbeitslos und als Zeitarbeiter bei Amazon beschäftigt. Seit 2010 folgt ein befristeter Vertrag auf den anderen, trotzdem bekommt er keine Festanstellung. Wie jedem Amazon-Mitarbeiter weltweit ist es auch ihm vertraglich verboten, mit seiner Familie, seinen Freunden oder Journalisten über seine Arbeit zu reden. "Das Schweigen, zu dem sie uns zwingen, hat nichts mit Industriegeheimnissen zu tun, zu denen haben wir sowieso keinen Zugang. Es geht nur darum, unsere unerträglichen Arbeitsbedingungen zu verheimlichen."

Im vierten Quartal, Spitzenzeit für Amazon, gibt es auch Nachtschichten. Jedes Logistikzentrum stellt massenhaft Zeitarbeitskräfte ein, um die Weihnachtsbestellungen zu verschicken. "In diesen Wochen steigt die Zahl der Beschäftigten von 3 000 in beiden Zentren auf mehr als 8 000", erklärt Heiner Reimann, einer der Gewerkschaftssekretäre, die 2010 von Ver.di mit dem Aufbau gewerkschaftlicher Strukturen bei Amazon in Bad Hersfeld beauftragt wurden. "Zeitarbeitskräfte aus ganz Europa kommen nach Bad Hersfeld und werden unter unmöglichen Bedingungen untergebracht. Amazon hatte hier chinesische Studenten als Leiharbeiter eingestellt, um Tausende Zeitarbeitsverträge zu bearbeiten. Im letzten Jahr haben sie in einem großen, leeren Saal ohne Möbel gearbeitet und die Verträge direkt auf dem Fußboden nach Namen sortiert. Das war surreal."

Die Stimme des Chefs aus dem Hallenlautsprecher

 

Von Zeitarbeitsfirmen angeworbene spanische, griechische, polnische, ukrainische oder portugiesische Arbeitslose werden in Bussen aus allen Ecken Europas herangekarrt. "Die Manager sind richtig stolz auf diese internationale Einstellungspraxis", erzählt Brumma empört. "Bei einer Feier sollte ich die Fahnen aller anwesenden Nationalitäten aufhängen: Es waren vierundvierzig! Die Spanier waren die meisten. Und unter ihnen waren hochqualifizierte Leute: ein Historiker, Soziologen, Zahnärzte, Anwälte, Ärzte. Alle arbeitslos. Deshalb kommen sie für eine befristete Zeit hierher."

Norbert Faltin war Informatiker, bis er 2010 plötzlich entlassen wurde und sich von einem Tag auf den anderen in Bad Hersfeld als Picker wiederfand. "Mitten im Winter habe ich mit fünf Ausländern in einem Bungalow für Sommergäste gehaust, der keine Heizung hatte. Ich habe noch nie im Leben so gefroren. Einer musste immer im Kinderbett schlafen." Am Ende vieler Zeitverträge, während derer man besser weder der Gewerkschaft beitreten noch streiken sollte, winkt möglicherweise ein unbefristeter Vertrag. Der massive Einsatz ausländischer Zeitarbeitskräfte in der kurzen Vorweihnachtszeit, in der Amazon 70 Prozent seines Jahresumsatzes macht und ausnahmsweise relativ verwundbar wäre, unterläuft die Erfolge der von Ver.di organisierten Streiks.

Getreu der Devise "Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History", die in all seinen Lagerhallen auf der ganzen Welt hängt, erlegt der US-Riese seinen Beschäftigten ein strenges Regime auf. Methoden wie die aus der japanischen Automobilproduktion stammende "5S"-Arbeitsgestaltung(7) und anderer paternalistischer Schnickschnack werden während der Arbeit oder außerhalb organisiert, um die Beschäftigten immer wieder auf Effizienz und das Einhalten des Versprechens an die Kunden einzuschwören. "Im vierten Quartal spielen die Chefs in Endlosschleife laute Musik in der Halle, um uns zu anzuspornen", erzählt eine Mitarbeiterin. "Einmal haben sie uns während der Feiertage mit Hardrock zugedröhnt, damit wir schneller arbeiten. Es war so laut, dass ich Kopfschmerzen bekam, mein Herz raste. Als ich den Chef bat, leiser zu stellen, hat er mich ausgelacht, weil ich über fünfzig bin, und mir erklärt, das sei ein Unternehmen für junge Leute. Dabei haben sie auch von mir als ältere Mitarbeiterin die gleiche Produktivität beim Picking verlangt wie von einem Fünfundzwanzigjährigen."

Die Beschäftigten in Bad Hersfeld erinnern sich noch an den Besuch von Jeff Bezos bei der Eröffnung des ersten deutschen Logistikzentrums von Amazon im Sommer 2000. An dem Tag landete ihr Chef, der extra aus den USA angereist war, mit seinem Hubschrauber auf dem Mitarbeiterparkplatz, um seine in Farbe getauchten Hände auf einer Gedenkplatte zu verewigen.

"Bei Amazon läuft alles auf Englisch. Die Mitarbeiter heißen Hands", erklärt Irmgard Schulz. "Jeff Bezos zeigte uns seine Hände und sagte ins Mikro, wir seien alle Hands wie er, und wir seien seine Partner, weil wir nach mehreren Jahren im Unternehmen Anspruch auf Aktien hätten. Damals erklärte er uns, wir seien eine große Familie. Später rief er sogar ab und zu an, um mit uns zu sprechen und uns zu motivieren. Seine Stimme wurde über Lautsprecher in die Halle übertragen. Und es funktionierte. Wir waren stolz auf Amazon, das war für uns der amerikanische Traum. Aber es wurde bald ein Albtraum. Deshalb beteilige ich mich heute an den Streiks."

Am Ende des Treffens im Ver.di-Büro springen die Kollegen der Nachmittagsschicht auf und laufen an dem Tisch vorbei, auf dem sich Flugblätter, Anstecker, juristische Fachartikel mit gemarkerten Stellen und Presseausschnitte über den letzten Streik stapeln. "Als ich herkam, war es sehr schwierig. Die Arbeiter trauten sich kaum, mit uns zu sprechen oder unsere Flugblätter zu nehmen", erinnert sich der Gewerkschaftssekretär Reimann, während er auf die Morgenschicht wartet, um ein zweites Meeting abzuhalten. Nach mehr als 18 Jahren bei Ikea und einer gründlichen Ausbildung in Arbeitsrecht ist er seit 2010 hier für Ver.di tätig. Den meisten Mitarbeitern von Amazon fehlt es an politischem Interesse und gewerkschaftlicher Erfahrung. Allmählich zeigen die von einem harten Kern organisierten Aktionen jedoch erste Erfolge.

Seit 2011 kleben Aktivisten zum Beispiel bunte Aufkleber überall in die deutschen Logistikzentren. Auf jedem steht eine Frage, die auf einen Verstoß gegen das Arbeitsrecht oder eine Ungerechtigkeit aufmerksam macht. Die Beispiele werden immer von den Mitarbeitern selbst ausgewählt, die sie von Bekannten schreiben lassen, damit man ihre Handschrift nicht erkennt. Diese Blätter, die zu Tausenden an Regale und Arbeitsplätze gepinnt werden, ohne Beschädigungen zu verursachen, machen die Chefs nervös. Am Ende der monatlichen Meetings, an denen jeder teilnehmen kann, werden in Bad Hersfeld und Leipzig schnell Forderungen laut. In Leipzig wird niemand nach dem Branchentarif bezahlt, der mit Ver.di für den Handel vereinbart wurde. Während die Tarifverträge der ostdeutschen Länder einen Mindestlohn von 10,66 Euro vorsehen, zahlt Amazon seinen eigenen Tarif: 9,30 Euro. In Bad Hersfeld besteht ein noch größerer Unterschied zwischen dem Branchentarif von 12,18 Euro pro Stunde und dem Amazon-Lohn von 9,83 Euro.

Zweieinhalb Jahre nach den ersten Ver.di-Meetings führen fast tausend deutsche Amazon-Mitarbeiter in Bad Hersfeld und Leipzig immer wieder Streiks durch, um Amazon dazu zu bewegen, Tariflöhne zu bezahlen. Inzwischen tragen die Gewerkschafter und ihre Sympathisanten demonstrativ auch bei der Arbeit ein kleines rotes Armband mit den Worten "Work Hard, Have Fun, Make Tarifvertrag".

Und was ist das Ergebnis? Wenn Frau Rudolf beim Stadtbummel in Bad Hersfeld ehemalige Kollegen trifft, fällt es ihr auf: "Das Image der Gewerkschaft hat sich sehr verändert. Die Leute haben immer weniger Angst, sich zu organisieren. Sobald sie sich gedemütigt fühlen, kommen sie schnell auf den Gedanken, sich an die Gewerkschaft zu wenden. Sie wollen sich wehren und ihre Rechte und ihre Selbstachtung verteidigen."

In Frankreich folgten am 10. Juni 2013 etwa einhundert Beschäftigte des Logistikzentrums Saran (Loiret) einem Streikaufruf der Gewerkschaft CGT. Am nächsten Tag wurden alle einzeln vorgeladen. "Nur weil ich Gewerkschafter bin, musste ich während meiner Arbeitszeit willkürliche Durchsuchungen über mich ergehen lassen", berichtet Clément Jamin. "Ich habe mich geweigert. Dann forderte man mich auf, mich auf einen Stuhl zu setzen, angeblich bis die Polizei komme. Ich habe da sechs Stunden vor aller Augen gesessen, und die Polizei ist nicht gekommen. Am nächsten Tag das Gleiche, auch am übernächsten. Die CGT hat Anzeige erstattet."

Arbeitsunfälle im Clownskostüm

 

Die Amazon-Manager stehen den Gewerkschaften nicht nur feindlich gegenüber, sondern versuchen auch, sie lächerlich zu machen. So kursiert zum Beispiel ein internes Video, auf dem sich zwei Manager aus der Personalabteilung von Saran als Gewerkschafter verkleidet haben und mit parodistischen Gesten CGT-Fahnen schwenken.

"Das Arbeitstempo ist sehr anstrengend", findet auch Mohamed, Arbeiter in Saran, der anonym bleiben möchte. "Und was bieten sie uns dafür an? Have Fun: Tombolas während der Pausen, Schokolade, Bonbons … Aber ich kann mich wirklich nicht mit der Vorstellung anfreunden, als Clown verkleidet die Lastwagen zu entladen." Zum Programm der Manager gehört nämlich auch, dass die Beschäftigten regelmäßig als Hexen oder Basketballspieler verkleidet auftauchen. "Natürlich wird unsere Produktivität weiterhin elektronisch registriert", fügt Mohamed hinzu. "Sie erwarten, dass wir Top-Performer sind, uns selbst übertreffen, ständig neue Produktivitätsrekorde aufstellen. Seit Juni 2013 lassen uns die Chefs sogar gemeinsam Aufwärm- und Dehnübungen machen, ehe wir an die Arbeit gehen."

Die internen Vorschriften verlangen tatsächlich eine ständige Steigerung der individuellen Produktivität. Durch die Echtzeitregistrierung der Leistung der Mitarbeiter kann der Vorarbeiter sie jederzeit in den riesigen Lagerhallen finden, Grafiken über ihre Leistungsentwicklung abrufen und sie mit der Leistung der Kollegen vergleichen. Heiner Reimann hat kürzlich erfahren, dass diese Angaben, "die persönliche Daten sind, jeden Tag von den deutschen Zentren nach Seattle in den USA geschickt und dort gespeichert werden. Das ist, so wie es geschieht, absolut nicht mit den deutschen oder europäischen Datenschutzrichtlinien vereinbar und damit wohl illegal!" Ben Sihamdi, ein Exmanager bei Amazon Frankreich, bestätigt diese Praxis: "Alle Angaben zur Produktivität der Beschäftigten werden aufgezeichnet, gespeichert und nach Seattle geschickt."

Die Beschäftigen sollen miteinander in Wettbewerb treten und "ungewöhnliche Vorfälle melden". "Das kann ein Karton sein, der einen Durchgang versperrt", erklärt Mohamed. "Es kann aber auch ein Kollege sein, der sich gerade mit einem anderen unterhält. Dann muss man ihn anzeigen. Das bringt Punkte, um zum Lead befördert zu werden, also zum Vorarbeiter." Daran erinnert sich auch Sihamdi: "Einmal hat mich ein Kollegen nach Bezos' Vermögen gefragt, und ich hab geantwortet, ich könnte kotzen. Er hat mich angezeigt, und ich wurde abgemahnt, weil ich den Geist von Amazon kritisiert hätte! Die Arbeitsatmosphäre ist furchtbar; einer überwacht den anderen. Und die Zeitarbeiter werden wie Fleisch behandelt, das war mir unerträglich. Ich kenne die Arbeitswelt gut, vor allem aus der Automobilindustrie. Aber die Erfahrung bei Amazon ist in meiner Laufbahn mit Abstand die brutalste."

Stürze, Schwächeanfälle, am Transportband abgeschnittene Finger, tödliche Unfälle auf dem Weg zur Arbeit sind bei Amazon sehr häufig. Die Presse aber befasst sich lieber mit der Börsenperformance des Konzerns, den Eskapaden seines Gründers oder den Bau neuer Logistikzentren, wobei die drei, die demnächst in Polen gebaut werden, die deutschen Arbeitsplätze durch Dumpinglöhne bedrohen. Gelobt wird auch die Schaffung prekärer und unsichtbarer Arbeitsplätze, die weitere Stellen im stationären Handel vernichten werden.

Günter Wallraff beobachtet die Entwicklung bei Amazon sehr genau und unterstützt die Streikenden. In Köln erzählt er: "Als ich von den Arbeitsbedingungen bei Amazon erfahren habe, habe ich sofort zum Boykott aufgerufen und meinen Verleger aufgefordert, meine Bücher von ihrer Website zu entfernen. Das war ein Problem für ihn, weil er über Amazon immerhin 15 Prozent seiner Verkäufe macht. Nachdem wir darüber diskutiert hatten, hat der Verlag meiner Forderung dennoch zugestimmt. Allerdings versorgt sich Amazon seither bei den Großhändlern, um meine Bücher weiter zu verkaufen! Und das kann ich leider nicht verhindern. Deshalb werde ich jetzt von Leuten kritisiert, die sagen: ,Du hältst schöne Reden, aber deine Bücher werden weiter auf Amazon verkauft.' Man kann dieses Unternehmen nicht als Einzelperson bekämpfen. Das ist ein internationaler Konzern, der nach einer klaren Ideologie organisiert ist. Sein System stellt uns nicht vor die einfache, neutrale Frage, ob wir in seinem Internetshop konsumieren wollen oder nicht; er stellt uns politische Fragen und verlangt eine gesellschaftliche Entscheidung."

Fußnoten:
(1) Amazon hat auf meine wiederholten Bitten um direkte Auskunft nicht reagiert.
(2) Es gibt auch in Graben, Pforzheim und Kobern-Gondorf eine Amazonstraße sowie die Rue Amazon im französischen Sevrey und in Lauwin-Planque.
(3) Die Namen der Amazon-Standorte bestehen immer aus drei Buchstaben (nach dem nächstgelegenen internationalen Flughafen, in diesem Fall Frankfurt) und einer Ziffer.
(4) Spencer Soper, "Inside Amazon's Warehouse", "The Morning Call, Allentown (Pennsylvania), 18. September 2011.
(5) Jeff Bezos wurde vom US-Wirtschaftsmagazin "Fortune zum Geschäftsmann des Jahres 2012 gewählt.
(6) Der Long-Tail- oder auch "Rattenschwanz"-Effekt bezieht sich darauf, dass das Internet der ideale Verkaufsplatz für Ladenhüter und Nischenprodukte ist; vgl. Chris Anderson, "The Long Tail. Nischenprodukte statt Massenmarkt. Das Geschäft der Zukunft", München (dtv) 2009.
(7) Darüber hinaus bietet Amazon Mechanical Turk Internet-Usern an, gegen eine Minibezahlung Miniaufgaben zu übernehmen. Siehe Pierre Lazuly, "Gastarbeiter im Internet", "Le Monde diplomatique, August 2006.
(8) Das Arbeitsinstrument der 5S besteht aus: Seiri (Sortiere aus), Seiton (Stelle ordentlich hin), Seiso (Säubere), Seiketsu (Sauberkeit bewahren) und Shitsuke (Selbstdisziplin üben).
Aus dem Französischen von Claudia Steinitz


Jean-Baptiste Malet ist Journalist und Autor von "En Amazonie. Infiltré dans le ,meilleur des mondes' ", Paris (Fayard) 2013. Für das Buch hat er im November 2012 als Zeitarbeiter in einem französischen Amazon-Lager gearbeitet.

Le Monde diplomatique Nr. 10255 vom 8.11.2013, Seite 1,18-19

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          MEDIENTICKER: Apokalyptischer Populismus   
Maas & das Urheberrecht. Kann kommen? oder Lasst es lieber! -  "Facebook-Gesetz". Versuch einer Ehrenrettung von Christian Humborg - Aufgeflogen: Gespräch mit Journalisten abgehört - Angela Merkels Privat-Audienz bei Brigitte -   Immer mächtiger & überall: Die Allmachtsphantasien des Jeff Bezos - Polen: Künstler unter Druck - Betrogen & bestochen: Korruption in der ARD + Glückwunsch: Ror Wolf zum Fünfundachtzigsten.
          Trump accuses Amazon of neglecting taxes   
President Trump accused Amazon of neglecting to pay internet taxes in his most recent spate of tweets. Trump referenced The Washington Post in his tweet, which is owned by Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos. The media organization released a story Tuesday about Trump's fake Time Magazine cover hanging in his golf clubs. Trump is now calling out Amazon for avoiding internet taxes, which was once a controversial issue for the company.
          4 Great Lessons in Failure from the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs   
Failure is an inevitable part of success. Here are 4 of the most important lessons Jobs, Bezos, Musk, and Zuckerberg have leveraged in their journeys.
          10 things in tech you need to know today   

donald trump

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Thursday.

1. The Petya cyberattack which began on Tuesday has spread to at least 64 countries so far, Microsoft has found. Lots of victims have paid the $300 Bitcoin ransom to try and get their files back — but they won't have much luck.

2. Former Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has surprisingly defended Travis Kalanick, the embattled boss of Uber. The company has had a series of negative headlines, but Mayer said she counted Travis as a friend and that he was a "phenomenal leader."

3. A ProPublica investigation has found Facebook's rules about censoring hate speech end up "protecting" white men as a group, but not black children. Facebook has rules about protecting users based on race, sex, and other categories, but not "subsets" of these like "black children" or "female drivers".

4. Uber has said it has nothing to do with a former employee of its self-driving division, Anthony Levandowski, downloading files from his prior employer, Google. The company said it never instructed Levandowski to download the files, and that then-CEO Travis Kalanick told him Uber wanted nothing to do with the information.

5. US President Donald Trump claimed Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos used the newspaper he owns, the Washington Post, to avoid paying "internet taxes." A New York Times report notes there's no such thing as an internet tax in the US, but that Trump may be thinking of introducing a measure to force online retailers to collect sales tax from customers.

6. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has started digging tunnels under Los Angeles with his new company, Boring. Musk wants to relieve congestion in the city by digging tunnels, though currently he's only digging beneath company property.

7. Swedish health firm KRY has raised €20 million (£18 million) for an app that lets patients consult with doctors remotely. The startup will use the money to expand further into Europe.

8. Google will let the public download and play with apps created by its experimental "Area 120" division, where Googlers release projects they build in their down time. Google has a "20% rule", where employees can spend that amount of time creating side projects.

9. CastAR, an augmented reality startup set up by two ex-Valve staff and backed by Android creator Andy Rubin, has closed down. The company laid off almost 70 staff, with a few remaining to try and sell its core technology, after failing to raise new funding.

10. Meal delivery service Blue Apron has priced its IPO well below expectations at $10 a share, as investors worry that Amazon could wipe out the competition in groceries after its Whole Foods purchase. The company would raise around $300 million (£231 million) at a valuation of $1.9 billion ($1.5 billion)

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          Trump Takes Swipe at Amazon Over 'Internet Taxes'   


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          Trump's misfired tweet about Amazon sales taxes - CBS News   

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          President Trump attacks Amazon, incorrectly claiming that it owns The Washington Post for tax purposes - Recode   
Recode reports; Trump’s tweet comes days after he met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
          Investing Under Trump?   
On Tuesday, I attended an AIMA luncheon at the St-James Club in Montreal featuring four panelists discussing investing under Trump:
  • Chen Zhao, the now retired former Co-Director of Global Macro Research at Brandywine 
  • Pablo Calderini, the President and Chief Investment Officer of Graham Capital Management
  • Marko Papic, Chief Strategist, Geopolitics at BCA Research
  • Yanick Desnoyers, Deputy Chief Economist of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec 
The event was moderated by Mario Therrien, Senior VP, External Portfolio Management of Public Markets at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Before I begin, let me thank Claude Perron of Crystalline Management for inviting me to this event which he helped organize. For those of you who don't know, Crystalline is run by Marc Amirault and is Quebec's oldest hedge fund and among the first hedge funds established in Canada.

I posted a picture above with Claude, Mario, the panelists (on Mario's left) and the event organizers and sponsors to Claude's right (Stephane Amara, Sophie Palmer and Frederick Chenel).

Anyway, the event began with a presentation from Marko Papic discussing the geopolitical landscape. Marko was kind enough to send me his presentation and he wanted me to stress this point: "Fade Fed dovishness and fade ECB hawkishness."

It was the second time I saw Marko this month. The first time was at the International Pension Conference of Montreal which I covered here.

Marko started off with the way he sees the world over the next 24 months:
  • U.S.: Trumps populist agenda - Tax cuts! - will pass
  • Europe: Euro area collapse is overstated, but Italy is understated
  • China: Beware of Beijing doing the "right thing"
He put up a chart showing Trump which states even though Trump is the least popular president, he retains political capital with GOP voters which will allow to pass his populist agenda (click on image):


According to Marko, passing these reforms is bad news for bonds and bullish for the US dollar.

As far as Europe, he stated that Le Pen never stood a chance and that Germany is turning radically Europhile (click on image):


Interestingly, he said that Europe has experience with populism which is why they implemented the social welfare state a long time ago. He said that populism is more rampant in the US and UK where there are free markets and less rampant in countries where the social welfare system is better (click on image).


Marko is bullish on Europe, stating Macron will be able to introduce major reforms in France and influence Germany to build a better Eurozone.

Equally interesting, he sees inflation pressures picking up in Europe, based on reforms and better growth prospects ahead due to monetary and fiscal policy.

He singled out Italy as a potential problem as the percentage of Italians who think they will be better off out of the Eurozone is climbing, but he didn't sound the alarm on 'Italexit'.

Also interesting, he sees Europe moving more to the right and the US moving more toward the left, stating: "If Trump fails his reforms, watch out in 2020, we might see someone in office who makes Bernie Sanders look like a free market candidate."

As far as China, he sees major structural reforms ahead which will be painful and have ripple effects across the world (click on images):



As I've stated previously, the biggest risk Marko sees ahead is in Asia (not the Middle East) where the Sino-American symbiosis is over and East Asia is the 21st century's powder keg (click on images):



After Marko, Yanick Desnoyers, Deputy Chief Economist of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, gave an excellent economic overview of the US economy.

Yanick was also kind enough to give me a copy of his presentation. The big picture points are as follows (click on image):


As you can read, Yanick states the current US recovery is slower because of an ageing population and sluggish productivity growth (click on image).


However, he also states the US economy is in excess demand territory and it will be a challenge for the Fed to normalize rates with GDP growth so low (click on images):




But the chart that really caught my eye is the one below on signs of rising wage pressure (click on image):


I've never heard of the Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker:
The Atlanta Fed's Wage Growth Tracker is a measure of the nominal wage growth of individuals. It is constructed using microdata from the Current Population Survey (CPS), and is the median percent change in the hourly wage of individuals observed 12 months apart. Our measure is based on methodology developed by colleagues at the San Francisco Fed.
Yanick told the audience this is a better measure than average hourly earnings. According to this Bloomberg article:
The Atlanta Fed's wage metric tracks the incomes of individual workers over time, and as such is not prone to the composition effects — like the exit of higher-paid baby boomers from the labor force — that have weighed on the usual measure of average hourly earnings this cycle.

"Average hourly earnings are more susceptible to compositional and demographic changes in the labor force, while the tracker is comparing the wages of the same individuals over time, providing a unique insight into wage growth," said Bespoke Investment Group Macro Strategist George Pearkes. "That growth has been strong and accelerating recently despite very modest inflation and some remaining underemployment."
Moreover, according to Yanick, the Phillips Curve is alive and well (click on image):


Lastly, Yanick warned us that the Fed will have a hard time bringing the economy back to equilibrium (click on image):


Following these two excellent presentations, Mario Therrien moderated a panel discussion. Pablo Calderini discussed the dismal environment for hedge funds noting how a portfolio of stocks and bonds (50/50 or 60/40) had a higher Sharpe ratio than most hedge funds since the crisis because central banks have been backstopping markets.

However, he also warned that the normalization of rates and winding down of balance sheets will present excellent opportunities for top hedge funds, especially top global macro funds (like his).

Chen Zhao was the old Chen I knew from my BCA Research days stating "the consensus view is the stock market will correct, bond yields will rise and the USD will surge. And we all know the consensus is always wrong."

Non-consensus Chen was kind enough to share his thoughts with me via LinkedIn:
"My view is that while most analysts are trying to figure out where the next recession is, we might have already gone through "nominal recession" in 2015/16 when nominal growth around the world fell to usual recession levels. If so we may be at the start of a new cycle. This would suggest that stocks have further to rise, the USD might have topped out and the Fed would soon stop tightening. Commodities might have already reached the bottom early last year. That being said, I am not bearish on US bonds and 10 year yields could fall further."
I pressed Chen to explain why he's not bearish on US long bonds if he feels we may be at the start of a new cycle:
"Last decade we had booms In American consumption and Chinese investment. This decade, desired investment in China has fallen dramatically and the US consumers spend at less than half of the speed. Nonetheless, China's saving rate has stayed at 50% and the US saving rate is a lot higher than last decade. In absolute terms, we are talking about $10 trillion in net new savings for the US and China alone. How much desired investment there is? Not much. This does not mention that governments are also trying to spend less and saving more (balance the budget). How is it possible for interest rates go up in this environment? I look for zero rates in the US when next recession hits. This is something different from past cycles."
On China, there was divergent viewpoints between Marko and Pablo who were more cautious due to China's dangerous debt levels and Chen who is more bullish. "Nobody can figure China out because they don't really understand the economy," he said.

Chen made a good point that a large population of Chinese were still agrarian and that industrialization will move millions into the cities.

I asked Yanick a question on inflation, noting that inflation expectations are dropping despite the uptick in the Atlanta Fed's Wage Tracker. I covered my thoughts on inflation in my recent comments on Ken Griffin, the Fed making a huge mistake, and on the Bezos and Buffett effect.

Again, I'm in the deflation camp so when I see inflationistas warning of inflation, I tend to dismiss them as does the bond market. But Yanick is a top economist who worked at the National Bank prior to joining the Caisse so I pay attention to his views because he knows what he's talking about.

He told me that any notion that the Phillips Curve is dead is silly and that inflation pressures are building. Again, if this is the case, why are inflation expectations so low and why aren't bond yields surging?

I don't know folks, I'm still a deflationista and have strong doubts there is any significant wage inflation in the US (or elsewhere in the world) to worry about.

My macro thoughts remain the same:
  • Long US stocks, especially biotech (XBI) and technology (XLK), but be ready for a major pullback in Q4 or Q1 of next year (hedge your portfolio with US long bonds).
  • Long the USD (UUP). The US economy leads the global economy by six to nine months so get ready to see weakness in Europe and Japan in the last quarter and early next year (short the euro and yen relative to the USD)
  • Long US long bonds (TLT). Stimulus or no stimulus, the US economy is slowing, inflation expectations are dropping, and long bonds will rally, especially if we get another crisis (flight to safety will support bonds and the greenback).
  • Short Emerging Markets (EEM), commodities, energy, commodity currencies and commodity-weighted stock indices (Australia and Canada).
If you have anything to add concerning this event or attended and want me to add something, please feel free to contact me at LKolivakis@gmail.com.

I apologize for posting this comment a bit later than usual but I was busy today attending to personal matters and these comments take a long time to write properly.

As always, please remember to contribute to this blog and support my efforts in bringing you some unique insights on pensions and investments. I thank all of you who take the time to contribute, it's greatly appreciated.

Below, a couple of clips where Marko Papic, Chief Geopolitical Strategist at BCA Research talks to Money Talk's Kim Parlee about how markets are understating risks in 2018 and why Italy is Europe's biggest threat (see the entire interview here where it is easier to watch).


          Un exempleado de Pixar crea una herramienta para animar personajes en 2D mediante IA   

IA

Últimamente la inteligencia artificial está encontrando un hueco en casi todos los ámbitos de la tecnología. Algunos como Jeff Bezos, gran jefe de Amazon, incluso han llegado a decir que está viviendo "una era dorada". Y puede que tenga algo de razón, ya que ahora la IA también se extiende a campos como la animación de videojuegos.

Según se recoge en VentureBeat, la startup Midas Touch ha creado una herramienta llamada Midas Creature. La empresa asegura que puede automatizar el proceso de crear animaciones complejas para personajes en 2D. Además, su creador Jiayi Chong creó dicha herramienta como resultado de su trabajo en los estudios Disney Pixar.

Según el medio, gracias a Midas Creature tanto artistas, como diseñadores, pueden dar instrucciones a un motor automatizado. Después el software interpreta el personaje y determina cómo se movería. Asimismo, la empresa está posicionando esta herramienta como una alternativa a técnicas tradicionales como podría ser Flash.

Así es la herramienta según Jevin He, CEO de Midas Touch:

Midas Creature es la herramienta ideal para desarrolladores de juegos y cualquier otra persona que busque una herramienta más poderosa, eficiente y fácil de usar en el proceso de animación en 2D. El Directable Automated Animation Engine de Midas Creature permite crear animaciones que antes parecían imposibles cuando se trabajaba con key frame o con Flash.

Dos de los elementos más difíciles de animar son el pelo y la ropa, pero Kevin He dice que con Midas Creature eso ya no será un problema. En teoría el software también es capaz de llevar datos de captura de movimiento en 3D a las dos dimensiones.

La herramienta está disponible en dos "sabores": Indie y Enterprise. La versión Enterprise es la más completa y funciona como una suscripción anual. Por su parte, la Indie incluye las mismas características, pero es para estudios que ingresan menos de 100.000 dólares anuales. Esta última versión sigue un modelo de suscripción mensual por 20 dólares.

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          BANK OF AMERICA: Here are the 11 most 'overowned expensive growth stocks'   

Jeff Bezos Sad Getty / David Ryder

Bank of America Merril Lynch released a list of what its equity and quant strategy analysts view to be the most "overowned expensive growth stocks."

The list is a part of a new report on equity strategies.

According to BAML, the "overowned" list includes companies that meet the following criteria:

"1) high projected long-term growth (top decile of the S&P 500 by consensus LTG),

2) expensive on valuation (top quintile of S&P 500 based on average rank of forward P/E, EV/Sales and P/B),

3) overweight by large cap active funds (as of our latest holdings data), and

4) negative 3-month consensus 2017 EPS revisions."

The list ranges from tech giants like Alphabet and Facebook to game developer Activision. Check out the list of 11 stocks below:

Starbucks

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Ticker: SBUX

Long Term Growth: 15.3

Price-To-Book Ratio: 15.8

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 25.6

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 4.3

3 Month EPS Revision: -1%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.3

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy



Amazon.com

Sarah Jacobs

Ticker: AMZN

Long Term Growth: 27.4

Price-To-Book Ratio: 22.5

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 110.8

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 3.3

3 Month EPS Revision: -6%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.9

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy



Netflix

REUTERS/ Mike Cassese

Ticker: NFLX

Long Term Growth: 60.2

Price-To-Book Ratio: 23.0

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 104.4

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 7.6

3 Month EPS Revision: -3%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 2.0

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy




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          Bezos gives a look at 'hidden Amazon'   

(InfoWorld) - Best known as an online retailer, Amazon.com has been gradually building up the number of Web services it offers to developers, with the ultimate aim of turning that operation into a profitable business.

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, dubbed the company's growing move into developer Web services as "the hidden Amazon" during a keynote address at the Emerging Technologies Conference on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Cambridge campus Wednesday.

About 200,000 developers have registered to use the 10 different Web services Amazon.com is providing so far, including three that Bezos highlighted in his talk -- Mechanical Turk, Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Mechanical Turk is a Web service that allows developers to post questions to a large group of people to gain their insight on a particular issue. S3 and EC2 are Web services that let Amazon sell excess storage and excess compute capacity respectively to third-party developers.

"These are all pay-by-drink services," Bezos said. "You can use and experiment." The S3 and EC2 Web services are proving particularly popular with developers at companies that can't afford to invest in huge amounts of hardware and storage that they only require on an occasional basis, to test out the scalability of their software.

With EC2, a developer could pay Amazon.com $70 for continual access for one month to the computing power of one of the company's high-level servers or alternatively, pay the same amount of money to have access to 700 servers for a single hour, Bezos said.

"It completely changes what's possible," Bezos said. "Everyone who's started a company wants to go directly from their idea to a successful product." Instead, the inventor faces a host of obstacles, such as lengthy purchasing decisions on what computer hardware to invest in and how to manage heterogenous environments. Bezos terms those IT obstacles as "muck" and is hoping that Amazon.com's Web services can help alleviate some of those issues. "We're working on a Web service to get rid of tax lawyers, but it's not working yet," he quipped.

Amazon.com plans to make its Web services operation into "a very profitable business," Bezos said. The company intends to keep its focus on developers with the hope that third-party companies will then use Amazon.com Web services to create consumer-facing applications, he added.

All of the services are work that Amazon.com has already done internally to run its own vast online operations.

"The last few years, we've been exposing those things that we have to do anyway," Bezos said. "It's a relatively small step to say we're eating this dog food, we should share it with others."

One area Amazon.com has had to figure out is what business model to use in selling the services. "It tickles me that we routinely send people bills for 18 cents," Bezos said. He added that such a process isn't cost effective at present, but is more about experimenting with a potential new business model.

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          Come arrotondare utilizzando Amazon Mechanical Turk   
Nonostante non passi settimana in cui la stampa digitale non parli di Jeff Bezos e delle sue imprese legate alla società Amazon, esistono ancora vari servizi completamente sconosciuti alla maggior parte degli utenti del web, soprattutto quelli italiani. Uno di questi è senza dubbio Amazon Mechanical Turk che si colloca a pieno titolo nell’ampio ventaglio […]
          The Amazon-Whole Foods Merger Is Already Wreaking Havoc   
Jeff Bezos has officially spoiled Blue Apron’s I.P.O.
          Trump Threatens to Tax the Internet Because He’s Mad at Jeff Bezos   
There is no such thing as “Internet taxes.”
          Comment on Video of the Week: Jeff Bezos 1997 Interview by astute_a   
We're still struggling with some of the same problems when it comes to advertising, though... particularly in advertising where it's hard to see ROI. There are a number of tools that actively clear the cache, enable ad-blocking,etc. Do they get in the way of being able to track source of traffic, etc?
          Trump's misfired tweet about Amazon sales taxes - CBS News   

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          BANK OF AMERICA: These 11 growth stocks are overowned and expensive   

Jeff Bezos Sad Getty / David Ryder

Bank of America Merril Lynch released a list of what its equity and quant strategy analysts view to be the most "overowned expensive growth stocks."

The list is a part of a new report on equity strategies.

According to BAML, the "overowned" list includes companies that meet the following criteria:

"1) high projected long-term growth (top decile of the S&P 500 by consensus LTG),

2) expensive on valuation (top quintile of S&P 500 based on average rank of forward P/E, EV/Sales and P/B),

3) overweight by large cap active funds (as of our latest holdings data), and

4) negative 3-month consensus 2017 EPS revisions."

The list ranges from tech giants like Alphabet and Facebook to game developer Activision. Check out the list of 11 stocks below:

Starbucks

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Ticker: SBUX

Long Term Growth: 15.3

Price-To-Book Ratio: 15.8

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 25.6

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 4.3

3 Month EPS Revision: -1%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.3

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy



Amazon.com

Sarah Jacobs

Ticker: AMZN

Long Term Growth: 27.4

Price-To-Book Ratio: 22.5

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 110.8

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 3.3

3 Month EPS Revision: -6%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.9

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy



Netflix

REUTERS/ Mike Cassese

Ticker: NFLX

Long Term Growth: 60.2

Price-To-Book Ratio: 23.0

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 104.4

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 7.6

3 Month EPS Revision: -3%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 2.0

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy




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          A Vine in Time    


As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.

George Herter was a Minnesota know it all. These are the people who think they know everything and in the end fall flat on their asses. Each state has them, and yesterday's George Herter is today's Cabela's is tomorrow's Jeff Bezos.


I have been studying the old English gardening methods as England was full of know it alls which ruined that nation too. They did pioneer though using that deadly greenhouse gas manure though which in chemical decomposition produced heat as a bi product, and by this in that cold worthless island could then grow tropical crops like cucumbers, tomatoes and melons.

In Herter's book, he actually writes of a tomatoe growing method which is interesting and is something to file away in your brains. I was not quick enough on the draw to try this method this spring, but there is always another year to try this for a number of crops.

Just remember that tomatoes like all vine crops have very short root systems which are compact.

This starts out with all things with labor and digging, which means after the first time you try this, the tasteless tomatoes in the grocery store will be much more appealing.

Herters says you dig a trench 20 inches deep. That is a lot of dirt, but then you rich people have roto tillers, loaders on tractors or can hire beaner nigs to do the work for you.

Into this trench one lines a 2 inch deep layer of corn cobs or stalks. Almost any rotting material will work as this is supposed to decompose and create heat. Personally, without trying this, I think 5 inches would be better for heat, and am wondering if the 2 inches are less heat, but a sort of sponge to feed water to the tomatoe.

Onto this Herter says place 3 inches of manure. This would not be rotted manure but fresh, which is probably that 5 inches I am speaking of, as the manure would rot, and produce methane, which is natural gas, which is a source of nitrogen which plants thrive on, and it would be trapped in the soil for root absorption and heat.

Herter states when the roots hit this manure layer they grow over night. I suspect it might be more of an issue of this methane permeating up into the soil and the roots absorbing it, along with having warm feet in the fermented matter which would raise Minnesota 58 degree soil temperatures to 68 degrees.

The 68 degrees would be the 4 inches of soil placed on top of this manure  layer to protect the roots, as Herter mentions if you plant into this, the manure will rot the plant roots, which is what decomposing things do.

He states to use 12 inch tomatoe plants and to pinch the leaves off, except for the top leaves, and then plant the root and long stem into the trench, filling to the top.
I would leave a watering trench in this, but the reason for taking leaves off is that tomatoes have "hair" on their stems which grow into roots if buried.

As a side note, if you ever get some leggy worthless tomatoe plants, you can also just lay them down in a trench buried about 3 inches deep on their side and leave the top out. The entire stem will grow roots them.

This is something I intend on trying, perhaps this year yet as an experiment. It is just something in world going meltdown which is something to know, as eating grass will get old after the first few months, and with abandoned houses, you will have lots of glass for cold frames to grow food. Who knows when it will become Biblical and the clever gardener will be lining their trenches with Muslim or Mexican corpses. Then again maybe the clever Muslims and Mexicans will be lining their tomatoe trenches with white folks, as the white folks do not appear to have woken up to their own demise.


Nuff Said


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          Donald Trump Criticizes Amazon And CEO Jeff Bezos, 5 Other Controversial Statements In Bezos-Trump Feud   
President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked Amazon and Washington Post on Twitter, alleging the online retailer was not paying what he called an “internet tax.”
          Amazon shareholder says Jeff Bezos can rest easy after Trump tweet   

Amazon shareholder says Jeff Bezos can rest easy after Trump tweet"To me it is honestly just noise," Baron Funds Michael Lippert tells CNBC.



          Stocks that Bill Gates Has Been Buying Recently   
Bill Gates
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft (MSFT), is the wealthiest man in the world, although Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos, has been gaining on him recently. You may or may not be aware, but Bill Gates has his own hedge fund, called Cascade Investments.
By looking at some of the recent trades of this billionaire, you may get some ideas for your own portfolio.
Gates recently bought the following stocks during the last quarter of 2016:
Williams Sonoma (WSM)
Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI)
Corelogic (CLGX)
Zebra Technologies (ZBRA)
Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL)
Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE)
Ryder System (R)
Super Micro Computer (SMCI)
Digital Realty Trust (DLR)
You will notice that many of these stocks are not well-known companies. For example, Zebra Technologies makes and markets various types of tech  products including mobile computers, barcode scanners, and RFID readers. The stock trades at 13 times forward earnings and earnings per share for the latest reported quarter jumped from a loss of 54 cents per share to a profit of 34 cents per share, year-over-year.
Super Micro Computer is a provider of high performance server technology. The forward price to earnings ratio is a favorable 11.7. For the latest quarter, revenues rose but earnings dropped.
Hopefully, some of these stocks can help turn you into a billionaire.

          BANK OF AMERICA: Here are the 11 most ‘overowned expensive growth stocks’   
Jeff Bezos Sad

Getty / David Ryder

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Bank of America Merril Lynch released a list of what its equity and quant strategy analysts view to be the most “overowned expensive growth stocks.”

The list is a part of a new report on equity strategies.

According to BAML, the “overowned” list includes companies that meet the following criteria:

“1) high projected long-term growth (top decile of the S&P 500 by consensus LTG),

2) expensive on valuation (top quintile of S&P 500 based on average rank of forward P/E, EV/Sales and P/B),

3) overweight by large cap active funds (as of our latest holdings data), and

4) negative 3-month consensus 2017 EPS revisions.”

The list ranges from tech giants like Alphabet and Facebook to game developer Activision. Check out the list of 11 stocks below:

Get the latest Bank of America stock price here.

Starbucks

Ticker: SBUX

Long Term Growth: 15.3

Price-To-Book Ratio: 15.8

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 25.6

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 4.3

3 Month EPS Revision: -1%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.3

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Amazon.com

Ticker: AMZN

Long Term Growth: 27.4

Price-To-Book Ratio: 22.5

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 110.8

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 3.3

3 Month EPS Revision: -6%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.9

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Netflix

Ticker: NFLX

Long Term Growth: 60.2

Price-To-Book Ratio: 23.0

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 104.4

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 7.6

3 Month EPS Revision: -3%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 2.0

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Priceline Group

Ticker: PCLN

Long Term Growth: 17.3

Price-To-Book Ratio: 8.6

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 23.4

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 8.6

3 Month EPS Revision: -1%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 2.7

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Pioneer Natural Resources Company

Ticker: PXD

Long Term Growth: 15.0

Price-To-Book Ratio: 2.5

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 53.7

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 6.3

3 Month EPS Revision: -11%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.6

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Ticker: REGN

Long Term Growth: 19.1

Price-To-Book Ratio: 12.4

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 37.3

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 9.7

3 Month EPS Revision: -3%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.6

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Intuitive Surgical

Ticker: ISRG

Long Term Growth: 11.1

Price-To-Book Ratio: 9.1

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 37.4

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 11.6

3 Month EPS Revision: 0%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.8

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Illumina

Ticker: ILMN

Long Term Growth: 14.1

Price-To-Book Ratio: 10.3

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 44.5

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 10.4

3 Month EPS Revision: 0%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 2.2

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Alphabet

Ticker: GOOGL

Long Term Growth: 18.8

Price-To-Book Ratio: 4.7

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 26.3

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 6.3

3 Month EPS Revision: 0%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.6

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Facebook

Ticker: FB

Long Term Growth: 25.4

Price-To-Book Ratio: 7.2

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 28.4

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 13.4

3 Month EPS Revision: -10%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 1.4

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

Activision Blizzard

Ticker: ATVI

Long Term Growth: 18.2

Price-To-Book Ratio: 4.9

Price-To-Earnings Ratio: 27.3

Enterprise-Value-To-Sales: 6.6

3 Month EPS Revision: 0%

Ownership (Relative Weight in Fund Holdings): 2.3

Source: FactSet, BofA Merrill Lynch US Equity & US Quant Strategy

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          Amazon buying Whole Foods – Notebook   
I was on vacation last week, so this notebook is a little stale. Perishable news. (JOKES!) The basics The deal size is $13.7bn, a 30% premium; expected to close in the second half of this year (Todd Bishop) Highly likely to remain independent: “Reading between the lines of Bezos’ statement, Amazon is signaling that it … Continue reading Amazon buying Whole Foods – Notebook
          Amazon Buys Whole Foods For $13 Billion And Makes Jeff Bezos Second Richest Person On Earth   
Alexa will run every aspect of your life now.
          At 'Washington Post,' Tech Is Increasingly Boosting Financial Performance   
When I started my career at The Washington Post in the late 1990s, the newsroom wore a dusty, outdated look as if it were paying homage to its legendary past. The Post of today occupies an updated building on D.C.'s renowned K Street, in modern, glass-walled offices with a Silicon Valley aesthetic. This is the Post after Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO and e-commerce visionary, bought it in 2013 . Since then, the paper's business and technology has almost outshone its award-winning journalism. Before Bezos, the Post was losing revenue and its losses were widening, as it struggled to find income to replace its decline in print ads. The Post is now privately owned and doesn't discuss specific figures, but says revenue and profits are up, as subscribers grow and digital ad revenue increases . Its monthly Web traffic has grown 56 percent, to 78.7 million over the past two years, according to ComScore. That reflects its journalism, but it also reflects big changes under the hood. Under Bezos,
              
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          The Geekcast #390 – Just Watch Firefly, Damnit!   
News: Uber: Roll out with Optimus Prime http://blog.uber.com/UberTRANSFORMERS   World’s largest video game collection sells for over $750,000   When we first stumbled upon the auction for the Guinness-certified "World's Largest Video Game Collection" a few weeks ago, bidding had only reached $50,000, short of the auction reserve price. When the GameGavel auction came to a close late Sunday night, though, the price was significantly higher: $750,250 to be exact. According to the GameGavel price history, the bulk of the bidding action took place last Wednesday, as users "catch123" and "peeps_10091970" rapidly outbid one another from a starting point of $150,000. The final bid has yet to be publicly verified, though, so it's still possible this could be another hoax bidding situation similar to the one surrounding a $100,000 Nintendo World Championship cartridge auction earlier this year. If the sale goes through at this price, though, it will be among the largest single sales of video game items in history. It won't be the largest, though; a 7,000-game set, including "complete" game collections for 22 popular systems, reportedly sold for more than $1.2 million last year. Seller Michael Thomasson has said in interviews that he set a "regimented budget" averaging about $3,000 a year for the past 20 years to build up his collection of more than 11,000 games and 100 consoles. That's a pretty good return on investment for a part-time hobby and should hopefully go a long way toward helping Thomasson with the unspecified "family obligations" that led to the sale in the first place. http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/06/worlds-largest-video-game-collection-sells-for-over-750000/   Amazon's big bet: How a smartphone intensifies war with Apple, Google The online retailer treads into new territory that will test its strategy of selling products at cost.   When the Seattle e-commerce giant introduces its smartphone -- which is widely expected to happen at a company-hosted event on Wednesday -- it will be only Amazon's fourth device in the last seven years. But where its first three products have skirted the edges of mainstream consumer electronic devices -- an e-reader, a budget-priced tablet, and a streaming Internet TV box -- Amazon is now jumping straight into the heart of an industry with the most personal and critical of tech gadgets. In doing so, Bezos is escalating Amazon's fight against Apple and Google for control of the hearts and minds of consumers by combining a branded smartphone with a set of services available through its Prime premium membership. Amazon's anticipated foray into the smartphone world comes as its fellow tech titans have steadily expanded their own reach beyond devices such as PCs and smartphones, with Apple and Google -- as well as Microsoft and Samsung -- introducing an array of services. Their common goal: to power everything from thermostats to medical equipment to automobiles. "The great ecosystem war has begun," said Ben Schacter, an analyst with Macquarie Research. "This is going to be a long, hard war with many battles." For Amazon, it comes back to the smartphone, the one device many people won't leave home without, and its potential to be the remote control for all the other devices in our lives. The company likely sees it as the ultimate hook for its $99-a-year Prime service, which offers members two-day shipping, e-books, movie, and as of last week, a streaming music service. Bezos' bet is that Prime is more effective in keeping customers coming back to Amazon than any single device.   http://www.cnet.com/news/amazons-big-bet-how-a-smartphone-intensifies-the-war-with-apple-google/   Nest Protect smoke detector returns from recall with a lower price   Nest Labs’ Protect smoke detector is returning to store shelves two months after the company halted sales due to safety concerns. New Nest Protect devices will now be sold for $99,
          Ariane-6: Kann Europas Superrakete den mächtigen Amerikanern trotzen?   
Die ambitionierten Pläne der US-Milliardäre Musk und Bezos machen der europäischen Raumfahrt schwer zu schaffen. Mit der neuen Ariane-6-Rakete soll sich das ändern. Doch die Amerikaner kämpfen mit allen Mitteln.
          Amazon announces third annual Prime Day, so goodbye bank account   
Mega-super-giant online retailer Amazon is back to get your clicks (and cash) by announcing its third annual Prime Day, a day rife with exclusive deals for Prime members, set for July 11.

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump is going after Jeff Bezos but also seems a bit confused

One tidbit: The event is actually too big for just one 24 hour block of time and actually kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on July 10.

We're on to your schemes, Bezos.

To give you an idea of what you can expect, check out deals we flagged from previous Prime Days in 2015 and 2016. 

And don't forget that Prime Day will uncover some of the weirdest bargains Amazon has to offer, like on a cat therapy CD or a 55 gallon barrel of lube. Read more...

More about Amazon, Amazon Prime, Deals, Prime Day, and Business Reported by Mashable 2 hours ago.
          A quando l’Amazon Prime Day; guida alle offerte, già dal 5 luglio sconti più alti del Black Friday?   

Amazon Prime Day

Ci siamo quasi:quando ci sarà il tanto atteso Amazon Prime Day, con offerte equiparabili se non più alte del Black Friday pre-natalizio? Sono in molti a chiederselo, tra utenti abituali del noto sito e-commerce di Jeff Bezos o chi si affaccia oggi per la prima volta su questa interessante realtà. C'erano state un po' di indiscrezioni relative all'appuntamento in calendario per approfittare di sconti e promozione ed ora è ufficiale che l'Amazon Prime Day si svolgerà dalle ore 18 del 10 luglio alla mezzanotte dell'11 luglio. In sostanza, non 24 ore ma ben 30 in cui dare sfogo alla propria voglia di shopping estivo, magari pre-vacanza anche se con un'unica limitazione, quella relativa all'iscrizione al programma Prime. Ma vediamo pure nel dettaglio di cosa si tratta. Difficile ci sia qualcuno che ancora non sappia cosa sia Amazon Prime ma il programma al costo di 19,90 euro al mese, da diritto a consegne illimitate in un giorno lavorativo, l'accesso gratuito alle serie tv e film di successo e ad esclusivi sconti.  E saranno proprio speciali offerte quelle pensate per i soci Amazon Prime in partenza nel tardo pomeriggio del 10 luglio e attive per tutto il giorno seguente, ma non solo. Le prime promozioni partiranno già dal 5 luglio e si riproporranno giorno dopo giorno. Come arrivare pronti alle offerte Amazon Prime il prossimo 10 luglio  o come raccontato, già il 5 luglio? Se non si è già iscritti ad Amazon Prime, si potrà usufruire del periodo di iscrizione gratuito di 30 giorni (subito dopo il costo annuale sarà di poco meno di 20 euro, come già chiarito). Per non perdersi il momento delle offerte, meglio effettuare  il download dell'applicazione ufficiale e impostare il "Segui l’offerta” sul tuo telefono, selezionando  “Impostazioni” e poi “Notifiche” o anche usufruendo dell'Amazon Assistant sul proprio computer. Hai in mente di approfittare dell'Amazon Prime Day giù a partire dalla prossima settimana? Per quale categoria merceologica.
          Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook’s Next Facebook   

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          Trump Attacks the 'AmazonWashingtonPost' Over Taxes - Bloomberg   
Also see Trump, Amazon and ‘Internet Taxes’: What Did He Mean? (NYT)

"The Trump administration  does have the power to cause trouble for Amazon and Bezos. Trump has said that Amazon has a “huge antitrust” problem, arguing that the company has destroyed department stores and the retail industry. That hasn’t kept the company’s stock from rising 27 percent since election day, and recently topping $1,000. But Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, raises a new antitrust vulnerability for the company. 

Of course, that’s getting pretty far ahead of Wednesday's tweet. The AmazonWashingtonPost wasn’t the only target in the president’s morning Twitter fusillade. He also criticized the New York Times as a “Fake News Joke!” and said “some of the Fake News Media” were wrongly accusing him of being unengaged in the health care debate. The Times ran a front-page story saying that Republican senators were keeping Trump at arms length as it tried to write new health care legislation."
Trump Attacks the 'AmazonWashingtonPost' Over Taxes - Bloomberg
          Random Musings   
It’s a good thing my boss loves me because ... one day this week, I brought my lunch from home, and as I was eating he looked at it and said:

“What’s that?”

It’s a Black Bean, Corn, Tomato, Avocado salad,: I replied.

“What’s in it?”

“Black Beans. Corn. Tomato. Avocado.”

“Smartass,” he said.

“Dumbass,” I replied.

Like I said, it’s good that I’m good at my job.
In a case of him being about the most ignorant man on the planet, this week President-For-Now _____ attacked The Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, for its coverage of him and his administration as, wait for it, because it’s new and newsworthy .... #FakeNews.

The fake news story that has that dead muskrat on his head itching his scalp? The story about how he has framed copies of a fake issue of Time magazine with his picture on it at several of his properties.


Yup, he called a news story about how he made a fake issue of a magazine a fake news story.

Fake + Fake = Truth. Dipshit, as my Dad would say.
Well, isn’t this special? The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Mississippi can begin enforcing a law to allow merchants and government employees who cite religious beliefs as an excuse to deny services to same-sex couples.

Cuz, you know, God hates fags.

Heres’ where it might get ugly, though, because how do you know when someone is being a biugot because of the Baby Jeebus and when they’re being a bigot because they are hate-filled human beings?

Asking for a friend.
A friend of Carlos’ has a cat that was making some weird nosies and so she took him to the vet and spent a great deal of money on tests after test to find out what was wrong.

Turns out the cat sneezes in rather than out.

Carlos made some snide remark about a waste of money to find out your cat sneezes inward, and I looked at him sideways and said:
“Yeah, that’s kinda like spending $20,000 for a day-and-a-half in the hospital because you hurt yourself throwing a bag of leaves in the back of a truck.”
Yes, that was snark to my Poor Baby Carlito.
Poor Ivanka “Complicit” _____ is being forced to testify in a dispute with Italian shoemaker Aquazzura Italia over one of her company’s shoe designs that Aquazzura Italia says she stole from them.

What? A _____ stealing someone else’s work and pawnign it off as their own? What’s next? Melania _____ giving someone else’s speech at a—

Oh yeah, never mind. The family of grifters is just doing what they do.
One morning this week, watching the news whilst having breakfast, I caught sight of the amazing shot that Jordan Spieth made from a sand trap.

“Oh my god,” I said to Carlos. “That’s amazing!”

Carlos watched the replay and said, “Wow, what an incredible shot.”


And I said:

“What shot? Look at his ass in those jeans!”

Priorities, people. And whoever knew golf could be hot?

Fox news political commentator Chadwick Moore—an openly self-loathing homosexual and former liberal who is now drinking the Kool-Aid— was on the “news” show to discuss a vigil that took place at Stonewall Inn to remember the 49 innocent people that were brutally murdered in the Pulse massacre last year.

The event was organized by Gays Against Guns, and was also used as a way of protesting against out-dated gun laws that continue to allow dangerous individuals to purchase guns without proper background checks. And, when asked what he thought about the anti-_____ nature of the event, Moore said:
“Most gay people aren’t political. Most gay people, you know, they care about pop music and going to the beach. They probably don’t know what the Second Amendment is. And so they show up to be together, to celebrate the community, to mourn together and instead they are fed this anti-gun nonsense.”
Oh, you stupid man, we have been politically active for fifty years working against ignorant bigots like yourself and will continue to do so, while we dance and go to the beach and catch a Broadway show because we’re here, we’re queer and we can multi-task the fuck out of wingnuts like you.
The Congressional Black Caucus are expected to refuse an invitation to meet President-For-Now _____ because they say this White House has done nothing to further CBC priorities and they believe _____ will use a meeting with them as a photo opportunity and nothing else:
“No one wants to be a co-star on the reality show.”  
Honey, you ain’t never lied.
Well, we haven’t seen the tax returns because ... liar ... but it appears that President-For-Now _____ had personal liabilities of at least $315.6 million to German, U.S. and other lenders as of mid-2017.

Yeah, he’s good for business.
In great news for TV lovers, and lovers of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City books—28 Barbary Lane and Back to Barbary Lane.

Netflix is developing a return to Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, with original stars Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis already signed on to revive their Showtime and PBS characters.

Michael Cunningham, The Hours, is writing the ten-part series and Armistead Maupin will produce.

Sheesh. Now I gotta Netflix, too?
Jason Chaffetz, the Congressman from Utah, is set to reign in a few days, but before he goes, he is suggesting that We The People pay members of Congress a $2,500 per month housing allowance:
“I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress. In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress ... and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C. I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here.”
As a member of Congress Jason Chaffetz makes $174,000 a year for roughly 131 days of work, or about $1300 a day; his net worth, and he’s one of the least wealthy members of Congress, is over $2 million.

And yet he wants you to pay his rent. And if he doesn’t stay in DC, and opts to fly home every weekend, We The People pay for his airline ticket.

A $2,500 monthly allowance would cost We The People $30,000 a year per lawmaker, or roughly $16 million a year for all 535 members.

Bitch, please.


          Trump accuses Amazon of neglecting taxes   
President Trump accused Amazon of neglecting to pay internet taxes in his most recent spate of tweets. Trump referenced The Washington Post in his tweet, which is owned by Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos. The media organization released a story Tuesday about Trump's fake Time Magazine cover hanging in his golf clubs. Trump is now calling out Amazon for avoiding internet taxes, which was once a controversial issue for the company.
          5 CEO yang Tak Suka dengan Kebijakan Anti-Imigran Trump   

Beberapa pimpinan perusahaan-perusahaan yang bermarkas di Silicon valley merasa tidak senang dengan kebijakan reformasi imigrasi yang dicetuskan oleh Presiden AS Donald Trump.

Mengutip CNBC, Kamis (29/6/2017) ,di awal pekan ini Mahkamah Agung AS mencabut pembekuan aturan larangan perjalanan ke AS bagi warga dari enam negara yang mayoritas berpenduduk Muslim.

Departemen Luar Negeri AS memastikan dengan pencabutan tersebut maka pemerintah akan segera menjalankan perintah tersebut. Kebijakan tersebut bisa berjalan paling lambat 72 jam setelah pencabutan tersebut atau pada Kamis waktu setempat. 

Kebijakan dari Trump ini mendapat tentangan dari para petinggi perusahaan-perusahaan teknologi. CEO Apple Tim Cook menjelaskan bahwa kebijakan Trump tersebut membuat gelisah para karyawan teknis di perusahaannya.

Berikut ini pernyataan kegelisahan dari para petinggi perusahaan-perusahaan teknologi tersebut:

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook

Petinggi Facebook ini berbicara menentang kebijakan imigrasi Trump dalam media sosial miliknya. Mark menyatakan bahwa orang tua istrinya merupakan pengungsi dari China dan Vietnam. "Kita harus menjaga pintu tetap terbuka untuk pengungsi dan mereka yang membutuhkan pertolongan," kata Mark.

Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

CEO dari Amazon berbicara secara lantang mengenai larangan imigrasi dari Trump tersebut. Bezos menegaskan dukungannya terhadap imigran dalam email kepada seluruh karyawan perusahaan di awal tahun ini.

"Kita adalah negara imigran yang memiliki layar belakang yang beragam. Ide san sudut pandang yang berbeda justru membatu kita untuk tumbuh dan berinovasi," tutur dia dalam surat elektronik tersebut.

Tim Cook, CEO Apple

Tim Cook menyatakan penolakan yang kuat terhadap perintah eksekutif dari Presiden Trump ini. Cook membahas kebijakan tersebut dalam sebuah pidato di University of Glasgow di Scotland. "Apple tidak ada tanpa imigran," jelas dia. "Kebijakan ini masalah besar bagi kita, tidak tidak bisa duduk diam di sini," tambah dia.

Elon Musk, CEO Tesla dan SpaceX

Elon Musk mengkritisi kebijakan imigrasi Trump pada Januari lalu. “Sebagian besar dari orang-orang yang terkena dampak aturan ini adalah pendukung kuat AS. Padahal mereka bertindak benar, tidak salah, dan tidak layak ditolak,” kata Musk.

Logan Green CEO, Lyft

Pendiri dan CEO Lyft merilis serangkaian tweet mengenai larangan perjalanan Trump pada bulan Januari. "Kami menentang dengan tegas tindakan ini, dan tak akan berdiam diri terhadap isu yang mengancam nilai-nilai masyarakat kita," tulis Logan.

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