Guest Post: "How I stopped worrying and learned to love Amazon", by AGXIIK

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Thu, Nov 23, 2017 - 11:37pm

While I don't trade Amazon or buy from this company, an article from Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg, posted on Zero Hedge, caught my eye. It lead me to conclude in the long run Amazon might just keep moving higher. There were some key factors contributing to my notion.

Based on the nature of resilient stocks with many moving parts that survived the bloodletting of the 2001 tech wreck; even survived the blood bath of the banking industry, Amazon reminds me of a Timex watch that's evolved into a $300,000 Vacheron Constantin.

If Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi hammered down at $450,000,000, the chances of Amazon doubling again before the price drops by 50% seems reasonable. My thinking is compiled more from Bezos vision of Amazon 10 years from now when Amazon has such a repressive grip on the US consumer that it could be the poster child of Orwell's description of Fascism. A boot stamping on the face of humanity forever. If there was an evil empire and at it's center a death star, it's Amazon.

I don't state that lightly given Bezos plans to embed Amazon into the Pentagon, the Military Industrial Complex and even become part of the NDAA, aka National Defense Authorization via a $53 billion e-commerce initiative that will bring the bulk of those purchases to the biggest e-commerce seller--Amazon

This is not telling people things they don't already know but Bezos sits on a military board with the top Pentagon Generals and has a $600,000,000 contract with the CIA.

Just a few of the enterprises in which Amazon now engages are:

  • Manufacturing 
  • Retail sales
  • Business commerce sales
  • Groceries via Whole Foods
  • Alexa, your personal Amazon product assistant and Big Brother node
  • Movies
  • Television productions
  • Periodicals
  • Amazon has plans to become a mail order pharmacy.

What concerns me is this company is working overtime to become so invested in the state governments and particularly the Federal Government agencies that they cannot be broken up as a monopoly. Besides which, how does Congress accuse Amazon of being a monopoly when Wal Mart offers many of the same products and does e-commerce to boot? Bezos might not be our preferred entrepreneur of the year but he's currying favor with enough powerful interests that he could be nearly unbeatable. 

The NDAA was signed by Obama and is now being recrafted by Congress. It's basic tenets have provisions that allow the government to seize or secure assets that it considers vital to national interests. 6 years ago we of the prepper community saw it as a means for the government to take any asset they saw fit including food, guns, ammo, personal supplies and even the human labor needed for the collective effort.

My take on this is Amazon becomes so intricately woven in the fabric of the government that it could, in time of some national emergency, be given dictatorial powers.

In the near future Amazon will install drop boxes at 800,000 apartment buildings nationwide. These boxes provide a convenient way to deliver products for each renter while avoiding the need for a person to sign for the delivery. 

Carrying that further, Amazon is suggesting that regular buyers even allow delivery people (or drones) direct access to their homes via a lock box or by having Alexa unlock the door of a smart home. If that one feature doesn't give everyone the creeps I don't know what will. Yet this is an idea being given serious considerable.

Let's reverse the scope of this work and imagine Amazon's delivery people and drones retasked to arrive at your front door and take something, all legally countenanced by the requirements of the NDAA. Maybe this isn't like the repo man taking your car or a collection agent removing the rented wide screen TV but there are similarities. These reverse consumer satisfaction activities would be charged against the Prime customer account as well.

In another iteration, imagine Amazon as the preferred and lowest cost drug provider under Medicaid and Medicare. If you need a life sustaining drug you must use the lowest cost provider. If you refuse full delivery access to your home, Amazon citing the need to keep your drugs out of the wrong hands, then you don't get your meds. Period.

If the drug is prescribed for a medical condition such as depression, paranoia or other mental disability, that drug is provided with a sensor that detects if it's being consumed. That initiative is now in place in certain hospitals and care facilities on a experimental basis. 

If a drone arrives with instructions that you take your meds NOW, and that drone is, shall we say, slightly weaponized, you take your meds NOW or else Alexa's little friend does to you what the faceless drone police in THX 1138 did to people who were found guilty of criminal drug avoidance

The opportunity for mischief is endless when it comes to making sure the consumer is served. Amazon's top echelon of people are drawn from industries and government where their expertise in these fields is exploited to make Amazon the best candidate of government contracts. 

This nothing new in crony corporatists compelling Congress to do their bidding Read Upton Sinclair's The Jungle to get a stomach full of how that works . It's available on Kindle from Amazon for $9.99, 2 hour delivery and free shipping if you're a Prime Customer. I liked the part where Teddy Roosevelt battled the potted ham. Or bully beef Or maybe just a pig's derriere. In any case, Teddy barely won the battle.

Given 10 years, not only could Amazon be fully invested in these new fields but it might actually start making some real earnings and be worth $1 trillion or more, much more.

Will being the lowest priced provider of goods and services, keeping with the government's pledge to reduce costs, could make Bezos the Himmler of Hedonics.

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  10 Comments

joeblack · Nov 24, 2017 - 12:12am

I hate funding my political enemy

but they have made acquiring goods too convenient not to use them

looks like they will sell me the rope to hang me with

Rainforest · Nov 24, 2017 - 12:33pm

Jeff Bezos

And all he owns must be destroyed. The latest from Karl Denninger

Amazon engages in cross-subsidization of its product sales (on which he makes no profit, particularly when fulfillment along with G&A are included) with other sales, particularly in AWS, where he does. This now includes government sales of AWS which means you're being forced to subsidize Jeff Bezos' destruction of retailers all across the United States at literal gunpoint, along with all the jobs that go when those retailers are forced out of business.

https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=232610

lund175 · Nov 24, 2017 - 5:58pm

AGX

Great view.

 No doubt in my mind amzn is part of the DEEP STATE, just like google, I mean alphabet, I mean cia,fbi,epa,fda,doj, ETC.

ps

use EBAY instead

cashonly · Nov 24, 2017 - 8:39pm

Alexa ....

Alexa, could you read this article to me? ..... "I'm sorry, that would violate my first directive. May I read you 'What Happened?" by Hillary Clinton instead?

Great read, AGX!yes

AGXIIK Rainforest · Nov 24, 2017 - 11:42pm

rainforest Thank you for bringing Denninger's link over to TFMR

AWS (Amazon War Surplus?) or assholes will survive?

Denninger is a straight shooter and a trusted journalist. His article clearly outlines the danger posed by Amazon. This is way worse that I could have imagined. Bezos has created a weaponized consumerist juggernaut and users of Amazon are buying the rope used for their hanging. His enterprise reminds me of Krupps, the German manufacturer. They may have made coffeemakers but they made weapons of war that killed millions.

Just today a WSJ editorial talked about Soros 'donating' $18 billion of his $40 billion personal fortune, made largely on the backs of those unfortunates who's currencies he destroyed. Soros's Open Society Foundation is his personal slush fund used to pay every leftist fascist anarchist organization, both in the US as well as other countries. If something stinks like rotten meat and is causing trouble in the US, it's better than even odds OSF is behind it and funding it

Black Lives Matters, Antifa and La Raza are all recipients of his millions that allow these hooligans free reign in their paths of destruction. With $18 billion Soros and his well paid henchmen could easily do incalculable damage. 

What frosts my cookies is that he gave $18 billion to his OSF and shed himself of any tax liabilities that would result from the sale of stock in his Quantum Fund. Now this vast fortune can be sold with zero capital gains tax and used for all sorts of malevolent mischief. I think the justice department is far behind in it's duties to protect America by not arresting Soros and seizing his entire fortune.

I am absolutely certain that Bezos will be doing the same thing soon if he hasn't already and with it form an anti American blitzkreig that he'll soon unleash like he has with WAPO. BTW, WAPO was the newspaper that commissioned PROP OR NOT, the group that named 200 alt news outlets at Fake News. And that alone made WAPO and Bezos as bullshit in my eyes.

Most people used to worry about Wal Mart taking over small businesses with their marketing footprint. But Wal Mart isn't getting into the military and CIA shoes. Or at least I don't think that are.

 We were at Bed Bath and Beyond today. Wifey likes their towels and stuff. I consider BBY as the portal to hell; the bastard step child ofDollar Store meets Big Lots putrid Turkish Bazaar

Everywhere I turned the store was filled with those glowing genie boxes; the ones that link directly to Amazon buying like Alexa, Echo, Google Goodies and Dot.

Just say the magic word, rub the little lamp and presto, a cavalcade of crapola delivered to your door in two hours with free shipping.

Bed Bath and Beyond has clutched the serpent to its breast for a few coppers and sowed its own demise.

My name is Bezozymandias

King of Things.

Nothing remains of that colossal dreck

Rainforest · Nov 25, 2017 - 7:42am

AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments, on a paid ...

Amazon Web Services - Wikipedia

Amazon Makes Money Exploiting Honest Merchants - Karl Denninger

Mike Molson Hart, who sells toys on Amazon.com Inc.’s marketplace, realized earlier this month something was amiss. His company’s popular disc-shaped plastic building set, called Brain Flakes, had dropped precipitously in the ranks of Amazon’s best-selling toys as the critical gift-giving season approached.

He visited the product page on Amazon.com and suspected he was the victim of "sniping," when one merchant sabotages another by hiring people to leave critical reviews of their goods and then voting those reviews as being helpful, making them the most prominent feedback seen by shoppers. 

https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=232611

· Nov 26, 2017 - 5:26am

My wife sells stuff on

My wife sells stuff on Amazon. As a college teacher, I am sent a lot of books to read and I skim through, then turn most over to my wife who promptly sells them on Amazon for the going rate. Voila! The stuff is out of the house and we get $10 to $70 per book, and Bezos gets his cut. Walmart never did that.

Thanks for the article. I have been feeling wary of them for a while now and you have just explained why.

vonburpenstein · Nov 26, 2017 - 10:44am

Excellent conclusatory thoughts AGXIIK....

.....and while potentially "cray cray" to the sheep of the world, one needs look no further than '1984' for semi-comprable futuristic ramblings and how things have played out...

AGXIIK · Nov 26, 2017 - 2:45pm

VBP I'm not sure if we're rushing headlong

into Brave New World or 1984; with some THX 1138 thrown in for good measure.

Amazon could be an element. If it buys Boston Dynamics it'll be in like Flynn, General Flynn, that is

There was a report recently that a college in CA, UCLA maybe, that is conducting an expensive study into whether depression can be eliminated. Their studies include input from thousands of people using, of course, their smartphones.

It occurs to me that there can only be 3 conclusions to this study

1. It can't be cured--depression is a fairly normal and common occurrence: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have it at one time or the other.

2. It can be cured. Amazon will be part of that cure whether we like it or not "How can you have you Soma if we don't beat your head?"

3. It can be weaponized. That condition is already state of the art so there's little to do but improve on the model until everyone in the world is depressed.

Barkeep, I'll take a shot of Prozac over ice with my Moroccan Synthmesc.

As far as this being conclusatory, I'd tend to believe this over something like

"If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"

"We need to pass this bill to see what's in it"

Same can be said for a stool sample.

imfd · Nov 26, 2017 - 6:47pm

Amazon presentation

I saw this the other day, well worth a watch, if you have time of course. The internet is the greatest invention of mankind but unless my brain capacity can expand exponentially, so much of it will pass me by forever...damn !

https://youtu.be/GWBjUsmO-Lw

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