Cramer: How Wal-Mart is giving Amazon a run for its money

Wal-Mart gives Amazon a run for its money

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For so long, it seemed like no company could rival e-commerce colossus Amazon, but Jim Cramer thinks one up-and-coming online competitor could give it a run for its money: Wal-Mart.

“You might think this comparison sounds crazy, even after the excellent quarter Wal-Mart just reported [on Thursday], but when you take a step back, it’s pretty clear that these two companies have a lot more in common than you might expect,” the “Mad Money” host said.

Before the rise of Amazon, Wal-Mart’s scale and massive array of merchandise shuttered countless smaller stores because they could not compete.

“Wal-Mart was the great destroyer of retail, the great disruptor, laying waste to mom and pop stores all over the country by offering more products and undercutting them on price,” Cramer explained.

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Cramer: How Wal-Mart is giving Amazon a run for its money

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Amazon employs a similar strategy, using its scale to sell items online at their lowest available prices. Most retailers cannot compete, but Wal-Mart’s breadth and ability to negotiate with its suppliers enable it to keep pace with Amazon’s prices.

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon also set a goal for the company to become a major player in online retail, gaining approval from the Walton family, which owns just over half of the business.

With a good balance sheet, the company can afford to spend the money to challenge Amazon, but Cramer said the family’s approval was key for moving the process forward.

“As long as he’s got the backing of the family, he can afford to take some short-term hits in order to grow the company’s e-commerce presence. That’s a real rarity in this game,” Cramer said. “At most publicly traded companies, the shareholders tend to rebel when management starts promising near-term pain. And you better believe that declaring war on Amazon is painful.”

While Wal-Mart may not unseat Amazon as the top dog in e-commerce, the “Mad Money” host does believe it could become a serious competitor, with its online sales business up 63 percent in the latest quarter.

On Wal-Mart’s earnings conference call, the company touted its offering of 50 million products, up from 35 million last quarter and 10 million just one year ago.

Wal-Mart’s come-up in the online space started when the retailer announced plans to restructure in early 2015. The first step was closing 269 underperforming stores. Then, later in the year, McMillon announced a big boost in e-commerce spending — $900 milion in 2015 and $1.1 billion for the following year.

In response, the stock got pummeled, dropping from the mid-$80s to the mid-$50s, but with the backing of the Walton family, McMillon had permission to continue his agenda.

In the summer of 2016, Wal-Mart acquired one of the world’s fastest growing online retailers, Jet.com, for $3.3 billion.

“The idea behind Jet is that they can offer customers tremendous bargains by giving you extra discounts if you order merchandise from the same distribution centers. Plus, the deal gave Wal-Mart access to a new cohort of wealthy, young, urban shoppers who might not otherwise be Wal-Mart shoppers,” Cramer said.

After a number of smaller acquisitions that expanded Wal-Mart’s online offerings, the company announced in March 2017 it would start its own incubator to invest in ideas and technologies that would change the future of retail, a new venture for the once-traditional company.

Finally, there’s one area where Wal-Mart does have a leg up over Amazon: fresh food. Ordering most things online is easy, but delivering perishables is more complicated.

“Wal-Mart’s grocery business is going strong, and once they get you in the door to buy that food, you might make impulse purchases — or if you know you’re going there, you can order stuff online, then pick it up in the store [to] save on shipping,” Cramer said. “Fresh food is Amazon’s Achilles heel, people.”

At the end of the day, Amazon is still the reigning king of e-commerce, but with 69 percent growth in online gross merchandise volume, Wal-Mart is easily second-best.

“Can Wal-Mart beat Amazon? Doubtful. But who says they need to? They just need to go toe-to-toe with Amazon and make money doing it, wipe out everybody else in bricks-and-mortar, and that’s entirely likely from what I’ve seen from this amazing quarter,” the “Mad Money” host said.

The stocks are completely different animals, however. Amazon’s powerful technology and web services arm puts its stock, which trades at 85 times next year’s earnings estimates, in a class above the rest.

Wal-Mart’s stock, a more old-school brick-and-mortar name, sells at only 17 times next year’s earnings.

“Here’s the bottom line: if you like owning high-flying fast growing tech stocks, Amazon’s great. OK? It’s for you. However, if you want more of a value play, I think Wal-Mart has done an incredible job of expanding online. They’re not going to take the lead in e-commerce anytime soon, but for the first time in ages, this business is actually a two-horse race,” Cramer said.

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Bill Gates (White Freemason) told new grads to read this book. Now it’s surging on Amazon.

Since stepping down as Microsoft’s chief executive in 2000, Bill Gates has seen his reputation transform from that of a hard-nosed businessman intent on shutting out the competition — which produced comparisons to oil magnate John D. Rockefeller — to that of a wise, inspiring philanthropist seeking to solve some of the world’s toughest social challenges.

Now, Gates regularly dispenses the wisdom he’s gained over the years in an effort to get people to dream bigger, think more positively and be a force for good. He’s even willing to give all this advice for free.

On Monday, Gates delivered what seemed like an entire graduation speech in the span of 14 tweets.

Like the best commencement speeches, Gates’s tweetstorm is a personal reflection on the ways he’s grown since he was a young adult. He admits that it took him “decades” to learn about inequality, and he says he no longer believes there is only one way to measure intelligence. He also articulates a philosophy that drives what he does: the notion that the world is steadily getting better, not worse.

The argument for that, Gates said, is laid out in a 2011 book called “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” Written by Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker, the book attempts to explain why, as the New York Times put it, “our era is less violent, less cruel and more peaceful than any previous period of human existence,” despite headlines that may scream to the contrary.

“That matters,” Gates tweeted, “because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places.”

So it’s probably no surprise that, in light of Gates’s recommendation, “Better Angels” is surging on Amazon. As of Monday afternoon, it had risen in Amazon’s sales rankings by more than 6,000 percent in the previous 24 hours.

“If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this — the most inspiring book I’ve ever read,” Gates tweeted.

New grads or otherwise, many people appear to be taking his advice.

The Amazon Book Burning

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It was bound to happen sooner or later.

It happened sooner.

Amazon began its book-burning campaign this month by banning seventy titles.

Books promoting deviant sex? No.

Books on Satan worship? Nope.

Books blaspheming Jesus Christ? Not a chance.

But books proving that ’six million’ didn’t die; that no gas chambers existed, Zyklon B was not used for murder, but delousing…and even books engaged in scholarly discussion…those books got banned.

Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, apparently caved to pressure from Jewish money and influence.

For after four years of whining from World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer, looks like Bezos broke down.

In a ‘post-mortem’ letter to Bezos, Singer offered his assistance in flagging other “offensive” material in violation of “Amazon’s standards.”

Standards?

Blasphemy, deviancy, and witchcraft flies? But whatever offends the Jews, that dies.

Jews got this first batch of books banned not because they might be factually incorrect but because Jews have real trouble with facts.

Historical and forensic facts like those presented in these books that expose the Holocaust as a hoax.

I grew up as a Jew in the 50’s and we knew nothing of a “holocaust.”

It was one of our own, Jewish historian Jacob Marcus, who stated in the Encyclopedia Brittanica that “thousands”—NOT “six million”—of Jews perished in German work camps.

It wasn’t until the sixties, that the ‘Holocaust Industry’ emerged, with Elie Wiesel, the high priest of the lie, touting that “six million” died.

‘Jewish babies,’ he wrote in his book “Night,” ‘were thrown into a fire pit at Auschwitz.’

Never mind that the camp was built on a swamp, and no such fires could have been lit.

But there’s something larger at work here.

Start banning Holocaust Truth books, what’s next?

Already the Jews call you an “anti-Semite” if you question the genocidal policies of Israel.

Will Jimmy Carter’s, “Peace Not Apartheid,” be next on the chopping block?

Any book veering off the Jewish script gets a shave and a haircut.

Look, if the Holocaust narration is true, it can pass through the fires of critical examination.

Jews call this examination, “Holocaust denial.”

Fine. Let people deny the earth is round.

But talk about denial.

Jews deny the Resurrection of Christ.

But Orthodox Christians laugh at them, and still worship the Risen Christ.

Ban the books, Amazon. Go ahead.

But there’s nothing covered that shall not be revealed.

Amazon’s Virtual Burnt Offering to the Jew World Order: Truth-Telling Books Banned

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(GLARING Hypocrisy) Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, has called the thought police shots at Amazon. More than 70 books on the subject of the Jewish holocaust and World War II were suddenly removed from Amazon on March 6 following discussion with the British Board of Deputies and a letter from Robert Rozett, Yad Vashem’s director of libraries, to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. In the letter Rozett reportedly offered to help Amazon “curb the spread of hatred”.

The 70+ banned books are published by Germar Rudolf’s company, Castle Hill Publishers, and are still for sale on the Holocaust Handbooks website. Some of the titles are available to download free in a variety of formats. We also have a dozen titles in PDF format that you can download from the Jewish Holocaust resource page on GLARING Hypocrisy.

In bowing to Jewish pressure, Amazon’s Orwellian move is yet another step on the path towards the fulfilment of the Jew World Order plans for a one world government, a one world religion, and a one world currency, as was prophesied in The Book of Revelation (17:12-13; 13:3-4 and 13:12; 13:16-17). But, before this can come to pass we must live through the ultimate Hegelian dialectic, the bloody endgame in which chaos reigns and humanity is divided against itself. This division takes many forms, one strand of which cuts between those who follow truth wherever it leads — places guaranteed to be uncomfortable and leading to persecution — and those who not only accept the official narratives but also defend passionately the very lies that are leading us all to destruction. A sub-strand of this division separates the Jew-wise from the propagandised, and the more powerful Jewish organisations become, the more the former are vilified and criminalised.

In the first step, Jewish organisations zealously hang the anti-Semite label on anyone who questions or criticises Jews, Judaism or Israel. In particular, questioning the Jewish holocaust, a major part of 20th century history, is verboten. Also off-limits are the subjects of Jewish control of banking and economies, the legal system and the courts, the media, Hollywood, the music industry, publishing, psychiatry, education, governments, and so on. The second step is the silencing of those who don’t adhere to the official narrative, through such methods as threatening livelihood, general intimidation, incarceration, and good old-fashioned censorship and book burning.

If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.

~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel is set in a time in which books are illegal and any found are burned by firemen. The tagline explains the title: “the temperature at which book-paper catches fire, and burns”.

In a world of electronic and on-demand publishing it’s easier than ever to not only burn books, but also to remotely remove them from Kindles and Nooks. We’ll no longer need physical fires to deal with the problem of forbidden knowledge — just toss everything down the special F451 Memory Hole and the offending books will be holocausted in seconds.

Every autumn The American Library Association promotes Banned Books Week. This is how the ALA describe their mission:

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week 2016

Robert F. Doyle, in the 2015-2016 list of books challenged or banned, echoes this sentiment.

Banned Books Week 2016 continues more than thirty years of celebrating — and protecting — the freedom to read. This freedom to choose what we read from the fullest array of possibilities is firmly rooted in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the amendment that guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Even as we enjoy a seemingly limitless and expanding amount of information, there is always a danger in someone else selecting what is available and to whom. Would-be censors come from all quarters and all political persuasions and threaten our right to choose for ourselves.

It all sounds good. The underlying sentiment defends the right to read, an act which, itself, is predicated on the right to write and publish. However, when looking at the 45 books included in the 2015-2016 list, mainly challenged or banned by schools, the majority of synopses include reasons for the challenge or ban described with the following words or phrases: sexually explicit; masturbation; graphic; homosexuality; transgender; same-sex marriage; rape; mature content; too much information about sexual issues for middle school students; violent; offensive language; scary images; profanity; obscenity.

So, let me get this straight. Books that examine the Jewish holocaust narrative and the German side of the World War II story are hateful and anti-Semitic; while books that normalise such things as sexual promiscuity, perversity and violence are okay for children and young adults. But, given the opposite of hate is love, is it not reasonable to assume that because we love our children we should raise them accordingly? In this upside-down, back-to-front, inside-out world the actual response from many parents is to allow and encourage their children to be exposed to whatever books, television, movies, and music they choose. Even when the content clearly corrupts and degrades.

Yes, the words sound good, but the defenders of the right to read are concerned with those books that become classics, win literary prizes and adorn the shelves of every so-called thinking man and woman. These books might be banned or challenged but they are celebrated by the press and literary bodies. The books that matter, those that delve into forbidden historical and political territory, are the truly dangerous ones, not to we the people but to the powers-that-be that are the Jew World Order.

For anyone who would like to contact the ALA about these 70+ banned books, and to request they be included in the 2016-2017 list, you can do so via their online challenge form. As you can see from their response to my tweet, they’ll be happy happy to hear from you.

@OIF Do you have a formal submission process for folk who’d like to submit books to be included in the list of banned books 2017? Thanks!

@mufidah Our list is based on challenges we record from the media, & confidential reports we receive from educators. http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned-books-qa 

Banned Books Q&A

The American Library Association (ALA) promotes the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one’s opinions, even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. ALA stresses the…

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@mufidah If you know of a challenge, please report it using our new form: http://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report 

Challenge Reporting

Since 1990, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has maintained a database on challenged materials. ALA collects information from two sources: media reports and reports submitted by individuals.

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As with last year, Amazon will no doubt continue to support Banned Books Week. However, it’s clear that Amazon’s participation only exists as propaganda to fool folk into thinking Amazon actually cares about our right to read. And, of course, to justify their raison d’être: to promote book sales for the maximisation of profits and shareholder value.

The #glaringhypocrisy of Amazon promoting Banned Books Week.

It should come as no surprise that Jeff Bezos is working for the Jew World Order. Not only does he own The Washington Post and have a $600 million contract with the CIA, Amazon.com now produces and sells the Orwellian smart speaker, Amazon Echo. This is how Amazon describes the Echo:

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

A couple of months ago Sean and I stayed in house peppered with Echoes and we can both vouch for their creepiness factor. Not only are the microphones super-sensitive, they record any questions that follow the wake word. Of course, we’re told that the recordings are brief and that we can delete them, but as is the case with televisions that have the capacity to record audio and video, we’d be unbelievably naive to think that such devices are not being used to record much, much more in the case of people who are under surveillance. And in our increasingly dystopian world those worthy of surveillance are not the cartoon terrorists that have been trained by our own governments, but the same people who were targeted by the East German Stasi and the Russian KGB — ordinary people who refuse to toe the party line. The other sinister aspect of the Echo is its database of sanctioned answers and rebukes. When we asked Alexa about various historical events the answers were all be firmly rooted in the false narrative of history.

No wonder Bezos has a $600 million contract with the CIA — The Washington Post and the Amazon Echo both disseminate propaganda, and the Echo has the bonus feature of being able to keep tabs on certain people to find out whether the propaganda is working or not.

From this, it’s clear that Amazon’s virtual book burning is only part of the equation to control thought and silence dissent. We can be sure that all sanctioned channels of information, very much including The Washington Postand the Amazon Echo, are working overtime to push the message that questioning or criticising any Jewish-related subject is anti-Semitic hate speech. Not only does this further divide us, one from another, it also deflects from the real story that the longstanding edict to silence truth is— like the Jew World Order itself — far advanced.

Amazon’s Massive Own Goal

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The Amazon book-burning fest has caused consternation and in some cases despair. As a consequence of Amazon sticking two fingers up at the public’s right to access freedom of information I will suffer financially. Yet, today I celebrate the hole that these on-the-ropes last resort book burners are digging themselves into.

It is a mistake to think that Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle are omnipotent. They are not; they have many publishing rivals. These challengers are now partying at Amazon’s expense. Anticipating Soviet-style censorship most dissident publishers are already spreading their book selling bets across a wide number of online book publishers.

Amazon’s denial of the public right to access information will lead to the book publishers losing much of their market and their credibility to rivals. Will the Jewish lobbyists, who coerced the online publishers, make up for Amazon’s massive financial losses?

There are many other ways to expose international holocaust related fraud. Amazon is small fry. It wasn’t Amazon (or the Russians) that was pivotal in the US presidential elections; it was alternative and social media. The relatively uncontrolled internet has got the mainstream media in a panic; they too are on the ropes.

The book burners can interrupt progress but an interruption is never going to stop the free flow of information. Holocaust fraud is taking place on an international scale. Such fraud is in defiance of every country’s laws. Holocaust fraud has got to stop and it will be stopped at whatever cost.

Bans never stopped booze production during prohibition, bans don’t stop crime, sex, drug taking, and bans don’t stop the truth seeping out and becoming a torrent.

I have made a number of positive points and recommendations in my hour long Spingola Speaks radio broadcast. I hope that in listening to the broadcast the spirits will lift and inspiration will flower.

Jewish omnipotence is an illusion; the international Jew does have great power but they are few in number. In an awakening world comparatively few who are active in waging a war for domination are more vulnerable today than they have been.

If they don’t succeed in their aims to once and for all crush and dominate one billion ethnic Europeans and subjugate the world’s 6.4 billion non-Jewish ethnic communities then this tiny insignificant group of swindlers will fight and lose their last battle. The Jewish tail will not be wagging the Gentile dog for very much longer.

Amazon Decides That the Jewish “Holocaust” Cannot Stand Up to Critical Scrutiny

And so, under pressure, censors and removes historical works of which Jews disapprove; how large will their “banned list” get? What are the Jews hiding? Truth does not fear investigation.

Editorial Note by Kevin Alfred Strom: Giant, oligopolic sites such as Amazon are de facto public utilities and should be treated as such: They should not be permitted to censor public debate on ideas of significance. We should immediately put public pressure on Amazon to reverse this decision.

A FEW DAYS AGO, a lunatic Israel-first group calling itself “United With Israel” urged its mostly Christian dupes to participate in the Jewish pressure campaign to intimidate Amazon to stop sales of books that “deny the Holocaust” — that is, books which historically examine Jewish WW2 atrocity claims and find them wanting. Their boilerplate is copied almost word-for-word from that issued by many Jewish organizations in the past week or two in a tightly-orchestrated campaign.

The online retailer Amazon caved in to the pressure and has stopped selling three “Holocaust denial” books after Jewish groups insisted that they stop selling any books of which Jews disapproved on the topic.

Jews have demanded such censorship for years, but the recent Jewish campaign to convince the world that “anti-Semitism” is an exploding, out-of-control “crisis” prompted Robert Rozett, a senior official at Jewish “Holocaust remembrance” group Yad Vashem, to orchestrate the latest pressure campaign on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — in which hundreds of Jewish and Christian groups called for “immediate action” to censor historical works that dispute Jewish claims.

On Wednesday morning, the three titles that Mr Rozett had mentioned in his campaign were suddenly unavailable for purchase. Two were not showing up in searches, and one was listed but with a note saying that it was “under review” and could not be bought. This was the case for both US and UK stores.

Mr Rozett said the company had taken a “positive first step” which showed that they were listening to him and other Jewish groups that echoed his demand, such as the World Jewish Congress.

The titles in question were: Holocaust: The Greatest Lie Ever Told, by Eleanor Wittakers; The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry, by American professor Arthur R. Butz and Did Six Million Really Die? by Richard Harwood.

Amazon did not answer a request to comment for this article, and did not inform Mr Rozett that the books were being taken down.

Mr Rozett said the real test will be whether it takes related steps to stop feeding antisemitism.

“It’s a complex problem because Amazon is selling books, carrying reader reviews which defend them, and then Amazon recommends related titles to people,” he said.

Mr Rozett wants to know that Amazon will ensure that no Holocaust denial titles are sold, that no review sections on its site are used to propagate denial, and that people who bought denial books in the past are not being recommended books “that are likely to strengthen anti-Semitic beliefs based on their purchase history.”

Jewish Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl indicated that this censorship is just the first step, saying, “Should any member of the public find further offending works, please get in contact with us and we will report them using the appropriate channels.”

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Go Ahead, Amazon, Make My Day

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After years of pressure, Israel has finally succeeded in coercing the world’s largest booksellers into submission. The flickering candles of honest history are now being snuffed out.

Amazon-published books that dispute what George Orwell described as ‘the prevailing orthodoxy’, are today being thrown on to bonfires lit by the holohoax hucksters.

Harold Covington put it in a paragraph:

Take away the holocaust and what do you have left? Without their precious holocaust what are the Jews? They are just a little grubby bunch of international bandits, assassins and squatters, who have perpetrated the most massive, cynical fraud in human history.”

Unable to deny evidence of massive holocaust-related fraud Yad Vashem has finally resorted to outright censorship. In a futile attempt to buy time the Israeli funded body is now desperately trying to hide proof of their guilt.

In May, 1945, Doctor Joseph Goebbels penned the words:

Do not let yourself be confused by the uproar that will now reign throughout the world. The lies will one day break down under their own weight and the truth will again triumph. The hour will come when we shall stand pure and undefiled as our aims and beliefs have always been.”

American journalist Mark Twain agreed:

A lie will travel the world while the truth is still pulling its boots on.”

Truth has now pulled its boots on and having cornered the holohoax hucksters Truth is set on doing some shit-kicking.

With the passage of time and the onset of the less controllable internet, the Jews and their bought Shabaz Goy journalists have been caught with their fingers in the till. They are now in deep trouble.

Amazon censorship will not work and I will explain why: Prevailing authority constantly seeks to censor free expression. However, denial of access to literature is known to increase interest and demand.

The censors are caught in a trap of their own making because such strategy will spectacularly fail. I am one of thousands of genuine historians whose purpose is to state the facts rather than recycle victors’ propaganda.

Being a dissident historian doesn’t pay the bills as our tormentors’ intent is to starve dissenters into submission. But, this is their Achilles heel not ours. Dissident writers and poets have never been allowed to access a market in which they might make an honest living? They must learn to live with penury.

As soon as Amazon pulls my titles I remove the copyright. This will give the world free access to my books. Free downloads will multiply my conventional Amazon book sales by tens if not hundreds of thousands. Sure, I won’t earn money from free downloads but I don’t earn much from Amazon royalties anyway.

I once described myself as the Julian Assange of real history: I echo the dissident journalist’s words:

This generation is burning the mass media to the ground. We are reclaiming our rights to world history.”

Go ahead, Amazon, make my day! Touché!

Mike Walsh Real History books are still available at: spinfreehistory.com

AMAZON IS ASKED TO STOP SELLING BOOKS ON HOLOCAUST DENIAL

 

Yad Vashem has called on Amazon to remove Holocaust denial books from its online store, accusing the Internet retail giant of facilitating the spread of hate speech.

The appeal came in the form of a letter penned by Yad Vashem’s director of the libraries, Dr. Robert Rozett, to the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.
US Jewish leaders call on government to take decisive action against antisemitic attacks

“It has been clear for many years now that Holocaust denial literature is freely available for purchase over Amazon. Many of the items appear with glowing readers’ reviews and recommendations for further reading in the same vein,” Rozett wrote, attaching to his message several examples of rave reviews of books titled True History of the Holocaust. Did six million really die? and The Hoax of the Twentieth Century: The Case against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry.

Mentioning that Yad Vashem had – in vain – broached the issue with Amazon soon after the latter’s founding, Rozett told The Jerusalem Post that in light of an unfortunate change in climate with more visible antisemitism, “maybe the time is a little more ripe for them to take up the idea that they need to be more careful in what they sell.”

“Once again, given the presence of antisemitism around the globe, which has become more prevalent in recent years, we strongly urge you to remove books that deny, distort and trivialize the Holocaust from your store,” Rozett wrote to Bezos.

“Holocaust denial and other forms of hate speech indisputably nurture prejudice and hate crimes,” he continued. “Open discussion of ideas is certainly essential to pluralistic and democratic systems, but facilitating the spread of such hate-filled ideas is irresponsible, to say the least. As a major agent for the dissemination of ideas, it is incumbent upon Amazon, as it is also incumbent upon Internet providers in general, to act to curb the spread of hatred.”

He concluded by offering Yad Vashem’s assistance in identifying publications that foment Holocaust denial, distortion and trivialization.

“It’s not only Amazon, and there are a lot of forces trying to get this hatred removed or marginalized,” Rozett told the Post, also noting that in countries where Holocaust denial is illegal, such books are not available on Amazon. In the US, however, they are still freely available.

“There’s a civic responsibility,” he stressed. “These are very big giants of information.”

He said that while he would ultimately like the store to entirely remove such content from its website, he offered secondary solutions such as clearly marking the nature of the books.

He also noted that Amazon suggests further reading of the same kind to users who are browsing Holocaust denial books. Acknowledging that this is likely the result of an algorithm, he said this is another factor he would like to see changed.

“But the best thing would be if they would sign up not to sell this material,” Rozett emphasized, adding that while his letter was sent out to Amazon, its message applies universally.

Amazon selling books in US, UK online stores that deny the Holocaust

(JTA) — Amazon has removed books that deny the Holocaust from online stores in countries where Holocaust denial is illegal, but they remain available in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The British newspaper The Independent reported that the books were removed in some countries, including Italy, France and Germany, after Amazon was contacted about the sale of such books by The Sunday Times of London.

Among the books still available on Amazon’s U.S. and U.K. online stores are “Did Six Million Really Die?” by Richard Harwood; “The Six Million: Fact or Fiction?,” and “The Myth of the Extermination of the Jews.”

Gideon Falter, chairman of the British charity Campaign Against Antisemitism, told The Independent: “Every day, Amazon promotes a selection of literature advocating Holocaust denial and Jew hatred. Anybody searching Amazon for books about the Holocaust, including children working on school projects, will inevitably be shown Amazon’s squalid cesspool of neo-Nazi titles.”

One Amazon customer who complained to the company told The Sunday Times he received a message from Amazon saying, “If you feel this book constitutes hate speech and malicious lies, then please check out the other hundred thousand books we carry to find something you like. I hope this helps!”

Steven Goldstein, executive director of the U.S.-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, called for a boycott of Amazon until it stops selling the books everywhere.

“When Amazon sells Holocaust denial books and even offers readers an opportunity to ‘borrow’ Holocaust denial books on Amazon Kindle, Amazon is a repugnant accomplice to Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism of historic proportions,” Goldstein wrote in a statement. “This makes Amazon a worldwide embarrassment to human decency. We call on everyone to stop shopping at Amazon until all divisions of Amazon in every part of the world stop selling Holocaust denial books and other works immediately.”

Amazon’s New Robot-Run Supermarket Will Phase out Human Employees

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By Jake Anderson of The Anti-Media

Imagine a 10,000 to 40,000 square foot, two-story supermarket that employs only a few people. The glut of the workforce is robots. A small army of them toils away on the second floor, where they furiously bag items for the customers browsing below. According to a report by the New York Post, this is the prototype of a near-future Amazon supermarket, a colossal version of the new Amazon “Go” convenience store that uses no cashiers or checkouts. And it’s another example of how automation’s already rapid encroachment on the human job market has gone into overdrive.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants his automated grocery store to feature a ground level where shoppers can touch and physically select items — typical food products that people like to touch, beer, fruit, etc. This floor may also feature a pharmacy, which would be a new but financially promising sector for the company, and human “greeters” who double as shoplifter deterrents.

Some of these stores, Bezos believes, will be able to operate with as few as three human employees and a maximum of ten. They will function mostly as menial clerks, signing people up to Amazon “Fresh,” restocking shelves, managing the drive-thru, and even assisting the robots. One almost gets the impression the store could go completely sans human employees if Amazon didn’t mind the stigma. Perhaps that’s where we’re headed — and sooner rather than later.

The monetary advantage is clear: with a meager payroll and optimized real-estate, the Amazon model stands to generate an operating profit margin of 20 percent. According to the Food Marketing Institute, the industry average is 1.7 percent. If those numbers hold, you can say goodbye to the human grocery clerk.

This isn’t the first attempt at an automated grocery store. In 2015, the group Eater Greater Des Moines began work creating an automated store kiosk. Even as far back as 1937, the completely automated store Keedoozle (as in “key does all”) launched in three locations before failing due to technical difficulties.

With human cashiers already rapidly losing their jobs to automated kiosks in many grocery stores, it seems there has been a steady shift away from human labor in grocery stores. The Amazon robot supermarket model would expedite that shift by replacing most of the clerks with robots.

Amazon deferring to technology over people should come as no surprise to those who have followed the company closely. In 2012, Amazon dropped $775 million acquiring the company Kiva for the purposes of robotic warehouse automation. And, of course, there’s the legendary delivery-by-drone plan — featured in a Super Bowl ad over the weekend — that hovers inexorably in our near future.

Additional reports suggest the Amazon supermarkets may only be available to those with Amazon “Prime” memberships. A source says this restriction may help reduce theft because, “In the view of Amazon, people who can afford Prime memberships aren’t likely to shoplift.”