Amazon boss Bezos, world’s richest man, warmonger


This video from the USA says about itself:

Amazon patents cage for workers

12 September 2018

A couple of AI researchers just published an article in which they revealed that Amazon secured a patent back in 2016 for a contraption that is basically a cage for a human worker. They patented a cage, where a worker climbs in and sits down on top of a sort of robotic trolley, which they would ride around Amazon warehouses to protect them from other robots. The Resident discusses.

By Andre Damon in the USA:

Silicon Valley’s corrupt nexus: War, censorship and inequality

17 September 2018

On Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, will give the keynote address to the US Air Force Association’s annual conference. Bezos will discuss “how industry can better partner” with the US military.

Bezos’ speech comes amid his Seattle-based firm’s lobbying to win a $10 billion contract, known as “Project JEDI”, to host large sections of the Pentagon’s operations infrastructure on the internet cloud. In a move that will likely win him points with the military brass awarding the contract, Bezos recently donated $10 million to a Virginia-based super PAC seeking to elect veterans to office and create a “less polarized government”.

The Amazon CEO will appear as the representative of the world’s second-largest company by market capitalization, the second-largest employer in the United States, the world’s biggest provider of cloud computing services, and America’s largest e-commerce retailer, with twice the sales of the next nine competitors.

Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, is among America’s most powerful oligarchs. His speech to the Air Force Association embodies the corrupt nexus between the military, the financial oligarchy, the media and the high-tech companies, all of which are working to create a regime of censorship targeting left-wing, anti-war and socialist viewpoints.

This partnership expresses, in practice, the vision laid out in the Pentagon’s latest National Security Strategy, which calls for “the seamless integration of multiple elements of national power—diplomacy, information, economics, finance, intelligence, law enforcement and military.”

This is a formula for a society in which all of the mechanisms of social control are jointly harnessed to defend and expand the wealth and power of America’s financial oligarchy. Toward this authoritarian end, Bezos and company are mobilizing one of the critical mechanisms—the media.

Bezos’ Washington Post has prepared its owner’s appearance at the Air Force event with a series of op-eds and editorials calling for a closer partnership between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley. More than any other major US newspaper, the Post has argued for the fusion of America’s high-tech sector with its military, in line with the Pentagon’s so-called “third offset” strategy, which aims to regain America’s “military edge” by “harnessing a range of technologies, including robotics, autonomous systems and big data”, in the words of the Economist.

The Post’s campaign for a further integration of technology corporations with the military has been combined with attacks on tech workers who oppose the alliance of the firms for which they work with the US war machine.

Over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of America’s brightest minds have gone to work in Northern California’s Silicon Valley and its offshoot in Seattle, lured by promises that “people with passion can change the world for the better”, in the words of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and the promise that they would help “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, in the words of Google’s mission statement.

But each year, more and more technology workers have found themselves involved in developing the means to carry out mass murder, censorship and political repression, prompting protests by workers at Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

In June, Amazon workers issued an open letter opposing the company’s provision of facial recognition technology to police forces as well as its cloud computing contracts with the agencies carrying out Trump’s Gestapo-style attacks on immigrants.

That same month, Google announced that it would end its involvement in a Pentagon program to build artificial intelligence capabilities for military drones after more than a thousand Google employees signed a letter demanding that Google swear off building “weapons of war.”

The Washington Post has opposed these protests. In an August 8 op-ed, two executives from Anduril Industries, a military defense contractor seeking to sell virtual reality systems to the Pentagon

and ‘artificial intelligence’ tech to Trump to build his border wall

, condemned the protesting workers. “We understand that tech workers want to build things used to help, not harm”, the executives wrote. “We feel the same way”, they continued. “But ostracizing the US military could have the opposite effect of what these protesters intend: If tech companies want to promote peace, they should stand with, not against, the United States’ defense community.”

Yeah, right. ‘War is peace’ was already a slogan in the Big Brother dictatorship described in George Orwell’s novel 1984.

The authors added: “The world is safer and more peaceful with strong US leadership. That requires the US government to maintain its advantage in critical technologies such as AI. But doing so will be difficult if Silicon Valley’s rising hostility toward working with Washington continues.”

The Post reiterated these points in an editorial last week entitled “Silicon Valley should work with the military on AI.” Bezos’s newspaper made the cynical argument that the technology companies should partner with the Pentagon because the result might be technologies with applications outside of mass murder. ,“DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency] contractors will probably develop products with non-lethal applications” the Post declared.

The open secret of Silicon Valley’s collaboration with the Pentagon is that the wars to be fought with the help of artificial intelligence will not take place only beyond America’s borders—they will also include class and civil wars.

America’s financial oligarchy, whose wealth has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crash, is issuing warnings about the dangers posed to its wealth by an increasingly restive and angry working class. In a report published last week, JPMorgan Chase warned about the potential impact of a new financial crisis in fueling political opposition.

The balance sheet by the biggest US bank stated: “The next crisis is also likely to result in social tensions similar to those witnessed 50 years ago in 1968”—a year that saw urban rebellions and mass protests against the Vietnam war in the US, the May–June general strike in France, and a global radicalization of the working class.

“In 1968”, the report continued, “TV and investigative journalism provided a generation of baby boomers access to unfiltered information on social developments such as Vietnam and other proxy wars, civil rights movements, income inequality, etc. Similar to 1968, the internet today (social media, leaked documents, etc.) provides millennials with unrestricted access to information on a surprisingly similar range of issues. In addition to information, the internet provides a platform for various social groups to become more self-aware, polarized and organized.”

Such groups “span various social dimensions based on differences in income/wealth”, warned the bank. In other words, the looming financial crisis will likely spark a mass movement of the working class against social inequality.

Recognizing the immense power of the internet to mobilize opposition to the existing social order, under conditions where a mass audience for socialism is emerging among workers and young people, America’s leading technology companies, working with the state, are scrambling to impose political censorship.

At a congressional hearing last week, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg pledged to replace “bad speech” with “alternative facts” in users’ news feeds. She boasted that her company now employs some 20,000 people to censor content.

Google, for its part, has continued and intensified its censorship of left-wing, anti-war and socialist websites. Since the World Socialist Web Site first reported last year that changes to Google’s algorithms had led to a sharp fall in the readership of 13 left-wing sites, the search traffic of these sites has plunged even further, hitting a combined decline of 50 percent.

The reactionary nexus between Silicon Valley, the CIA and the Pentagon must be—and will be—opposed. All over the world, workers are entering into struggle—from teachers and Amazon, UPS and postal workers in the United States, to pilots and cabin crew in Europe, to construction workers in Turkey. These workers must understand that they are the targets of censorship, and that they must mobilize to fight the drive to silence socialist and left-wing oppositional views.

60 thoughts on “Amazon boss Bezos, world’s richest man, warmonger

  1. Pingback: No money for US hurricane survivors, money for wars | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Amazon and its workers, videos | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Amazon.com makes another grandmother worker injured, homeless | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Trump, bomb more, Bezos’ Washington Post says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: American mercenaries’ nazi flag in Afghanistan | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Amazon.com pays poverty wages | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Amazon.com’s limited concession on poverty wages | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Workers make Google stop war profiteering contract | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Injured Amazon workers get injustice | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Saudi regime murders journalist, corporate media react | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Amazon.com’s money to religious fanatics | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Bezos’ Washington Post helps Facebook censorship | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: New York Times defends Saudi killer regime | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Bezos, world’s richest man, smears Iraq war critic | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Amazon.com helps Trump’s anti-immigrant witch-hunt | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Michigan, USA Amazon workers speak | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Donald Trump’s and European militarism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Amazon worker dies, boss gets richer | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Amazon workers’ Black Friday strike | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Amazon workers’ Black Friday strikes | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: Australian Amazon worker treated unfairly | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: Amazon wrongfully fires worker | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: Police attack protesting Amazon workers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  24. Pingback: Amazon spying on injured workers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  25. Pingback: Neo-fascist Bolsonaro threatens Brazilian Amazon wildlife | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  26. Pingback: Amazon workers and boss Bezos, South Park comedy | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  27. Pingback: Amazon tells injured worker keep working, or the sack | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  28. Pingback: Amazon facial recognition ‘recognizes’ women as men | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  29. Pingback: British Conservative government interference in Norway | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  30. Pingback: Facebook censorship getting worse again | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  31. Pingback: Amazon billionaire boss Bezos’ hypocrisy on privacy | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  32. Pingback: Peterloo by Mike Leigh, film review | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  33. Pingback: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and other billionaires, update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  34. Pingback: Amazon drives its workers to suicide | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  35. Pingback: United States Democratic party presidential candidates update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  36. Pingback: Exploited Amazon engineer on hunger strike | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  37. Pingback: Bezos’ Washington Post attacks Bernie Sanders | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  38. Pingback: US Trump administration endangers Assange’s life | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  39. Pingback: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, friends become foes | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  40. Pingback: More Trump concentration camps for immigrating | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  41. Pingback: Amazon injures many workers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  42. Pingback: Bezos’ Washington Post attacks unjustly convicted teenagers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  43. Pingback: Amazon.com, 25 years of exploitation | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  44. Pingback: Amazon workers’ worldwide Prime Day strikes | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  45. Pingback: Amazon boss Bezos’ expensive New York penthouse | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  46. Pingback: Worldwide Amazon workers’ strikes | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  47. Pingback: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos promotes militarism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  48. Pingback: Amazon, Microsoft killer robots threaten | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.