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by @anarchyroll
10/15/2014

It turns out Apple is worth more than a lot of things. A lot of things and a lot of other companies.

The company is valued at over half a trillion dollars and at any one time, has around $160 billion of liquid assets on hand.

The US government for instance, has less than 1/3 of that on hand. Although, as the Forbes article linked above makes sure to note, the US Treasury can at any time print more money and invest it into treasury notes.

What does it mean when a company has more than three times the amount of money as the government  of the country it operates in? Does that tremendous gift on incredible wealth come with added responsibility? A responsibility not just to employees and shareholders, but to cities, cultures, and societies?

Apple hoards so much cash, that Carl Ichan, the man who the lead character in the movie Wall Street is based on, thinks Apple is being too greedy with their profits. That takes a whole lotta greed. Ichan is as ruthless of a capitalist as it gets. If someone who makes his living using money to make money thinks Apple owes something to other people, that puts Apple in a different light than the idolatry bestowed upon their founder and products.

Apple already deserves some scorn for their notorious tax dodging/avoidance practices. They dodge taxes and hoard cash from even their own stockholders. What about the societies that have enabled the company to become richer than governments? What about the roads, schools, bridges, farms, poverty, intelligence, and morale of the places and people Apple has made their billions in? Do they owe something? Should they bear more responsibility to the public than slightly newer, slightly modified consumer electronic gadgets a few times per year?

With great power comes great responsibility. Money equals power in the world we live in. No one person, government, or corporation in the world has more money than Apple. Where does responsibility come in?

 

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5/7/2014

I guess I’ll be old enough to say that I remember when the effects of climate change and global warming were futuristic threats.

But that was so 1990s and early 2000s. Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change is an immediate and direct threat to the human race.

Global warming has become the paradigm with which we view the majority of the large-scale problems of the world. Why is that? Because the effects of global warming can no longer be ignored. It is touching every corner of the world in one way or another. Droughts here, hurricanes there, typhoons on this side of the planet, wildfires on the other. These natural disasters have existed for a long time, but because of climate change, all of the above are stronger and more devastating.

We are entering no turning back territory and things like fracking and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan certainly aren’t helping anything. Nuclear power and fracking are putting climate change on fast forward.

Although that seems to be what the climate change deniers want. They seem to think the planet is going to hell anyway so why bother trying to save it? I have also noticed a very strong correlation between climate change deniers and those who are religious. After all, if there is an all being, all-knowing creator living above the clouds, it will save the planet before we run out of drinkable water right? Before the seas rise up and wipe away all life, we’ll all be saved right? Maybe just the ones who build an arc. Human beings are tribal people. The human mind is quite the labyrinth. But it is time to realize that we are all in this together whether we want to be or not. That whether one believes in science or in religion, that we are tasked with saving ourselves, not waiting for a hand to swat away rising CO2 emissions.

What we need is more than just compost heaps, organic farming, and hybrid vehicles. We need those in power, those with money, those in charge to set forth very large-scale changes. We need the leaders to lead. We can bicker at each other all we want about using reusable shopping bags and air conditioning, but when those who we have elected set a green agenda for the masses to follow, then and only then will we as a race be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t from a 10,000 mile wide wildfire.

 

 

by @anarchyroll
3/14/2014

I’m not much for conspiracy theories. Mainly because I’ve been out in the world and seen more incompetency than ability to control an entire country with hundreds of millions of moving parts under wraps. However, I do believe that there are political and economic interests in charge who use shady methods to stay in charge and have the resources to keep their actions secret, quiet, and more hidden from the general public than obvious. The NSA bulk surveillance, war profiteering, media consolidation, and of course all of those political assassinations and military coups during the 1960s would be some examples of hard to ignore conspiracy theory fodder events.

I have been wondering what the effect of social media will have on the military, CIA and NSA. Specifically; as more people are able to instantly stream, document, back up, and show the world an event before they can be black bagged, put in a truck, and sent to Guantanamo; will daylight start to sanitize the shadow government(s)?

Obama, through Jay Carney has officially condoned the Bush era. By not only staying silent, not pursuing an investigation, and now obstructing a Senate investigation into the ‘enhanced interrogations’ Obama is now just as responsible and complicit as Bush and Cheney were and are. Change? Certainly change that big donors and shadow government officials can believe in. The illusion of change, the illusion of choice, truly the legacy Obama leaves behind after two terms. At least his wife is trying to publicly combat obesity, good for her. More and more people are seeing who is pulling the strings and making the machine that is the United States move. There will only be more people with more access to real time information going forward. What effect(s) will this have?

Will the ability to witness, share, and spread information around the entire world in real time get more eyes on the activities of our military/defense agencies? When more people are more aware of the budget sizes and activities of these agencies how will they react? Will this generation spur change or follow the hippies and become even more greedy and war hungry than their parents? I think change will happen slowly, as all important change does. Forget morals, I think people in ‘Merica will not want to be taxed to pay for these trillion dollar defense budgets. They’ll want those resources that are going to other continents being used in their counties. Just a guess…or a hope, whatever.