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(1702) How Mega Millions And Powerball Jackpots Grew So Large - YouTube
1. easy hidden tax source through poor (90%) - subsidising education, or sports in case of UK
2. poverty tax
3. exempt from advertising law - consumer protection
4. shifting tax burden on poor
Lottery  ethics  regressive  taxation  gambling  monopoly 
june 2019 by asterisk2a
(1521) The Myth of American "Capitalism" - YouTube
backhand subsidies
lobby influence
monopolies and oligopolies are price makers and consumers become price takers, there is no equilibrium.
Capitalism  book  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  competition  anttrust  anti-trust  free  market  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  consumer  protection  subsidies  subsidizing  lobby  revolving  door 
april 2019 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump's success reveals a frightening weakness in American democracy - YouTube
liquid times by Zygmunt, globalization - accelerated times, inequality, 1%, poverty trap, weak institutions being fleeced (latest and biggest - GFC, one rule for the one TBTF and other for the many, many have to suffer what they must (varoufakis)), same w broken promise of globalisation benefits everyone, same w failed military interventions ... STRUCTURAL REASONS - DEMOCRACY ELECTED REPRESENTATION does no more exist! its lobbied $$$ vested interest pork barrels corruption abuse get rich quick schemes. Longing for past greatness eg case Brexit. //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YU9djt_CQM - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump &! https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-Skala_(Autorit%C3%A4re_Pers%C3%B6nlichkeit) &! Democratic Backsliding (salami tactic) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF-Tdsvk0tI - The decline of American democracy won't be televised
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  UKIP  Authoritarianism  GOP  LGBT  Transgender  gay  marriage  immigration  Culture  Identity  politics  inequality  unknown  foreign  different  AfD  uncertainty  No  Representation  book  globalisation  Super  Rich  1%  tax  evasion  avoidance  globalization  Institutions  revolving  door  lobby  vested  interest  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  Technocracy  Monopoly  poverty  trap  working  poor  post-racial  America  UK  Germany  American  Dream  democracy  history  neoliberal  neoliberalism  economic  Austerity  GFC  trust  trustagent  Sociology  Psychology  Philosophy  gini  Coefficient  corruption  White-collar  crime  war  on  drugs  Military–industrial  Privatisation  profit  maximisation  food–industrial  big  Pharma  TBTF  bailout  recovery  China  Russia 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Google is jeopardizing African-American literature sites | The Outline
Google wie FB sind Publisher! // The search engine keeps making websites redundant by providing answers to queries directly on Google.com.
Google  Facebook  monopoly  information  YouTube  discovery  algorithm 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Ken Clarke: Tories had deal with Rupert Murdoch for 2010 election | Politics | The Guardian
David Cameron may have done “some sort of a deal” with Rupert Murdoch to win the Sun’s support for the Conservatives in the 2010 general election, Ken Clarke, the former justice secretary, has claimed.

“Quite how David Cameron got the Sun out of the hands of Gordon Brown I shall never know,” Clarke said. “Rupert would never let Tony [Blair – Brown’s predecessor] down because Tony had backed the Iraq war. Maybe it was some sort of a deal. David would not tell me what it was. Suddenly we got the Murdoch empire on our side.”
Rupert  Murdoch  David  Cameron  Presselandschaft  DailyMail  TheSun  Paul  Dacre  Brexit  Establishment  diversity  Elite  Propaganda  Pressesprecher  Andy  Coulson  phonehacking  Rebekah  Brooks  Monopoly  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  GFC  Austerity  Jeremy  Corbyn  Ed  Miliband  book  UK  Politics  Mogul  neoliberalism  neoliberal  capitalism  regime  inequality  Gesellschaft  Media  Medien  BBC  Society  trust  trustagent  Newspapers  Tabloids  Lügenpresse 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Social media firms under scrutiny for 'Russian meddling’ - BBC News
Facebook, Twitter and Google lawyers defended themselves to US lawmakers probing whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election.
The three firms faced hard questions at a Senate panel on crime and terrorism about why they missed political ads bought with Russian money. &! https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/10/30/social-media-democracy/ - Francis Fukuyama - This is not the situation that prevails in today’s internet world. There are not a variety of competing platforms with differing points of view; rather, there is Facebook, which has become a sort of global utility. [ creating for each their own bubble own world, enabling to reject, deny reality in spite of fact. Orwell on nationalism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_on_Nationalism - Indifference to reality ] ESPECIALLY when the user is the product, sold to corporates. Keep users more and more clicking = keep making more and more money. &! Displayed in their dedicated teams in-house support for Trump campaign! $85m. Client satisfaction and profit maximisation. --- https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/facebooks-2016-election-team-gave-advertisers-a-blueprint?utm_term=.ox8O6gxWY#.ji2Ngpmoz &! https://staltz.com/the-web-began-dying-in-2014-heres-how.html
Facebook  democracy  presidential  election  2016  Brexit  Donald  Trump  DonaldTrump  AfD  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  Social  Media  Newsfeed  bubble  algorithm  filter  bias  Gesellschaft  Nationalism  Orwell  Orwellian  Patriotism  demagogue  Twitter  Google  monopoly  duopoly  monopsony  Amazon  antitrust  Francis  Fukuyama  totalitarianism  Capitalism 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
There's precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn't end well. — Quartz
The German drugmaker Bayer, which saw its profits fall 17% in the third quarter of 2017 as pharmacies closed, even has a name for it: “the Amazon Effect.”
Amazon  Jeff  Bezos  anti-trust  antitrust  monopsony  monopoly  Google  duopoly  anti-competitive 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
(3935) 35 Minutes on YouTube Demonetization - YouTube
Conservative corporate totalitarian times. Monopoly and monopsony. &! politics hit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkYR89SzXNc - J&N, The Young Turks // 'anti-liberal democratic people democracy' policing content
YouTube  Creative  Creatives  Creators  Culture  Advertising  corporate  totalitarianism  Consumer  Capitalism  advertisement  Facebook  Newsfeed  monopoly  monopsony  Google  anti-trust  Amazon  LGBTQ  Liberal  free  speech  democracy  Subscription  Patreon  PayPal 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Should the Government Bring Back Trust-Busting? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
A de-concentration of economic power would lift up the middle class. Antitrust law was formerly used to reduce inequality, fight corruption and create a politically stable social contract all at once. [...] “Monopoly constitutes the death of capitalism and the genesis of authoritarian government.”
anti-trust  trust-busting  monopoly  oligarchy  oligopol  oligopoly  Super  Rich  bank  bailout  TBTF  lobby  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  revolving  door  vested  interest  groups  Workers  Rights  Union  Trade  globalisation  globalization  Exploitation  accountability  tax  evasion  avoidance  middle  class  Amazon  Google  Microsoft  Capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Facebook 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
93% Of All Jobs "Created" Since 2008 Were Added Through The Birth/Death Model | Zero Hedge
Here are the details of how over 90% of the jobs created in the past decade were nothing more than a "statistical" adjustment in some BLS model. [...] Furthermore, self-employed persons as a percentage of the working age population and the number of jobs created by establishments less than one year old are also declining. [...] the multi-decade slowdown in new business formation. Further supporting the Harvard study findings, a Brookings Institution paper called “Declining business dynamism in the United States: a look at states and metros” shows that business formations slowed down and business deaths accelerated after the crisis of 2008 (below to the right). (( THE LOW HANGING FRUITS OF INNOVATION HAVE BEEN PLUCKED! + ECON WINNER TAKES ALL = COMPETITION ON PRICE )) [...] The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) seems to be alone in its belief that the entrepreneurial environment in the US is improving. We believe that the BLS has been artificially inflating the monthly payroll numbers via the birth and death adjustment. This overstatement is not trivial in nature – the adjustment added 30% of all jobs reported since 2010.
secular  stagnation  structural  underemployed  unemployment  UK  USA  immigration  working  poor  part-time  zero  hour  contract  economic  history  Precariat  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Brexit  GFC  recovery  innovation  winner  takes  all  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  self-regulation  statistics  accounting  fake  news  bank  bailout 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(479) Scott Galloway: This Is the Top of the Market - YouTube
2017 social media tops out.// one sign youtube adapocalypse. 2017 f8 that was weird at best. snapchat never making money. and Google Facebook capturing 99% of social media/internet ad growth in 2016
Snapchat  Twitter  Social  Media  Facebook  VR  AR  f8  Instagram  Mark  Zuckerberg  Oculus  Rift  Pinterest  YouTube  Google  Search  business  model  Monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Silicon  Valley  WeChat 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
(187) It's Not You, Airlines Have Been Treating Everyone Poorly - YouTube
as competition goes away, quality declines. (Competition is for Losers by Peter Thiel ... still Peter Thiel thinks running an airline is not a great business to be in).
oligopol  oligopoly  neoliberalism  monopoly  neoliberal  lobby  profit  maximisation  dividends  competition  Peter  Thiel  Silicon  Valley  competitive  competitiveness  Innovation  conglomerate  Gewinnspanne  airline  industry  transportation  self-restraint  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  consumer 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
UK pharma firms accused of illegal deals to hike price of life-saving drug | Business | The Guardian
Actavis charged NHS 80% more for hydrocortisone tablets after incentivising rival Concordia not to launch its own version, watchdog claims
UK  NHS  pharma  pharmaceutical  Kartellamt  antitrust  USA  health  care  EU  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  Patent  generic 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
"Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Win With A Progressive"-Former Sanders Official Nick Brana Pt 2 - YouTube
Democrats fought & stole it from Bernie because they rather would lose to GOP/Trump than move to the left progressives. // See also book Thomas Frank - Liberal - https://youtu.be/M9u2aR19P3g. & Matt Taibbi on GOP and in general the establishment - $ - choosing the candidate not the voter electorate and journalists feeding themselves co-opting into the game then wondering why they are called fake and luegenpresse. And Mark Blyth mentioning Bill Clinton finished what Reagan could not ( Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution by Michael Meeropol (Paperback) - https://www.yo​utube.com/watch​?v=a0q_Ww1q1j8. And Obama did not fight GOP in public, he preserved the status quo, did not upset the DNC elite and establishments going to the left and much more progressive and then there was the Drone Warfare.
DNC  Bernie  Sanders  Democrats  presidential  election  book  Thomas  Frank  Hillary  Clinton  Bill  1%  10%  Super  Rich  Oligarchy  Plutocracy  lobby  NAFTA  TTIP  TPP  TISA  2016  journalism  progressive  Career  Politicians  democracy  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  BarackObama  GOP  Matt  Taibbi  Mark  Blyth  economic  history  neoliberalism  Austerity  Globalist  corporatism  profit  maximisation  Taxation  Poverty  working  poor  Uber  oligopol  oligopoly  monopoly  gig  economy  self-employment  squeezed  middle  class  secular  stagnation  social  mobility  inequality  wage  growth  GFC  bank  bailout  recovery  gini  Coefficient 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
The new robot revolution will take the boss's job, not the gardener's | Business | The Guardian
Advances in artificial intelligence mean a second wave of change is approaching – and it is not the low-paid service sector where jobs are most at risk // Studies have shown that technological change rather than trade has been responsible for the vast majority of the jobs lost in manufacturing in the developed world. Put simply, machines have replaced humans. Robots have taken over factories. // https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/822930363827757056 20/80 split. - Technology—not int'l trade—accounts for 85% of the lost manufacturing jobs in the US. Feels like it's worth the reminder. &! https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-globalization-why-seattles-1999-protesters-were-right/282831/
AI  automation  Robotics  self-driving  cars  autonomous  vehicles  squeezed  middle  class  USA  UK  technological  unemployment  UBI  Universal  Basic  Income  Grundeinkommen  economic  history  education  policy  creativity  Richard  David  Precht  Alain  de  Botton  globalisation  globalization  offshore  outsourcing  contractor  contract  zero  hour  part-time  workers  union  trade  rights  Self-Employment  gig  economy  wage  growth  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  avoidance  Competition  corporatism  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  1%  10%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  welfare  state  redistribution  distribution  Precariat  working  poor  downward  mobility  social  poverty  trap  Austerity  underinvestment  underemployed  underemployment 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Cancer drugs price rise 'costing NHS millions' - BBC News
[ capitalists love competition, but corporatists, not. they love raising profit margin ] The UK researchers said NHS negotiations with drug companies were failing to contain costs, and getting access to cheaper drugs would allow more people to be treated with more modern medicines. [...] Dr Hill said he was surprised to find several companies had consistently raised the prices of cancer treatment.
"We have found that some companies take over the supply of some generic cancer medicines and then raise the price progressively," he said. [...] As a result of the bill, companies found to be raising prices with no clear justification will be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority, and could face fines.
NHS  Cancer  monopoly  Privatisation  Austerity  STP  rationing  oligopoly  oligopol  BigPharma  profit  maximisation  cartel  collusion  WallStreet  public  health  sick  population  ageing  care  demand  Demographic  bubble  crony  neoliberalism  Exploitation  Competition  Corporate  capitalism 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Arm trotz Arbeit (Dokumentation Deutsch) Doku - YouTube
keine zusammengehoerigkeit. kann sich nicht mehr vergleich. exzess. berufliche gratifikations kriese. keine sicherheit. keine upward mobility. keine social acknowledgement.
poverty  working  poor  UK  Germany  France  OECD  minimum  wage  squeezed  middle  class  income  inequality  distribution  Super  Rich  1%  10%  20%  Plutocracy  Monopoly  oligopoly  Leiharbeit  Zeitarbeit  zero  hour  contract  contractor  ALG2  Aufstocker  tax  credit  well  being  status  anxiety  Precariat  mental  health  public  social  Burnout  chronic  stress  Gesellschaft  Sociology  socioeconomic  outsourcing  Zivilgesellschaft  Psychology  Lohndumping  gini  Coefficient 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Oh for the 1960s! People earned less but could afford more | Money | The Guardian
[ fetish of GDP ] Economic growth since the 1960s has been real, but the link between growth and personal prosperity has broken down, probably since the 1990s. We can carry on pushing for increases in GDP, but it’s meaningless unless it translates into a recovery in living standards. If any government really wants to help the left-behinds, then cutting house prices and rents must be their first priority.
GDP  wage  growth  income  distribution  economic  history  profit  maximisation  capitalism  crony  oligopoly  monopoly  Platform  Self-Employment  Productivity  squeezed  middle  class  working  poor  globalisation  Competition  liberal  reform  competitiveness  disposable  discretionary  spending  investment  creditcard  credit  GFC  recovery  Austerity  secular  stagnation  taxation  1%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  10%  20%  bank  bailout  Privatisation  outsourcing  offshore  banking  tax  evasion  avoidance  child 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Does The Myth of Meritocracy show us how to alleviate inequality?
No debate about social mobility is complete without reference to the supposedly halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s. The class fluidity of those decades, however, was not the result of professions becoming more meritocratic. It was caused by an unprecedented rise in the number of middle-class jobs: there was more room at the top. [...] Bloodworth writes that 21st-century society is characterised by a dwindling of professional jobs and more people slipping downwards: there is “more room at the bottom”. [...] Globalisation has created what the economist Robert H Frank calls “winner-takes-all” markets
downward  mobility  social  mobility  income  mobility  inequality  Paul  Mason  book  post-capitalism  James  Bloodworth  Gini  coefficient  income  distribution  structural  unemployment  long-term  unemployment  skill  gap  skills  gap  skill  mismatch  skill-biased  technological  change  AI  artificial  intelligence  globalisation  globalization  rising  middleclass  squeezed  middle  class  BRIC  Manufacturing  economic  history  sociology  Brexit  Identitypolitics  Identitätspolitik  career  ladder  education  bubble  education  cost  autonomous  car  autonomous  cars  self-driving  cars  augmented  intelligence  Robotics  Robots  automation  neoclassical  economics  Chicago  School  trickle-down  economics  trickle-down  effect  1%  10%  20%  working  poor  Precariat  credit  card  credit  card  debt  consumerism  consumerist  austerity  bank  bailout  capitalism  in  crisis  neoliberal  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Baby  Boomers  babyboomers  Elizabeth  Warren  Joseph  Stiglitz  poverty  trap  poverty  child  poverty  rentier  rent-seeking  winner  take  all  monopoly  monopsony  conglomerate  multinational  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  No  Representation  Politicians  career  politician  Centrist  meritocracy  meritocratic  plutocracy  oligarchy  capitalism 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
Venture  Capital  Unicorn  shareholder  capitalism  Greed  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  Wall  Street  Wall  Street  activists  Yahoo!  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Microsoft  IBM  Intel  Oracle  capitalism  exploitation  Super  Rich  short-termism  short-term  thinking  1%  plutocracy  oligarchy  M&A  economic  growth  growth  round  Mutual  Fund  macroeconomic  policy  secular  stagnation  Private  Equity  MBO  Pivot  IPO  dividends  prosperity  Start-Ups  Start-up  s&p500  pension  scheme  pension  finite  resources  resource  depletion  economic  history  creative  destruction  share  buyback  Apple  capitalism  in  crisis  capitalist  Uber  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  antitrust  corruption  western  world  squeezed  middle  class  emerging  middle  class  BRIC  business  cycle  company  book  cost  center  overhead  costcutting  operating  performance  operating  margin  globalisation  globalization  Universal  Basic  Income  artificial  intelligence  AI  augmented  intelligence  Robotics  automation  structural  unemployment  materialism  consumerism  status  anxiety  disenfranchise  disenfranchised  youth  unemployment  post-capitalism  Mobile  Banlieue  deprivation  poverty  trap  poverty  meritocracy  meritocratic  Gini  value  coefficie 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Facebook is the latest tech giant to face a European antitrust investigation
The authority is investigating suspicions that with its specific terms of service on the use of user data, Facebook has abused its possibly dominant position in the market for social networks.
Facebook  antitrust  Big  Data  user  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  monopoly  Twitter  Snapchat  YouTube  Google  Inc.  AdSense  Google  Search  TOS 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
James Galbraith, Kate Pickett, Branko Milanovic - Consequences of Inequality and Wealth Distribution - YouTube
free education / land value tax / higher inheritance tax / abolition of private education / more progressive taxation / combat tax avoidance and tax evasion / ... Universal Basic Income //&! New Theoretical Perspectives on the Distribution of Income and Wealth Among Individuals - youtu.be/RO8KWTb2iPM - w Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman --- distinguishing between wealth and capital. ignore land (free yourself from Ricardo). land. credit. //&! David Cay Johnston: The Perils Of Our Growing Inequality - David Cay Johnston about his new book, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality. - youtu.be/ok7ZJ8mS19Y
inequality  income  inequality  Gini  coefficient  education  policy  income  distribution  income  redistribution  tax  free  income  income  mobility  social  mobility  health  inequality  gender  inequality  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  welfare  state  social  safety  net  progressive  tax  code  Super  Rich  1%  oligarchy  plutocracy  social  democracy  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  democracy  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Universal  Basic  inheritance  tax  financial  literacy  wealth  distribution  wealth-distribution  transferring-wealth  Thomas  Piketty  Joseph  Stiglitz  Robert  Reich  squeezed  middle  class  globalization  globalisation  Paul  Krugman  Elizabeth  Warren  austerity  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  fiscal  policy  economic  growth  Supply  and  Demand  Demand  and  Supply  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  credit  bubble  GFC  recovery  monetary  policy  debt  servitude  consumer  debt  household  debt  Student  Loan  debt  debt  credit  card  debt  credit  card  economic  history  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  competitiveness  productivity  knowledge  worker  book  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  American  Dream  meritocracy  meritocratic  post-racial  America  free  market  freemarkets  dogma  ideology 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Deutsche Telekom darf das Internet schneller machen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es gibt in der Frage auch starken politischen Druck: Die Bundesregierung will den Breitbandausbau bis 2018 durchbekommen, dann soll es überall im Land Zugänge mit 50 Megabit pro Sekunde geben - es ist ein Prestigeprojekt des Ministers Alexander Dobrindt (Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur). Und ohne die Vectoring-Pläne der Telekom wäre das sehr viel schwerer zu erreichen. Zur Entscheidung der Netzagentur können die Marktteilnehmer noch einmal formell Stellung nehmen, auch in einer öffentlichen Verhandlung. Auch das Kartellamt und die europäische Regulierungsbehörde, die Vectoring kritisch sieht, werden gehört. Erst dann fällt im Frühjahr 2016 die endgültige Entscheidung.
infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  Net  Neutrality  Germany  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  short-termism  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  digital  economy  White  Elephant  Policy  Makers  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  public  utility  Good  monopoly  antitrust  regulators  Consumer  Protection 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
MSNBC...Why the Fawning Interview With the Kochs? - YouTube
What is the Citizens United decision? Corporations are people. //&! GOP Has Turned into a Race Among Oligarchs to Own Everything - youtu.be/SNja0Iwpk8s "poison the channel of public information." = Fascism = merging of business and state interest. for the few. - via vice president Henry Wallace & Franklin d. roosevelt
Koch  Brothers  plutocracy  oligarchy  Gini  coefficient  inequality  USA  Super  Rich  1%  corporate  media  corporate  state  democracy  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  social  democracy  trickle-down  economics  neoliberalism  neoliberal  TPP  TTIP  free  trade  trade  agreement  global  trade  TISA  NAFTA  CETA  national  interest  Nationalism  public  perception  public  awareness  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  vested  interest  interest  groups  presidential  election  2016  UK  democrats  republican  republicans  income  distribution  income  redistribution  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  social  mobility  income  mobility  American  Dream  post-racial  America  Fascism  racism  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  right-wing  Patriot  Act  NSA  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  military–industrial  prison–industrial  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  manufactured  consent  Noam  Chomsky  Polarisation  propaganda  populism  Lügenpresse  PR  spin  doctor  Greed  monopoly  monopsony  Monsanto  Protection  Act  oligopoly  oligopol  history 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Marijuana legalization initiative fails in Ohio - Business Insider
Issue 3 would create a marijuana "monopoly" (actually, an oligopoly) consisting of 10 producers who would have their exclusive rights to engage in the commercial production of marijuana enshrined in the state constitution. The campaign in support of Issue 3 — so-called Responsible Ohio — is predictably supported by those who would hold these exclusive rights. This is crony capitalism at its worst. // same w GMO, Monsanto asked whitehouse (bush) to introduce stringent legislation and regulation about GMO research bc monanto knew it was ahead and didn't want any newcomers in, thus made through legislation, regulation and compliance cost, the barriers to entry artificially high, through its effective strong lobbying to introduce legislation & regulation to its liking.
USA  lobby  lobbyist  Lobbying  corporate  scandal  Greed  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  oligarchy  plutocracy  Super  Rich  1%  American  Dream  Career  Politicians  free  market  No  Representation  Policy  Makers  Marijuana  Legalisation  decriminalisation  decriminalization  revolving  door  democracy  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Monsanto  Monsanto  Protection  Act  GMO  crop  GMO 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook paid £4,327 corporation tax in 2014 - BBC News
The latest revelations will reignite the debate about how much UK corporation tax companies pay at a time when several multinational corporations are being investigated by the European Commission over the tax arrangements they have with European Union member states. Google, Amazon, a division of the Fiat motor company and Starbucks are all subject to the investigation and the European Commission has said it could widen its probe further. The investigation came after Starbucks was revealed to have paid just £8.6m in UK corporation tax in the 14 years between 1998 and 2012, despite making more than £3bn in UK sales in the same period. Last week, EU finance ministers agreed to boost information sharing in response to the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that emerged last year. The scandal showed Luxembourg had issued hundreds of tax rulings allowing companies to lower their tax bill by funnelling their profits through the country. //&! bbc.in/1LJG6DY &! bit.ly/1R7PjEf
tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Wall  Street  shared  economic  interest  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Super  Rich  1%  UK  USA  European  Union  Niall  Ferguson  secular  stagnation  budget  deficit  infrastructure  mainstreet.org  oligarchy  monopoly  monopsony  revolving  door  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness  austerity  crony  capitalism  TBTF  too  big  to  jail  too  big  to  bail  capitalism  exploitation  neoliberalism  neoliberal  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  corporate  scandal  accounting  scandal 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
TPP - The Death Sentence Clause - YouTube
TPP, TTIP, TISA excludes BRIC! this is a protectionism move from USA/Wall Street in new world that is emerging infront of our eyes that undermines USA/Wall Street monopoly, global power - financial, corporate, political, foreign affairs. Its shaping peoples everyday lifes. Much more potent than military intervention //&! https://youtu.be/ysm2Ksb7Yeg - TPP - Here’s What Happens Under SHAFTA --- race to the bottom. its not a free trade deal. its a managed deal written by and for multinational conglomerates. literally continuing the further the race to the bottom, competing with countries like Vietnam for jobs!
TPP  generic  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma  generic  medicine  copyright  Patent  patents  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Wall  Street  interest  groups  vested  interest  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  TTIP  TISA  oversight  self-regulation  regulation  deregulation  regulators  transparency  democracy  Career  Politicians  monopoly  conglomerate  monopsony  Commanding  Heights  accountability  globalisation  globalization  presidency  barackobama  flat  world  G  Zero  AIIB  BRIC  Bank  IMF  OECD  emerging  market  Frontier  Markets  intellectual  property  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  political  theory  political  economy  social  contract  No  Representation  UK  USA  neoliberalism  neoliberal  liberal  economic  reform  global  trade  trade  agreement  free  trade  exploitation  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  China  Russia  India  Brazil  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  corruption  bribery 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's a fair price for a drug? - BBC News
Agreeing a price for any drug is a tricky business. In the UK, the NHS is the main buyer and prices are set through a voluntary scheme between manufacturers and the government, trying to strike the right balance of serving patients and generating money to keep the drug pipeline going. Profits are capped to stop prices creeping too high.
NHS  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  monopsony  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW: Das Auto? Der Betrug! Jakob Augstein zur Abgas-Affäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur Banken betrügen, auch die Industrie. Das zeigt der VW-Skandal. Deutschland hält sich eher ans Recht als das Ausland? Ein Irrtum. Guter Kapitalismus, böser Kapitalismus? Gibt's nicht. Nur die Notwendigkeit des starken Staates. [...] Die Amoralität ist in der Idee der Firma an sich eingebaut. Menschen haben (vielleicht) Moral. Firmen nicht. Da liegt ein grundlegendes Missverständnis im modernen Kapitalismus. [...] In einem langen Artikel über Wirtschaftsethik hat der "Economist" einmal geschrieben: "Unternehmen, die lügen und betrügen, können nicht erwarten, lange im Geschäft zu sein, selbst wenn ihre Handlungen vom Gesetz gestattet sind." Wir wissen, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Aber so streuen sich die Gralshüter der liberalen Wirtschaftsideologie selbst Sand in die Augen. [ The Corporation (2005) by Joel Bakan ] [...] Beschreibt das nicht perfekt das Wesen der großen Konzerne - je größer, desto besser? Und VW ist sehr groß. [ Amazon's monopsony ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Dan Ariely: Why The Next Market Downturn May Quickly Become A Full-Blown Panic - YouTube
free self-regulated market where winner take all - creates adverse outcomes. //<< Book - The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H. Frank - Competition can be devastating if it is about winner take all !!! - youtu.be/hmbfK​DvDrJI - via Dan Ariely // // !!! QE - reflate - hope and pray confidence will come back and economy roars back to health. did not happen. // poverty trap // trend continues w inequality, // post-racial America // inability to get out of bad situation // under banked, payday loan // studies have shown, Americans imagine/think of their countries more equal and just than Sweden // (1) create new financial institution, retail banking serving people (not making 15% profit p/a to give it to share holders even demanding more) like Sparkassen // (2) reform education // (stop damaging) narrative of invisible hand - getting the best out of people // national identity // sense of agency !!!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter works just fine – but for investors, anything except total market domination is a disaster | Comment is free | The Guardian
Nothing better illustrates capitalism’s addiction to illogic than the mismatch between Twitter’s workability and its unpopularity with Wall Street [...] Any company that cannot demonstrate a clear route to monopolising its space, monetising its users’ data on a vast scale, is to be discarded, targeted for acquisition, consigned to perpetual dowdiness. [...] When I’ve pointed to Wikipedia, Apache or Linux as harbingers of a new, non-market, open source economics, one of the stock responses is: “now show us something more spectacular.” The problem is, these modest, functional and free products are already in their own way spectacular. Wikipedia is the biggest information product in the world; Apache runs half the world’s web servers; and Linux is the system of choice for at least a third of all servers (the computers that run businesses) and 97% of the world’s supercomputers.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Arbeitsbedingungen ǀ Der eigentliche Skandal ist ein anderer — der Freitag
Amazon verfolgt lediglich eine Strategie. Doch all das ist gar nicht so entscheidend, denn auch wenn der Artikel ein schockierendes Firmenbild aufzeigt, kann man dem Unternehmen daraus __nur bedingt einen Vorwurf machen. Letztendlich befindet sich Amazon in einem harten Konkurrenzkampf__ und versucht daher die leistungsfähigsten Mitarbeiter zu gewinnen und zu behalten – weniger leistungsstarke Mitarbeiter kann man dagegen nicht gebrauchen. Diese Strategie ist in großen Erfolgsunternehmen kein Einzelfall, sondern Normalität. [...] Der eigentliche Skandal sind die Logistikzentren
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Heads-up, Google: Fighting EU Is Useless - Bloomberg View
That approach was part of a charm offensive. Last year, Google doubled its EU lobbying budget to 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million), according to anti-corruption group Transparency International's Integritywatch.eu site, which aggregates information from official EU disclosures. That isn't much less than Deutsche Bank or ExxonMobil is spending. According to data on the same site, Google has held more meetings with EU officials than any other company since last November -- 32 in all, although only one of these officially had to do with the antitrust case, which has developed since 2010. "We want to do a better job of listening to Europe's concerns and explaining how our business works with Europe," the company said of these efforts.
European  Commission  antitrust  Google  Inc.  Google  Shopping  Google  Search  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  Bing  Yahoo!  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Microsoft 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alternatives Management: Vertrauen als Ressource für Unternehmen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Oft werben diejenigen am meisten darum, die unter Vertrauensverlust leiden. Denn tatsachlich sinkt das Vertrauen in die Wirtschaft und das Misstrauen steigt. Das ist das Ergebnis nahezu aller Studien zum Thema Verbrauchervertrauen // &! bit.ly/1Vd5jYF - Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable // Same with the Conservative Party deleting all their speeches and documents after they won majority in election and partnered up with libdems - bit.ly/1c7hHG6 &! bit.ly/1Epl5va // Auch Geld funktioniert nur dank Vertrauen [...] Der Systemtheoretiker Niklas Luhmann beschrieb Vertrauen daher auch als "Mechanismus zur Reduktion sozialer Komplexität". Ständiges Misstrauen dagegen mache unser Zusammenleben deutlich schwieriger, sagt Martin Schweer. [...] Schnell zeigte sich: Hatte der eine das Geschäft fair und zum gegenseitigen Vorteil abgewickelt, erhöhte der andere in der nächsten Runde seinen Einsatz. // &! bit.ly/1ILzkZU - Does honesty matter ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason - is capitalism dead? | Guardian Live - YouTube
100 year process, this is the 21st century // when you define the problem you also define the solution, in most cases. from A to B. // capitalism has rent-seeking tendency. DRM and IP/intellectual property is rent-seeking. // --- need book what to do with post-capitalism tools, open source, open data, share economy, shared economic interest, transparency, political reform - voucher system (Larry Lessig). --- // biotech and gene and new age of medicine will replace hardware and proprietary software (already being displaced by open source) //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
People are underestimating Snapchat just like they underestimated Facebook - Vox
In fact, almost every one of today's big internet companies — Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Twitter — faced similar skepticism in their early years. Back in 2007, Kara Swisher (who now runs Re/code which, like Vox.com, is part of Vox Media) expressed astonishment that Facebook could be worth $15 billion. A year before that, a Slate headline read "$1 Billion for Facebook? LOL!" (Facebook is now worth $260 billion.) [....] A company's early ad revenue just doesn't tell us anything interesting about its long-term earnings potential. It takes a while for a company to hire a sales team, settle on an effective advertising format, and build awareness among potential customers. [...] But while it might take time for Snapchat to build a successful advertising program, there's little doubt that it will be able to. Every day, 100 million people open up the Snapchat app. As long as that's true, advertisers are going to be willing to pay top dollar to reach them.
Snapchat  Facebook  Mark  Zuckerberg  Evan  Spiegel  Social  Media  Google  Twitter  context  business  model  economies  of  scale  scale  pageviews  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Yahoo!  Yahoo  Y!  monopoly  differentiate  differentiation  utility  mobile  homescreen  daily  habit 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Darwinism At Your Doorstep: Why You Only Care About Amazon Now | TechCrunch
“You either fit here or you don’t,” and that in Seattle the company has a widespread reputation for its toughness. For now, you have a choice whether to work for Amazon. For now, you have options. Amazon is the vanguard of a very scary movement in the tech sector but we’re not all there yet (though some techbros on Twitter seem happy at the thought of Amazon culture catching on). [...] Why do we care suddenly about working conditions when it turns out that white-collar employees are the ones getting shafted? The workers at Amazon fulfillment centers have much less choice and much less power than the marketers and engineers in the Times piece. [...] We’re acting shocked and horrified that Amazon applies what it calls “purposeful Darwinism” to people with MBAs and PhDs, // [ trend, conditions known in service sector job and manual labour sector swapping over into the cushy world of blue-/white-collar worker ] Capitalism regresses toward feudalism.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to $80 Oil - Bloomberg View
[ new duopoly? - USA - OPEC, and OPEC not wanting that?! ] I'm sticking with my forecast of $10 to $20 a barrel. The logic behind that February projection still seems valid. Cartels exist to keep prices above equilibrium. But that encourages cheating, as cartel members want more than their allotted share and outsiders sell more to take advantage of the artificially elevated price. So the job of the cartel leader -- in OPEC's case, Saudi Arabia -- is to cut its production to accommodate the cheaters and prevent a price collapse. The Saudis had been doing that for decades, and as a result, OPEC production over the last 10 years has been flat, with all the growth instead enjoyed by non-OPEC producers, including U.S. frackers and Canadian oil-sands companies. [...] In Texas's Permian Basin and in the Persian Gulf, the marginal cost is $10 to $20 a barrel, and even lower for some Saudi oil fields. [...] Russia is desperate for anything that will earn foreign exchange. // &! bv.ms/1yKiZBs
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Attacked the Beast who created Netscape, Mozilla Firefox & invested Skype - YouTube
Browser Wars back then. Smartphone wars are settles. iOS and Android. Everyone else is just niche or trying to be principles. // Start-up lesson/advice: When the big player can give out your "product" for free. They would. Don't play on other peoples turf and productise a feature ... for them. Sure they can't be everything to everyone and you can serve a niche, you are going to have to play by their rules their TOS. This thing where bright minds (educated) with small ideas (because they are easy) get burned over and over and over again. Human nature like irrational exuberance, hysterias and depressions. If you are dependable on a platform, on one kind of distribution model that is owned by another corporate (profit motive) and you are disruptive, pain in the ass, easily copyable,u are attackable on too many vectors. lots of risk. There was Microsoft. There was Facebook and Twitter. There was e-mail (gmail tab filters now & spam). // SWAT analysis vs high level situational awareness
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeff Bezos Revealed: Building Amazon One Box at a Time - YouTube
Not in Silicon Valley. Not inside the bubble. was not inside the bubble when it imploded. // can not rest on your laurels. can not stop for a second innovating. even trying hard to disrupt yourself (Kindle) and capture the market (monopsony - in book and ebook market and w audible the audiobook market). and taking out your partners (delivery firms) with building very close to the city their warehouses. also, locking in customers with Amazon Prime, and convenience one click order. and having the verything store. Amazon A9 - its search engine could be the one of the top 5 search engines in the world. Google, YouTube, ... Amazon? or Bing/Yahoo in between? // Nobody can compete on price with Amazon with popular items! they discount popular items to attract (loss leader items). making it up all the other items of the long tail // run in late with lots of antitrust. // all encompassing (encapsulating every decision) motto: obsessing over customer & inventing in the name of the customer.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Samsung unveils 2.5-inch 16TB SSD | Hacker News
In the HDD market there are actually just two companies: WD and Seagate. There are other brands (Toshiba, HGST) but these are not completely independent (HGST is owned by WD, Toshiba still exists mostly because WD feeds it with technology whenever they are threatened by anti-monopoly rulings, so they can say competition still exists). In the SSD market there are lots of brands, but only a few flash chip makers - so it's the same lack of competition but better hidden to the consumer. [...] One thing about HDDs is that the marginal cost to the manufacturer is basically constant regardless of size. It costs them just over $100 per drive to make a drive. The cost of making 6 or 10TB drives is all in the R&D. Large cloud providers buy drives in such large volumes that they get access to pricing that normal people don't which is why they can provide things like Youtube, S3 and Glacier without going broke. [...] Not just storage. If you go backwards through the supply chains, ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on Alphabet: it will take more than Google to translate the restructuring | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
Business mostly thinks the new look is smart. But regulators and privacy campaigners are not so sure [...] some of the world’s regulators and many consumers are looking sceptically at the impact that it might have on data protection, privacy, tax liabilities and the impact of the reorganisation on the megalith’s power to monetise the data of its billions of users. // &! bit.ly/1MmLVH2 - Google is scattering Alphabet blocks to mute its own success. A bit like the phenomenon of stealth Starbucks branches, Google has become so ubiquitous it is choosing to fade into the background
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Partners With Shadowy 'Data Brokers' To Farm Your Information - Sherbit- Personal Analytics
Its not free. U pay with ur data. Worry abt NSA? Worry abt companies too. // via bit.ly/1WbspjI // The researchers detailed many troubling aspects of Facebook’s data collection practices, including evidence that one of Facebook’s cookies is stored in every browser that visits a site with a ‘Social Plugin‘ (the embedded ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons), regardless of whether or not they are a Facebook user. [...] Facebook is no longer just a social media website, it is a massive advertising business invested in tracking everyone’s consumer spending habits, on the internet and off. [ FB has also a monopsony; if you don't agree to TOS as user, don't use us. (Same told to advertisers w Newsfeed changes algo) PS we track u anyway. FB owns +70% of social media adversing spend, advertisers can't get around it ] [...] Our focus with Atlas (bought from Microsoft) is to take that technology and enable us to improve our ability to connect ad impressions to purchase behavior both offline & online,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google’s $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU - Bloomberg Business
via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10021018 // Google declined to make its executives available for on-the-record interviews, but several concede that the company was caught off guard by the intensity of European criticism, in large part because of its broad popularity with users. Google is so relied upon that many people casually assert that the most prevalent search term on rival Bing is, in fact, “Google.” (Microsoft declines to confirm this.) [...] The more Europeans rely on Google, however, the more they’ve come to fear it, making it an easy target for politicians. Last November members of the European Parliament voted 384 to 174 for a symbolic proposal to break up the search giant into two separate pieces—its monolithic search engine and everything else. [ + agressive tax evasion schemes came under public & political pressure; Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Co ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Lookout For The Wall Street Time-Bomb - YouTube
synergies and efficiencies mostly not realised. it just delays death of both slow as snails tax evading global rootless conglomerate. it just squeezes out what is remaining, and M&A is a way to do it - for shareholders! not stakeholders (customers, economy, employees)
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Joseph Stiglitz: It’s Time to Get Radical on Inequality - YouTube
Nobel laureate Stiglitz, author of The Price of Inequality and The Great Divide, studies the forces driving inequality and what is at stake if it continues. In his view, bad economic thinking deserves part of the blame — fanciful ideas like trickle-down and the notion that economists should try to increase the size of the economic pie and let the politicians worry about distribution. On the contrary, Stiglitz sees distribution as a problem economists must confront. He warns that an economic system that doesn’t raise standards of living for most Americans is a failure. [...] monopoly rent = too big to fail/tbtf (bailout) == cost to society/economic damage == where was antitrust!? monopolies are less productive & costly eventually in the long-term. rent exploitation through lobby! [...] this is bad for everyone, rising inequality, lower inequality is an econ multiplier // &! The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich - youtu.be/e3aJxy9tA-w &! youtu.be/U-oEjFKCp00 NEET
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Krugman: Amazon’s Book Monopsony Is 'Not OK' - YouTube
- Monopsony - the single buyer of good, thus can demand prices. // Facebook owns over 70% of social media spending. can demand prices. thus its moves to demand more and more money through changes in Newsfeed algo to make people pay to show up in peoples Newsfeed. Under the guise of User Experience!
Amazon  Monopsony  Facebook  antitrust  Platform  TOS  Social  Media  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Apple  Google  iTunes  Apple  Music  Music  Industry  360-music-contract 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can't Have One Without the Other - YouTube
Uber and Airbnb is equal to informal economy (uncertainty) = staying power only for owner of marketplace (wealth accumulation & ultimate bargain power as owner of (monopoly/oligopoly form of marketplace). Silicon Valley made the informal economy cool again bc its on your smartpone (homescreen). Uber & Co are becoming, as owners of said marketplace, the new super elite (with no shared economic interest & no stakeholder in local economy). Disenfranchised & Price war. // The perfect, crazy, too good to be true, idea - will crash eventually (accumulating wealth with little to no input [see stakeholder theory/shared economic interest/long-term views and interest!]). // Start-up Lesson/Advice: "cost of choice" & paying computation with advertising = corruption (Google, Facebook &Co) paying (Wall Street, short-termism [Fast Food]) for micro-management of your life, of your choice. = U loosing free will. // youtu.be/kZO8mgarU0k youtu.be/XdEuII9cv-U youtu.be/cCvf2DZzKX0 youtu.be/5puB_7Q2n74
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook thinks you’re too dumb to realize its scientific papers are really just PR | PandoDaily
According to recent studies, almost half of all web-using adults — and 88 percent of Millennials — use Facebook to find news. [...] But this research paper is less a piece of objective scientific inquiry and more the work of corporate-commissioned data tricksters — a rancid pile of pro-Facebook propaganda that derives and frames its conclusions with the sole purpose of making Facebook look good. This isn’t science. It’s PR. [...] the fact that Facebook itself is the one absolving Facebook of damaging public discourse, demands greater scrutiny. And on closer examination, much of the data and assumptions that informed the researchers’ conclusions fail to qualify as sound scientific inquiry. [...] If politically polarized users want politically polarized content, Facebook won’t disappoint them. [...] [SV &its Cheerleader squads in form of bloggosphere] will give lousy corporate data research like a pass — is still exponentially more credible than a rewritten press release at Techcrunch.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
NYT - EU and Google
“With more than a decade of hindsight, the theories supporting the case against Microsoft have all but fallen apart, and the pursuit of the company that makes Windows may suggest a reason for skepticism about this fight against Google: The tech marketplace is fluid and unpredictable. The giants that look most unbeatable today could falter in ways that may once have seemed unthinkable — and without a lot of help from the government.” [...] Google makes most of its money from search ads, but the market for such direct advertising may be tapped out. The next great wave of digital advertising — a market far bigger than search spots — will come from ad budgets now reserved for TV commercials, and many observers bet that Facebook, not Google, is in the best position to get that business. &! bit.ly/1aCgTK7 &! Growth stalls eventually 4all companies >> bit.ly/1DpxFXl &! youtu.be/SdJz93aIvA0?t=20m talk abt Google Search business practices and their way to "add value." And Lobbying activities.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Most Powerful Force In The Universe | TechCrunch
That leads us to the other risk of all of this accumulation of power. Part of the promise of Silicon Valley is indeed its disruptive quality, a quality that becomes significantly harder to maintain in the market when the incumbents are so wealthy and powerful. The latest example of this is live streaming. Meerkat was booted off Twitter, only to be replaced by Twitter’s own acquired startup Periscope. Now Meerkat has to defeat a competitor backed with by the full resources of a $30 billion dollar public company. This just isn’t a startup utopia anymore. [...] Now, we have closed gardens and API access agreements, designed to keep you within the limited experience of our devices and software. [...] Silicon Valley isnt all that different from Wall Street, except we believe that we are helping the world even more than the capitalists and investment bankers. [...] // &! See Google Search vs Search Monopoly abuse with X business practices. tcrn.ch/1IIky5l // Mirosoft's case was just a taste
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook’s Data Protection Practices Under Fresh Fire In Europe | TechCrunch
If you don't have to pay for things, your are the currency/the business model. // ie in FB's case, targeted advertising - down to the only 10 influencers that matter >> http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/16/facebook-influencer-marketing/
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
How VCs Turned My Startup Into A Nightmare - BuzzFeed News
there are a few who understand that even if you are inclined to equate “success” and “wealth,” you’ll need more than just greed in order to get there. The billionaire angel investor Ron Conway demonstrated this reasoning in an email to his colleagues leaked during the Angelgate scandal of 2010: The world of startups would be a better place if you spent less time complaining about deal structures, terms, vc’s, and valuations etc and the cars you drive, and just helped entrepenuers [sic] build their companies. […] In my opinion your motives are driven by self serving factors around ego satisfaction and ‘making a buck. And yet this famous VC-chiding email has nothing explicit to say about creating value for the society at large; it is all about helping entrepreneurs build companies.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
NASA: We're sending humans to Mars | Hacker News
It's not a matter of public/private indeed, it's a matter of size. The bigger an organization, the more dis-aligned individual and collective incentives become. In a start-up you can't afford to harm the enterprise in order to further your own interest: if you act parasitically you'll kill your host almost immediately. In a big company, you won't make a meaningful difference, neither positively nor negatively, so you may as well serve your own interests, irrespective of their effect on the whole company. Corollary: people who want to play corporate politics concentrate in big companies, because that's where you can do it with relative impunity. Big private companies offset this competitive disadvantage through economy of scales and/or lobbying; public services do it through taxes and monopolies. NASA isn't inefficient because it's public, but because it's huge. // &! on a different note. improving NHS by managed market approach!? offering choice = competition, w care&quality standards.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
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