One of the Defining Marks of the Dominant Web Platforms — the Sign of the Beast Shared by All the Companies That Want to Control You — Is That There Is Never a Phone Number to Call.

— Ted Gioia at The Honest Broker

Whether it is Google, Amazon, Facebook, or Twitter, the fact that the customer service is non-existent, unless you are a celebrity, a politician, or are willing to hire a high powered lawyer, you can never contact a human being.

They act with impunity, with little or no recourse from their users, or their advertisers, or their vendors, because they CAN.

They don’t care, they don’t have to, they are monopolies.

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NATO Exists To Solve The Problems Created By NATO’s Existence

— Caitlin Johnstone

The old saw about NATO was that it was about, “Keeping the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down.”

While NATO does serve some valuable functions, I make regular use of NATO standards (STANAG) for example, it does seem that since the end of the cold war, it acts as a marketing tool for US defense contractors.

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