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Steer clear of the Angler Fish!

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What China Expects From Businesses: Total Surrender (nytimes.com)

Unlike regulators in Europe and the U.S., Beijing is using the guise of antitrust to bring powerful tech companies into line with its priorities. From a report: When Pony Ma, head of the Chinese internet powerhouse Tencent, attended a group meeting with Premier Li Keqiang in 2014, he complained that many local governments had banned ride-sharing apps installed on smartphones. Mr. Li immediately told a few ministers to investigate the matter and report back to him. He then turned to Mr. Ma and said, "Your example vividly demonstrates the need to improve the relationship between the government and the market." By then Tencent had invested $45 million in a ride-sharing start-up called Didi Chuxing, which later became a model in the government's push to digitize and modernize traditional industries. When President Xi Jinping met with global tech leaders in Seattle in 2015, Didi's founder, Cheng Wei, then 32 years old, joined Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Apple's Tim Cook and Mr. Ma at the gathering. But the relationship between Beijing and the tech sector has splintered badly in the past year. Didi is now a target of the government's regulatory wrath. Days after the company's initial public offering in New York last month, Chinese regulators pulled its apps from app stores on the grounds of protecting national data security and public interests.

At the heart of the Didi fiasco, and to a large extent China's increasingly aggressive antitrust campaign, is the question of what Beijing expects from private enterprises. The answer is a lot more complicated than in the United States or Europe. China's Big Tech wields as much power as the American tech giants in the national economy. Like their American counterparts, the Chinese companies have appeared to engage in anticompetitive practices that hurt consumers, merchants and smaller businesses. That deserves scrutiny and regulation to prevent any abuse of power. But it's important to keep in mind that the Chinese tech companies operate in a country ruled by an increasingly autocratic government that demands the private sector surrender with absolute loyalty. So unlike the antitrust campaigns that European and American officials are pursuing in their regions, China is using the guise of antitrust to cement the Communist Party's monopoly of power, with private enterprises likely to lose what's left of their independence and become a mere appendage of the state. The developments at Didi amount to "a shock-therapy type of enforcement," said Benjamin Qiu, a partner at the law firm Loeb & Loeb in Hong Kong. "We could see more control by the state, with in-effect data nationalization as the end result."

The Communist Party made it clear last year that it needs "politically sensible people" in the private sector who will "firmly listen to the party and follow the party." They should contribute more to the longevity of the Communist Party and help make China great again, the party said. The message, people in the tech industry said, is that businesses need to prove that they're useful and helpful in advancing the government's goals while avoiding causing trouble. Didi didn't heed the message, these people said. They were surprised that Didi defied some regulators' objections and rushed its I.P.O. through in the current regulatory environment. For some government officials, Didi's U.S. listing was "yang feng yin wei" -- to comply publicly, but defy privately. The word choice is revealing because the phrase is often used to describe a subordinate's betrayal of a superior.
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In Line With Wealth Inequality, Treasury Phasing Out All Bills Except $1s and $100s

Treasury Phasing Out All Bills Except $1s and $100s As Income Inequality Renders Middle Currencies Obsolete



WASHINGTON—As income inequality continues to render middle currencies obsolete, the United States Department of the Treasury reportedly began phasing out all bills Monday except for $1s and $100s. “In an effort to streamline our operations so they’re more in line with the current financial landscape, we will be…...

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CHINA REPORT

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Volkswagen, BMW Fined $1 Billion For Colluding To Make Dirtier Cars

Volkswagen, BMW Fined $1 Billion For Colluding To Make Dirtier Cars (theverge.com)

Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler spent years illegally colluding to slow the deployment of cleaner emissions technology, says the European Union, which is dishing out fines as a result. From a report: The EU's executive branch hit the Volkswagen Group (which owns Audi and Porsche) and BMW with a collective $1 billion fine on Thursday for their role in the scheme. Volkswagen Group must pay $595 million, while BMW will pay $442 million. Daimler, however, evaded a $861 million fine of its own because the automaker revealed the collusion to the regulators.

The scheme described by EU authorities is separate from the Volkswagen Group's massive Dieselgate scandal, in which the company installed software on its diesel vehicles that helped fool environmental regulators into believing they were compliant, when in reality, they were polluting far more than the legal limit. Dieselgate ultimately led to nearly $40 billion in fines, buybacks, and legal fees for the Volkswagen Group. Daimler also installed software on some of its diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests and has paid billions of dollars in fines. BMW was careful to point out Thursday that, unlike the other companies it was caught colluding with, it had not cheated emissions testing.
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The Elite Master's Degrees That Don't Pay Off

'Financially Hobbled for Life': The Elite Master's Degrees That Don't Pay Off

Recent film program graduates of Columbia University who took out federal student loans had a median debt of $181,000. Yet two years after earning their master's degrees, half of the borrowers were making less than $30,000 a year. The Columbia program offers the most extreme example of how elite universities in recent years have awarded thousands of master's degrees that don't provide graduates enough early career earnings to begin paying down their federal student loans, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Education Department data. Recent Columbia film alumni had the highest debt compared with earnings among graduates of any major university master's program in the U.S., the Journal found. The New York City university is among the world's most prestigious schools, and its $11.3 billion endowment ranks it the nation's eighth wealthiest private school.

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OCCUPY - Now more than ever!

Many people watch the commercials, hear a few gossip stories, see the eyes talking to them, and they go off and vote for their chosen politicians. Of course, they have heard about corporate money in politics, but it doesn't really mean anything to them. They don't see it up close and personal, in action. They see, they hear, they muse, and then they vote. Maybe a politician made them feel like they are the kind of person who really cares - who deeply feels and frets about the important caring things, like a normal meaningful caring person should.

In fact, they may actually be very uncaring people in real life, so they vote on how they imagine they'd like to see themselves. They choose causes so they can imagine themselves magnanimous and special, when all they really are are creeps. Funny how that discrepancy somewhat mirrors the discrepancies in the speech of lying politicians, e.g., preaching unity and at the same time promising to crack down on all the bad people.

Some people vote for some politicians simply because they are attracted to cognitive dissonance, have grown up in it. That's all they know, and want to know. Which is something very different to progressivism. Real progressivism is a transcendent seeing beyond the self, into new ways of inventing, moving forward, reaching out, making things more positive, not more violent or psychically apoplectic.

Most people do not see all the games and money going on behind the smiling faces on TV. They normally do not see how they have been targetted, manipulated, lied to - all contrived by giant political machinery, fed by millions upon millions upon millions of dollars, from corporations, from billionaires, and from foreign sources, including adversaries, like China. Mainly China. It is completely legal for China to feed million$ of dark money to USA politicians. Perfectly legal and undocumented. This is so because a law was made some time back, making it so. China plays the long game.

I want to remind people that this LJ community is not, and never has been, beholden to the Democratic party. The OCCUPY movement was both anarchic and bipartisan. It may have been weighted more by liberal/progressives, myself included, but it also held thousands - millions - of people who called themselves paleoconservatives, Constitutionalists, classical liberals, libertarians and, what has since been come to be labelled, "alt right." I know this may seem abhorrent to some of you novices who have been weaned from the teat of the corporate media, and the 8-year charade that anything Obama did, albeit for the bankers, was wonderful and anti-racist. Indeed, there have been teabaggers, Alex Jones, Ron Paul, Jesse Ventura, Joyce Riley, and many other, "right-wingers," who have perennially fought against rising corporatism, including that which occurred in the Bush 2 administration.

I have long thought it should be possible for these Americans to join forces with progressives - which is what happened for a brief time during the height of OCCUPY - over the long haul. But, divide and conquer is the way of the elites. I have seen any and every possibility of this sort of coalition dissuaded and DEMOLISHED politically. The powers that be want people to go at each others throats, in a left-versus-right paradigm. What they DO NOT WANT is people at the bottom overrunning the bastards at the top. Anything that takes you away from this central concept of the OCCUPY is just shell games and dark money.

The hatchet job they did on Trump. It was framed in left-versus-right, but it happened in order to protect the global corporatist deep-state elites from you ever unseating them. To say that the election was stolen is not an act of White Supremacist insurrection. It is usually a grievance by many people who stood with OCCUPY, against the corporate elites. It must be remembered that the same populist movement that sparked Bernie Sanders also sparked Donald Trump, and so it is always important to remember what these two lunatics have in common - because it came from the bottom up.

George Soros once helped fund the OCCUPY movement. He since went on to fomenting violence in Ukraine, Saint Louis, Portland, and so on, through Antifa and BLM. It is a matter of record that he has funded these organisations. Not a conspiracy theory. These protests and riots, which injured over 2,000 innocent police officers, killed over 100 people, and caused over 2 billion dollars worth of property damage, most in black neighbourhoods or enterprise zones, were not based on facts. They were based on incomplete cellphone videos and a lot of hate mongering, and lies.

There are no stats to back up the claim that there is a police conspiracy to attack minorities. Just not there. Not reality. And this comes from someone who has been railing against the militarisation of the police for years. That's a real problem. But there are no stats to support any racist attack against innocent blacks in particular. None. It has been a fabrication, with a lot of money spent on getting you riled up and hopefully rioting.

Supposedly, the OCCUPY movement died when the whole Michael Brown firestorm erupted, insisting that OCCUPY must put racism before economics. Well, that firestorm was funded by Soros, and imprimatured by Obama. Thereafter, all economic analysis was considered irrelevant, and even racist, because it did not include race.

The same guy who funded OCCUPY was now funding this diversion of anger into race violence. You have to wonder if it was not a game he intended all along - to foment riots in America. Foolish souls that would do his bidding, I say. I think, for OCCUPY to move forward, we have to see what is going on, and divest ourselves of this billionaire.

Look up his profile. This is a Jewish person who worked with NAZIs to rat out other Jews, and send them to their deaths. And he is quoted as saying that that was the best time of his life. This person has a supermanic philosophy of disruptionism, all over the world. He made money on betting on hedge funds, and now he is trying to control the planet, just like, just Bill Gates - and none these people have any expertise in what they are trying to do!

I say, to hell with George Soros, and lets keep the bottom-up attack against the billionaires and globalists going! Let's keep looking at the world as the have-nots being played by the haves - no matter their race. Let us not fall into Balkanisation and identity politics. Let us not fall to divide-and conquer! For every dollar you have, they have millions! They know how to spend it. To disrupt your world. And lead you to vote for the greatest liars who ever supported the status quo. Gag me with a spoon.

This site - this movement - OCCUPY - is by no means beholden to the Democratic party. Alex Jones, a "right-winger", went through the whole Bush 2 administration, criticising and condemning it - along with liberals. The Bush's, the Obama's, the Clintons - they are all part of the same corporatist, globalist cabal, and the sooner you divest yourself of the left-right fallacy, the better.

Now we have Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, two of the most flagrant liars ever put into office. What we are going to do, in this community, is criticise them. It is evident that they are a part of the same cabal, and we are going to criticize them. It does not mean we are racists, or alt-right, or Republicans, or any damned thing. We are going to criticize them because they favour China, they favour Big Tech, they lie, they demand censorship, they cozy up to power - all of the same things that George Bush 2 did.

We are going to keep rampaging against injustice, and we are not going to let the elites play that away from us. We are the disenfranchised, left and right, and we will hold together and work together to fight the injustice coming down from a handful of fools from the top. That is Soros. That is Adelson (rip). That is Kochs. That is Buffet. That is Clintons. That is Bush's. That is CHINA. That is monopolistic media. That is monopolistic Big Tech. The war on deplatforming and censorship goes on and RAMPS UP. We tired of this crap, left and right, we will fight together to change it.

I think it is clear that dark money from China has been flowing to mainly Democrat candidates, in recent years. We have the Bidens, who have been corrupted by China, which will come out more and more as time goes by. We have Pelosi with a Chinese spy chauffeur for decades. We have Feinstein with some other kind of Chinese spy. We have Mitch McConnell, who's wife helps run THE major China state import company. We have the head of the latest House Trump impeachment hearings, and member of the House Intelligence Committee, who has been sleeping with a Chinese spy.

I mean seriously, you are not real if you do not register this somewhere in your cranium. China has had a policy of politically "decapitating" foreign nations, and then exploiting the f**k out of them. Pretty much looks like what is going on here, with the Dem party, and China Biden. His whole China Cabinet is full of China sympathisers. You can lark about all this now, but what will you think when China is actually bombing or invading this country, fool?

We are not just looking out for corporatists and elites - we are looking for the same things that issue forth from foreign antagonists. Chine is STATISM - it is not communism. China has a symbiotic relationship going on with its corporations, who have edicts to steal intellectual property and personal information. Why not, it's so damned easy?!

FB, AMAZON, MICROSOFT, TWITTER - they are all doing the same thing, and sharing their info with CHINA! Nice to have an Apple iphone, but not at the expense of selling your soul to f**king overlords. Look at what they are doing, now. They are clamping down on anyone who mentions the possibility that the 2020 election might have been stolen - which it probably was - DELETED - NO CONVERSATION ALLOWED - NO INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM ALLOWED.

Just as I said about the Antifa/BLM rioters, they are violent because they are in denial, that they are WRONG. The Biden administration has erected barriors around WDC, maintaining thousands of National Guard troops, signing dozens of executive orders into law... Why? Because they are wrong. Any common person can see through this. I won't even get into the whole Capitol Building riot, which conveniently facilitated all this.

Now, we enter the whole arena of censorship. I need to rest, before I even get into it! OCCUPY fought against the concentration of media corporations into fewer and fewer hands - and it happened. And now, it is censoring the right - but it could just as well have been the left. THE CONCENTRATION OF INTERNET COMPANIES INTO FEWER AND FEWER HANDS. THE CONCENTRATION OF MEDIA INTO FEWER AND FEWER COMPANIES. THE FUNNELLING OF CAMPAIGN MONEY IN GREATER AND GREATER AMOUNTS FROM FEWER AND FEWER SOURCES.

If these things are not what OCCUPY is here to fight, then what are? The increasing divide between the rich and the poor are directly related to these games that concentrated power are playing. Presently, they are using the Democratic party to play these games - as that have used the GOP in the past. There is nothing wrong for calling it, or speaking truth to power, no matter what cloak it might currently be wearing.

Or not wearing, lol.
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Observations from Russia

Here are some thoughts from maadmike that I think should be repeated here!  Possibly, I will add some thoughts of my own later, but am busy cooking the dog's batch of yumyum...,.

First thoughts:

I’ve just been watching our Russian political program where the experts were discussing the modern world situation with this absolutely obvious handmade virus and hence impossible to fight without some dictatorship measures |But, their main ideas were not about virus but what the financial globalization structures ruling the pharmacy monopolies around the world are willing to do with this coax – they were talking and calling all this situation with Covid – one of the numerous SARS virus which are here for all the times – calling all this the fraud because it is obvious that Covid was artificially transformed and hence Covid will not go anywhere in near future because it could be changed every time people will get their body prepared for old version, so what was their main idea about this Covid situation – the tasks of situation ruling structures. And here they have got to numerous conclusions which could all be united into one – we are living at the time of getting from capitalism to post capitalism where people are not needed, where the national governments are the threat to monopolies, where the religion is the threat, where the normal family is the threat and so on and on… I was listening with small interest cause I was thinking about it right after our government has announced the penalty you will get if you will drive anywhere without a permission, and the fact of your violation will be got by camera – what is it if not the right glimpse of new world the West partners are building now, I’d thought and wrote. I’d wrote also that ten years ago I decided to stay in Russia because our predictors and religion saints were telling that Russia will be the one which will try to stay against this new world of financial 666 era and I was very frustrated to see that with all those predictions Russia is first of all are trying to get into this trap… Well, the months have come and the quarantine was closed – partly of course but the scream which many Russian honest people like Mihalkov had made at August, it seems, had got some results and now Russia or better to say our high rank politicians are making some hidden steps to control our Russian agents working here in Russia as traitors for the interest of mentioned world financial globalization elite.

So, yes we are on the war against everything we are used to – culture, common law, nation, family, religion or call it the logical morality, clean food, medicine without opioid drugs, nature without pollution and pesticides which are giving trinkets but killing all the animals around, GMO free food, to be short Everything which is stand on the way to our slavery and to the uncontrolled power of small bunch of so called financial elite murders. You somehow asked me what are my enemies and I was still thinking what to answer but now I do believe it is… the much more clear answer who are my enemies and not only my enemies but the enemies of everything normal man is loving here on Earth I dare to say…

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Thank you, maadmike.