Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby KeenInsight » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:01 am

coffin_dodger » 05 Aug 2013 19:44 wrote:
10,000 year clock project gets mountain, $42M from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, music from Brian Eno


Something that showcases our mastery of manufacturing, that demonstrates our level of precision, our understanding of the importance of time and the level of technical competentcy required to produce a machine that will work faultlessly for 10,000 years.

Yikes, that sounds a bit like they're building a testament to our civilization's prowess for whatever comes after us.



Sort of like the genius ancient wonders, like the precision of the giza pyramid for true north/south and the alignment with the Orion constellation. The 'new' estimate, after all, is 10,000 or 12,000 B.C. for the actual construction time period for it. Or the Mayan long-count calendars. Plenty of examples that ancient people at their peak of 'high civilization' were definitely very attuned to everything mathematics and the concept of time. But, of course, our modern acadamia insist all they used were chizels and pulley's, while some wonders were definitely very VERY precise, which is hardly giving credit for the obvious highly technological capabilities of humans in ancient times.
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby Lord Balto » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:32 pm

JackRiddler » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:30 pm wrote:More like the CIA money coming to rescue the CIA paper?


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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby JackRiddler » Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:53 am

Hold on... to that paper.
Hold on... to that paper.
Hold on... cos it's been taken care of.
Hold on... to that paper.

See if you can get it... on the paper.
See if you can get it... on the paper.
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby justdrew » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:29 am

sun rays pass right through :sun:
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby Joao » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:43 am

You guys are killing me...

"Had a love affair, but it was only paper."



One wonders if Bezos will ever be as quotable as one of the Post's previous owners:

"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby Lord Balto » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:05 am

Joao » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:43 am wrote:You guys are killing me...

"Had a love affair, but it was only paper."

One wonders if Bezos will ever be as quotable as one of the Post's previous owners:

"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."


That comes about as close to an admission that they are government stooges (I almost said "dupes," but this is conscious and intentional) as you are likely to see.
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Geordie Rose | D-Wave Systems Inc., D-Wave Two

Postby Allegro » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:56 am

JackRiddler » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:24 pm posted, not wrote:< snip from top >

AMY GOODMAN: ... Also, Forbes said a year ago, "commercial quantum computing company D-Wave announced [that] it had closed a $30 million equity funding round. The primary investors ... were In-Q-Tel, which invests in technology on behalf of the CIA and other intelligence agencies, and Bezos Expeditions, which is Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos’ private investment firm. ... So far D-Wave [had] only sold one of its $10 million systems to Lockheed Martin." ...

< snip to end >
Wikipedia came in handy, again. There are several entities apparently involved with D-Wave Systems, Inc, The Quantum Computing Company, headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Entities noted on that linked page include NASA, Google, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, MIT, Harvard, Ames Research Center in California, and Universities Space Research Association. Links on the USRA wiki page include Arecibo Observatory, which leads to Stanford Research Institute.

In other words, there’s a vast involvement for entrepreneurs, inventors and research scientists, lobbyists, poligious fanatics camped in the state of Virginia and elsewhere. As if we needed a reminder that certain corporate, conglomerate, and non-profit entities are not without suspicion of complicity to some extent with NSA. Frankly, it’s a mess, and disheartening, unpleasant but needful, certainly. And, people are likely hoping alternative media won’t divulge too much. Time will tell.


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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby seemslikeadream » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:35 pm

Published on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Common Dreams
Under Amazon’s CIA Cloud: The Washington Post
by Norman Solomon

Jeff Bezos recently acquired the Washington Post, but the company that made him his real fortune, Amazon.com, is also under a multi-hundred million dollar contract with the CIA for computing services. (Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them. But the owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency, while readers of the newspaper’s CIA coverage are left in the dark.

The Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon -- which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post’s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.

"Propaganda largely depends on patterns of omission and repetition. If, in its coverage of the CIA, the Washington Post were willing to fully disclose the financial ties that bind its owner to the CIA, such candor would shed some light on how top-down power actually works in our society."

Even for a multi-billionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. That’s more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post four months ago.

And there’s likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech “cloud” infrastructure.

Bezos personally and publicly touts Amazon Web Services, and it’s evident that Amazon will be seeking more CIA contracts. Last month, Amazon issued a statement saying, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”

As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post’s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers.

Amazon has a bad history of currying favor with the U.S. government’s “national security” establishment. The media watch group FAIR pointed out what happened after WikiLeaks published State Department cables: “WikiLeaks was booted from Amazon’s webhosting service AWS. So at the height of public interest in what WikiLeaks was publishing, readers were unable to access the WikiLeaks website.”

How’s that for a commitment to the public’s right to know?

Days ago, my colleagues at RootsAction.org launched a petition that says: “The Washington Post’s coverage of the CIA should include full disclosure that the sole owner of the Post is also the main owner of Amazon -- and Amazon is now gaining huge profits directly from the CIA.” More than 15,000 people have signed the petition so far this week, with many posting comments that underscore widespread belief in journalistic principles.

While the Post functions as a powerhouse media outlet in the Nation’s Capital, it’s also a national and global entity -- read every day by millions of people who never hold its newsprint edition in their hands. Hundreds of daily papers reprint the Post’s news articles and opinion pieces, while online readership spans the world.

Propaganda largely depends on patterns of omission and repetition. If, in its coverage of the CIA, the Washington Post were willing to fully disclose the financial ties that bind its owner to the CIA, such candor would shed some light on how top-down power actually works in our society.

“The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media,” journalism scholar Robert W. McChesney points out. “Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself.”

In a statement just released by the Institute for Public Accuracy, McChesney added: “If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation -- say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government -- the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press. It is time for the Post to take a dose of its own medicine.”

From the Institute, we also contacted other media and intelligence analysts to ask for assessments; their comments are unlikely to ever appear in the Washington Post.

“What emerges now is what, in intelligence parlance, is called an ‘agent of influence’ owning the Post -- with a huge financial interest in playing nice with the CIA,” said former CIA official Ray McGovern. “In other words, two main players nourishing the national security state in undisguised collaboration.”

A former reporter for the Washington Post and many other news organizations, John Hanrahan, said: “It's all so basic. Readers of the Washington Post, which reports frequently on the CIA, are entitled to know -- and to be reminded on a regular basis in stories and editorials in the newspaper and online -- that the Post's new owner Jeff Bezos stands to benefit substantially from Amazon's $600 million contract with the CIA. Even with such disclosure, the public should not feel assured they are getting tough-minded reporting on the CIA. One thing is certain: Post reporters and editors are aware that Bezos, as majority owner of Amazon, has a financial stake in maintaining good relations with the CIA -- and this sends a clear message to even the hardest-nosed journalist that making the CIA look bad might not be a good career move.”

The rich and powerful blow hard against the flame of truly independent journalism. If we want the lantern carried high, we’re going to have to do it ourselves.
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby seemslikeadream » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:35 pm

Published on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Common Dreams
Under Amazon’s CIA Cloud: The Washington Post
by Norman Solomon

Jeff Bezos recently acquired the Washington Post, but the company that made him his real fortune, Amazon.com, is also under a multi-hundred million dollar contract with the CIA for computing services. (Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them. But the owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency, while readers of the newspaper’s CIA coverage are left in the dark.

The Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon -- which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post’s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.

"Propaganda largely depends on patterns of omission and repetition. If, in its coverage of the CIA, the Washington Post were willing to fully disclose the financial ties that bind its owner to the CIA, such candor would shed some light on how top-down power actually works in our society."

Even for a multi-billionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. That’s more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post four months ago.

And there’s likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech “cloud” infrastructure.

Bezos personally and publicly touts Amazon Web Services, and it’s evident that Amazon will be seeking more CIA contracts. Last month, Amazon issued a statement saying, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”

As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post’s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers.

Amazon has a bad history of currying favor with the U.S. government’s “national security” establishment. The media watch group FAIR pointed out what happened after WikiLeaks published State Department cables: “WikiLeaks was booted from Amazon’s webhosting service AWS. So at the height of public interest in what WikiLeaks was publishing, readers were unable to access the WikiLeaks website.”

How’s that for a commitment to the public’s right to know?

Days ago, my colleagues at RootsAction.org launched a petition that says: “The Washington Post’s coverage of the CIA should include full disclosure that the sole owner of the Post is also the main owner of Amazon -- and Amazon is now gaining huge profits directly from the CIA.” More than 15,000 people have signed the petition so far this week, with many posting comments that underscore widespread belief in journalistic principles.

While the Post functions as a powerhouse media outlet in the Nation’s Capital, it’s also a national and global entity -- read every day by millions of people who never hold its newsprint edition in their hands. Hundreds of daily papers reprint the Post’s news articles and opinion pieces, while online readership spans the world.

Propaganda largely depends on patterns of omission and repetition. If, in its coverage of the CIA, the Washington Post were willing to fully disclose the financial ties that bind its owner to the CIA, such candor would shed some light on how top-down power actually works in our society.

“The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media,” journalism scholar Robert W. McChesney points out. “Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself.”

In a statement just released by the Institute for Public Accuracy, McChesney added: “If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation -- say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government -- the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press. It is time for the Post to take a dose of its own medicine.”

From the Institute, we also contacted other media and intelligence analysts to ask for assessments; their comments are unlikely to ever appear in the Washington Post.

“What emerges now is what, in intelligence parlance, is called an ‘agent of influence’ owning the Post -- with a huge financial interest in playing nice with the CIA,” said former CIA official Ray McGovern. “In other words, two main players nourishing the national security state in undisguised collaboration.”

A former reporter for the Washington Post and many other news organizations, John Hanrahan, said: “It's all so basic. Readers of the Washington Post, which reports frequently on the CIA, are entitled to know -- and to be reminded on a regular basis in stories and editorials in the newspaper and online -- that the Post's new owner Jeff Bezos stands to benefit substantially from Amazon's $600 million contract with the CIA. Even with such disclosure, the public should not feel assured they are getting tough-minded reporting on the CIA. One thing is certain: Post reporters and editors are aware that Bezos, as majority owner of Amazon, has a financial stake in maintaining good relations with the CIA -- and this sends a clear message to even the hardest-nosed journalist that making the CIA look bad might not be a good career move.”

The rich and powerful blow hard against the flame of truly independent journalism. If we want the lantern carried high, we’re going to have to do it ourselves.
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby stillrobertpaulsen » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:23 pm

Thought I might crosspost here what Bezos has been up to lately.

Jeff Bezos Teams Up With Boeing and Lockheed Martin to Take on Elon Musk's SpaceX
Eric Hal Schwartz - Staff Writer
09/16/14
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Jeff Bezos' rocket company Blue Origin will work with Boeing and Lockheed Martin-backed United Launch Alliance to create a new, domestic rocket engine according to a report from Reuters. ULA has been working on developing a new rocket engine ever since a lawsuit by Elon Musk's SpaceX company successfully forced it to stop importing them from Russia. The injunction caused some real problems for ULA, but with Blue Origin as a partner, it could put those issues behind it.

The partnership isn't official, Reuters reported it based on a source involved with the matter. Still, it would make a lot of sense for ULA to pursue it. Blue Origin's work on rocket engines could fill the exact need that ULA has in the absence of new Russian-built engines, and it wants to fill it fast so it can get back to the enormously lucrative government contracts to send up ships and satellites to space. ULA had asked the domestic space industry for ideas, Blue Origin might have just had the best one.

The U.S. government has also started looking into developing new alternatives and may start budgeting for them in the Department of Defense budget next year. For ULA though, the real competition remains SpaceX, which is in the process of getting its Falcon 9 rockets certified for use by the Air Force. Part of that comes from a judge forcing the Air Force to the negotiating table as an anti-trust measure, but it could still be the start of bigger things for SpaceX. SpaceX is also working with NASA on manned flights to send astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA will give that contract to one or several bidders Tuesday afternoon, and while Boeing may win it, that won't necessarily keep SpaceX out forever.

Assuming nothing goes wrong with ULA's current crop of Russian engines, it can keep going as it is for two years. It would probably like to have its new rocket at least in the process of testing by then. Rocket testing is a slow process though and it could be a tight squeeze for it to be ready to renew or update its current $11 billion, 36 launch contract with the Air Force. The NASA decision could also play a role in future competitiveness, but for ULA to be ready to take on SpaceX again, Blue Origin is a good start.

Check out ULA's latest Atlas V rocket, scheduled to launch on Tuesday, below.
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby elfismiles » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:58 am

Jeff Bezos looks a little too happy piloting a giant mechanical robot
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Re: Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Postby Iamwhomiam » Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:30 pm

I think Bezos will do little more than contribute $ to the big boys rockets. Maybe they'll let him put a decal of his name on one of its fins.

The hybrid is creepy. I can't help but think that historians of what little future we have left to us, will look upon Ted Kaczynski far differently than we do today.

This video was next in the cue after that of the Atlas Rocket Capsule loading, posted by SRP.

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