“Good for them,” said President Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow. “I’m in favor of higher wages.”
Bloomberg called it proof that “an even higher minimum wage is probably safe for big, productive cities.”
“Unequivocally good news,” said The Washington Post.'
And Amazon, he says, is more responsible than any other tech giant.'
Perhaps no other publicly traded company aside from Tesla has convinced the markets and investors of future profitability with such lopsided margins.'
Alexa and Echo, Amazon’s cloud-based voice-operated systems, sit in an estimated 40 million homes and Spy On Us, reporting our moods, tastes, wants, needs and fears back to HQ.'
(perhaps we should ~ O)
Bezos’ company Blue Origin, with a mission statement that goes not just to colonizing the planet but outer space — “Earth, in all its beauty, is just our starting place” — plans to launch the first private manned spaceflight by next year.'
Nothing Orwellian here, right?'
“Jeff Bezos doesn’t do anything that’s not the smart thing to do,” he says.'
It’s our new Cold War, he says, and Amazon won’t stop at retail.'
We were already on the path of technology replacing religion, but Jobs, in dying young, “became our Christ, Apple our religion, and the iPhone the cross,” says Galloway.'
Think, Galloway says, of Apple’s refusal to unlock the iPhone used by a terrorist in the 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting, despite the FBI’s pleas.'
“What if a terrorist had a Blackberry?
The next day there would have been legislation.
But the iPhone is sacred.
It embodies the perversion of our culture.”
One huge lie, says Galloway.
“Big Tech uses the word ‘impossible,’ ” he says, “and all of media has bought it.'
We’re talking about the realm of the profitable.'
But not Facebook.”
“We seem to be comfortable, at least in tech, with the 8,000 people who work at headquarters splitting $80 billion in revenue,” while lower-wage workers struggle to get by.'
And that $15 minimum wage?
In exchange, the company quietly cut monthly bonuses and stock options.'
In 2012, the company paid $775 million for robotics firm Kiva Systems and as of June had over 100,000 robots fulfilling online orders.'
It just makes it smart.'
Galloway says the future is in voice recognition — a future that once belonged to Apple and Siri.
Today it’s Amazon.
Tomorrow it might be Google.'
China doesn’t innovate and hasn’t figured out how to launch a global product.
If anything, he says, China has become America’s 3-D printer.'
“Teddy Roosevelt broke up the railroads."
"If the Department of Justice hadn’t moved in on Microsoft [in 1998], do you think we would have Google?"
"We do it because it’s time.”
~ Break up Amazon before it does any more damage to America ~
By Maureen Callahan via @nypost