Note: Updated January 15, 2022
This post was originally published on The Burning Platform In August 2020. It will be updated periodically with Big Tech valuations until they are all sued as a monopoly. Also added Youtube alternatives since they are going to war with all Americans that love Liberty.
The Big Tech CV19 fix is in. Brick and mortar is dead and gone and replaced with virtual, for your own protection. And, for your kids (it’s always the kids). Big Tech has come to save the day!
No disrespect intended to the great Mighty Mouse who fought the bad guys, but what better world could the likes of Bezos, Zuckerberg, Cook, Gates and all the other Big Tech Internet mongering Robber Barons get than what is on the near horizon? CV-19 tm allows Big Tech to be “Save the Day” heroes by claiming to keep us healthy living in a virtual world. This will, unfortunately, make all the rest of us poor as dirt by comparison to their wealth which is already insanely and disproportionately high, and grows ever larger with each money printing Fed fiasco.
As of August 3, 2020, here are the combined stock equity value totals of just the top 5 of the S&P 500 (in descending order of insanity):
Apple. $1.84 Trillion (2.87 Trillion as of 01/15/2022)
Microsoft. $1.55 Trillion (2.33 Trillion as of 01/15/2022)
Google. $1.01 Trillion (1.85 Trillion as of 01/15/2022)
Amazon. $1.59 Trillion (1.65 Trillion as of 01/15/2022)
Facebook. $.723 Trillion, what a slacker ($.923 Trillion as of 01/15/2022)
Big Tech Top 5 Combined Equity: $6.71 Trillion* (9.62 Trillion as of 01/15/2022)
*Japan Nominal GDP: $4.975 Trillion (2020)
UPDATE. Please note that since August 2020 the values of the these totalitarian companies have gone up an average of 26% – during a Covid Depression.
The S&P 500 is 80% of the entire market value of all of the companies in America. The top 5 Tech companies represent 1% of the top 500 companies in America and have 25% of the stock equity. If that doesn’t mean that Big Tech rules I don’t know what does.
How did the people running these companies get so amazingly wealthy and powerful? Well, it’s not the stock loving Federal Reserve. Look in the mirror. We the people did it. We did it with our animal-like desire for immediate gratification over self-respect and privacy, love of technology regardless of human impacts and for just saving a few bucks so we can make it in the fake no inflation world. We buy from Amazon with no thought for that friendly business owner we used to buy from who now hangs by a financial thread. I am not talking about Wal-Mart, which is doing quite fine thank you because they were never shut down by your Governor. Many Non-tech businesses regardless of size are dying of Covid and Wal-Mart may be the only brick and mortar player left standing.
Full admission. Although I did not invent the Internet, I was one of the earliest users of the Internet and have an Ebay account dating to 1998 to prove it. I even had a BBS (Internet Precursor) in the early 1990s. My first Internet interaction was mind blowing. I could connect my i386DX computer to the Louvre computers in Paris with a mouse-click and see their collection in real time on my computer screen. Cool. But, over the years I have come to see how technology run by insanely wealthy egomaniacal tyrants bent on controlling all aspects of human existence isn’t just ruining personal and business relationships but also our country.
Now, with the New Covid Anti-Normal, we are set to buy even more from these people giving them even more power to do their worst. And that scares the hell out of me. They are blowing out quarterly earnings as the rest of America’s businesses are barely alive. You only have to look at the increases in their stockholders equity that have occurred during the economic Depression thrust upon the rest of us. Just as Covid physically targets and sometimes kills the elderly with poor underlying health, it economically targets companies not creating or living in their virtual world.
When I was growing up we shopped convenience rather than price. I suspect we did this because price differences were not all that much if we went somewhere else, so local was King. And, buying local helped people we knew that lived in our community. Today’s America, especially the millennial generation, could care less about our role in the big economic picture let alone the history and people that they believe never existed before they were born. Many think that the near geometric growth of the Internet has largely been due to people desiring instant gratification, however, when you buy online you wait a lot longer to get what you want so that is really a secondary issue. The real growth of Internet commerce is due to people and businesses needing to buy cheap in order to make ends meet in a highly inflationary world, much worse than the 60s and even the 70s, which the government does not report.
We now trade relationships and privacy for price and convenience. At the request of Big Banks using Internet based technology we gladly put our bank accounts online exposed to hackers from eastern Europe so we don’t have to drive to the local bank to do a transaction. If we still buy groceries or tools from one of the too big to fail Big Box stores, we would rather bag our own stuff than check out with a human. We do this without a discount for doing exactly what a paid cashier would do. No matter if we put bazillions of people out of work – we are in a hurry and isn’t this fun to be our own cashier!
I started believing in the evils of Big Tech Internet when I realized these guys worked deviously undercover, even before Google eliminated their company motto: Don’t Be Evil (at least they were being honest with us).
How about the Google “Play Store”? The “Play Store” not only gets you free software but has access to your Smartphones at any time to do anything they want with your data, often without you being able to say no thank you. After all, how harmless could a “Play Store” really be? To gain access into your personal world and private data, the Internet folks also came up with more Happy names like “cookies”. Who doesn’t like cookies? In reality, cookies are nefarious bits of source code designed to know more about you than your Mom. A very close relation to “cookies” is something we know to be bad called Spyware, but they do it in the open (Page 1278 of The Google User Agreement, revision 89) yet we don’t care because we are all so happy with our cookies! It’s only missing the Happy Meal. The so called “Cookies” helps make the Internet go around with targeted advertising but now its spinning out of control. Entire corporations no longer have to communicate directly with customers in our “self-service” internet world and amazingly place their business and client data in the unsafe “cloud” where they have NO PHYSICAL CONTROL because if they don’t (per the Tech monsters) they will be at a competitive disadvantage when the other
idiots competitors do it. Hmmmm. Big Tech is not only replacing brick and mortar but has just taken control over Corporate America. Check and mate.
In my research for this article, I discovered that Google has something called a Master Website Blacklist that they setup to protect you from visiting websites with Malware. This is how that message appears in your browser about not letting you connect to a website for your own protection (wink wink). This seems a good cause but there are other means to protect your computer that work better than a centralized all powerful, all censoring Internet Cop called Sargent Google. But, how bad can that be? Well, on January 31, 2019 someone at Google got a little careless and blacklisted nearly every website in the world and for that “error”, the entire Internet was effectively SHUT DOWN for 40 minutes. I find that power just a little disconcerting if, for example, the Internet Cop wants to change the world. Replacing brick and mortar so you can be the only one with the key to the store is not good.
All of this Internet dependency began with the kids. The fact is, the Techies treat us like children because there just are so many in America, well into adulthood. Some of our Adult Children that live their lives in Technoworld are the ones that graduated at 21 or 32 from University and thus need “Safe Rooms”. Some riot and burn down buildings in the streets to express themselves peacefully. They share the politics with virtually every one of the companies named above. Every one. No exceptions. These are the new Big Tech loving Demobrats. From my new and improved Webmasters Dictionary:
The kids became Demobrats through an instant gratification Internet addiction that began early in life that assured that they would not grow up in a real world, or at least the world shared by all who came before them. It is becoming clear that while immersing kids in virtual worlds will prime them for a dark unreal future it’s not the kind of world that will give them any sense of fulfillment or even be good for their health. Study after study indicates that Internet negative effects now far outweigh the Internet positive effects . This is why we need to Cancel their culture before they use their immense wealth and power to cancel ours. Covid is simply the exclamation point to their Save the Day Globalist plan.
If the people that run these Big Tech companies succeed and their virtual world replaces not only brick and mortar but public education with virtual education, real human interaction – which we first learned in the classrooms of ancient yesterday – is dead. Our future as a Liberty loving nation, and as human beings generally, will be permanently placed with Slo Jo in a basement lockdown. Ironically, if home schooling takes hold we could eliminate brainwashing in public schools, so that COULD be an unintended consequence that the Techies didn’t figure. But there is already talk in the Biden camp that home schooling could put you in jail, so they have the bases covered.
The tech giants also have plans for your local voting booth. It will be way more convenient to vote from your safe computer. Just login to the Play Store Voting App and make sure your Cookies are turned on! Otherwise, sorry, you can’t vote. The virtual world will also destroy commercial real estate when working in downtown office buildings will be a thing of the past with the latest Zoom application from China. And, then there’s the real possibility of a Global Bitcoin virtual traceable currency that will be the only legal tender in the world. At least our fiat currency is backed by, well, paper.
So, maybe the Luddites were right all along. Luddites, now known to describe people shunning technology run amok, may actually have been the first victims of corporate downsizing. It all began way back in 1811 when Ned Ludd went into a bit of hysterics and tore into a textile manufacturing business destroying the machines that were replacing people.
This happened in Nottingham, England where another guy went after the rich and gave to the poor. I am not a fan of that kind of wealth distribution but am beginning to feel the pain of Ned. Technology is not all bad, but if unregulated will eat its own as we are now witnessing. Technology is also not inherently good or evil except when it becomes so powerful it is used to do one or the other, as defined by their leaders who are considered “great men” by the mainstream media. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Here is the exact quote from the historian and moralist Lord Acton in 1887:
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”Lord Acton
Kids must learn that lesson and also understand that real progress, fakely represented by “progressives”, is not going forward in a virtual world without directions.
Part 2 of the two part Save the Day Globalist plan is nearly complete, that is until their world crumbles politically in November (that’s Covid Part 1, don’t believe the polls)1. You can help make their plan crumble if you start the Big Cancel of not only Big Tech but Big Media who is the powerhouse weapon behind the Communist takeover chaos in America.
I am neither an idealist or naive. Realistically, I know we can’t cancel Big Tech completely because they have embedded their claws in us too deep. But I think we can reduce their power if enough of us do little things that can have big long term impact (in no particular order and feel free to post other suggestions in comments below):
- Whenever possible, buy local from real people in real stores with real bills
- Avoid Youtube. Alternatives include UGEtube, Bitchute, GabTV and Rumble
- Change horses from Amazon to Ebay
- Use anonymous non Google Search engines
- Use Non Chrome/Google or MS Browsers (IE/Edge)
- Don’t use robotic self-checkout lanes
- Keep hitting “O” until you reach a human and then (if you are successful) tell them you will move your business to a competitor you know of that has people pick up the phone
- Don’t use “Chat” which encourages Corporate America to use more robots
- Boycott businesses that are political activists supporting Big Tech censorship, information control and virtuality.
Heaven help us and our future if we cannot even manage some mild lifestyle changes to fight for a better world not dictated by Big Tech, as opposed to a real fight in the streets which most sane people want to avoid. If they have their way, Big Tech will easily have half of our Nation’s wealth tied up by a handful of megalomaniacs because those megalomaniacs took half of our jobs. Finally, to promote a more permanent solution, contact your Congressmen to break up Big Tech and Big Media NOW – both are monopolies. If they don’t agree, vote in people that will.
And, support organizations like StopBigTechNow.
So, let’s move the great Mighty Mouse to our side, where he belongs. Maybe WE are the Big Tech Fix.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke
Sic Semper Tyrannis
1The Nov 3 election that installed a POTUS with SCOTUS approval was beyond even my crazy imagination when I wrote this column. It will come to light someday and when it does, let’s pray that people are put behind bars so that a reoccurrence cannot happen again in America.