Two of America's largest companies, Apple and Amazon share an ugly truth. It is rooted in exploitation and how they excel in exploiting America. Due to their strong ties to America's government, both these companies have been allowed to create a persona or facade that far outshines reality. Not only do they exploit workers but each in its own way, mask the huge amount of income they pluck from our government on all levels while avoiding paying taxes. The situation has become so obvious to many people that while moderating the Golden Globes awards, comedian Ricky Gervais in a joking manner slammed actors for calling themselves "woke"while taking money from Apple, Amazon, and Disney, who use slave labor.
Years ago I penned an article titled, "The Poison Apple" where I questioned how Apple remains the darling of so many Americans while stories continue to surface on how those they have contracted to make their products abuse their workers? This coupled with the widespread criticism for its environmental practices and tax avoidance schemes would have caused major damage to the corporate image of most companies resulting in large protests outside their offices and massive boycotts of their products. We should remember, Apple is a company that Fortune magazine has called the most admired company in the United States and in the world, this is a company that the Economist called a "phenomena" and questioned if "it was a bubble" even years before its stock price soared.
[Ron: Apart from the actual global fraud and theft perpetrated by usurious corporate banks and financial institutions, the REASON billions of humans on this planet are enslaved free range serfs and virtually all those who aren't are unemployed or underemployed mendicant welfare recipients is, that private Talmudic individuals OWN and CONTROL most of the huge corporations like APPLE and AMAZON that exploit employees and pay almost none of their profits to the govenments and communities in which they operate and make those profits.THIS SITUATION IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. It is THE REASON WHY unemployment and poverty are so widepsread and growing globally. It is LUNACY for most national populations, and the global population as a whole, to allow a tiny cabal of corporate OWNERS of banks, governments and other mega corporations to parasitically suck up AND KEEP almost all of the wealth created by the ingenuity and work of the global population. The pernicious mechanism for this corporate piracy is the insane granting of personhood to figments of human imagination called companies and corporations. These chimerical "persons" include governments, foundations and so-called not for profit organisations, however described. See eg: Citizens United v. FEC: Corporate Personhood Must be Eliminated if Humanity is to Survive. See:http://abundanthope.net/pages/Ron_71/Citizens-United-v-FEC-Corporate-Personhood-Must-GO-if-Humanity-is-to-Survive.shtml
Humans here have a choice Pilgrims. They can either reject usurious money systems and human personhood status for artificial constructs called corporations etc, OR continue living under these diabolical Talmudic mechanisms. In the latter event human life on this planet will disappear up its own fundamental orifice. Moreover, that fate will occur looong before the 'Thunberg Thesis' fails to come to fruition and is exposed for the stupid lie that it is. Sooo, if you give a stuff about your future or the future of this planet, get off the fence and at least make your opinions known to your families, friends, political representatives and local community.].
For a moment let us put aside Apple and explore some of Amazon's corporate tactics as well as some of the recent stories and the ever-growing political power of the very influential Washington Post which is owned by Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos, which at times has claimed the title of the worlds richest man. Among the goals of this online retail mogul is replacing workers with robots which his company will both build and market.
Bezos Quietly Shapes Public Opinion
Bezos is also the head of Blue Origin, a company with big plans to pioneer the frontier of space. Last but far from least as Amazon's CEO Bezos ties this all together with Amazon Web Service or AWS. This is a cloud service that also collects data and has strong ties to the government. This means they know when you are sleeping, they know when you're awake, they know when you are bad or good. This all constitutes a great deal of power in the hands of one man.
Because of Amazon's strong ties with the government and what is often referred to as the "deep state," we should be concerned about whether The Washington Post is making a concerted effort to shape public opinion in a way that is at odds with our current President. Lurking in the back of my mind is that it was the Washington Post and not a newspaper located in Alabama that broke the Roy Moore story which has turned many women against the Republican party.This brings up the question of just how much the Roy Moore story also has fed into the "me too" movement that had huge ramifications across society. Are stories like this a coincidence or is a strong hidden agenda at play?
All this could be one of the reasons President Trump has voiced concern about Amazon as a force in America.
I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!
The bottom-line is that Apple and Amazon, both receive and feed at the teat of our government and receive a lot of American tax dollars.We should never forget that in America the government and schools use taxpayer money to buy countless numbers of Apple products produced in China adding to Apple's credibility and helping to carry tax-evading Apple to the next level. While this is happening the money-losing United States Postal Service bends over backward to deliver Amazon products while the American government pays out billions to AWS for its services in collecting and storing data on American citizens.
Time and time again it has been pointed out that Amazon is one of the world's most valuable companies, valued at nearly $800 billion. Even after the e-commerce giant pulled in $232.9 billion in global revenue in 2018, it paid $0 in federal taxes.In fact, Amazon was said to be getting a federal tax refund of $129 million this year, this is in spite of Amazon nearly doubling its taxable income in 2018 to $11.2 billion, from $5.6 billion a year earlier. The matter of Amazon's check to the IRS reading exactly $0.00 was also confirmed in a report published by Fortune which stated, the e-tail/retail/tech/entertainment/everything giant would not be paying a cent in federal taxes for the second year in a row.
It should be noted that President Trump is not the only politician that has taken aim at Amazon. current Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has also criticized Amazon for not paying higher federal taxes and is not a fan of the company.Particularly troubling is money from our government flowing into Amazon adds to its war chest and feeds its ability to continue exploiting the brick and mortar stores that line the streets of our communities. These are the real businesses that provide jobs to millions of Americans. All in all, it is a bit ironic that so many people are infatuated with these two companies that seem hell-bent on taking far more from us than they are willing to return. To us not so enamored with these two companies the fact is, we just don't get it.
[Ron: It isn't IRONIC! IT'S TRAGIC! And IF all national govenments do nor soon remove the legal (but cosmically unlawful) personhood status from all corporations and make their owners and operators personally liable for ALL of the actions and morally culpable failures to act by the corporations they own or control, our world will soon dissolve into socio-political chaos.].
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