Educational CyberPlayGround: NetHappenings News Letter 11-7-19

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NEWS

Credibility, not information, is the real currency!
Newspapers are still considered by most as credible. American Newspapers still decide what is a real story by covering it, which is makes it important and real.
“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” is an adage and meme about Internet anonymity which began as a cartoon caption written by Peter Steiner and published by The New Yorker on July 5, 1993.
The Internet democratized access to the production and dissemination of information and simultaneously destroyed the economics of high-quality journalism while leaving in place the culture and custom of credibility and truth.

Boeing’s poor information security posture threatens passenger safety, national security, researcher says
Boeing test development networks are publicly exposed to the internet, Kubecka said, and at least one of Boeing’s email servers is infected with multiple strains of malware. Kubecka believes that the infected email servers are being used to exfiltrate sensitive intellectual property including code used in both civilian passenger aircraft as well as aircraft Boeing sells to the US military.
Kubecka, a well-respected security researcher, critical infrastructure expert, and Air Force veteran, tells CSO she has struggled to report what she calls blatant, easily fixable security issues for more than six months. She also alleges that Boeing, through back channels at DEF CON, threatened her with legal action and a public relations smear campaign to prevent her from going public. Kubecka declined to identify who made the threats, when and where they were made, or how they might be associated with Boeing.
“If I saw a broken door on an aircraft, I would not get in trouble for reporting to the FAA that the plane flew,” Kubecka tells CSO. “But as a security researcher, it’s legally fraught to report security vulnerabilities.”
https://www.csoonline.com/article/3451585/boeings-poor-information-security-posture-threatens-passenger-safety-national-security-researcher-s.html

Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics.  The arrest of one of the former Twitter employees, Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen who is alleged to have spied on the accounts of three users — including one whose posts discussed the inner workings of the Saudi leadership — on behalf of the government in Riyadh.
The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia by accessing the company’s information on dissidents who use the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running agents in the United States. One of those implicated in the scheme, according to court papers, is an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.

In Trump’s Twitter Feed: Conspiracy-Mongers, Racists and Spies
“…The New York Times examined Mr. Trump’s interactions with Twitter since he took office, reviewing each of his more than 11,000 tweets and the hundreds of accounts he has retweeted, tracking the ways he is exposed to information and replicating what he is likely to see on the platform. The result, including new data analysis and previously unreported details, offers the most comprehensive view yet of a virtual world in which the president spends significant time mingling with extremists, impostors and spies.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/02/us/politics/trump-twitter-disinformation.html

Dark Web: 8chan returns with new name 8kun
8kun  warning says ‘Any content that violates the laws of the United States of America will be deleted and the poster will be banned.’” Launched in 2013 by Fredrick Brennan as an alternative to 4chan, 8chan had been linked to harassment campaigns, racism, misogyny, neo-Nazism, pedophilia and mass shootings. It was also a hub for believers of far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, which claims that a secret cabal of “Satan-worshiping pedophiles” rules the world and that only Donald Trump can stop them.
https://mashable.com/article/8chan-8kun-rebrand-return

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a359dz/8chan-is-back-with-a-new-name-and-qanon-is-already-posting

Putin’s Top Spy: We’re Teaming Up With D.C. on Cybersecurity
By Amy Knight The Daily Beast 11.04.19
Behind-the-scenes cooperation with U.S. agencies, particularly on cybercrime and terrorism, is a theme the Kremlin likes to push onto center stage. Trump likes it, too.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/putins-top-spy-russian-fsb-chief-alexander-bortnikov-were-teaming-up-with-dc-on-cybersecurity

The Pentagon is under assault every hour of the day
Microsoft’s $10 billion contract win over cloud rival Amazon for the ultra-lucrative military contact means that an intelligence-gathering apparatus among the most important in the world is based in the woods outside Seattle. These kinds of national security responsibilities once sat almost exclusively in Washington, DC. Now in this corner of Washington state, dozens of engineers and intelligence analysts are dedicated to watching and stopping the government-sponsored hackers proliferating around the world.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614646/inside-the-microsoft-team-tracking-the-worlds-most-dangerous-hackers/

Following a recent conference of foreign security and law enforcement agencies, the head of Russia’s State Security Service, the FSB, made the surprising announcement that Russia and the United States have resumed cooperation on cybersecurity.
“We are maintaining working contacts by our experts and special unit heads with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency,” said Gen. Alexander Bortnikov, noting that such contacts should always occur, regardless of the foreign policy situation.
Behind-the-scenes cooperation with the Trump administration, particularly when it comes to cybercrime and terrorism, is a theme the Kremlin likes to push onto center stage every so often. And according to our sources there is indeed some consultation at a practical level, but for Washington’s intelligence professionals it’s a very delicate, very dangerous game, complicated enormously by the inclinations and prejudices of President Donald J. Trump.
In response to queries about Bortnikov’s statement, spokespersons for both the CIA and the DEA told The Daily Beast that they had no comment, and the FBI has not responded at all. […]

Cyber memo warns of new risks to White House network

An internal memo on cybersecurity, obtained by Axios, warns that “the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again.”
The state of play: That’s after at least a dozen top- or high-level officials have resigned or been pushed out of a cybersecurity mission that was established under Barack Obama to protect the White House from Russian hacking and other threats, according to conversations with several current and former officials.

KGB Manuals Notes on Exposure of the Enemy’s Set-Ups
Top Secret: Exposure of the Enemy’s Set-ups [Dangles] in the Process of Development of Persons of Interest to Intelligence 1971
http://www.interpretermag.com/notes-on-exposure-of-the-enemys-set-ups/

Facebook will allow UK election candidates to run false ads. “A controversial policy allowing politicians to run false ads on Facebook will extend to the United Kingdom as the country prepares to vote in a historic December election, Facebook confirmed to CNN Business.”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/01/tech/facebook-false-ads-uk/index.html

Why Facebook Should Sit Out The 2020 Election.
American democracy is in deep trouble, social media companies have violated our trust too many times to count and, at least in the US, there’s no way to regulate digital election ads — or to even ask the Federal Elections Commission, which has been effectively shut down under Republican control, to offer guidance. Without oversight, there’s no civically responsible way to allow digital ad buys. From my experience as a political strategist for Democratic candidates and advocacy groups, I believe Facebook should adopt the same policy.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/melissaryan1/facebook-political-ads-2020-election-dorsey-zuckerberg

The US government is looking into the popular social media app TikTok for possible security risks. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has become incredibly popular with teenagers in the US and around the world for its short-form videos.
https://www.cnet.com/news/us-launches-a-national-security-review-of-tiktok-report/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Why worry about the KGB when ISPs do a fantastic job lying to Congress
ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says. “Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry’s lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers’ fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers’ Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent [yesterday] to the chairs and ranking members of three House of Representatives committees.”
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/11/isps-lied-to-congress-to-spread-confusion-about-encrypted-dns-mozilla-says/

0-Day Alert! #Google is warning Windows, Mac, #Linux users to update their #Chrome browser (to 78.0.3904.87) immediately due to a security vulnerability.

#Google is trying to kill web URLs and this has nothing to do with security
a chrome extension tries to restore the URLs to searches
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/remove-breadcrumbs/banhponphmmpnpogmfaahcgkgbgkcoka?hl=en

PRIVACY

NordVPN users’ passwords exposed in mass credential-stuffing attacks
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/11/nordvpn-users-passwords-exposed-in-mass-credential-stuffing-attacks/

BRAVE Browser
Chrome, Firefox, DuckDuckGo, and Opera’s “private” browsing mode is not truly private. Brave was created with a built-in ad-blocker to give you the fastest internet browsing experience, while providing the deepest level of privacy and security protection. Brave also lets you control who profits from your data with blockchain-based tokens. Faster, Safer, Ad-Free Browsing.

 

This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works
The presentation also sheds light on how military, state, and local law enforcement biometrics systems are linked. According to Krizay’s presentation, ABIS is connected to the FBI’s biometric database, which is in turn connected to databases used by state and local law enforcement. Ultimately, that means that the U.S. military can readily search against biometric data of U.S. citizens and cataloged non-citizens. The DFBA is also currently working to connect its data to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric database. The network will ultimately amount to a global surveillance system. In his notes, Krizay outlines a potential scenario in which data from a suspect in Detroit would be run against data collected from “some mountaintop in Asia.”
The documents, which are embedded in full below, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. These documents were presented earlier this year at a closed-door defense biometrics conference known as the Identity Management Symposium…
https://onezero.medium.com/exclusive-this-is-how-the-u-s-militarys-massive-facial-recognition-system-works-bb764291b96d

“After more than half a year of work, check out our latest paper Light Commands: Laser-Based Audio Injection on Voice-Controllable Systems.
https://twitter.com/sara_rampazzi/status/1191415126630354944

GDPR matchup: The California Consumer Privacy Act 2018
https://iapp.org/news/a/gdpr-matchup-california-consumer-privacy-act/

Road to Adequacy: Can California Apply Under the GDPR?
https://www.lawfareblog.com/road-adequacy-can-california-apply-under-gdpr

FTC Brings First Case Against Developers of “Stalking” Apps
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/10/ftc-brings-first-case-against-developers-stalking-apps

Instagram is shutting down a creepy app that lets you stalk loved ones. A new app is looking to revive one of the creepiest Instagram features and encouraging people to spy on their significant others through social media. Critics said the apps offerings make it resemble stalkerware.
https://www.cnet.com/news/instagram-is-shutting-down-a-creepy-app-that-lets-you-stalk-loved-ones/

Amazon, Apple, And Google Are Distributing Products From Companies Building China’s Surveillance State
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosalindadams/apple-amazon-google-apps-blacklist-china-xinjiang

WHERE ARE THE ETHICS AT THESE COMPANIES????

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online: Violet Blue: 9781593276485: Amazon.com: Books

Chapter 2 https://nostarch.com/download/Smart%20Girls%20Guide%20to%20Privacy_Chapter2.pdf

Former Trend Micro employee enabled scam calls by stealing customers’ personal data
https://www.cyberscoop.com/trend-micro-customer-data-stolen-scam/

Spanish companies’ networks shut down as result of ransomware
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/11/spanish-companies-networks-shut-down-as-result-of-ransomware/

Paradise Ransomware Decryptor Gets Your Files Back for Free
Emsisoft has released a decryptor for the Paradise Ransomware that allows victims going back as far as 2017 to decrypt their files without paying a ransom.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/paradise-ransomware-decryptor-gets-your-files-back-for-free/

Once you have an encrypted and unencrypted file pair, download Emsisoft’s Paradise Ransomware decryptor and execute it.
https://www.emsisoft.com/ransomware-decryption-tools/paradise

HEALTH

Healthcare data breaches will cost industry $4 billion by year’s end, and 2020 is poised to be worse
https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/healthcare-data-breaches-will-cost-industry-4-billion-years-end-and-2020-poised-be-worse

‘Volume Control’ Author David Owen Says Ambient Noise Threatens Our Hearing
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/11/05/776242285/from-lawn-mowers-to-rock-concerts-our-deafening-world-is-hurting-our-ears

BANKSTERS

ETHICS BE DAMNED

2/25/19 Commerce Secretary Ross Flouts Government Ethics Rules.

Fake Billionaire Wilbur Ross Ignores the Law and Lies About His Stock Holdings

Kremlin connections to investments in Facebook and Twitter are the results of a capitalist “free market” fetish.

Paradise Papers reveal Companies controlled by the Russian government quietly invested in several major Silicon Valley startups, including Facebook.

11/5/17 Paradise Papers reveals a vast financial network—beyond the reach of most governments—maintained by the world’s wealthiest people. They include commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, Queen Elizabeth of the UK, and a close advisor to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Here’s a guide to the major revelations in the Paradise Papers
https://qz.com/1120731/paradise-papers-a-guide-to-the-major-revelations/

Wilbur Ross’s business ties to Putin’s inner circle
US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross maintains a stake in a shipping company that is closely linked to the family of Russian president Vladimir Putin. According to the Paradise Papers, Ross owns between $2 million and $10 million in shipping company Navigator. The second-biggest client of Navigator is Russian gas company Sibur. Kirill Shamalov, who is Putin’s son-in-law, has been deputy chairman of Sibur’s board and until April owned more than a fifth of the company. (He has since reduced his ownership share.) @SecretaryRoss conceals business dealings with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law. 

“The Paradise Papers showed Ross failed to disclose financial interest in Navigator Gas, a shipping company that transports petrochemicals for Russian gas and petrochemicals company Sibur. Sibur is subject to sanctions for its close ties to Putin’s son-in-law Kirill Shamalov.” https://qz.com/1120731/paradise-papers-a-guide-to-the-major-revelations/

Ross shorted Russian-linked shipping company ahead of Paradise Papers
https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/ross-shorted-russian-linked-shipping-company-ahead-paradise-papers/

also …. Former Co-Chair of (Russian Laundromat) Bank of Cyprus
REMINDER- Paul Manafort & Rick Gates allegedly laundered money through bank accounts in Cyprus. @SecretaryRoss & @DeutscheBank former chairman Josef Ackermann served on the board of Bank of Cyprus.

Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law through a shipping venture in Russia.

Leaked documents and public filings show Ross holds a stake in a shipping company, Navigator, through a chain of offshore investments. Navigator operates a lucrative partnership with Sibur, a Russian gas company part-owned by Kirill Shamalov, the husband of Putin’s daughter Katerina Tikhonova.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/trump-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-business-links-putin-family-paradise-papers

2017

WALL STREET

Wall Street’s Liquidity Crisis: It’s Not Getting Better
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/wall-streets-liquidity-crisis-its-not-getting-better/
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: November 7, 2019 ~
Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany
This morning, Wall Street’s money spigot arm of the Federal Reserve, the New York Fed, paid out $35 billion in 14-day term loans to Wall Street’s trading houses. The problem was, this morning the banks wanted $41.15 billion or $6.15 billion or $6.15 billion more than the Fed was offering. That’s a very clear sign that liquidity remains tight on Wall Street and we have yet to enter the pivotal year-end period when banks try to dress up their books by dumping or parking their most toxic positions. Between the term loan and the overnight loan, the New York Fed paid out $115 billion this morning to unnamed securities firms on Wall Street. (The Fed won’t say who is doing all of this borrowing and Congress can’t summon the willpower to hold a hearing.) 
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/wall-streets-liquidity-crisis-its-not-getting-better/

Dangerous Liaisons: New York Fed and JPMorgan’s Incestuous Relationship By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed) is just one of the 12 regional Federal Reserve banks around the country. But it has amassed enormous powers for itself since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913. Three of those powers dwarf all others: the ability to create money electronically at the push of a button; the accepted right to meddle in the markets; and the supervision of some of the largest bank holding companies in America.
After Wall Street blew itself up under the indulging and incompetent supervision of the New York Fed in 2008 and it was exposed that the Fed had secretly created $29 trillion in electronic money to bail out zombie banks – most of that funneled out by the New York Fed – most rational folks would have assumed that Congress would have stripped it of supervisory and money-printing powers for bailouts. Insanely, that did not happen and here we are today with the same deeply-conflicted New York Fed creating its own money to dole out $690 billion a week in super-cheap loans to unnamed securities firms while buying up $60 billion a month in the debt of the United States. (The Fed doesn’t want you to call the $60 billion a month QE4 because that would strongly suggest that this is just Stage II of the continuing 2008 bailout of Wall Street and that QE-Infinity is coming.)
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2019/11/dangerous-liaisons-new-york-fed-and-jpmorgans-incestuous-relationship/

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Inland Northwest’s thriving turkey population is an invasive nuisance or a conservation success – or both

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe from the First Nation American Indians and every state.
The 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and the Indians was not the first official Thanksgiving.

POTLATCH – The Tradition of Giving / Sharing a Meal

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Fresh Tarragon and the best Brined Turkey

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Amazon (sub)Prime? allows any third party to supply inventory into commingled stock. By Izabella Kaminska

Amazon (sub)Prime?

By Izabella Kaminska
Mar 20 2019
<https://ftalphaville.ft.com/2019/03/20/1553085361000/Amazon–sub-Prime-/>

The following is the first in a two-part post about Amazon’s dependence on an obscure process known as commingling, which has become essential to underpinning its instant fulfilment services, especially its Prime offering.

If you work in finance, the concept of commingling and its cost benefits will be instantly recognizable. But so will its risks.

And it’s these sorts of risks that are now creeping into the entire Amazon system due to the online retailer’s open-ended fulfillment structure, which allows any third party to supply inventory into commingled stock.

Not only is commingling becoming a means by which a huge number of sub-par or counterfeited goods are entering the Amazon network, it’s arguably the reason why Amazon is being forced to take increasingly extreme steps to take control of its suppliers.

As it does so, it turns itself back into a conventional vertically-integrated retailer like Tesco or Walmart, losing much of the scaling, and cost advantages, associated with its “Fulfilled by Amazon” model (FBA). This also forces an ever greater “unapproved” seller network to deal in the increasingly cut-throat dynamics of its wider marketplace offering. 

The consequences of all this, as we will explain, are glaring.

Unless you make your money from selling stuff on Amazon, chances are you won’t have heard of an FNSKU. The acronym stands for Fulfilment Network Stock Keeping Unit and represents a location identifier for products sitting in Amazon warehouses. This, to all intents and purposes, equates to an Amazon barcode. 

If you’re a seller on Amazon’s marketplace who has chosen to be fulfilled by Amazon’s warehouse system (a scenario which sees Amazon dispatching the seller’s products on their behalf from its warehouses) you will always need an FNSKU.

Apart from the times you don’t.

At such times all you need is a manufacturer code. And it’s these instances, sellers tell FT Alphaville, that are introducing a counterfeiting vulnerability into the Amazon system.

Not using an FNSKU is appealing for sellers. It means products sourced from manufacturers do not have to be relabelled, ensuring they can be sent into Amazon’s network directly, saving time and money. Sellers who have chosen to be fulfilled by Amazon otherwise add an additional logistical layer into their operations if they have to relabel the goods independently. 

Using manufacture bar codes also means products are more likely to qualify for Amazon Prime classification, pushing them higher up the search rankings.

Sellers tell FT Alphaville that, as it stands, the Amazon system seems to structurally incentivise the use of manufacturer codes over FNSKUs as a result. Indeed, Amazon itself promotes the fact that the process speeds up delivery in its own literature:

If multiple sellers have inventory with the same manufacturer barcode, Amazon may fulfil orders using products with that barcode when those products are closest to the customer.

This happens regardless of which seller actually receives a customer’s order. We use this process to facilitate faster delivery.

COMMINGLING

But there is an important downside. Not using FNSKUs turns sellers’ products into cold, hard commodities which are treated as fungible with equivalent products sent into the system. This happens because of a process called commingling.

How does commingling work and why is it important to the Amazon Prime model?

If you have ever wondered how it is possible for Amazon Prime to guarantee 24, or 48, hour delivery for a hugely diverse range of products, the answer is commingling.

In its simplest and idealised form, commingling allows sellers to share inventory to the mutual benefit of all, especially with respect to speed of dispatch.

The larger the geographic area, the more effective commingling becomes. In the US, for example, a seller who supplies an Amazon warehouse in Florida can — thanks to commingling — fullfil a customer living in Minnesota as easily as customers in their home state.

To explain, consider that the time it might ordinarily take to deliver to a Minnesotan from Florida is bound by the physical limitations of travel. In other words, there’s no way a parcel can arrive more quickly than via a plane. That’s its effective speed of light limit.

However, if the buyer’s parcel can be dispatched from an equivalent commingled stock just around the corner, this theoretical speed of light limit can be broken.

<SNIP>

<If you label your commingle units by printing labels from your inventory page, and ship them with labels where you said to commingle, Amazon will likely delay your items being received and provide a warning to you about shipping items with labels when you said you want to commingle your inventory.>

<There are some inherent risks involved with using the stickerless commingled inventory option.  The main risk is the loss of control of the item that the end customer receives.  In addition to this there is the risk that there are counterfeit products that were sent in by other sellers, or sellers that are trying to pass off items as new that should be listed as used.  The problems arise when one of these counterfeit items or less than new items are sent to a customer that orders from you.>

<august 12, 2017
I ordered the top-rated eclipse glasses on Amazon a few months ago and they were counterfeit. If you put them on during daytime you can see indirect sunlight and even my kitchen light. They were shipped from China despite having “Made in the USA” markings and all the proper ISO certification fine print. I haven’t received any communication from Amazon, so people who haven’t heard from them should not assume their glasses are safe (contrary to Amazon’s statement). I contacted Amazon support and they were quick to initiate a refund. For some reason Amazon rejected my review warning that items from third party sellers may be counterfeit and explaining how to tell.
Here are a couple photos of the counterfeits>

The Success of Unions vs. The Monopolies

Background of the  Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions

The American Federation of Labor
Founded: December 8, 1886 was a national federation of labor unions in the United States founded in Columbus, Ohio, in December 1886 by an alliance of craft unions disaffected from the Knights of Labor, a national labor association.

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American federation of autonomous labor unions formed in 1955 by the merger of the AFL (founded 1886), which originally organized workers in craft unions, and the CIO (founded 1935), which organized workers by industries.
https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045211/1919-09-15/ed-1/seq-3/

The eight-hour-day movement

 

Davos Billionaires Keep Getting Richer
The world’s elite have prospered since the financial crash.

U.N. Rights Chief Warns Of Threats From Inequality

An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption

#InnovatingInequality: Tech & its shareholders’ extraction extends to Silicon Valley’s working families.
@wpusanews @ucsc new report
90% workers in Silicon Valley are worse off today despite two decades of unparalleled tech biz growth.

The Revolving Door

GOOGLE
DARPA’s Regina Dugan Joins Google 2013
Her push into crowdsourcing and outreach to the hacker community were eye-openers in the often-closed world of military R&D. Dugan also won over some military commanders by diverting some of her research cash from long-term, blue-sky projects to immediate battlefield concerns. ~ wired.com

#AMAZON Corporation Welfare Queen Leeches

Not 1 dollar paid in taxes from the Richest Man in America thanks to their loopholes from bankrolled politicians and their lobbies.

amazon #Loophole that allows @jeffBezos #Amazon get away with NO #TAXES

amazon Why should Amazon the Welfare Queen Corporation that contributes nothing get tax break welfare from the state.

amazon Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple,ETC are all MONOPOLIES with the SAME power of the British East India Company.

amazon Taxpayers are screwed by Walmart, Amazon How low-wage employers cost taxpayers $153B a year

amazon Retail pharmacy and drug distributor stocks are on the move after Amazon’s announced acquisition of online pharmacy startup PillPack.

amazon Competition, Civil Liberties, and the Internet Giants

Selling Your Data

►!!!!!! Documenting all the places personal data goes.
https://thedatamap.org/

What do they mean when people say Capitalist or they say Socialist?

What do they mean when People say he/she is a Capitalist or he/she is a Socialist?

Capitalism is about being able to make as much money as you can legally. Billionaires, the .01% got there because of generational untaxed wealth, they also hid their money in offshore tax havens.

ICIJ’s investigations

Hidden in 11.5 million secret files are 140 politicians from more than 50 countries connected to offshore companies in 21 tax havens.

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Corporate Monopolies

#Amazon, #facebook, #Google, #Snapchat, #Instagram

got there through paying off the politicians who allowed antitrust law to atrophy.  Antitrust Law has not kept up with technology in 2020.

 

The politicians who equate Freedom with capitalism that supports monopolies are not taking care of the needs of America and democracy. They are voting their own business interests before that of welfare of 99% of the country.

United States Falls Deeper Into Corrupt Nation Status By Pam Martens: January 29, 2019
The U.S. is no longer in the top 10, or even the top 20, of least corrupt nations. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018 was released today and the United States has fallen four points deeper into corruption than last year. The U.S. now ranks below Luxembourg, Estonia and France, coming in at number 22 on the chart. In the Americas region, only Canada came in among the top 10 least corrupt nations, earning a number 9 ranking. (View the full list here.) Zoe Reiter, Acting Representative to the U.S. at Transparency International said this about the report: “A four point drop in the CPI score is a red flag and comes at a time when the US is experiencing threats to its system of checks and balances, as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power. If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally. This is a bipartisan issue that requires a bipartisan solution.”

 

Senator Bernie Sanders Should Be Taken Very Seriously as a Presidential Candidate
By Pam Martens: February 21, 2019 ~

On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont declared his candidacy to seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Wall Street On Paradeendorsed Senator Sanders over Hillary Clinton in 2016because Clinton was effectively running as Wall Street’s candidate and as Obama’s third term. Unfortunately, eight years of Obama had produced zero criminal prosecutions of the executives of the largest Wall Street banks who had brought the country to its knees as they grew obscenely rich from corrupt, cartel behavior at their banks. Obama also seriously misinformed the American people about how little had changed in terms of reining in the risks on Wall Street. Obama also refused to provide a bully pulpit for breaking up the dangerous Wall Street banks by restoring the Glass-Steagall Act.

Bernie Sanders explains Democratic Socialism

GOP Pence attacks ‘socialism’

Mike Pence Secures the No Law Zone Around Wall Street By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: October 25, 2017 Millions of Americans have quietly been pondering for months what a President Mike Pence would be like should Donald Trump be impeached or resign. Yesterday they found out and it’s not a pretty picture. After the U.S. Senate tied 50-50 on a vote yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote to keep the nation’s courthouse doors closed to the customers of the Too-Big-to-Fail banks on Wall Street – effectively strengthening the no law zone that already exists for these banks. The vote came about as a result of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issuing its final rule in July which would allow consumers who have been defrauded in financial transactions involving credit cards and bank accounts to have access to file a group action (known legally as a “class action”) using the nation’s courts.

Senator Bernie Sanders’ Banking Bill and the Kavanaugh Confirmation By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: October 8, 2018

Last week when Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a new banking bill to break up the mega banks on Wall Street, he had this to say: “In our nation today, we are moving toward an oligarchic form of society where a small number of very wealthy individuals and large corporations have enormous control over our economic and political life. Today, we are in a country where three people, three of the wealthiest people, own more wealth than the bottom half of American society and 52 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent.” Sanders made this statement on October 3.

Just three days later, on October 6, a thoroughly discredited nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who had the financial backing of a front group funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, Americans for Prosperity, was installed on the U.S. Supreme Court. This marked a new milestone for the oligarchs. There was no longer any need to mount even a pretense of representative government. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was opposed by 2400 law professors from a wide array of universities; the National Council of Churches, which represents 100,000 congregations and over 40 million individuals; former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; and tens of thousands of Americans who protested in cities across the U.S.

In 2019, Wall Street Banks Will Determine the Future of America By Pam Martens: January 2, 2019

In short, Americans have gotten both the stock market and the government they deserve for failing to meaningfully reform both following the epic 2008 financial crash which pointed so clearly to unprecedented corruption on Wall Street and within the corridors of power in Washington.

Americans’ failure to demand real reform of what Senator Bernie Sanders has correctly called a business model of fraud on Wall Street means that those same behemoth Wall Street banks that crashed the financial system in 2008 are even more dangerous today. For its part, the Trump administration has become a willing enabler to Wall Street’s financial hubris by putting its former lawyer, Jay Clayton, in charge of the Securities and Exchange Commission and a former foreclosure king, Steven Mnuchin, in charge of the U.S. Treasury and the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Wall Street banks have now grown so massive and interconnected that they are in a position to determine the very future of this nation. The big banks’ share prices are signaling that the day of reckoning is coming in 2019.

Wall Street Banks Are Trading in Their Own Company’s Stock: How Is This Legal? By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: February 15, 2017

House Oversight Committee