On Friday, Amazon said it was buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash. The deal is the largest in Amazon´s history, but far from its first.(Snip)Rutledge flew into Seattle from Dallas on a Sunday night to go out to breakfast with Bezos on Monday. He had signed a contract to stay with Amazon for the next three years and thought the meeting was going to be about Bezos bringing him into his inner ranks. Instead, it was awkward. Bezos didn´t seem to have any real agenda, even though Rutledge had traveled far to meet with him. Bezos ordered an
Comments: Creepy anecdote about a meeting between Rutledge, of Woot, and Bezos after Bezos had agreed to buy Woot. Rutledge left after a few years, unable to work under Bezos.
Bezos is a megalomaniac who skims along the surface, building an empire he doesn’t even understand. We’ll see what happens with Whole Foods, where existing management is to stay in place. Sure.
Let´s see ... around our house Whole Foods is known as "Whole Paycheck", since that´s what it consumes if you shop there. And, for the most part, there´s nothing there that you can´t buy elsewhere at much cheaper prices. Also, that other Bezos posession, the Washington ComPost, is forbidden reading in this house. And Amazon has gone from great to so so - there´s more and more cheaper sources out there if you take the time to look. I guess what I´m sayin´ is I´m not too impressed with Bezos skills lately ... plus he´s creepy - REAL CREEPY!!!
The news, like so many other things in life today, is a business. But unlike most businesses (where there is a philosophy that the customer is usually right), most news networks assume that their customers (viewers like you and me) are stupid and wrong. It’s been this way for quite a while. In the 1990s, the “new media” emerged (think Rush Limbaugh, Drudge, and Fox News Channel) and started challenging the monopoly of traditional news services. (Snip) In the news business, though, the legacy media ignored their new challengers and, insofar as they did recognize the competition, the legacy media
Appallingly pathetic. For eight years Republicans promised voters they would dismantle Obamacare. They took in millions upon millions of political donation dollars on that promise. They ran on it. They were elected and re-elected on it. And now some of them are breaking it. Exhibit one of this two-faced politicking is Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller who has now gone on record stating he will effectively stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Democrats to protect the failing Obamacare debacle. Heller isn’t worried about helping Americans who need a failing healthcare system to be overhauled – a need made more urgent by the disaster
Democrats are in retreat following Comey calamitous testimony, and the voter rejection of about $50 million worth of their campaign ads in four congressional districts. Now Republicans worry that they are blowing it. That´s because they are. Instead of working with President Trump, Republicans are doing as little as possible. They are less energetic than Jeb Bush. Never Trumpers thought they could win without Trump. Remember?(Snip) We knew what the plan was. Don´t help Trump and keep the House and the Senate. Of course, Republicans kept the Senate only because of Trump. The 22 Senate seats they won last year were all in states
The price for failure in regicide is one´s own head. Figuratively, that should be the price Jeff Zucker pays for six months of CNN pushing Fake News about a non-existent connection between Russia and President Trump. Sean Hannity agrees with me. Let not your heart be troubled. On Thursday, CNN published a one-source story that the Senate Intelligence Committee as well as Treasury were investigating Anthony Scaramucci and others for scheming with those Russian bankers. Fake News. CNN retracted the story on Friday, and on Monday fired Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris,
Sharyl Attkisson appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight for a discussion segment about the media, Washington DC, and President Trump as a threat to the established political order. Attkisson presents a smart summary of President Trump, the media perspectives, and how his policies and agenda items represent an existential threat to the administrative state of DC. Good watch: (Video)
Project Veritas and James O’Keefe has produced another explosive undercover story showcasing CNN producers who admit the Trump-Russia story is manufactured and promoted for ratings by the network. Watch The Video (NEW YORK) — Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative. (Video)“I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.” He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings: “It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss… All the
As the United Nations looks to guilt the developed world into opening its borders to refugees from the Middle East, Chinese state media claim that Internet users are using social media to condemn the call, issuing a resounding “no” to the U.N. In his speech Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres used World Refugee Day to scold developed countries for closing their doors to refugees. That day, another U.N. official attempted to make a similar argument to China. According to China’s state-run Global Times, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made a plea to China for refugees in a
President Donald Trump celebrated the unanimous per curiam opinion by the Supreme Court, effectively clearing lower court attempts to stay his travel ban, calling it a “clear victory” for national security. “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” the president said in a statement to reporters. Trump’s ban sought to limit people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States, citing a national security risk. (Snip) “As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm,” Trump’s statement said. “I want people who can love the United States
Three CNN employees have resigned amid the network’s very fake news scandal in which it was forced to retract a hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates. “CNN said Monday that three journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted,” CNN’s Brian Stelter reported late Monday. “Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.” Stelter quoted an anonymous CNN spokesperson—the network refused to comment to him
´Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly´ hit a new ratings low on NBC over the weekend, with the show´s total viewers declining for the third straight week. The host´s sit-down with venture capitalist and ´Hillbilly Elegy´ author JD Vance managed to attract just 3.41 million total viewers according to Nielsen data, with a 0.4 rating and 2 share in the all-important adults 18 to 49 demographic. (Snip)Kelly is now getting a little bit of a break after a month on the air, as NBC will not be airing an episode next Sunday over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. She will
Sergey Kislyak, Russia´s ambassador to the United States and a key figure in the alleged meddling of the U.S. president election, is leaving his post and returning to Moscow, the nation´s Foreign Ministry said Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the departure is part of a regular rotation "all planned in advance." Kislyak´s replacement in Washington will be Anatoly Antonov, according to Russian state media. Antonov is currently the deputy foreign minister and previously served as deputy minister of defense.
Another day, another terrible review for NBC News talent Megyn Kelly in the establishment media. The Boston Globe’s television critic Matthew Gilbert ripped Kelly for lacking both the charisma and acumen to be successful at NBC News. (Snip) According to Gilbert, “there’s something stubbornly shallow about her presence, so that when she sits down with an international dodge artist like Vladimir Putin, she seems way out of her league.” Kelly, according to Gilbert, “came off like a poseur” in her widely-criticized interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin by just “going through the motions of seriousness” and wound up looking “two-faced” after her disastrous interview
President Donald Trump broke a long standing White House tradition of hosting a dinner to celebrate Ramadan, a Muslim religious holiday. Hosting an Iftar dinner to mark the end of Ramadan fasting is a tradition that started in the Clinton years and was continued by Presidents Bush and Obama. Over the past two decades presidents have honored the holy day by hosting such a dinner. Thomas Jefferson was the first president noted in history to host Itfar in 1805 with an invitation to the dinner stating ´Dinner will be on the table precisely at sun-set – ´ the invitation read. ´The favour
An angry couple assaulted a Georgia fast food owner and her daughter outside a restaurant over a chicken and fries order — leaving the two women battered and authorities in disbelief. “I have a severely broken nose that requires surgery,” Quik Chik owner Jeanette Norris told the Daily News Sunday. “My daughter is scared. She was hit on her right side and has a black eye.” Norris was violently attacked at around 3 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant in Baxley after a couple complained about an order — prompting an argument that led suspect, Latasha Smith, to slap and punch
Actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner was shredded by social media users over the weekend after he called for an “all out war” to resist President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter Sunday, the All in the Family star mentioned a Fox News report about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. “When Fox says that DT colluding with the enemy is not a crime, the fight to save Democracy is now an all out war. US-Stay strong. #Treason,” he wrote. (Tweet) Reiner’s remarks were slammed by several social media users, many of them suggesting that the actor’s tweet
I’ve been talking about the importance of protecting against voting-machine hacks since 2002. And now, finally, people are starting to take me seriously. The move to paperless voting started in response to the Florida “hanging chad” fiasco in the 2000 presidential election. Some people (like me) thought this was a mistake, but such concerns were often dismissed. Now, apparently, you can’t be paranoid enough. As Politico’s Bob King noted, while 10 years ago critics of paperless voting were called paranoid, now both parties are worried. It remains true that there is no actual evidence that a single vote was changed by hackers
Have you ever had an old grand-uncle that you haven´t seen in ages and that you have almost completely forgotten about suddenly show up from out of nowhere? His return quickly reminds you why you originally found him so annoying since he is still obsessed about the same grudges upon which he still continues expounding in an aimless manner. In this case it is former liberal talk show host Phil Donahue who appeared with Brian Stelter on his CNN Reliable Sources show on June 25. Yes, it was the same old by the numbers predictable liberal Phil and, of course,
The Obama adventures continue! Barack Obama and his family went rafting on the Ayung River in Bali on Monday amid their nine-day vacation to Indonesia, where the former president lived for several years as a child. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were invited to vacation in Indonesia by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who also asked the family to visit the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java during their trip, according to ABC News. Obama will also speak at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress in Jakarta on July 1. Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 at age 6
The New York Post has an explosive report on the infamous “dossier” that tried to smear Donald Trump in order to swing the presidential election to Hillary Clinton. The source of the dossier is a Democratic Party opposition research firm called Fusion GPS: "The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House. Fusion GPS was on the payroll of
A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship´s captain. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship´s captain said the ACX Crystal had
The New York Daily News’ senior justice writer Shaun King blasted Christians Monday for perpetrating white supremacy for their support of President Donald Trump’s immigration halt. King put out a series of tweets accusing Christians who supported the halt of “fake faith” after the Supreme Court allowed Trump’s immigration ban to go into effect. (Snip) “To support a ban on immigrants & refugees, while calling yourself a Christian, is not faith, it’s white supremacy disguised as religion,” King tweeted.
The Supreme Court said Monday that most of President Trump’s travel ban executive order can go into effect, delivering the first major victory to the new administration on perhaps his most controversial policy to date. Justices said the lower court rulings that blocked Mr. Trump’s policy were far too broad, and said the president can begin to enforce his ban against foreigners who don’t already have some ties to the U.S. That means the president can begin denying visas to visitors from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who don’t already have family in the U.S., or some other prior connection such as
Police are on the hunt for a couple who were caught on video camera beating a restaurant owner and her 15-year-old daughter because they weren´t happy with their meals. The incident happened at the Qwik Chick takeout stand next to U.S. Highway 1 in Baxley, Georgia just after 3pm on Thursday, reported WTOC. The couple, identified as Nathaniel Eric Smith and Latasha M. Smith, got into an altercation with the food store´s owner, Jeanette Norris, because they said their chicken was cold and they didn´t have enough fries. Norris refunded their money but she said they went ´berserk´ anyway and
The Obamas have been spotted taking a trip to the picturesque Balinese rice fields during their luxury vacation to Indonesia. Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their two daughters, flew into the popular tourist destination on Friday evening before heading straight for the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud, where villas cost upwards of $2,500 a night. Today, the family too a walk through the lush, green Jatiluwih rice terrace, one of UNESCO World Heritages. They looked relaxed as Barack donned a blue polo shirt and Michelle kept it casual in a baseball cap and vest, with her jacket