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Bezos Doubles Wealth as Amazon Essential Product Prices Rise 1000% Amid Pandemic

    Bezos Doubles Wealth as Amazon Essential Product Prices Rise 1000% Amid Pandemic

A new report from advocacy group Public Citizen details how retail giant Amazon “misled the public, law enforcement, and policymakers about price increases during the pandemic,” raising their prices on essential products “to levels that would be considered violations of price gouging laws in many states.” The prices of many products in high demand during the…

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“A Disturbing Milestone”: America’s Top 12 Plutocrats Now Own $1 Trillion in Wealth

    “A Disturbing Milestone”: America’s Top 12 Plutocrats Now Own $1 Trillion in Wealth

For the first time in history, the 12 richest individuals in the United States collectively hold over $1 trillion in wealth. New figures from the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) show that, despite a pandemic that has stunted the economy for months, America’s billionaire class is becoming…

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Study: Coronavirus Has a Been a Massive Boon for America’s Billionaires

    Study: Coronavirus Has a Been a Massive Boon for America’s Billionaires

America’s billionaires have seen their wealth increase by 12.5 percent during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, released a study Thursday showing that, in the eight weeks between March 18 and May 14, the country’s super wealthy have added a further $368.8 billion to their already…

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Study: Coronavirus Has Been a Massive Boon for America’s Billionaires

    Study: Coronavirus Has Been a Massive Boon for America’s Billionaires

America’s billionaires have seen their wealth increase by 12.5 percent during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, released a study Thursday showing that, in the eight weeks between March 18 and May 14, the country’s super wealthy have added a further $368.8 billion to their already…

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Instead of Providing Masks or Allowing Unions, Whole Foods Unveils New “Hero” Uniform

  Instead of Providing Masks or Allowing Unions, Whole Foods Unveils New “Hero” Uniform

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, premium supermarket chain Whole Foods has redesigned its uniform, giving employees shirts that designate them as “heroes” and “hard core.” The revamp is one of many actions large corporations across the world have taken to symbolically thank their workers amidst the global crisis. Whole Foods Workers:…

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Jeff Bezos, World’s Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees

  Jeff Bezos, World’s Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s first centibillionaire, a man who vies with Bill Gates for the title of the planet’s richest individual, is asking the public for donations to provide basic support to his 800,000 employees who are suffering in poverty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bezos announced: “We are establishing the…

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Did the Saudi Hackers who Trapped Khashoggi Target Jeff Bezos for Nude Photos?

  Did the Saudi Hackers who Trapped Khashoggi Target Jeff Bezos for Nude Photos?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ security team has alleged in The Daily Beast that Saudi Arabian intelligence hacked his phone and passed to the National Enquirer intimate photos that the married Bezos had sent to his lover, Lauren Sanchez. Although the Enquirer’s parent company, AMI, has alleged that it received the material from Sanchez’s brother, this allegation may be…

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Breakthrough Energy Ventures: Our Malevolent Benefactors and Their Master Plan for Humanity

  Breakthrough Energy Ventures: Our Malevolent Benefactors and Their Master Plan for Humanity

A Business Insider story by author Aria Bendix caught my eye this morning by framing Bill Gates and his compatriot billionaires as “planet saving” heroes. According to the story, the same men who have made trillions off super-capitalism, and created a cabal that controls many governments, they’re now investing in six agricultural startups through Breakthrough…

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Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells

  Amazon Facial Rekognition App Sets Off Alarm Bells

SEATTLE — Amazon is lobbying the public with proposed guidelines for lawmakers to adopt when crafting legislation around the use of facial-recognition technology. Amazon’s own software, Rekognition, has been put to the test by rights groups such as the ACLU, who have come to troubling conclusions about racial bias and threats to civil liberties. The…

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Amazon’s Fusion With the State Shows Neoliberalism’s Drift to Neo-Fascism

  Amazon’s Fusion With the State Shows Neoliberalism’s Drift to Neo-Fascism

In Part 1 of our investigative series on Surveillance Capitalism, MPN spoke to author Yasha Levine and Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster about the rise of the Amazon.com empire and its fusion with the U.S. state apparatus. In our next installments, we will continue exploring the rise of Surveillance Capitalism and the implications of…

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