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  • Bill Gates wins legal approval to buy huge swath of North Dakota farmland worth $13.5M that caused controversy in the state due to law that limits corporate ownership of ranches

    06/30/2022 8:44:21 PM PDT · by algore · 42 replies
    Bill Gates has secured legal approval for the controversial purchase of thousands of acres of prime North Dakota farmland, after the deal drew fury from the state's residents. The state's Republican Attorney General Drew Wrigley had inquired into the land sale, and on Wednesday issued a letter saying the transaction complied with an archaic anti-corporate farming law. The Depression-era law prohibits corporations or limited liability companies from owning farmland or ranchland, but allows individual trusts to own the land if it is leased to farmers, which Gates intends to do. Gates is the largest private owner of farmland in America...
  • Woke Capitalism Is a Monopoly Game

    02/10/2022 3:53:43 PM PST · by aquila48 · 7 replies ^ | 2/10/22 | Michael Rectenwald
    ... Business Insider columnist Josh Barro suggested that woke capitalism provides a form of parapolitical representation for workers and corporate consumers. Given their perceived political dis­enfranchisement, woke capitalism offers them representation in the public sphere, as they see their values reflected in corporate pronouncements. Others have suggested that corporations have gone woke only to be spared cancellation by Twitter mobs and other activists, that wokeness is a good “branding tool,” or that progressive shareholders also demand corporate activism. But woke capitalism cannot be sufficiently explained in terms of placating coastal leftists, ingratiating left-liberal legislators, or avoiding the wrath of activists....
  • The Electric-Vehicle Push Empowers China

    12/25/2021 7:56:56 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    WSJ ^ | 23 Dec 2021 | Robert Bryce
    But rushing to replace gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles would hand the keys to the American transportation sector to China, given Beijing’s near-monopoly on rare-earth elements like neodymium and dysprosium, which are used in the high-output motors of most electric vehicles. ... manager at a state-owned rare-earth enterprise based in Ganzhou: “The new company will enforce stricter rules on the production quantity as well as the export volume of rare earths, which may also drive up prices.” In May, the International Energy Agency reported that an electric-vehicle motor requires “upwards of 1 kilogram,” or more than 2 pounds, of rare-earth...
  • Elon Musk: ‘Government Is Simply The Biggest Corporation, With The Monopoly On Violence’

    12/11/2021 7:51:34 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    Paine.TV ^ | 12/09/21
    Elon Musk argued in recent remarks that “government is simply the biggest corporation, with the monopoly on violence.”Musk — who serves as chief executive of both Tesla and SpaceX — made the remarks during The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit, where he also slammed President Biden’s domestic agenda.“It does not make sense to take the job of capital allocation away from people who have demonstrated great skill in capital allocation, and give it to an entity that has demonstrated very poor skill in capital allocation, which is the government,” he commented.“Government is simply the biggest corporation, with the monopoly...
  • I Changed My Mind—Facebook Is a Monopoly WSJ opinion

    10/03/2021 11:18:08 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 51 replies
    WSJ OPINION PAGE ^ | Oct. 1, 2021 | Mark Weinstein
    I’m the founder of MeWe, the ad-free social network with data privacy and no content amplification or newsfeed manipulation. MeWe competes directly with Facebook. On June 27, 2019, I wrote an op-ed in this newspaper headlined “I Compete With Facebook, and It’s No Monopoly.” I’ve changed my mind. MeWe continues to succeed, albeit on a modest scale. Two years ago the platform had five million users and no revenue. Today it has nearly 20 million users and is breaking even with millions of dollars in revenue. Yet despite MeWe’s growth, Facebook’s troubling actions over the last two years have caused...
  • MONOPOLY - Who owns the world?

    09/26/2021 7:28:48 PM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 38 replies
    Rumble ^ | Published September 25, 2021 | Documentary by Tim Gielen
    "This incredibly eye opening documentary reveals something astonishing: the majority of our world is owned by the very same people. Because of this they can control the entire world and impose their wicked agenda onto all of humanity. This is the time to expose them and to rise up as one to defend our freedom. The name of the two companies who virtually owns the world’ are Vanguard and BlackRock. They are at the heart of the Deep State or Cabal. Their plan is the Great Reset where they want to enslave every human on earth."
  • The REAL Reason McDonalds Ice Cream Machines Are Always Broken

    09/02/2021 4:48:46 PM PDT · by grundle · 68 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 23, 2021 | Johnny Harris
  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Just Turn Your Guns Over To The Government TODAY

    07/26/2021 2:43:38 PM PDT · by DFG · 18 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 07/26/2021 | Babylon Bee
    So, you still have guns in your house, huh? First of all, shame on you. Second of all, we realize you may be slightly hesitant about just turning them all over to the government, so we put together a list of reasons (out of the hundreds of reasons) you should just turn in your guns right now. Read and learn, you bitter clinger! 1) The government is very trustworthy and would never hurt anyone: Also, they have nukes. Resistance is futile. Just hand 'em over! 2) With your gun safe empty, you now have a neat place to hide when...
  • Facebook becomes a $1 TRILLION company for the first time after a DC judge dismisses government antitrust lawsuits that claimed firm holds a 'monopoly' over social networking

    06/28/2021 5:52:12 PM PDT · by algore · 35 replies
    The government and 48 states and districts sued Facebook in December 2020 They accused Facebook of abusing its market share to crush competitors The suit potentially sought the forced sale of Instagram and WhatsApp A US district judge on Monday ruled that the lawsuits were 'legally insufficient' He said they did not provide enough evidence that Facebook was a monopoly These allegations - which do not even provide an estimated actual figure or range for Facebook's market share at any point over the past ten years - ultimately fall short of plausibly establishing that Facebook holds market power,' he said....
  • Tim Cook called Nancy Pelosi to warn her against disrupting the iPhone with impending antitrust bills

    06/24/2021 7:24:46 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 23 replies
    theverge ^ | Jun 22, 2021 | Sean Hollister
    Big Tech lobbyists are fighting “tooth and nail” against regulation Tech giants have repeatedly said they would welcome government regulation — if it’s the right regulation, of course. But faced with five antitrust bills that could unwind what the House Judiciary Committee described as Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook’s “monopoly power,” Big Tech is bringing out the big lobbying guns. Apple CEO Tim Cook himself called Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “deliver a warning” that the “rushed” antitrust bills could disrupt the iPhone, according to The New York Times, and that’s not all: “Executives, lobbyists, and more than a dozen think...
  • BlackRock in The White House

    06/21/2021 12:48:07 PM PDT · by MurphsLaw · 12 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6-20-2021 | Sundance
    With Joe Biden in the White House you can expect to hear the name “Blackrock” in the headlines connected to a variety of issues from real estate purchasing to green energy projects with massive domestic and international investments. BlackRock, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries) is a massive publicly traded multinational investment firm with over $8.68 trillion in assets under management [December 31, 2020 financial statement] in more than 100 countries across the globe. To say that Blackrock is invested in globalism, climate change and leftist politics, would be a severe understatement {See Here}. Larry Fink is the CEO and people...
  • AT&T announces merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery

    05/17/2021 6:52:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | Updated: May 17, 2021 - 8:16am | Staff
    AT&T says it will receive an $43 billion in a combination of cash and debt ===================================================================== AT&T said Monday the U.S. telecommunication giant has reached a deal to combine its content unit, WarnerMedia, with Discovery, an agreement that would help the major Hollywood studios compete with such rivals as Netflix and Disney. AT&T says it will receive an $43 billion in a combination of cash, debt and WarnerMedia’s retention of certain debt, according to CNBC. The deal, if approved by regulators, effectively reverses AT&T’s years-long plan to combine content and distribution in a vertically integrated company. The deal would create...
  • Amazon reports first quarter profits up 220% compared to last year, in online pandemic buying boom

    04/30/2021 10:08:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 65 replies
    Just the News ^ | April 30, 2021 | Nicholas Sherman
    Amazon reports profits increased 220% in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year – showing the online retailer and marketplace's growing dominance and profitability during the pandemic in which consumers worldwide relied more on internet shopping. The company on Thursday reported $108 billion in sales and $8.1 billion in profit, equalling the triple-digit percentage increase, for the first three months of 2021. "We certainly had strong volumes really across all of our businesses," said Amazon’s finance chief, Brian Olsavsky, according to The New York Times. The high volume of orders during the pandemic...
  • Did Amazon Pull Clarence Thomas Documentary Off Their Site in Order to Pull Him Off Their Case?

    04/27/2021 4:30:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 27 Apr, 2021 | Paul C. Binotto
    For Amazon, a recusal of Thomas in some court cases would be convenient. “The job of a judge is to figure out what the law says, not what he wants it to say. There is a difference between the role of a judge and that of a policy maker... Judging requires a certain impartiality.” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is reported to have made this comment in “’in the Wall Street Journal,’ Conversation with Dinesh D'Souza, July 2, 1991.” SNIP Paoletta, “served as a lawyer in the Bush 41 White House Counsel’s Office and worked on the confirmation of Justice...
  • States Rights: How "Local" can unite America

    03/25/2021 12:18:44 PM PDT · by ArizonaStateLine · 11 replies ^ | 3/25/21 | Arizona State Line
    A winning Political Narrative is one that can bring All Americans to One Side, unite us against our Common Adversary, and paint a Bright Future to excite us all. The following essay presents such a persuasion. All honest Liberals and Conservatives are ultimately fighting the exact same thing: Greed. Both parties want to dismantle Greed, as they see it in the other’s ideology. To dismantle Greed, we must address its power source: top-down power structures. What are top-down power structures? Centralized governments, corporate monopolies, federal banks, the IMF, globalist institutions and institutionalized religions, and other shadowy structures where Few dictate...
  • Media Cartel Bill Is Bait and Switch to Strangle Conservative Outlets

    03/24/2021 12:11:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | March 24, 2021 | Ken Blackwell
    The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JPCA) is a bait-and-switch attempt that claims to help conservative news sources but would instead purge them from the marketplace of ideas, and Congress should reject it for the freedom-killer it is. JCPA would give media companies—broadcast and print—an exemption from federal antitrust laws, so they can operate in a coordinated fashion to negotiate prices that social media companies like Facebook would have to pay them to carry their content. It would ensure that these tech billionaires would have to direct some of their riches into content providers. But that’s a Big Boys’ game...
  • Monopoly Community Chest Next In Line For ‘Woke’ Update After Hasbro Repackages Mr. Potato Head

    03/22/2021 1:20:47 PM PDT · by MJacks4 · 14 replies
    The Mix ^ | 3/22/2021 | Erin Perri
    After repackaging Mr. Potato Head, Hasbro is eyeing up another change with a long-standing family favorite: Monopoly. The classic board game that has been played by Americans for generations is getting a 2021 style reboot. Hasbro is even letting the public vote on what’s appropriate content for a Monopoly Community Chest card. Monopoly has really has stood the test of time. But, not many classics can hold up to the strict demands of today’s new woke society. So, the longstanding board game’s Community Chest is getting a refresh that Hasbro believes will sit better with today’s more sensitive players than...
  • Monopoly getting 'long overdue' socially conscious makeover, Hasbro says

    03/19/2021 7:09:52 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 March 2021 | Thomas Barrabi
    The board game “Monopoly” will be the next classic entertainment brand to receive a socially conscious makeover, publisher Hasbro announced this week. Hasbro will change all 16 of Monopoly’s “community chest” cards to remove outdated concepts. The company said the classic versions of the cards, which included prompts referencing beauty contests and holiday funds, were “long overdue for a refresh.” New community chest cards will focus on topics that emphasize “community.” Hasbro asked the public to vote on potential replacements, with rewards for in-game actions such as rescuing a puppy or shopping local among the options. Other cards would penalize...
  • A Monopoly On Stupid

    02/25/2021 3:13:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | February 25, 2021 | Derek Hunter
    If you thought 2020 was the dumbest year on record (and I’m as guilty of that as anyone), 2021 just demanded we hold its beer… Less than two months in and the level of stupid coming from the left has been ramped up to 11. If there were an Olympic event for insanity, Democrats would hold a tighter grip on all three spots on the podium than they hold on power over the cities their policies have singlehandedly destroyed. It’s an amazing feat of manipulation, if nothing else. As far as bringing people together goes, that was never the Democrats'...
  • Amazon Pulls Bestseller on Transgender Issues From Store Without Explanation

    02/23/2021 4:50:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 23, 2021 | Santi Ruiz
    Amazon pulled a bestseller on transgender issues from its online store on Sunday without explanation. Author Ryan T. Anderson tweeted on Sunday that his book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, had been removed. At the time of writing, the book was not available on Amazon either in physical form, as an e-book, or as an audiobook, although Anderson’s four other books remain up. Amazon’s crackdown on conservative content mirrors a trend many on the right see in other major tech companies. Criticism of big tech has spiked since Facebook and Twitter removed President Donald Trump following...