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Amazon.com announced plans on Thursday to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America that will house up to 50,000 employees and cost $5 billion to build and operate. The company is soliciting bids from local and state government leaders for the project, dubbed Amazon’s “HQ2,” and said it would prioritize metropolitan areas with more than one million people.
“We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters,” Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos said. “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in upfront and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We’re excited to find a second home.”
H/t reader squodgy:
“Bezos doesn’t care a toss.
Once he moves into the Logistics loop, he’ll automate, rationalise, re-structure, streamline, acquire, rationalise again and leave the hitherto working population in tatters.
My question is, as with Wal-Mart, if they keep on eliminating all levels of employment by cutting/automation, where will their customer base be?
Just as with the big Global Corps, who will buy their goods as the giants swallow up competition and rationalise, such as Buffets Kraft & Cadbury & Heinz merged.”
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As Amazon flirts with a $500 billion market cap, letting Jeff Bezos try on the title of world’s richest man on for size if only for a few hours, for Amazon’s competitors it’s “everything must go” day everyday, as the bad news in the retail sector continue to pile up with the latest Fitch report that the default rate for distressed retailers spiked again in July.
According to the rating agency, the trailing 12-month high-yield default rate among U.S. retailers rose to 2.9% in mid-July from 1.8% at the end of June, after J. Crew completed a $566 million distressed-debt exchange. Meanwhile, with the shale sector flooded with Wall Street’s easy money, the overall high-yield default rate tumbled to 1.9% in the same period from 2.2% at the end of June as $4.7 billion of defaulted debt – mostly in the energy sector – rolled out of the default universe.
A person claiming to be a former data center tech at Amazon implicates the company in working directly with the NSA and CIA to domestically spy on Americans.
Washington, D.C. – Amazon, and its owner Jeff Bezos, who recently surpassed Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world – and who has a $600 million dollar contract with the CIA – have come under fire after a purported whistleblower implicated the company of collusion with the CIA and NSA to spy on Americans.
Bezos, who also owns one of the main propaganda outlets in the United States, The Washington Post, is a controversial figure, who has deep ties to the national security apparatus. He is a former Bilderburger, who has enmeshed his corporations with the national security state.
In a note this morning from Deutsche Bank’s freight and logistics analyst Amit Mehrotra, he notes that the “WMT vs. AMZN battle is heating up” and points to a report by DV Velocity, according to which a well respected transportation industry consultant told attendees of a logistics conference that Walmart (WMT) is telling trucking companies that it will no longer do business with them if they continue moving goods for Amazon (AMZN).
This follows similar reports citing WMT’s “request” for its tech partners to stop using Amazon Web Services.
The news, while suggestive perhaps of Walmart’s growing desperation in its war with the retail juggernaut that is Amazon, has dramatic implications not only for the future of retail (and associated prices) but for one of the most important US industries: trucking, and the number of people it employes.
by Jon Rappoport
June 19, 2017
When Amazon boss and billionaire Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post in 2013, he also had an ongoing $600 million contract to provide cloud computing services to the CIA. That meant the Washington Post, which already had a long history of cooperation with the CIA, renewed their wedding vows with the Agency and doubled down on the alliance.
By any reasonable standard of journalism, the Post should preface every article about the CIA, or article sourced from the CIA, with a conflict of interest admission: TAKE THIS PIECE WITH A FEW GIANT GRAINS OF SALT, BECAUSE OUR NEWSPAPER IS OWNED BY A MAN WHO HAS A HUGE CONTRACT TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE CIA.
Now Bezos and his company, Amazon, have bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Whole Foods is the premier retailer of “natural” foods in America.
Shares of Whole Foods soar, but other grocery sellers get crushed.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Times change….but I’d be very suspicious.”
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A lot of people were probably thrilled today about Amazon’s latest announcement. The online retail giant has revealed that they are going to reduce the cost of Prime membership, which provides free shipping for more orders and unlimited streaming for many shows and movies. But it’s not just for anyone. The reduced rate will be reserved for low income households.
Hitler, like Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, was a Freemason and a Rothschild/Illuminati puppet.
He did exactly what they told him to do.
Without financing via the BoE and the US there would have been no Hitler and no WW2.
WW2 has been a staged event.
Trump, Obama, Merkel, May and Putin are Freemasons and Rothschild puppets.
Guess what comes next?
“Everything calls peace, Schalom! Then it will occur – a new Middle East war suddenly flames up, big naval forces are facing hostiley in the Mediterranean – the situation is strained. But the actual firing spark is set on fire in the Balkan: I see a “large one” falling, a bloody dagger lies beside him – then impact is on impact. …”
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